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50 Years - Memories: November '09 pg 1

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, Amy Morioka, Andra Dean, Andy Nakano, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata,
Barbara Baptist, 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 Sayegusa, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro, Elsie Tanaka, Frances Mise, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto,
George Takamiya, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Karen Morisawa,
Kathryn 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

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: 11/09/09

More on Petrie Park for Harold.
This is going to be a pretty dry subject, maybe confusing, but I spent a lot of time there when there were no kids
in neighborhood to play with during some weekends and many summer days.
It was a little used park, except for occasional basketball games by adults during that time, 4th/5th grades.
Petrie Park took up a whole residential block bordered by 19th, 20th, Pahoa, and Harding avenues.
The park was surrounded by a lava rock wall capped by cement.
There were no sidewalks outside of that wall.
At the 19th and Pahoa corner (the high point of the block) were four full size basket ball courts w/lights,
bordered by the lava retaining wall along 19th and Pahoa avenues, a high chain linked fence on the far side
of 19th and open grassy space on the far side of Pahoa.
Between the chain link fence and the wall was a small space that led down a steep slope to the lower playing field
was where we and Mrs. Miles stage our baseball game.
I also used to fly my model airplanes on that lower field towards the middle, until the residents complained about the noise.
The top of the lava wall was about 15' higher than the cement courts.
From that corner over looking the wall and slightly to the left was the basket where I made my first half court shot and bagged it.
Going mauka along 19th avenue, the street slopes slightly downward until about the mid point of the block,
about where the grassy area ends to where the pavilion is, and where there were two/three openings,
one opening with a couple large pipes in the ground, in the lava wall to access the park from the school.
If I made an about face at this point, and looked at the school, I would see the small bldg, next to the main bldg,
where Mrs. Guerrero's 4th grade class was.
We were not allowed to play in the park during school hours without the permission from the principal; Martin was it (?)
when I was there in the 4th grade, although we started the school year playing in the park during recess.
The pavilion has an asphalt pavement apron.
Beyond the apron on the far side from 19th, beginning from the grass field there is a dirt slope large enough for a vehicle
that leads down to the next level where a small bldg is.
The pavilion is fairly large, about 30'X40', open on all four sides with L-shaped corners supporting the roof.
The floor is concrete, polished by foot traffic, about 3' higher than the asphalt area.
The grassy area between the basketball courts and pavilion had a tiny tree next to the inside of the lava wall where
there was a red stained ceramic trough drinking fountain with three spouts piped from the bottom.
These were drinking faucets at one time and they slowly disappeared with time.
The trough was supported by pipe legs about 3-1/2 above a concrete pad.
There was also another tiny tree on the opposite side of this grassy area about midway down the slope to the playing field.
The courts, grass area, and pavilion were all on one level of the park; there were three different levels to the park;
the fore mentioned playing field is lower and on the Koko Head side just beyond the courts, grass area, and pavilion,
about the size of a football field.
Continuing mauka along 19th the lava wall continues and just past the pavilion the park slopes down to the next level.
There is an opening in the lava wall that has concrete steps down to a sidewalk the leads toward small bldg on the left,
and the tennis courts beyond, also on the left.
The small bldg has the bathrooms and a small office that was open during summers where you could check out a basketball,
and maybe other stuff.
The bathroom had an open door with an L- shaped block wall in front, and a trough in the entry that is supposed to contain
a mixture of water and disinfectant, but it was always dry.
Moving along 19th this grassy area contained a jungle gym, hand walk bars, 3 seesaws, and 4 swings hanging from
a 2-1/2" pipe A-frame.
The seesaws and the swing frame were painted green, but the paint on the A-frame was worn off down to the galvanized
coating from kids climbing it.
This area is the same level with the lower playing field and 19th avenue is now about level where the seesaws were.
Making a right turn on Harding the lava wall is a retaining wall.
Half way down the block the tennis courts begin on the lowest level of the park and Harding is quite a bit lower than the
tennis courts at that point, under the shade of the trees of the park.
The courts had large long cracks in them and some areas were no longer level.
Oleanders line the courts along Harding and around the corner to 20th for a wind break just outside of the chain link fence
that surrounded the courts.
There were towering trees just outside of the oleanders, where we played "Catch" a few times up in the tree branches,
20' above Harding avenue; very dangerous.
I used to get on the Oleander plants on one side of the courts and transfer myself from plant to plant just to see if I could
make it around the courts without touching the ground.
It took about 20 minutes to do that and only learned much later the plants were poisonous.
At the corner of Harding and 20th, there was a hole in the chain link fence at the tennis courts where kids used to go
through and down the red dirt corner slope to 20th.
From Harding and 20th going toward Pahoa, the street rises, levels out, then slopes slightly downwards again to Pahoa.
The playing field slopes downward to the top of the retaining lava rock wall along 20th.
I hope I'm about 85% accurate, and maybe bring back some memories if you play in the park.
Petrie Park was the first park where I played basketball, skated around the pavilion, played at lot of football and some
baseball, used all the jungle gym equipment, flew model airplanes, and played tennis there.
I learned about leverage using the seesaws, watched kids get hurt from falling off the swings from over swinging,
and learned to be almost as fast as Betty Ann on the gym.
My haole friend Paul was the only one rich enough to have tennis rackets/balls, so I got to learn to rally with him.
It seemed easier then, compared to when I took it up later in college.
Paul's parents, who I rarely saw, owned a large lot on 18th, their home, unattached garage, and two rental homes on it.
There was a large grassy area w/plumeria trees, a large long asphalt driveway that extended from the entry down
the middle to the rear of the property.
There was three or four garages in two separate structures.
There was a large covered red patio with a freezer, that connected their home to the garage.
The freezer contained lots of ice cream (popsicles, creamsicles, and ice cream sandwiches) along with meats.
We were so happy to accept them, having dispensed with 2nd offers among friends.
A Kam school football player was living with them for a while.
Apparently, he was pumping more than iron there, and a messy divorce resulted.
My Paul's sister had a thing for Glenn M. for a while.
She was a year younger than us, and a little worldly.
Glenn was interested in a couple things about her like Roy would, and no, she didn't have blue eyes, but was blonde.

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 7:13 PM
Subject: RE: 11/09/09

Hal, you are the BEST!!! I knew you’d find the info on Robert (Bob) & Carole Mito.
Thank you so much, I will definitely call her or write her and also find out about Bob…..such a nice guy.

Brenda: I am so happy that you have been found!
Thank you for the nice email and what a delightful person you have become.
You were always that, but more now than ever.
Now, aren’t you disappointed that you missed all the prior reunions?
No problem, now that you have promised to see us all at the next reunion.
I can’t wait for your encounter with Nuk, as I’m sure he is waiting just as anxiously.
Boy, we all should have our cameras ready.

Nuk: When I said earlier that you must have a photographic memory, it was said in jest, but now,
I’m convinced that you were definitely born with this gift.
No one can possibly remember things you write about and the details are absolutely incredible!
Well now that we have established that you have this gift, we expect you to continue documenting
all these memories on this site and keeping us all entertained.

