2009 ‘Iolani Fair - “Crusin the Caribbean”
2009 fair co-chairs Billie Jean Yugawa, second from right, and Richard Sakoda, far right, welcome the 2010 fair co-chairs, Alan Kogami, left, and Faith Kogami, second from left, on opening morning of Cruisin the Caribbean.
2009 fair co-chairs Billie Jean Yugawa, second from right, and Richard Sakoda, far right, welcome the 2010 fair co-chairs, Alan Kogami, left, and Faith Kogami, second from left, on opening morning of Cruisin the Caribbean. Faculty advisors Sean Nakayama ’93 and Ernette Au show their fair spirit. Emily Cockey ’11 and Khaydan Gabriel ’11 enjoy the games. Juniors in the Class of 2010 volunteer in the malasada booth: Kelli Kaneta, Mirabel Koiki, Ross Horiuchi, Kyle Hanaoka and Alex Matsunami. Juniors and parent volunteers roll hot malasadas in sugar. Andie Enomoto ’10, right, paints a flower on Miya Haga ’21. Max Schermer ’20 won first place for his poster in the Eco Art contest. Kiana Hockenberger-Leong ’21 received top honors for her recycled materials sculpture in the fair’s Eco Art contest. Chaz Silva ’09 and Lindsay Kosasa ’09 ride the swings during early morning television coverage of the fair. Doris Morisaki and her husband Dr. Mark Morisaki were among the many volunteers. Members of the Class of ’69 (Tommy Higashino, Elroy Chong, Glenn Flores, Eric Nagano and Bill Foster) volunteer in the corn and turkey legs booth. Members of the Class of ’92 (standing) Carter Siu, Meki Pei, Cory Kubota, Matthew Wagner, Nolan Nakamura, Jill Higashi, Mark Watanabe, (sitting) Trevor Benn and Kimi Yasunaga-Frith help in the pizza booth. Dexter Nagaji ’71, Lloyd Nishimoto ’71, Jeff Hackler ’71, James Lee ’74 and Robert Kamemoto ’71 serve ono Hawaiian plates. Smoothies were delicious as members of the Class of ’85 blended and served them: Chris Shimabukuro, Sanford Morioka, Troy Tomita, Grant Fusato, Joanna Seto, Andrew Yee, Susan Uyeno Akamine, Takahiko Kimura, Chris Batacan, John Fujiwara. Surrounding the wok in the noodle booth were Brian Lum ’79, Ernest Nomura ’79, Harry Takane ’50, Rodney Choy ’79, Wayne Chang ’79, Reese Nakamura ’79 and Kala Chong ’21. The loyal Class of ’61 volunteered in the barbecue chicken booth: Ken Nakasone, Ken Lee, Dick Tsuda (in back), TomWong, Wayne Takemoto and Howard Lee. Guy Ichinotsubo '82, Berwyn Ito '82, Jeff Chun '82, Mike Yee '82, Mark Tom '82 and Seth Hayakawa '82 worked the hot dog and chili booth.
‘Iolani Fair “Cruisin the Caribbean” on April 17 and 18 was fun for the whole family with games, rides, crafts, food, an art sale, produce, plants, a boutique, marketplace, movies, entertainment and more on a beautiful sunny day in paradise.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 people visited the fair as students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to contribute to its success. From working in the scrip booth to manning the fishing game to slicing pineapple, roughly 3,000 volunteers made the fair a spring highlight.
“The success of the fair is due to the thousands of volunteer hours invested in this event,” said fair coordinator Amy Tomisato
. “It is the one event that brings the entire ‘Iolani community together.”
Juniors in the Class of 2010 volunteer in the malasada booth: Kelli Kaneta, Mirabel Koiki, Ross Horiuchi, Kyle Hanaoka and Alex Matsunami. See more photos »
Games such as Frog Bog and the Dime Toss were hits with the kids, while gourmet food including the Caribbean-themed jerk chicken wrap were popular with grown ups. Longtime favorites like malasadas, barbecue chicken, kim chee, pickled mango and huli beef sandwiches were finger licking good. A new steak and shrimp plate appeased the appetites of surf-n-turf lovers. The futsal tournament during the day and movies at night put the football field to productive use. Jams and jellies and other home-baked goodies pleased the palate. The talent show “Reach for the Stars” featured students from 21 different schools and great entertainment kept audiences awed.
“The local community embraces our fair as a must-attend event each year,” Tomisato added.
The fair grossed approximately $650,000 with proceeds benefiting student programs and campus improvements.
Mark your calendars and attend next year’s Fair on April 16 and 17, 2010.