50th Reunion News: Whatʻs Happening 2019

The Kamehameha Class of 1969 – 50th Reunion Week

Aloha 69ers,
You should have received your alumni week brochures. If you know of someone who has not, please have them contact me: Nancy email: supasouza69@yahoo.com Text: (808)429–4609

Important* Registration On-Line begins Tues, April 2 at 8:00am (HST). Luau tickets sell very quickly, as do Taste and Talent tickets. If you are unable, ask someone to do it for you. If you choose to use cash or check, your registration will not be finalized until payment is received. I suggest you pay by Charge Card.  Point your web browser to (or just click the link below):


Consider Boarding. The dorm our class is assigned, will be our home base for info, activities, and talent night practices. The more boarders we have, the better our dorm assignment. Indicate your handicap/special needs for boarding, when you register.  Also, let me know.

In addition to the KS Alumni Events in your brochure, our KS ’69 alumni committee has planned a few class activities during the week.

We have also re-started our imua69.com website. Check it out, sporadically, as we will be posting Reunion info and updates on the site.

Mon June 3- Imua69 -50th Reunion Golf Tournament. Noa Chong and James Tanigawa.
Our very own Golf tournament (you may golf with the Alumni tournament if you prefer) Please see separate posting of Golf Flyer. Golfers, we need to hear from you by April 22 to get your golf shirt sizes. Golf Shirts were generously donated by Kimo Spencer.
Post Golf Activity is being hosted by Bobby and Jonny Willing at their home.
Open to non-Golfers as well.

Tuesday at noon, boarder check-in begins. Myself and welcome committee will be there to greet you.
Memorial Chapel at 4:00 p.m. is the official start of Alumni Week.
We will be presenting a class oli and hoʻokupu @ Maunaʻala.
Lurline Naone will be working on our ho’okupu. She would like to create something that is reminiscent, significant or characteristic of our class. Please text or email me your manaʻo (ideas/memory).

After the Poʻokula Dinner, there will be a short practice for talent night.
Talent Coordinators: Uʻilani Lee and Nalei Harris.
A cover letter and Song sheets are coming to you soon. Please learn the words as there will be “no pepa”, going on stage. Uʻi is also holding practices on May 4, 11 and 25 at 10:00 am, at her church, corner of Judd & Mahalo St

Wednesday – FYI: The 9:00-noon Kaʻiwakiloumoku Experience is a hands-on activity.
You will choose 2 of the 4 offered (awa, Kui Club, Lomilomi, Lei)!

    • 2:00 pm – Talent night practice at Dorm *time may change
    • 4:00 pm – Alumni Mākeke (market)
    • 6:30 pm – Our “Reunion 50 and Fabulous” Potluck. At the Dorm. A Talent night rehearsal will follow!
    • Prep for Taste of Kamehameha entry, for those involved.

Thursday – Taste of Kamehameha – more info coming your way and check website.
Talent Night Competition – If you are participating in Talent, but not having dinner, (need a ticket for dinner) please let me know so I can make sure we have enough seats reserved for our class.

Friday – Kupuna Luncheon is in it’s second year and we’ve hit Kupuna status. Yikes!
Please text or email me with your ideas if you are interested in another activity instead of the Kupuna Luncheon. Walter is looking into Bowling, and a visit to Kaewai Stream (our service project) has been suggested.
Class Night – Billie Gabriel is in the process of planning. More info to come.

Saturday – Kamehameha Day Parade!
LUAU!!! You need a ticket to sit at tables reserved for the class. There are cocktail tables scattered for those without dinner tickets.

Sunday – Memorial Chapel
Please consider attending this very special service to remember our classmates who are no longer with us. Sam and Theone Tollefson are honored to represent us in the reading of our bereaved classmates.

Class T-Shirts – Kimo Spencer, Billie Gabriel – check website (coming soon) for T-Shirt info.

Our Class Service Project for this reunion year is the “Kaewai Stream and Hawaiian Garden”. Alan Kumalae is our class project coordinator. The stream runs along Kaewai Elementary School. Their Hawaiian Studies Specialist is the site manager and uses it as a “classroom for learning”. Planning, cleaning, planting, and building is an 0n-going project. Although it may include weeding, planting, removing trash and building stone walkways, there are also light duties – water & refreshment, sharing with the kids, getting others involved and donating towards plants for the project. Our first visit will allow us to meet the kids so they can share with us and then visit the stream. We may decide to do a little cleaning at that time. April 10 has been set for the first day of our visit. Please check our imua69.com for more information.

