Give Aloha Campaign

There are just 5 days left in Give Aloha. Up through 9/23/08, Lanai High and Elementary School has received just 6 donations totaling $43.10.  We’d like to encourage LACA members on Maui, Hawai`i Island and Oahu to go into Foodland or Sack N Save before 9/30/08 and make a donation to the school, code # 77838. With the proposed budget cuts, every penny donated to the school is even more important.

Mahalo for your support and generosity!

2009 LACA Annual Membership Social


Date:  May 16, 2009
Place:  Pearl Country Club

Time:  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost:  To be announced

Coincidentally, the date selected for LACA’s Annual Social  falls on Armed Forces Day.  Special tributes will be made by the Class of 1956 and by LACA.  How nice it would be to have members of the family, classmates and friends, veterans and those in the military turn out for one or both of the events.

The Fallen Heroes tribute by the Class of 1956 will honor fifteen alumni war casualties.

World War II: Saul S. Dias, Shosai Kutaka, Choyei Oshiro, Wallace H. Oshiro, Nobuaki Tomita

Korean War: Donald Miyajima, Rufino Garalde, Yeikichi Itokazu, Kiyomitsu Kutsunai

Vietnam War: Joseph K. Saracom, Leonard M. Tadios, Dalmacio Pascua, Jr.,Gilbert B. Suetos, Narciso Bertomen, Jr.

Iraq War: Blake Magaoay

The first presentation of the Fallen Heroes photo display will be on December 13, 2008, to the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center.  The committee spearheaded by Tony Magaoay, Betty Nakafuji Itakura, Margaret Osako Platt and Donny Tadios is coordinating the Lana’i presentation with Kepa Maly, Executive Director of LCHC. LACA Directors Sheila Eligado, Coochie Cayan, and volunteers, will help as needed on Lana’i.

The second presentation by the Class of 1956 to LACA will be on May 16 at Pearl Country Club on Oahu.  Sharen Hashimoto, LACA Hawaii photo gallery coordinator, and committee members Nickie Oshiro, Mary Ellen Nakoa, Charlotte Holsomback, Jacob and Rosita Hueu, will follow up and arrange the photo display at the LACA Hawaii building at 1064 Sand Island Parkway. In gratitude for service rendered, LACA will acknowledge the presence of retired, discharged and active military personnel at the event.

Additional attractions:

• Recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Member Award will be Pierce Myers, principal of Lana’i High and Elementary School.
• Several members of kumu hula Candy Pollack’s halau Na Wahine O Ka hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai will be providing great entertainment.
• Relax and enjoy the music of Sgt. John Kauwenaole alumnus of the class of 1968 and his group.
• Assortment of raffles will be up for bids.
• Ono buffet!
• Variety of delicious desserts.

A sign up form will be in the 2008 November issue of the Lana’i Connection

Lana`i High Softball Crowned 2008 MIL Champions


By Roderick Sumagit

It has been a remarkable season, one that will never be forgotten. Through it all, the Pine lasses managed to keep their goal in sight: “MIL TITLE…. STATE TOURNAMENT”.

At the start of the season, expectations were very high.  Having qualified for the state tournament last year and returning seven starters from last year’s team; it was our time for a championship run.

It didn’t look so promising after the first four games.  The team was 0-4 and had been outscored 47-4, but this didn’t dampen their spirits.  The Pine lasses believed they could compete with the rest of the league and worked extremely hard to improve their level of play.  Through mud, rain, and sunburns, the team improved their level of play – winning 9 out of 12 games (5-1 against DII and 4-2 against DI teams).  One of the victories came against the defending state champion Baldwin Bears 2-0. The Pinelasses’ work ethics and determination paid off.  With an overall record of 9-7, the team captured the 2008 DII MIL Softball title and an automatic bid to the state tournament.

It was again an honor to represent not only the school but also the entire island at a state tournament.  This was the third state tournament appearance for Lana’i Softball but it was the first as a seeded team.  Being seeded #4 in the tournament gave the team a bye in the opening round.   In the quarterfinals, the Pinelasses faced the OIA second place team -Kaiser Cougars.  Key hitting and spectacular defensive plays gave the Pine lasses a 3-2 victory. Even more heartwarming at the end of the game, were the Pinelasses and alumni singing the alma mater.

