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50 Years - Memories: October '09 pg 3

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error, please inform me to be removed from list if so

If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below...
well, that's what yearbooks and reunions are for :
( KHS '60 & '61 reunion pics )

Please pass this email on to other classmates.
I'd like to keep this going, adding their responses to this list or one of yours...
as a reminder that the 50th reunions are just around the corner.
Pearl Country Club - Aiea - April 17, 2010
Main Street Hotel - Las Vegas - tentatively October 10, 2010

Have them post their responses as below, chronologically - latest first.
( any kine memory-recollection or response to a response OK )
Edit posts for improper content
Edit posts for brevity
Edit out email addresses
(though, with their permission, would appreciate having their email addresses)

Below are a few of the classmates believed to have been receiving the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.

Alvin Hirokane, Alvin Kajioka, Alvin Kotake, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Andy Nakano, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata,
Bessie Shjimabukuro, Betty Ing, Beverly Davis, Brenda Ignacio, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carl Yasuda, Carlos Gouveia, Carol Hamasaki,
Carole Kunishige, Carole Masuda, Caroline Andrade, Carolyn Amoy, Carolyn Chock, Charlene Mau, Chester Otani, Clarence Fung, Clifford Ching,
Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dennis Sakaguchi, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro, Elsie Tanaka, Frances Mise, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto,
George Takamiya, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, Jane Higa, Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Karen Morisawa, Katherine Mabe,
Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro, Lorene Watanabe, Louise Lung, Lynne Zane, Madge Stibbard, Mae Nakanishi, Manuel Mattos,
Martin Buell, Matilda Muraoka, Melvin Cabang, Michael Yamaguchi, Michael Tang, Muriel Masumura, Naomi Kuramoto, Norman Ginoza, Patricia Kiyabu,
Paul Kimura, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe, Ralph Hind, Ralph Yamasaki, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku,
Rick Nakamura, Robert Gore, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi, Ronald Higa, Rosemary DeJesus, Roy Morihara, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita,
Sandra Ishimoto, Sanford Murata, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro, Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi, Thomas Yamada,
Timothy Choy, Tony Ballesteros, Verna Chang, Vernon Wong, Violet Chung-Hoon, Vivian Hirahara, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai, Wayne Yamasaki, Xavier Ching

The following classmates may still be on the 'unable to locate' list :
Wallace Afuso, Edward Akau, John Akeo, Donald Anderson, Douglas Arai, Raymond Au, Mary Bernard, Karen Bertram, Guy Bettencourt, Merilyn Biete,
Parmalee Burke, Henry Ching, Shirley Ching, Tamar Ching, Henry Chow, Ethel Cordeiro, Carol Cypriano, Priscilla Dang, Warren Dias, Sergio Ebalaroza,
Thomassina Fujimoto, Marlene Fujita, Godfred Galacia, Peggy Ginoza, Barbara Jean Gomes, Gary Gomes, Jeanette Hasegawa, Dorothy Hu,
Fredina Ishibashi, Barbara Izutsu, Arlene Jicha, Vernon Kaaiakananu, Roy Kageyama, Mollie Kai, Charles Kam, Helen Kanegushiku,
Gary Kashiwamura, Arlene Kauwe, Linda Kawabata, Pauline Kekahuna, Peter Kekahuna, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Arlene Kiyabu, Naomi Kobayashi,
Ronald Kuratsu, Kalani Kuwanoe, Sharon LaTraille, Herbert Lawelawe, Bernice Lee, Gregory Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Harry Lew, Halford Liu, Frank Lopes,
Joshephine Lopez, Lorraine Lopez, Albert Lum, Faith Maeda, Eleanor Mateo, Chloe McKewon, John Michler, Melvin Mishina, Emmaline Mitchell,
James Mitchell, Amy Murakami, Diane Nakama, Barbara Nakamura, Nancy Nakastuka, Barbara Nakayama, Blanche Nishimura, Marcia Nonomura,
Lorraine Okahashi, Jeannie O'Rourke, Frances Pascual, Daphne Payes, Edith Perkins, Stanley Pinho, Margaret Pludow, Linda Porgatorio,
Diane Rapozo, Mollie Rivera,John Rodrigues, Elizabeth Rubio, Paul Santos, Thelma Saxon, Marilyn Setoda, John Shimabukuro,
Joyce Shimabukuro, Kenneth Shimabukuro, Gail Shirai, Ronald Silva, Francis Simeona, Albert Siu, Sharlene Smythe,
Glenn Sumpaio, Kevin Sweeney, Roy Takamatsu, Lawrence Tamashiro, Milton Tamashiro, Theta Tanimoto,
James Texeira, Karen ThurstonStanley Toguchi, Kenneth Toma, Lila Marie Valentine, Manuel Vierra,
Calvin White, Mae Yabui, Patricia Yamaguchi, Elaine Ymas, Richard Yoshikawa,
Douglas Yoshimura, Marjorie Yoshioka, Audrey Young, Geraldine Young

Hal Oshiro

October 30, 2009

Hi Bobbie, great to see you finally onboard... know you have so much to contribute to this email blog... thanks
for the reminder on the Thur. 11/5 reunion committee meeting.

Great to hear your son is doing OK, Clarence... my understanding on cruise insurance is that it's pretty much cut
and dried but does sometime take a long while to be reconciled... sounds like a great trip nonetheless.

Thanks for the info Jerome... amazed that he may have remembered me... Nuk should be pleased as I believe
he knew Jack a lot better than I did... your info enabled me to find the below:

Radford High School Class of 1960 - Newsletter 2008

JACK PADUA is a successful businessman in Hawaii and operates his own painting company. ELLEN says it is harder
to get Jack’s time than reservations at California’s famed French Laundry restaurant…which is precisely two years.
Jack lives in Foster Village, right across Salt Lake Boulevard from Radford.

Muriel, thanks for Verna's contact info... saw and talked to her sister Carol (KHS '61) several times at different
'61 reunions, but ironically was unable to chat with Verna at the one reunion I saw her... the 40th I believe.

Brenda, unfortunate news also from the Radford newsletter:

LUCY (IKEDA) MOLLOY returned to Hawaii and lived in a condo overlooking Ala Moana Park. Lucy’s husband, Mark, died of
cancer in 2004. Lucy, herself, succumbed to cancer in 2006. A very touching memorial service was attended by a number of
classmates and friends.

There were a lot of KIS classmates who knew her well... see the July 'Memories' for their remembrances:

You may also want to see:

Any KIS classmates remember Carl ? Thinking this may be the same Carl that attended KIS... big, husky guy for
his age at the time... really good boxer... but a cool-headed nice guy... this from the Radford newsletter:

CARL PEREZ was living on the Big Island, but his latest address is in Aiea.


----- Original Message -----
From: Barbara Baptist Hanoa
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:45 PM
Subject: e-mail address

Please add me to your class blog

Muriel and I have solved the mystery of computer hijinx.
Now we’ll get –a-going on our class projects—recipes, travel, banquet, etc.

Aloha, and see you and the committee members at the meeting on Nov.5 at Unity House.
Nuff already…hope you get this from us.

----- Original Message -----
From: Clarence Fung
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/29/09

Our son has more or less recovered, the Kaiser GI surgeon did a laparoscopic type of procedure.
Doc released him to join us about 2 weeks later when we landed back in NYC, now all we have to do is get
the straight skinny from the cruise line and file for canx insurance.
Nuk was talking about going with the flow when it comes to interacting with resorts, hotels, etc.;
but parting with $600+ bucks with nothing to show is hard for a pake.

The cruise we took was from NYC to Quebec and return with stops in Boston, Halifax, Charlottetown and Sydney.
One never appreciates how much water expanse there is in the St Lawrence Gulf until you're in it.
There were some fall foliage scenes at all the places even a little in the Boston Commons, but I think we were
about 5-7 days late, especially around Quebec.
There were some earlier rains that knocked some leaves down.
Still it was nice to see, more a chance to interact with the grandkids and relax.
I understand that Massachusetts, NH and VT were starting to turn for the leaf peepers as we arrived back in NYC.
I read that to do them best is to drive through their rural areas or better yet find a place to stay about 3-4 weeks
and watch it daily.
Quebec tourist posts a Friday weekly evaluation of their surrounding areas.
It is the maples that give the red, orange to brown colors.
When the sun shines or backlights a tree the leaf colors brighten.
My neighbor has a red maple that is just turning and it would be pretty except for the high winds the last two nights
blowing all the leaves down.