Jean: Where are you?? We miss hearing from you.
Did you get your box yet?
Everyone’s wondering about the Koreans getting to Bing, but I think they’ve gotten to you first.
Hope to hear from you soon, I’m getting worried. Elsie Tanaka Ayers

November 9, 2009

Petrie Park ! Thanks Nuk, I'd forgotten the name of that park... now I'm remembering we used to call
Petrie Playground for some reason... Nakasato seemed obsessed with the need to appear 'tough',
especially during our KIS days... apparently nevah did work as everyone here seems to agree he
was a good-hearted 'softie' inside despite his 'tough' exterior... one of our classmates, Louise Lung
Iwamoto just visited Betty Ann 'Bing' Ing... saw a pic of them sharing a meal and memories with
Bing in full bewitching Halloween regalia... I think the goblins got to her first before the Koreans.

Good point Dr. Manny... great to hear what everyone's doing now and the memories of way back then,
but there must be a lot of interesting things in between... 50 years is a long time.

You know Elsie T., I hung around with Mito for a while even after H.S. but for the life of me I can't
remember the why and wherefore on his graduation status, or possibly didn't even then... I know...
that's men for you... I'll send info on Carole Mito when I dig it up.

Wow Nuk... that's an exact mental picture I have of our KIS so-called 'athletic' field... I took a few
tumbles running around that 'track'... may still have some scars left from the cushiony rocks.

THE BULLDOG excerpts: Seen on campus--did you notice the cool outfit Carolyn Andrade wore on the
day of the Kaimuki-Roosevelt game? This faithful rooter was all decked out in green and gold... from
head to toe. Sporting a green tennis shoe with a gold sock on one foot and a gold tennis shoe with a
green sock on the other, this lovely lass also had on a yellow sweat shirt with the imprint of a man's
head and limbs and where his body should have been, the words ' I got no body ! '. (12/6/57)>>> Right
up there in the male fashion world are Thomas Sakato and Clifton Yoshida. These lads are sporting
those bold Ivy League shirts. What's the matter with the rest of the guys ?. (1/17/58)>>> Survey - What
is the C&C Charter about ?, Gerri Barcenas: "..and what is the C&C referendum ?", Samuel Kipapa:
"..huh, what's that ?" (6/5/58)>>> Bulldogs Charleston Almeida and Jack Digmon kept in training during
the summer pulling the rickshaws at the International Market Place. Sharp, those coolie outfits. (9/19/58)

Reminder note: heard at the reunion committee meeting - a flyer with the latest info will be mailed out before the end of this month

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 2:20 PM
Subject: Re: 11/08/09 - W-Y,M,A

Roy, thinking back, Nakasato was also in my 5th grade class.
I was impressed with his knowledge of baseball rules.
Mrs. Miles took us out one afternoon to Petrie Park's lower field to play baseball.
He told Miles where we should set up the home plate, at the corner where the wall and the incline to the
basket ball courts formed a natural backstop.
He was running the whole show.
We set up the bases, but there were no visible lines along the 1st and 3rd base lines to home plate.
I remember making a base hit, got to 1st base in time, and ran past 1st base after touching it let real players,
but Nakasato continued to chase me with the ball and tagged me, claiming I was out.
He claimed I ran infield after I touched 1st base.
I mean, there's no lines Richard.
Miles overruled him, and he wasn't happy for the rest of the game.
I got to know Nakasato much better in 6th grade; he's really a pussy cat.
As a result, I never thought of him as a tough guy, just a nice guy.
At KIS, he would carry a knife from time to time (in the cuff of his jeans), and I asked him why
(trying to make fun of him).
He couldn't answer it, but finally said, "Gotta look tough," and smiled.
I never saw Thomas N. after he got pissed with me.
I cared and wanted to know what had happened to him, and I guess he thought I was intruding too much.
I no longer felt like his friend.
And life goes on.
"Nuk" came from your friend Chester O. who refers to me as such when he writes an email to me.
Somehow, it stuck on this blog and it's his fault.
I miss Betty Ann.
Did the Koreans get her you think?
Old one: What is man? Answer: Man is a life support system for his willie.

----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 8:00 PM
Subject: RE: 11/07/09 - MSN

Hi every one, the talking doctor here, Brenda, when you called me, I told myself,
this was the first time i ever talked to you.
Your joke about us men getting bald and needing solar, maybe that is my problem.
I alway wear a baseball cap. No sun on my balded spot.
This is for all you lucky ladies, do you know why men get smarter during sex,
you have to wait until my last sentence for the answer.
Gerri, i lost your number, call me. Can't wait for jack.
I will be coming to Honolulu on Dec. 17th and stay until Jan. 8th.
Hope we all can get together.
When i think about our classmates, my interest about all of you is,
what have you all been doing the past 50yrs.
That is the type of information i like to hear.
I hope all of you don't think of your self as being old.
We are all as young as we were 50yrs. ago, it is just that we look a lot better.
Just to let everyone know, my Hawaiian war weapons are now in hollywood.
The director, filming a new movie the Predator, gave all of his actors and actresses one of my Hawaiian war weapons ,
with me on the set.
Even the two predators got one.
Now for the answer, you ladies will love this, we get smarter during sex, BECAUSE WE ARE PLUGGED IN TO GENIUSES.
Well my wife is calling me, must get some sun before night fall.
Stay young, God Bless, Manny

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 7:20 PM
Subject: RE: 11/07/09 - Misc

Brenda….you are too funny and like Jean, have really blossomed with such a great sense of humor (like Nuk).
You all could hold the attention of a crowd with your unending stories.
Totally enjoyable and feel that I can just hear your voices, like really “talking story”.

Hal: Remember that I mentioned Robert Mito when I was discussing the craft fair?
His wife, Carol has a business and really talented in making exotic leis.
She donated and made a lei for all of us at the last reunion in 2005.
(Must have been a very expensive project, which was so appreciated!)
I’d like to contact her.
I looked in our yearbook for Robert’s picture….did he not take one?
Also, don’t see his name on this site.
Can you shed some light on this for me?
Thanks, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: 11/07/09 - AOL

Where there's blondes, there's Roy.
Brenda, I can see why you're so well liked.
I want to say, "Cut!", start my life over again on the big island, and eat my ume musubi there.
Wow, I'm getting a whiplash doing double takes reading your post.
I've never seen 'Nuk', and 'truly talented' in the same sentence before.
I will gladly accept a nomination for "The Last Dinosaur Standing".
And "big kind perceptive heart", (???) wow, I had to read my postings again.(???)
Do you know something, I don't?
Our Spirit has spoken and that is scary.

