In January 2015 Lynette Lo Tom began writing a monthly column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  Back in the Day. The column spotlights old-style dishes of various cultures and traditions. This effort represents a change from Lynette’s many years in journalism and public relations, a change towards her love of food, cooking, and the culinary arts. And who among us wouldn’t love a career change at this stage in our lives?!? Lucky Lynette.

A Chinese Kitchen

Lynette’s new cookbook.

As many of you know, I’m someone who has a passion for food, from beginning to end! I like thinking about recipes, looking for new ingredients, comparing notes with other cooks, cooking up dishes and most of all, sharing it with family and friends. Cooking has been a passion, all my life, passed through some terrific cooks, starting with my mother, Lorna Lee Lo.

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Another sorry story to report to you. Stephen was one of the original members of Punahou74 and stayed with us through eighth grade. His obituary appeared in the Rutland Herald and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Thanks to Mike Mikasa for alerting me to this story.

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COUNTING CAPERS: (L-R) Ginny Chalmers, Patti Mei Look, Ron Nelson, Trish Moore, Stephen Spalding. They are pictured in the 1962 Na Opio in Miss Linton’s kindergarten class.

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Punahou74 Froshie Day?

Froshie Day? I remember it as our Freshman Picnic. But I’m not known for being especially politically correct.

Found this little nugget on page 3 of the November 6, 1970 edition of Ka Punahou. It was written by Punahou74’s Catherine Tompkison. Do you remember this shared Punahou74 experience?

Punahou74 classmates frolic at their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo)

Punahou74 classmates frolic in the Kailua surf during their freshman picnic. (Ka Punahou photo) Recognize anyone? I do!


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A hot wind fled lightly across a startlingly clear blue sea. The weather was deliciously tropical and something for which vacationers pay dearly to experience in Hawaii. The week-long threat of Hurricane Guillermo was gone. The setting was tailor-made  for a Hawaii daughter returning home for her last aloha. 


POSING WITH ANN’S PORTRAIT FOLLOWING THE SERVICE are Monica del Piano Campanis, Mary Jane Markoskie, Nancy Dew Metcalf, Lynne Gartley Meyer, and Ann’s mother.

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My daughter was complaining. She was working as an executive assistant to her company’s CEO and considered the job to be a dead end. Au contraire! I had just received an email from Kathy MacDonald describing her career-long experience with this line of work. From what I’d read, that line was anything but “dead end” and was, contrary to our view of secretaries when we were growing up, work of critical importance to corporate success.

Here’s what Kathy has to say about her experience:

Kathy MacDonaldI started my company, Kathy MacDonald Associates, Inc., in San Francisco 24 years ago as the first West Coast-based administrative search and consulting firm (modeled after executive search firms)…my focus is exclusively on placing Executive Assistants for CEOs.

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As anticipated in the blog post announcing her death earlier this year, an Oahu memorial service has been scheduled for Ann Wilkinson (Springer).

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RIL Ann Wilkinson Springer

Ann’s Memorial Service will be held at 59-087 Hoalua Street in Haleiwa on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.

The family warmly invites and looks forward to seeing her Punahou74 classmates at the event.

The home is the second house to the right of Sunset Beach when looking makai. It is the Wilkinson family’s beach home.

A luncheon will follow the ceremony with a paddle out Ash Ceremony later in the afternoon.

To help plan the event, click here to email them of of your attendance.

This is an opportunity to remember and recognize a classmate who traveled with us for nine years along life’s journey. Together, let’s lift her up with our aloha for the next segment of her voyage.

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If Punahou74 ever starts a book club we have several classmates who can contribute works (or even films–remember that “Novel-to-Film” class with Mr. Schlieman?) for discussion. Sure. We’ve known that for some time now. But have you known that the next generation is nipping at our heels?

Diamond Head BookKalfred Wong’s daughter, Cecily, has written Diamond Head, “a jewel of a saga.” The Hawaii-centered tome is a sweeping debut novel that follows four generations of a wealthy Chinese family from China to Hawaii.

The family’s rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love in a story that has earned 4.3/5.0 stars on Amazon and recognition as one of Barnes and Noble’s Summer 2015 Discover Great New Writers Selections.

Along with the Barnes and Noble honor comes the opportunity to hold book reading and signing appearances at store locations including the Ala Moana Barnes and Noble. For Cecily that opportunity will come this Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. You can be a part of it!

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