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Ohana luncheon celebrates families

Senior Maya Waldrep performs with her father at the annual Senior Class Ohana Luncheon which celebrates parents and families who have supported students through the years. The occasion marks a last formal gathering of families and friends and classmates before graduation in May.

Photo courtesy of Janelle Medrano

Senior Maya Waldrep performs with her father at the annual Senior Class Ohana Luncheon which celebrates parents and families who have supported students through the years. The occasion marks a last formal gathering of families and friends and classmates before graduation in May. Photo courtesy of Janelle Medrano

Senior Maya Waldrep performs with her father at the annual Senior Class Ohana Luncheon which celebrates parents and families who have supported students through the years. The occasion marks a last formal gathering of families and friends and classmates before graduation in May. Photo courtesy of Janelle Medrano

Senior Maya Waldrep performs with her father at the annual Senior Class Ohana Luncheon which celebrates parents and families who have supported students through the years. The occasion marks a last formal gathering of families and friends and classmates before graduation in May. Photo courtesy of Janelle Medrano

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The Senior Ohana Luncheon is a long-standing tradition at the Academy. It is a time for seniors to show their appreciation to their families and enjoy the company of friends and classmates before graduation.

Senior Council member Mabel Cheng said, “Our theme for the luncheon was inspired by the Chinese New Year, which is the Year of the Monkey.”

Council members distributed red envelopes containing lucky candies and a quarter. The envelopes are a popular tradition for parents to give money to their children as a sign of happiness and wish them good luck for the new year.

The luncheon provided time to reminisce about the seniors’ years in high school and to look forward to the future.

Senior Kathryn Garcia said, “Graduation is going to come by so quickly and because of this I have developed a greater appreciation for my mother. I have spent more time with her and this luncheon was fun for the both of us. We even wore matching outfits and received many compliments from my classmates.”

This year’s event was held at the Manoa Grand Ballroom on Feb. 7.

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