Our first KIS P.E. teacher lost part of his left thumb and was always with a lanyard with a whistle around his neck.
He held competitions among the boys in the class in the track and field events; 60 and 100 yards sprints, long jump,
relays, high jump, etc.
The sprint lanes were chalk marked along the open field along and parallel to the Kilauea Avenue side,
going uphill toward the girls' PE classroom.
The whole playing grass field was surrounded by a "U" shaped asphalt road when viewed from the admin bldg
and connected by a very rocky red dirt road just beyond the basketball courts and baseball "diamond"
where the backstop was, making it a loop.
The senior track and field runners used to train along that asphalt/dirt road which I didn't understand because
the shoes they were wearing were very expensive kangaroo leather skin with spikes used mostly in competition.
The kid that gave Mr. Nakamura problems was the fastest sprinter in my class.
He was a lean and mean Hawaiian boy who preferred to be without his shirt, and usually wore his shirt unbuttoned.
He had a nice six-pack.
I came in 2nd to him on every sprint we had.
When I was in Manoa Elementary, I could beat anyone by far in the sprints.
The reason why I was so fast at sprints was when I got into trouble, my father would come out of the house,
and I would take off up Manoa Road.
He caught me the first two times, but never after that.
I got a lot of exercise.
But I don't know which was better, getting caught or not.
There were a few dark evenings when I'm waiting after dark and after dinner time, thinking about going home,
trying to figure how to do that, without getting my butt whipped.
Usually, nothing happened and my mother would come and get me.
A cold dinner was better than no dinner.
Another race I remember at KIS well was the 440 relay with Donald Koga and I on opposite teams doing the last leg.
I know I can beat Donald any day of the week.
But when his team mate passed the baton to him with a long lead, I wasn't sure.
I'm wondering why my team was so slow,
Donald was already near half way home.
I'm ready to pee in my green shorts.
I finally get the baton Donald is at the half way across the field and I took off.
It looked really hopeless but I was making fast gains on him.
I barely beat him at the finish line.
That one deserved a replay.
There was no stadium of people cheering, flag waving, or doing the wave.
There was no gold medal.
No high five's from the team mates.
No picture on the Wheaties box.
It sort of reminded me of one hot summer day before 5th grade when I was all alone at Petrie park when I decided
to do my first half court shot before returning the ball and going home.
I had doubts about reaching the hoop but I just let the ball go.
Swish, nothing but metal net (Petrie had metal nets in various states of repair).
Not one witness and no video tape.
I didn't believe it myself, so who's going to believe me?

Later, we got another PE teacher, a Chinese guy who always wore shorts; short shorts.
It didn't leave much to the imagination it's been said.
Me thinks he was wearing a pair and a half of socks each day.
Rumors were the women teachers liked to watch this new athletic specimen who is always running around campus
without pants.
When it rained we played board games like checkers, chess, or arm wrestled Elsie O.
We even had a spitting contest from outside the right side of the classroom facing the courtyard across from the girl's
P.E. classroom.
Mrs. Bailey's class is above the girl's P.E.
Pea shooters became popular at this time and some mischievous kids would make paper darts with common pins
as heads, and that was a problem in class on rainy days, because it was largely unsupervised.
A couple times we had a substitute teacher.
He was a very young skinny guy who seems to be ill dressed for P.E. classes, who was a history major and full
of double entendres once the boys are out in the field.
He had no agenda so the boys played anything they wanted if they could form teams for the sport of their choice.
A few boys would gather around the substitute teacher to listen to his stories and one liners.
After a few minutes, he would tell them, "Enough talking to me, why aren't you out there playing with your balls?"

Our KIS cafeteria was on the ground floor of the bldg that had our 7th and 8th grade music classes.
It was boys ate on the left side below the 7th grade classroom and the girls on the right side below the 8th grade classroom.
There was usually a line at lunch time going from the entrance across the asphalt road into the open grass field.
The sgt at arms was a portly slight balding man with glasses, a mustache, a dress shirt, and tie.
He was always joking with the boys and once in a while he would do his belly roll, which is quite impressive
considering the size of his belly.
KIS lunches weren't too memorable for me, I just remember the stainless compartment food trays used,
and the buttered brown bread on the upper left corner served with every lunch.
I think they switched to a smaller plastic food tray later; I think it was a green color.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: 11/07/09 - Yahoo

Sad to learn of Richard Nakasato''s death. I remember him at KIS when he sang "The Great Pretender".
Before he got on stage, he was very nervous. He said, "No laugh heh, Make A you know".
He came off as being tough, but he had a good heart.
He once hi-jacked me for a quarter, but returned it saying "Sorry heh".
It seems all the tough guys had a soft streak in them, like Titus.

I remember Thomas Noguchi. He was in my homeroom.
Fair and good-looking guy.
The teacher Ms. Mahore (?) was a real bitch.
She drew attention to Tom''s scar.
Tom was involved in a horrible accident and nearly lost his life as I was told by the guys who were with him.
I apologoze, Tom, for bringing up bad memories.

I met Pamela Machida back in the 70's while at St. Francis Hospital being tested as a potentional bone marrow donor.
She had given her mother one of her kidneys.
She was still the soft-spoken person I remember her as being.
I often stopped at her parent's drug store across from Kapahulu Theatre.

It's great to hear about Brenda's meeting with the President and giving him a massage.
That is something to pass down to her children and grandchidren.
I hope she'll share photos taken with him. Hint, hint.
I did get to "meet" with the Clinton's when they landed at the airport. Handsome couple.

Nuk. Strange. I've always called him Bob.
I used to call him Bob 1 and Moriyama as Bob 2.

November 7, 2009

Check your Honolulu Midweek newspaper for a pic of one of our talented classmates, Roy Okano.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: 11/06/09 - Memories

Carl, LOL, I still remember a lot of students at KIS that I haven't mentioned.
I knew Larry very well in the 7th grade, but lost track of him in the 9th grade when I was abruptly
taken out of M1 and moved to U3.
The name Larry Takata has to be him.
I've been racking my brain trying to think of his last name.
Take a look the picture of Warren Katsura from Harold's website or your annual.
Now, isn't that a spitting image of Larry?
Same hair style and tan skin too.
I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.
Yes, I remember you and Larry as having perpetual tans which kind of made me jealous.
I had more than one class with Janet but I didn't try to be a match maker with them.
I know Janet turned down the first date Larry tried to make with her.
Larry was such a happy fun loving guy, and it pained me to see him so disappointed.
I never saw him without a smile until the day he told me that.
I just thought Janet didn't know what a great guy she turned down, because I had a high regard for Larry,
being a straight up guy, and really fun to be with.
If they dated in the 9th grade, that's good that they got to know each other.
They were both nice kids.
I always regarded you Boy Scouts as being one up from the rest of us.
In high school, I remember Thomas Noguchi being absent from school for about two or three months
even though we never had classes together.
When he came back to school, he had a mark on his face.
I had asked him more than once what had happened to him, and he refused to tell me.
The last time I saw him, he got pissed with me asking so I gave up.
I was really disappointed because we were pretty good buddies for a while at KIS, 7th grade.
Moriyama told me he had gotten into an auto accident.
At one lunch recess in 7th grade which I will remember very well, Thomas started 'play fighting' with me,
you know, put up his arms and started slapping my head.
Well, I wasn't in the mood and he persisted.
I got so pissed off, I told him off, and he got very upset.
Along came Titus Chang and he saw Thomas upset and asked him what happened.
I'm standing there not saying a word.
Titus asked if someone was bothering him, and if so, he was going to kick his ass in.
Oh oh, I'm thinking, because I had seen Titus fight a Hawaiian guy far larger than he was so I know what
'kick his ass in' meant.
It meant, KICK HIS ASS IN, which would now be, KICK MY ASS IN.
Thomas looked at me, and I said to him, without choking but in a higher octave, to tell him,
but not convincingly you understand.
He refused to tell Titus, and Titus said to Thomas if he changed his mind, to let him know, and he left.
I didn't realize I had held my breath all this time, and almost fainted.
You and Douglas were parachutists?
I used to jump off my garage roof without a parachute many times as a kid and when I was college age,
I did it again just to see what it felt like.
I didn't realize my ass had turned into lead and my legs became rubber from all that education,
and it was a very hard landing.
I can't imagine hitting the ground after jumping out a plane, even with a parachute.
You guys must be tough.
My regards to my all classmates who served in Vietnam.
I have never been in contact with any classmates in California, except Doug Abe because he moved here,
so I can't help Douglas Okada; he'll have to contact Jane M. via Harold.
Carl, I had no control over my fate in school, but of all the kids I miss and remember, were those that I met
and played with in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes, including the kids in my neighborhood.
It was short and fleeting, and my regret is I never developed many close friendships from that time
because there were so many reliable trustworthy kids in our time.

