Class of '55
The Class of 1955 met at Hawaii Prince Hotel’s 100 Sails Restaurant for their annual holiday luncheon on December 13th. Greetings and gifts were exchanged before heading to the sumptuous buffet line. Head of School Dr. Ruth Fletcher provided a school update since last seeing the ladies at Pau Hana in June, and a toast was given to classmates who had recently or were soon to celebrate their 80th birthdays.
All left full of good cheer, bags filled with 15 gifts, and plans to meet in early 2018.
Class of '96
Five gals from the Class of 1996 and their children gathered at the house of Gayatri Vithanage for a Christmas potluck. The youngsters had fun running around and weren’t the only ones to receive gifts. The ladies enjoyed their own Secret Santa gift exchange which, being smart Priory gals, was kept to gift cards. Kinect games were played on the Xbox, hours were spent catching up and looking at old photos, and a good time was had by all.
Class of '66
A photo of the Class of 1966 Saturday Breakfast Group appeared in a previous eNewsletter with the caption, “Some classes just can’t get enough of each other. They meet for breakfast almost every single Saturday!” That was over two years ago in our September 2015 issue.
The get-togethers continue to this day. The Saturday Group gathered on December 9th at the home of Estelle Kau Inn for a special Christmas luncheon. Spouses and significant others joined the festivities. A candle was lit in honor of beloved classmate Beverly Gantt who was instrumental in organizing the Saturday breakfasts. Beverly passed away last December.
Front row: Carol Matsuoka Wood, Ann Shirai Ota, Jo Ann Tanouye Shindler, Roberta Wong Leung, Estelle Kau Inn
Back row: Celia Chun Bortfeld, Sherrilynn Wong Leong, Beverly Hashimoto Lee ’65, Margie Leong, Delia Quon Dolfinger and spouses and significant others.
Class of '99
We had the joy of welcoming back to campus Rhianna Snyder Macon who was recently in Honolulu. Following her graduation in 1999, she obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Science at University of North Carolina Wilmington and Master of Environmental Management at Duke University.
Rhianna once aspired to be a dolphin trainer, but a chance meeting with two officers of the United States Coast Guard at a career fair would change that. Upon discovering that the USCG is so much more than rescue operations, she enrolled in Officers Candidate School. That was over 14 years ago. Rhianna is now a Lieutenant Commander and resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband. She currently serves as the Assignment Officer with the Coast Guard Office of Officers Personnel Management. She was previously a division chief of the San Francisco sector supervising five officers and 13 enlisted members.
Rhianna Snyder Macon with Head of School Dr. Ruth Fletcher
Rhianna loves science. She thinks “it’s cool”. And she loves working at the USCG. Amongst other reasons, she “gets to nerd out every day on science while serving the community.” Being raised and educated in Hawaiʻi and at the Priory have, she feels, put her in good stead in her daily work. The exposure to multiple cultures and confidence gained in her formative years have proven invaluable while serving her country.
During her visit with us, Rhianna spent time with upper school students in the Behavioral Science and Engineering classes. In addition to providing a glimpse of life in the Coast Guard, she imparted wisdom to her younger sisters. “The things you’re learning now? You’ll be amazed at how often you’ll use these skills in the future.” “Be passionate. Figure out what you’re meant to do. And the mistakes along the way? Just pick yourself up and move forward.”
Mahalo, Rhianna. It was a pleasure having you back on campus.
Classes of 1953, 1963
The National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, held on November 1st, recognized two Priory alumnae who are making positive changes in Hawai‘i by volunteering.
PBS Hawai‘i honored the Hawai‘i Alpha Delta Kappa Eta sorority of women educators for their long history of volunteer service at the public TV station. Seen here are proud members of Alpha Delta Kappa, Norma Izumi ’55 and Julie Hosoi Shimonishi ’63. Mahalo, ladies, for making our island home a better place to live!
Class of 1973
Twelve ladies from the class of 1973 recently met for lunch at Wailana Coffee House for no particular reason other than enjoy each other’s company and talk and talk and talk. One member brought along the yearbook which produced many chuckles.
Photo id: Rickie Kimura Shiflet, Karen Chang Hiromoto, Kathleen Kawano Saito, Darleen Aoki Miyasato, Meg Dahlgren Takahama, Nora Oyama-Haugen, Adrienne Yap Wong, Patricia Fujioka Ohtani, Lisa Chuck Halvorson, Kathy Ishimoto, Dawn Pang, Ada Yamaki.
Krista Chang ’17 wowed the crowd with her rendition of the national anthem before Creighton University’s men’s basketball game earlier this month. Click on the link below and wait for Krista’s trademark high ‘free’ note in “land of the free.”
Many of you may remember Krista in her many starring roles at Tenney Theater, singing the national anthem at UH events, and capturing the 2016 Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition as a high school student at The Priory.
Krista is currently in her first year at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and is majoring in neuroscience. We are so proud of this outstanding Priory alumna who is bringing her talent to Creighton and beyond! Congratulations Krista!
Class of 1958
Since donning their caps and gowns on June 3, 1958, the class of 1958 has celebrated their reunion every 3rd of June.So it was in 2017 when 11 classmates gathered on June 3rd for lunch at Assaggio’s Ala Moana for their 59threunion. Plans are already in the works for next year’s big 6-0.
Seated: Moana Marshall Sanders, Deanna Bing Ewing, Marilyn Leong Tsuru, Carol Chun Amaki.Standing: Annette Isaki Okimoto, Amy Nobuhara Hironaka, Sarah Ann Chock Bush, Sandra Masaki Kaneshiro, Kay Shigemura Takemura, Puanani Stewart Vetekina, Dorothy Shigaki Shimabukuro.Missing: Ululani Townsend Young.
Class of 1960
“Happy Birthday,” ladies of 1960!
Members of the Class of 1960 celebrated their BIG 75 at the Pergola Garden Deck thanks to the coordination by Carolyn Hanchett Remedios and Frances Lee Takemoto.Delicious food and long-time friends are always the perfect recipe for great fun!The icing on the cake was the many games conducted by Lucile Lau Soong.
It’s no surprise that no one wore their fashionable black pleated skirts and white middy blouse… but subconsciously, nearly half of the ladies donned those non-colors.
Front row: Signe Park Godfrey, Lenora Ledesma Grace, Amy Nakamine Pritikin, Diane Chang Chung, Teresa Tanibe Nitta.Back row:Lenette Lum Tam, Helen Nakagawa Wong, Elsie Tengan Kim, Karen Hshimoto Kakehi, Carolyn Hanchett Remedios, Cynthia Onishi Kaneda, Zaida Camp Akeo, Lucile Lau Soong, Mavis Kobayashi Kubo, Sandra Yoshioka Nomura, Frances Lee Takemoto.
Class of 2016
The lasting legacy of what Ariana Kim and Sreelakshmi Kutty accomplished as high school science standouts now holds a permanent place in the night sky.
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 28, 2017
Photo id:Ariana Kim and Sree Kutty