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February 2019 Newsletter

Download the full PDF of the February 2019 Newsletter by clicking here. (2019 LACA Las Vegas Luncheon sign-up form is included on the last page of the newsletter.)

The Lana’i Connection is published twice a year 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 or go to website lanaiconnection.com/blog.

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, Marilyn Fernandez, Norante Fernandez, Bruno Oroyan, Linda Degamo (Lana’i), Suzanna Kincaid (Lana’i), Bill Ruidas (Maui Connection).

23rd LACA – Las Vegas Connection Scholarship Luncheon celebrates “Lana’i – Pleasant Memories Ne’er Forgotten”

by Coochie Cayan

The 23rd annual LACA Las Vegas Connection Scholarship Luncheon convened on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the newly renovated ‘Ohana Room (California Hotel) with smiling Lanaians and friends.  A Hawaiian “Oli Aloha” (welcome chant) was offered by Coochie Tanodra Cayan (LACA board secretary) and an Invocation read by Ruth Nakasone (LACA board treasurer) to welcome everyone. A moment of silence was observed to honor all LACA and Lanai folks who have ua hala recently.

This year’s LACA Scholarships were awarded in May, 2018 to two deserving seniors – Leslie Nabor for the $1,500 Thomas Roy Nunotani Scholarship, and to Christopher Tan for the $1,000 Suzanne Damian Pascua Scholarship.  Congratulations to both of you!

An excellent buffet lunch was enjoyed by everyone as the Kevin Brown Trio played authentic Hawaiian music.  The program began with recognition of Na Kupuna and their longevity with the LACA board activities which included Ruth Nakasone, Sue Damian, and Juan “Johnny” Tanodra.  Both Sue and Johnny were on the original “Lanai Connection” planning committee 23 years ago!  

Folks were asked to share their “pleasant memories” of living on Lana’i.  Garek Gaboya shared his mother was Tina and his grandmother was Ursula Saloricman.  At a recent family reunion, he looked for the old house, took pictures and recalled growing up at his grandma’s home on Block 46.  

Rose Anbe recalled respecting all our elders.  She grew up on Block 21 near the Nobui’s, the Morita’s, the Hirayama’s and other families.  Rose saw Victor “Thor” Timbreza at another table and noted he was a classmate too.  LACA thanks Rose for volunteering to take photos at the luncheon.  

Nora Miranda shared growing up on Block 35 meant we were near the community Rubbish Pile and that is where us kids would rummage for bike parts and other “treasures.”  She misses Lana’i with the long ago pineapple fields, but does not miss the pineapple bugs that went into your clothes and nose!  Her uncle, Juan “Johnny” Tanodra added that Block 35 had a lot of musicians.  In his day, there was a lot of events at the Social Hall where they all played music and enjoyed the party too.

David Gaboya, brother of Garek, remembered the pineapple fields and working there in his youth.  He said the #1 fields were fun working in the summer and visiting his grandmother.

Jojo Endrina Timbreza shared her wedding day blues at the Sacred Hearts Church.  After the wedding ceremony, everyone headed to Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Island) at Hulopoe Beach for the last blessing.  Jojo and Thor waited in front of the church for their ride, but Aue! everyone had left.  Luckily, Dolpho Sanchez was driving by and stopped to ask them if they needed a ride!  They made it to Sweetheart Island and received the last blessing for their wedding vows!

Doris Anbe shared how they enjoyed the flower gardens of Lana’i especially the beautiful Ito garden with so many flowers.  Her son really loves Lana’i, and so she helped them plan their memorable wedding and dinner at the Koele Lodge.  Doris and her family continues to visit Lana’i and enjoys catching the ferry to Maui too.

Meanwhile, the raffles and silent auction was busy with tickets and bids.  This year’s most sought after raffle were a Tahitian black pearl necklace valued at $1,500; a single black Tahitian pearl necklace valued at more than $500; and five sunrise shell necklaces also valued at more than $200 each.  These beautiful pieces were donated by LACA supporter Herman Helemano Lee, Hawaiian artist.  Lucky Donna Lloyd, wife of Ted Lloyd (Tanodra ‘Ohana) won the Tahitian black pearl necklace and Sue Damian won the single Tahitian black pearl necklace.  The sunrise shell necklaces were won by the mother-daughter team of Joy Jacobs and Stacie Nefalar.  Other raffle items included a handmade ukulele (to Doris Anbe) and a wall clock by Pedring Dugay, two pineapple design clocks (Monica Cockett and Stacie Neffaler) by Ricky Tamashiro, and a Lana’i Playhouse print (to Jason Gaboya).  The California Hotel $100 dinner certificate was won by Thor Timbreza and the five-day California Hotel certificate won by Sharon Gaboya.  All Silent Auction items were settled with the winning bidders.  All proceeds from the raffles and Silent Auction goes towards the LACA Scholarship Fund to Lana’i High School who awards two deserving seniors yearly.  Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year, too.

