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Radford High School - Class of 1970
Honolulu, Hawaii


 
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LET'S GET EXCITED! We're going to celebrate 'Da BEEG-er One! ~ Our 50th Reunion and Class of '70 turns 70 in Las Vegas ~ April 28-30, 2022

 
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JANUARY 2022
REUNION UPDATE

 

FROM THE CLASS OF ’70 REUNION COMMITTEE:
 
Da BEEG-er One is only three months away, and we’re happy finally to be able to pass along a lot of important information you’ve been waiting for.  Please read everything carefully – you might even want to print this out – and let us know your questions!
 
As previously announced, the 50th Reunion observance will be combined with our 70th Birthday celebration at Da BEEG-er One, which will take place on April 28-30 in Las Vegas. Thanks to covid, we’ve had to make changes to the originally announced events.  Also, although it probably will not come as a surprise, we’re sorry to say that inflation and the two-year wait have brought cost increases that force us to increase some of the event registration fees.  Whereas the original cost of attending all of the reunion events was $110, the new total is $125, as can be better understood by reviewing the individual events.
 
 
THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
As things now stand, Da BEEG-er One will offer the following.  You can sign up for any or all of them, but please do so soon so that we have accurate counts in advance for each event.
 
Meet & Greet
When:            April 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:           Tahiti Village Resort
                        17˚ South Booze & Bites Restaurant and Bar
                        7200 Las Vegas Blvd.
           South Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Cost:              No Charge
Food/Bar:     (i.e., charges are responsibility of individual attendees)
 
No-Host Golf
When:            April 29, 2022 – Time: TBA
Where:           TBA
                            Las Vegas, NV
 
(Note: This is a No-Host Golf Event that our own Frank Wheat has graciously agreed to coordinate.) 
 
Banquet Dinner
When:            April 29, 2022 at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where:           California Hotel & Casino – Ohana/Maile Room
                        12 E Ogden Avenue
                        Las Vegas, NV 89101
Cost:              $75.00 [This is up from the $55.00 fee anticipated in 2019.]
Bar:                No-Host (i.e., charges are responsibility of individual attendees)
 
Karaoke (Aloha Night)
When:            April 30, 2022 at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Where:           Jackpot Bar & Grill
                        4485 S Jones Blvd.
                        Las Vegas, NV 89103
Pkg Cost:     $50.00 [This is up from the $35.00 fee anticipated in 2019.]
Bar:                No-Host (i.e., charges are responsibility of individual attendees)
 
(Note: The new package cost includes our own Private Room with a bar and DJ, as well as local ONO Grinds with unlimited soda, juice and water.)
 
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH?
 
We originally hoped to have a Champagne Brunch at the Main Street Station Casino & Hotel on the morning of April 30.  The Hotel informed us, however, that they have discontinued group brunches in their buffet restaurant due to covid. We apologize to all who paid the $20 fee to attend the brunch and, unless you instruct us differently, will automatically put your $20 toward the higher fee now being charged for your attendance at the Banquet.
 
But there’s some good news, too!  Instead of a brunch, we will now have an Informal gathering in a Hospitality Suite at the California Hotel for all who wish to get together, mingle, and talk story.  Pastries, coffee, and juice will be served throughout the time the suite is open. So please consider stopping in for:
 
“Talk Story” Continental Non-Brunch
 
Date:              Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where:           California Hotel (Hospitality Suite – room number to be announced at the Friday Night Banquet)
Cost:              No Charge
 
 
BLOCKED ROOMS AT THE CALIFORNIA HOTEL
 
A block of rooms has been set aside for us at the California Hotel.  If you have not yet booked your rooms, please do so as soon as possible.  When calling the California Hotel to make your reservation, be sure that you give the operator our Group Name and Group Code. And upon receiving your Room Reservation Confirmation, verify that the Group Code and all other details of your reservation are correct.

