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60 Years - Memories: March '20

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

Upcoming events:

* March 21, 2020 - KHS Foundation fundraiser dinner, KHS cafetorium, 4:30P to 8:30P *

This is the year 2020 which also means our 60th reunions:

* May 3, 2020, 10A to 1PM at Hale Ikena, Ft Shafter, Honolulu *

* May 4, 2020 golf tournament, Pearl Country Club, details to be announced later *

* Las Vegas - tentatively planned for early October or mid November in 2020 *

Let me know of any other upcoming event(s) involving our classmates

MARCH 2020 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

The following will be our ' Distance Socializing ' series of email posts until whenever this ' Social Distancing ' thing ends.

March 30, 2020

As I mentioned, I'll be posting emails that I receive as soon as I possibly can, and as often as I can, during this 'Social Distancing' thing.
In fact, I think I'll refer to these posts as our 'Distance Socializing' thing.
Send comments, replies, or whatever comes to mind but no heavy: politics/religion/commercialization or stuff that is distasteful or objectionable.

Below is a link to photos from classmates in no particular order or any particular subject.
Just stuff that might be of interest or showing how time is being passed.
Feel free to send any of your photos you think you'd like to share also.
I'll be happy to host them for display while we are all in this 'stuck-in-place' time period.
(click on the i in the white circle at top right of each photo to bring up comments/info)


Subject: Friends
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:49:12 +0000 (UTC)
From: Roy Okano

My Friends who keep me company during these trying times.
(see link above)

Subject: Coping
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:12:51 +0000 (UTC)
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal-khs60

Camarillo Ca. Grocery shelves are empty because people have been hoarding.
They expect to fill the shelves soon.
Stores have senior hours from 8am to 10am; yep, they card the seniors.
Difficult to get rice.
Maybe I won't need toilet paper.
The Japanese restaurant we go sold us some rice, probably because we are regular lunch customers.
One of our neighbors offered to share their supplies like toilet paper with us.
Automobile traffic is normal.
My wife said we will starve to death.
All the restaurants are now Take-Outs only.
Our governor has limited the amount of customers in one business.
So even barbers may be closed.
For the most part, we are shut-ins with the tv on all day.
I noticed that the telemarketing calls are down to zero today.
We have little food in the pantry; just canned soups.
No Spam: how can that be?
No bread either.
We have a couple N95 masks but nobody wears them.
It's actually for people who are sick.
So far, our little town looks like it has always been.
You wouldn't know there was an ongoing problem.
We cancelled all the cruises we had planned to go on.

Subject: Another Day of Isolation
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 01:39:22 +0000 (UTC)
From: Roy Okano

Been trying to keep busy; painting, photo-shopping, "cooking", cleaning, listening to classical music, watching "flicks".
Tomorrow is laundry day.
I might be able to gain the additional 8-pounds recommended.
Sorely miss Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop and their BB scones.
Have a challenging day.
(see link above)

Subject: Re: 3/28/20 W-Misc
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:32:29 -0800
From: Jean Nakamura Worley
To: Hal-KHS60

This virus is going to hurt our little cruise ship dependent town very badly.
Cruise ships usually start arriving in late April until early October.
It looks like they won't be coming until July if ever this year.
Juneau has already cancelled their 4th of July festivities.
Our one restaurant, market and hardware store are taking phone orders for curbside pick-up.
The bank gives us appointments because they only allow two people in at the same time at their two teller windows.
We really have a ghost town.

Subject: Classmate updates
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:18:48 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Harold Oshiro

Hal: Next time you do blog, please advise classmates if have a change of address or if they know of anyone who moved to let us know.

Subject: Re: 3/28/20 H-Gmail
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:37:34 -1000
From: Timothy Choy
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Hal,
After going to three markets trying to buy certain items and finding the shelves bare and a six week est restocking of items I came home and ordered online with Amazon Prime and free shipping.
What is out of stock they know when they can ship quickly so it saves going around trying to find the desired groceries.
They even carried the Japanese rice I normally buy.

Am a fan of Amazon Prime where some items are sold in larger containers and are cheaper than what local stores sell them

Can't get over the failure of good leadership among our elected officials esp our governor.

Keep healthy.

Tim Choy

March 28, 2020

Sad to hear on Elsie Awa's passing.
Like Tom Noguchi, she was a classmate since our elementary days.
Our condolences to the Tokuhara and Noguchi families.

That's more than understandable Carl, on Xavier's postponed service.
It's the right thing to do during this uncertain time.

Good to see the good-will leniency displayed by many businesses during this pandemic.
Reading Hale Ikena's policy on deposits being non-refundable it seemed iron-clad at the time.

Things have gotten even more dire Pam, as visitors and returning residents are now required to self-quarantine for two weeks.
It's not any better for people already here as we are also required to 'stay-in' except for necessary essential things.
Your remark of 10 cases in Hawaii less than two weeks ago has now been overshadowed by the more than ten-fold increase in Hawaii cases, 120 at last count.

