On the night when the rush for the gold began in London, another golden event was being held thousands of miles away in the city of Honolulu.
It’s an event that happens but twice in a lifetime. Knowing that, five intrepid classmates gathered to celebrate the occasion on July 27, 2012 at the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki. Seated at a poolside table at the Kani Ka Pila Grill, it was a time where old connections were strengthened and the memories stretched back to years ago.
Gaye Miyasaki, from whose fertile mind the golden concept emerged, gave favors to each attendee. Inside her golden mesh bags were chocolate covered macadamia nuts, oolong tea plum crack seed and a note explaining that the Outrigger Reef was opened in 1956 and is just as old as we are! She also listed other 50’s events including the creation of pop rocks, Certs breath mints, and marshmallow peeps. How sweet!
Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden built upon the golden theme with gifts of Hawaiian Crown Sweet Gold pineapples and Hawaiian Crown Gourmet Dried Pineapple and Apple Bananas. (I can’t wait to dig into these!) All three products are produced by the company that she’s built with her husband: the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. As for those of you who weren’t there at the party and want to know where you can get these tasty locally grown treats check out Lisa’s website.
All were also given golden bead necklaces to wear to show everyone that our golden connection to each other is timeless.
But the greatest gift of all was time spent with friends. With there being “just girls” in attendance some of it was spent arguing the virtues of dying or not dying our hair. As to who does and who does not, well, that’s a secret you’ll have to discover for yourself. After all, only our hairdresssers know for sure!
Mary Jane Markoskie reveled us all with tales regarding her “girls” at Kamehameha. Lisa shared stories of family and her growing business. Gigi revealed what it’s like to live/shop in New Zealand and that, because of it, she makes sure that she returns there with lots of Q-Tips in her luggage. Gaye let us all admire a lovely necklace that she gave to Gigi. Comments were also shared regarding who’s retired (and how have you done that?) and our distant plans for the same. As for me, I listened a lot, just as during my introverted days at Punahou, and enjoyed each and every minute of it. Thanks for the memories, ladies.