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Seniors kick up their heels at Valentine's Day dance

Aurora Romuar with KHNL News 8's Leland Kim Aurora Romuar with KHNL News 8's Leland Kim
KHNL News 8's Mari-Ela David with Richard Miyaji KHNL News 8's Mari-Ela David with Richard Miyaji
Jerilynn Ornellas Jerilynn Ornellas
Alexandra Balgos Alexandra Balgos
KHNL News 8's Kristine Uyeno KHNL News 8's Kristine Uyeno

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HAWAII STATE CAPITOL (KHNL) -  Valentine's Day came a few days early at the Neal Blaisdell Center's Exhibition Hall.  Some members of our KHNL/K5 ohana and others took part in the Senior Citizens' Valentine's Day Dance Tuesday morning.

Remember your first dance?  You're dressed to impress and that giddy anticipation fills your heart.

"I feel so happy with you," said Aurora Romuar, a dance participant.

Well, the participants at the Seniors' Valentine's Dance are many decades removed from their senior prom, but it almost seems like yesterday.  Two by two, they make their entrance.  Their faces say it all.

Richard Miyaji is a retired dentist and a former dance instructor.  He doesn't get many chances to put on his dancing shoes.

"That's one of the advantages of being a senior citizen, I guess," he said.  "To retire and you can come out and enjoy events like this."

His partner? KHNL and K5's Mari-Ela David.

"He made my day," she said. "This is my first time doing this and the moment we met, we just clicked."

Instead of doing the waltz, these dancers do the Macarena.  They got some help from local students.

"It's really fun because we get to learn new dances and we get to help with these senior citizens who don't know these dances," said Jerilyn Ornellas, a dance volunteer.

"It feels really good to know that I'm helping them dance, learn the dances and let them have a good time," added Alexandra Balgos, another dance volunteer.  "It feels really good inside."

That's exactly why Kristine Uyeno decided to come out.

"It's so much fun," she said.  "You get out there, you socialize, you get exercise, and you meet a lot of people. It's great."

That's why many make it an annual event.

"Are you going to be back next year?" asked KHNL.

"Of course, I will be back," said Romuar.

And so will Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who will likely serenade his fans again next year with his rendition of Don Ho's "I Will Remember You."

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