Monday, March 14, 2011
Bon Ton Girls gather at Royal Garden
The Bon Ton Girls, in the front row are, from left, birthday girl Jane Lyman, Gladys Goka, Kimiko Kitagawa, Lillian Hattae and Dorothy Nakama. In the back row, from left, are Dr. Thomas Sakoda, Peggy Ono, Gayle Ozawa (Lillian's daughter), Ryuko Sakoda and Joyce Ho (Kimiko's daughter).
Longtime friends got together at Royal Garden restaurant in the Ala Moana Hotel March 11 for a lunch celebrating Jane Lyman's birthday. Now 89, Jane is the youngest of the "Bon Ton Girls" who worked together at Hawaii's first grand department store, Bon Ton, or sister store, Bon Marche, between the 1930s and mid-1940s when it closed after World War II.
Gladys took care of ordering a fabulous nine-course feast, plus dessert, in advance at her favorite restaurant, including Long Life Noodles for women already in their 90s. Just when everyone was stuffed, there were two desserts. We thought that a peach chiffon cake from Napoleon's Bakery was enough, but Chinese dessert also awaited, a choice of almond float with fruit cocktail, honey melon with tapioca and coconut milk or mango pudding.
These girls still know how to enjoy life!