Letter from the O-Men President

Department: Athletics

By Rick Humphreys ’90
2006 – 2007 O-Men president

We are happy to report that the O-Men hauled in over 18,000 pounds of fruit from areas ranging from Kaloko to Kealakekua Bay on Hawai‘i. No major injuries to report - just the wounded pride of many former athletes, who could barely walk after two days of picking oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines and avocados. Our 10 rookies brought the total crew count to 37, one of the best showings in the organization’s 40-plus years. Many thanks to Gary Hogan, Tom Bell ’88 and their staff for allowing this motley crew to stay at the newly renovated Royal Kona Resort. They also treated us to a wonderful pau hana party on our final evening. It was a terrific night that culminated in our annual awards ceremony, which honored the following winners:

  • Rookie of the Year Award – Kevin Yamada ’02 (the baby of the group)
  • Konishiki Award – J.P. Damon ’80 (“I need ice, more ice, please.”)
  • Bull Award – Jim Shipman ’81 (“I think he’s going to charge!”)
  • Birdman Award – Dudley Hulbert (it’s nice to have a professional arborist on the trip)
  • M.I.A. Award – Easton Manson ’91 (“You can run, but you can’t hide.”)

The O-Men farmers’ market at the carnival was just as rewarding, and thanks to some good weather, our sales peaked at over $10,000. Cappy Sheeley ’60 led the charge by organizing our pre-sale effort and delivering 1,500 pounds of avocados to local restaurants and businesses before the start of Carnival. That truly made a difference as we were able to hold prices and sell every single piece of produce by closing night on Saturday. Kenwei Chong ’86 set the tone for the weekend by feeding a crew of hungry O-Men and Pa-‘ani members as we set up our respective booths on the Thursday leading up to Carnival.

From left: Scott May ’56, Melvin Kau ’56, Gordon Beaton ’56, Leighton Lam ’74, Rick Humphreys ’90, and Clayden Jim ’59.

Many thanks to all of the shift leaders who volunteered their time and energies, and to the Saturday clean-up crew led by Michael Pfeffer ’87 who did a great job of leaving no tracks. And for the fourth year in a row, the Boys and Girls Wrestling team volunteered their services and unloaded the rest of the container for us on Saturday. The Kona Safari and Carnival will be in good hands for years to come!


Rick Humphreys ’90


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