The exciting surprise of the luncheon was the appearance of Vacation Hawaii’s media crew, Kevin Kaneshiro to interview LACA folks on the 23rd year celebration.  Unbeknownst to all, the Hawaii News Now newscasters, Steve Uyehara and Grace Lee were the interviewers and video-taped the excited Lanaians and guests.  Most of the attendees posed for photos with Steve and Grace to share on social media immediately.  The Hawaii News Now team especially wanted to tape the group singing the alma mater.  Everyone gathered around Na Kupuna and sang their hearts out!!!  It was quite joyous and the news team had fun talking story with folks and were appreciative of the leis and makana (gifts) presented to them.  What a superb ending to the 23rd scholarship reunion!

LACA looks forward to the 2019 scholarship luncheon and seeing you and your ohana and classmates there!  Come and join in the festivities!

IN MEMORIAM

Naha ke kanaka, ka hale o ke aloha.
Broken is man, the house of love.
One is grieved by the death of a beloved.

(‘Olelo Noeau 2210)

Everett Cabanilla
Alfred Lopez, Sr.
Naleihua Iona O’Neal
Mildred Sakaue
Kikue Shigematsu
Molly Sakamoto
Yoshi Sakuma

Lana’i Alumni News

  • The Class of 1958 gathered in September at the Main Street Hotel, Las Vegas to talk story, share a meal and recall Lana’i High memories. Classmates in attendance were Monica Cockett, Carol Ann Fujimoto Tsumura, Jeri Hiroyama Iba, Enigdio Jamero, Leroy Cabanilla, Irene Dalde Seawright, and Jerry Seawright.  Laughter and memories abounded as the classmates reminisced about the good old days and some kolohe times!
  • The Class of 1961 remembers their late classmate, Delores Darlene Cole Lanai (1943-2016) who lived on Lana’i for her Sophomore year with her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Tuttle. Darlene so loved Lana’i; she legally added it to her last name.
  • The Class of 1968 celebrated their 50th reunion on Lana’i with much talk story time, a golf tourney, a trek to Hulopo’e and several bountiful pot luck meals.  Folks travelled from New Mexico, California, Oregon and Hawaii nei.  The typical wintry rains of Lana’i appeared but did not dampen the high spirits of the CO’68. 
  • The Class of 1969 met on November 11th to plan their 50th class reunion for the latter part of 2019.  Classmates Bruce Matsuura, Wade and Bernie Tamashiro, Wayne Tamashiro, Sharon Hashimoto, and Coochie Cayan convened at the 99 Ranch to discuss possible venues, dates and places.  A survey of classmates via email and calls resulted in a probable reunion at the 2019 LACA event with a close second for meeting on Lana’i the weekend of the Pineapple Fest.  More information will be sent to all CO69-ers.
  • The Classes of 1969, 1970 and 1971 convened on November 17th at the Zippy’s Vineyard for an early breakfast and talk story session.  Early birds included Winona Masutani, Ray Tamashiro, Deborah Lee Eharis, Jo Ann Young, Joe Pat Au, Dorinda “Pinky” Blanko, Ricky Oyama, Coochie Cayan, Theron Fujie, Elaine Yamaguchi, Ricky Tamashiro.  These informal quarterly breakfasts convene to continue the Lana’i spirit of fellowship and remembering good fun memories.  Also, mahalo for the donations to the LACA Scholarship Fund from Ricky, Dot and Jo Ann.  Next breakfast fellowship in early 2019
  • Remember the Pinelads beat Punahou in 1956 (see LACA e-news, November 2017) in a memorable basketball game? One of the players, Dr. Ismael Naanep, is a retired physician in Des Moines, Iowa and his granddaughter, Cari Naanep is a notable athlete like her grandfather.  Cari won the 2018 Iowa Girls Tennis Tournament in Iowa City, and will be inducted into her school, Johnston High Hall of Fame.  Dr. Naanep was in the last immigrants of Filipinos in 1946 to join their families to work in Hawaii’s plantations. 