Yes AF was my service, though I never made it into the flying side (oriental myopic eyes).
I retired after 20 and moved to So. Cal. to work almost another 20 plus 2 years in Singapore working for a developer
(luxury hotels, office and retail).
Joe Chu (McKinley HS '60) and my classmate from Wash. Intermediate, got out after his obligation and moved back
to Honolulu.
Now that I'm retired I try to volunteer building Habitat for Humanity homes 2 times a week, travel as health, time
and money permit and try to see the 3 grandkids In TX as frequently as we can.
I know of others that move because there is a strong attraction between grandkids and grandparents, but Texas summers
are just too hot and if you're close to the Gulf, the humidity suffocating just like in 'Nam, Georgia, Singapore
and even Hawaii in August especially if the Kona winds blow .
We love the So. California climate, just have to get rid of the ineffective, incompetent politicos in Sacramento
and maybe California has half a chance.
Time Magazine says the economy of California would rank it in the G8 of developed countries, bigger than Russia.

As for the discussions on race, purity, "own kine" I think that there will always be some prejudgment (prejudice)
that takes place or that one can perceive.
Some is reality based; e.g., "marry your own kind", a common background (including culture heritage, language, ethnicity)
helps a young marriage to be successful.
I heard them from my parents too and my kids probably picked up on my prejudices.
Learning to be accepting, respectful of others, more loving takes lots of inner work.
I'm still working, enough said.
Mahalo & Aloha,

----- Original Message -----
From: Jerome Ching
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/29/09


I am a real estate broker and do property management for several clients.
I read where you and Robert Nukushina asked about classmates from KIS.
I know Jack Padua. He is a painting contractor.
At one time he owned a very large company where he could field several crews here as well as sending crews
overseas on government contracts.
About 7-8 years ago he semi-retired and down sized his company.
He told me if he knew semi-retirement was this good, he would have downsized much earlier and gotten rid
of a lot of headache.
He has done several paint and repair jobs for me.

I spoke with him today about another job.
Then I asked if he went to KIS.
He said yes but only for a short time, then spent time at Washington Intermediate and ended up at Aiea Intermediate.
Asked if he remembered you and he volunteered that he remembers you from Waialae Elementary.
He lives in the Aiea/Halawa.

Jerome ( Kathryn Mabe Ching )

----- Original Message -----
From: Muriel Masumura
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:05 AM
Subject: FW: E-mail address additions

Here’s one more.


----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:40 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/29/09

Nuk said:
Hal/Brenda, Brenda's description of a 'Ms Lee' sounds like Ms Lam to me.
Lam used to come up to students in class while they were trying to answer her question and speak to them,
face to navel.
She was bent over and had a sweater over her shoulders.
Students were taller than she was so they didn't get any spit in their faces from her slight lisp.
Yeah, Nuk!! Exactly! That's her!

I have had a few whirling dervish days, and missed answering some wonderful comments and questions.
My step has a wonderful bounce to it since reconnecting with those sweet innocent days of my youth.
Oh, sounds like a good idea for a song.
I'm glad my Punahou cheer made some of you laugh, was such fun to do, and made us feel important,
as we all know that musubi without ume is JUNK, which is how they made us feel when we visited their campus.
It took a lot of courage to do it for President Obama, but what the heck.
I felt his beautiful spirit and knew it would be okay.
He is real.
First I did thank him for giving my granddaughter Mikaela hope for the future of grandchildren and almost cried,
so the cheer was to keep my emotions at bay.
My son David, who carried my massage table in, is a real charmer, and they immediately connected.
David asked Obama how he could get on his golfing buddy list, and Obama answered him with a huge smile....
"you look too good!"
He's right.
They hit it off beautifully.
The afternoon spent with them had us in a daze.
Michelle is like a queen, ....her demeanor and love is so evident.
She is warm and so gracious and poised.
Although when her husband (Betty, I did not call him Barry or Barack....however, I did not bow, either, heh)
entered the room while she got her lomi, she graciously and lovingly called out to him..........."get out!!"
We left their compound and went to Big City Diner and just stared at each other and basked in the experience.
My youngest son David, who is with Hawaiian Airlines, also studied lomi with me, and he practices the Hawaiian
martial art of lua, and learned bone setting, which is why I took him with me.
There must be a classmate out there with a Hawaiian Airlines employee, also??!!
Hey, anyone remember Lucinda Ikeda?
Why is she not on the list?
I loved Lucy, (I'm not being cute) and she resurfaced in my life just a few years ago for treatment.
She lost her husband to cancer....they lived in New Jersey for years, and she returned home for some healing
after his passing.
Her sister saw Hawaiian Healing at the Film Festival and tearfully asked me if I could treat her sister who had
stage 4 cancer, never sharing her name with me.
When Lucy called, she did like Caroline did, and asked me if I was THE Brenda Ignacio from Kaimuki.
Our squeals of delight were heard far and wide.
We partnered together, laughed and cried, throughout her journey.
Although she was ready to go and really wanted to be with her husband, there was a lot of value in the days
leading up to her death.
She painted glass Christmas balls to set aside her physical pain, and always brought me a present such as this
before our sessions together.
And laugh we did!
We went to lunch to celebrate our birthdays at Baci Restaurant here in Kailua.
She suggested wine, and if you know me, you know that one glass of wine and I am a whole lot of fun for about
20 minutes before my nap calls.
We left the restaurant all giddy, and when she saw my Miatta with the license plate JPY 227.
"OMG," she screamed, ..".you have me on your license plate!"
Being under the influence, I laughed in wonderment, and she continued "I am a JaPaneY born on February 27!"
We laughed and almost needed Depends.
Our time together was precious.
She was in our class, wasn't she??
I have to read more to answer some particular questions directed my way.
Yes, this is as good as the Korean soaps, which I haven't watched, but understand are very, very addictive.
My daughter in law's Japanese mother visits from Nagoya and never misses her Korean soaps!
They must really be something.
More later.
I am truly feeling this.
How the years have flown, and how wonderful to honor them as though they were only yesterday.
My heart is full, and my smile is so big.
Love and gratitude.

October 29, 2009

Glad you've been able to catch up on the great memories, Seda... and as I've mentioned before,
you and all the other classmates are the ones making this 'message board' possible with these memories.

Thanks Muriel... will do... much appreciated.

Elsie, actually the embroidered badge idea was Vernon Wong's, but I like the idea too.

More excerpts from the Bulldog Newsletter at:


----- Original Message -----
From: Seda Pratz
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:30 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/27/09

Dear Hal,

I have been away for a few days, came back and was happy to read all the emails from our classmates.
I also would like to thank you for a job well done on this website.
Living away from Hawaii, I appreciate the memories from all of you.
I was just wondering what ever happened to Richard Nakasato, he was so an Elvis look alike.
He use to walk home pass my 19th Avenue house everyday after elementary school, and he was a rascal then.
I was sorry to hear of his passing.
It takes awhile to jog our memories but when people talk about their thoughts, slowly it all comes back.
Thanks everyone.
Brenda I loved your story about giving the president a lomi lomi massage.
I have told that story to all my friends here.
It just humanizes President Obama.

Seda Deguchi Pratz

----- Original Message -----
From: Muriel Masumura
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 3:29 PM
Subject: RE: E-mail address additions

Please add:



----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:35 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/27/09

Hal…..such a great guy to keep this site going. Many Mahalos!!
Haven’t checked my e-mails for 3 days (busy with crafts and sewing) because of deadlines.
OMG, sifting through 47 mails becomes a bit overwhelming.
But, the reunion ones are the best!

Brenda: See how much you’ve missed?
This site becomes quite addictive (like the Korean Dramas).
You also have some great memories and yes, I will make a copy of this very old photo taken at one of our games.
And please make time for me on your next trip to LV.
Read so many e-mails and want to respond to each, but would take several days.
Will try to make it short.

Carl: The souvenir medallion looks fantastic!
Hal, I also agree that an embroidered badge be included, as I would certainly sew it onto one of my jackets.
Would also suggest that these be sold at the craft fair for fund raising.

Shinty: You are absolutely right, it was Mrs.UEMOTO.
She was a lovely lady and always wanting to “fix” us girls up some guy and vise versa.
In the 7th grade, I remember telling her that I had a crush on an upper classman (Roy Nakamura).
Well, she went and told him…..what an embarrassing moment!
I can say it now, because it truly was “puppy love”.

Tom (or Takush) and Robert Moriyama: So nice that you are keeping up with your contributions.
The nicest part of this site is the interaction makes us feel closer and mostly, “remembered”.
I know that this 50th reunion will be the best ever, thanks to Hal and Roger for the idea of this site.

