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'Auntie Ida' shares her secret to a long life after turning 105 years old

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Ida Freitas remains active as she celebrates turning 105. (Image: Jennifer Freitas) Ida Freitas remains active as she celebrates turning 105. (Image: Jennifer Freitas)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Maui woman that turned 105 years old last week Saturday finally got the chance to celebrate with her family and friends. 

Draped in lei, Ida Freitas celebrated her milestone birthday at the Willows restaurant this weekend. 

"Auntie Ida," as she is known to some, was born in Spreckelsville, Maui in 1912.

She experienced many changes in her lifetime. 

From her days in grammar school, to finding love at 17, Auntie Ida says, "I've seen everything."

As a young girl, she recalled what it was like going to school in Hana. 

"We used to walk to school barefooted. They didn't have slippers in those days," she laughed.

Even washing clothes was a different experience. 

"In the olden day, we didn't have washing machines," she said. "My mom used to take us to the stream. She used to take the laundry to the stream to wash clothes, and we used to go and help her. (We would) dry the clothes over the rocks and grass."

Auntie Ida also remembers loving the ocean. She said she used to swim everyday.

Later in life, Auntie Ida and her family moved to Honolulu where she still resides.

She is an active member of her church, and her wit and humor still gets a crowd laughing. 

So what's Aunty Ida's secret for a long life? 

"There's no secret to what I do," she said. "I just live a clean life."

She still attends church and jokes that her retired years are much slower than she'd like. 

Auntie Ida has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren. 

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