Sadie And James Honda
Age ain’t nothing but a number, at least according to James and Sadie Honda.
The Kaneohe couple are tireless volunteers with local nonprofit Surfing The Nations, and they have been putting in extra hours to feed the hungry every Thursday and Friday evening for the past 10 years.
“They asked us at Grace Bible Church, so we senior citizens went to help on Fridays. Ever since then, we never quit and we keep on going,” says Sadie, a former seamstress and Zippy’s employee.
STN was founded nearly 13 years ago with the intent of impacting local and international communities through the sport of surfing. It has since grown to feed more than 2,000 people a week through its Feeding The Hungry program, as well as reach at-risk youths in high school and college islandwide.
With all those hungry mouths to feed, STN co-founder and director of operations Cindy Bauer says having the Hondas on board has been a blessing.
“They’ve been doing this for so many years, I can’t even remember what it was like without them. They have never missed a week,” Bauer says. “Together, they just serve, serve and serve some more.”
And it’s not just the needy in Kalihi the Hondas serve. Bauer says that when STN volunteers stock up on items from the Hawaii Foodbank each Friday, Sadie is always there with one of her many delicious, homemade meals for the workers to enjoy.
“All the male-folks, they just help themselves to whatever I make,” says Sadie with soft laugh. Some of her favorite dishes include chili and rice, pork and beans, and shoyu chicken or pork.
“I’ve been cooking since I was a teenager. My parents were busy, so I had to do the shopping and the cooking at an early age.”
James is right beside his wife of 46 years at the Foodbank, lifting boxes and palettes of food right along with the 20-somethings.
“You know, all my friends from (STN), they don’t know how old I am. They think I’m still a young boy because I can lift things, and whatever they do I can still do it!” says James, who worked at Pearl Harbor for 39 years before retiring. He now stays young and fit through swimming and performing chores for his neighbors.
They both agree: “Just giving back to the community, it’s a nice feeling.”
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