Jean: Received Rosie’s e-mail and very excited about meeting with her.
Appears that we may have lot in common.
We all can’t thank you enough for saving those precious Bulldog newsletters, which we all may have thought to be “junk”,
but how valuable it is with all the memories!

Robert Gore: You and Noel Chung….our two favorite cheerleaders!
Wonderful that you are taking part in this memory train and truly look forward to seeing you at the 50th.

Pearl: So took a vacation, huh?
Well-deserved, I’m sure.
Want to discuss tentative craft fair event with you.
Yes, you should put on your thinking cap for some creative ideas….if no time, I’m sure your daughter and husband will help.
BTW, anyone wanting to display and sell any of their crafts should be notifying me or the committee if interested.
Pearl will be sending out a newsletter sometime in Nov. which will include some information about this craft fair.
Talk to you all again soon. Elsie Tanaka Ayers

October 28, 2009

Nakasato definitely tried to project the tough-guy image... remember his 40-inch 'drape' pants ?
Or when he and I sang in front of a KIS school assembly... he was going on beforehand of how to best do his
song while laughing and in good spirits... then nearly freezing in fear a moment before going front and center.
Though he was a classmate from small-kid days, I lost contact with him after KIS... believe he dropped
out of school during or after our KHS sophomore year.
I remember Arlene mainly for her personality... seemed to get along with everybody... or (almost) everyone
wanted to get along with her... she was the main target for my little-boy antics and teasing that little boys
were wont to do to attract attention... probably the last classmate she'd like to see again.

Gerri, you're not kidding about Waialae-wherevah... I lived in the area (heck, I was born there) for 14 years, but
get frustrated now and have to pause to think when people give me directions to Waialae-wherevah.

Mori, I pronounce 'em like I hear 'em... that's cause I speak and know only one language... as I told Roger and
Louise, when I retire I going try for learn other languages... like Japanese and English.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: Memories

Harold/Betty, in my 6th grade class, Richard Nakasato was a very casual, hang loose, guy.
I think he wanted to have an image as a tough guy, but he was just too nice a guy.
I still remember Richard, Patricia Torigoe, and I in the Waialae Elementary library talking and joking around
in the back where the book stacks where.
Patricia was kind of unflappable, down to earth, with a sense of humor.
She thought we were a little nuts. Oh well.
Arlene Lum was also Guerrero's teacher's pet too.
What's with Arlene anyway, besides, brains, good looks, and a nice smile?
I don't get it.
I also remember her large front teeth, and I kind of referred to her as 'horse teeth'.
Didn't bother her a bit, just kept smiling.
Pamela Matsuda?
I would have to see a 5th grade picture of her at this point.
The name has a ring to it.
The Pamelas I have met were all nice so I associate that name with nice women.
I don't know how Ms Lam recruited students for HCT. Glenn Miyashiro was the one who recruited me for some reason
and I didn't realize it was sort of a trap.
Nope, no talent required, it was all grunt work, mostly working on stage props and setting up the back stage.
Yes, Ms Lam was very theatrical with that long stem cigarette holder.
The first time I saw her with it was on the Punahou campus at the theatre, she had it in her right hand between the
index and middle fingers, palm up, and her left hand on her hip like a movie star.
She dresses quite well outside of class.
I guess she went to the movies too.
LOL Funny how we both noticed that.
I thought I was having a brain fart the first time I saw her with it; too stunned to be 764-ed.
Lam was completely different outside of class.
She was actually very nice to me until I left her HCT student crew.
She really took that personally.
Mrs. Lee was an older generation Chinese.
I'm generalizing here but through time,
I've gotten a strong impression that the older generation Chinese want purity in their race.
I got interested in a Chinese girl that I dated a while and she told me very early in that relationship,
her father wanted her to marry a Chinese only.
I was heart broken over that.
I did marry a Chinese girl from Hawaii.
I was never family when her mother was alive, and even with her sister who married a Chinese Hawaiian and whose
three of her daughters intermarried, I was never family either, and I am close to one of her daughters.
It may have been subconscious on Lee's part, as a result of her own upbringing, a prejudice against "impurity".
Quite a few haoles I've met, have the impression the Chinese don't like the Japanese as a result of the war.
Just as an aside, we met two elderly haole women in Las Vegas decades ago where we were sharing a table
for one of the shows.
They were slightly confused about the Asian races.
They wanted to know about us; I'm Japanese and the wife is Chinese.
How does the Koreans fit in they asked?
So as a joke, I told them when a Japanese marries a Chinese, their kids are called Koreans.
That went over flat and they just stared at me until I told them it was a joke; ha ha, get it?
If they believed me, I should have kept my mouth shut.
With Harold's long eye lashes, just a wink from him should have made him a Lee favorite.
Clarence, I bookmarked the packing list.
We pack umbrellas although we rarely encounter rain on our trips.
On our last trip to Japan, we went to see the Golden Pavilion and it was raining just like the first time we saw it,
the only time it rained while in Japan.
This time there must have been 5000 Japanese kids from schools visiting also.
As I got off the bus, all I saw was a sea of black umbrellas all just above my shoulder level.
No problem I thought, I'm taller and my umbrella will be higher.
Actually, I could hardly see where I was going.
My umbrella was keeping the rain from me, unfortunately, the rain cascaded off my umbrella on to the kids' umbrellas
and the combined rain fall cascaded on to my shoulders.
I got a good soak.
Harold/Gerri, I only knew Waialae Kahala as two areas in my mind; Kahala as described by Harold, except, for me
it extended slightly beyond Kilauea, and everything Koko Head side of 22nd avenue.
Waialae was a little fuzzy to me, but it seems to have included part of Kahala when we were very young,
and also the mauka side of the highway and encroaching Kaimuki.
When I visited Honolulu in 1972, I became confused because of the new names applied to various areas (valleys?)
in Waialae.
I had an aunt who used to live behind Waialae Drive In on the hill.
The husband used to watch the porno movies late at nights when they showed them for a while to drum up business;
good submarine movies.
Then my aunt/uncle moved to Waialae Nui on the hill where they had a custom home built on lease land.
It was a three story house that looked plain from the outside but the inside looked like a luxury hotel.
Yep, a flowing stream in the front and a bridge to the entry.
A large chandelier ordered from Italy because they couldn't find one large enough for their entry.
Four very large four-season silk screen Japanese prints on the rear wall that scaled three floors.
Toilets that didn't make a sound when you flushed it.
A large Jacuzzi that you see when you peer over the 2nd floor mezzanine after walking through the entry.
Full bar with cooking facilities.
The list goes on, it's amazing what borrowed money can buy.
The husband became the sole owner of a swimming pool company and the house was used as entertainment for clients,
and he wrote off the house on his income taxes.
We weren't close but he called me a few times to discuss the house while it was being built, the problems, his loan,
and the cost over run which was about 2X.
He had a few mafia friends; made me wonder about that, but didn't inquire.
It wasn't finished when I left Hawaii after UH.
I had a few rich relatives, but none that lived large like that.
We were the poorest; I felt like black sheep on steroids.
After seeing that house, I've lived in a modest house because I couldn't afford anything that would equal or surpass
my aunt's house. nuk

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:55 PM

Harold, mahalo for enlightening me, believe you are correct since you resided in the area, as I recall it was indeed entirely
referred to as Waialae, however, perhaps since Bishop Estate cleared the area and placed the spiffy Waialae-Kahala
homes, the identities started evolving as new subdivision sprouted i.e. Aina Koa, Waialae-nui valley homes, Waialae-nui
ridgeline homes, Kalani-iki valley, Waialae-iki etc.
Incidentally, I understand Aina Koa means Land of the Warriors or Soldiers so the the other streets follow suit i.e.,
Ala Koa: soldier street, Hoakoa: soldier friend, Luinakoa: Marine etc.
Similar to the once productive great Waipahu plantation lands which once ranged geographically from Pearl City to
Lanikuhonua or Paradise Cove which was the Campbell estate lands that now encompasses Westlock Estates, Waipio,
Makakilo, Kapolei, Honokai Hale,etc. as well as Herbert Horita's incredibly beautiful and well planned Ko Olina Resort
project that I was fortunate to work on however the Japanese bubble sadly ended this magnificent dream.
If this project was completed it would have been world-wide awesome.
Buyers surfaced from every corner of the world some looking to anchor great luxury yachts
Bing, interesting notion about Mrs. lee about you're being only part Chinese, however, I recall from experience that this
was quite common with grown-ups at the time to identify one by one's descent, who our parents were and where did we
live etc. with no offense to anyone but there was a lot of jokes about the plantation races and this mentality that was
Hawaii's world at the time but left unsaid it may or may not have bothered some.
Subsequently over the years westernization changed those innocent lifestyles and times.
Although nothing was said at the time, like you I clearly sensed this adult aloofness when it occasionally occurred.
Are you thinking of Pam Kim or Pinky or Pam Machida.
Interesting how Richard Nakasato touched many of us classmates lives, he was a dear friend, I only have good memories
and stories of him especially our long telephone conversations, it appears dear Richard had many gal friends, Bless him.
Keep well all. Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:49 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/27/09

Is Hal Japanese for he may think he is pronouncing it in Japanese but spelling it like a foreigner. Ooops.

