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Auntie Ida just celebrated her 106th birthday — and has no plans of slowing down

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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Ida Freitas has lived through two world wars, man's first steps on the moon and the invention of the iPhone X. 

She's a senior center celebrity who's quick as a whip and cracks jokes every chance she gets.

But what's most impressive about Auntie Ida is the milestone she just celebrated: Her 106th birthday.

On Thursday, her friends at the Kaneohe Senior Center celebrated with cake, lei and a visit from comedian Frank De Lima

"How do I keep busy? Well I used to before but now that I'm, you know, this old, I don't do too much now," Auntie Ida joked. 

But for those who know her, they'll say she's busier than ever. 

Not missing a beat, she goes to mass everyday, occasionally cooks and often entertains friends and family.

She was born and raised in the small town of Nahiku Maui. She remembers how different life was as a child. 

"In those days, everything was made from scratch. We had to grow the coffee plants and my mom used to grind the beans and make coffee," she said. 

After finishing the sixth grade, she entered the work force. She cleaned houses to earn income and at the age of 16, she got married.

As a wife, she raised three boys and was married for 76 years until her husband died at the age of 92. 

Once a widow, she needed to find ways to keep herself busy.

"When I was younger I used to plant my own plants and I used to make jams and jellies," she said.

In fact, she did her own yard work up until she was 104 years old.

So what's her secret to a long life? She says, it's not a secret at all. 

"My secret is the lord," she said. "Have faith. Have a lot of faith. I have a lot of faith in God and his mother, and that's my faith."

And it's that undying faith that's carried her through the last 106 years on Earth. 

"Here I am today, and I love it," she said.

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