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50 years of big changes for UH grads

Ethel Maxson Ethel Maxson
Hollis Maxson Hollis Maxson

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - In 1958, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents, President Eisenhower established NASA and "South Pacific," filmed on Kauai, was the top-grossing film.

A lot has changed in 50 years. A special group of University of Hawaii at Manoa alums got a chance to see big changes at their old stomping grounds.

50 years of golden memories for this bunch of UH graduates. On Wednesday, they make new memories.

"He really didn't want to come, but I signed us up because I said, I did mine four years ago and it's your turn now," Golden Scholar Ethel Maxson said.

Hollis and Ethel Maxson put each other through college, but at different times.

"I always say I got a good deal because I put her through a year and a half and she put me through seven," Golden Scholar Hollis Maxson said.

They and around 20 others tour a much bigger campus than they're used to. They also check out a volleyball practice and the newly built Frear Hall dorm. But they also noticed something unique about the students who live in those dorms.

"The change in dress off the students. at our time, I think they didn't come school dressed in things that you wouldn't even wear around the home," Golden Scholar Walter Soga said. "Biggest thing we take out of today (Wednesday) is being able to reminisce with our classmates and pick up on what's transpired in the past 50 years."

The golden scholars received a special medallion, a class of 58 memory book and a gift from the school.

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