Heck Jean, I thought you were the ideal Japanese American beauty.
If Mother Nature was a little nicer, and hadn't short changed me, I would have been knocking on your door
until the hinges fell off.
Now your grandma, that's another problem; she's well hinged.
In California, haole men have been the gold standard for Asian women for decades.
Haole men have been trophy husbands for Asian women to show off like prizes, like, 'I have made it in life';
look at my husband, he's not Asian.
Us Asian men have gotten the short end of the stick, and we're already short.
We're not charismatic, but we are good providers, have a good sense of humor, and have great stamina,
whatever that means; I think it means all night long of foreplay, which according to Manny is five minutes
of hugs and kisses, tops.
Not only that, we have or had, lots of money. LOL
And we let the wives spent it all too, as long as it's on golf, and they already know our clothing sizes
and what clubs we want.
What's not to love here?
In addition, we don't take up a lot of space in bed, and don't require a lot of blanket.
After a wifely beating up of six cars, we don't complain any more.
Yes, we're quick learners.
It's all peace and quiet, except for the occasional bump of the new car into the house.
Not a problem, I'm getting a pair of noise canceling earphones.
Don't be so hard on yourself Jean, I still think of our classmates as I last remember them in school,
and your life has been a great adventure. nuk

----- Original Message -----
From: Sandra Fasone
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 9:52 AM
Subject: RE: 11/06/09

Hi Hal,

Please let Geri know that I would like to see Sandy Ishimoto but on another day.
Weekdays are difficult for me unless it's after 4:30pm. Weekends are better.
Thanks for doing a great job.
Pearl - are you still collecting recipes?

Sandy (Akiyama) Fasone

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: 11/06/09

Wow, what fun is this?!
Gerri, thanks! got your message; will be with you on 12/1 with my bento.
Nuk, you are truly talented and I want you voted "Last Comic Standing" at our reunion.
I also see your big kind perceptive heart, though, so you'd better wear a flack jacket to keep it under wraps!
Amy, your reference to fun loving innocent times is spot on.
Manny, too is funny, and so Pocho with his jokes.....just like my brother.
When someone teases of receding hairlines or baldness on a Portuguese man,
he always claims that it is a solar panel for sexual prowess.
Jean, you, too, are funny! Thank you for your kind words.
I actually almost always get misty eyes reading kind words of recollections of me.
Little known face: I was shy, really, and my parents wanted me to remain humble,
so I was told that I wasn't & not to let it go to my head, so it never did.
I have always said "really?" instead of "thank you." So this is good! A little late, but good!
My "prince charming" you refer to was a family friend named Leighton Raynor.
Your husband is quite gingko about this.
He was my brother's best friend, and his sister Raynette was my best friend, and our families were friends.
We were good kids, and the fear of death by hanging kept him that way.
Although we were not soul mates or even close as far as philosophy, etc.. we were encouraged to hang together
so that I could help him stay in school and not cut to go to Hauula with my brother, and he kept other boys away.
We broke up in our junior year because he went into the Navy and got frisky and naughty. Ha!
Anyway, in my senior year I had a huge crush on one of our nicest cheerleaders, but I couldn't talk to him or date him
because he was know, da kine.
Time to heal all our owies and claim all our joys, isn't it.
I help so many in my healing center, and I guess it might be my turn.
This is helping tremendously.
Have to smile that we are in the age bracket where we look backwards a lot and reminisce ....
and we used to laugh at our elders! Bless.

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 6:47 AM
Subject: RE: 11/06/09

Carl….you’re absolutely right about polo shirts.
Just didn’t think about all the particulars that you mentioned, i.e. sizes, color etc.
If a patch is being offered, then that could easily be sewn on any shirt or jacket.
In any event, what a great job you’ve done with the design!

Dr. Manny, you are as funny as I remember.
Look forward to seeing you again.
Amy Morioka, glad that you are taking part in this site.
Isn’t it fun to listen to everyone’s stories?
It really makes your day and brings friends together in a closer network.
I am a “hooked” on this site!
Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Amy
To: harold oshiro
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 6:44 PM
Subject: "memories"

Hello Harold,

I miss the "memories" reading and have been hoping every day since I returned from our trip
that I could get into your website.
I did however, talk to Elsie Ayers, and was told you were having problems w/ scam issues.

May I please be added to receive your "memories" website as it has become my daily reading
as much as learning how to use my computer since retirement life.
Life is getting more difficult as I age. . . can't remember, medical issues,
and the sheer fact of keeping active in today world.

As often as we go dwntwn vegas to see families & friends,
I have not run into you nor your pleasant wife since I saw both of you at da Cal many years ago.
Just want to add my sincere appreciation to your "memories" website as I know how time
consuming it must be for you.
Arigato for your other sites too.
Getting to know my long lost classmates whom I have never met even from third grade @ Liholiho Elem,
KIS thru KHS and being away from hnl since 1963 makes me wonder if I lived in Kaimuki all those
classic years and can't remember much except that I walked a lot.
Yet, I must admit those growing up days in Kaneohe/Kaimuki was beautiful, fun loving, innocent times
for the first 21 yrs of my life.
Wouldn't change this for the world.

Harold, I wish I was a writer like some of our classmates but I am NOT.
I have been in touch w/ a few of our classmates living in vegas like Elsie (Tanaka) Ayers & Carolyn (Amoy)
Overholtzer and enjoyed our meeting from time to time.
Again, my Aloha to you & your wife and I will see you both
in vegas next year.


Amy (Morioka) Ishiara

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 5:10 PM

Harold/Brenda, Brenda had to contact Ruth on this since a bunch of us classmates plan visiting Sandra
on Tuesday,12/1 at 1230noon at Maunalani for lunch, potluck/bring your own bento lunch type
it would be super if you could join us too the more the merrier.
Unfortunately didn't realize how long Sandra has been at Maunalani and will try visiting her whenever
possible since I live closeby in Aina Koa.
If any of our classmate are able to visit Sandra, I'm sure that she would love move visitors.
Hope to also see Sandra sooner, so anyone available, do let us know.
Keep well, Aloha, Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Yasuda
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 2:41 PM
Subject: Memories