Pauahi Challenge with Pua Bridget Ruane – Our KS 1969 Scholarship Fund has yet to award a scholarship, since it’s inception on our 45th reunion in 2014. We currently have $6890 in our endowment fund. A minimum of $10,000 is needed before we can establish and begin awarding. That’s $3,110 more needed. Go to pauahi.org and ‘navigate to’ giving. Designate the KS Class of 1969 Scholarship for your donation.

Mahalo Pam Nakoa for assisting with the Class Data Base and Bereavement Records.

As you can see, many of our classmates are involved in the planning of our 50th reunion week. There are many ways, you too can be involved and contribute:

    • First and most important, join us for our 50th reunion
    • Attend the planned activities, so much work has gone into it
    • Become a donor to our Pauahi KS 1969 Scholarship Fund, not only this year, but every year
    • Donate to our Kaewai Stream Project so we can purchase native hawaiian plants for the stream’s garden.

Imua 1969!!! Hope to See You In June… Nancy, Walter, Simeon

Class of ’69: 50th Reunion Golf Outing

Classmates and Guest are invited to join us in a Golf Outing being held at:
Barbers Point Golf Course on Monday, June 3, 2019.
First Tee time will be at 9:00am
This is a BYOBeverage affair…

Bobby Willing has graciously offered his home in Kapolei to hold our after-golf get-together.  Bobby Willing Address: 91-1052 Ualakupu St. (Kapolei).  Non golfers are also welcome to join us after golf for refreshments & pūpūs. So this is for anyone interested in playing golf, and also anyone interested in joining the class for fun and laughs.

Get your moneys in to ASAP. Golfer Shirt Sizes needed by April 22.
Call Jimmy Tanigawa at: 808-381-3158  -or-
mail in your Money and Golfer Info: (make checks payable to “Jimmy Tanigawa“)
95-124 Hamumu Pl., Mililani, HI 96789
email:  jktanigawa@gmail.com

Golfers     Cost = $65 each (Green Fees, Prizes, Pūpūs)
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Non-Golfers     Cost = $20 each (Pūpūs)
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69News: Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt-Padilla receives honorary degree

Hokulani Holt Padilla is covered in a cascade of lei after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from The World Indigenous Nations University on Tuesday afternoon during the 2019 He Au Honua at UH-Maui College.
Maui News / Matthew Thayer photo

March 20, 2019, KAHULUI, Maui — Hokulani Holt-Padilla, kumu hula and noted educator and cultural leader, was the keynote speaker for the shared her thoughts at the He Au Honua: Indigenous Research Conference, welcoming about 500 people to the gathering of indigenous scholars.

“For me, one of the important parts of cultural knowledge and cultural transmittal and cultural grounding is place. We have to be connected to place. Without place, we do not know where we come from, we do not know who our people are, we have no anchor,” she said.

“We must come from place. We must recognize and we must honor and we must uphold, we must protect. We must do all of those wonderful words because place is who we are as kanaka, as oiwi, as indigenous people. Place is who we are,” she said.

Hōkūlani Holt, PhD is a master hula teacher who first studied with her grandmother Ida Pakulani Long, and later learned from her aunt Kahili Cummings, mother Leiana Woodside and Hoakalei Kamau‘u. Holt is also an educator, playwright, composer and director. Her bilingual hula drama about Maui’s premier chief, Kahekili, toured the U.S., Japan and Germany. In addition to leading the hālau she founded in 1976, Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka, she directs Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, a Hawaiian student scholarship program at UH Maui College. She also works with nonprofits Kauahea Inc. and Lālākea Foundation, teaches community culture classes, and oversees cultural education centers in Waihe‘e and Wai‘ehu, Maui.

ʻE Komo Mai, nou ka hale

Welcome -Come inside, the house is yours… 
This website is being re-launched and returns to facilitate da coconut wireless and excitement of our classʻ upcoming 50th Reunion this summer. 

Weʻre searching for old stories and pictures from our previous postings but for now, this is a place to find out about all the events and opportunities to get re-acquainted in preparation for Alumni Week 2019 at the Kapalama campus, on June 3 -9, 2019.