Clubs to host ‘black dress’ luncheon

| February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Alicia Partridge
Hui O Na Wahine

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hui O Na Wahine all-ranks Army spouses club is teaming up with its sister club, Hui O Wahine at Fort Shafter, for the joint “Basic Black Dress” luncheon Feb. 16, at the Nehelani, here.

The event opens at 10:30 a.m. for shopping with a buffet lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes lunch provided by the Nehelani. A special table will be available for members who need to return to work on time.

More than 60 years ago, a young Army lieutenant’s wife named Alice Rice wrote a skit for an Army wives club fashion show, entitled “The Basic Black Dress.” This skit, still relevant today, describes the phases of Army-wife life by sharing and passing on the traditions about military life. Board members and general members from both clubs will act out the skit’s 15 different parts.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the skit again because it’s a special time to gather with other Army spouses and share the pride they have in their spouse’s service and their own commitment to the Army way of life, past and present,” said Jennifer Kelling, president, Hui O Na Wahine. “Mark your calendar, have a seat and take a playful look at what can be a hectic but wonderful life.”

Members are encouraged to wear their favorite black dress and Hui membership pins. Also, Hui vendors will be present for shopping.

For February, the donation basket is for the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Fisher House. Members are asked to bring in canned foods, paper goods and cleaning supplies and in return, they will receive free opportunity tickets.

‘Basic Black Dress’ Luncheon

Reservations must be placed by Feb. 10. Spouses must be 2011-2012 members of the Hui to attend the luncheon. Applications are available online; annual fees ($12.50) will be accepted at the event.  To RSVP, email the following, respective points of contact:

All Hui O Na Wahine members
Members with last names beginning with A-L, email
Members with last names beginning with M-Z, email

All Hui O Wahine members

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