The Class of ‘62 held their 55th Reunion celebration at Fête Restaurant in Downtown Honolulu. The restaurant is owned by Robynne Maii (‘92) and her husband, Chuck Bussler. Robynne is the daughter of Jenny & Alan Maii (‘62).
The restaurant closed to accommodate the 47 in attendance…
Alan & Jenny Maii, Calvin & Karen Nakagawa, Chester & Evie Ching, Colin & Pam Leong, David & Sylvia Shiraishi, Eddie & Susan Asato, Dennis & Eunice Ching, James & Pat Hayakawa, Joe Davis, Kenneal & Lucille Chun, Leighton Liu & Sheryl Tashima, Mark Kaneshiro, Milton & Joyce Tsuda, Nathan & Sandy Wong, Neal & Carole Nakamura, Nils Katahara, Norman & Jill Lawson, Pat & Patsy Tom, Paul & Karen Chun, Richard & Beryl Lau, Thomas A. Sakamoto and Walter & Tamami Muraoka.
Special Friends included: Eddie Onouye & Carol Kai, Peter & Janis Ching and Roland Leong & Susie Sue and Sandra Ohara.
Out-of towners included Joe Davis (San Diego, CA), Rev. Eddie & Susan Asato (Wailuku, Maui), Roland Leong & Susie Sue (Los Angeles, CA) and Norman & Jill Lawson (Kailua).
The evening started at 3:00 rpm, with pupus and an open bar. Live music was provided by Dennis Ching & the Renditions. What an “oldies” repertoire! Plus all-familiar Iolani “fight-songs”.
The ladies were presented with a lei upon arrival, by Jimmy & Mark.
Following the cocktail-hour, Emcee Joe Davis,
welcomed everyone and explained the format for the evening.
He then introduced Ret. Pastor, Eddie Asato of Grace Bible Church in Wailuku, Maui, who officiated the in-Memoriam. He was assisted by Nathan Wong, Leighton Liu, Dickie Lau & Walt Muraoka.
Following the roll call of fallen classmates, by Walt, Eddie gave thanks for the evening & blessed the food. A family-style dinner was served:
Avocado, romesco, micro cilantro
Smoked trout roe, chives ....
Fête Salad (family style)
Field greens, cherry tomatoes, shaved radishes, carrots, fennel, Italian vinaigrette, leafy herbs ....
N.Y. Strip, frites, ketchup
Pan Seared Kona Kampachi
Chile lime butter sauce, sea asparagus lomi
Veal bolognese, basil, ricotta
Spring Pea Risotto
Pea puree, mascarpone, pea tendrils, mint
Almond Berry Shortcake
Macerated berries, chantilly
After the 2nd entrée, “down memory lane” began with Nils Katahara, Alan Maii, Kenneal Chun & Joe Davis brilliantly choreographing a script of memoirs.
The conclusion of dinner and program was at 8:00pm
The bar remained open until the restaurant closed at 9:00pm
A memorabilia was given to each classmate, to commemorate the celebration.
The class thanks the Planning Committee: Chester Ching, John Ishikawa, Creighton Kudo, Colin Leong, Leighton Liu, Walt Muraoka, Pat Tom, and Milton Tsuda; Chef Robynne & Chuck & the Fête staff. Thanks, also, to Cliff Tokumaru, Richie Lim, John Ishikawa, Dave Shiraishi, Milton Tsuda, Roland Chun, & Chester Ching, Fête and the ‘Iolani Alumni Association for their generous contributions.