Thanks to Yuri Wellington for this update. Sounds like a great time was had by all. Maybe ’74 ex-pats in other areas should consider doing the same thing!
We met on Saturday evening, March 26, at the beautiful home of Sheree Lum ’74 and John Orsi. Although none of us had been close friends in high school, the conversation flowed as soon as the first couple walked through the door. It didn’t stop until the last person left many hours later!
Yuri Wellington ’74 arrived early to help set up and helped Sheree greet the other guests: Richard and Sharon Loomis Botkin, Heidi Huckins ’74 and Scott Robertson, Kathy Shiraki ’74 Perez, Carrie Kea ’74 See and father Bill Kea ’47, and Patricia Frazier ’74 and Rich Sherwood. Edie Brown ’74 Vieyra was a last minute cancellation much to everyone’s disappointment.
While enjoying local style pupus, Hawaiian Sun juices and (yes) Primo Beer, we laughed, talked, and laughed some more while trying to catch up on the 37 years that had passed since we were last together on graduation night. Copies of Na Opios and high school Oahuans (Thanks, Sheree, for saving them all!) helped us reminisce about old friends, favorite teachers, childhood adventures, youthful pranks, and lessons learned beside the Lily Pond.
Over kalua pig and shoyu chicken, fresh island fruit, and avocado salad, we discovered the many parallels to our varied lives: six of us are married (two to each other!), three have lived in Arizona, and five had spent time as either a University of Hawaii student or teacher. Our families? Seven have children: three with teenagers, three with children in college. Work wise, three are artists, three are teachers and two travel regularly to Asia on humanitarian missions. Of the group, only two have been to a Punahou Reunion luau despite the unanimous opinion that we are all grateful for the way that Punahou prepared us for our lives after high school.
Carrie Kea See shared her skill as a professional photographer and captured the pictures that you see above. Her Dad also treated us to wonderful stories of wartime Punahou while showing us a 1948 Oahuan that he had brought with him.
Speaking of treats, what Punahou gathering would be complete without caramel cuts? These dessert favorites went so fast that we almost didn’t get a photo before they were gone.
We came to the gathering as acquaintances but left as friends with so much more in common than we would have ever imagined. Before we knew it, it was time for group photos and goodbye hugs. One could hear over and over refrains of “Let’s do this again” and “Let’s not wait another 37 years!”
Why not indeed? Perhaps we’ll all make it to our 40th in 2014? After all, we now have each other to mind us!
Mahalo nui loa to Linda Sutton ’74 Torres and the Alumni Relations Office for helping us find everyone in the area!