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Radford High School - Class of 1970
Honolulu, Hawaii


 
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We're going to celebrate "Da Beegah and Bettah One" in 'da Spring of 2021
 
 
**IMPORTANT UPDATE  08/09/2020**
 

Just a short note: The names listed are only those who have made reservations at The California Hotel under our group room block. For those who have made their own hotel room reservation elsewhere, if you haven't done so already, you may also want to call your hotel and cancel your room.🌺🌺🌺😊😊😊🌺🌺🌺

 
 
Hello Classmates and Friends!

Below is an update for those of you who reserved rooms at the California Hotel & Casino under our original October 2020 group room block.

The hotel would like to clear the books for any existing reservations.  If you made a reservation and placed a room deposit, you will need to contact the hotel to cancel.  Please go ahead and call the Room Reservations toll free number at 1-800-634-6255. Please be sure to hold on to your Cancellation Confirmation Code until you see that your card has been credited the $50 deposit.

Once we have a new date for our banquet, the hotel will issue a new Group Code and the reunion committee will send out room reservation procedures.

If you still plan to vacation this October and would like to keep your room reservation, you do not need to do anything. Your room reservation will be honored under the Group rate package (Hawaiian Package = standard room include room tax and 3 meals per person per day).

For those who have already paid for any reunion events: If you plan to attend the rescheduled reunion your payments will be applied to these future events.  However, if for whatever reason, you do not intend to attend the rescheduled reunion, let us know if you would like your funds returned and we will send you a check (Note: If you paid on-line, you will be refunded only for your reunion events).

For refunds, please contact Dina (Cambe) Smith at 1970.radford.hi@gmail.com.)

We will continue to assess the COVID situation in Las Vegas. Before re-scheduling the reunion, the committee will consider all safety factors – including availability of a vaccine.

Below are the names holding a room for October.

 
Donna Albright 
Richard Asmus 
Mark Barnett 
Jann Becker-Stuth 
John Catledge 
Chris Ehlers 
Jo Beth Elliott 
Debbie Evans 
George Fleming 
Merle Glessner 
Michael Gradle 
Carol Haring 
Steve Hill 
Patsy Joiner 
Chris Jones 
Marta Kamalii 
John Karwoski 
Alexa Landsheft 
Gary Lechner 
Vicky Rosenbohm 
Bernard Rembert 
Diane Ruthazer 
Vivian Samuel 
Marta Seger 
Kathy Smith 
Denise Stringert 
Barbara Thomas 
Stanford Tokioka 
Richard Valdez 
Frank Wheat 
Marie Wilson 
Bruce Wolbrette

 
Again, the Committee deeply appreciates your understanding and patience as we await possible medical developments and the green light to make new hotel and venue arrangements.

Mahalo, stay safe, and join us for our Beegah and Bettah One!

Your Reunion Committee, 
Mark Barnett 
Mark Borreliz 
Tim Castle 
Patsy (Ingle( Joiner 
Dina (Cambe) Smith 
Runi Tafeaga 
Liz (Hanakahi) Wallace

 
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POSTPONEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 07-08-20


Just to clarify to those that already paid for any reunion events.

Our planned events will not change. All event payments received will be carried over to the yet-to-be-determined date.

You can obtain a full refund of your reunion events only if you decide for whatever reason, you do not intend to attend the rescheduled reunion.



Dear Classmates –

Thank you for your quick responses to our survey concerning the timing of ‘Da Beeg One, as well as your thoughtful suggestions and comments.  We received 81 responses in all.  A clear majority of you expressed a preference for postponing the reunion until February, March, or April of next year, with an additional 16 indicating that they were fine with either the original dates or a postponement.  Only a handful preferred that we proceed with the original timing in October.

Accordingly, the Reunion Committee is announcing the postponement of ‘Da Beeg One.  We are sorry that the pandemic has forced this change, but we agree with the majority of our classmates that it is the prudent thing to do.  (Covid-19 cases in Nevada have roughly doubled just in the time since we distributed the survey, and Nevada at this moment has the fifth fastest rate of increase in the country.)

We do not know which month we will be targeting in the spring.  Of the 52 people who indicated a preferred month, slightly over half favored April, with the remainder split between February and March.  Ultimately, however, the decision will also depend on yet-to-be-determined variables, including when we can secure the necessary banquet facilities and blocked rooms at the California Hotel, when our other event venues will be available, and what the public health and reopening conditions look like in Las Vegas.

If you reserved a room in our room block at the California Hotel and you are still hoping to attend the reunion after it’s rescheduled, there is nothing you have to do at this time.  When we have our new dates and a new block of rooms, we will notify you on what you need to do to keep your reservation.  If you reserved a room in our room block at the California Hotel and, for whatever reason, you do not intend to attend the rescheduled reunion, please contact the hotel and cancel your reservation.  (In that case, too, if you have paid for any reunion events, you can obtain a full refund of your reunion events by contacting Dina (Cambe) Smith at 
1970.radford.hi@gmail.com.)

