APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

April 2016 (Vol. 39, Issue 1)
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The Lana’i Connection is published twice a year (April and November) to inform members of the purposes of the Lana’i Alumni and Community Association (LACA).

Articles and photos may be submitted by no later than a month prior to publication via email to info@lanaiconnection.com  or via mail at LACA, P.O. Box 515, Pearl City, Hawaii  96782.  We reserve the right to edit and or accept any article before publication.


Editor:                Coochie Tanodra Cayan

Copyreader:       Monica Cockett

Designer/Webmaster:   Donna Shiroma Nakasue

LACA MEMBERSHIP is only $10.00 for your lifetime.  Membership is open to all alumni, residents and community supporters.  Email for more info and how to apply for membership info@lanaiconnection.com.

The LACA Scholarship Fund are sent by the board of directors to Lanai High School for the yearly awards.  All donations at this time to the LACA are not tax deductible.  The LACA is working towards a non-profit status to assure your donations may be tax deductible in the future.  LACA scholarships are awarded at the annual LHES Awards Assembly in May by board representatives.  Your checks should indicate it is for the LHES scholarship fund.  Mahalo nui loa for your consideration!

HOW TO CONTACT LACA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  You may write to the LACA at P.O.Box 515, Pearl City, HI  96782 or via email at info@lanaiconnection.com

LACA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Co-chairman:  Monica Cockett and Coochie Tanodra Cayan

Treasurer:       Ruth Nakasone

Secretary:       Coochie Cayan

Directors:      Marge Asato, Susanne Damian, Bruno Oroyan, Linda Degamo (Lana’i), Suzanna Kincaid (Lana’i), Bill Ruidas (Maui Connection).

LACA VEGAS REUNION is SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 AT THE CALIFORNIA HOTEL

Aloha kakou!  All LACA members and supporters mark your calendars for the 2016 annual luncheon reunion on September 24th, Saturday, at the California Hotel’s Ohana banquet rooms.  Download and complete the registration form for your reservations with payment to LACA, P.O. Box 515, Pearl City, HI 96782.

Come and share your memories of growing up on Lana’i or share a good fun story of attending Lanai High & Elementary School.  Last year, many of the stories shared had folks smiling, laughing and just a bit nostalgic too.  Got talent?  You can sing and hula, too.  No hilahila!

The uniqueness of growing up on Lana’i continues today as the next generations make their memories with cultural work days, helping clean yards for senior citizens, and being highly competitive in county and statewide sports.  What will they be sharing in ten years?

Mark your calendars.  Make your vacation plans now!  Please note on your registration form if you want to seat with classmates or other folks.  See you there!

Mahalo nui loa e, Robert “Bob” Kinoshita

 by Donna Reyes Ching


We mourn the loss of Robert Kinoshita who passed away on Sunday, January 17th,  2016.  As a founding member of the Lanai Alumni and Community Association (LACA), his generosity for twenty years has enabled the organization to thrive.  In addition, Bob designated a modular building at Sand Island as a meeting place for the LACA board and its members.

We mourn the loss of Robert Kinoshita who passed away on Sunday, January 17th,  2016.  As a founding member of the Lanai Alumni and Community Association (LACA), his generosity for twenty years has enabled the organization to thrive.  In addition, Bob designated a modular building at Sand Island as a meeting place for the LACA board and its members.

Bob’s most recent financial support as the president/owner of Kula Sand, LLC dba Honolulu Container Storage Rentals paid for the publication of the LACA 20th commemorative historical book “The Evolution of the Lanai Alumni and Community Association.”  The book committee fulfilled Bob’s desire that net proceeds from the sale of the books be made to the LACA operations fund and that $1,000 be donated to the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

Collaborators and support personnel for the publication included the late Bob Kinoshita, Rosita & Jacob Hueu, Tina Mendes, Randy Sanches, Donna Reyes Ching. Gloria & Vince Reyes, Donna  Shiroma Nakasue, Susana Kincaid, Maggie Masicampo, Jane Primicias, Jay Reponte, and Bill and Larraine Avery.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

CALIFORNIA – LANAI FOLKS 
PICNIC 2016

DATE:   Saturday, May 14th, 2016
TIME:   10:00 A.M. till sunset
PLACE:   Doheny State Beach Park
  25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive

  Dana Point, California 92629
PARKING FEE $15.00 per car

BRING A RAFFLE GIFT!  
POTLUCK…POTLUCK…POTLUCK!

