James Campbell Alumni Plan A First Class Celebration

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - May 30, 2007
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The Campbell High School 42nd reunion planning committee (front) Carol Rodrigues Aoki, Alletha Quintal Oliva, (back) Roland Gambol, Sandi Sugai Yara and Edwin Kamikawa. Photo from Sandi Yara.
The Campbell High School 42nd reunion planning
committee (front) Carol Rodrigues Aoki, Alletha
Quintal Oliva, (back) Roland Gambol, Sandi Sugai
Yara and Edwin Kamikawa. Photo from Sandi Yara.

Talk about first class - the first class to graduate from James Campbell High School is celebrating its 60th birthday while marking its 42-year class reunion Sept. 29 with a dinner at the Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel.

“About 35 percent of us have known each other since first grade as we went to Ewa School together,” said communications committee member Sandi Yara. “Our parents worked at Ewa Sugar Plantation, and if they didn’t start Campbell High School, we would have gone to Waipahu High School. Since ninth grade we were the senior classmen, so we never had anyone to look up to. We had to find our own way.”

Efforts to get the word out to all 200 classmates have included two newsletters, regular mail and e-mail. The many graduates of the class of 1965 who came from military families may be difficult to reach.


The reunion planning committee is led by chairman Roland Gambol from Makakilo.Also on the committee are secretary Alletha Quintal Oliva and treasurer Carol Rodrigues Aoki.

In those days Aoki enjoyed attending Sabers basketball and football games, the class’ high school prom was at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and graduation was held on campus. The alma mater was written by the music teacher, Alfred Lagaso.

“The only thing that’s changed is that the high school that we know is now the intermediate school building,” noted Yara.

Their class days will be remembered at the reunion with music like I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,Yesterday, Bridge Over Troubled Water and In The Midnight Hour.

For $55, celebration attendees get a buffet dinner, a First Class T-shirt designed by classmate Edwin Kamikawa, and a souvenir video produced and donated by Aoki’s daughter, Kimberly. The classmates have been asked to locate five photos of themselves to include in the video.There will also be door prizes.

They’ve also invited the class of 1966 - their juniors by a year - to attend the reunion since they were all very close. The first class’ 41st reunion included an invitation to some of the younger classes to join them for a dinner in Las Vegas.

For more information on the first class reunion,call 368-7820 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Another milestone for Campbell High School graduates is the 25th reunion of the class of 1982, which celebrates July 12 and 13.

James Campbell High School classmates will gather for a private talk-story night from 6 to 10 p.m. July 12 with pupus and karaoke at T-Spot Hideaway.This event is open only to the graduating class,not their guests.

Guests are welcome at the golf tournament and banquet night July 13 at Hawaii Country Club in Kunia, which will include live music, games and door prizes.

For information about the class of 1982 reunion, call 479-9152 or 479-7745 or log onto www.camp-bellsabersalumni.org/

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