Fall 2008 - Feature
The 13th Annual A Touch of ‘Iolani
The Red EventNumber 13 can be a lucky number, at least for ‘Iolani it was.
The sold-out 13th annual A Touch of ‘Iolani – themed as The Red Event – was a celebration of lifelong friendships and educational excellence. Sponsored by the ‘Iolani Alumni Association and the Class of ’89, the Touch was an elegant gala held on August 2 on campus. Splashes of red, from volunteers’ attire to the table cloths, were seen throughout the night. Red cars were up for bid in the silent auction. The hard work of chairs Rayna Say ’89 and Dean Young ’89 paid off.
Number 13 can be a lucky number, at least for ‘Iolani it was.
Nearly 1,000 alumni, family members, and friends attended this reunion that doubles as a fundraiser for the ‘Iolani Alumni Association Scholarship.
Volunteering at the silent auction were, left to right, Kevin Nakamoto ’89, Marnie Koga ’89, Robyn Kuraoka ’89, Brandon Yamamoto ’89, Dean Young ’89, Kitty Wong ’89, Cheryl Yamamoto See more photos »
Headmaster Dr. Val Iwashita ’67 presented the Alumni Service Award to longtime ‘Iolani volunteer Alan Tamanaha ’73, a vice president and business banker at the Main Banking Center at First Hawaiian Bank. Tamanaha is a past ‘Iolani Alumni Association board member and treasurer. He volunteers as co-captain of the ‘Iolani Fair’s hot dog and chili booth, chaired the 2004 Alumni Association golf tournament, and served as a captain of the Preserving the Legacy campaign. He even volunteered with the first Touch back in 1996.
During his acceptance speech, Tamanaha credited three ‘Iolani teachers for greatly influencing him. They were concert band teacher Wayne DeMello, soccer coach Robert Barry and Asian Studies teacher William Lee ’53.
In addition to seeing the award presentation, approximately 1,000 guests enjoyed great food (Bali By The Sea, Beach House at the Moana, Big City Diner, Bubbies, Great Harvest Bread Company, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Mariposa, Roy’s Restaurant, Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch and Crab, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Tango Contemporary Café, and The Willows), refreshments, entertainment, and an extensive silent auction.