Group Name: RADFORD CLASS OF ’70 REUNION
Group Code: R70D22C
Hotel Room Reservation Department (Toll Free): 1-800-634-6255

Attendees who do not secure a room at the California Hotel might wish to consider accommodations at one of these nearby hotels:  Main Street Casino & Hotel and Fremont Casino & Hotel (both, like the California Hotel, are Boyd properties), The Circa Resort and Casino, The Plaza Casino & Hotel, Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel, The Downtown Grand Casino & Hotel, Four Queens Casino & Hotel, and El Cortez Casino Hotel (to name a few.)  In addition, Committee member Runi Tafeaga, a longtime Las Vegas resident and entertainer, has kindly offered to provide additional hotel suggestions.  You may contact Runi at hotlavaco@yahoo.com.
 
COVID COMPLIANCE
 
The country has seen more than enough super-spreader events, and we do not want Da BEEG-er One to join the list.  We hope that out of consideration for each other everyone coming to the reunion will take care to be fully vaccinated, and we expect everyone to comply with the covid restrictions and policies of the State of Nevada, the City of Las Vegas, and the various venues at which our events will take place.  (For example, the rules currently in force at Boyd Gaming establishments, including the California Hotel, can be found here.)  We emphasize, however, that attendance at the reunion and at any of its associated events is at your own risk.  The Reunion Committee makes no representations concerning on-the-ground conditions or covid risk levels but rather, like you, will be relying upon our venues and our classmates to implement and follow responsible measures at all times.
 
 
REUNION T-SHIRTS
 
We are excited to announce that, in light of the expanded scope of Da BEEG-er One, we have created a NEW VERSION of the reunion t-shirt.  The new design -- shown below – commemorates both the 50th Reunion and our shared 70th Birthday and is emblazoned with “Da BEEG-er One”!

Click on the link below to view the
NEW VERSION
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If you, like everyone on the Reunion Committee, bought the original t-shirts that were printed in 2019 (boy, does that seem long ago!), we hope we’ll see you in them in Las Vegas.  But if you, like everyone on the Reunion Committee, also like the new version, we hope you’ll give some thought to adding it to your wardrobe, too.  The new shirts are available for order now at our events registration website (www.payit2.com/p/radford-class-of-70-reunion-pay) and are priced at $25 for sizes S to XL, $26 for size XXL, and $27 for size XXXL.  For those attending the reunion, your t-shirt will be at the reunion for pick-up.  If you are not attending the reunion but would nonetheless like to purchase a t-shirt (or two!), it will be mailed to you in late March or early April.
 
 
OTHER REMINDERS
  • If you are planning to join us for the festivities in Las Vegas, please go to the events registration page as soon as possible, choose the events you’d like to attend, and submit your payments.  (And don’t forget those t-shirts!)  And if you submitted your payments under the original pricing, please go to the site to submit any additional increments required by the new prices.
  • We’re all fervently hoping the reunion will go on as planned.  But as we’ve all seen, you never know if covid will surprise the world with yet another virulent strain or cause yet another surge.  For that reason, when making your travel arrangements with your airlines, we recommend that you make sure the airline will honor any changes and that all fees and penalties will be waived.
  • While we hope this will not be the case, if you have paid for any reunion events and decide not to attend or are unable to attend, you can obtain a refund of your reunion events by contacting Dina (Cambe) Smith at 1970.radford.hi@gmail.com. And if you’re not sure what you’ve already paid for or what additional increments you need to submit, you can contact Dina for that information, too.

We’ve waited a long time to reunite the members of the Class of ’70, as well as our many friends from neighboring classes, but it will all have been worth it when we finally see each other and celebrate our combined 50th Class Reunion and 70th Birthday. Thank you for waiting out the long years of the pandemic with grace and stoicism.  Here’s to seeing you in Las Vegas, and here’s to your health and well-being in the meantime!

Your planners and fellow classmates:

Mark Barnett
Mark Borreliz
Tim Castle
Patsy Ingle Joiner
Dina Cambe Smith
Runi Tafeaga
Elizabeth Hanakahi Wallace
 
 
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'Da BEEG-er One Update  -  12.04.2021

FINALLY
 (we hope)!!! 
 
We’re happy to announce that the California Hotel has committed to dates for 'Da BEEG-er One, our combined 50th (or 52nd, depending on how you look at it) Reunion and 70th Birthday Celebration!  The event will take place in Las Vegas over April 28-30, 2022.
 
