Apart from playing games, helping with prize giveaways, and enjoying great food, Kirk spent time chatting with some of the older members of the Okinawan community. These picnics have been going on for a long, long time, and they continue to be one of the few chances for the older generations to spend time with the younger generations, bridging the gap, sharing memories, and enjoying the warm summer sunshine.
Kirk was glad to be a part of such events showing Honolulu youth the importance of spending time with the older generations to learn from their knowledge and stories, spend time with their families, and get to know the people in the community. Even in this time of quickly changing technology and digital communication, events like these show us it is still important to connect with one another and listen to each other.
Said Kirk at one of the picnics, “It was so nice of them to let me spend this special day with them talking about issues that affect them & the future of Honolulu. Seeing all the different generations in one place really reminded me how important family & culture really mean, remembering where our roots are & appreciating the future that has become.”