Lots of Fun at BIPC 50th Anniversary Celebration

Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

Big Island Press Club founding members Gene Tao & Jim Wilson at the club’s 50th anniversary party. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

All who attended our 50th anniversary celebration last month at Nani Mau Gardens had a great time! It really was a wonderful evening with young and old faces alike. Among the nearly 80 attendees were two of the press club’s original founding members, Gene Tao and Jim Wilson as well as several UH and even high school students enjoying the festivities.

There were plenty of proclamations (and speeches) from politicians. In all, the club received official proclamations from Governor Ige, the State Senate, State House of Representatives, and Hawaii County Council. Mayor Harry Kim even issued a proclamation that September 21 was Big Island Press Club Day!

One of the highlights of the evening was when former club President and current board secretary John Burnett sang original lyrics he composed about the history of the club to the tune “Mack the Knife.” You can see the video I posted of it on the Club’s Facebook page. I also posted a video of another original song about Fake News sung by Rod Thompson, Kathy Frankovic, and John Burnett. Hal Glatzer provided musical accompaniment for both songs.

Featured speaker, Pulitzer-prize winner Kirsten Downey, talked about her youth in Hawaii and her storied career as a journalist at a variety of publications, including her current job at Civil Beat. She was kind enough to answer lots of questions from the audience.

Mahalo to the 50th anniversary committee for all their hard work in putting on this successful event! It was really a wonderful time talking story with old friends and meeting new ones.

John Burnett singing at the press club's 50th dinner. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

John Burnett singing at the press club’s 50th dinner. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

BIPC board member Ross Wilson and his wife Debbie at the BIPC 50th anniversary dinner. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

BIPC board member Ross Wilson and his wife Debbie at the BIPC 50th anniversary dinner. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

State Reps. Chris Todd (left) and Mark Nakashima (right) presenting proclamation to BIPC Pres. Lara Hughes. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

Photo Credit Denise Laitinen

Barb Garcia, Fern Gavelik, Patti Cook, Denise Laitinen, and Sharon Sakai take a selfie. PC Denise Laitinen.

Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

Alan Richmond and Chris Loos at BIPC 50th anniversary party. Photo credit Denise Laitinen.

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