Within the next couple of weeks, we hope to send you more detailed information about the schedule of events and specific precautions that the hotel requires or that the Reunion Committee is considering in order to make the event as safe as possible.  Of course, times being what they are – with the country finding itself in a fifth Covid surge and with variants taking us ever-deeper into the Greek alphabet – there’s no predicting what can happen.  But we’re all hoping that these dates stick.
 
When making your travel arrangements with your airlines, we recommend that you make sure the airline will honor any changes and that all fees and penalties will be waived.
 
A block of rooms has been set aside for us at the California Hotel.  As soon as Dina receives and signs the Contract Agreement, we will send out another e-Blast and post the information on our FB Group page and on the class website.
 
We also invite everyone to weigh in with any initial thoughts.  Are you comfortable with the new timing?  Are you still planning to attend?  Will your decision to attend depend on whether this is a vaccinated-only event?  And anything else on your mind, including general exclamations of excitement. 
 
The Reunion Committee would like to thank everyone once more for the patience you’ve shown throughout this long process and for the incredible support you’ve extended to us.  We can’t wait to see everyone at this long-awaited gathering.
 
In the meantime, stay safe and an even BEEG-er mahalo!
 
 
Your Reunion Committee
(Mark Barnett, Mark Borreliz, Tim Castle , Patsy (Ingle) Joiner, Dina (Cambe) Smith, Runi Tafeaga, and Liz (Hanakahi) Wallace)


 
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Fellow Class of ’70 and neighboring Rams!!  ‘Da BEEG-er One / Class of '70 turns 70 events will be in Las Vegas (28 April – 30 April, 2022)
 
Remember the fall of 1969?  We were the Mighty New Seniors!  Hustling through Radford’s congested halls.  What was playing on KPOI-FM?

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
 
And what were we all doing – in that non-cellphone era?  We were talking story with our friends!  “Got notes for Mrs. Nakamura’s test?”  “You know practice will be rough, Mr. Frey is smiling.”  “Hey, don’t forget to meet me at Sam’s after school – ono grinds.”  “Surfs up, I’m going to holo holo out of here.”  “Can’t wait for the concert on Friday.”  “Groovy, man, groovy.” “Geez, I get ‘caf duty, bummah.”
 
Prepare to be transported back to those days!  All of your Reunion activities are designed to bring us together with “plenty time to talk story about our high school days.”  Please begin your planning now – so you can share in the Reunion recollections and create new memories.

This is what you need to do.

Reunion Events:
To learn more about the Reunion events, go to our class website

https://radfordhsclassof1970.com/page.php?groupingID=events
 
Purchase your events by April 3rd, 2022You can pay for everything on-line, sit back, and think about the memories and excitement of a Las Vegas party shared with your classmates!!
 
Paying for the events by April 3rd helps your committee with necessary planning and funding requirements.  Please Kokua!

http://www.payit2.com/p/radford-class-of-70-reunion-pay
 

T-Shirts

Final Deadline to Purchase your T-Shirts is February 28, 2022. We have re-designed the T-Shirts to commemorate both the Class' 50th Reunion and 70th Birthday,
and the back now announces "Da BEEG-er One" along with other minor changes. If you would like to purchase a shirt (or tw0), the new shirts are available for purchase now at our events registration website.

http://www.payit2.com/p/radford-class-of-70-reunion-pay



Hotel Reservations: 

Classmates are free to make their own lodging arrangements.

The Reunion committee has contracted a group rate with the California Hotel for 40 rooms.  The California Hotel is also the venue for our April 29th, Friday night banquet.  The group rate reservation is opened to the Class of 1970, neighboring classes and guests.


There has been a high level of interest in 'Da BEEG-er One / Class of ’70 turns 70 and we expect a very large turnout and these rooms will fill quickly.

Once all the California blocked rooms have been filled, attendees may wish to seek accommodations at one of these nearby hotels:  Main Street Casino & Hotel and Fremont Casino & Hotel (Boyd properties), Thje Circa Resort and Casino, The Plaza Casino & Hotel, Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel, The Downtown Grand Casino & Hotel, Four Queens Casino & Hotel, and El Cortez Casino & Hotel (to name a few.)
 
