I went to hula practice yesterday afternoon at Lani’s where 14 women from the Punahou Alumni Glee Club showed up! We’re practicing for the Punahou Alumni Luau on Saturday. Dancing with a view of the kitchen, I see Lani breaking out the wine and the pupus. So gracious of her. No, every practice doesn’t end that way! But I could see why Lani was in a partying mood.
It turns out that her high school reunion class of ’57 started its reunion activities on Monday with a boat cruise off Diamond Head and a fireworks display! A whole week’s worth of get-togethers. Their 55th reunion is a big one, and I think it’s because of the great time they had at their 50th! Every fifth year after graduating, one’s class is honored at special tables at the Luau.
This year is my 45th (I’m still a baby ), but I’m not going to anything until Thursday’s kick-off reception. That coincides with the alumni art show, check signing (a donation check from my class to the alma mater), and the last glee club rehearsal before performance day. Punahou has fundraising and development down to a science, with many opportunities and choices for its community.
Thursday is followed by a party at Waikiki Aquarium, a memorial service in the chapel, the luau, an after-luau party on campus, and a beach party the day after.
I enjoy participating. It keeps me in touch. I like renewing friendships and making new ones. I just haven’t figured out how to clone myself.
It’s rather remarkable, though, everything about our school. Go here to see the graduating class of 2012 and school spirit in action. See you at the Luau!