Chapter Shorts: Texas, Shidler, TIMI, Las Vegas & East


The inaugural UHAA–Texas chapter’s newest members at the
kick-off event in Austin.

An enthusiastic group of UH alumni and friends gathered at The OASIS on Lake Travis in Austin on Oct. 3 to establish the UHAA–Texas chapter. Paul Linden ’07 was elected president of the inaugural chapter board, and was pleased by the number of alumni and friends expressing interest in participating in the new chapter’s activities. UHAA Executive Director Alvin Katahara traveled from Honolulu to celebrate the kick-off. The chapter recently met up in San Antonio, and looks forward to organizing gatherings at various venues throughout Texas.




Alumni and friends enjoy the festivities at the
Hong Kong Alumni BBQ.

The Third Annual Hong Kong Alumni BBQ was held at the YMCA Salisbury on Oct. 27. UH alumni and friends enjoyed an impromptu hula, a fabulous feast, and a grand prize giveaway. The alumni ‘ohana in Hong Kong extended a warm welcome to UH exchange students studying in Hong Kong, as well as recently recruited prospective UH students and their families. Mahalo to Shidler College of Business alumnus Eddie Lam ’81 and Travel Industry Management alumna Roberta Wong Leung ’71 and the many others who helped to organize such a memorable evening.



The Kanikapila Ukulele group captivates guests at the
UHAAF–LV Christmas gathering with their lovely harmony
and graceful hula.

The UH Alumni Association & Friends–Las Vegas chapter gathered to celebrate the holidays at its Christmas Party 2012 on Dec. 2 at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. More than 70 members and guests were entertained by the talented musicians and lovely hula dancers from the Kanikapila Ukulele group led by Manu Schmidt. Mahalo to event chair Marcy Haime, emcee Bill Olds ’63, raffle ticket sales coordinators Judith Kiyomura ’68 and Pat Jonas, and all who made this possible.

What’s next for UHAAF–LV?  Annual Stew & Rice Night on Mar. 9; a first-ever cookbook, Tastes and Flavors; and spam musubi at The Cal on May 4-5!



UHAA–East members David Liu and ‘Io Cabanos appreciate the
entertainment and camaraderie at the Christmas and
Holiday Party in NYC.

UHAA–East collaborated with Hālāwai – New York’s Hawai‘i community organization – for the Second Annual Christmas and Holiday Party on Dec. 9 at Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Despite freezing temperatures outside, the live, nostalgic Hawaiian music, expressive hula and heartfelt stories filled the room with a warm aloha spirit. Hula students from Gracious Ladies Hula Hui, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima and UHAA–East performed and shared stories honoring their kumu (teachers and source). More than 100 – ranging from keiki to kupuna – gathered and celebrated the holiday season together.

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