Class of 1958 75th Birthday Bash

by Jeri Hirayama Iba
Class of 1958

The committee for the Class of 1958 will begin planning for their 75th birthday in Las Vegas for Friday, September 25, 2015. Classmates, please mark your calendar for this “Special Event”. Having lost almost half of our classmates please consider making an extra effort to attend. More information will be sent after the committee meeting to discuss time, place, cost, etc.

Class of 1963

Submitted by Ben Dalde

Around the table, Left to right: 
Lei Dalde, Herman Calbero, Melvin Mitsunaga, Harvey Okazaki, Ben Dalde, Doris Anbe Quon, John Park and Lynne Funada Ota.
Around the table, Left to right: 
Lei Dalde, Herman Calbero, Melvin Mitsunaga, Harvey Okazaki, Ben Dalde, Doris Anbe Quon, John Park and Lynne Funada Ota.

This year our Class of ’63 will be having our 52nd reunion in Las Vegas, coincide with the LACA weekend in September. We usually have our reunions every 5 years but this year will be a milestone for us because our classmates will all be turning 70 years old.   Our classmates are spread out everywhere in the country but the Honolulu group have been pretty active. Whenever one of us is visiting from out of state, we would try to get together in Oahu for lunch. This Honolulu group have been trying to stay active and having fun by getting together at Aiea Bowl to have lunch and bowl few games. So far they’ve done it the last three months.

The picture attached is one of my visits from California where we had lunch at Nico’s.

Class of 1970

By Ricky Macabio


Front Row:  Jum Cayan, Dr. Wallace Nogami, Pinky Blank, Chris, Agliam, Marjorie Mendez, Wallito Tolentino
Back Row:  Ricky Oyama, Andrew Miranda, Ricky Macabio,
Larry Endrina

Aloha everyone. I wish to thank the Lanai High class of 1970 for helping out with LACA in Las Vegas event September last year. We also had a nice reunion with about a dozen of our classmates in attendance. Congratulations to Pinky Blanko and Wallito Tolentino for winning first place in the men’s and women’s division of the golf tournament. Maybe we should have entered the slot machine tournament as well. For those classmates who did not make it we hope to see you next time. As we reminisced the good old days we are always mindful of our classmates who have gone before us. They will always be missed and remembered with fond aloha.

A Big Mahalo for your Continued Support Monies Help Maintain our Operational Expenses

Richard Arakaki
Bill Wilkinson
LD Productions, Inc. Larry & Darlene Endrina (CD Sales)
LACA Invitational Golf Association
Pedring Dugay (Ukulele Raffle)
Tony Sanchez
Fred Ballesteros
Ted Nobui
Jacob & Rosita Hueu
Hideko Sararuwtari
Tom & Elaine Dang
Irene Seawright
Joe Ricamara
Eleanor Ozoa – in memory of her husband Vincent and daughter Dolly
Howard and Molly Sakamoto
Ronald & Lety Rabang
Eiko Hidani – in memory of Rudolph Jimenz, Sr. (Chester Eon, IN)
Francine Christianson – in memory of John & Gerry Janowski
Marcellino Sugitan
William Olsen
Molly Sakamoto
Richard Kawakami
Charles “Chuck” Hendrickson
Richard Arakaki – In memory of sisters-in-law Doris Kuboyama and Emiko Shimizu
Suzanne Damian
Tom & Elaine Dang
Ben Dalde

(I apologize if I missed your name, please send me an email or letter to be posted in the next newsletter.)

* Excuse if we did not take your names down at the LACA/Vegas Reunion

Christmas Neighborhood Concert 
at the Buendia’s

By Gloria Obado Reyes

Connie Tanodra Del Rosario, Melveen Leed, 
Sue Obado, Gloria Obado Reyes

Who would ever dream of watching Hawaii’s top entertainer, Melveen Leed perform at her best friends’ front lawn in December. WOW! Unreal but true.

The evening began with potluck dinner and munching on desserts throughout the night. As in the past, Bobby and Fely Del Rosario Buendia welcomed family, friends & neighbors, to their Christmas Kanakapila. We sat in our lawn chairs which stretched all over the yard, driveway, onto the street, and with neighbors watching from their porches. A humble evening for a moment I felt like I was on Lana’i, especially with my mom sitting to the right of me and my brother Patrick and his wife on my left.

The Christmas spirit was enhanced by their beautifully decorated home and yard with colorful lights by Bobby and the spectacular vocal renditions and hula dancing by super star, Melveen, accompanied by Roland Aton of the once upon a time The Royal Drifters & Larry Debebar.

Bobby and Melveen knew each other from their school days. Ever so humble, Melveen remains a Molokai country gal at heart and has annually given the Buendia’s a cherished Christmas gift, a free holiday concert under the stars. Christmas was truly in the air! Mahalo, Bobby, Fely, Melveen, Larry Debebar & Roland Aston for a remarkable memorable festive celebration.