Committee member Runi Tafeaga, a longtime Las Vegas resident and entertainer, has kindly offered to provide additional hotel suggestions.  You may contact Runi at hotlavaco@yahoo.com

California Hotel - Blocked Rooms.pdf
 

Again, this new date gives us less than 5 months to plan 'Da BEEG-er One / Class of ’70 turns 70! In order to meet our financial obligations and properly plan for our exciting and memorable events, we need you to take action!  Mahalo!
 
See you in Las Vegas!!

Your 50th Reunion Committee

Mark Barnett​, Mark A. Borreliz​, Tim Castle​, ​Patsy Ingle Joiner​, Dina Cambe Smith, Runi Tafeaga, 
Elizabeth Hanakahi Wallace

 
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It's been over 50 Years since we walked into the gymnasium and across the RHS platform to receive our diplomas. Let's get excited as the committee resume planning for what will now be ‘Da BEEG-er One /Class of '70 turns 70 – a combination of our delayed 50th Reunion AND our 70th Birthday Gathering!
 

Committee:
Mark Barnett | Mark Borreliz | Tim Castle | Patsy (Ingle) Joiner| Dina (Cambe) Smith | Runi Tafeaga | Elizabeth (Hanakahi) Wallace


Please direct your inquiries to the Committee at:  
1970.radford.hi@gmail.com


Whether you are a class of 1970 member or a neighboring class member, please click on the link below to fill out the contact form to update your contact information or, if you are not on our email
or mailing list and would like to receive reunion updates. 


https://goo.gl/forms/jbqsEFph9j8fqDEa2

 
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The Class of 1970 Ohana sends their heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of  Joseph Stephen Silva who passed away on January 9, 2022.


 
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Mark Borreliz, Class President
40th Class Reunion

 
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Something to read and ponder…..

 
Why Attend a Class Reunion?
 
I went to a committee meeting at Candy’s the other night.  We are having committee meetings every few months now in preparation for our 45th high school class reunion this coming  August.
 
There were six of us there, Barb, Becky, Candy, Cheryl, Kay and me (our only male committee member, Jerry,  was out of town — the one who is so good at reminding us we’re getting off track).  Barb, Becky and Cheryl are the relatively “new blood”  that is much needed for a committee that has been meeting every five years forever.
 
The hotel is booked and the program and menu will be planned closer to the time.  But there are always two items that we have to work on now:  finding addresses and/or e-mails in order to contact classmates, and, once we’re in contact with them, convincing more of them to attend!
 
I am always amazed at the number of classmates who even still live in this area, but never attend the reunions.
 
I think there are probably three common reasons that people don’t attend:
 
1.  They hated high school and have absolutely no interest in being
      reminded of
anything associated with it. (There’s not much we
      can do about this one.)
 
2.  If their friends from high school aren’t going to be there, they
      don’t think they
will have a good time.
 
3.  They are afraid they won’t look as good or be as successful as
      the other
attendees.
 
It’s the last two that I wish we could somehow convince them are non-issues.
 
Regarding number two:  Hello?  It’s been forty-five years!  Who the heck remembers everyone they were friends with in high school?  At this point, you are getting together with people who have common memories of your teenage years.  There is something so fun about sharing memories of a favorite teacher or a memorable hang-out, even with someone who you didn’t know very well then.  (And, since most of us have really bad memories by now, we’ll be able to compare the same memories at our next reunion in five years, and neither one of us will remember, so it will be like a new conversation!
 
And, number three.  At 63 years old — we are all waaaayyyy past caring about that “looks” and “career” stuff.  Yes, there are some who are more “well-preserved” than others, but there are many more of us who  just look like what we are … people in their sixties!  And, you know, at this age, everyone is friendly and glad to see everyone else, and there’s hardly any talk about “careers” because most of us don’t have one any more!  So, if  you smile and look like you’d like to have a conversation, someone will feel “invited” by that smile, and strike up a conversation with you.  I’d bet on it.
 
So, now dear readers, here’s my request of you.  Becky, one of the “rookies” who has really taken to this reunion stuff, suggested that in our initial mailing, we have a fun list of “Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the Reunion.”  I think that’s a great idea and I know there must be some terribly clever things we could put on that list, I just can’t think of them.
 
