Archive for September, 2007

Leonard

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

In high school, Leonard was a jack of all trades. He was a jock on the varsity baseball team, a band geek who played a mean saxophone, and a photographer for The Bulldog. Leonard continues to live a full life today.

Leonard has been married for 17 and has two kids, a girl (10) and boy (13). They’ve been in Mililani since 1995 and presently reside in Mililani Mauka.

Len worked his way up from an employee at Holiday Mart, to teaching, and to his present career as a loan manager with Central Pacific Home Loans.

He continues to enjoy all sports and still plays baseball and tennis on a regular basis. He also loves playing cards and since the boom in Texas Hold ’em, he’s been active in tournament play. He’s also a proud dad and manager of his son’s youth baseball team. Life has been good to Leonard for he’s been blessed with an awesome family and rewarding career in mortgage banking.

Jocelyn

Monday, September 24th, 2007

It’s not a big surprise that Jocelyn is a nurse today. Ever since small kid time, she was the one with the compassionate heart and gentle soul. But did you know that Jos is also a very talented artist? Visit her website and enjoy the beauty of her work!

bamboo by jos

After graduating from Kaimuki High School, Jocelyn went to KCC then UH Manoa and received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1982. She married a 1976 Kaimuki alumni who continues to make her laugh till this day. Fly Hawaiian Airlines interisland and you might have him as your pilot. Jocelyn and her husband have been married 24 years and have 3 sons who are all in college.

For the past 20 years, Jocelyn worked for The Queens Medical Center as a registered nurse caring for medical and cancer patients. In 2001, Jocelyn decided to pursue an art and watercolor painting interest. Most of her paintings are of landscapes, flowers and botanical subjects. Living in Kaneohe has been an inspiration for her art. She now has artwork in many local galleries around Oahu and recently built an art studio. The artwork has turned into a little business that she manages to do along with nursing for Castle Home Care.

Pam

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Pamela shares her name with a Baywatch movie star but that’s where the similarity ends. Pam has been an active member of the various Kaimuki ’77 reunion committees and we have her to thank for rallying classmates together for good times throughout the years.

Both of Pam’s parents are Kaimuki alumni of the 1950’s. There in Kaimuki, they raised Pam and her ten siblings!

Pam has been married to her husband for 27 years. They have two children, a daughter who graduated from McKinley and is a junior at UH in the TIM program and son who is a senior at Kamehameha Kapalama.

Pam began her second career as a certified occupational therapist and is currently in the acute medical surgery/physical disablities division at Queens. She is active with the Occupational Therapy Association of Hawaii and is on the education committee. She resides as the Honolulu representative for the State Board of OTs.

Pam enjoys volleyball, a good movie premiere, karaoke, and “midlife” with the love of her life.

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The airplane is a clue to Pam’s first career. Discover what she did in her previous life at the reunion!

Marie

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

She went from Kaimuki High to Hollywood! Read all about the exciting life of fellow classmate, Marie.

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After graduating from Kaimuki High School in 1977, Marie attended KCC and graduated with a Hotel Management Degree while working at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Room Reservations. She transferred to the UH and graduated with a B.A. in Communications, and moved to Los Angeles in 1985 to pursue her interest in Television Production. She has worked as a Production Supervisor and Script Supervisor for such shows as In Living Color, The Chevy Chase Show, The Suzanne Somers Show, The Roseanne Show, Comic Relief, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, Will & Grace, The American Idol Christmas Special with Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia, The Bachelor and all 8 seasons of Big Brother. One of the highlights in her career was when she worked on the Disney Presidential Inauguration Event for Bill Clinton in D.C. in January of 1993. Marie got to meet and shake hands with the President prior to his Inauguration.

Another highlight in Marie’s life is that she married her best friend, Randall, in May ’98. He proposed to her in ‘97 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Randall is a composer and the V.P. of Business Affairs at Rondor Music, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.

Marie & Randall love to travel in their spare time, and have been to many places around the world including the U.K., France, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Costa Rica, St. Thomas, St. John’s, the Bahamas, the Hawaiian Islands and across the Continental U.S.

Meet the Web Master

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Baron

Baron has worked in a few different jobs including dishwasher across the street from Kaimuki High School at Sekiya’s. Baron is currently employed as a staff photographer at the daily newspaper West Hawaii Today and sister publication North Hawaii News based in Kona on the Big Island. Baron also has done assignment work for the Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Seattle Times, Hawaii Magazine, PC Laptops Computers Magazine and has photos or video appear in numerous other publications like Newsweek, American Photographer, World Book Encyclopedia, ABC-TV, CNN and all the Hawaii daily newspapers. Please meet Baron, a very tech savvy classmate who’s the web master for our class web page.Although he never worked for The Bulldog newspaper or Kaimuki Yearbook while in high school he did later work for the U.H. newspaper Ka Leo and worked at the Honolulu Advertiser as an intern during college as a photographer along with Sun Press & MidWeek. His photos did get published in the Bulldog once, but that was while at the U.H. and a Kaimuki High student asked to borrow one of his concert photos to go with her story. He got started in photography as a concert photographer.