Again, the Committee regrets having to move our plans, and we appreciate your patience during the months ahead as we wait until we are able to make new arrangements.  If you have any questions, please forward them to 
1970.radford.hi@gmail.com.

Mahalo, stay safe, and join us in hoping for an even Beegah and Bettah One in the spring!

Your Reunion Committee,
Mark Barnett
Mark Borreliz
Tim Castle
Patsy (Ingle( Joiner
Dina (Cambe) Smith
Runi Tafeaga
Liz (Hanakahi) Wallace
 
PS – The Reunion Committee was especially humbled by and appreciative for the many positive and supportive comments our classmates sent our way.  RAM STRONG!

Update on 'Da Beeg One - 06-25-2020


Dear Friends and Rammates --
 
We hope you have all been well.
 
'Da Beeg One is now four months away.  With all the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continued to consider whether to proceed with the reunion as originally announced.  The purpose of this message is to give you a better idea of the issues, fill you in on what we know (or still don't know), and invite your participation in a poll to assess the level of interest in going forward with the reunion on October 29-31 or postponing it (probably to Spring 2021).
 
As you know, there is a lot to be considered.  Most important, of course, is the health and safety of everyone who might attend.  A number of states, including Nevada, are currently experiencing increases in daily cases of Covid-19.  Ultimately, the question of health risk is for each attendee to make – the Committee cannot vouch for conditions on the ground or the public health measures being taken by hotels or other vendors – but anyone attending their fiftieth high school reunion is by definition in a higher risk demographic!
 
In addition, much is still unknown.  Las Vegas only began allowing casinos and hotels to open on June 4.  Some opened and some didn't.  Restaurants have been allowed to open with socially-distanced seating.  Bars have, too, but cannot serve food.  Nightclubs are still closed.  By the end of October, Las Vegas will hopefully be further along in its reopening; on the other hand, it is also conceivable that worsened conditions or new public health concerns (like the sometimes-predicted second Covid-19 wave) could result in restrictions being tightened again and forcing last-minute changes or cancellations of our plans.
 
How are our scheduled events looking at present?
 
So far, this is what we know about the reunion venues we had planned to use and the extent to which they will be available.  Bear in mind that this is only the snapshot as of today.
 
Hotels:  The California Hotel (where room blocks are reserved) and the Fremont Hotel have reopened.  According to their websites, they have implemented various safety measures (temperature screening; facemasks encouraged; room and elevator occupancy limits; etc.).
 
Meet & Greet:  The intended site of our Meet & Greet, the Eastside Cannery Hotel, has not yet reopened; if it remains closed, we are hoping the California Hotel will have lounge space to accommodate us. In the worst case scenario, we will not have a formal Meet & Greet.
 
Golf:  Golf courses are open, subject to the usual restrictions (social distancing; one-person-per-cart; etc.), so right now it looks like this event could go on as planned.
 
Reunion Banquet:   Various elements of this event are up in the air. At this time, Nevada permits gatherings of no more than 50 people.  Assuming occupancy limits are higher by October, we might nonetheless need to expand beyond our function room and into adjoining space if necessitated by social distancing rules.  We do not yet know from the California Hotel if this will be possible.  In addition, under the rules in effect right now, the event would have to be converted from a buffet format to a sit-down dinner.  (Buffets are not permitted.)
 
Champagne Brunch:  The Main Street Station Hotel & Casino, at which the brunch is scheduled, has not yet reopened and reportedly does not plan to do so until it is sure of being able to operate profitably.  We do not know when that will be, or if they will be able to offer a buffet when they do reopen.  These questions might not be settled until late August or early September, when it may be hard to make alternate arrangements.
 
Aloha Night:  Our plans for the Aloha Night event are still unconfirmed.  We are awaiting word from the Jackpot Bar and Grill about its reopening and about any modifications in our activities or set-up that might be necessary (karaoke; buffet food; bar access; etc.).
 
Here's the big question.
 
We are weighing whether to go forward with 'Da Beeg One on the original timing or postpone it for what we are now guessing would be a date in latew February, March, or April.  (The site in either case would still be Las Vegas.)  We would not want to attempt the original timing this October if it turned out that many of our classmates are uncomfortable with the health risk.  We are also very concerned about the possibility that planned venues will fall through and that we will not know until as late as September, leaving us either scrambling or unable to make new arrangements that deliver the experience we all want (and deliver it at the same cost).  On the other hand, we would not want to change the reunion date if significant numbers of our classmates have been planning on attending and are comfortable doing so after weighing all of these risks for themselves.
 
