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this page The Party dinner the night before decorating the room the next day
Last year, my father, called Dad or Jack on this page, had a big family gathering to celebrate his 97th Birthday. This year, Mom (Mary) wanted a big party for her 90th. So she got one.
My sister Mary Ann organized the dinner and the party, hired the hula dancers and gathered the family. All Mom & Dad's kids came, of course, and Mom's sister Marjorie and her family and several of Mom's friends.
Mom knew about the party and asked Anna and me to take photographs. But the hula dancers were a big surprise. When Dad, Mom and us kids were stationed at Hickam Field near Honolulu in the very early 1950s, Mom studied Hula Dancing, and learned it well enough to teach it at almost every base we were stationed at after. Which is why she was able to join right in.
The night before the party, we gathered for dinner at Mary Ann & Todd's. The next day, we organized and decorated the party room. Then came the party itself, with a few scattered images the next day. These four links go to this page's major sections.
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Dinner the night before
Mom and her little sister Marjorie like to wear matching clothes in bright colors.
Dale, Clare and Anna are also fascinated by a box of family pictures.
More family kept arriving.
I don't know whose hand is on the left, but that's Mark's on the right.
Dad flew into Hawaii on December 7, 1941 as the Japanese were attacking. Here he is telling his harrowing story in a recording from TV.
After dinner, Dale, Todd, Clare, Jackson and I walked around the neighborhood. Pretty fast.
Decorating the Party Room
Everyone was invited to help decorate the party room. It was fun. Mary Ann was in charge, but she listened to lots of ideas. The theme was Hawaiian.
It was fun and educational watching my siblings act and interact. Mary Ann assigned Tom to set the tables, which he did very precisely until she insisted he do it with abandon. Then he really got into it.
The next day
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