ALOHA NO NA KUPUNA Fair draws large crowd to Newtown Recreation Center

Mar 18, 2011 | PC Community


The HPD District 3 Pearl City Community Policing Team hosted the 2011 ALOHA NO NA KUPUNA Fair on Friday at the Newtown Recreation Center in Aiea. A couple hundred  Pearl City and Aiea residents attended the event that focused on safety issues for our Kupuna and Keiki.

"This is a quite an event, a partnership with our community," said Honolulu Police Department Major Gregory Leftcourt from the Pearl City Police Station. "We feel that there are a couple groups who are very vulnerable, the elderly and kids. This is an investment in their safety. So as to help us, help them."

"We give them a presentation on all these things that people may have questions on so that they don't become that much more vulnerable," added Major Leftcourt.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

ALOHA NO NA KUPUNA Fair attendees from Pearl City and Aiea pictured enjoying the many speakers on Friday at the Newtown Recreation Center in Aiea.

Throughout the year, the HPD Pearl City Community Policing Team works closely with community volunteers, non profit organizations and local businesses that are dedicated in making our community safer for all residents. Friday's event was an example of the successful connection and partnership between HPD and the community.

"We have a lot of nice partners from the community," said Major Leftcourt. "The food has been donated. People are giving educational things. We're doing Kupuna ID's. It's just to make it easier for them."

"The efforts of our Community Policing Team, Officer Kathleen Capellas and Sergeant Arleen Apuna always put on a great show," said Major Leftcourt. "You can tell there's a couple hundred people that have come in and out.. They've gotten the giveaway's, gotten the education and  had a nice little meal. They also had Zumba and got some exercise. It's alot of fun and good for everybody."

Invited speakers provided information on the following topics:

Fire Safety……….. HFD

Identity Theft…….HPD Officer Alan Sangpan

Pedestrian Safety..HPD Officer A. Bonilla

Elder Abuse………Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Scott Spallina & HPD

Captain Raymond Ancheta

Zumba Exercise… Ms. Rose Pedronan


Informational booths included:

AARP………………Elderly Community Services

Alzheimer’s Assoc…………Alzheimer's Disease

Farmers Insurance Hawaii….Safety Information

HFD………………..Fire Safety & Blood Pressure

HPD & Newtown NSW……..Crime & Safety Tips

HawaiiPacific Health…………..Glucose Testing

Prosecutor’s Office……………….Elderly Abuse

Queen’s Heart ……..Blood Pressure Checks &

“Ask the Pharmacist”

Queen’s Women’s Health……Breast Health Info

Project Dana….Fall Protection & Elder Support


The Mobile Notary..Free In-Home Services and

Legal Documents

Walk Wise Hawai’i……………Pedestrian Safety


                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

HPD Captain Raymond Ancheta from the Pearl City Police Station pictured sharing information on Elder Abuse  during the Kupuna Fair.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Hawaii Pacific Health provided Glucose testing for Kupuna Fair attendees.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

HPD Major Gregory Leftcourt (center) poses with Pearl City HPD Officers who participated in Friday's Kupuna Fair.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Spallina addressed the issue of Elder Abuse on Friday.

To get involved or to learn more about the HPD District 3 (Pearl City) Community Policing Team, contact Sgt. Arleen Apuna at 723-8805.