October 27, 2009

That's what we said, Shinty... Mrs. Uyemoto.

I was never Mrs. Lee's favorite either, Bing... Arlene definitely was... might also be because I was
part Okinawan, a finger-tip's worth of Chinese, and possibly a couple of hair-strand's worth Korean.
Can't remember a Pamela in Mrs. Lee's class... Nuk ?

Gerri, while not necessarily technically correct, for the classmates living in the area 'back then' up to the
about the mid-50s, Waialae was the general area from around 18th to just before Wailupe Circle...
Kahala was the general area all along the beachfront and Mauka up to around Kilauea Ave...
we usually made the distinction by the quality of the home: 'eh, you live Kahala, hah ?'... used to help
a friend deliver newspapers in Aina Koa when they were just starting all those homes in the 50s.


----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Shintaku
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/26/09

Hal, You guys need to get her name right.
Mrs. Uemoto was our math teacher.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 11:53 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/26/09

Brenda: Congratulations on your many accomplishments.
Did you call the President Barry or Barack?
My nephews went to Punahou just one and three grades behind him and they called him Barry.
I remember you as a pretty and sweet young lady with pony tail and bangs.
But I had no idea that you would become part of the movement to restore part of the Hawaiian culture
for the next generations.
Very impressive.

Nuk: Your recall is phenomenal .
Your descriptions of Mrs. Lee and Ms. Lam are dead on.
Because of you I can see Mrs. Lee clearly with her hair swept back.
I never saw her smile.
I think Mrs. Lee disliked me because I was half Japanese.
She liked the kids who were “pure”.
Especially those who were “all” Chinese or “all” Japanese.
I think she tolerated me because I hung around Arlene Lum who I think was her favorite, along with Pamela.
Does anyone else remember Pamela who was smart with a round cheerful face?
Was her last name Matsuda?
I don’t remember Ms. Lam sending me to the theatre.
Perhaps she only sent those who, like Ray and you, she thought had talent.
I do remember her long cigarette holder with a cigarette in it.
But I don’t recall ever seeing her actually smoke.
Is it my imagination or did she use that cigarette holder in a theatrical way?

Clarence: The article on packing light was very, very helpful.
I even learned to tie the furoshige that my grandmother handed down to me.
Coincidentally, just the other day I ran across it and I was trying to remember how she tied it.
Thank you very much.

Jean: You are right.
I never thought about it quite like that but Richard Nakasato was our Elvis.
I’m sure he would be tickled to be remembered as such.

Our class seems to have many people with all kinds of talents.
And many of them have excelled at the most challenging job of all, having and bringing up the next generations.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 10:38 AM
Subject: Coin

Harold/Carl etal, Carl, fantastic, excellent work, I'd buy 2 this instant.
Question, based on the number of classmates willing to buy this, we probably could get a better price on the quantity
that is ordered and an upfront payment to sweeten the deal.
We need to get a count from our classmates and the price to prepay.
Mahalo for your effort for our classmates.

Bing, Wow, that sounds absolutely wonderful, have always had great interest in our cherished kupuna whose
fascinating stories should not be lost.
What a job and honor, overwhelms me, would love just to sit in, what, where, what qualifications are required.
If anything, one would need a wizard like Nuk, Fung, T.Choy etc. as an escort.
There has to be someone in our talented class of '60 who could spring for this once in a lifetime honor.
A history note, we live in Aina Koa which is next to Waialae nui valley and they now call it "Kahala" since the city council
voted against the residents to build a pricey assisted living retirement home called Kalaha nui.
This new label confuses many not familiar with the area that once was called and correctly is "Waialae-Kahala".
Signs of the times.
Aina Koa previously was Bishop Estate land that was offered in the 50's to veterans of World War 2 and the Korean war.
We have the best neighbors, gracious, concerned, friendly, helpful, very ohana.
But sadly, many are gone and still leaving us.
Keep well all. Gerri DB

October 26, 2009

Clarence, hope your son is doing OK.
If that cruise from N.Y. is the one that goes up along the coast of New England, I'd be curious to know how it was.
Had to cancel a cruise up that way a couple of times for various reasons and have wondered how much I missed.
So you did end up in the Air Force... remember that you and Ted Kobayashi earned appointments to the academies.

There you go Francine, someone who's not in the fog with us... double-checked the KIS yearbooks and as usual you're
right Moriyama, it was a Mrs. Uemura... and now I do remember Robert Uemura... heard his Mom really spoiled him
with attention and material things... he was also very popular with the gals.


----- Original Message -----
From: Clarence Fung
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: Memories and testing

Don't remember if I checked back in on my mail, but if it was October 9th, I probably didn't...
we flew off to NYC for a cruise to see some fall foliage and get some cold weather.
We were to have left a few days earlier for Wash. D.C. but my son had some medical problems which required surgery
so fortunately we only had to postpone and cut out D.C.

In any case, now back home in warmer California and happy to catch-up on all the Memories that you've sent since this one.
Wow all the contributions and talk stories, food, places to eat, crafts and Jean's Alaska.
(My father always liked to talk/dream out loud about Alaska and salmon, but never traveled.)
I liked the images of the proposed coins, good work there Carl.
As for all those stories of packing light, I found a website that had some decent suggestions about how to do so.
I've routinely over the years of packed for a week and checked in a suitcase.
All those extra (profitable if you own airline stock) luggage fees for 1st and 2nd bags are starting to make me a believer.
Unlike you, I don't have a traveling daughter to instruct me on the finer points about not hauling so much around.
The website is
REI had a testimonial on one of their underwear briefs by a guy who traveled six weeks in Europe with only two pairs.
They dry quickly overnight since they are made of man-made material (spandex, rayon-polyester, whatever wicks moisture);
feels better than the "throw-away" stuff that is so thin it would be better used for spit-shining.
Also we did the layering since the temperatures got down to the mid-30's and expect I'll be doing the same when I go to
Colorado in a couple of weeks for my 45th. "Beat Army"!

Thanks for all the energy, care and time devoted you're giving these "Ho-Ho-grams" (as Jean puts it) and pbase postings .
Keep them coming!

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/25/09


I thought the math teacher's name was Uemoto in lieu of Umemoto?
She was my math teacher in the 7th grade at KIS.
She and her son, Robert, lived in Palolo the next lane over from where I lived and in front of Ricky Nakamura's place.
We, sort of, grew up together although Robert being the only son had all the marbles.
We frequently tried to separate him from his marbles by playing all sort of game of chance.
Actually it didn't matter to him since his mom would replace whatever marbles he lost.

----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:04 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/24/09

Brenda: So nice to hear from you.
Did you hear me talking about you?
How wonderful that you got to meet the President.
My husband went on your site to see what you look like.
You’ve found your passion in life and have accomplished a lot.
He said that he was glad you were adding your memories along with the other cheerleaders,
Elsie and Geri.
We loved the Punahou musubi no ume cheer.
He had to tell it to everyone in our family.
Keep on with your memories.
Everyone takes a turn as memories are jogged.
Right now, I’m just sitting back and reading.
The description of the teacher with the sweater hanging off one shoulder made me think of our
Home Ec teacher at KIS.
I remember her front teeth stuck out a bit and she sprayed people sitting in front of her.
She also had bad breath.
I still have the scrapbook with a different embroidery stitch on a 4”x4” square of muslin on each
page that she had us make.
Do you hear my husband calling me a packrat?
I’m not a packrat.
I don’t keep things for 50 years on purpose.
I just never make time to throw things away.

How sad to hear about the passing of Moe Keale.
I remember when my Auntie Kamali sent her daughter to live with my sister on Lanai because
she didn’t want Moe and her daughter to go steady.
Auntie didn’t think he would amount to anything but a beachbum.
Her daughter did have his baby…a cute little butterball and spitting image of him.
I just heard that the daughter is the head of Hawaiian Studies at UH-Manoa.
Both turned out way better than Auntie could have imagined they would.