Wondering how the rest of you are coping with the pandemic situation and what you're doing to maintain 'normalcy' if you're also 'staying in'.
Had to do a few Costco, grocery, and hardware runs during this shutdown and was taken aback by how seriously the businesses are treating it.
We of course encountered the long lines outside of Costco but I was surprised that lines were also set up at the hardware stores.
They were allowing only a certain number of people in at a time which I thought worked pretty well to maintain 'social distancing' within the establishments.
The panic buying has really emptied shelves throughout the range of stores of anything that was deemed 'essential'.

So, again, what's it like for you wherever you are and how are you coping.
This period has almost all of us being nearly virtual shut-ins, and missing out on the interaction at fundraisers, brunches, dinners, reunions, etc.
It's a nice opportunity to electronically communicate more for the next month or so (hopefully everything returns to near normal by then).
Drop a line anytime and I'll try to post those as soon as and as much as I can for replies, comments, or whatevah.

Stay safe, stay well, and as much as possible - stay put.


Subject: Elsie Awa Tokuhara
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:53:17 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Harold Oshiro

Husband called me today, she passed away 12/03/19

Subject: Re: Thomas Noguchi
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:52:51 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

So sad another classmate gone.
Heard also from Manny Mattos and Andy Nakano and June Yanazawa too.
All is well.
Stay safe and healthy 🤗

On Mar 24, 2020, at 4:48 AM, Hal-KHS60 wrote:

> Yeah, I saw that a few months ago but held off posting until someone confirmed.
> Problem was there were 2 Thomas Tokio Noguchis, a Jr & Sr
> Wasn't sure which since there was no obit, just what I found doing research of a Thomas Tokio being deceased.
> I know Tom had a heart condition which required surgery several years back.
> Nice, quiet guy, classmates since our elementary days.
> I last talked to him 4 or 5 years ago and he looked fine then.

Subject: Thomas Noguchi
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:58:05 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Harold Oshiro

Passing of a classmate.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Chris
> Date: March 23, 2020 at 5:31:43 PM HST
> To: Pearl Mori
> Subject: Reunion Event
> Greetings,
> We received your postcard regarding the reunion.
Regretfully we’d like to inform you that Thomas Noguchi passed away September of 2018.
> Take care and Aloha,
> Jason and Chris Noguchi

Subject: Xavier Ikei
Date: March 20, 2020
From: Carl Yasuda
To: Hal

Just got word Xavier's service has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing restrictions.

Subject: Re: 3/17/20
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:49:31 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

Great news, Hale Ikena canceled and refunded all of the deposit👍🤗

Subject: Re: 3/17/20
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:09:55 -0400 (EDT)
From: Pamela Machida Halford
To: Hal-KHS60

Now they're saying that all unnecessary surgeries here are postponed - guess they want to keep the hospitals open for corona stuff in case it gets worse than it is and they need the hospitals.
It sure seems like a blessing that I didn't plan to come this year since I would have come and everything's cancelled.

Wow, 10 cases in Hawaii?
That's more than Ontario!
I can just imagine since there's such a big chinese population in Hawaii and so many would be traveling all the time to China!

Take care and stay safe!

Love, Pam

March 17, 2020


Just heard from the reunion committee - the reunion brunch planned for May 3, 2020 at Hale Ikena has been canceled.

There was a recent recommendation by the city administration to avoid social gatherings of 50 people or more.
There was also the more recent federal administration recommendation of avoiding social gatherings of 10 or more.
These are coupled with the now 10 confirmed Hawaii coranavirus cases and the increasing closure/postponement/curtailing of numerous events/businesses/etc.
The combination of these were apparently the tipping point for the decision by the committee to cancel the reunion.

The committee did mention the hope that perhaps the reunion could be held at a later date in the near future.

Per Richard Shintaku, the planned golf tournament will be postponed until further word is received on a future reunion gathering.

Will pass on any further info as I find out more.

You take care too Pam, be safe and have a speedy recovery after your surgery.

Understood Pearl, I guess it was like airline tickets that were already purchased.
I know a lot of people who are/were in that situation, hoping for a full airline refund because of travel restrictions.
But moot point now as the stronger 'social distancing' recommendations/measures have made it imperative to cancel the reunion.

Aloha, be careful and safe all,

Subject: Re: 3/14/20 E
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2020 13:46:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: Pamela Machida Halford
To: Hal-KHS

Hi Hal,

Sorry to hear about Xavier!
I guess we're all getting up there so it's bound to happen to us day!

So glad that I wasn't coming this year with the KHS Fundraiser dinner just cancelled and maybe the upcoming reunion dinner's possible cancellation too!
I would have come anyway, if not for the surgery, so the cancellation wouldn't really have mattered since I would be visiting my kids and grandkids!

Take care and stay safe and healthy!!!

