It was exciting to learn last January of Keith Uperesa’s pending return to Hawaii to begin work as a football coach for the University of Hawaii. (Read the blog post here.) Well, he’s made it back and, on April 15, was warmly welcomed by classmates and other Punahou acquaintances. Thanks to Renee Ahuna Cabrinha for providing this update.
A bevy of Punahou alumni of the football bent flocked to Henry Louis in Mapunapuna to celebrate the return of Keith Uperesa to Hawaii. Hosted by Wendell Ho and Galen Kitamura, the gathering featured good food, good drink, and good conversation.
Renee commented that everyone got their money’s worth. There was a continuous tap and a buffet that featured pipikaula, poke, ribs, kalua pig, and plenty of salad (macaroni, I bet) … all the comfort foods of Hawaii.
In addition to Keith, party goers were heartened by the appearance of Neal Ane who is making a remarkable recovery from his stroke and stay at Queens Hospital. He recently attended a football practice with Keith. Noted Renee, “He still has a long road ahead of him but he looks really good!”
In attendance were the following Punahou74 classmates: Renee and Alvin Cabrinha, Neal Ane, Wendell Ho, Galen Kitamura, Mike Mikasa, Alan Rosehill, Fred Hu, Doug Knowlton, Bill McKillop, Charley Pacarro, Waiau Kaulukukui, Keith Kam, Jack Wright, and Earl Nakaya.
Others in attendance included Gary Akina ’72, Stan Duncan ’73, Mike Moss ’72, Jimmy Lota ’71, Bill Weiskopf, Malia Ane ’72, Rochelle Uperesa ’81, Renee Uperesa, Ethan Abbott ’72, Ia Saipaia ’76, Alan Young ’75, Kerrie Komatsubara ’72, Doug Bennett, Yukio Hamada, Eric Kusunoki, Speedy Bailey ’71, and several others.
What else is there to say but: Welcome Home, Keith!