Sad, also, to hear about Richard Nakasato passing away.
He was our Elvis.
He had charisma and didn’t even know it.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2009 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: Memories

Hal/Brenda, Brenda's description of a 'Ms Lee' sounds like Ms Lam to me.
Lam used to come up to students in class while they were trying to answer her question and speak to them,
face to navel.
She was bent over and had a sweater over her shoulders.
Students were taller than she was so they didn't get any spit in their faces from her slight lisp.
In contrast, Mrs. Lee had good posture, thin, and never smiled.
I never had her class but she had a stern reputation which probably included untrue rumors.
I heard from more than one kid, she disciplined by having the boys/girls dropped their drawers and gave them
a whack with that thick 12 inch ruler across their tiny little Asian butts.
One day Thomas Noguchi (I think) and I got into a play fight in class when Mrs. Miles was off that day,
and had a substitute teacher.
The sub caught us and sent us over to Mrs. Lee who I thought was going to do the Drop Your Drawers thing on us,
but she sent us over to the library to work for the librarian for a few hours.
When Miles got back the next day, she told the librarian she was surprised because the two of us were
the best behaved in class. :)
I can't remember which teacher it was who made misbehavers stick their right arm out in front of them with their
palm up which she would hit with those thick 12 inch rulers.

Gerri, in regard to 'poor jack', from my experience and observation in California, it's hard for males to spend $600
for a coat after they have seen something better or as good as for much less money.
No problemo for women though.
The one situation I don't like is being in the market for an item and not knowing the price range and quality,
so I do tend to pass up bargains because I don't recognize it as such.
When I learned later that I missed a bargain, I may rationalize it with a "I didn't want it anyway" attitude to
mitigate my mistake.
There's always a couple stingy guys at work, you know, guys who show up to a potluck with one package of
microwave popcorn that they never pop.
These guys walk the halls early in the morning to see who brought in donuts that day.
They don't enjoy life and die with lots of money, but surprisingly, are not rich.
They do buy things from time to time, and will survey the whole bldg to see where they can buy a certain
model television, for example, for a really bargain price.
The only way to get back at these guys is I tell them a story like, I got an unadvertised sale at BestBuy
on that $500 television that you are looking for $97.99.
It was an open box item in perfect condition because they mistakenly opened two boxes of the same model
when they only needed one model for display.
They lost the remote, but I got one for $12.
These guys will spend the rest of their lives looking for a deal like mine.
I like to add more misery to their misery.
Stingy bastardos. nuku

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/24/09

All concern,
I believe Mrs. Umemoto was a teacher at Kaimuki High School.
She taught math. She was one those really nice person, who never got angry at anyone.
She had a son, Robert, who I believe was a year older than us.
He attended McKinly High School.
Sorry, Hal no inside scoop on Ige's.
I just met my friend's brother.
Like all businesses especially one that services peoples's entertainment life welcomes your company.
Anyway, if you guys ever go back to Ige's and see the owner just mention that you guys are my classmate.
Maybe a round on the house might come your way.
Sorry, Gerri, I haven't given much thought about the medallion.
This medallion idea is Carl Yasuda"s.
It sounds like a neat idea.
Keep brain storming this idea and maybe we will come up with something that we can all cherish for the rest of lives.

October 24, 2009

Sorry Francine, can't help you there... must be the same fog... don't remember a Mr. Lee either.

Douglas Yoshimura is/was on the 'unable to locate' list above but I do believe I found his current mailing
address which I'll pass on to the reunion committee and see if they concur... was also told the same
about Malcolm but that was a few months ago so hopefully he's doing OK now... ehh Gerri, I'm trying
to stick to my old people's diet and you're coming up with all this temptation... by the way, that was
Carl Yasuda who came up with the great medallion idea... Takush is your 'inside connection' to Ige's.

Actually, Brenda, the Mrs Lee in question was at Waialae Elementary... but your description of a Ms Lee
sounds so familiar... don't think it was Lam though... another by the way, would you have contact info
for the Karens... Bertram and Thurston ? They're on the 'unable to locate' list also... last saw and talked
to Thurston when her Dad had passed away and she came back to Hawaii to accompany her Mom in
her move back to the mainland (Texas I believe, where Karen lived)... she indicated that Bertram also
lived in Texas... I gave her a copy of the group photo of our 25th (?) reunion and she mentioned wishing
she could reconnect with you and some others but was leaving the next day... just wondering.

There you go Nuk, your photographic memory comes through again... she was my 5th grade teacher...
and my pension money is in an untouchable account.


----- Original Message -----
From: Francine Song Kaneshige
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:30 AM
Subject: memories


You're right Mrs. Umemoto was at KIS.
I told you I was straining my brain.
I think the teacher was Mr. Lee and not Mr. Fong.
Unless he was at KIS also.
I'm in a fog here.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:12 AM

Harold/Sandy/Elsie et al, so much great stories to read, have not even had time to print the long ones, especially
from our now "classy class hurmorist" namely the GREAT NUKU, anyhow reaching out to our great classmates
is so precious to be able to do and enjoy, but have been wondering of other classmates that we have not heard
from especially those who may be "under the weather" that could join us.
By the way any one knows how Douglas Yoshimura is doing, can we contact him somehow, also heard that Malcolm
Ahlo may be ailing..hope not.
Harold, on Hata's, also check the specials written on the bulletin board for fresh fish etc. and the pork chop is delicious
and portion...huge, took it home for 2 more meals.
Robert Gore: Fantastic to hear from you, warmest regards and felicitations on your impressive accomplishments and
contented happiness with family and life.
Wish I had the foresight to give back to society, such thoughtfulness.
Jack and I lived in Seattle for about 2 years, beautiful state.
Amazing how being removed from the sheltered Hawaiian environment to living in Seattle, a whole new amazing life
learning experience.
Returning to Hawaii was also curious, the mindset was Seattle for a while and it was interesting how my perspective
had changed about Hawaii, the adustments and comparisons on day to day living.
Mental retention of the characteristic Hawaii I had left was evidently stored in another part of my brain, did not even
recall memories of friends etc. but it eventually returned.
Don't want to bore you Robert, but do hope that should you and your family visit Oahu you will look us up for a reunion.
Blessings to you and your family.

Elsie: How is the craft fair project going, let me know if I can help.
You should do well, love the adorable bracelet you gave me and yes, as always will get together when we visit LV.
Our best to Jack and family.

Nuku: Gotta ask you, from my perspective as a female, it was strikingly interesting that you commiserated with Jack
("poor Jack") on not getting a once in a lifetime Italian bargain in Rome which I find this reaction is pretty much
an exceedingly common male trait .
But, alas, like IZ Kamakavivaole says, "can't live with them, can't live without them".
Life is so interesting as we age like fine wine.
Just my view.
Mahalo for listening.

Takushi, is it you, how are we doing on the medallion, let me know, it's a great concept that we should pursue.

Aloha all

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/23/09

P.S. Spoke with Bobbie Baptiste Hanoa last evening for a fabulous and loving half hour, and one thing about Bobbie, can hear the aloha in her voice....what a loving lady.
She is definitely in!
She will be active in the planning and has urged me to also participate.

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/23/09

Do not mean to monopolize this site, and yet memories are flooding back, and want to briefly comment on a couple
of others' postings.
Wasn't it MS. Lee?
The sort of bent over, sweater to one side, hanging over one shoulder, bent over a bit and sharp as a tack?
Spoke with a kind of lisp, always addressing us as "Kidssh."
She saw all, heard all and "spied" on us whilst we worked?
Or was that Lam?
Hmmm, ginko moment.
Elsie, you capture the muddy shoes, wet hair, songleader description so beautifully!
Do you recall, though one of my most potent embarrassments when at the Turkey Game against Kamehameha (40-0 Yikes!)
We spun around and I slipped and sat splat on the ground?
You all just stared at me in shock, and it took an eternity for someone (Gore) to come over and help me up?
If you are going to blow it, go for the big picture, huh?
I was Mortified.
I will say that our teachers were quite good, not to mention they called our class "The Blackboard Jungle" class....why?
I didn't get it back then; however, I realize we had some real scholars and were good kids, and all the tough teachers
served us well, didn't they?
Elsie, I do plan to attend, and promised Caroline Andrade, my buddy from intermediate, that we would see
a show or two; pray she comes.
Now I am visualizing assembly, sitting on the grass, listening to our principal, Mr. Ferreira, for whom we sang "Sixteen Tons"
in parody.
"Mr. Ferreira won't you call us, 'cuz we wanna go.....we don't wanna listen to this old crow." Ha!
Over and out. Love to all.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 7:28 AM
Subject: Re: Memories