Lanai one team updates

by Coop DeRenne

The Lanai One Team group is moving on the final design for the building of a new batting cage/ field house for the high school baseball games. The following have provided much needed kokua:

  1. Shane Victorino and his foundation, through his right hand lady, Kari Uyehara, have provided expertise to our project. Thanks Shane and Kari!
  2. Architect, Charlie Palumbo, Pulama Lanai, has finalized our design and will see the project through its completion. Thanks Charlie!
  3. Lanai Community Association (LCA) has graciously allowed our Lanai One Team organization to be the “holding tank” for our donations. Thus, beginning today, if you want to make a tax write-off donation, please send to the following account: Lanai One Team Account, attn: Kay Okimoto, Lanai Community Association, P.O. Box 630763, Lanai City, HI 96763.
  4. Les Tamashiro will spearhead our major Honolulu fundraiser early in 2019 with details to be announced. Again, thanks to you all! God Bless!
  5. For details on the final design, please email Coop DeRenne at coop@hawaii.edu.

The Lanai One Team has 43 sport-community members within our consortium that we started two years ago. Thank you all for your support, prayers, and friendship. This is the update from this past December I asked you all to pray for our mini-transportation crisis on Lanai with our athletic teams. Since Dollar Rental Car went out of business, we had no way to transport our student-athletes tothe airport and harbor.

Then God showed up! After much prayer and numerous phone calls leading to dead ends, on behalf of our school principal, Elton Kinoshita, and athletic director, Sumi, I was able to reach D.O.E.’s Maui County Director of Transportation, Robert Joseph. He led me to Hana School’s principal, Rick Paul and his Director of Transportation, Wailani “Lani” Nakooka, who both blessed us with a super used 14- passenger school bus. In addition, they will donate another bus to us this spring. Furthermore, Shane and Mike Victorino Jr., blessed us with a shipping waiver for the transportation fee. God orchestrated this bus transfer through wonderful people. That is how God works! We on Lanai thank you all for your support and prayers. God bless you all! With aloha, Coop.

APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

Download the full PDF of the April 2018 Newsletter by clicking here.

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 or go to website lanaiconnection.com/blog.

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, Marilyn Fernandez, Norante Fernandez, Bruno Oroyan, Linda Degamo (Lana’i), Suzanna Kincaid (Lana’i), Bill Ruidas (Maui Connection).

LACA Updates — LACA Vegas Luncheon Registration is open!

The annual LACA – Las Vegas Scholarship Luncheon is scheduled for September 22, 2018 at the California Hotel from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Click to download the registration form.  Please register early with your classmates or family.  The program includes authentic Hawaiian music, an onolicious buffet lunch, a silent auction and door prizes with time to share your treasured memories of Lana’i. The LACA board looks forward to another year of making memories and in turn you all are providing for the annual award of scholarships for deserving seniors.

Memories make Lana’i special to all who have lived there, gone to school and or spent endless summers picking pine in the dusty red fields.  Upcoming events in July will certainly create more memorable times for alumni and community folks.

Many Lana’i community folks and alumni are planning an 80th observation of Lana’i High School for the weekend of July 7, 2018.  Another parade of classes from all years is encouraged to participate – decorating vehicles, walking together in class attire, and cheering for your class!  The Saturday parade will go around Dole Square and is sure to garner many a cheer for alumni and current students.  Details are being worked out amongst class representatives with Juan Degamo.  Please check with your classmates on any plans for your class participation.

A school assembly is planned for Friday, July 6 at the high school.  Please check the school’s website for more information and or contact Juan Degamo and or the Lanai Community Association on Facebook.  Details not available at print time.

That Saturday afternoon will kick off the annual Pineapple Festival in Dole Park with music, food booths, vendors, and community booths.  Check the Lanai Today website for more information as the date for the festival nears.  There will also be information on special ferry times from Lahaina to Lanai for folks wanting to ferry over and return that evening.

The Class of 1970 and Class of 1971 meet almost quarterly at the Zippy’s on Vineyard Blvd. in Honolulu to share breakfast and talk story about Lana’i.  The last gathering had about 30 folks and lasted from breakfast to almost lunch time! 

