Aloha Classmates FHS Class of ’56!
At the reunion M.C. Randy Hudnall would say, “UNBELIEVABLE”!
Yes, the 50th reunion celebration more than lived up to its expectations – from the first get-together of a small group at the Elks Club on Friday night to the aloha karaoke send-off gathering at the Eastside Grill Sunday afternoon/evening.
The attendance of classmates at the main luncheon at the Japanese Cultural Center was remarkable with 150 in attendance and another 50 guests on hand to add to the festivity. A large percentage of the classmates was attending a reunion for the first time and already looking forward to the next one. Food was ono-delicious, music nostalgic, program entertaining, and generous door prizes were handed out.
Yet by far, the best part of the event was reminiscing with classmates, checking out each other’s name badges with graduation pictures on it to jog our memories prompting exclamations of “you haven’t changed”, “I’d never recognize you if we were standing next to each other over the years”, etc. The energy level in the ballroom was sizzling and the air cheerful and joyous.
Classmate Walter Omori was bigheartedly offered to keep a class web site active, just as he did for the reunion news. The web site address will be www.farrington1956.com and will be up and running by mid-March. We hope everyone will email or send news to the committee that Walter can post to the web site so the entire class can be kept-up-to-date. All news subjects will be welcome.
For the classmates who could not join us Walter will post on the web site a list of deceased classmates and list classmates with unknown contact information. Please help us to keep the lists current by contacting Walter at www.walterskaraoke.com for the FHS Class of ’56 at 3277 Pahoa Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816.
Early tally of the surveys filled out at the luncheon indicate that the majority would like to meet in Las Vegas for our next reunion that will take place in 2008, the year most of us will be celebrating our 70th birthday. The reunion committee would like your input or ideas of how we should carry out this event, and please let us know if you can volunteer to help with the coordination, especially from classmates who live in or around the Las Vegas area.
To keep communication ongoing and active, newsletters similar to this one are planned to be mailed out semi-annually, probably in March and September. If you can help with newsletter-specific expenses such as postage and printing (approximately $200/mailing), it would be appreciated.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE DO SO WITHOUT DELAY. IT WILL SAVE ON THE POSTAGE COST AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THE NEWS IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT WAITING ON MAIL DELIVERY.
Until the next newsletter, thank you to the classmates who worked hard to put together the memorable 50th reunion celebration, and everyone who attended and helped make it a huge success, especially all out out-of-town classmates and guests. MAHALO and ALOHA!