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A Bittersweet Class Reunion: Celebrating the Life of Mosi Tatupu July 5, 2010

Posted by Punahou74 in Athletics, Classmates, Memorial, Mini Reunions.
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Punahou's Thurston Memorial Chapel altar adorned with Mosi Tatupu memorabilia.

On Sunday, June 20, members of the Punahou Class of 1974 reunited to say aloha to one of their own: Mosiula Tatupu.

Held in Punahou’s Thurston Memorial Chapel, Mosi’s memorial service offered an opportunity for friends, family, and classmates to remember and reminisce about Mosi’s storied life. Memorabilia filled a back table where scrapbooks illustrating Mosi’s athletic achievements were on display. Further inside, Mosi’s urn was exhibited on the altar surrounded by a presentation of Samoan artifacts, Mosi’s New England Patriots jersey, a picture of him throwing a shaka, and other personally significant items.

Punahou O'Men sing "We are the Sons of Oahu" one last time for Mosi.

Many ’74 members were active in the event. Linda Sutton Torres was there to welcome  attendees as they arrived. The service itself was sprinkled with the familiar names of Jack Wright, Galen Kitamura, Neal Ane, and Wendell Ho. Neal read a scripture while Galen and Wendell read written memories shared by friends from afar.

Jack delivered an eulogy full of Mosi memories. His recollection of the first time that he encountered Mosi was especially humorous. Said Jack, they met on the first day of 8th grade on Middle Field. Mosi was asking for directions to the science building. Appraising Mosi’s impressive physique, Jack directed Mosi to the Academy side of the campus. He was later astonished to learn that Mosi and he were the same age, yet obviously not of the same size. His was an memory that I am sure others share.

Punahou '74 classmates enjoy a mini reunion following the service.

Mike Mikasa, Scott Metcalf and other ’74 classmates were among the OMen who sang “Sons of Oahu” as the service drew to a close. The a cappella standard was as riveting as ever, this time with a tinge of poignancy.

For a facebook slide show overview of the service, please click on and enjoy this memorial tribute from Gaye Miyasaki.

The reception afterwards offered a chance for classmates to meet and mingle. I was especially pleased to see Gigi Dennis Ewing in attendance. As luck would have it, she and her husband were in town visiting from New Zealand.

Gigi and others attending the service and reception are pictured in a Punahou ’74 flickr photostream album that you can view by clicking here. Thanks to Rene Ahuna for sharing some of these pictures via her facebook page.

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