Hawaii woman celebrates 106 years of life

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Mar 07 2014 07:35:00 PM HST

Margie Maket celebrates her 106th birthday and reveals her tips for a long life.

KAHALA, Hawaii -

There were no drinks at this party, but there was plenty of cake.

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Kahala woman, Margie Maket, celebrated her 106th birthday, and let us in on the secrets of living a long life.

Sure Margie's hearing is not what it used to be, but her brain is still sharp. If you write on this big white board she'll carry on a conversation with you. Ask her how she met her husband of 50 years, and she will tell you how it exactly happened.

"I'd gone up to marry an old boyfriend and changed my mind. Thank the Lord," said Margie.

It was 1932 on that boat ride back from Los Angeles to Hawaii when she met Bill, her husband. He was also returning home.

"The first thing he asked me was if I smoked and I said, 'Heaven sakes no.' So he said, 'I wouldn’t have bothered and gotten acquainted if you said yes,'" said Margie.

She never did smoke, does not drink, and she has been a vegetarian all her life. Margie has a few more tips to living a long life.

"Don't overeat one thing and choose your food carefully. Don't eat a lot of junk food….And exercise," said Margie.

Of course there's an exception. Cake once in a while is not so bad.

Margie's husband Bill died in 1987, but her heart is still with him.

"Bill was just number one husband. We were so happy together, I would never ever think of marrying again," she said. "I'll live with my kitty at home."

And that is where she lives -- at home in Kahala with her great niece Dani Gary watching after her. But Margie does not need much help. Gary says Margie's not on medication and her great aunt walks without a cane.

"She wakes up every morning happy and she's willing to do anything. I still take her down to the beach and put her feet in the water," said Gary.

"It's amazing sometimes as we get older we lose our memory, but sometimes she'll remember things from when she was younger," said Larry Reed, a second cousin.

Margie had one big birthday wish this year.

"If it's the Lord's will for me, I'd like to live a little longer," she said.

Bill and Margie

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Click here for more pictures of Margie over the years.


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