Hal, Mrs. Lee was your 5th grade teacher. I'll bet all your pension money on this.
In the 5th grade (Mr. Miles class), I was sent twice to a 1st grade class to assist the teacher instead of doing cafeteria work.
The first grade classes were at the rear wing of the main bldg just to the right over where those three-bay vehicle ports
were under that wing.
There wasn't that much to do in the 1st grade class but to take out stuff like games and lessons for the kids from the cabinets,
then put them back when they were finished, sweep the classroom & outside verandah, and do some dusting.
It was an orderly and well organized classroom.
At lunch time the cafeteria delivered the lunch in bulk.
I had to serve the portions in each plate while the little kiddies waited in tiny lines.
I could serve myself and eat as much as I wanted, so the little kids starved that day.
On one of those days near the end of the day, this blond boy brings me this puzzle of a cow.
It was one of those wooden puzzles on a board that acted as a tray with a cut out for the puzzle pieces of cow,
all well painted with a background scene, that is still made today.
He asks me if I wanted to try it.
There's about 15 minutes left of school.
Why not?
I already swept the room and had everything put away; everything was under control.
Only about ten pieces to the puzzle, slam dunk.
The head, legs, and tail, real easy so far.
Oops, the body.
Time is ticking away and I had to complete it because the teacher is very anal about all puzzles being completed and put away.
Is it hot, or just me.
I was left with these shapeless white pieces with black splotches on them and nothing seems to fit together.
Dang kid, I muttered under my breath.
I'm going to be too embarrassed to tell the teacher I couldn't solve this 1st grade puzzle.
I'm in 5th grade now.
I feel panicky.
The boy asks me if I wanted help.
Oh, of course.
In three seconds, he finishes it.
Smart kid.
I breathe easier, next time no puzzles.
I was lucky enough to serve again in that class because the teacher requested me on my next cafeteria day.
It's nice to be wanted.
The kids got to starve one more day.
Francine, Mr. Fong was your 6th grade teacher who had us memorize about 33 poems throughout the year.
Padua was kolohe?
Makes me wonder about myself now.
I just enjoyed playing with him and I'm no kolohe, I think.
I remember Mrs. Lam and HCT.
Glenn Miyashiro snared me to participate and I got caught in Lam's web.
I just remember her cigarette holder being longer than she was.
She sure was nice outside of class.
Glenn was initially puzzled by a hand crank on stage that pulled up a frame I think.
It had no lock and he was puzzled why the crank didn't unwind after pulling up a heavy weight.
He figured it out, 'friction'.
I remembered attending Music Man, the one and only play I worked on, and something fell down back stage,
the only incident that night.
Some kids attended more than one play.
I don't remember doing book reports for Lam.
It must have been for the smart classes only. nuk

October 23, 2009

Elsie and Takush are right, as more classmates write in, this 'memories bulletin board' becomes
even more memorable and better.

Takush, we still are the type that can start 'trouble', problem is we're too old to create any... Jack was
a kolohe buggah but nice guy otherwise... he did leave KIS after the 7th grade.

Don't recall a Mr. Fong, Francine and I believe Mrs. Umemoto was a KIS math teacher... we'll be corrected
on this I'm sure... remember Nellie well but not sure about a Lillian unless you're referring to Lorraine (?)
Oshiro, both of whom lived close by to where I lived in Waialae... always wondered what became of them.

Nuk, you're right ! I did have a Mrs. Lee... not sure what grade though but have a vivid mental picture of her...
my visual memory thing again... Stephen Sousa I remember well... had a couple of classes with him... the
memory I have of him was his presentation of a segment from 'Sayonara' that he did going from classroom
to classroom one day.


----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:02 PM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/22/09

Hal, thanks for your assist always.
This site has developed into such a truly memorable and unbelievable piece of work (literally)!!

Jean: Looking forward to meeting Rosie and exchanging info re: craft fairs…..
she might be interested in displaying and selling some of her stuff.
When I do get around to sending the books, do not send them back.
Can’t possibly find room to keep them and never seem to ever want to read a book twice.
I can’t believe you were able to keep all the KHS Newletters…
but, what a savior you are that we can now, after 50 yrs. enjoy the fond memories.

Brenda: I am impressed!
A real Hawaiian lomilomi for the President??
You must be a very accomplished massage therapist to have been asked to provide this service.
Your grandsons names are Japanese/Hawaiian….. bet they’re handsome boys.
Saddened to hear that Moe Keale passed away.
Remember him as a very jovial, friendly guy and so funny!
Since you have family here in LV and visit often, please call me on one of your trips so we can get together…..
would love to see you.
Will call you and leave my no. on your answering machine.
Also, no excuses for not attending this all important 50th reunion, right??

Gerri: When is your next LV trip planned?
Maybe you and Brenda can plan it the same time….. would be so nice!
Keep well all, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:39 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/22/09

Hi Hal,
Enjoy reading all those message our classmates are sending to you.
Brings back allot of memories.
This is not one of those past memories, but something I thought would be nice to pass onto you and those
who visited Ige's 19th Puka.
Well, the owner of that place is a brother of my good friend.
I finally met Ron the other day at one of weekly golf outing.
I mentioned to him that some of my old classmates go to his place occasionally to enjoy each other company
and then whatever is offered that evening.
He told me that he likes the older crowd, because they tend to be better behaved, so it less worrisome for them
that any trouble would be started.
So he said you guys are always welcome.
Also, Hal I also remember Jack Padua.
He was in one of classes at Kaimuki Intermediate.
I don't remember if he attended KHS with us.
He was kind of a Kolohe guy, but not to a point where he would cause any kind of real problems.
Someone mentioned that Pearl Chun's mother ( Agnes ) was their baby sitter.
Well, if Agnes is the one that worked for the Navy, than I think she was my wife's old boss.
I think she is still active in NARFE Organization. ( National Association of Retired Federal Employees ).

----- Original Message -----
From: Francine (Song) Kaneshige
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:02 AM
Subject: Waialae Elementary teachers????

You are really testing my brain and memory.
I had to think about it overnight. I remember a Mr. Fong and a Mrs. Umemoto??,
I hope I didn't mix them up with KIS teachers.
I found out Nellie Nakama and her friend Lillian??? transferred to McKinley High.
Don't know if you remember them.
They were with us from Waialae Elementary to KIS.
Will let you know if I can remember anyone else.

----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:19 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/22/09

Bob Gore re your comment on Honolulu Community Theatre: Miss Lam (English teacher) had us do
community service volunteer work which included the Honolulu Community Theatre as well as
several other non-profits....I recall addressing envelops for their mailings and ushering and also
going to the Red Cross offices to stock emergency kits.
She was a bit of a terror....but her book report assignments helped open the state library to me....
searching the stacks to find a "thick book" to meet her requirements had me stumbling upon
some great writers and topics which I would never have done had she not had the requirement she did.

Miss Pearl Jackson (English and Latin teacher) was great.... what she taught me about writing enabled me
to breeze through my four years of undergraduate course that required any writing and it wasn't until
graduate school that my advisor taught me more about writing.
Miss Jackson also taught me that there are consequences to one's actions so that one ought to assess what
they might be before acting.... I had done something really stupid in my senior year and she was willing
to give me a second chance and I never forgot the lecture she gave me about consequences.

Tim Choy

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: Memories

Hal, every ethnic group thinks I'm one of them also; Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, etc.
The Japanese from Japan, though, know I'm not one of them.
I don't smoke or dress as well as them.
I'm 99.999% sure your 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Lee, the teacher who used the reflection of her glasses
to monitor the class when she was writing on the chalk board.
I had mistakenly refer to your 6th grade teacher as Mrs. Nobles, but she was at Manoa 4th grade.
I remember Francine Song; in my mind, it was Fran Sing Song; easy to remember.
I think Jack Padua left before he finished 7th grade at KIS.
He had told me he was leaving and I missed a great friend.
The only dancer at our school I knew about was Stephen Sousa,
His huge thighs really popped when he wore his tights.
I don't remember any surgery though.
Maybe, I'll remember that sometime next week. LOL
R. Gore. you look familiar but I don't think I ever met you.
I would enjoy discussing what is "true" as it relates to Rashomon and eye witness accounts one of these days.