One of the questions posed to the LACA was “Should there be a LACA function on O’ahu?”  Your thoughts are welcome with feasible suggestions on when, where and date and planning volunteers.  Please email the LACA board at info@lanaiconnection.com or write to LACA, PO Box 515, Pearl City, HI 96782.  The LACA board looks forward to your suggestions and or volunteerism for planning purposes.

NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Download the full PDF of the November 2017 Newsletter by clicking here.

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 or go to website lanaiconnection.com/blog.

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, Marilyn Fernandez, Norante Fernandez, Bruno Oroyan, Linda Degamo (Lana’i), Suzanna Kincaid (Lana’i), Bill Ruidas (Maui Connection).

LACA Luncheon 2017

The annual LACA At Las Vegas Scholarship Luncheon buzzed with an array of excited alumni, family and friends on September 23, 2017 at the California Hotel.  This year’s theme emphasized “Love and Loyalty” – Loyalty for our alma mater, Lana’i High and Elementary School and the Love for our island, Lana’i.

A traditional chant honoring the island of Lana’i was offered and is reprinted upon request:

“ Hanohano Lana’i ke kauna’oa,  
Kohu kapa ‘ahu’ula kau poohiwi,
‘Oiwi nani ‘oe ku kilakila
Kehakeha i ka maka ke ‘ike aku
‘Alawa iho ‘oe I kona nani
Honi aku I ke’ala o ka palai
Ha’ina Lana’i i ana ka puana
Kohu kapa ‘ahu’ula kau poohiwi.
Honored is Lana’i by the kauna’oa,
Like a feather cape on its shoulder.
You are beautiful
Standing proudly for eyes to behold.
As you glance at her beauty
The scent of palai is wafter.
Tell the refrain of Lana’i,
Like a feather cape on its shoulder.”

A warm welcome to the attendees was extended by LACA board secretary and event co-chairman, Phyllis Coochie Tanodra Cayan.  The board emphasized its focus is to sustain the two scholarship awards given annually to two deserving seniors.  The 2017 awards in May went to Leonard Valdez (LACA Thomas Roy Nunotani Scholarship for $1,000) and to Ian Viloria (LACA Suzanne Pascua Damian Scholarship for $500).  Folks were encouraged to donate any amount towards the LACA Scholarship Fund to continue assistance to deserving seniors to pursue their higher education goals.

Two generous donations came from Mariano and Solidad Masicampo who were unable to attend this year as they were on Lana’i visiting family; and the second donation was from the Wilkinson Family in memory of Dr. Bill Wilkinson who had passed this year.

An inspiring invocation was offered by Ruth Nakasone, LACA board treasurer.  Ruth hails from the island of Kauai and has diligently served on the LACA board for many years in memory of her late husband, Hideke Nakasone, who hailed from Lana’i.  A moment of silence was held in memory of all former Lana’ians, family and friends who made Lana’i the special place it is.

Authentic Hawaiian music was provided by the father-son duo of Kevin Brown and Ikaika Brown in their nahenahe style especially sweet in their renditions of “Ko’ele” and “Mele O Lana’i” during the buffet luncheon.  Centerpieces were designed by board member, Monica Cockett who created a stunning white silk orchids arrangement in a glass vase with a hand etched pineapple design.  Each centerpiece was sold with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.  Each setting had a green and yellow favor packet comprising of a cute pair of slipper luggage tags, a notepad and a pineapple recipe book.  Also, inserted in the bright yellow program was a special pin made of tiny pine cones from Lana’i, sprayed golden with green leaves looking like a pineapple.  Many folks pinned it on immediately, proclaiming their “Love and Loyalty to Lana’i.”  Mahalo nui loa to the creative hands of Terri Pascua, Ruth Nakasone and Monica Cockett who created the meaningful favors.  This year’s green and yellow ribbon leis woven with pull tabs (mahalo Marge Asato for the tabs) adorned each attendee and were created by Norante and Marilyn Fernandez and Sue Damian. Mahalo nui loa!  The Silent Auction was a bargain for the winning bidders and boasted many island favorites like Spam, macadamia nut candies, Kona coffee as well selected fashion handbags and other accessories.  All proceeds from the Silent Auction benefits the scholarship fund.  Mahalo Sue and her nieces, Trudi and Karol for another outstanding Silent Auction!

