August 2019 Class Notes
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Classes of 1963 and 1966
Wilma Chang Namumnart ’63 and Estelle Kau Inn ’66 belong to the Hawaii Quilt Guild whose members range from beginners to accomplished artists, middle-schoolers to great-grandmothers. The guild held its annual show earlier this month at the Honolulu Museum of Art School where both alumnae displayed a sampling of their handiwork.
- Estelle’s “Playful Japanese Onna No Ko” at left
- Wilma’s “All Creatures Great and Small” at right
Classes of 1959 and 2011
Two Priory alumnae from the class of 2011 were named to the court of the 2018 Narcissus pageant:First Princess Kristina Pollock ’11 and Second Princess Tyler Ordenstein ’11.The Narcissus court recently paid a visit to the Wong Kong Har Tong Society (The Society of Wongs) where Eunice Ching Wong ’59 met the newly crowned princesses.
Class of 1965’s Latest Lunch Gathering
Lynette Jung Lee, who lives in the Bay Area, returned to Hawaiʻi for a vacation visit with her husband and a friend. For other members of the class of ’65, this meant another great opportunity to gather and catch up with “sisters”. For most, it had been almost a year or more since they had been in touch.
They numbered twenty-one (five husbands and Lynette’s friend included) and took up two long tables at the Pagoda Restaurant for a tasty buffet lunch. There was a lot of chatter with everyone making at least one trip to the dessert table, which ensured that a good time was had by all.
Class of 2011
Joyce Chiang ’11 and friend Brookes Giller stopped by in March for a quick visit.Joyce is a graduate of George Mason University and majored in global affairs.She is currently a research analyst at Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm
Class of ’68, ’69, ’72
The Green sisters were recently in Hawaiʻi for a ladies-only vacation. It was so nice to welcome them back to campus on February 23rd.
Patricia Green ’68 spent her freshman and sophomore years with us and currently works as a family nurse practitioner in Portland, Oregon. Molly (Marjorie) Green Malloy ’69 now of Orlando, Florida attended the Priory in the 8th and 9th grades. She has been an educator for 45 years as both a science teacher and curriculum specialist and is soon to retire. Judy Green ’72, who spent her 6th grade with us, now calls Anchorage, Alaska home. Before retiring, Judy was a reference/ instruction librarian.
Thank you for stopping by, ladies!
Class of 1966
Linda Chu Takayama was recently named the new Director of the State Department of Taxation in what has emerged as a pivotal position in Gov. David Ige’s administration.
At the time of her appointment in December 2017, Linda was serving as the Director of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. She was previously the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development under Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Deputy Director of the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under former Gov. Ben Cayetano. Linda has also held other leadership positions throughout her career including Chair of the Hawaii Foodbank.
Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.
Sources: Honolulu Star-Advertiser online, Ballotpedia
Class of 1984
We love it when alumnae pop by to say “hello.”
On January 30, we welcomed two 1984 alumnae back to campus. Retired entrepreneur Erika Cowan Tedin opened Full Throttle Bottles, one of Seattle’s premier specialty beer and wine shops, which she sold in 2016. Colleen Treacy followed in her father’s footsteps serving the country in the military and is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel.
Thank you for stopping by St. Andrew’s, Erika and Colleen!
Class of 1968 Celebrates their Golden Reunion
The Class of 1968 kicked off their 50th anniversary with a visit back to campus on Friday, February 9th, 2018. When the weekend was over, 14 classmates had reconnected with each other. Ten of the 14 ladies flew in from the mainland just for the reunion.
Front row, seated: Thelma Lai-Chang, Charlotte Yoneda Joyce, Bunnie Konno Yoneyama Second row, seated: Deborahlyn Dang-Kuwada, Claudette Fong Parnell, Evelyn Lee. Back row, standing: Leanna Dellaripa Heeren, Susan Girard Waege, Faye Iguchi Kindsfather, Sandy Hurlbut Earle, Anne Sturrock Yasuda
Friday morning began with a welcome greeting in the park at Queen Emma Square followed by a tour of the campus and cathedral summoned memories of years past, some “nice” and many “naughty.” “Remember the time we snuck up the cathedral bell tower? Never gave a thought to being locked in.” “Or the time we hid in the closet during class thinking we could pull one over on Mr. Steffenhagan? It didn’t work!”
Senior Class President Faye Iguchi Kindsfather gathered her classmates in Malulani Gallery as candles were lit in memory of several classmates who have passed since graduation - Pamela Perry Kaneshiro, Janice Loo Tobin, Donna Shimamoto Young, and two non-graduates. Head of School Dr. Ruth R. Fletcher joined the ladies during lunch and shared recent accomplishments of St. Andrew’s Schools including the successful Priory in the City program for upper school girls career development and the newly launched social emotional learning curriculum based on the RULER program from Yale University.
The class continued their reunion celebration on Saturday with a brunch at Herringbone Waikiki in the International Market Place. A special made-to-order menu was arranged for the ladies to enjoy as they talked, laughed, and reminisced well into the afternoon.
“Happy 50th Anniversary,” Golden Girls of 1968!
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 80thbirthdays.
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 Ganttwho 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