Park has great facilities, great location, parking area and amenities.

Google directions or check your atlas to get there!

Mahalo to Sally Tabura Cadiente and Gloria Obado Reyes!

Class of 1959 Birthday Celebration – Sept. 2016

The Class of 1959 will be celebrating their 75th birthdays together in September 2016 in Las Vegas the day before the LACA luncheon at the Pullman Room.  Their special guests will be the Class of 1958 and the Class of 1961.  Surprises are being kept secret till September.  Marge Asato is the contact for the Class of 1959, Jeri for the Class of 1958 and Jane for the Class of 1961.  Please get the contact numbers from your class representative or classmates. 

Mahalo for Your Donations

The following folks and groups’ donations will be used as earmarked for the LACA Scholarship Fund, LHES Sports Programs and or for operational expenses.  Your kokua is much appreciated!

Eiko Hidani
Herbert and Katherine Minn
George T. Higa
Karen Nobui Katagiri
Marcellino Sugitan
Nancy Lantz
Joseph Ricamara
Susana Kincaid
Helen E. and Thomas Dang
Elissa Richardson
Susanne Damian
Lanai Invitational Golf Association c/o Bruce Matsuura and Nelson Tamashiro
“Evolution of LACA” Book Committee

Obituary for Robert N. Kinoshita

OBITUARY NOTICE FOR ROBERT NORIHIDE KINOSHITA –
January 7, 1931 – January 17, 2016
[Reprinted from the Lanai Times, February 2016 issue.]

“And in the setting sun shall vanish, All the glory is thy love.  Love and loyalty forever is my pledge to thee.”

The words to Lanai High and Elementary School’s alma mater were not just words to Robert Norihide Kinoshita, they were words he lived as the school’s staunchest supporter throughout his lifetime.

It was with sadness I read the letter I received from Philip Obado informing me of Robert Kinoshita’s passing on January 17 at his home in Kailua, Oahu.

“We were talking about the old days on Lanai recently and he was telling me about starting Lanai Alumni and Community Association (LACA) so I thought you might like the enclosed information for Lanai Today,” Philip wrote.  His obituary read:

Robert Norihide Kinoshita age 85 of Kailua, Hawaii, died on January 17, 2016.  Born in Lanai City on January 7, 1931, he was a member of Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin,  He was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred Hanako Isobe.  He is survived by his wife, Constance Fusako Yoshioka-Kinoshita, son Dean (Aileen), grandsons Matthew and Ryan, daughter Sandra (George) Nakamoto, grandson Ty, daughter Carol (Alan) Lau, and granddaughter Julia and grandson Davis.  He is also predeceased by father Jisaburo, mother Hatsuno, brothers Toshio Kenji Wayne, and sister Sachiko.

His schooling includes Lanai High School and Chaminade University.  His life’s career includes employment with the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, US Department of Agriculture, US Army Reserve as Supervisor Staff Administrator for the US Army Hawaii Training Center, Infantry 100th Battalion, 442 Infantry, 411th Engineer Battalion (Construction), US Army Personnel Administration Records Center, Army Reserve Personnel Center.  He retired from the US Army as Chief Warrant Officer, CW4.

Upon retirement, he entered private business as President/Owner of Pine Enterprises, Inc. dba Honolulu Transfer & Storage, Honolulu Specialty Sea Foods, Honolulu Tire Service and Honolulu Container Sales & Rental, and Hawaiian Nursery Products.

For his military service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.  He was also a founding member of Go For Broke Association, and Sand Island Business Association.

A visitation at 3 p.m. followed by a service at 4 p.m. for Robert Kinoshita will be held at Honpa Hongwanji  Hawaii Betsuin located at 1717 Pali Highway, Honolulu on February 21, 2016.