What do YOU think?
 
This is our, well, BEEGEST reunion.  We can't make everyone happy, but we would at least like to know that we gave everyone the chance to make their preferences known.  Your feedback will be critical to what we decide.  Taking into consideration all of the above, please go to the link bwlow and complete the short-question survey you'll find there.  We also encourage you to consult your own sources of news and public health information about conditions in Las Vegas to help you decide.
 
Survey Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevqDk2-6EsFZZlQ0bRK0qw5G6VDxdrkB2i-iTtu1OTy3WFdA/viewform?usp=sf_link. 
 
Thank you for your help!  We're anxious to learn how the Class of '70 and its neighbor classes feel, and we'll communicate the results as soon as we hear from enough of you.  Take care and Aloha.


The Reunion Committee


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COVID-19 UPDATE

Aloha to ALL!!

Several classmates have recently asked if we are planning to postpone or cancel ‘Da Beeg One because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are sure that this question has occurred to many of you, and it’s certainly been on the Committee’s radar these past weeks.

At present, the Committee has made no decision to postpone or cancel.  Like so many of you, we’re hoping that conditions 6½ months from now will once more permit us to gather safely and see each other for this much-anticipated event.  For now, we’re continuing to proceed on the hope and assumption that ‘Da Beeg One will take place as planned. 

BUT we are mindful that public health experts have ventured various scenarios for how things will stand by late October, ranging from an “all-clear” to the possibility of a resurgence of the virus with a new season of cold weather.  Right now it is impossible to predict with any certainty whether our original timing will hold up or whether we will be forced to reschedule.  Obviously, the ultimate decision will depend upon what we hear in the coming months from the CDC and other public health authorities, as well as on specific conditions and restrictions in Las Vegas.  This is, unfortunately, another uncertainty in the endless uncertainties caused by the pandemic, but we will follow developments and make a prompt announcement once it becomes possible to reach an informed and intelligent decision.

Some people have asked whether they should go ahead with airline reservations in the meantime or wait.  This is up to you, of course, but we understand that some airlines are currently offering reservations that can be cancelled without penalty.  And if you can’t find offers like that, it might not hurt you to wait.  It is always possible that airlines will be offering attractive deals to entice travelers back to flying once the Covid-19 threat subsides.

Thank you for your patience and support while we all wait for more of our questions to be answered.  In the meantime, please be smart about your health, stay well, and LET’S ALL BE RAM-STRONG TOGETHER!

Your 50th Reunion Committee,
Mark Borreliz, Mark Barnett, Tim Castle, Patsy Joiner (Ingle), Dina Smith (Cambe), Runi Tafeaga, Liz Wallace (Hanakahi)


 

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Fellow Class of ’70 and neighboring Rams!!  Just under nine months until ‘Da Beeg One in Las Vegas (29 October – 31 October).
 
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 at “Early Bird Special” prices! Don’t wait, as the prices will increase by $5 for each event as of May 1, 2020. You can pay for everything on-line, sit back, and think about the memories and excitement of a Las Vegas party shared with your classmates!!
 
We will soon need to turn in our preliminary headcount to our venues. Paying for the events at this time helps your committee with necessary planning and funding requirements.  Please Kokua!

http://www.payit2.com/p/radford-class-of-70-reunion-pay
 
T-Shirts – Our Primary Fundraiser:
For those that responded to our earlier query on commemorative T-Shirts – providing quantity/sizes - but have not made payment, we ask that you please go to our event payment website to submit your payment. Our initial order was based on your response, so we need to quickly cover these costs. You will have the option of paying for shipping – or paying for the shirt/s and picking them up at the reunion.
All new orders received will be mailed in April/May.

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 30 rooms.  The California Hotel is also the venue for our October 30th, Friday night banquet.  The group reservation is opened to the Class of 1970 and neighboring classes.

There has been a high level of interest in our Golden Reunion – we expect a very large turnout and these rooms will fill quickly. Attached is the Group Room Reservation information. Please read the room reservation policy before calling to book your room. (Hotel Group Reservation Information)

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), 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.  
 
Again, only less than 9 months until ‘Da Beeg One!  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 – 29 October – 31 October for ‘da Beeg One!!

Your 50th Reunion Committee

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


 
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Is it really going to be 50 Years since we
walked into the gymnasium and across the
RHS platform to receive our diplomas? YES!

 

50th Reunion Coordinators:
Dina (Cambe) Smith | Elizabeth (Hanakahi) Wallace | Mark Barnett | Mark Borreliz | Patsy (Ingle) Joiner | Runi Tafeaga | Tim Castle



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 our dear friend Michael Lospoc


 
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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
 
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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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