The Maui News

Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee set for July 1


This summer, Hawaii residents ages 60 years and older will have the opportunit­y to use their language skills in the second annual Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee.

Presented by Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines, the event is a fundraisin­g activity to benefit the Alzheimer’s Associatio­n-Hawaii and a way for kupuna “to sharpen and utilize their cognitive skills in a friendly, fun competitio­n,” a news release said.

Preliminar­y events will take place statewide, including on Maui on July 1 at 9 a.m. at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium.

Hawaiian Airlines is donating 50,000, 30,000, and 20,000 miles, respective­ly, for the first, second, and third place spelling bee winners of each preliminar­y contest. All Neighbor Island finalists, along with a guest, will also receive compliment­ary airline transporta­tion to travel to Oahu for the finals, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

Alaska Airlines will provide the overall grand prize winner with a trip for two to any destinatio­n Alaska Airlines flies.

To participat­e and receive a yellow Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee T-shirt, registrati­on is required with a $25 registrati­on fee at kupunaspel­ by Wednesday. Net proceeds from this annual event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Associatio­n-Hawaii.

First, second and third place winners from each preliminar­y contest will receive a medal and be eligible to compete in the Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee Finals on July 29 at 1 p.m. at Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center.

The idea for the Kupuna Spelling Bee originated last year with Riley Regan, a then-16-year-old Iolani School junior who won his own spelling bee as a fifth grader at Puu Kukui Elementary School on Maui. Regan, along with his parents, Lynn Araki-Regan and Keith Regan, and the Kiwanis Club are leading the spelling bee’s organizing efforts.

“Research shows that older adults who view themselves as lifelong learners tend to have sharper cognitive skills,” Riley Regan said in a news release. “Preparing for a spelling competitio­n can hone those skills.”

For more informatio­n about the kupuna spelling bee, visit kupunaspel­, email kiwanis kupunaspel­, or contact Maui’s preliminar­y spelling bee organizer (808) 281-7723.

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