Wow Nuk, I was impressed enough about your memory.
But, remembering me during 7th and 8th grade at KIS and my scouting, fishing and baseball activities
has put you above just being amazingly impressive.
You may have remembered Larry as not being his real name but I remember Larry Takata mostly in the
9th grade and I’m not sure if he and Janet were going together,
but I remember they were always talking to each other.
I was friends with both of them but when we were together I would just give him the space he needed with her.
I never asked but I was sure he was dating Janet during the 9th grade.
He was one of a few Japanese guys who were darker than me.
I remember he had invited me once to a dance at a Kapahulu Hongwanji, and most of the girls were a little
younger but it was good to practice the lessons received from the Edge Water dance classes.
He went to another high school after KIS.
As for Herbert, Thomas and Douglas, yes I remember them.
Herbert lived on Palolo Ave near the Sakamoto twins below Carlos Long area and we played Pony league
together and I believe he was in the scout troop for a little while.
I remember Thomas from high school mostly and we still get together about once a month.
He also lived just up the hill from KIS.
Douglas and I were neighbors and we played ball and did the scouting activities together.
We played baseball till the 10th grade.
I wasn’t good enough to make the varsity team so I went into swimming and made the team.
Douglas also played some baseball in the Army.
We were both parachutist in the Army and we kept on missing each other between assignments.
He went to Vietnam before I got to Okinawa where he was first stationed and I followed him to a different
area in Vietnam.
He now resides in Las Vegas.
BTW, he is interested in getting in touch with anyone (maybe Jane Mock Pang) who has information about
a possible class reunion in Southern California since he had been living in the LA area for a long time
and has attended previous classmate activities.
Elsie – polo shirts are good but the amount of work needed i.e.: sizes, color, style, and material
(cotton, wet dry, etc) and price can be anything from $20 to $50 each.
As for “Hon. Hawaii”, yes it would be nice but it is a hard fit on such a small area that is why
I had initially had Hawaii on it.
I had spent many years away from home and know what it’s like to get my hands on pins and patches
with “Hawaii” on it.
My ski jacket always had a patch or two with “Hawaii” sewn on it along with my cap.
I would also have decals of Hawaii on my golf bag.
While travelling, I try to advertise that I’m from Hawaii with a pin or patch since I would often receive
positive comments as people recognize them.
I hope Jean will be offering a patch that will add to the choices.
I appreciate everyone’s comments and I will continue to work on this project to try satisfying the majority
of our classmates.

----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 10:07 AM
Subject: RE: 11/05/09 - MSN

Aloha ,It's Manny.
I wasn't receiving any email from Hal.
I thought you all died and went to heaven, and left me all alone.
Thanks Hal for getting me back on line.
Met Irene Rocha and her huband at the royal Hawaiian.
Irene , she still looks great and she still have that twinkle in her eyes,
maybe it's because she found a great husband.
Jack I lost your number.
If you still have mine, could you call me , i need to borrow some money.
Sorry i didn't have time for dinner when i was there.
I was so busy , even my wife had only 1hr. with me, o well maybe 5 min.
For us men, at our age 5 min. is a long time.
At our age it takes us all night to do what we use to do all night.
That's my thought for today.
Aloha and God bless, your talking doctor Manny.

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: 11/05/09 - Misc

Thanks, Nuk. I used to have legs until someone stole them away from me.
One day when I was at my sewing machine,
I looked down for a pin cushion that fell between my legs and saw flab and cellulite.
I yelled, "Where are my legs?
Someone stole my tanned legs and left me these horrible , fat white legs instead!
A body thief came when I was busy with life.

Brenda: Thanks for sharing memories.
I would never have known.
I always thought you came from a rich Portuguese family born and raised in Kaimuki.
You were always my ideal of perfection.
You even had a prince charming in high school.
I forgot his name but Raynor came to mind.
My husband said that there couldn't have been more than one Raynor in Kaimuki High School.
Only Raynor Tsuneyoshi.
We even remember that picture of you in the Star Bulletin advertising, maybe an airline,
that was the whole newspaper page.
Somebody else thought you were beautiful enough to make you fill the whole page!

My grandparents didn't want us to go out with haoles, too.
The reason was the same as your Dad's with their experience with the military haoles.
They would win the hearts of the local girls, marry them, take them to the mainland, have four or five kids,
and then divorce their wives when they got fat at 40 and weren't fragile, exotic beauties anymore.
Our parents would see this over and over again so they were protective of their girls and didn't want them
to suffer the same fate.
My grandparents were happy with Boyd when he didn't do the same to me.
I'm fat, old and ugly but he hasn't divorced me and sent me home to Hawaii, yet.
He probably wished he did, instead of hanging on to this old hag.
We're trying to hang on long enough to get to our 50th anniversary in 2014.
I'll probably look like an old monkey granny and he'll look like a dried apple head grandpa,
if we last that long.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 7:32 PM
Subject: Memories

Harold/Brenda, WOW, what an incentive to attend the reunion, a hug and a licken from Brenda?
Neither rain, nor snow, nor humidity, nor Kona winds,......can keep me from getting a H & L from our Brenda I.
Plane trip to Hawaii: $$$$; an Obamafied Lomi lomi massage: $$$; but a hug and a licken from Brenda?
Now, I'm curious about what lomi lomi massage is all about.
Brenda, what an interesting childhood you had, I wish I was there to enjoy what you enjoyed,
and walk with a bounce too.
You need to write a biography.
Some of our classmates have such colorful lives.
My musubis had either ume, dichon, tuna w/shoyu, or bonita shavings w/shoyu;
but it was mostly the ume I had.
The bonita shavings was out of this world for me but I didn't get that very often.
Yep, I was all skin and bones, but lots of energy physically, but not very swift in class though;
not even enough calories left for the brain.
You're so pretty, I didn't notice if you were skinny.
I remember you well, I think the most I said to you, was a quick 'Hi!'.
I wasn't lucky enough to know you.
I found pretty girls to be very intimidating.
I was already in my 30s when I discovered Portuguese Bean soup on a vacation to Maui.
It was the restaurant's soup dejour that went with dinner.
We went back the next evening just to eat the soup and threw out the dinners.
The wife developed her own PB. soup, at first with the original Portuguese sausage,
the one that is so tasty and broke apart when you cooked it; fat and solid meat.
I don't think they make it anymore, or do they?
We can't get it here any more.
Anyway, we still eat some version of it at least once a year at home.
When I moved to Kaimuki, there were all kinds of people in and around my area,
although primarily Japanese Americans.
We had Portuguese, Hawaiians, Chinese, Filipinos, and Haoles so I had a wide variety of friends there.
I guess I was kind of a free spirit making friends over a wide area, but never developing really close friends.
I am just grateful I grew up with a lot of ethnicity's.
Deep in Manoa Valley where I grew up through the 3rd grade, it was mostly 1st/2nd/3rd generations
JAs living there.
The older generation Japanese males were very harsh.
If you were asked to do something, you don't get any training or instructions, similar to Dole corporation
where the Japanese bosses assigned you a job w/no training, and if you don't do well,
you'd get chewed out and shamed into doing it right.
I didn't understand that.
Simple instructions would have sufficed.
Osmosis don't work well with thick skulls.
I sure had to take a lot of crap when I was young.
Our classmate Paul Baptist lived down the street from me in the corner house on 19th.
His older sister was good looking and when I played ball with Paul, I would hang around a bit
until she came out to water the yard in the afternoons after 3pm.
She used to wear those KIS PE green shorts w/yellow strips and I would have a few words with her
while I give her legs a visual.
Our Jean N. looked great in those shorts too as I remember.
Paul worked a short while w/me in Empty Cans at Dole.
Dole used to store pallets of canned pineapples in the large open aisles where Paul and I
used to punched dents in them.
Well, he got caught and got fired.
The engineer who caught him also knew I was doing it.
I didn't know it then, but I was kind of untouchable because my aunt worked there at Dole a long time
and everyone knew her.
This engineer came by as I was walking toward my assigned station for the day,
He asked me if I knew who was smashing those cans as he pointed them out to me.
He said he was going to fire the guy that's doing it.
Paul was already fired and probably told him I was the other guy.
The engineer was fairly new and found out I couldn't be fired and decided just to scare me.
Gestapo Nunes?
LOL That's the way I felt about her.
It was all bluff though.
Is your herbal tea giving you your sweet personality?
Sweet, I'm not, so I'll have to drink the California herbal version as soon as they stop smoking it
and determine whether it is legal or not.

