Pam

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

John

August 21st, 2007

As the reunion approaches, we’d like to reacquaint you with old friends and share a little bit of their lives with you.

John is a classmate who went to Aliiolani Elem. and Jarrett Intermediate. John moved to California after intermediate school and has made the Golden State his home. After attending high school, John went to Long Beach State University. Go 49ers!

He and his wife have been married 18 years and have fraternal twin boys who are ten.

John is an avid golfer and traveler. He enjoys attending Laker games and plays basketball in an adult league.

When John sent us an email, I Googled the company that was attached to his email address. The website looked suspicious and I wondered if he was legit or was going to be a Reunion Crasher ala “The Wedding Crashers”! In the end, we learned that John is the real deal because several people remember him, even going as far as to say, “he’s a good guy.” From the sound of his voice through his emails, he does indeed seem like a great person.

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What’s the significance of strawberries to John? Ask him at the reunion!

We are Norway!

August 10th, 2007

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Get ready for a night of jousting fun! We are confirmed for the Tournament of Kings show at The Excalibur Hotel. We are Norway! Print the arena map for our seating area, dinner menu, transportation info. and other details.

Full Circle

August 7th, 2007

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When I was a teacher-for-hire, a bunch of us newbies made our way into a room with a panel of a dozen principals from different leeward district schools. With our futures in their hands, we sold ourselves in the mass interview for the chance to be hired by the DOE.

Among the principals was Mrs. Fujioka, my former math teacher from Kaimuki. She taught geometry and made me love math for the first time in my life. With a student teacher both first and second semesters, she didn’t have much contact time with us. When she did, though, there was no mistaking the quality of delivery that exuded from this veteran teacher.

After being a math teacher, Mrs. Fujioka became the principal at Maili Elementary, which is about as close to the end of the island as you can get along the Waianae coast. For this Kapahulu girl, the distance was daunting but I would have driven off the island and into the middle of the Pacific to have worked with her. I knew that if she was a terrific math teacher, she was going to be a winner of a principal. Alas, it was not my fate to work under her leadership.

My first year of teaching, I had a class of fifth graders at a school in Ewa Beach. I used Mrs. Fujioka’s style as a model for my instruction. I wanted my students to see how much fun math could be and did my best to instill a passion for math in them the way she had done in me.

Today, I’m one of two technology coordinators at an elementary school where, in addition to maintaining the technology, I work with 4th-6th grade gifted and talented students a couple of times a week. This year, I’ll be teaching geometry and guess who I tapped for advice? Mrs. Fujioka.

My question to her was whether or not I should teach my students geometry using the problem-solving process I learned from her 30 years ago. The DOE has many math resource teachers whom I could have tapped for the answer to my question but none of them held the credibility that Mrs. Fujioka holds for me.

And bless her heart, she answered my email.

She explained that math has evolved a lot over time. Who would have thought math could change so much, it’s so black and white! She made me understand that rather than be rigid and conforming, math should be taught with more application so that it is meaningful in students’ lives. How brilliant.

The truth is, if I had heard the same words from someone I didn’t know and trust, the message would not have been the same for me. After reading her email, I scrapped the lesson I had planned. I taught my students about points, lines, planes, segments and rays, then had them take pictures of the basic geometric concepts on campus so they could see that geometry is everywhere in their world.

If I win the Mega Bucks at our 30th reunion in Las Vegas (hmm… mathematically speaking, what are the odds?), a good portion of it will go to our alma mater. We were lucky to have been students at a school with such wonderful teachers.

In closing her email, Mrs. Fujioka wrote, “take care and just call me Ele”. I sank back in my chair with a smile. I am privileged to know this lady who, though retired, continues to teach with warmth and grace. She made my day and school year.

You're the Inspiration

July 1st, 2007

We had six of them a year, sometimes more if we took a couple of semester-long classes. Most of them were female but there was a good sprinkling of men among them. Some made us fear being a minute late. Others understood that it took time to shower after PE and haul it to their class within the five-minute grace period, especially if their class was clear across campus.

They were our teachers, experts in their field, educators who gave us the tools we needed to live in our world today. Sometimes during their lessons, they opened a window into their personal lives, showing us that they were human beings too. It was easy to forget that teachers were people.

For the most part, though, they kept things on a very professional level. They were always prepared and accountable for the curriculum they delivered.

In every student’s life, there are one or more teachers or coaches who left a lasting impression. It may have been something the teacher said to guide the student on the right course or the way the teacher interacted with students that made the students feel a connection.

I had several personal favorites in high school, one of whom was Mrs. Yanagisawa, an outstanding English teacher. I didn’t feel an attachment to her nor did I hang around her class after school; she wasn’t that sort of teacher. What I admired about her was that she fed us knowledge like there was no tomorrow. My vocabulary grew because of her and that, in turn, impacted my SAT scores.

What I liked most about Mrs. Yanagisawa was that she earned the respect from each of her students by modeling commitment and work ethic. You couldn’t help but look up to a person who displayed her matter-of-fact teaching style by setting clear expectations and challenging her students’ limits.

During my senior year, I’d see Mrs. Yanagisawa and her young children at home court basketball games. She supported the athletic program at Kaimuki with her quiet presence. I’m sure she would have preferred to spend evenings at home with her family but there she was in the stands, applauding when Daniel Arruda made yet another basket.

Thank you, Mrs. Yanagisawa, for being my inspiration. It’s been thirty years since I last saw you, but I haven’t forgotten the impression you’ve made in my life. I can only aspire to be the teacher you once were to me.