(Sorry! Forgot to put this post up earlier. Hope you still enjoy the story.)
It takes a lot of grit and determination to make it through a malasada shift. Oh, the hot oil, the smell, the hours afoot. All for the love of Punahou, malasadas, and classmates (not necessarily in that order, of course) but someone’s got to do it! Why not prepare for such an effort than by fortifying oneself with the strength that is to be found through the companionship of one’s oldest and dearest friends.
Such was the case when a last minute invitation appeared online. Catherine Tomkison, David Parker, and Landis Lum were asking classmates to a Pre-Carnival Pot Luck Get Together at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Catherine and David were in town from northern California and wanted to see if classmates could gather, enjoy some good food and times together. What a great idea!
Many who attended were already signed up for the Ewa Malasada shift so it was a great time to gather the team and start the hard work of strategizing for the following day. But first, a small detour to enjoy wonderful 25-year old wines from David-the-oenophile’s hand selected wines. Not to be outdone, Catherine had some French champagne for all to enjoy! Such is the benefit of age, I guess. No longer are we relegated to the world of Budweiser and screw cap wines.
Yours truly is anything but a drinker yet enjoyed a sip or two of the fine beverages and also enjoyed David’s explanation regarding why they were fine. And, of course, the drinks wonderfully complemented the expansive local food spread that was laid before us.
Tom Farrell then made an announcement that he “was not pregnant” (had the wine hit already?) but then segued on to the more serious issue of gathering pledges for our reunion gift. It seems that 15% have responded, thus nearly doubling our class’s endowed scholarship funding, but we have still not yet our goal. Remember. 40% for our 40th and that there is a challenge grant for those of you (unfortunately quite a few 😦 ) who have never taken the To-Punahou check writing plunge. (Learn more about reunion giving by clicking here.) Responding to Tom’s appeal yours truly dutifully filled out her pledge form and wrote out her checks for the reunion gift. Others also pledged. Pau! On to the party!
Picture taking commemorated the gathering and conversation continued until, it being a work night, individuals began leaving for home. I am happy to say that I had many offers for a lift home that were much appreciated and indicative of the aloha that permeated the evening. Landis ended up driving both Babs and myself up the long winding road up Pacific Heights although he, a resident of St. Louis Heights, was taken out of his way.
Will this become a repeat event next year? The hope is “yes.” It’s a great way to spend some time with little-seen mainland-located classmates and to reconnect in an intimate setting. Of course, there will be more time for that soon. Hope to see many of you for the big 40th reunion this June!