Kauai honors its Outstanding Older Americans

Published On: May 08 2011 01:54:00 PM HST

David Walker of Waimea and Nancy Fuertes Fuller of Koloa; Courtesy: County of Kauai

LIHUE, Hawaii -

Koloa resident Nancy Fuertes Fuller and David Walker, of Waimea, were named as Kauai's 2012 Outstanding Older Americans, according to a Kauai county release.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning at the 46th annual Older American Awards Ceremony held at the Kauai Beach Resort.

The awardees were selected from a field of 10 nominees including: Florencia Balualua; Dorothy Brierley; Martina Brun; Fuller; Kay Hill; John Lydgate; Shirley Matsuo; Lorin Wade; Walker; and Joanne Watanabe.

Fuller, a former community service worker for the County of Kauai, was nominated by Priscilla Badua.

Since her retirement, Fuller has served as a volunteer for many organizations, including: Kauai Hospice; state Department of Health; American Cancer Society; and the West Kauai United Methodist Church.

During her spare time, Fuller creates beautiful flower leis and over the years has won numerous awards in the Kauai Museum’s lei contests.

Some of Fuller’s designs have graced pau units in the annual Kamehameha Day Parade as well as May Day princesses, who honed their lei-making skills under Fuller’s guidance, and have gone on to create their own designs.

Fuller has also been a substitute health aide for the state Department of Education since 2007.

Walker was nominated for an Older American award by two people – Mark Nellis and Basilio Fuertes, Jr.

A retired firefighter, Walker has volunteered his time with many organizations, including the West Kauai Business and Professional Association, Waimea High School track team, Rotary Club of West Kauai, and the Historic Waimea Theater and Cultural Arts Center.

Walker is a strong proponent of youth sports, community involvement, and CPR education.

He has coached soccer and track teams, helped to organize the annual Waimea Town Celebration and Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade, and coordinated the Captain Cook Caper run.

Walker and Fuller will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony at the State Capitol on May 18.

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