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56 Years - Memories: Jan '16

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error. if so, please inform me to be removed from the list.
If you don't recognize some of the names of the 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 hopefully for all of us, we have many years ahead to reunite again.

Hal Oshiro


JANUARY 2015 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:


Janurary 31, 2016

Hey Jean, it's been a while since we've heard from you too.
Great to have seen you at the LV reunion though I didn't have a chance to really
talk to you.
Sounds like you and Velma have quite a plan going, or will, knowing how close
you two are
Keep in touch, and let us know how things are going way up there.
By the way, just saw a survey of the most relaxed states in the U.S.A.
Hawaii, of course, is the most laid-back. then, perhaps unsurprising to you,
Alaska is rated second as the state to be the most relaxed in.

Nuk, I had a math teacher in the 7th grade at KIS that matched the description
of your science teacher... wondering if they were one and the same.
Not surprising as some of the teachers had dual and somtimes multiple roles.
This particular math teacher was a bit on the quirky side.
He was a small fellow, not much taller than I was at the time, on the thin side.
Whenever tempers would flare up for some of the rowdier guys in the class for
whatever reason, this teacher would immediately try to cool things down.
He would implore, " Here, I give you guys dollar each... please don't fight ".
I'm sure there were a lot of 'fake' altercations during the year.
A few years after I left H.S., he apparently became a little more quixotic.
Ran into him driving an old, overflowing, beat-up pickup truck scavenging
sidewalk castoffs for resale or recycling cash... I'm pretty sure he didn't
need the money.

Thanks Vernon, very interesting article, I knew only some of the info so it
was very informative... also quite timely with related festivities coming up
very shortly at the beginning of next month.

Thanks for the follow-up on Manny's story Tom, I'm sure he went with only
whatever he had with just those three.
Made me curious enough to check it out though... found out there were more
than a dozen and a half Medal of Honor recipients from Hawaii or with
some sort of connection to Hawaii.

Already the end of the first month of the new year... how time just flies along.
Amusing to think of our school days when we couldn't wait for the moments,
more so the hours and days, to go by.
Take care all, savor and cherish the moments.



----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd C. Worley
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: 1/25/16

I was so happy to see Velma Kekipi writing on this blog.
Yay, she's finally learning to use her phone for something other than a phone.
Coming to Alaska is on her Bucket List so she's finally coming to visit me in
Skagway, Alaska from June 27-July 13, 2016.
I hope I can find things to do during the two weeks.

Jean Nakamura Worley


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:44 AM
Subject: Classmates

I was the stealth student at Kaimuki High and such an underachiever that I
was taking elective classes with the underclassmen.
Knowing that each year we lose a few more classmates, and there remains
fewer of us, I decided to chime in today.
The good news, I think, is based on my blood tests done months ago, my doctor
told me I was going to live to 150; she said it like she would guarantee it.
When I reach 120, I'll let you all know how it's working out.
You all know how these things work.
Your doctor tells you, you're going to live a long life and the next day, you sneeze,
break your neck, fall down crossing the street and get run over by The Bus.
Roy has been a good friend to me.
He reached out in the late 90s to me and others of our class to renew and make
new friendships with our high school classmates.
We first met in science class in 7th grade at Kaimuki Intermediate.
I think Roy can remember the teacher's name; our teacher wore silver rimmed
glasses, a short sleeved white shirt, and gray or black pants most of the time.
Roy sat behind me on the first week.
When we all had to introduce ourselves, Roy gave a speech about how he was
happy to be in science class and eager to learn more about science.
That was the first hint that he liked to talk. well after every one has fallen asleep.
I thought science class would be a slam dunk for me.
Roy got an A, and I got a B.
I was surprised since I had straight As in the exams.
I screwed up when I was among a few others in class that were selected to go to
the student science fair at Varsity Theatre.
I met another student there from another class and we didn't spend all our time
at the fair, goofing off someplace else that Friday.
The next school day, a Monday, my science teacher asked me what I learned at
the science fair.
My mind went blank; all I could remember was I had a great weekend flying my
model airplanes.
I was no longer an A student.
Another female student took notes and gave a fantastic report.
That was a learning moment; next time, take notes.