Carl, I remember that bulldog logo from the late 50s.
So the website can't possibly have the copyright on it.
Anyway, I always had this mistaken belief that the bulldog logo you show was our Kaimuki bulldog logo
until my other Kaimuki friends told me they didn't remember any.
I must have been smoking too many taro leaves from Brenda's garden.
Carl, I remember you from 7th/8th grade KIS along with many others, most of who were boy scouts,
fished, and liked baseball.
I was pretty good friends with a guy who like to be called 'Larry', not his real name, who I believed to be
Warren Katsura from his KHS picture.
His favorite sport was baseball and was really patient trying to teach me to field balls.
I much preferred football.
He also liked a sweet gal named Janet, the fastest typist in my typing class, consistently doing about 55 wpm,
but never dated her.
Moriyama, you know.
He knew where I was living in California, having visited me twice, also attending classes,
but at the Hueneme base.
Pt Mugu is about 15 minutes from my place and I used to work there in the HQ bldg in the 60s.
Do you remember Herbert Naito?
When we weren't playing football during lunch there was a varying mixture of guys like Herbert,
Thomas Noguchi, Douglas Okada, and others, including Roy Morihara who used to come around
once in a while just south of Mr. Nakamura's room.
Herbert Naito was one of the short guys at that time like Denis Ikei and Ernest Nogawa,
and these short guys just kept growing and growing each year well past me by a lot and I never caught up.
Initially Herbert was a fun guy to be with but in the 2nd semester, he got a little serious, and moody.
He used to squat under the shade of the crawl space under Mr. Nakamura's room.
He wore light khaki pants virtually every day and it showed a little two much when he squatted,
that's right, two much.
I told him he was lucky there weren't any aggressive squirrels living up the tree in front of Nakamura's room,
because he had enough between his legs for a pair of squirrels for two winters.
I never saw him after 7th grade.
Roy Morihara was kind of a funny guy especially the time he lifted his shirt up, extended his stomach out
and looked pregnant.
I died laughing.
Douglas Okada was a nice guy and I just admired his huge arms and those giant veins,
similar to Harold's but larger.
They both got them by lifting bails/anvils on to trucks.
Okada and I used to fight a lot for some reason.
I think he just knew how to press my buttons.
He didn't hurt me with his huge arms though, probably because he was so afraid of me, yes,
you heard that right, really afraid of me being killed by one his punches.
Thomas Noguchi I knew from 5th grade.
He was a very soft spoken guy and we kind of hanged out together at lunch for a while.
In the 6th grade in the Waialae school courtyard for his class, he recited, I think,
was the first couple paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence from memory.
Very impressive.
If you look at the Waialae school 6th grade picture, his class held a short program under that tiny eyebrow roof.
At other times at KIS, some of the guys would group together and talk about their merit badges
and boy scout adventures, all very interesting.

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: 11/04/09 - AOL

Postscript: Gerri, call me, I would love to go visit Maunalani with you.
Or tell me how to call you.
Also, the haole prejudice was because of the military guys here during the war and how they turned local girls' heads, I think.
Gave my dad competition and fear. Not local haoles.
Probably true for most local dads from those days.
Also, on Big Island, we all attended the bon dances, not just the Japanese nationals, and when I attended my son's wedding
in Nagoya 5 years ago, I did dance at Gifu and remembered much.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 9:33 PM
Subject: Re: Coin Revision - Yahoo

Another comment:
Believe the number ..50th is slightly too large and should be smaller, but...
Otherwise, good job, Carl.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Yasuda
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 7:02 PM
Subject: Nuk's Bulldog Question

Hal, please forward to Nuk.

Hey Nuk,
To answer your question, the classmate golfers here have been using a golf shirt with a "Bulldog" logo
(not the same one as the coin) for many years.
I always had an idea of how the bulldog should look like.
After searching the web, I found the logo at .
I'm asking the web master if his logo is copy right and if it be all right to use it with some changes.
Although I had the idea to design something similar, this logo had everything I wanted especially the bulldog
and with some changes, hopefully it will become our class logo.
Since my computer doesn't have the right program to work with this design, I had sent the draft to a vendor
and it was their expert who came up with the artwork I had sent to Hal.
From high school, I hadn't paid too much attention to the mascot but always had the image of a bulldog
with a ferocious look.
BTW, thanks for your memories.
I enjoy reading every one of your posting.
I think I was in your area in 1984 at Pt Mugu(?), going through the Tomahawk school.

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/29/09

Hal: Jean and I loved the joke about the Hawaiian, the Chinese man and the Portagee.
Don't you just know that the late Hawaii comedian, Rap Riplinger, who died of a heroin overdose
almost thirty years ago, would have loved that joke, too.
Heck, maybe it's an old one of his. :-)

My favorite Riplinger joke of years ago concerned the motormouth (I think in Japanese Junior would be said
to be "yakamashi") Portagee, Junior Cabral, who was walking at night on a country road outside of Makena
when he heard a deep bass voice coming from a huge Hawaiian who was walking slowly along.
Here's how the conversation went:

Junior, to the Hawaiian, "Hey, brah, what you doing on this deserted road?"
Hawaiian: "I am on one lonely mission".
Junior: "By yourself?"
Hawaiian: "That's what lonely mean, eh brah?"

So simple and so funny.
I have a 78 album of Rip's entitled "Crab Dreams" that I'm going to put on a CD for lots of replay.
I loved Rap's Filipino principal on Maui, a very nervous man named Turmoil Dela Cruz.
The Hawaiians and Samoans made poor Turmoil's life miserable at school.

Anyway, we continue to thoroughly enjoy what you folks are submitting.
And we look forward to seeing many of you in October in Lost Wages, maybe even over a wonderful bowl
of oxtail soup.
That restaurant of long ago in Honolulu over by Aloha Motors used to make the best oxtail soup.
Man, there was so much slurping and spoons rattling in the bowls that it was difficult to hear the conversation
at your own table.
Ho, the ono, brah!

As "Handsome" Johnny Barend, the pro wrestler who was in Ed Francis's stable there on Oahu,
used to say, "Geev 'um".

Boyd and Jean

----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:26 PM
Subject: RE: Coin Revision - MIsc

Carl: Did you check on the holder for the medallion?
I would like to wear mine as a necklace and maybe have another for my key chain.
I will email the design that my girlfriend is working on for the reunion patch.
I think you’ll sell a lot of the Alumni patch because people can buy 10 or more and pass it around
to their friends from Kaimuki.
The 50th reunion patch that my girlfriend is working on is to a limited audience.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 9:27 AM

Harold, mahalo for passing on the info about Sandra Ishimoto, would also like to contact Ruth Kinoshita
since I last saw Ruth and Sandy at the Elks club before Ruth left for a 6month sojourn to the mainland.
Very sad to hear that Sandy is at Maunalani and hope for a speedy recovery and plan to see Sandra.

