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Monday, July 25, 2011

Class of '69 Birthday Bash - Four Schools

The Kaimuki, Kalani, McKinley, and Roosevelt High Schools' Class of '69 60th Birthday Bash was held on Saturday, July 23rd at the Japanese Cultural Center.  Over 225 were in attendance.

Something that extends beyond usual or ordinary is described as "epic."  The event that took place on Saturday was an EPIC event in more ways than one.  Four schools celebrated their 60th birthday.  They got reacquainted with old friends, met new ones, had a taste of Las Vegas, had some great food, and enjoyed the live music of the Beat Boys,  But the house came down with the performance of the Calientes.  Their epic performance showed that they still have that awesome sound and that special magic that made them one of the best groups in the 60/70's era.

Those who attended had a great time of epic proportions.  Those of you who didn't ... you should have been there.

 Joanne Amioka Chikuma and Diane Chong
welcome Lester Luke to the event.
 The girls from Roosevelt at their reception table
 The long line at the Kaimuki reception table.
There was always a bunch of Tigers
at the McKinley table.
 Joanne checks in Deanna Ching Lee.
 Dexter Suzuki (McKinley '69) was busy with the Emcee duties and performing with the Calientes.  Here he announces one the many door prizes of the night.
 Carl Yamamoto and Bobby Imoto join some 
McKinley pros at the blackjack table.
 The roulette table was visited by alumni from all the schools.
 Ladies and gentlemen ... the Calientes!
 Russell Shiroma (Roosevelt '69) on guitar.
 The Calientes with the Beat Boys.
 Dexter Suzuki (McKinley '69) on vocals and the drums.
Glen Okano and the golden voice of Gregory Fong.
(Roosevelt '69)
Although it may appear that Kathy Inouye Anzai, David Kaneshiro, Joanne Amioka Chikuma, Sandra Asato Nishimoto, and other '69 grads were overflowing from the dance floor, this was actually right after the group photo shot.
 The Birthday Bash steering committee with members from Kaimuki, Kalani, McKinley, and Roosevelt High Schools.
 When it was over, Jerry Wojcik and
Kent Harada stayed to talk stories.
So did Cathy Lim Yoza and Joanne.

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