August 2019 Class Notes

Class Reunions

Class of 1958

Class of 1958 celebrated its 61st Reunion on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the home of Henrietta Burke Lyman ’58. Mary Jane Ululani Townsend Young ’58 brought her two moʻopuna who had a grand time in the family’s swimming pool.  Special guest in attendance was Joan Gregory ’71.

1st row, L-R: Myrtle Stewart Vetekina, Henrietta Burke Lyman, Marilyn Leong Tsuru

2nd row, L-R: Moana Marshall Sanders, Sandra Masaki Kaneshiro, Charlotte Kudo Nakanishi, Jane Murakami, Elaine Chock Katsuyoshi, Mary Jane Townsend Young, Kay Shigemura Takemura 

Class of 1989

The Class of 1989 held its 30th Reunion at The Deck at The Queen Kapiolani Hotel on June 29, 2019.  

L-R: Cheryl (Kam) Yamamoto, Jennifer Oka, Kristi (Peroff) Lefforge, Laurie Battad, Stephanie Honami, Deanne (Kanda) Kaopua, Michelle (Rudoy) Meredith , Jennifer Honda, Kristie Tokushige, Ricci Keala-Houston

Works of Inspiration

Class of 1966 and 1967



Estelle Kau Inn ’66 won 3rd place in the “Steampunk” challenge at the Hawaii Quilt Guild Show with her creative hula quilt creation. The “Victoria Nostalgia” Quilt Show was held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in May 2019. 





Loreen Lilyn Lee ’67 published her memoir, “The Lava Never Sleeps,” a story about the multiple landscapes that have shaped Loreen’s life. Her journey, over decades, explores place, family trauma, cultures, memory—layers of physical and emotional bodies—until Hawaiian geology and mythology sing her home.

Loreen, who currently lives in Seattle, will be in Hawaiʻi for a reading and book signing at Barnes & Noble in Kahului, Maui, on Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm and at Na Mea in Honolulu on Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm. Books can be ordered at your local bookstore or on Amazon. E-books are also available.

Click here to read a review that was recently published in a Seattle newspaper.


Reunited and it Feels so Good!

Back to Campus – Class of 1991 

In June 2019, five alumnae from the Class of 1991 reunited on the St. Andrew’s Schools campus to take a tour and reminisce about all the fun they had together. It was the first time back to Hawaiʻi for Khrysti Hunsworth, who now lives in Florida. And what a coincidence – they ran into their previous English teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Hudson!  Other teacher favs mentioned include Mrs. Nobuko Loncar and Father Chun. It was a fun day indeed.

L-R: Jennifer Cole, Wendi Lance, Rochelle St. Auburn, Stephanie Hudson (faculty), Helen Nakamoto, Khrysti Hunsworth.

Alumnae Who Continue to Kūlia i Ka Nuʻu 



Class of 2009
Dana Arbaugh Varona ’09
earned her PhD in music education this May at the University of Maryland.  Her dissertation included research on mindfulness training and social-emotional learning in music education, and preventing teacher burnout.  Congratulations Dr. Dana Arbaugh Varona! 


Shelley Wong ’09 was interviewed on Hawaii News Now in June as a medical school student at the John A. Burns Schools of Medicine (JABSOM) who will be doing a clinical rotation on Kauai. JABSOM and its Dean launched a new medical practice training program to address Hawaiʻi’s doctor shortage on the Neighbor Islands.  Shelley has two sisters, Andrea ʻ07 and Amandaʻ03, who also graduated from the Priory.


Wedding Celebrations

Classes of 2010, 1981, 2018

Congratulations to Jessa Lukondi ’10, daughter of Joy Okazaki Lukondi ’81, who married high school sweetheart, Jonathan Padron, on June 22, 2019. Rachel Tamura ’10 was the maid of honor and bridesmaids included Quinn Takeda ’10 and Meghan Chun ’10. 

Among the guests were the parents of the “Priory bridal squad.” Jana Mizuba Newell’s ’81 daughter, Sydney, was the flower girl. Sofia Zarella ’18 and her family were also present. Photos were taken by one-time Priory student, Tiani Inciong ’10

Congratulations to the newlyweds Jonathan and Jessa! 


Scholar-Athlete Recognition

Jordan Jones ’18 – a sophomore attending Army West Point, made the womenʻs track and field academic honor roll for 2018-19, announced by the Patriot League. Jordan was one of 19 students from Army’s West Point to be recognized for their accomplishments. Congrats to Jordan and her family!

The Patriot League is in its third decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. To be eligible for the Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League’s winter or spring championship sports.