Pillar: For ancestral feathers suffering from forgetfulness November 20, 2021 by admin987 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Synopsis: November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a fairly new disease for us as Hawaiians to navigate as our life expectancy has increased drastically from the 19th century. O Kauakükalahale; Hello with you Please allow a separate inch of your fragile body that is constantly wet in Kauakükalahale so that this author can tell a story. This month is a memorial month for those with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Hawai’i, there are approximately 100,000 people with the disease across the Hawaiian Islands. Because of this large number, my anxiety increased. While it’s important for the Hawaiian people to live face to face with their ancestors, to live close to each other and to be familiar with the voice, this is how we look at teachers and learn the traditional knowledge of our ancestors. We are all storytellers, the Hawaiians. And here is my second concern. How can we learn from the stories that have fallen from the lips of these ancestors if they have simply forgotten the meaning? The average life expectancy of a person with Alzheimer’s disease is 80. However, the average life expectancy of Hawaiians is only 63 years. And so it was in the 1950s. As we know, for most Hawaiians living in the 19th century, they did not have many years, but it went a long way, but it did not return due to the many epidemics in time. Life is short. Perhaps our ancestors did not know about this forgetfulness disease because of the short life in those days. It’s beautiful, Hawaiians’ lives are much longer these days, and the elderly live largely with yellow feet, so they are fat, pale, and unclean. For the grandparents and great-grandparents of today’s Hawaiian youth, they are all the first generation to be infected with the disease. After all, once we see this new disease, how can life be saved? I know that for most Hawaiians, going to the doctor is a chore! Sometimes there is a needle that does not go off the color and the grandparents can get angry at the doctor’s appointment. But I would encourage you, young seniors, to take your eldest to the doctor to maintain good health. The body and the mind too. If the elderly show signs of this condition, they should be taken to a doctor immediately. Dear friends reading Kükalahale rain, this is a voice of encouragement to you all. Do not forget the lessons of our ancestors so that knowledge is not lost. Our story will continue and we will enter into a meal with our ancestors while our eyes are still on us. It is through the ancestors that the foundation will be established and a depot will be built where their thoughts will be established in the future. Here I leave my love with you dear readers. Mail to us, Laiana Wong and Kekeha Solis, in the mailbox below: >> email@example.com >> firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: >> 808-956-2627 (Laiana) >> 808-956-2627 (Kekeha) This column is coordinated by the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii in Mänoa.