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50 Years - Memories: June 09

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error

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 50 years from high school is just around the corner.
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)

These are a few of the classmates known to have been receiving the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Listed here so 'you' know who some of those classmates are who are aware of the emails...
also as a reminder to pass it on... and also to possibly trigger more memories.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.

Alvin Kajioka, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Bessie Shimabukuro, Betty Ing, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carl Yasuda,
Carole Masuda, Chester Otani, Clifford Ching, Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dave Sato, Dennis Sakaguchi, Elsie Oshiro,
Frances Mise, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha,
Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro, Lorene Watanabe, Louise Lung, Lynne Zane, Martin Buell, Michael Yamaguchi, Muriel Masumura,
Norman Ginoza, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Ralph Yamasaki, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shintaku, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi,
Ronald Higa, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita, Sandra Ishimoto, Sandra Akiyama, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro, Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara,
Thomas Takushi, Tony Ballesteros, Tremaine Lui, Vernon Wong, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai

Contact info may still be needed for the following classmates:

Wallace Afuso, Edward Akau, John Akeo, Donald Anderson, Douglas Arai, Raymond Au, Diane Aweau, 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, Sirgio Ebalaroza, Thomassina Fujimoto,
Marlene Fujita, Godfred Galacia, Peggy Ginoza, Barbara Jean Gomes, Gary Gomes, Robert Gore, Don Hartzler,
Jeanette Hasegawa, Dorothy Hu, Fredina Ishibashi, Barbara Izutsu, Arlene Jicha, Vernon Kaaiakamanu,
Roy Kageyama, Mollie Kai, Charles Kam, Helen Kanagushiku, Gary Kashiwamura, Arlene Kauwe, Linda Kawabata,
Pauline Kekahuna, Peter Kekahuna, Tilton Kekaula, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Arlene Kiyabu, Naomi Kobayashi, Alvin Kotake,
Ronald Kuratsu, Kalani Kuwanoe, Sharon LaTraille, Herbert Lawelawe, Bernice Lee, Gregory Lee, Jeffrey Lee,
Harry Lew, Halford Liu, Frank Lopes, Josephine Lopez, Lorraine Lopez, Albert Lum, Faith Maeda, Eleanor Mateo,
Chloe Mckeown, John Michler, Melvin Mishina, Emmaline Mitchell, James Mitchell, Amy Murakami, Diane Nakama,
Barbara Nakamura, Nancy Nakatsuka, Barbara Nakayama, Blanche Nishimura, Marcia Nonomura, Lorraine Okahashi,
Jeannie O'Rourke, Harriet Panee, Frances Pascual, Daphne Payes, Edith Perkins, Glenn Petrowich, Stanley Pinho,
Magaret Pludow, Linda Porgatorio, Barton Quijano, Diana Rapozo, Frederick Recania, Mollie Rivera, John Rodrigues,
Elizabeth Rubio, Paul Santos, Thelma Saxton, 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, Clifton Teraoka,
Jimmy Texeira, Karen Thurston, Stanley Toguchi, Kenneth Toma, Alexander Tripp, Ernest Tsugawa,
Lila Marie Valentine, Manuel Vierra, Calvin White, Andrew Wynne, Mae Yabui, Patricia Yamaguchi, Richard Yasunaga,
Elaine Ymas, Richard Yoshikawa, Douglas Yoshimura, Marjorie Yoshioka, Audrey Young, Geraldine Young,
Peter Young, Rodney Zablan

Hal Oshiro

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:51 PM
Subject: 50 yrs memories

Hal, So interesting to read the fun stories from so many terrific people, thank you so much for keeping the coconut wireless going.

Sandy had good points it would be such fun to see everyone again in Honolulu, the attendance would then be open to so much more of our classmates.
Actually if any of our classmates simply want to get together just to check each other out, chew the fat, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee etc
to update the goings on it would be lovely.

Tsuneyoshi and Betty Ing are such super heroes and sincere kudos go out to both of them for all the hard work they put up with,
especially in this crazy economic worldwide fiasco that affects everyone across the nation.
Betty always had what it took, so did Raynor although I never had the pleasure of really conversing with him.
Don't think I would recognize him if I saw Raynor on the street.

We joined Tilly Seichi and Richard in LV, had Elsie Tanaka and her husband, Jack, join us for a fun dinner.
Elsie is retired now and using her artistic talent with creating one of a kind jewelry, beautiful stuff.
Could not golf, too hot and Richard was working on healing his wrist but he should be on the greens again soon.

Forgot to mention that the story on Jean Worley, great gal and her story revealed such a sensitive side of her.
In school, to me, she seem "so together" in every way and so sweet.

But then we were so young, naive, experiencing different impressions about life especially in the innocent 50's years.
I really treasure growing up at such a special time in Hawaii.

