First Hawai`i Alumni Dinner

Monday, November 15, 2010

Aloha kakou! Hele mai! Aloha to everyone! Come and eat! The Menlo College Hawai'I Club hosted a feast and invited all Bay Area Menlo College alumni from Hawaii on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm in the Russell Center.

Club president Miki Scott-Punahele says, “The Hawai'I Club hosted its first annual Hawai'I alumni dinner, including Hawai'i Club members, Menlo teachers and staff. We want to reconnect with them before the spring lu'au.” She discussed how members decided to launch this annual dinner to meet with Hawaiian alums in the Bay Area, in order to become better acquainted with their families, especially because the 20th anniversary of the Hawai'I Club Luau is coming up in early spring. “It's important to get the word out to these alumni to bring them to campus and rekindle their ties to Menlo College, with the hope that they will return to what is known as 'da bes' lu'au.'”

Vice President Shaleia Auld suggested a dinner of favorite local dishes from the Islands, and club members immediately bought in to the idea! Shaunte Sadora, Treasurer, felt it would be a good investment because they would prepare delicious homemade food, plan an event with a minimum of fifty guests and manage a budget with their allocated club funds. Club members and some parents pitched in to prepare delicious meal, complete with ono pupus (appetizers) before the dinner of kalua pig, chicken long rice, lomilomi salmon, tossed salad and haupia. Throughout the evening, music was provided by Menlo's own J.D. Puli, Kainoa Keana'aina and Malu Kaina.

Freshman Brittani Noelani Masai Byun invited her auntie and uncle, June and Mario Sevilla of Atherton to attend. “We support Brittani in any way, going to college events, being a part of her college life.” Shaleia Auld's parents, Todd & Darselle Cossey, were one of the mainstays of the event, bringing over food from Hawai'i. Todd, who helped with cooking, grabbed the mic, strummed his guitar and sang a few Hawaiian songs with a bright smile on his face—party on! There was a lot of aloha spirit in the room, and the close knit club had a great time putting on the finishing touches in celebrating Senior Day at the last football game of the season.