Carl Yasuda, Bellissimo, the 2nd issue of the patch is perfect from my point of view.
I personally would like to have "Honolulu" on the patch instead of the omnipresent Hawaii as much as I love
all of Hawaii nei. but then again, depends on the input received from our classmates.
Looks like the girls and boys have different preferences, i.e., patch, medal, pin, etc. whatever is fine with me.
Carl how come you did not reveal this creative hidden talent of yours in school or is your recent retirement
"busting out" and providing us with the full bloom of your artistry.
Nonetheless, love it, fantastic job.
Just curious, what would a color version run i.e. w/some green and yellow somewhere.
Can't wait for the finished product that we can order.
Also, you mentioned a fund- raiser, aside from the cost of the reunion dinners and other generouls classmate
donations received in the past, for myself I have no problem in fronting the cash for my patch orders
to simplify matters.
Recall not having any fundraisers in past reunions, would this be a charity event,
that would be a nice memorable touch.
If so we probably need a documented running account as the fundraiser funds are received
to reach the targeted goal..
We do have some great accounting minds in our class, you know.
Chester, getting close to the busy holidays, but we may be able to work out something in town inasmuch
as we love Ige's, love to see everyone again and we never know what "the wind blows in" at these fun
get togethers so will "beat the bushes" and get back to any interested pals soon.
Keep well, aloha, Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 8:28 AM
Subject: Re: 11/03/09 update

Hi Hal,

To Carol, although the markers will be identical, we should all know where our golf ball's location
or approximate location is on the green.
I don't think we are that stage of our lives that we can't remember our golf ball's location.
Keep up the brain storming and I know with all our brilliant minds something good will eventually happen.


----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 7:49 AM
Subject: Re: 11/03/-09 update

Nuk: You are too funny, and at our reunion I want to find you asap for a hug, den you goin get licken.
I was born on the Big Island, Haina, a "village" where next door was the Japanese plantation camp,
next to the Portuguese camp, next to the Hawaiian spread.
My mother made the best inari sushi, maki, musubi, etc. and our family ate as much Japanese food as any other.
When I attended my cousin's funeral in Laupahoehoe last year, the best huge pot of Portuguese bean soup
was made by a Japanese neighbor from childhood.
You know, on the Big Island we did not separate and stick to ourselves like our city cousins, apparently.
I have been lovingly called sushi by many friends.
Later came to Oahu, age 9, because of my mom's health, attended Lunalilo Elem. then KIS and KHS.
My mom made me musubi lunches, too, only when she ran out of ume, she put a little canned tuna in the middle,
and I felt punished.
I was skinny, too, remember?
We didn't have prejudices, and my relatives are all mixemup.
Only prejudice was my dad against haoles, and my brother skipped school & went to Hauula surfing on any day
I spoke for student gov. or whatever because he didn't want to hear me speaking like a haole.
My brother still speaks pidgin (in Texas) and my dad spoke pidgin til his passing.
I am fluent in pidgin, also...try me.
I didn't go to our senior prom because I wanted to attend with a haole boy, and all I can say is that was so rude
& did hurt a lot.
My dad was so strict that I didn't get to play with many of you, nor take part in much outside of school.
Miss DeMello used to call my dad and beg him to let me attend anything, including being a song leader.
Like growing up in a convent.
Carole: I am so thrilled that Lucy had you and Gerri to lunch with.
What a joy that lady was.
I was at her funeral, and in fact danced the hula she Longhi's after the service.
Wonder if any other classmate was there and we just didn't recognize one another.
Did you see her Red Hat calendar?
Which leads me to ask: if anyone wants to trek up to Maunalani to visit Sandra Ishimoto, please call me...
I'm in the book, and I'm game.
Might be a nice thing to do, and might give her a lift. We go!
Gerri: Waialae
I used to walk to Piggly Wiggly from our home behind the Waialae Drive-in, Keanu Street.
James Pestana and John Little Man Gomes lived nearby, also, near the cemetery.
I went to your family home but don't quite remember where it was....thought it was in Kapahulu?
Wow, the gray matter is really stirring, and "pictures" are flooding in.
Hey, nuk,....only herbal tea does this.
Statehood: We were sitting in gestapo Nunez' class listening on the radio to the count.
Then a photographer came in, and Ms Nunez said all throw our books in the air and scream.
My big open mouth has been a source of much embarrassment, 'cuz no body else listened.
Then we had an assembly, there were sirens and church bells ringing, and we sang songs and celebrated,
with much joy.
Now, of course, it is a source of much consternation.
When will we all get that there is no hope for a better past and that love expressed today will create our now.
I have missed much and am so thrilled to be in this NOW.
The best is yet to come. Brenda

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 6:28 AM
Subject: Re: Coin Revision

That's a go from me on the revision, side 2. Thumbs up! Great job.

----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:49 AM
Subject: RE: Patch

I´ll take ten patches.
I can send one or two to my doctor in Salinas, CA, Glen Yoneda, who is also a KHS grad.
And there are a few other Kaimuki alumni I know.
As for the medalions, I´ve got several souveniers from my time in service, and after.
They gather a lotta dust, but are nice to reminisce over.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: 11/02/09 - Memories

Harold, I forgot about Nakasato's 40" drapes.
That was a jaw dropper for me when I first saw it.
Much credit to you and Richard for going on stage to sing.
I certainly couldn't do even if I could sing.
Hey, we're pass 65 yrs old.
We now have license to write/spell as we please, not to please anyone else.
As far as language goes, I make up my own grammar rules, according to my own logic,
some of which is closer to the British who made up all this English stuff, oddly enough.
Having been a member on a number of camera forums where there were Brits posting,
I starting spelling color colour without knowing it, and color started to look incorrect,
not as colorful as colour.
Harold, I think Jack Padua remembers you from Waialae Elem.
Was he in one of your classes?
I still only recall him from 7th grade KIS where he attended only part of that year.
I googled that info you showed a couple months back on Jack.
I'm glad he's doing well.
Looks like his class is also preparing for their own 50th.
Harold, you need to check Brenda's backyard, to see what she's growing and eating from
her backyard and report back to us.
The last time I had a bounce in my step was when I stubbed my toe.
Brenda is feeling too well (Oct 29).
It might be that ume in her musubi.
I'm surprised she ate that stuff.
I ate that for lunch for my first three years of schooling; it sure makes for a skinny kid.
One of my childhood Portuguese friends named one of my cats, whose mother adopted us,
Ignacio; it has a nice ring to it, like Rhonda Fleming, Yvonne DeCarlo, Harold Oshiro,
Maureen O'Hara. Seriously, I enjoyed Brenda's memories of joy and sadness.
I have learned so much about our great classmates in our blog than I did while in school.
Clarence, California has a zero chance of recovering out of its dire fiscal state.
Any economist worth their salt could have just pull out his calculator back in the 90s and tell the state,
county, and local governments, the generous cost of their entitlements would put them into bankruptcy.
I'm sure somebody did.
Hyper inflation in our future; full speed ahead. nuk

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 5:09 PM
Subject: RE: 11/02/09 update

Hi, Hal and anyone else willing to listen.
Added my “2 cents” re: Carl’s logo design.
A nice polo shirt with this design would be a great seller!
Pearl and I have been tossing around this craft fair event for the LV reunion.
I get carried away with ideas and think I’ve been putting the cart before the horse.
Before we even take steps toward any kind of planning, could we get some feed back on who
would actually be interested in displaying any craft for sale?
No commitment at this time, but just a possible interest?
Pearl is planning to send an inquiry with the upcoming newsletter, so either way,
respond through this site or the newsletter.
Seda and I are definitely interested…….anyone else???
Arigato and Komapsumnida, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Patch

Harold, thanks for getting the some of us back on line.

I like Carl's idea for the patch change to 'Alumni'.
Since this design will be copyrighted, the other classes can pay us royalties.
This unending stream of income will make us all rich. ;)

Please, please, if there's any doubts about the changes in the design for the medallion,
please go back to Carl's original design.
I just don't want it looking like it was designed by a committee.

