Lillian Takeda received praises and recognition from the City Council of Honolulu on June 4, 2014 for serving 19 years as a volunteer in Kuakini. Along with other noteworthy citizens, she was given an honorary certificate during the special ceremony held in the City Council auditorium.
Of the more than 400 volunteers of Kuakini’s Volunteer Services, Lillian tops the rank for clocking in a total 21,694 hours of service – and still counting – since she started donating her time and talent in 1996 to Kuakini Geriatric Care, Inc.
At 77, Lillian is enthusiastic and energetic. She keeps the Kuakini residents engaged during her exercise sessions, which she holds twice a week in the facility. Her drills appeal to their imagination. “Let’s go to the beach! Let’s go to the park! Let’s walk!” she would say. The residents eagerly follow her instructions to lift their feet, raise their arms, stretch their legs, or tap their heads.
Lillian also helps serve food to the residents during meal time. At home, she sews napkins, blankets and scarves, which she gives to them as gifts. She likes to keep herself busy and productive, she said.
Aside from Kuakini, Lillian also volunteers at the Moiliili Senior Center, helps with a weekly hanafuda card group and knits caps and booties for newborns at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.