Reaching the semifinals gave the team an opportunity to play in a world-class college facility – the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.   The opponent was the #1 seeded Kaua’i Red Raiders.  The game was a pitching duel with both pitchers striking out 10 batters.  Both teams played their hearts out.  Kaua’i prevailed 6-2.

The third place game was against Kapa’a, another Kaua’i team.   It was a seesaw battle between both teams.  The Pine lasses had the lead going into the bottom of the six; however, Kapa’a scored two unearned runs to win the game which was shortened due to a time limit.

Throughout the season the entire team held their heads high. They were humble in victory and gracious in defeat.  Quitting was never an option. The team got to showcase what “Lana’i Pride” is all about.  They had been crowned MIL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS and placed 4th at the state tournament.

They couldn’t have made it that far without the support of the Lana’i fans. Whenever they played – at home or on the road, the tremendous support from family members, friends, and alumni gave them a home field feeling and inspired them to play to their fullest potential.  Thanks to you all for an unforgettable season.

The Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center

Honoring the past, enriching the future!

by Kepa Maly, Executive Director

We are humbled and privileged to report to you that support of the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center (Lana`i CHC) has been great. Since opening our doors as a non-profit community heritage center on October 1st, 2007, we have hosted more than 4,500 participants in our programs; raised more than $40,000.00 through community donations; received a commitment of $50,000.00 a year for three years from Castle & Cooke, along with use of the present center; received a gift from Ho’opa’a i ka Na’auao in the amount of $61,000.00; secured a $30,000.00 grant from Maui County and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority; and received a major grant of $750,000.00 from the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help develop a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC.

Our goal is to ensure that the legacy of Lana`i remains an integral part of our community. Over the last ten months many efforts have been initiated and options explored to make a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC. After lengthy discussions between our board members with Castle & Cooke, program specialists and interested parties, we have determined that the most secure route for a sustainable future of the Lana`i CHC is to seek available property in Lana`i City on which to set the foundation of the heritage programs. The vision is to develop both fixed exhibits (more typical of museum settings for valued items) and living history collections, where Lana`i’s residents and visitors can experience the heritage of Lana`i.

We are also planning a controlled archival collection storage and conservation area, and community heritage library, which will house historical documents, photos, maps, textiles and other items of importance to Lana`i’s people and past.

To make this community vision a reality, and to ensure that the programs are sustainable, we need the help of everyone who cares for Lana`i. Many hands will make the work easy to complete. We are now preparing to enter into a capital improvements fundraising campaign to secure a site, and your help is needed. If we are to protect and pass on Lana`i’s history, we need families to donate cherished items reflective of the diverse cultural heritage of Lana`i. If we are to be good stewards of the artifacts and historical collections, and ensure that the rich history of Lana`i is passed on to future generations, we need a larger facility and financial support to offer the programs.

We hope that you might support the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center, by sharing history and important materials of our past, and through contributions to our fundraising efforts. Your monetary donations are tax-deductible, and you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to pass on the legacy of Lana`i’s heritage to future generations.

The Lana`i CHC is presently located in the Old Dole Administrative Building (Room 126), at 730 Lana`i Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Special arrangements for off-hour visits may be made as well. For more information please contact us. Also, more information on heritage center programs may be viewed on line at

Mahalo a nui,
Kepa Maly, Executive Director
(Board members: Pamela Mae Alconcel, Martha Evans, Colbert Matsumoto & Gary Yokoyama)

LACA Hawaii Building

Home of the Lana’i Alumni and Community Association

See photos of LACA Hawaii Building

Robert Kinoshita, president and owner of Kula Sand, LLC, has generously designated the use of the LACA Hawaii Building to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association. In the spirit of ohana, Lanai High and Elementary school organizations, alumni, and Lanai community groups are welcome to use the facility.