More kokua for the scholarship fund was raised from two raffles and direct sales of donated handcrafted bracelets, O’ahu spa certificates and assorted goodies. The yearly hand-crafted ukulele donated by Pedring Dugay was a stunning Zebra wood creation in its own case and won by Susanna Kincaid, an attendee and founding director at every LACA reunion since its inception.  Other raffle items  included a wooden clock and two framed etchings won by Clay Garalde and his Ohana. The Grand Prize drawing of the Five Nights At California Hotel certificate went to Janice Tung and the Redwood Restaurant Dinner Certificate valued at $100 went to John Preston Lloyd.  Folks enjoyed winning prizes as well as donating with direct purchases and bids at the Silent Auction.  Mahalo nui loa!

Two alumni and board members of the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center (LCHC), Warren Osako and Dan Del Rosario were the key note speakers this year.  Both advocated for the work and community outreach by the cultural center especially in the preservation of early plantation documents, photos and relics.  Warren talked about the early days of pineapple work – the manual labor of picking pine for the hourly pay of seven (7) cents an hour.  He displayed a small yellow card for an employee that would record his hours worked which was used to calculate his pay at the end of the work week.  Folks gasped at the low hourly wages for jobs working under the hot sun in the pineapple fields.  In closing, Warren read the name of the long-ago employee as “Lloyd Cockett” and presented the well-worn card to an appreciative board member Monica Cockett, daughter of the late well-known Uncle Lloyd.

Dan Del Rosario spoke to the various programs that the LCHC facilitates in the community including the annual summer program for high school students.  This program brings together adults with the youth of Lana’i to interact with the history and the island’s resources in shared weeks of exploration, caring for the land,and creating new stories and art inspired by the island.  All Lana’i folks are encouraged to keep informed on the center’s activities via their website www.Lanaichc.org.

The second half of the program was filled with folks sharing their Lana’i memories.  Monica Cockett started the sharing and told how as a child, her most disliked chore was in the morning before going to school, she had to empty out the chamber pots at the outdoor outhouse.  Well, one morning she was a little late for school and just hurried up to the outhouse with the chamber pots; flung the door open and tossed the chamber pot contents in without looking.  Immediately, a barrage of Filipino swear words was shouted by an unnamed Filipino neighbor!  Monica didn’t look, she just ran home.  Surprisingly, no one found out it was her!

Dan Del Rosario recalled a memory of the fishing shacks that once lined the edge of the now Manele Small Boat Harbor and how the old folks would huli huli turkey and at Christmas it would be a huli huli pig.  He recalled his Papa and friends drinking gallons of booze or something.  At Keomoku, Dan remembered his Dad digging a well with Uncle John with a debate on how deep to go. Unfortunately, they did hit salt water having gone too deep.  Dan notes how kids now days will not believe spending entire summers at Naha fishpond, driving through the tunnel of low kiawe trees by putting down the windshield and ducking down in the Jeep – real Lana’i-style!  His Papa’s wisdom included mana’o to “…take care the kai and the ‘aina feed us,” and he always said how lucky they were to have come to Lana’I where folks help each other and shared their fish or bananas with neighbors.  This is the heart and soul of Lana’i.  Dan added he understands that “…I am the way I am being from Lana’i…”

Louie Obado remembers his Lana’i days filled with riding his horse, his Harley Davidson and getting his car license (a rite of passage for many teens on Lana’i).  He recalls going to White Stone and picking limu.  Later, when he got out of the Army, all the limu at White Stone was gone because new immigrants has pulled out the entire limu by its roots.  Aue!  He also shared hanging out with Bozo on Block 35 and whenever there was some kind of trouble the cops would first go to Block 35. Evidently, the notorious kolohe boys all lived on Block 35 – the Enfields, the Tanodras, the Pagays, the Tadios!

Ruth Nakasone shared her late kolohe husband, James Hideke’s varsity letter “L” and his sports certificates earned from his achievements at Lana’i High.  At that time, Ruth noted that the team captains were Larry Tanigawa, Dickie Trujillo, and Arsenio Perez under the direction of Coach Minami.

Elaine Perry was very well known as an athlete in her high school days.  She laughingly shared how one day the girls basketball team was playing in the gym.  Elaine was preparing to make a basket when her underwear (no elastic then) slid to her knees as she lunged and made a really good basket.  Oh, how she scrambled to pull up her underwear!  Another memory Elaine shared was working in the pine fields and having to use the bathroom without anyone seeing you or getting poked by the plants.  She said life was wonderful and thanks God she was born on Lana’i.  After graduation, Elaine continued married, raised a family and continued to play sports and travel all over the world.  A particularly significant memory was at age 75 being on the National U.S.A. championship team for Senior Women and travelling to the Seniors Olympics.  What an achievement for a humble Lana’i wahine!

