Honolulu, Hawaii


A publication for and behalf of the members of this Society


October 2002                                                                  Vol. V, No. 3



DATES TO REMEMBER: November 17, 2002 Annual General Membership/Election Meeting


January 12, 2003 Installation of Officers Meeting



The 2nd Annual Oo Syak Christmas Party is on for Saturday, December 7, 2002 starting at 11:30 a.m. It will be at the Wah Kung Restaurant in Mapunapuna. We have reserved 7 tables and so far only 51 members and guests have signed up. The menu includes minute chicken, shrimp with broccoli, beef with sour cabbage, mushroom & tofu with oyster sauce, chow mein with bah chun.  Again, this party will be free to all members of Oo Syak. The cost for non-member guests is $5.00, adult or child. There will be lots of food and door prizes. Please call Ed Chang (623-5910) ASAP to reserve one or more of the remaining 19 seats.


NOVEMBER 17, 2002


Mark this date on your calendar and call Edith Won (373-2658) or Donna Chang (537-4015) to reserve your seat or seats at the Wah Kung Restaurant, 2850 Pukoloa Street in Mapunapuna. The meeting starts at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served after the meeting. This is your chance to vote for the candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee or a candidate “nominated from the floor.” Members must be at least 18 years old to vote, and be a member in good standing for at least 3 months before the date of election. There is no charge for the lunch. The candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee are:


Pres.: Maile K. Chang

1st VP: Edith P.S. Won

2nd VP: Alvin G.K. Chang

Treas.: Daryl H.K. Hu

Eng. Secr.: Donna N. Chang

Chin. Secr.: Wah Chock Chang

Directors:    Edmund W. K. Chang

Kenneth K.C. Chang

                   Norbert K.P. Chang

                   Wah Jip Chang

                   Harold K.C. Hu

                   Constance K.H. Mark

                   Gertrude C. Yee

                   Raymond K.H. Young


l-r: Pres. Maile, 2nd VP Edith, Chinese Sec. Wah Chock, and English Sec. Donna.


Door prizes will again be given to lucky Oo Syak members.


JANUARY 12, 2003


All members are invited to the installation meeting. The lunch is free to ALL members. Again, please call Edith Won or Donna Chang to reserve your seat or seats at the On On Restaurant at Young and McCully Streets. The ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and lunch is served soon after. I repeat, there is no charge for lunch. Just come and enjoy yourself. Door prizes will also be given away.


The following Sunday, January 20, 2002, is our regularly scheduled Board of Director’s Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.



Four $750 scholarships were awarded at the August 10 Annual Banquet to the following Oo Syak members, Cobey S.H. Chang, Emi M. L. Chang, Eric T.D.L. Chang, and Lindsay K. L. Chang.

Cobey Chang is a senior at the University of Washington in Arts & Sciences. She plans to obtain an MBA in Human Resource. Her parents are Carlton and Lorraine Chang. Her Oo Syak grandparents are Wah Jip and Frances Chang.

Emi Chang is studying for her Masters degree in Education Counseling and Guidance at the University of Hawaii. Emi’s parents are Nathan and Sandra Chang. Her grandparents include the late Robert Hoo Kin Chang and Ethel Chew Chang. Former State Senator Anthony Chang is her uncle and past-President of Oo Syak Leburta Chock is her aunt.

Eric Chang is also attending the University of Hawaii studying for his MBA degree in Finance. Eric’s father is William K.U. Chang. His grandparents are Norbert and Margaret Chang.

Lindsay Chang is currently attending King’s College in Pennsylvania enrolled in the Master’s Physician Assistant Program. Her parents are Robert A.H.C. and Chris Chang. Her grandparents include the late Sing Chang and Dolly Chang.



Our annual banquet was held on August 10, 2002 at the Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant. A delicious 7-course dinner was served. Highlights of the program included the scholarship awards, Del Monte pineapple centerpieces, and once again the Frank Delima show.


We thank our 1st VP, Edith P. S. Won, for arranging for another surprise performance by Mr. Frank Delima. To this day no other Chinese society in Hawaii can boast that they had a performance by the renowned Frank Delima at their annual banquet.


Mr. Delima’s cassette tape and CD are available for sale to help raise funds for his select charity. Please contact Edith Won to purchase a tape or CD.


Our society’s new silk banner was displayed for the first time at our annual banquet. Mrs. Eunice Chang Lum Chun donated this beautiful and expensive banner. Mrs. Chun remains very active as Principal of the Tai Koong School, and is philanthropic to many Chinese needs. She recently made a large donation to the Palolo Chinese Home.

The Oo Syak Gee Lu Society silk banquet banner, donated by Mrs. Eunice Chang Lum Chun



Inside the banquet program was a copy of the translation of the “Couplet of Oo Syak Gee Lu.” This is the couplet in Chinese characters that hung in the front of the old Oo Syak Gee Lu clubhouse on Kukui Street. Mrs. Eunice Chang Lum Chun kindly provided our society with this piece of our history. Oo Syak Gee Lu is over 100 years old, and there are not much written history left and reminders of our forefathers and how the society got its start. Mrs. Chun was one of the residents of the old Oo Syak Gee Lu house. Once she and other elder members pass on there will be no one to pass on the history, unless we capture it now. Mrs. Chun’s explanation of the couplet is in Chinese characters  at the end of this newsletter.


We would like to thank Del Monte Fresh Fruits Hawaii for donating the Gold Pineapple centerpieces for each table. Member Marisa A.K.O. Chang-Akiona arranged for the donation of the sweet, delicious pineapples. The K-Mart plastic bags to take the pineapples home were provided by Donna N. Chang.


Finally, we thank Banquet Co-chairpersons, Donna N. Chang, and Connie Mark for organizing this successful banquet. Donna and Connie got to realize how much effort Maile K. Chang went through for so many years in organizing previous banquets.


Although expensive, the Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant is a very elegant place to hold a banquet. The location of each table was great even though a large column may have blocked it from view of the podium. The waiters individually served most tables. There is lots of free parking at the shopping center.



Our President Maile K. Chang has been recovering from surgery. We were glad to see her at our annual banquet. She has completed medical treatment so that she was able to preside over the October 20 Oo Syak Board of Directors meeting. We are glad to have her back performing the duties of President of Oo Syak.



It is with regret that we report the passing of member Joseph Koon Chun Amoy on December 13, 2001. He had seven brothers and sisters, including Albert K.H. Amoy and Herbert K.C. Amoy.



We are happy to report that we have three new members, Clayton K. L. Chang, Maureen M.M.L. Chang, and Jamie M.Y. Chang. Maureen is the wife of Clayton, and Jamie is the daughter of Clayton and Maureen. Clayton Chang is the son of the late Edward T. W. Chang and Flora H.Y.L. Chang.



The Board of Directors reminds you that the quarterly meetings are open to the membership. These meetings are held on the third Sunday of January, April, July and October.


After the meetings, a generous lunch is served at no charge. Call Edith Won or Donna Chang to let us know you are attending so we can arrange for enough tables at restaurant.



The Couplet of Oo Syak Gee Lu Society by Eunice Chang Lum Chun



For those who would like this newsletter sent via e-mail, please contact Ed Chang at echang@hei.com.