“When you become a man’s ranch in Hawaii, something is bound to happen, and it happened during a charity event for St. Teresa’s Parochial School. The event at Thunderbird Ranch showed off those getting into the spirit of the occasion without their Western attire and dressed in Hawaiian style,” the caption reads On the photograph that captured the extraordinary event of the Sahara Sun newspaper in December 1949.

“The dyed-in-the-wool Westerners went home Tuesday night to Thunderbird Ranch for a Hawaiian Luau, organized to benefit St. Teresa’s School. The village crème de la crème, at least all who could get hold of one of the hard-to-obtain $10 ducats, crowded the dining room At the farm, they saw a lavish spread of food arranged in true luau style on low tables.

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