UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham KSK’74 was named to Pacific Business News’ 2018 “Women Who Mean Business” – an award that honors women who demonstrate exceptional leadership, outstanding work ethic, and have a strong commitment to making Hawai‘i a better place through their hands-on approach to community service. She was honored along with 36 other women at a dinner in March at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Maenette has a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator including serving as the inaugural dean of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has dedicated much of her life to serving the community including extensive work with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on youth, education, and community collective leadership initiatives.
Jacqueline Kahaleo‘umi-Spencer of Honolulu passed away on Aug. 20, 2017. She was born in Honolulu.
Jerald “Kimo” Alama Keaulana KSK’73 was honored at Honolulu Community College’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner in March 2018 at Dole Cannery’s Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms in Honolulu. He was recognized for his professional achievements and contributions to the community. Known by many as “Kimo,” he attended HCC twice – first, straight out of high school and then returning after working mainly in the tourism industry. He would later return as an instructor after 10 years teaching social studies with the state Department of Education. Kimo is heavily involved in Hawaiian music as a historian, kumu hula and competition judge, and a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning musician. He is currently a board member for the Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Lei o Lanikūhonua, the Mary Kawena Pukui Society and Waihona o nā Mele No‘eau.
The Simeona ‘ohana returned to the Kapālama campus on Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018, to honor their beloved late parents Ahoi Simeona KSK’46 and Harriette Hurley Simeona KSK’46 with the dedication of a commemorated bench at the Bishop Memorial Chapel courtyard. Classmates and lifelong partners, the Simeonas were blessed with six children, M. Kaleiponi Simeona Ventura KSK’67, C. Kealoha Simeona Nascimento KSK’68, K. Manulani Simeona Meyer KSK’69, Edward Simeona KSK’74, Clarence Simeona KSK’77, Nancy Simeona Brenner KSK’80, 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. As said by oldest daughter Kaleiponi, “It’s so (like) mom and dad. They will be greeting all returning alumni and friends for generations to come. They were proud members of the class of 1946 and have returned together once more to their home, Kamehameha.”
Neil Hannahs KSK’69 and Lisa Kleissner Porter KSK’72 have launched Cohort 3 of Hawai‘i Investment Ready with 13 enterprises – both for- and not-for profit. This year’s cohort includes KS graduates Christopher Au KSK’95, L. Ka‘iu Kimura KSK’96, and Austin Kino KSK’06. The program has graduated 58 entrepreneurs since being started in 2013. To learn more about the Hawai‘i Investment Ready program, email email@example.com.
Winona Kalakau-Hatayama of Honolulu passed away on Oct. 20, 2017.
Classmates were invited to mark their 65th birthdays on a Holland America cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage for a week in September. About 35 classmates, family members and friends made the week-long trip. A small group stopped in Seattle before embarking on the “Nieuw Amsterdam” in Vancouver. Mahalo nui to Oregon classmate Christine Nakagawa Ladd and husband Bob, who helped Seattle classmate Franklin Johnson to host a püpü potluck and kanikapila at his home one night. Franklin also arranged a special brunch at Stonehouse Cafe & Bakery. Chef and KSK‘75 graduate Patrick Choy (brother of Sam Choy) prepared fresh local fruit, his signature egg puff with Portuguese sausage, guava cream cheese danish and blueberry scones, fried rice and biscuits and gravy! The picturesque cafe is a must-visit for all KS alumni in the Rainier area. Once on board the ship, the group enjoyed unlimited great food and drink, including a special birthday cocktail party complete with blue and white ribbon lei provided by Linda Nishimura and Kapena Kim; two gala (dress-up) nights; complimentary specialty restaurant dinners; kanikapila sessions; and wonderful day trips and tours to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Fellow KS alumni Dawn Farm-Ramsey KSK’71, and Moana Heu KSK’74 were also part of the cruise group.
The class of 1975 turned 60 this year, and to celebrate, some class members gathered at Haleiwa Joe’s in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, in July 2017. Classmates, from left, Kalena Doane Waiamau, Crystal Rose, Iwalani Goldstein, Marilyn Kaohi Hasegawa, Pilialoha Curnan Wang, Abbie Phillips Hanohano, Kathy Enos Thurston, Arlene Mclain Pratt, and Cory Chock Nogima.
Rae Fujimori Godden KSK’72 retired as the chief of interpretation for Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historic Park and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park. Her mother, Rose Akana Fujimori KSK’46, was the first Native Hawaiian woman to become a park ranger. Rae followed in her mother’s footsteps when she retired as a park ranger at the age of 55.
Paul Richards of Waimānalo, O‘ahu, passed away on Jun. 10, 2017. He was born in Honolulu.