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/22/09

Yea team!
Love to Bob Gore, who obviously had "doctor dreams" so as to notice the ankle injury bit in that play.
Don't remember the injury, but the play was wonderful, and I still hold season tickets to all theater productions.
Also, at one of the first reunions, did we not attend the Glades, or something like that where we got to watch Vernon (?)
as a female entertainer?
And then to add even more "class," listened to Mel Cabang's shtick?
Maybe that's what scared me from attending all the other years! Ha!
Elsie, got your call......will return it today. You got the right home's my cell: (*** ****)
I'd LOVE a copy of that photo you have!
And when next in LV, want to see you!
This one is going to be a good one, ...........I can feel it.
Get your hugging arms range of motion toned.
I'm going to become a sleuth and go searching for others. bj

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:41 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/22/09

Response to Bob Gore’s question regarding the Honolulu Community Theater, the teacher in question was Miss Lam
who had a fancy cigarette holder that she chain smoked through.
I actually got “volunteered” to work in the stage crew of the “Music Man” by Meredith Wilson purportedly in the first
off-Broadsway presentation.
It actually planted a seed in my brain and I ended up acting in 3 productions at the University of Hawaii, “Everyman”,
“General Wings, Inc” and the Three Penny Opera.
Interestingly, one of the other actors in the play “Everyman” went on to bigger and better things, that was Bette Midler.


October 22, 2009

( Note: I've been slowly adding back Hotmail-MSN-Live recipients that I removed, because of the 'spam problem',
as I discover those that I forgot to add back... apologies for that )

Bob, now you've got me thinking... who the heck... only remember vaguely the surgery incident.
If you can't find your yearbooks, have parts of the '60 yearbook here :

Also more memories from the Bulldog newsletters :


----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Gore
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/21/09

Do any of you remember going to the Honolulu Community Theater.
Our English teacher took us several times to the Sunday Matinees.
I remember one of our classmates was in many productions and he had foot or ankle surgery while at
KHS to improve his dancing ability.
One play made a lasting and deep impression on me- It was Rashomon and I often think of it when I am
trying to figure out what is "true".
I have kept all my Bulldog Yearbooks and will see if I can find them in the recesses of my storage unit.
It is great to have BJ join this discussion.
She has a current picture on if you have not seen it.
I am going back to the Archives to look at what has been posted, and I hope others will join us in linking
our stories together.
Bob Gore

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:39 PM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/21/09

Hi, Hal…..Think I’ve caught up with everyone’s contribution to this site.
Had to read them backwards, but no matter how it’s read, still so enlightening!
Missed Nuk’s memories and words of wisdom for awhile, only to find that he was “cruising”, as usual.

Jean: Got one of Seda’s IPhone bags. Aren’t they just lovely?
But, your generousity is just as lovely a thought!
Sharing is so wonderful, no matter how it’s done.
Let your sister know if she’s interested in visiting me at the craft fair this weekend.
I’ll give her my phone no. if she’s interested in doing something CP.

I found a very old photo of our songleading days and gave one to Gerri just this year.
This one included Gerri, Brenda, Bobbie, Joyce Abreau, Elaine Miyahara and me.
We sure can share some horror stories of our efforts to look beautiful on the field, only to have the rain
drench the hair and mud caking our shoes.
Mud was clay based, so stacked up on our soles making us about 2 inches taller and trying to do our
cheers without falling over.
Great times tho’!
Will make copies of this photo to share….Aloha until the next time, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: Elsie Tanaka

Hi Elsie: Tell me about your craft fairs next time.
My sister lives in Henderson, Nevada and would love to go to your craft fair.
She was trying to start a Home Helpers business but couldn't get a license unless she paid a $12,000 bribe
to this guy who is in cahoots with the supervisor in the licensing department.
They are going to try to get a license to provide concierge service in the hotels instead.
She is also going to sell a cream to erase bags and dark circles under the eyes along with wrinkles.
I think it's called LUMINESCE.
It's suppose to work in 19 days.
One of the owners only did half of her face to show people how well the product works.
She said the lady is brave to do that since her BEFORE face looks pretty bad compared to her AFTER face.
I told my sister to send me a bottle because I really, really need it!

Seda sent me an i-phone bag.
Your're right, Elsie, they are exquisitely beautiful and well-made.
She has a winner.
What fabrics I sent don't even come up to the value of what she sent back.
Seda is much too generous!

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/21/09

Hi, Elsie! Yes, I do remember our meeting .... and the babysitter that "stole" our childrens' hearts....
can't ask for better than that, though.
I just had my second grandson on October 11, Takeru Makali'ili'iakua, joining Kaisei Kapaili'akea.
My granddaughters live in Henderson, Nevada with my daughter, so I visit them often.
I have been minding my own spiritual business in Kailua, quietly serving humanity and making a difference,
but the most exciting thing that has happened to me recently, besides the birth of my grandson,
was getting called by the Secret Service and checked out THOROUGHLY before giving President Obama
a lomilomi massage!
Went to their compound and was so excited.........the best part was that I got to share with him (and Michelle)
the cheer I wrote that I used to do before going to Punahou on those days when we had exchange pep rallies,
Here's the cheer, which I do not recall sharing with you all, and then, perhaps I did.
"Punahou, Punahou, who are they??? They're the musubi WITHOUT ume!"
He threw his head back and laughed!
He was amazed that we were so kind back then, thinking we were being vicious.
I told him Kaimuki never got props from Punahou in the days when there were no "beige" students there.
What a thrill that day was.
My son David says "Mom, you still got it,'s just that nobody wants to see it." Ha! Life is good.
On another note, our dear '59 grad Moe Keale remained a friend of mine until his untimely passing.
(He was in my brother Marney's class.)
Moe was a licensed massage therapist here in Kailua with me, and we worked together...
with him always greeting me like this: "Eh, Kaimuki baby, STILL ugly!"
I loved that boy! Miss him, too.
Well, that's enough for this writing.
Speaking first with Caroline Andrade, you all have stirred my heart and memory, obviously

October 21, 2009

Elsie, from your schedule, sounds like you never retired... hey, with you, Brenda, Gore, Gerri, Bing... we have most
of the former cheer/song leaders on board... I think only Bobbie(who reads this via Pearl), Noel and Francisco(Sonny)
aren't here... other than the '59 & '61 people, did I miss anybody ?

Nuk, I really didn't have a big problem with prejudices in Hawaii or much while traveling... I was usually assumed
to be of different ethnic background depending on the locale... Chicano in L.A... Mexican in Tijuana (stopped for
questioning at the border)... Thai in Chicago... usually greeted with mabuhay in Seattle... Puerto Rican in N.Y...
even stopped and asked for directions in Italy... in Italian... by an Italian ( 'sorry, no speaka Italian', 'Oh, scusi' )...
but you're right, we'd always be greeted with 'konbawa' entering a better restaurant... probably anticipating a
a large tip... and who knows what uttered when we left with a good portion of that 'large tip' still with us.

Hey Bob, yes the Aloha spirit was and still is strong here but 'acceptance' depends a lot on being 'acceptable'...
I remember you being immediately in tune with the 'local style'... your being an easy-going friendly guy didn't
hurt either... Wow ! 5,000 babies... I don't think I've even met that many people in my career.

Francine, do you remember some of the teachers you had at Waialae ? Other than Guerrero(4th) and Chang(Kind),
I can't recall the others myself... thought we may have had the same teachers... why I think I remember you so well.

I probably qualify as one of the consumers of schlock, Timothy... but I'm learning.

Thanks for the heads-up on Richard... unfortunately it was him: 08/22/42 - 01/17/02... double-checked with the Soc. Sec.
website and I'm pretty certain since I remember his birth date... he was a classmate since Kindergarten.
Have passed by Hata's many times, even dropped by once to do a remodel estimate, but never dined there... you
caught me reading your food-description email at my lunch snack break... dang, my cold tofu-burger sandwich
didn't look so appealing after that... not sure on that miso dish without seeing it... if it was used as a condiment,
it could be Aomori-style miso paste... great with rice or musubi... expensive though.

Thanks for the H1N1 flu tip Bing... we (all of us) tend to ignore things like this until it actually happens to us.


----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:44 PM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/20/09

Hi, Hal: I’ve been trying to catch up reading all the backlogged stories from everyone.
Been busy with a few craft fairs and trying to get ready for another one this Sat.
After this one, will get a breather for a while, then 2 more in Nov.
Trying to keep busy after retirement and truly admire people like Jean, Bing and others still working fulltime.

Don’t have much time now to chat, but, BRENDA, so happy to hear from you!
Have been asking about you for several years and most recently, sent a personal email to you at Chas. Black’s office,
just to say hello and that we missed hearing from you on this site.
Have such fond memories of our songleading days and remember we bumped into each other at Agnes Chun’s……
we shared the same babysitter.
She happened to be Pearl Chun’s mom and was the best babysitter I’ve ever had.
She was so good, my son would hang on to her when I went to pick him up after work….hurtful, but happy that she
took so good care of him.
I’ll be calling you soon to catch up. Elsie T.