Editor Alberta de Jetley’s Note:  Robert Kinoshita was a great supporter of our school’s athletic programs.  Many of the storage containers on campus were donated to the school to store its sports equipment.  When Lanai Animal Rescue Center was being built, he donated a 40-ft. retrofitted container with doors and windows to it to be used as an animal clinic.  Throughout his busy life, he remembered his classmates and Lanai friends and stayed in touch with them throughout his life.  He will always be remembered with much aloha by all who knew him.

November 2015 Newsletter

November 2015 (Vol. 38, Issue 1)
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The Lana’i Connection is published twice a year (April and November) to inform members of the purposes of the Lana’i Alumni and Community Association (LACA).  Mahalo to all contributors!

Articles and photos may be submitted by no later than a month prior to publication via email to info@lanaiconnection.com  or via mail at LACA, P.O. Box 515, Pearl City, Hawaii  96782.  We reserve the right to edit and or accept any article before publication.


Editor:  Coochie Tanodra Cayan

Copyreader:   Monica Cockett

Designer/Webmaster:   Donna Shiroma Nakasue

LACA MEMBERSHIP is only $10.00 for your lifetime.  Membership is open to all alumni, residents and community supporters.  Email for more info and how to apply for membership info@lanaiconnection.com

The LACA Scholarship Fund is now handled at Lanai High School.  All donations at this time to the LACA are not tax deductible.  The LACA is working towards a non-profit status to assure your donations may be tax deductible in the future.  LACA scholarships are awarded at the annual LHES Awards Assembly in May by board representatives.  Your checks should indicate it is for the LHES scholarship fund.  Mahalo nui loa for your consideration!

HOW TO CONTACT LACA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  You may write to the LACA at P.O.Box 515, Pearl City, HI  96782 or via email at info@lanaiconnection.com

LACA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Co-chairman:  Monica Cockett and Coochie Tanodra Cayan

Treasurer:       Ruth Nakasone

Secretary:       Coochie Cayan

Directors:    Marge Asato, Susanne Damian, Bruno Oroyan, Linda Degamo (Lana’i), Suzanna Kincaid (Lana’i), Bill Ruidas (Maui Connection).

The board is seeking interested members to serve voluntarily with a focus on expanding the number of Lana’i directors.  Please write or email your interest in volunteering.  Mahalo nui loa.

THE LACA CONNECTION CELEBRATES ITS 20TH LAS VEGAS REUNION

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A nostalgic twentieth reunion was celebrated by LACA members, family and friends at the California Hotel on September 26, 2015.  Folks came from all points including but not limited to Michigan, Florida, Missouri and California as well as Lana’i, O’ahu and Maui.  The luncheon began with a stirring Oli Aloha (welcome chant) by Coochie Tanodra Cayan, LACA board secretary and event co-chairman, followed by a daily blessing offered by Kupuna Solidad Obado.  Juan Degamo served as a delightful emcee with a quick repartee and a long memory regarding Lana’i events, folks, and small kid time stories.  Music was provided during lunch by talented musician, Ikaika Brown.  Ikaika hails from Maui and upon request played several Lana’i songs including “Lei Ko’ele.”

A short visual visit to Lana’i made possible with a video clip on the 2015 cultural literacy summer camp for Lana’i High & Elementary School (LHES) students to malama ‘aina at the water source of Maunalei, in restoring the old Keomoku fishpond stone wall, and in hiking up to Lanaihale.  The students produced the resulting video, documented the island’s resources and composed a new Lana’i song with their mentors.  Please note that these current generations of children have never seen the island in pineapple production.  The second video highlighted the history and culture of Lana’i from mythology through ranching then plantation days.  Both videos can be viewed on the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center’s website www.lchc.org  .  Mahalo LCHC for your kokua with the videos!

For twenty years, the Sanches Ohana (Amando, Abondo, Rod, Amadeo, Tony, Dolpho, Susanna) have been attending the annual LACA gathering since its inception.  It became an annual reunion with the siblings and their children.  This year, Tony and his ohana nui attended and continued a festive family tradition.  Mahalo to the Sanches Ohana for 20 years and more of LACA memories!

Special mahalo to Sue Damian and her two nieces, Trudy and Karol for spearheading the LACA Scholarship Silent Auction these many years.  All the winning bids from the silent auction will provide for one of the annual LHES scholarships.