Robert Nukushina


From: Vernon Wong
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:56 PM
Subject: FW: Gung Hee Fat Choy
To: Harold Oshiro

Subject: Gung Hee Fat Choy

Some interesting information about Chinese New Year.
A little early but Gung Hee Fat Choy (
Now I know what it means. You can find out, too, by reading the article


----- Original Message -----
From: thomas takushi
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 7:49 AM
Subject: Re: 1/25/16

Hi Harold,

Greetings and Happy New Years to you and the rest of the classmates who enjoy
reading your blogs..
Keep up the good work and keeping us informed about the latest happenings with
our classmates.
I read about Manny's wonderful words about spreading the word to our future
military personnel, how these past heroes either gave their lives or put themselves
in harm's way to earn one of the highest awards given to our military personnel.
I didn't see one the most well known persons to all of us mentioned in his blog.
Because of Mr. Daniel Inouye our state has enjoyed for many years of great military
presence and the large impact it brought to our economy.
Anyway I just wanted to mention this because Mr. Inouye did play a big part in all
our lives not only as Hero, but also as great statesman..


Januaray 25, 2016

Manny, good to hear of the great things you're doing, and also the stories of those Hawaii Medal of Honor
Let us know how the Kapolei H.S. talk goes.

Yep Frances, always good to hear about our classmates.

My thanks too Roy, on the updates on Nuk and Doug.
I certainly have been one who has been lax in visiting Doug more often.
Hopefully they'll be others who will do so.

Great to hear from you Velma, it's been a while.
Thanks for the Hawaiian language lesson too, we should all be learning.

To all over towards the Eastern half of the U.S., please do take care what with this
extreme weather you've been experiencing.
Stay safe, stay warm, stay home... our thoughts are with you.



----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: 12/31/15

Aloha to all my classmates.
Today was a great day.
One of the things I do is go to the schools and talk about all the men who were born in
Hawaii who were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Today I spent all day talking to the young students who are in the JROTC program at
Mililani High School.
I talked about the Medal, when, where and how they were awarded the Medal Of Honor
from Hawaii.
The Three men i talked about today were Sgt. Robert Kuroda, WW 2, Oahu;
PFC Anthony Kaho'ohanohano, Maui; and PFC Herbart K. Pililaau, Oahu, the first
Hawaiian to be awarded the Medal Of Honor.
The Kuroda Family allowed me to bring to the schools his Award, American Flag,
his Citation Award, and his Medal Of Honor.
His family has been so trusting with me with Mr Kuroda's personal items.
They gave the items to me the night before and I took them home.
On his citation, explaining this young man's extraordinary heroism, is a picture of him.
Before going to bed, I placed my 9mm next to my bed, his Citation and Medal there also.
I said a little prayer to them.
Mr. Kuroda, Mr Kaho'ohanohano, Mr. Pililaau, what all of you did so long ago, you will
again speak to the young students of today.
I will explain to the young students, that all of you were just like them.
Your love of who you were, a young Japanese male, two young Hawaiian males, your love
for our flag, country, and most of all, the love you had for your friends and family.
Thank you my friends for what you did.
Hope all of you like what I do.
My next school will be Kapolei High.



----- Original Message -----
To: Roy Okano
Cc: Kobayashi 小林 ; Hal Oshiro ; Chester Otani ; Muriel Masumura ; Pearl Mori
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: Classmates

Roy, thanks for news on Bob and Doug.
Always like to hear how our classmates are doing.
With time on our hands, I'm sure a lot of us contemplate our mortality, and how fast
the years are going by.
But we are fortunate that as classmates, we try to keep in touch - very important.
See you soon


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Kobayashi 小林; Hal Oshiro ; Chester Otani ; Muriel Masumura ; Pearl Mori ;
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 12:37 PM
Subject: Classmates

Called Bob Nukushina this morning because I hadn't heard from him for awhile.
He was just walking into the house.
He sounded good; refreshed.
Went to visit Doug Yoshimura Savage last week.
I finally met Dennis.
He is a member of Pastor Nakano's church and is helping Doug with his email and
other computer needs.
He meets with Doug on Tuesdays.
I try to visit at least once-a-month.
If you have some free time, drop by.
He would really like that a lot.


----- Original Message -----
From: Velma Aloha Kekipi
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 5:57 AM
Subject: Re: 1/12/16

Hauoli makahiki hou.
Lierally meaning - Hauoli (happy) maka (eyes) hiki (can do) hou(again).
I am sorry, I now realize that I am now hitting the wrong key, if in your knowledge
of the Hawaiian language the error is with computer system.
Wait, I apologize.
The English typos are for several reasons.
1- I am learnining to use a smart phone that does make me very frustrated because
it is very very sensitive!!!
2 - My index finger is too wide.
Love to all

January 12, 2016

I believe Manny is joking Irene... at least I cetainly hope so.

