The shift started out apprehensively. The class with which we had shared malasada duty for the last two years was moving to another shift. Given this development we needed twice as many class members to fill the tent. With Punahou74 starting its seventh decade of life could such a quota be filled? To quote from Punahou’s signature cheer the answer was “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
That Punahou74 consistently fills its shift quotas is a testament first to our dedication to Punahou and second to our dedication to each other. Okay, that’s what we do. But do the math. Punahou reports that around 900 alumni volunteer annually work Carnival shifts. With 1968 as the oldest participating class, there are 41 (out of 48 potential) classes with which alumni can sign up. Punahou74 is one of the classes that steps up and, when it does so, it provides almost 5% of the alumni who work. Punahou74 is doing its fair share, and more. Does that deserve a cheer? Yes! Yes! Yes!
As usual, Punahou74 classmates, family, and friends came to the shift ready to work. Nancy Dew Metcalf checked everyone in and Lynne Gartley Meyer took orders for take-home malasada bags and Hawaiian Plate dinners. The dinners would be delivered to Punahou74 Carnival Shift After Party attendees. This was an advantage given our shift-ending time; a time that coincided with the height of the dinner rush hour. Think that’s not an issue? One classmate reported waiting twenty minutes for a gyro.
Despite our long history of Punahou74 Carnival shifts we welcomed three shift newbies in 2017. Sheree Lum Orsi, Jan Bertram, and Llyallyn Temple, pictured above, made an effort with each traveling respectively to Honolulu from Sacramento (CA), Oak Ridge (TN), and Portland (OR) to serve with classmates. Thanks for making the effort, gals!
The After Party was new this year and ended up attracting a large number of the shift volunteers, and others. Set at a site away from the Carnival midway, there was plenty of seating, open space, and a quiet atmosphere that was conducive to catch-up conversations. This looks like the start of something good and we look to repeat it next year.
Thanks to the following Punahou74 class members, family, and friends who stepped into the tent, got their hands doughy, and were instrumental to the success of our 2017 Ewa Malasada shift:
Leslie Ching Allen + Ralph Aona + Mary Madinger Balding + Allison Beckett + Jan Bertram + Lisa Yamaguchi Bowden + Alvin Cabrinha + Becca Cabrinha + Kamealani Cabrinha + Renee Ahuna Cabrinha + Meredith Chuck Ching + Thomas Coyne + Susan Seto Dolan + Tom Farrell + Cliff Halevi + Sharon Himeno + Linda deSilva Howe+ Fred Hu + Frank Izuta + Alton Komori + Bert Lau + Gene Lau + Craig Leong + Patti Look + Rose Loui + Warren Loui + Landis Lum + Ken Matsui + Nancy Dew Metcalf + Lynne Gartley Meyer + Gaye Miyasaki + Jim Nicolay + Lee Ann Nicolay + Sheree Lum Orsi + Haven Young Rafto + Stein Rafto + Ian Sandison + Cindy Li Taga + Llyallyn Temple + Catherine Tompkison + Craig Washofsky + Mark Yamane + Mike Yee + Babs Miyano Young
See you again in 2018!