So, how about helping me look “brilliant” to my fellow committee members for our next meeting, by giving me any ideas you have for reasons we could put on that list?
 
I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas you might have.

 
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Here are some reasons we could put on that list!
 
10.  To remember when Madonna was still a virgin.
 
  9.  To see what color hair the girls have now and how many guys
        still have their hair.
 
  8.  To remember when MTV actually played music.
 
  7To find out "Where's the Beef"?
 
  6.  No swimsuit competition.
 
  5.  To remember when Prince was Prince.
 
  4.  If we don't get enough reservations, we'll have to have the
       reunion at Denny's.
 
  3.  To remember special moments at our favorite H/S hangout.
 
  2.  To remember the days when people didn't pay to get a tan.
 
And the #1 Reason to Attend the Reunion Weekend
 
  1.  Like, Oh My Gahd! The Reunion won't be the same without
       you! Fur Sure Dude!

 
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And more reasons to attend your class reunion....
 
1.  Because you still can! (Life is short...each day and milestone
      should be celebrated).
 
2.  Because you're never too cool for your high school friends (and
      you'll be missed if you don't show up).
 
3.  Ummm...who else is gonna fill in the blanks in your failing
      memory.
 
4.  Because we really want to see you!! Who knows when there
      might be another reunion.
 
5.  And finally, studies have shown that those who were initially
      hesitant about attending their reunions, discover it was the
      event that they wouldn't have missed!!!
 
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A Philosophy on Life

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
 
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open area between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
 
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
 
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
 
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
 
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
 
The sand is everything else--the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spent all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
 
Pay attention to the things that are critical for your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
 
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend."   ....Author unknown

 
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1970 Alumni Class Profile
 
There are 104 Alumni that have added their profile.

There are many classmates who are not into the 'social media' stuff as well as 
classmates who are unable to attend class reunions or other class get-togethers, so it is this website that they stop by to visit and to catch up. It would not only be wonderful, but ever so meaningful and heartfelt if more of you would register and add your profile to the '1970 Alumni Profile' page.

 
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Missing Alumni
 
The quest to locate as many classmates, if not all, continues!
 
Although the Commencement Program lists 483 graduating seniors, many students left before graduation due to their parents' military reassignment, or  because their families relocated out of district.

If you are in contact with a classmate that is listed as missing on the 'Missing Alumni' page, or any classmate who attended Radford that would have graduated in 1970, please send us their contact information or send them a message to let them know that we are here.

 
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Those We Have Lost

So that we may remember those who we've lost, if you have information to share, please go to the "Contact Us" page and use the form to send an email. Please include as much details as you can when sending in the information.
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Here are some links of interests to other websites:

Radford High School, Class of 1970 - Facebook Group Page (Must be registered to log-in)

Radford High School - Official School Website
Radford High School Alumni - Must be registered to view this site

Radford High School - A meeting place for anyone who went to Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii any time in their lives.(Must be registered to log-in)

Radford High School Class of 1968 - Facebook Group Page (Must be registered to log-in)

Radford High School Class of 1971 - Facebook Group Page (Must be registered to log-in and must click on the "Like" button to view page)

Radford High School Honolulu, HI Alumni (1960s and 1970s)Reunite with Radford Ram classmates from the 1960s and 1970s. (Must be registered to log-in)
 
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This site is hosted by Myevent.com. This is an “All Volunteer Effort” paid for by personal funds and is not supported by donations from Radford High School, Class of 1970 Classmates, or Sponsors. If you would like this website to continue, please go to the "Contact Us" page and use the form to send an email to request for the mailing address to send in your donation. Your support to help keep this website active would really be appreciated. Mahalo!
 
Use of Personal Information
 
We respect your privacy! Personal information that you enter or send will not be sold, shared, swapped, or otherwise disclosed. Contact information will only be used to send out e-Blasts for class related purposes. If at anytime you would like your personal information or contact information be removed from the class database, please use the form on the 'Contact Us' page to send an email to the Website Administrator.

 
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Reunion Website

 
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Music Selection:
I'll Remember You - Makaha Sons
I Believe - Englebert Humperdink
Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwaole


 
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