Ice Cream Carts
This past summer two ice cream carts were donated by an anonymous donor to Hale Makua Kahului for use on the Ilima and Pikake Neighborhoods. In an effort to help residents relive their childhood years of having an ice cream wagon driving around their neighborhood in the afternoon, residents and staff decorated these carts to resemble sidewalk ice cream carts complete with an umbrella and ice cream truck music. Snacks and root beer floats are offered to residents as they are pushed through the hallways. Currently staff are having trouble keeping up with demand.
This illustrates Eden Alternative Principle 5: An Elder-centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.