By the way, does anyone know what happened to Mr. Wm. Dutcher.
Also at the time there was a younger business teacher,
can't remember her name but rumor then was that she and Mr. Dutcher were a twosome.
Anyhow while I worked at the Royal Hawaiian I walked into the Surfroom during lunch and felt someone staring at me.
I looked around and recognized her and thought to myself oh, oh, she probably remembers what a pain I was.
Well after lunch she was still in the restaurant so I decided to walk up and say hello.
After all that she apparently did not remember me until we talked a bit. whew,
anyhow since as a now working adult we ended up have a nice chat (Miss Itakura I think was her name).
She was home visiting and now lives in Spain and invited me to visit her.
Unfortunately I lost the info but I enjoyed making peace after all these years.

Been talking too much, mahalo again for keeping the coconut wireless going.

Gerri Barcenas Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2009 11:52 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 27 / 09 add-on )

Hal and Ohana
As a working stiff subject to the political California Budget winds, life has become extremely unpredictable for me.
I would like to have an excuse to get back to Hawaii-nei but the gathering trumps the location in my mind.
My travel is intense being on the road around 2 out of 3 days so, the more lead time the better.
I have a National Boating Law Administrators Conference in Hawaii but it is, for me , just another excuse to go home.

June 28, 2009

I for one believe tooting one's own horn (humbly) is OK, after all usually no one else will do it for you.
It's only if one does it for too long and/or too loud that one will hit a flat/sour note.
But knowing Bing (Betty Ing) would probably not toot her own horn, I'll toot it for her.

Below, excerpts from the June 25, 2009 AAGEN Annual Awards Banquet
( AAGEN: Asian American Government Executive Network )
Color Guard Presentation of the Flag
National Anthem
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Recognition of Corporate Sponsors
AAGEN Scholarship Awards
Stanley Suyat Memorial Leadership Award
The Honorable Stuart J. Ishimaru, Acting Chairman of the U. S. EEOC

AAGEN Excellence in Public Service Award
Mrs. Betty I. Bradshaw

AAGEN Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
The Honorable Michael M. Honda, U.S. House of Representative
Closing Remarks

June 27, 2009

Dropped by to listen in on the KHS ' 60 50th reunion committee meeting this past Thursday.
So far it seems there's a growing consensus to have a reunion at home in Hawaii...
perhaps to include activities such as one at the KHS campus - luau? picnic? bento-tour?
But also under apparent consideration is a reunion in LV in addition to one in Hawaii.
This was done before in 2005 - the August teahouse reunion in Hawaii and the November reunion in LV...
in this case suggestions were made to do so sometime in spring for Hawaii and sometime in fall for LV.
As such, venues for those times and locations were to be explored and researched for the next meeting.

In addition, a group in S. Cal is considering having a mini-reunion for the classmates within or near their area.
Perhaps the expatriates in other areas could organize something similar for their part of the U.S. - or world.
The idea being to involve all in celebrating our 50th perhaps not in-on the same place, day or time but at least the same year.
After which those able to do so could possibly meet in LV for a reunion to close out our 50th year...
LV being fairly geographically central for the classmates from Asia to Europe and S. America to Alaska.

As mentioned before, a sense of connection could be provided with the use of video or slideshows at each gathering...
These videos-slideshows could be taken at a previous 2010 gathering to show-connect classmates who may not be able to do so otherwise.
Sort of like a New Year's sense of connection via TV between cities from E. Coast to W. Coast and areas beyond...
albeit not in the same timeframe or as elaborate but good to see classmates not seen in a long time - maybe as long as 50 years.

Please jump in with your opinion-comment-concern, the reunion committee would like to hear from you.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 6:21 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 24 / 09 add-on )

Harold, just to chime in here, I agree with Sandy. Keep the reunion at home in Hawaii where most of the classmates are.
The theme should be something like, "Getting to know you."
Have functions/activities where classmates can get to know each other outside of their groups and provide each an opportunity to make new friends as a goal.
Wasn't the class song, "You'll Never Walk Alone."?
Perhaps it is time for the class to reach out to our classmates to be and provide some degree of support for each other as we get older.
Not everyone has a large extended family.

June 24, 2009

Hey thanks Moriyama for volunteering to undertake what sounds like a great idea...
but then on second look I guess by 'you' you mean 'me' .
(my wife does that sometimes - start off with we and end up with you : )
Actually, have slowly started something similar on a smaller scale in
Have been pulling those pics off of publicly viewable sites so hopefully there's no issue with permission.
GOOD comments may be hard to come by judging by some of the (good-natured) rips I've been reading here : )
Yeah, but I will continue to give it a shot.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 7:44 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 23 / 09 add-on )

Hal, ..a thought?
For the 50th reunion, should we make another album?
Typical pictures of those attending the reunion, events, etc. and a section of those that are around that couldn't make it.
This section should have a picture, name, and place (state or country) of residency.
Any picture you took of a schoolmate that you could send in with their permission.
You and I may be passing each other in the shopping mall, glance at each other and stop for a moment then say, maybe that was.....?
Nuku just sent me an email titled, "The List".
You could send out a list of current alumni where their friends would be able to comment and say something GOOD about them.
You could review their comments and list it with the pictures if it complies with the criteria.