I will defer to the golfers requirement for a magnetic attachment as I'm the only one who wants a pin.
No need waste time discussing this one.

Carl, about five years ago, I wanted to customize a watch dial to something that was very similar
to your face 1 design.
It was to be green in the center turning to yellow at the edges.
The bulldog was to be in the center exactly like the one you show because that is the one I remember
from high school.
I mistakenly thought a picture of the bulldog was on our school newsletter.
But I had seen it some where.
I have asked other Kaimuki graduates and none remember the bulldog so I dropped the project
having no picture of it.
Where did you get the picture of the bull dog, what do you remember of that bulldog when you
were in high school?


----- Original Message -----
From: agokan
To: "Hal"
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:02 AM
Subject: Coin

You are so wonderful to keep this site going and I just love opening it up daily,
just to see who is responding and writing their memories/comments.
See attached example of the golf magnetic ball marker would be worn.
This is something that a lot of the golfers (Pros, included) use and it does prevent the marker
from getting lost or falling out of the pant pocket.
It can be one-sided (with the Bulldog) and should just state "Alumni".
Bet would be saleable to other classes.
Too bad they don't put on those "Bulldog Alumni Golf Tournaments" anymore.
They stopped that a few years ago.
Arline Hirahara Gokan

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: Patch

The patch is a great idea.
One can sew it onto a jacket, cap, sweater, etc.
I'll even sew it onto my flight jacket. I like the coin too.
We'll need order numbers to decide if it'll be cost effective.

One thing I've learned is to present the product and not open it to debate.
You'll never get everyone to agree on the design and you end up wasting time.
I think the original design was fine.
As for the patch, I see nothing wrong with "Class of 1960".
It is, after all, for our class.
Carl has done a great job and I'd leave it as is.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Eto
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: 11/02/09 update MSN

Welcome, Brenda Ignacio!
I am so happy to see you join the Bulldogs Memo.
One fine day, Geri Digman had invited me to lunch.
I was sitting outside the restaurant waiting for her when this lady walked up to me and lo and behold,
Lucinda Ikeds.
Geri had set up this surprise luncheon and I am forever grateful, Geri.
Lucy used to talk about you a lot and I told her I needed a lomi lomi massage since I had lost my masseuse.
Lucy was always a vibrant and positive person who enjoyed life.
She enjoyed entertaining, participating in the Red Hat ladies' group, newcomer's (malihini) activities, etc.
She led a very full life always giving and supporting others.
She joined us at the last teahouse reunion and really enjoyed it.
Wish you were there, too.
She attended Kaimuki Intermediate in the seventh grade and graduated from Radford.
I miss her and learned a lot from her.

Carl and Takush, I really like the golf marker bulldog coin but can you imagine all of us
using it in our tournaments?
We wouldn't know who's ball is whose.
I'll take closest to the pin.
At least this way it will always be in use and bring fond memories of our 50th.

Jean Worley, I will get back to you next week.

Carole Masuda Eto

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: Patch

By changing CLASS OF 1960 to ALUMNI, does it mean that this particular patch is for anyone who attended
or graduated from Kaimuki High School?

Is there a separate patch for our 50th reunion?
My girlfriend is working on one just for the 50th reunion.
She incorporated both sides of Carl's coin on one side of a patch.
She has the following


On the left side of the circle she has Honolulu, Hawaii 4/17/2010.
On the right side of the circle it says Las Vegas, Nevada 10/10/2010.
Just the bulldog's head sticks out of the zero in 50th.
I'll have her send a mock up to Carl and Hal on Wednesday when she opens her shop.
Sorry, I don't know how to make the design in a circle for you all.

----- Original Message -----
From: ayershome
To: 'Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 6:36 AM
Subject: RE: Patch

Hi, Carl…..This “patch” and or medallion looks really awesome!
A small suggestion: Could “Hon. Hawaii” be added somewhere?
If we were wearing something with this logo out of state, people may want to know where Kaimuki H.S. is.
Now that I see this patch, wondering if we could also print and sell T-Shirts or better, polo shirts with a collar,
especially for the golfers.
I know that I would want several shirts myself.
Just adding my 2 cents.
Bobbie: So happy to hear from you! Hope we hear from you regularly on this site.
Know that you have a lot to offer in great memories.
Aloha, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: dorielson
To: hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: Hi

Hi Harold,

Opened up my emails this morning and found I have one from you and the "memories -reunion" also.
Thanks you so much for fixing it. Really enjoyed reading the blog and can't believe how addicting it is.
Its sad to hear about our classmates passing, but others bring back some very fond memories.

Irene Rocha Elson

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 5:58 AM
Subject: Re: 11/02/09 update

Glad that you're a great slueth.
I was sorta "concerned" when I didn't get any mail for two consecutive days.
If we presume that RR tabbed you as a spammer, it's good to know that there are some safeguards.
And, you were clever enough to find a workaround.

Back from the mainland (South Caroline, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan).
On one hand, it's great to be home.
However, the warm, humid weather has given me some second thoughts.
It is always a shock to step to the curb at Honolulu International Airport and be greeted by the humidity
(compared to the airplane).
The only times I felt worse were when I got off the aircraft in Tan So Nhut Air Base on my return
from R&R in Hawaii.

I sit here every morning (and Jane does, too) and enjoy the messages.
It's fun/interesting/enlightening to hear what our classmates have done and to read their comments
(especially from Nuk).
The Harold-grams (sorry Jean) will make the upcoming reunion a lot more interesting for me.
It will be like a meeting where you have a little background info as opposed to one where the subject
is a mystery.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 5:01 AM
Subject: RE: 11/02/09 update

Dear Hal and Ohana
Writing to you from Washington DC. .
It is the 8th day of a 2 meeting trip that first took me to Lexington, KY for one meeting and then flying
to Washington, DC for a 3 day National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) meeting.
I will be flying back to Sacramento tomorrow morning , have 3 meetings and the drive to Lake Tahoe
on Thursday for a Marina Recreational meeting for 2 days.
The neat thing was that I got to go to dinner with my old Washington DC gang including classmate
Betty Ann and her Husband Hank.
We met at a restaurant named “Full Kee” ono Chinese food.
They both seem to be in good health and spirits. Betty Ann indicates she will be attending the Spring reunion.
To my horror, I was told that the spring NBSAC meeting was to take place from April 15 through the 17th.
I am already having a Boating Law Administrators meeting from the 11th through the 15th of April in Washington
DC so will have to fly from DC , stop in Sacramento to pick up clean clothes and then fly to Honolulu.
Retirement can’t come too soon for me.

----- Original Message -----
From: Calvin.Kang
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/26/09


I'll be retiring as the manager of Central Pacific Bank's Hilo Branch on Oct. 30th.
Please forward future emails to new address from the 30th moving forward...thanks

November 1, 2009

Received the below from Chester Otani... this partially in response to comments and suggestions made by some
classmates to provide support for those classmates in need of such, like Sandy, who has been convalescing for
a while on the mainland and Hawaii.



Can you post this information? Mahalo.

Sandra Ishimoto Yamada, our classmate, is staying at the following nursing home.
If any of our classmates want to visit Sandy, please see the information that I received from Ruth Kinoshita Gushiken.

Sandy is at: Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
5113 Maunalani Circle
Honolulu 96816
Phone (808) 732-0771

If going to visit her, park at the upper level parking lot for quick access to the building she's in.
There is another parking lot about a block down the hill, but is very inconvenient to her room.

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