Ah yes, I'd forgotten the Portuguese New Year's greeting Roger... and yes, be very afraid.

Thanks for the kind words Tim, but the classmates provide the acutal enrichment without
which this communications forum ( I like that much better than blog ) really wouldn't be.

Well, it's already nearly two weeks into the new year, hopefully it's going well for all so far.
Wondering how many have made their New Year's resolutions, or keeping old ones, or simply
haven't bothered with any of that.
I know I'll be keeping the old ones below as part of my agenda, especially with this forum.
- It's OK to DWELL ON the past
- But LIVE IN the present
- Yet definitely PLAN FOR the future

All the best for the new year.


----- Original Message -----
From: irene
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/15

This one is for you Manny.
After reading the blog and your information on your starring role in Naked and Afraid,
its something that woke me up.
Don't know if its true or not... but if it is, more power to you, if it is NOT, thanks for the
good laugh.
I think most of us know that you like a good joke.
Hope your wife is laughing too!
Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Irene Rocha Elson


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi 小林
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/15

Boa Ano Novo

(Manny) I would be afraid, too.


----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 4:53 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/15


Have a great New Year.
You have certainly enriched our classmates lives with your leadership in initiating and
running this communication forum.


Tim Choy

December 31, 2015

Frances, Pearl, Francine, and all... hope a great holiday season was had
thus far for everyone.

Good thoughts Bing, everyone writing in or reading this blog are already
participating in relationships in a way.

Gerri, I do remember the interviews ' in the car ' that Andy ' Aloha Joe '
Bumatai did with Don Stroud... good and funny bits.

Manny, I'm trying to wrap my head around the vision of you on that show.
The 'Afraid' part keeps popping up.
Happy Holidays to you and yours... keep warm.

Thanks for the good thoughts and best wishes Clarence.
Wishing the same for you, Suellen and your family the same.

Well, 2015 is slowly ebbing away with 2016 just in sight.
Wishing all a great NEW YEAR and many more after.

Happy New Year ! Hauoli Makahiki Hou ! Xin Nian Yu Kuai !
Akemashite Omodetou Gozaimasu ! Manigong Bagong Taon !
Manuia le Tausaga Fou ! Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo !
And everything else in between !


( List below will be ongoing on each blog and revised as missing classmates are accounted for )


Out of approximately 640 classmates, there are about 170 who are either deceased or whose
status or contact information is possibly known but needs to be confirmed.
But for the classmates listed below currently there is no status or contact information at all
Please let me or Pearl know if you have or know someone who might have this information.
Names are listed alphabetically by last name... middle name or initials are included if available.
Possible current/married last name, with possible name of spouse, follow where applicable.

Anderson JR, Donald C

Bernard, Mary Magdalene; Barrineau, Caroline; Bogden, Daniel; Broome, Robert Lee

Chan, Naomi; Ching, Tamar I

Dang, Priscilla Ann

Fujimoto, Thomassina T; Fujita, Marlene Masako (Watson)

Ginoza, Peggy K; Gomes, Barbara Jean L.

Ichimura, Lloyd J M

Kai, Mollie L (Sheridan); Kam, Charles K H; Kashiwamura, Gary K
Kauwe, Arlene M (Gonzales); Kawaguchi, Suzanne M (Tanaka); Kiyabu, Arlene Sonnie;
Kuratsu, Ronald N

Lau, Walter Kui; Lawelawe, Herbert Huddy; Lee, Bernice P C; Lee, Jeffrey; Lopes III, Frank

Matsumoto, Patricia (McDonald); Matsushima, Melvin H; McKeown, Chloe Ann K, McCracken, Sandy;
Meyer, Donald S; Michler, John Arthur; Minami, Roy; Miranda, Carmen (Hoomalu Douglas C.);
Mitchell, Emmaline Leimomi; Mitchell, James Enoch Theodore; Muramoto, Hazel S; Murphy, Michael

Nakasone, Roy; Nakatsuka, Nancy K; Nakayama, Barbara; Nishimura, Blanche Y

Onomura, Keiko; Ontai, Carleen; O'Rourke, Jeannie Colleen (Borges)

