Art exhibition to celebrate the birthday of a 102-year-old artist

HONOLULU (KHON2) — You’re invited to an art show in Honolulu this weekend. This show celebrates a woman from Oahu who turns 102.

Being 102 is a big deal, but when you ask Esther Nowell about it.

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“Glad to still be alive, I guess,” Nowell said.

She seems neutral, but famous and invites everyone. His party is more of an art exhibit. It will be held at the Downtown Art Center and will feature his work and his passion for art.

“It makes me happy and that’s all the reason I need,” Nowell said.

Nowell is a lifelong artist and has taught art at the city’s parks department for decades. She is also a member of the Hawaii Potters Guild.

“For me, it’s just kind of necessary, I see something and I want to draw it or paint it,” Nowell said.

The last time we met this Roosevelt High School alum was two years ago at another birthday party. She celebrated her 100th birthday, dressed in a Wonder Woman costume, at her drive-in party.

Nowell said she still had the costume, but “no, I’m not a Wonder Woman, I feel a little old.”

But she continues to live and travel around the world. In fact, she just got back from a trip last month.

“Fabulous cruise to Alaska, the ship was fantastic, 14 floors, can you imagine such a thing?” she asked.

KHON2 asked if there was anything left on their bucket list and Nowell replied, “I’m really, really happy with what I did. I covered a lot of ground. Of course, you never see everything, but I mostly saw what I wanted and I liked it so much.

Nowell is also a cancer survivor and just had a tumor removed in December. She takes no medication. And thinks the key to her long life is yoga and yogurt.

“Of course, having the right genes is very important, and you don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to that,” she said.

She eats a lot of vegetables and doesn’t like carbonated drinks. Oh, and one more reason why she thinks she’s lived so long? You will often find her wearing slippers.

“I don’t believe in shoes,” Nowell explained.

Because when you live a full life like Esther Nowell, you have to be comfortable and you have to celebrate every year around the sun.

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Nowell’s birthday party will be held at the Downtown Art Center on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a limit to the number of people in the room.

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