2009 LACA Las Vegas Connection

by Suzanne Pascua Damian

Sixty eight attendees on September 5th, enjoyed impromptu hulas and the Ninth Isle Serenaders. Music rendered by the Kamehameha Schools graduates and retired United Airlines employees, Lance Babo, Flash Jensen, Roy Rabanal and Kim Owen Wong was captivating and delightful! Great rapport with the audience kept everyone in the banquet room until the end of the event. The small group thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie, ono, savory, buffet and the abundance of “good kine” door prizes.

Natsuko Woo, won the grand prize of a complimentary weekend at the Cal. She commented that she had never won anything in her life. Hopefully, she’ll use the prize for the October 9, 2010 LACA Las Vegas reunion. Special recognition was given to the Sanchez Ohana for not missing any LACA/Vegas reunion since 1996! Susana Kincaid accepted the gift of aloha for her ohana.

Thanks to all who helped and provided assistance to co-chairs for the event Monica Cockett and Suzanne Damian: Joy Enfield, Jeri Iba, Carol Fujimoto, Randy Piena, Ruth Nakasone, Donna Ching, Rosita Hueu and Joana Hanawahine. A special mahalo to the California Hotel’s catering staff, Kathy Nemoto, David Lebbey and John Reppeti. Photographer was Jeff Whaley.

The night before on September 4, a gathering in the LACA Hospitality Suite at the Cal brought together newcomers: Victorino/Debbie Sabino, Norante/Marilyn Fernandez from Ewa Beach, Cynthia Outhouse from Arizona, and Nita Agaran from California and old timers Linda/Ted Perez, Randy Piena, Karol Sweet, Trudy Duggan, Ruth Nakasone, and others (sorry names are unavailable). Party-goers enjoyed pupus, beverages, and shared their hidden talents as karaoke singers.

Mark your calendar and save October 9, 2010 for the upcoming LACA Las Vegas Connection. Don’t wait until the last minute to mail in your sign up form/payment.

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