Great time at the 20th Annual Touch of Iolani held on Saturday August 1, 2015. As in past years some of Honolulu’s finest restaurants were showcased.
I had to remind myself that this was a fund raiser for the Iolani Alumni Association and that I did not have to attempt to eat $80 worth of food. Once I checked in and got my wine glass and only two tickets this year for wine (down from 3 from last year,) I bi-passed the silent auction and headed for the food.
Oink....oink….baby back ribs at Big City Diner (grabbed two plates…one rib each with mashed potatoes)…..I dumped the potatoes….scarfed down the ribs….going low carb…Headed to the 12 Avenue Grill and had two lamb sausage sliders (tossed the buns)…stopped off at Roys for the beef Tataki and then headed off to Tiki’s Grill and Bar for some wonderful wasabi flavored salmon. Grabbed a small serving of New England Clam Chowdah at The Livestock Tavern and a bit of Oxtail soup with the meat in a dumpling at the Sullivan Family Kitchen.
After oinking out….I headed over to join other Iolani ’61 classmates. Also attending were Ken and Lynn Nakasone, Milton and Maddie Oshiro, Tom Campbell, Morris and Lorna Lai, Ken and Jennifer Lee, Gary and Carolyn Shigemura and Dennis and Connie Goto.
Needless to say, my two alcoholic beverage tickets were used up immediately so I headed over to Ken Lee who always gets hit up for a $2000 premium table. Way to go Ken Lee for stepping up year after year in his support of Iolani fund raising functions! Ken had a couple of bottles of wine at his table and it seemed that his guests were non drinkers…so that was cool! After taking pictures for the class notes section of the Iolani Magazine due on November 15, 2015…. I helped myself to some of his wine.
On the whole, classmates were generally upbeat and in good spirits. There was a great turn out from all the other classes too. Looking forward to next year’s Touch of Iolani.
Mo Lai, Lorna Lai and Tom Campbell
Maddie Oshiro, Lynn Nakasone and Ken Nakasone
1st row...... Sandi Fo, Jennifer Lee, and Carolyn Shigemura
2d row.....Walter Fo (Iolani '64), Ken Lee and Gary Shigemura
1st row.....Ken Lee and Walter Fo (Iolani '64)
2d row....Bob Mumper, Milton Oshiro, and Gary Shigemura