Golden Scholars, Class of 1964 Held 50th Reunion Luncheon at The Willows

In honor of the Class of 1964’s 50th year reunion, 15 alumnae were recognized as UH Manoa Nursing Alumni Association (UHMNAA) Golden Scholars at The Willows Restaurant on June 12, 2014. Sally Ishikawa, president of the UHMNAA presented each alumnae with Golden Scholars medals.

Nursing alumnae and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet while reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Several alumnae flew in from the mainland and neighbor islands to celebrate the momentous occasion. A surprise appearance by former pediatric nursing instructor, Mrs. Shuku Najita, was a highlight of the day since the alumnae had not seen her for 50 years. As a hallmark of generosity and kindness exemplified by this Class – many brought flowers, homemade gifts, and class memorabilia to share including pins, black and white photos, medals, and graduation programs.

UH nursing Class of 1964’s class photo
Front Row, Left to Right:  Naomi (Iwasaki) Hayashida, Lily (Maruyama) Ochoco, Patricia (Okada) Summers, Carolyn (Ebesu) Sewake, Carol Nakata, Maureen (Hirano) Dimmick, Joyce (Mizuno) McCauley, Colleen (Hanai) Minami, Jean Kajikawa, June (Tani) Kunimoto.

Back Row, Left to Right:  Ann (Takenaka) Horiuchi, Jane (Mock) Pang, Margaret (Ishii) Kayatani, Lenette (Lum) Tam, Patricia (Uyetake) Nishimura, Elizabeth “Betty” Knodle, Charlotte (Omoto) Yamamoto, Peggy Lois (Tatum) Chinn, Mildred (Moses) Young, Florence (Kubota) Bremner, Althea Momi (Manus) Kamau, Marion (Fujita) Aniya, Karen (Takemoto) Taira, Aylene (Maruyama) Hong.

“We received a great nursing education from the School in the early ‘60’s,” said Momi Kamau, a retired public health nurse. “I appreciate the solid foundation it gave all of us.” The graduates’ careers spanned many nursing specialties from community and public health, acute care, rural health, military service, higher and elementary education, and more.

Peggy Chin, a retired professor of nursing and associate dean said, “Over the years I have only grown in my appreciation of the wonderful education that UHM Nursing afforded all of us! We were so very fortunate!”

Scott R. Ziehm, associate dean of academic affairs, provided alumnae with an update on new developments and programs at UHM Nursing including the successful launch of the DNP program in 2012, the revamped online PhD program, and the simulated training exercises conducted with realistic mannequins to prepare students for real-life crisis situations.

The next day, many of the alumnae toured the UH Translational Health Sciences Simulation Center at Webster Hall on the UH Manoa campus. They saw firsthand, the high-tech facilities, equipment and new training programs with interdisciplinary components to integrate theatre, public health, law, pharmacy, and medicine.

Class of 1964 group photo
Front Row, Left to Right: Althea Momi (Manus) Kamau, Ann (Takenaka) Horiuchi, Florence (Tsuruoka) Lim, June (Tani) Kunimoto.

Back Row, Left to Right: Patricia (Okada) Summers, Florence (Kubota) Bremner, Lily (Maruyama) Ochoco, Peggy Lois (Tatum) Chinn, Marion (Fujita) Aniya, Jean Kajikawa, Patricia (Uyetake) Nishimura, Charlotte (Omoto) Yamamoto, Lenette (Lum) Tam, Joyce (Mizuno) McCauley, Carol Nakata.

UH Manoa Nursing Dean Mary G. Boland said, “We are very fortunate to have such outstanding alumnae representing UHM Nursing with competency, skill, and compassion. Mahalo to all in the Class of 1964 who made this event a success!”

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