Hilo High class of 1972 classmates Wesley Fujimoto, left, and Annie Yonashiro
, flanked by the band Powerhouse, organize all sorts of benefit events, from garage sales to dance parties.
(Ward Avenue), 741-1222; Wes Fujimoto (Downtown), 224-9987; Wayne Tanaka (Kailua), 228-4339; Caroline Guerrero (Kaimuki), 232-947; Cris Estrada (Pearl City), 391-5302; Debbie Kikuchi-Chang (Mililani), 561-2939.
"I'm trying to remember if it was a real chicken or a fake chicken," says Annie Yonashiro
, trying to think back 36 years, to growing up in small-town Hilo where all the kids went to the same high school and knew each other virtually from the day they were born.
Over the years, the Hawai'i Bone Marrow Donor Registry has made it possible for 289 potentially life-saving matches, says Roy Yonashiro, Annie Yonashiro's
husband, who is the recruitment specialist for the registry, as well as lead singer in the band Powerhouse, one of the two '70s bands playing this week.
"And then Annie
always had a cookbook that she
published for friends for Christmas, and she
said 'Why don't we do another and have the proceeds go to a fund for Patti?' "
"The heart and soul behind this has been Annie
(Yonashiro)," Lau said.
is fretting about whether there will be enough food.And chocolate.
Last September, with a full ballroom of dancers and more arriving every few minutes, another group of '72 grads called Hawai'i
'72 came to the rescue, she
"It's all these people who have done some combined reunions," she
says, "and they just stepped in and helped as greeters, and with the whole front reception area, the will-call and the reception desk.
..."You get closer as you grow older," says Annie, a co-owner of Salon Nanea on Ward Avenue.