KAHULUI - Edith and Kenneth Kong celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and their families and friends at the Fremont Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The golden gathering was held in the casino's Silver Room on Nov. 29, 50 years to the day after the couple exchanged vows at Christ the King Church in Kahului, with the Rev. Joseph Putman officiating.
The Kongs renewed their vows last year with the Rev. Efren Tomas.
Edith and Kenneth Kong (with red lei) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November at the Fremont Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They are shown with their children (from left) Karen Martin, Sandra Boyer and Kennan Kong (right).
The 50th-anniversary celebration was hosted by son Kennan and daughters Karen (Delwin) Martin and Sandra (Paul) Boyer. Also invited were family and friends from Maui, Oahu, California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.
Many in the original wedding party attended the Las Vegas celebration. They included Madeliene Maliikapu, matron of honor; Faith Okawa and Maria Kanae, bridesmaids; Oveta Puua and Sharilyn Smith, flower girls; and Charles Yabui, a groomsman.
Edith Kong was born in Pukoo, Molokai, and grew up in Waihee. She is a 1954 graduate of Baldwin High School and was an admitting clerk at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Kenneth Kong, who was born and raised in Kula, is a 1953 graduate of St. Anthony High School. He was a civil engineer for the County of Maui.
Both have been retired for nearly two decades and enjoy periodic jaunts to Las Vegas.
Edith Kong performs hula and entertains senior citizens as a community service.
Kenneth Kong's favorite pastime is playing tennis in Kahului.