Love, Pam

Subject: Re: 3/14/20
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2020 09:21:25 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

Hal, for those who wonder why we're still having Honolulu reunion - unless Hale Ikena cancels our deposit it's non refundable, until then will continue to pray 😀 March 14, 2020

Fair question Carolyn and partially answered with the fundraiser.
We'll wait and see for comments-responses from anyone on the May reunion,

Attached is the latest official newsletter from Pearl with detailed info on the upcoming reunion banquet on May 3, 2020 at Hale Ikena.

As noted on their website, the KHS Foundation fundraiser dinner scheduled for next Saturday has been canceled due to the coronavirus concerns.

I was told this past Monday by Lorene Watanabe that our classmate Xavier Ikei had passed away.
A couple of days later that was confirmed in a message from Carl Yasuda.
Our sincere condolences to his family.

In the February 29th email blog I posted that the KHS class of '61 would be having their 77th birthday reunion in June.
Found out this past Thursday that this scheduled event has also been canceled.

Take care and be safe everyone.

Subject: Re: 3/10/20
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 21:23:10 -1000
From: Carolyn Eugenio Canubida
To: Hal-KHS60

Why are the fundraiser and the May reunion lunch still being held when being in crowds is being discouraged?
We are definitely in that high risk senior group!
Just wondering!

Subject: Fwd: CLASS REUNION 2020
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:19:18 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Harold Oshiro

Hal: You might want to include the bulletin below which I will have in the mail on Monday.

From: Carl Yasuda
Date: March 11, 2020 6:40PM

FYI, Xavier Ikei's service has been planned as follows: Fri April 3, 2020 5:30P - 6:30P visitation, 6:30P service, Milani Mortuary-Mauka
In case you didn't know Xavier passed away on Feb 29.


March 10, 2020

Dropped by to listen in at the reunion committee meeting on Monday.
Sorry to report - I was told that the committee has decided to cancel the reunion for Las Vegas.
I was also told that perhaps this reunion could be rescheduled for sometime next year when things are hopefully more settled.
This was apparently due to the concern of many to the current coronavirus issue and it's anticipated far reaching effects.
Personally, I feel that this canceled reunion in October was much too far away in the future to be of any immediate health concern.
But, as we're now seeing happening worldwide, the long-reaching collateral difficulties of travel, lodging, and even economic/financial ones become worrisome.

The May 3rd reunion buffet at Hale Ikena is still on and an official newsletter will soon be sent out according to the committee.

Don't forget to attend the upcoming KHS Foundation fundraising dinner next Saturday on the 21st, 4:30P to 8:30P at the KHS cafeteria.
Tickets for this event, which include food and entertainment, can be picked up that evening at the reception table for $35.

I also heard the same thing Pam, that Doug wasn't doing too well for a while but is now much better.
That Oct 18th photo was in reference to my visit with him a couple of weeks before that.
I'd been motivated to visit Doug again after talking to Roy Okano who visits Doug quite often.
Sorry to hear of your need of an upcoming surgery but I guess we all are in that stage of life where some part or other of us needs tending to.

You're more than welcome Tom, and thanks for taking the time to pass on the acknowledgement.


Subject: Re: 2/29/20 E
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2020 14:18:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Pamela Machida Halford
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Hal,

You have Douglas Yoshimura's photo on Oct. 18' but he hasn't passed .....right?
Just checking.
Cuz my pastor in Hawaii visits him and last I heard he was doing ok.....he was in the hospital but got better.


BTW, I go to Hawaii every year but of all years I'm not going this year as I'm awaiting hip surgery.

Subject: Re: 2/29/20 H-Gmail
Date: Sat, 29 Feb 2020 12:21:07 -1000
From: thomas takushi
To: Hal-KHS

Thanks for the update!

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
Please refer to the Bulldog Bulletins mailed out by the reunion reunion committee
for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated March 18, 2017 ) .

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 Murakami,Amy Nakashima,Andra Dean,Andrew Nakano,Ann Miyamoto,Ardel Honda,
Arlene Yamagata, Arline Hirahara,Avis Gima
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,Clinton Chung
Dave Sato,Dennis Sakaguchi,Dennis Shibuya,Dolly Afalava,Donald Hiramoto,Doris Toyooka,Douglas Abe.
Douglas Yoshimura,Duane Aguiar
Earl Tokumura,Edward Ling,Edwin Matsui,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,Geraldine Barcenas,Geraldine Perreira,Glenn Kaawalauaole
Harriet Higa,Hiroyasu Narita
Irene Rocha
James Mau, Jane Higa, 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
Lance Ishihiro,Lillian Tarumoto,Lorene Watanabe,Louise Lung,Lynne Zane
Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,
Matilda Muraoka,Michael Yamaguchi,Mollie Rivera,Muriel Masumura,Myron Kekaula
Naomi Kuramoto,Naomi Nelson,Nathan Chong,Nelson Masumune
Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka,
Phyliss Tanabe
Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, 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
Seda Deguchi,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

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