August 28, 2016
Hedy Harrison-Anduha has been a resident of Cerritos during its initial growth in the 1960s and has played an active role in her community ever since.
Before retiring in 2003, Ms. Harrison-Anduha was a children’s librarian for the city. She established many programs and projects that assisted the library in providing services to the community. Hedy is also a founding member of the Friends of the Cerritos Library, which was formed in 1972.
“As a founding member of the Friends of the Cerritos Library, it was important to the group to establish a cornerstone for the love of reading, exploration, and research for the people that live in Cerritos,” said Anduha.
Despite her retirement, Hedy currently is dedicated to teaching Hula dance and Hawaiian culture at the Cerritos Senior center through the Da Hawaii Seniors Club. She has been a charter member since 1998 and seeks to share and promote the Hawaiian culture by offering her years of experience as a Hulu dancer and ukulele player.
The Club offers beginning hula classes on Wednesday and an Intermediate/Advanced class on Thursdays and has a membership of over 100 dancers.
“As a hula instructor (kumu), I am able to spread the aloha spirit in the community and lead a wonderful group of senior women so they can spread the aloha spirit throughout the community and in their own cultures,” said Hedy. “That is my journey, my hu'akai!”