Rosita Viduya Hueu will be in charge of coordinating and scheduling the use of the facility for alumni reunions, meetings, social events, LACA family reunions, Lana’i school and community groups.  She can be reached at (808) 455-7605 or through postal service:

Rosita V. Hueu, Coordinator
1846 Hoolaulea Street
Pearl City, HI 96782

The building, LACA Hawaii, located at 1064 Sand Island Parkway is on state government property and under the control of the Department of Land and Natural Resource.  The property is part of the Sand Island Industrial Park and the landlord is the Sand Island Business Association.  As a tenant,   Kula Sand, LLC, is responsible in ensuring that the property is utilized appropriately.

The following are several of the features of the LACA Hawaii Building:

  • 24’ x 35’ green and white modular building
  • excellent for large and small group meetings and social functions
  • accommodates 50-75 people.
  • air conditioned
  • carpeted
  • has a restroom and shower
  • 1 large conference room with table and chairs
  • 2 small conference rooms
  • 1 lounge equipped with television, sofa, coffee table, utility sink/counter, microwave, and refrigerator

Amenities include ample parking, an outdoor barbecue shed and a portable grill.  A stainless steel (laundry) tub with water faucet is readily available for the outdoor picnic/function.

LACA Hawaii (LACA HI) will be focusing on enhancing the three (out of eight) LACA membership purposes:

  1. To promote fellowship among the alumni and the (Lanai) community members.
  2. To keep in touch with former schoolmates and friends in the community.
  3. To promote and participate in civic, industrial, recreational, educational, social, and cultural activities of the (Lanai) community.

In lieu of a deposit for use of the facility, any voluntary monetary gift of aloha will be used to help defray part of the LACA Hawaii operational expenses with surplus funds disseminated to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association (LACA) and to the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation (PSHF).  Please make checks payable to Kula Sand, LLC with the foot note memo: for LACA HI.

Robert Kinoshita was presented with the 2005 Distinguished Member Award for his significant contributions through services and financial support to the Lanai Alumni and Community Association.   He is a Charter member and belongs to the Lanai Hale Club ($1000 or more).  He and his wife Mildredhave a son Dean and two daughters, Sandra and Carol.

Calendar of Events

Board of Directors Meetings
2nd Wednesday in June, August, September, November, February, March, April

Annual Membership Meeting/Social
Usually held in May at a restaurant

August 26, 2006
LACA Hawaii Bazaar

1064 Sand Island Parkway

November 11, 2006
LACA Hawaii Holiday Craft Fair

Kapolei Middle School
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway

January 27, 2007
LACA Hawaii Photo Gallery:  Lana’i, We Remember!

Coordinator:  Sharen Hashimoto, class of 1969
Committee:  Charlotte Richardson Holsomback, Mary Ellen Richardson Nakoa, Nickie Morita Oshiro, Jacob Hueu, Rosita Viduya Hueu
Volunteers welcome.  On-going project in displaying vintage and current photos that chronicle decades of Lana’i and LACA events and milestones.

May 16, 2009
Class of 1956 will present to LACA photos and profiles of fifteen alumni war casualties which will be displayed in the LACA Hawaii Photo Gallery.  The Fallen Heroes tribute honors alumni who died in the Korean War, Vietnam, and Iraq.

Give aloha at Foodland and Sack N Save to help us raise funds

Our organization is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

How It Works
From Sept. 1 – 30, customers are invited to make donations of up to a cumulative total of $249 per person, per organization to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation.*

More Funds this Year!
The Western Union Foundation has genereously donated $50,000 to add to Foodland’s gift of $250,000 to non-profit-organizations participating in Give Aloha this year. Therefore, the total gift that will be given to all participating non-profit organizations combined is $300,000!

How To Donate

At checkout, present your Maika`i Card and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to our organization. If you do not have a Maika‘i Card, you may request one. Our five digit registration code is 77838. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. You may give up to $249 per organization (donations exceeding $249 will not be matched). The amount you have donated to us and the name of our organization will appear on your receipt. Any donation must be made payable to Foodland or Sack N Save. Donor names will not be released to our organization, so if you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Are These Contributions Tax Deductible?

These contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please save your store receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation.

*How Matching Gifts Will Be Calculated
Matching Gifts will be calculated after the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their % of Foodland’s $300,000 matching gift. The portion of the matching gift that each organization will receive will be based on the total dollar amount of customer donations designated to that organization as a % of all customer donations received for all organizations.