Mr. Tamo Mitsunaga at 93 years old graced the event with a wonderful recollection of living and working on Lana’i in the heyday of the pineapple plantation days.  His daughter Terri also shared a humorous story of the day her Dad was escorted home by the Lana’i police.  Nothing criminal!  You’ll have to hear the story from Terri or someone who was there!

Other shared memories included:

  • Hideko Saruwatari (91 years old) remembered attending Ko’ele School located where the golf course is today.  She said after a rainy night, the red dirt road turned into a stream of red mud with many earthworms and all the barefooted children jumping to avoid them walking to school.
  • Mrs. Eleanor “Sponge” Ozoa shared how they would walk to the school prom held in the gym in their pretty prom dresses as no one had a car to drive.  “Sponge” added her date gave her a gardenia stolen from someone’s garden!  Everyone laughed because she eventually did marry her prom date!
  • Joy Maile Enfield shared her memories of growing up at Kaumalapau – the Harbor camp before they moved up to Haole Camp.  Her dad, John Maile was a well-known hunter and horseman.
  • Aunty Linda “Api” Pascua Degamo shared a favorite hula “My Yellow Ginger Lei” as a makana (gift) to everyone.  Api was part of the famed “Manso” gang of hard working wahine who were unbeatable at breaking the record for the most loads harvested in one day!  We look forward to Aunty Linda’s hana hou hula next year and hopefully with more of her halau ladies.

    Many others shared their personal memories amongst their table as giggles and smiles were in evidence.

    Na Kupuna in attendance were Tamo Mitsunaga, Hideko Saruwatari, Solidad Obado, Juan Tanodra, Sonny Fernandez, Marilyn Fernandez, Suzanne Damian, Bruno Oroyan, Ted Perez, and Claudio Garalde.  They were each honored with a special lei and a table centerpiece.  The table centerpieces were artfully created by LACA board of director and co-chairman of the event, Monica Cockett to represent three areas of Lana’i – the ranch at Ko’ele (a fresh pineapple dressed with a white cowboy hat and adorned with a yellow green lei and a kerchief), the “City” (a wooden pineapple with two yellow kahili), and the “Harbor” (a wooden pineapple adorned with shells and lauhala fishes) – each had a plaque proclaiming “LACA Vegas 20th Reunion, September 26, 2015.”  All of the wooden pineapples and fresh pineapples were donated by Sue Damian.

    Folks also sang Happy Birthday to Kupuna Soledad Obado as she celebrates 90 years of life.  Mahalo to “Ninang” “Grandma” “Mrs. Obado” for her many years of volunteerism and assisting folks in the Lana’i community.

    A bright yellow LACA pen with a flashlight and rubber stylus was placed with each program as a memento of the 20th reunion.  Each attendee was greeted and adorned with a yellow & green ribbon lei.  Mahalo nui loa to member Lori Del Rosario Saffery who created and donated all of the ribbon leis!

    Kudos to Kathy Nemoto and Robert Rodrigues of the California Hotel Catering Department; to Sandy Goes, Executive Secretary; and to David Lebby, Asst. VP at the Executive Office for their years of excellent service and for providing the annual LACA grand prizes.  This year’s grand prize winner was Jerri Hirayama Ebi with a certificate for a five-day stay at the California Hotel and for also winning the second grand prize of a $100 dinner certificate.  The ukulele raffle winner was Sue Damian (her third ukulele in the past 20 years).

    Mahalo nui loa to Jeff Whaley Photography for being the official LACA photographer all these years!

    Many thanks to LHES Athletic Director, Roderick Sumagit for donating Lana’i Athletic  caps and t-shirts to the Silent Auction.  These items were in huge demand and garnered some high bidding at the silent auction table.  We’ll insist on more next year for sale with the LHES Athletic Department.

    Mahalo nui loa to all the past board of directors, to all members, friends and families who attended and created the memories of the past twenty years.  LACA looks forward to twenty more plus years of making memories with the next generations of Lanaians who are starting to attend this yearly event.  See you all next year. Imua Pinelads and Pinelasses!

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