Class of 1969 Updates


Front Row from Left:  Wade Tamashiro, Doug Cayan, Bruce Matsuura
Second Row from Left:  Bernie Tamashiro, Cathy Nohara, Karen Sakuma
Third Row from Left:  Joanne Niibu Zukeran, Sharen Hashimoto, Kathleen Endo, Coochie Tanodra, Luka Cayan

The small but mighty Class of 1969 (only 34 seniors) met over lunch at the 99 Ranch Market Food Court (O’ahu) on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The luncheon highlighted their 47th year since graduation from Lana’i High & Elementary School.  Class trivia included their class colors of red and white with the red carnation as the class flower.  Their class songs were “The Road Not Taken” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me” directed by then music teacher, Mr. Arnold Meister.

Talk story memories were a blast from the past as many started together from kindergarten through high school.  Folks fondly remembered those who had “ua hala” (deceased) with the most recent this year being Donna Shin RIP.  Memories included a class hike up Munro Trail, beach days, picking pine, putting on school skits and school dances.  Like the song goes we “tried to remember!”

The class plans to meet again in early 2017 to discuss their 50th reunion in the year 2019.  Their last class reunion was on Lana’i in 2011 to celebrate their 60th birthday together.  Please send your updated email and contact information to or

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