Aunty Bobbie’s memorial dinner

My cousin, Jeffrey, hosted a lovely memorial dinner at the Elks Club recently. We were there to honor the memory of my mother’s youngest sister, Aunty Bobbie, who died in 2020 at the age of 89. She never married and was childless. She made her career in social work and rose up the ranks to become supervisor of her department. When she died, she was quite wealthy.

There were about 50 guests, all related to Aunty Bobbie.

Jeffrey is a member of the Elks Club. It is an exclusive club, located near Kaimana Beach in Waikiki on the island of Oahu.

During dinner, we watched Aunty Bobbie’s video of “The Chang Clan Legacy.” We learned the history of how our ancestors immigrated to Hawaii and became successful entrepreneurs and homeowners.

Aunty Bobbie was the author of “The Koreans in Hawaii,” and we were given copies of her book to take home and read.

We also received gifts from Aunty Bobbie’s treasure chest of jewelry, electronics, and home accessories.

View from the Elks Club. That looks like Maui in the distance:

This is my cousin, Jeffrey, dressed in Asian garb:

These are some of the guests, who listened to Jeffrey’s speech:


Steak bearnaise, chow mein, vegetables, and rice:

Guests at my table:

This is what I received from Aunty Bobbie’s treasure chest (three necklaces and her book):

This is a photo of Aunty Bobbie with my grandchildren, Julia and Rylan. This picture was taken in 2014 at Kahala Nui, her retirement home:

Kahala Nui 002-A

We had a fabulous time at the Elks Club! Thank you, Jeffrey, for hosting this lovely memorial dinner.

I hope to see everyone again soon.

21 Responses to “Aunty Bobbie’s memorial dinner”

  1. DavidH Says:

    That was a very enjoyable and well organized dinner. Everything was perfect and I had a great time. Thank you Jeffrey!

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …a wonderful lady to always remember!

  3. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful get together in memory of your Aunty Bobbie, she must have been a lovey person.. Enjoy the memories and her gifts! Valerie

  4. DJan Says:

    It sounds like Auntie Bobby had a full life. Thank you for sharing this memory of her with me. 🙂

  5. Arkansas Patti Says:

    She certainly made her life count in a non-traditional way. So glad you could all finally enjoy her memory.

  6. Lois Evensen Says:

    What an absolutely fabulous tribute to your Aunt! It was such a lovely event and the gifts from her treasure chest are so very meaningful. You have a very sweet family.

  7. Elephant's Child Says:

    She sounds like an inspiring woman. I am so glad that you were able to honor her by attending this gathering.

  8. mageb Says:

    What a great gathering. Nice amber too.

  9. Wisewebwoman Says:

    She sounds like an amazing woman indeed. So glad you could all be there to honour her.


  10. Doug M Says:

    My gosh, what a lovely custom for a lovely person. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I think a lot more people should be remembered like this. Nice to read about your Aunt Bobbie, Gigi

  11. dkzody Says:

    I’m so happy to hear that you were able to honor the life of such a wonderful family member. What a legacy she left with all of her writing. It’s nice to get to pick your own treasures to remember your aunt.

  12. Iris Empereur Says:

    SOunds like your Aunty was a remerkable person!
    And what a wonderful place to remember her.

  13. Linda Reeder Says:

    What a wonderful celebration of life that was, of a life worth celebrating!

  14. AC Says:

    Looks like a fabulous commemoration.

  15. Christine Says:

    This was a lovely thing to do.

  16. Liberty Belle Says:

    What nice photographs! The view from the Elks Lodge is beautiful. It’s also beautiful that you and your family gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of a precious loved Aunt.

  17. marmeladegypsy Says:

    She sounds like quite a woman and it looks like a lovely celebration of her life.

  18. Rain Frances Says:

    That sounds really lovely Gigi. ♥

  19. Nancy Chan Says:

    A wonderful dinner in memory of your aunty Bobbie. It is good to be able to meet up with other family members on this special occasion.

  20. DeniseinVA Says:

    How lovely to remember Aunty Bobbie this way. Everything looked wonderful!

  21. Hank Chapin Says:

    I sat next to Auntie Bobbie at your luncheon at the vegan restaurant. I could tell she was a hot ticket and on the ball with quite a personality.

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