By Robert Viduya & Jeri Iba
It was a time of remembering the days of our youth — growing up on Lanai, attending high school, and talking story. The Class of 1958 held its reunion and 75th birthday celebration on October 25, 2015 in Las Vegas. Our special guests were from the Class of 1959.
Representing the Class of 1958 were, Monica Cockett and her sons Lloyd Perry and Jason Perry, Carol Ann Fujimoto, Jeri Iba, Mae Takata, Rosaline and Domingo Ballesteros, Irene and Jerry Seawright, Dr. Ismael Naanep, Deacon Andy Calunod, George Higa, Emidgio Jamero, Ernest and Bertha Pagay, Robert Viduya, and Joan and Roger Mornson.
The Class of 1959 and their guests were, Marge Asato, Sonja and Luther Tyau, Leatrice and Wendell Suzuki, Harry and Elsie Yamatsuka, Francis and Rita Goshi, Lucille, Richard and Daughter, George and Janet Otani, Gertrude and Andrew Wallace, and Lorraine and Bill Avery.
The day began with a slot tournament. And the winners were Andy Colunod (our senior class president) and Coral Ann Fujimoto. This was followed by a delicious luncheon at the Main Street Station Garden Buffet. While enjoying this sumptuous feast, we held a short program with Robert Viduya, as master of ceremony. The program began with a Hawaiian invocation led by Monica Cockett, then games and prizes conducted by Marge Asato, time to remember classmates who have left us led by George Higa with Emidgio Jamero for class of 1958 and Leatrice Suzuki for class of 1959. The centerpieces of beautiful hula dolls were donated by Gloria Reyes.
We want to acknowledge and thank everyone from both classes and also their guests. Our special thanks to the Class of 1958 planning committee and representative from class 1959, Marge Asato and Leatrice Suzuki.
The exchange of gifts and donations were both generous and thoughtful. Everyone had their hands full with goodies and memorabilia. This celebration was an opportunity for us to reaffirm life-long friendships and to look forward to the next one. A Hui Hou!