Bob Hirayama is proud to be born and raised on Lana’i and being able to attend school in those days.  He acknowledges Mr. George Ito, who was present, as inspiring him to pursue a degree in woodwork while at a Wisconsin university.  Bob thanked the old folks for teaching him a lot of things, but he especially remembers Uncle Lloyd Cockett for his aloha.  Uncle Lloyd showed him all the places around the island and taught him the old Hawaiian ways to take care the island.  Bob thanked his old hunting partner, Monica Cockett and friend Ted with whom he would go holoholo with Uncle Lloyd.  He remembers those days filled with Uncle Lloyd’s stories and wished he had learned more then.

Irene Dalde, Class of ’58 shared her love for Lana’i and memories of playing PeeWee, marbles, hide & seek.  She said when they lived on Block 35 they would hide in the “ban-yo” or bathroom house and the old man would yell at them to “Get Out.”  She feels some regret that after high school it was the norm to get away from the small community.  However, Irene did return to help her parents run the island’s only theater and four lane bowling alley business with a tiny restaurant and pool hall.  Irene enjoyed going to the library as a teen because it was located near the gym and she could watch all the boys going to the gym!  In retrospect, Irene feels very fortunate to be from Lana’i.

Pinky Blanko shared that her grandma’s house was near the chicken fight place and a big part of her growing up memories.  She remembers her Grandma taking in laundry from the single Filipino men workers and how she had to iron starched clothes including the boxer shorts.  Pinky reflected she learned so much about working hard from her Grandma and is proud to be from Lana’i.

Ricky Tamashiro did a replay of the “…Tamashiro to Tamashiro to Tamashiro…” sportscaster and noted that the players first names were Nelson, Wayne and Wade.  He remembered the many nicknames Lana’i friends had like “Bato” “Fats” “High Blood” which was often based on a person’s character or physical appearance.  He remembers growing up with the Nobui boys and the Anbe girls, going to the Buddhist church and the annual Obon Festival.  One day, Ricky and his brother walked half way to church, then turned around to go home, and got lickings for not really going to church.  He said he couldn’t sit for three days!  Ricky reminded folks how we all grew up together on Lana’i by sharing and helping each other.  He notes that the Lana’i golfers continue to kokua with the high school scholarship fund.  Also, Ricky shared that the Cavendish golf course is the best in Hawaii which not much folks realize that the #6 hole is a significant challenge due to the crosswinds and that the #3 hole remains an old school remnant.

Doris Anbe shared how much aloha her family has for Lana’i.  Her son came home in August, told her he wanted the wedding on Lana’i, and it was planned on two weeks notice with 18 family members in attendance.  Doris was pleased with the memorable reception being held at the Hotel Lana’i and recommends the historic inn for future visits.

“Jojo” Endrina Timbreza laughingly shared her Lana’i wedding day to her second husband and classmate, Thor known as the “Ukulele Boy” in high school.  Jojo said Thor insisted on being married on Lana’i at the Catholic Church to be followed by a blessing at Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Island).  The wedding went off as planned.  After the ceremony, the bride and groom remained to sign the certificates with the priest while all the attendees drove off to Pu’u Pehe.  The priest finished the signing, and went off to drive to Manele, too.  Thor and Jojo stood outside the church,  and then realized that everyone had left and they had no car to go to Manele.  Luckily, the late Dolpho Sanches was driving by, stopped and asked them what were they doing alone at the church.  A little flustered by the oversight, they did make it to Pu’u Pehe with Dolpho’s help.

Much reminiscing was going on at each table as memories were evoked by the above speakers and or folks remembering each other’s family or neighbors.  This is the essence of the annual LACA luncheon to share a meal, to share Lana’i memories and to kokua the scholarship fund.  MAHALO NUI LOA TO ALL WHO MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE LACA SCHOLARSHIP FUND!!!

Save the date and make your travel plans for the next LACA Scholarship Luncheon in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at noon at the Ohana Room, California Hotel.  Registration forms are in this issue.  Any questions may be directed to the LACA Board at PO Box 515, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782 or via email at info@Lanaiconnection.com.