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Having been available across the mainland, it was finally time for Richard Botkin’s movie to make its Hawaii premiere.

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Ride the Thunder Movie Poster

Ride the Thunder tells the heroic true story of the friendship between American military legend and Navy Cross recipient, John Ripley, and South Vietnamese war hero, Le Ba Binh. The movie is based upon Richard Botkin’s 2009 book by the same name.

The story required years of research, in person interviews, and trips to Vietnam and Cambodia. It tells the war’s untold story. Saying that “everything Americans know about the end of the Vietnam War is wrong,” Richard sees Ride the Thunder as (more…)


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Congatulations, congratulations, congratulations to Lorraine Akiba for whom March 2017 was a month of recognition.

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Punahou74 Power Couple: Robert Pennybacker and Lorraine Akiba pose with HMSA COO and President Mike Stollar. Akiba and Stollar were fellow 2017 Hawaii Business “20 for the Next 20” Honorees.

The recognitions stemmed from Lorainne’s work promoting the growth of renewable energy and for serving as a female role model.

The month started with her being honored by Pacific Business News as one of Hawaii’s “Women Who Mean Business.” The award is given to women who demonstrate (more…)

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If you were at the Friday night party held during our 40th reunion you enjoyed the music of several classmates, one of whom was Fred Randolph. If you liked what you heard you may be interested in Fred’s new CD.

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FRED RANDOLPH and Jud Haskins entertaining the crowd at Punahou74’s 40th reunion.

The album is called “Song Without Singing.” Now, truth be told, I am a political junkie and my audio listening is devoted to  talk radio and audiobooks (love that history). That said, from what I have heard, Fred’s album is (more…)

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The exhibit’s run has been extended, but only until Saturday, October 10. The time is now to see it before it’s gone. The time is Thursday for Punahou74 to see it together. And here’s a special invitation from Melanna to encourage you to be there.

Making the Mural

Meleanna in a still from the KalamaProductions video that’s linked below.

Aloha dear classmates!

It would be great to see you this Thursday at a special mural exhibition event at Marks Garage in Chinatown. The focus will be an important work that I and my artist friends have created.

The piece has to do with (more…)

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In January 2015 Lynette Lo Tom began writing a monthly column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  Back in the Day. The column spotlights old-style dishes of various cultures and traditions. This effort represents a change from Lynette’s many years in journalism and public relations, a change towards her love of food, cooking, and the culinary arts. And who among us wouldn’t love a career change at this stage in our lives?!? Lucky Lynette.

A Chinese Kitchen

Lynette’s new cookbook.

As many of you know, I’m someone who has a passion for food, from beginning to end! I like thinking about recipes, looking for new ingredients, comparing notes with other cooks, cooking up dishes and most of all, sharing it with family and friends. Cooking has been a passion, all my life, passed through some terrific cooks, starting with my mother, Lorna Lee Lo.

Guess what I just finished? My very first (more…)

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My daughter was complaining. She was working as an executive assistant to her company’s CEO and considered the job to be a dead end. Au contraire! I had just received an email from Kathy MacDonald describing her career-long experience with this line of work. From what I’d read, that line was anything but “dead end” and was, contrary to our view of secretaries when we were growing up, work of critical importance to corporate success.

Here’s what Kathy has to say about her experience:

Kathy MacDonaldI started my company, Kathy MacDonald Associates, Inc., in San Francisco 24 years ago as the first West Coast-based administrative search and consulting firm (modeled after executive search firms)…my focus is exclusively on placing Executive Assistants for CEOs.

My very first client was Steve (more…)

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Is it any surprise that a 1976 Narcissus queen and former Aloha Airlines flight attendant would end up on the cover of a magazine in 2015?

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Generations Magazine April/May 2015 Issue

Hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30 in Hawaii. With that in mind it’s a good thing that Coralie Chun Matayoshi was on the April/May cover of Generations Magazine “to insure PREPAREDNESS … with the help of volunteers.”

The story focuses upon the fact that, (more…)

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