Elsie M. Ayers (Tanaka)

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: Memories

Hal, thanks for the warning.
Obviously, if I accidentally hit you, then I'll have no choice but to finish you off and put you where I put Hoffa.
The most blatant prejudice I encountered was in Waikiki at the Edge Water while we were attending a class
waiting to get into the room.
We were outside the bldg talking and laughing, well behaved, when a haole woman passed by with a frown
and called us jerks.
We just laughed it off, but it isn't something I would forget.
Prejudice is just part of life living in California in comparison to our innocent lives in Hawaii.
Most of the friendliest whites were people who had Japanese friends when they grew up.
Some just don't know what to make of us.
One thing for sure though is money talks.
If people think you have money, all is forgiven, there's no prejudice against money.
I don't know how Chester does all his traveling.
The jet lag from the 10+ hour flights going to and coming from our destination is just too much for me.
It takes me a whole month to recover.

Betty Ann, this is very illuminating.
I only knew OF you throughout my school years from 4th grade Waialae Elementary through freshman year at UH.
I guess I only saw the hard edge achievement oriented student so I'm hardly surprised of your accomplishments
or your going to DC.
I did meet you at that 'dance' during 9th grade I mentioned earlier and saw the softer humorous side of you.
You were very charming which I didn't expect.
I know you were athletic only from the gymnastic tumbling you did at the high school football games when you
were a cheerleader/songleader; very impressive.
I had no idea you did far more than that athletically.
In UH golf, I could hit the farthest, straightest drive in class, but I couldn't get interested in the game.
When my father was young, he caddied for Babe Ruth at the Nuuanu (?) Country Club (or a CC in that area).
I don't remember some of the stories but Babe could use the golf club as a bat and hit the golf ball off the shaft
like a baseball.
Babe gave my dad one of his clubs.
He never kept it.
I did take Karate while attending the UH and was very good with the Kata's.
I was way ahead of the class from just observing the more advanced students practicing their Katas during their class,
and I practiced the advanced Katas at home.
Our sensei was the All Japan Champ, Kanazawa.
One day he wanted to correct something I wasn't doing quite right.
He got into a fighting stance to demonstrate and I responded similarly.
Kanazawa's assistant stepped in.
I just committed one of those Dojo errors.
He said, I had just issued a nonverbal challenge to the Head of the School; is that what I wanted to do.
I humbly apologized, bowed, and asked for a thousand pardons.
I was just seconds from having my head replaced by my butt.
While I enjoyed karate very much, I dropped out because I couldn't afford the monthly payments.
Betty, I will slowly catch up with your travel destinations.
I like the warm weather destinations like the Caribbean and would like to enjoy more of it, rather than see it.
Cool sand and warm water, it's hard to beat.

Gerri, I think I'm more stupid than outrageous, but maybe both.
The hotel was a precruise option from Celebrity and prepaid, but I'll take your wise advise and look at the room first
before accepting it.
We've been to Italy before, and the Italians think the Japanese (from Japan) are rich from their lavish spending in the 80s.
From talking to tour guides back then, they like the Japanese because of their generous tipping; like gold, watches, etc.
We're Asians but from Hawaii and easily mistaken by Italians for the more generous Japanese from Japan.
I guess we did okay with the tour guide because we got limos to the airport when we left, every body else got on the bus.
I'll explain the 764 figure before you guys think I'm rich or something.
To make a long story short, Celebrity gave us a free cruise far exceeding the cost of our original one (to New Zealand)
which they canceled at the last minute.
Their offer was so generous, I chose to take the most expensive precruise hotel room, to sort of pay them back.
The problem is the room isn't close to being worth 764.
As for my financial status, let's just say, I'm willing to spend it.
Poor Jack (?), aren't all us males the same way?
LOL It's been said, when you see something you like at a good price, buy it, because you'll never see it again,
and will probably spend the rest of your life looking for the same bargain.
And when on a vacation, go with the flow.
We ate ice cream just after our 6am breakfast on board ship.
Not a problem, it still tastes the same.
Gelatos are the best tastiest ice cream, virtually all flavor.
None commercial American ice cream is just too creamy, and I just discovered my body doesn't agree with real dairy cream.
I have no problems with the fake ice cream at the local grocers.
I don't care for wine, but I was told it may be the sulfides in wine that disagrees with me.
We were served a white dry wine without sulfides at the Cellar Masters on the Equinox prior to be seated on the Capt's Table
and it tasted great with no problems.
The wines at dinner, however, sucked.
On a formal night, the table next to us treated us to a bottle of champagne (because we share our, Welcome Aboard,
bottle of champagne with them at dinner, just average stuff) which was very good.
I normally don't like champagne and have often wondered why people bother with it.
Grape juice is good enough for me.
You traveled to Europe during a great time when travel was a bargain.
We did Europe on a tour at that time and also loved Florence too.
It was all too fast.

Roy and I were just discussing the difficulty of finding a good massage therapist and Brenda Ignacio shows up.
It's too bad she only teaches.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Gore
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 2:01 PM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/20/09

Thanks for doing this!
It stirs many memories.
I moved to Kaimuki from Florida and entered KIS where I remember Mrs. Blaisdell as the first teacher
I had in Hawaii.
I had been in 10 schools and this was all frightening and overwhelming , but over the years many of you
showed me what Aloha was all about and I thoroughly enjoyed my years at Kaimuki- especially my
Junior and Senior High School years.
Memories are flooding back as I read the notes from names almost forgotten.
I especially remember the bakery that had the Buns with the cross on top- sweet, hot and Oh so Good!
Swimming at the Natatorium before school, going to Waimea Falls, sneaking into the Doris Duke Estate
and using the pool when no one was around, and Saimin or Luau pig for lunch are treasured memories.
I realized over the years after I left that many of you made a frightened and lonely Haoli feel welcome
and accepted, and I want to thank you.
My life has been full of good things and I have three beautiful grandchildren- one Grandson age 6 and
two Grandaughters - ages 3 and 6 months.
Being PaPa is a wonderful blessing.
I am still in active practice (Ob/Gyn) and have delivered over 5000 babies- now seing the third generation!

Bob Gore

----- Original Message -----
From: Francine Kaneshige
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:25 AM
Subject: memories

Hi Hal:
Please tell Nuk that you and he are not the only ones to remember Jack Padua.
I knew he started with us at KIS, but never knew what happened to him after the 7th grade,
out of sight out of mind.
I think several of our classmates from Waialae Elementary School remember him,
I even remember Kirk Jennings.
Keep up the wonderful e-mails.
You guys have terrific memories.
Until I read some of the events, I never thought about it.
Francine Song Kaneshige

----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/20/09

Thanks Betty Ann Ing for the hints on India.
We don't have kashmir on the itinerary but your description reminds me of the Masterpiece Theatre's
productions years ago of Jewel in The Crown.

We will be doing part of the trip using Palace on travel will be at night on the train so
accommodations and meals are on board and tours in the cities in the morning and afternoon.

Hawaii Craftsmen is a small non-profit that struggles organizationally but artistically puts on a couple
significant and major juried exhibitions..its annual juried exhibition and also the juried Raku Hoo'lauleia.
It is quite something to see how creative and talented the local artists are.
My observations have been that so many locals will travel to see art and ignore the quality art that is
produced here at home.
They will also spend money buying schlock when they can acquire quality art that appreciates.....

Tim Choy

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 8:45 AM

Harold/Brenda/Bing, A big warm hello to Brenda, so good to hear from you, have not seen you in ages,
Elsie asked about you when we last visited LV in Sept.
You sound well and good.
Since you now reside on the windward side when you are in town give a call so we can get others together
to breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee together.
Bing, hope it's not true but we understand that Richard Nakasato passed on several years ago,
he was a great friend of mine at KIS thereafter don't know where he drifted to.
Harold you gotta try Hata's restaurant in Pawaa across from Wash. Int & Zippy's on King.
Jean Worley would go crazy they have 2 types of butter fish, grilled and sashimi w/misoyaki butterfish style,
yummy, plus soft shell crab, tempura an impressive array of dishes for a tiny place.
Was packed when we got there but service was fast and you can get a dinner card to fill for a free meal
plus all kinds of teishoku, tofu combos, natto teishoku, yaki mono & age mono, nabe mono, sakana ryori,
donburi, udon, lots of side order including Macaroni & Potato salad.
Nothing fancy only excellent Japanese food and local patrons, very homey.
One thing, one of the appetizer was a miso colored mush looking dish which may be a byproduct of miso,
would u know what it is and what it is called, understand it is very healthy.
Aloha to all, Gerri DB & Jack Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 8:07 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/20/09

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catch the swine flu.

We have several schools in this area where many of the students have caught the swine flu.
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