Thursday, September 10, 2009


Once in awhile you have the opportunity to do something utterly amazing. Such was the case for me this last weekend. I went to my 40 year class reunion in Hawaii. Yep. I graduated from McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. I know, amazingly lucky, huh? Well, here's another amazing thing...I hadn't attended any of my other reunions, so I hadn't seen any of my classmates for 40 years. How's that for a leap in time?

We had a few over a hundred in attendance. My hubby George was impressed since his graduating class in Manti, Utah was a total of 96 people. I reminded him that my graduating class was 600, so the % of attendees was actually a bit low, but, as they say, it's not the quantity but the quality that counts, right?

Well, the overall quality of my graduating class is excellent. They are really good people, and I had so much fun catching up with their lives. The years melted away and we were laughing again at all the crazy times we shared. I also went to dinner with friends from the McKinley Theater Group and our drama teacher, Mr. Nakamoto. This gentle, good man was truly one of the mentors of my life. He made me believe in myself and my abilities. Mahalo, Mr. Nak!

I now have a cluster of pals in beautiful Hawaii with whom to correspond. Hopefully I can entice them over to Utah where George and I will show them the breathtaking beauty of our state. I know they'd love Bryce Canyon and Zions, as well as the craggy cliffs and alpine meadows of Alta.

To the gracious fates who allowed me the privilege of living for a time in Hawaii and meeting the wonderful friends, and inspirational teachers of McKinley, I say MAHALO.

(Here are a few more photos of the amazing time. I hope you enjoy them)


Jennie said...

How fun! I'm glad you got to go.

Cheri J. Crane said...

Gale, your pictures are wonderful. What a neat class reunion.

Michele Ashman Bell said...

Such beautiful pictures. You looked absolutely glowing, Gale!