Kalani High School

Kalani High School
Where the tradewinds from the valley ...

Friday, June 22, 2018

What do you think they want to do?

What do you think classmates like these would like to do or see at their upcoming FIVE-O celebration next year?

The Class of '69 Reunion Committee has entered the planning stage and needs ideas on what would draw classmates to this auspicious celebration.

Dancing, musical performance, comedian, no show- just time to wala`au (talk stories), some quiet time, jigsaw puzzles, chess/checkers, cooking show ...???

If you have any ideas or suggestions, send them to us by:

Replying on this blog,

or emailing:
Joanne Amioka Chikuma

Leonard Hoshijo

or if you're shy,

How about exchanging 8 track tapes?

Monday, June 18, 2018

More Memories ...

 Honolulu Stadium
(Termite Palace)
Remember waiting in lines outside,
the peanut vendors, catching the bus,
or walking over to Chunky's?
Forgot about how much farther away the
Mauka bleachers were from the field
compared to the Makai bleachers.

Fond memories from special times ...

Saturday, June 16, 2018


In the past few years school reunion groups
have often struggled to gather enough classmates
to secure a nice venue for their celebrations
and needed to combine their numbers
to make things happen.  With our baby boomer
classes ranging from 600 to 800 graduates,
it is ironic that we now have a hard time herding
even one fourth of the class for these get togethers, 
even in this age of enhanced communication systems.

This is the group that attended our joint 65th birthday 
bash with Kaimuki, Kalani, McKinley, and Roosevelt
classmates back in 2016.

Although our KHS group was the smallest of the
four schools, they were still able to reminisce, 
talk stories, reconnect with some classmates from
intermediate and elementary schools and 
meet some new friends

Our 50th year reunion in 2019 will 
definitely be a special celebration just as
our 65th birthday was.  The joint schools
have decided that this reunion should be
more of a personal event and that each
school should hold their own event.
So for 2019, like in 2014, we are 
planning our "Kalani FIVE-O" event
for sometime in August of next year.

So … this is a "all hands on deck" call
to all '69 Falcons to start contacting and
talking stories with classmates to get them
"on board" for our upcoming events.

Waialae Drive In
Got any stories about going here?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Kalani FIVE-O Reunion
Planning Committee
Jo, Warren, Harry, JoAnn, Ann, David

Marion, Gaye, Diane, Leonard

Harry, JoAnn, Ann, David, Jo

Bobby was there, but he's taking the pictures!

Lots of ideas and suggestions.  Many of them are from our past reunions.
The committee is looking for a way to make the 50th a special and memorable one.

Let us know what's on your mind,
When you think of the Class of 69!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Yes, next year marks 50 years since we departed the "Mighty pillars of Kalani, where the tradewinds from the ocean whisper softly through the valley."  (Wait! Won't that make it Kona winds?  Never thought of that.)

Anyway, your Reunion Committee finally met last night to discuss the possibilities of how we could celebrate this special milestone in our lives.

We could say that it only comes once in a lifetime ... but that's quite obvious.  We should say that it's in your bucket list.  That way, you will need to attend and get involved or the opportunity will just pass you by.

Or we could just state the obvious ... we are getting old, we acknowledge our vulnerabilities and realize that these are our golden years.  We have lost a few more classmates since our last reunion and should take some time to reflect on our younger, carefree days, and fun that we enjoyed at Kalani.

Group shot at our 60th Birthday Bash

2011, seems like just yesterday

Still full of pep and spirit!

The Medicare Falcons

Your committee will be meeting again in July and need input from you as to what kind of celebration you would like to see happen.  Besides just seeing classmates that you may have not seen in years, what would be a good draw to attract more of our long lost Falcons.

We are looking at sometime in August 2019 as the target date.

It could be just a banquet where we enjoy dinner together (naturally we're going to eat) that could include some type of entertainment or even dancing.  We could entertain multiple activities during the reunion week or throughout the year. (Golf, bowling, go karts, sky diving, tours to different areas of Honolulu, or even visiting the old campus.) 

Anyway, send us your ideas and suggestions.

Joanne Amioka Chikuma

Leonard Hoshijo

Bobby Imoto

Others at the committee meeting last night:
Ann Moniz Suen
David Kaneshiro
Diane Chong
Gaye Chun Hirata
Harry Mattson
JoAnn Gondo Mattson
Marion Tomishima Sato
Warren Kunimoto