Photography has allowed him to meet sports stars, rock stars, celebrities (O.J. Simpson has a super strong handshake, he could have done it), the everyday person young and old. He has gone to many places in Hawaii to bring it to people via photos, in submarines, hanging out of helicopters, on mountains, in mud, fires, lava, rain and snow.

He also works a lot with computers and was newspaper’s first webmaster (West Hawaii Today was the 2nd daily newspaper in Hawaii on the web, after the Maui News, the Garden Isle was first on the internet though via newsgroups). He also put together this class website, though you should thank Wendy for much of the information on here and maintaining it.

Not married and no kids that he knows of.

One Big Circle

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This week’s bio was written by Laura. Enjoy!

Everyone says that life is one big circle. As we begin to reach middle age, some of us have already had a full life.

As for me, my oldest (29) has a terrific job with the DOE. Our daughter (20) is studying nursing. Thus my second job (we do what we gotta do). And our youngest, (19), is a Private First Class in the US Army stationed in Ft. Hood in Texas.

I have the most wonderful husband in the world. We both work for the US Government and we are each counting the days until retirement.

Now we find ourselves not only caring for our children, but also caring for our parents. With one Dad in a nursing home, one Mom living with us and one more set of parents ready to move in with us, our circle is almost complete. They cared for us when we were just beginning our lives and now we will care for them through the duration of theirs.

Being with you all on our reunion weekend will be just awesome. I can’t wait to see you all again when we turn 50, if not sooner.

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Why would a stamp be of importance to Laura? You’ll find out at the reunion!

It's Party Time!

Monday, September 10th, 2007

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Are you ready to party hearty? Our 30th reunion is now just weeks away and we hope that you’re as excited as we are to get together with old friends again.

Photos, please! Our slideshow won’t be complete without current photos of you in it. Send your photos to our class email address, kaimuki77@hotmail.com, and include a brief biography of yourself.

Friday, October 5, 2007
View Tournament of Kings information here.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Reunion: The evening promises to be filled with dining, dancing and great times. Please try to be prompt; you won’t want to miss a minute of it!
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Main Street Station Hotel Social Club – 200 N. Main Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101, Phone: 1-800-713-8933
The Social Club is located outside the hotel, adjacent to the Main Street Hotel’s parking structure. Look for the Kaimuki ’77 Reunion signs.
Buffet Menu: Spinach salad, tossed greens, crab salad, fresh sliced fruits, chef-carved prime rib, herb-roasted chicken, Chinese-style salmon, steamed rice, garlic potato en croute, green beans almondine, chocolate decadence, hot and iced tea, regular and decaf coffee.
Cash Bar: Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be served at the cash bar. Drinks are no-host, cash only.
Raffle Tickets: purchase raffle tickets at the reception table for the chance to win cash prizes! Tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Bring some cash and try your luck!
Group photo: Las Vegas photographer Warren Wong will be taking candid and group photos at the banquet. A group photo will be taken at 6:45 pm. Group and candid photos will be available for purchase for $25 on a CD and will be delivered to your home in 2-3 weeks.
777 Brewery: We don’t want the evening to end just because the banquet is over! After the reunion, walk over to Main Street Hotel’s 777 Brewery for drinks and more socializing.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
The slot tournament that was scheduled for this day has been canceled.

Wendy

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

This week’s bio is by yours truly; website upkeeper, reunion committee member and fellow classmate.

Aloha, friends! I can’t tell you how excited I am that our reunion in LV will soon be upon us. I’m trying to get skinny but that won’t happen anytime soon.

I’m married to a Kaimuki ’75 grad. We met after high school and have been together FOREVER but didn’t marry until our late 30’s. No children.

I’m one of two tech. coordinators at an elementary school. I’ve been with the DOE for 20 years and can finally see the retirement light! I can honestly say that I enjoy the challenges and dynamics of my job. Life is good when the profession you’ve chosen has meaningful rewards.

I love to travel, make jewelry with glass beads, and collect hashioki (chopstick rests). I like to be clean and recently discovered I am claustrophobic. Tight, enclosed places like the tunnel at the top of Diamond Head freak me out!

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing you all again at the reunion! In my humble opinion, there’s no greater class than Kaimuki’s class of ’77. See you soon, buds!

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This Year of the Pig Google is special to me. Find out why at the reunion!