Pascual, Frances; Payes, Daphne Yvonne; Perkins, Edith Kay; Pinho, Stanley; Pludow, Margaret Ann
Porgatorio, Linda T

Rivera, Mollie Mazie

Sakuma, Doreen; Saxon, Thelma Ann; Shimabukuro, John M; Shimabukuro, Joyce H;
Shimabukuro, Kenneth M; Shirai, Gail M; Silva, Ronald D; Souza, Earl; Stevens, William;
Stewart, Jeanne; Stone, Kent D; Suemoto, James; Sweeney, Kevin E

Tamashiro, Lawrence T; Tamashiro, Milton M; Tengan, Stephen K; Texeira, Jimmy; Toda, Goering

Wan, May; White, Calvin Stuart; Wise, James; Wolfe, Wynn Brian; Wozumi, Carol (Kuwanoe)

Ymas, Elaine K I; Young, Geraldine S M


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

Alfred Won,Allan Shimokawa,Alvin HIrokane,Alvin Kajioka,Alvin Kotake,Alvin Shimokawa,Amy Higashi,
Amy Morioka, Amy Murakami,Amy Nakashima,Andra Dean,Andrew Nakano,Ann Miyamoto,Ardel Honda,
Arlene Yamagata, Arline Hirahara,Avis Gima,Audrey Koshiba
Barbara Baptist,Bessie Shimabukuro,Bert Maedo,Betty Ing,Beverly Davis,Brenda Ignacio, Brenda Kadokawa
Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade, Carolyn Amoy,
Carolyn Chock,Carolyn Eugenio,Charlene Mau,Chester Otani,Clarence Fung,Clarence Shibuya,
Clifford Ching,Clifford Young,Clinton Chung
Dave Sato,Dennis Sakaguchi,Dennis Shibuya,Dolly Afalava,Donald Hiramoto,Doris Toyooka,Douglas Abe.
Douglas Yoshimura,Duane Aguiar
Earl Tokumura,Edward Inea,Edward Ling,Edwin Matsui,Edwina Ahn,Elaine Carias,Elsie Awa,Elsie Oshiro,
Elsie Tanaka,Elwood Lim, Ethel Aramaki
Faith Maeda,Frances Mise,Frances Takasaki,Francine Song,Francisco Tambunting,
Frieda Taniguchi
Gary Tsukamoto,Gary Yamamoto,George Takamiya,Gerald Morihara,Geraldine Barcenas,Glenn Kaawalauaole
Harriet Higa,Hiroyasu Narita
Irene Rocha
James Mau, Jane Futenma,Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,Jane Nishimura,Jeanette Sumida,John Rodrigues,
June Yanazawa
Karen Bertram,Karen Fukuji,Karen Iha,Karen Morisawa,Kathryn Mabe,Kenneth Ginoza,Kenneth Matsuura,
Kenneth Morimoto,Kenneth Yoshioka
Lance Ishihiro,LaVerne Nishimura,Lillian Tarumoto,Lorene Watanabe,Louise Lung,Lynne Zane
Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,
Matilda Muraoka,Michael Yamaguchi,Muriel Masumura,Myron Kekaula
Naomi Kuramoto,Naomi Nelson,Nathan Chong,Nelson Masumune,Norman Ginoza
Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Pauline Arakaki,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka,
Phyliss Tanabe
Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Richard Yasunaga,Richard Yawata,
Rick Nakamura,Robert Gore,Robert Moriyama,Robert Nukushina,Robert Yoshimura,Roger Kobayashi,
Ronald Higa,Rosemary DeJesus,Roy Morihara, Roy Okano,Roy Takamatsu,Ruth Kinoshita
Samuel Pang,Seda Deguchi,Sharon LaTraille,Sheila Espindola,Shirley Ching,Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura,Stella Okamoto
Thomas Murata, Thomas Takushi,Thomas Yamada,Timothy Choy,Tony Ballesteros,Tremaine Lui
Velma Kekipi,Vernon Wong,Violet Chung-Hoon,Virginia Kakazu,Vivian Hirahara
Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki
Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei
Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino


DISCLAIMER: This is not an 'official KHS '60 newsletter' but merely a voluntarily provided vehicle to pass
on information from the reunion committee, as an aside to the primary purpose of providing a focal point for
your classmate 'memories' and communication. Please refer to the Bulldog Bulletins mailed out by the reunion
reunion committee for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated April 30, 2015 ) .

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