Letter to LACA members

Aloha kakou!

We hope this update finds you all in good health and spirit amidst the health and safety rules during this Covid19 pandemic.  Please keep safe with your masks on, wash your hands often, and keep your 6’ distance when in public areas. Get your vaccinations to make travel easier for you, too.

As you may know, all events including the 2020 LACA Vegas Annual Scholarship Luncheon was canceled at the California Hotel due to the Corvid19 epidemic. We are happy to announce that there will be a 2021 LACA Vegas Scholarship Luncheon on September 25th at the California Hotel. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 LACA Vegas scholarship luncheon. Download the registration form to sign-up.

Due to the lack of the scholarship luncheon fundraiser in 2020, the LACA scholarship fund is sorely depleted.  The amount of the scholarships has varied yearly from $500 to $1,500 each depending on the success of the annual scholarship luncheon.  The awards this year will be funded with two significant donations from Maisie Nagishi and Sue Damian.  Mahalo to both for their timely donations!.

May we ask all members to consider making a donation in any amount to the LACA Scholarship Fund to keep the annual awards funded?  Any amount is greatly appreciated. Please send your checks to the Lanai Alumni & Community Association, Attn: LACA Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 814, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782.  Note this is a NEW post office box number.

The last scholarship luncheon in 2019 was a full house of 100 alumni, friends and family from the islands to the far reaches of the East Coast.  It was wonderful for many first-time attendees to mingle with classmates and fellow Lanaians.  Memories of Lana’i in his childhood was shared by Clayton Oyama, Class of 69 with many folks giggling or smiling at a long-ago memory.  The Silent Auction sold out handmade Hawaiian print quilts, Kona coffee, and other island goodies.  One unnamed attendee bid and got all the Spam!!! The table decorations included a handcrafted crochet octopus embracing a fresh pineapple and mementos at each place setting.  The Class of 56 and the Class of 69 were present to celebrate their class reunions, too.  It was also good to see many old-timers in attendance and enjoying the company of old and new friends.  Music was provided with the Kevin Brown Trio of Maui, all island-born musicians.  Some of you may know Kevin from his many gigs over the years at the Lana’i hotels.  And the Cal’s catering staff provided an onolicious buffet that had folks going up for seconds! 

A newsletter will be mailed out in late April with more updates.  In the meantime, make plans to attend the 2021 LACA Vegas Scholarship Luncheon on September 25, 2021.  See you there!

A hui hou, your LACA Board of Directors

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