Oh well, give it a shot

----- Original Message -----
From: Jane Mock Pang
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:02 PM
Subject: RE: KHS reunion planning the big 50th in 2010

Aloha Pearl and Bulldogs,
Gosh, it's been awhile. Love to consider hosting a Kaleponi (California) Reunion for those who can't make the trip home to Hawai`i.
Please keep us updated on your plans, dates, venues, timeline. We'll see what we can do,
Charlene and I have already discussed having a So. California gathering next year.
Perfect, we'd love to return to KHS. What about having it on campus, or at least some part of the activity on campus.
What can the Alumni do to KOKUA to the school? Have you folks considered a scholarship or project for KHS.
Love to hear your thoughts. With the economic challenge these days, we're blessed to be able to share, kokua to a few worthy causes.
Can we consider something for the school that brought us all together and got many of us started on our journey to adulthood?
Some thoughts.... Bet it's the last time you ask me for my mana`o!

Aloha, a hui hou,
Jane Ka`ala Mock-Pang

June 23, 2009

Any other input from anyone else ?
Otherwise any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions you bring up here can be relayed- discussed by those above who will be at the meeting.
The meeting is this Thursday, 6PM at Unity House, 1701 Ala Wai Blvd.
Let Pearl know if you can attend, or let me know and I'll pass it on.

Would have to pretty much agree with Sandy on the usual ones who attend, especially in Vegas.
Combined with the majority retiring or nearly there and the economic downturn, probably even less will want to travel long distances.
But we will have to keep in mind that would also include the expatriates on the mainland and other distant places.

Perhaps, as many here and elsewhere have suggested, various get-togethers in convenient locations rather than one might work for the majority.
Granted that won't be as good as everyone meeting together at the same time and place.
With the technology today, drawing together the various get-togethers via videos, slideshows, etc., though not as personal and timely, could help.

Whatever-wherever-whenever the reunion(s), as others have also mentioned, one other thing to keep in mind - the 50th could be the last chance...
for a reunion for a lot of classmates because of economic, health or whatever personal reasons.

( adding my 2 cents to Sandy's )

----- Original Message -----
From: Sandra Akiyama Fasone
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: KHS reunion planning the big 50th in 2010

Hi all,

Although I won't be able to attend the meeting, my suggestion is that we have a function at home.
Vegas trips are fun but usually draw the most loyal who would go anywhere anyway to meet up with former classmates.
This means a lot of folks stay home for various reasons. Vegas details usually rest with the few diehards who work very hard to make the event successful.
So, this party pooper says, let's do a great get together here (or it could be on a neighbor island) or a luau or whatever.
For me, besides socializing with classmates for a few minutes each at the organized functions, most of the time was spent with the group we traveled with.
Without the distraction of Vegas, I think we can get to know each other better. Well, that's my 2 cents.....and Vegas will always be there!


----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie Oshiro Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 20 / 09 add-on )

No, I neva take no lunch money from nobody, -----only maybe some candy? Nah, nah,
but I was pretty lucky, no one asked me for my lunch money, maybe because I looked too poor to have any?
or I was good at hiding? or it's blocked from my memory.
(Robert Nukushina - that was a good one, couldn't stop laughing).

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion

I knew Arthur Gonzales as Tony, as others remembered him, because I think that is how he wanted to be addressed as I remember.
My memory of him is in 8th grade music class where he sat in the front row and I was behind him.
We had this music teacher (can't remember her name) in who I thought was very conservative
because the very first day in class she crucified our pop music as non-music, and the all pop singers as non-singers, and naming a few.
Singing, to her was operatic, which kind of hurt my ears at that time, and that was the only kind of singing to her.
Later, we all had to go up and sing a little to her so she could determine what we were in the life of music, soprano, baritone, base,....
James Rathburn was last to be determined.
Teacher in her mind wanted him to be a base and was trying to get him to sing his lowest low.
James was slouched in his chair with his head bent forward with intense concentration, took a deep breath, let loose and no sound came out.
The whole class just busted out laughing.
However, all the whales surrounding the islands went on Red Alert that day,
and the elephants at the Honolulu Zoo thought they heard the 2nd Coming of their Sacred Bull.
Later in the semester, the teacher came in dressed in a see through blouse and so was her bra.
I was very surprised, what was she thinking? None of the boys were thinking music that day. Hormones were raging that day.
Just minutes after class started Tony went up to the front to talk to the teacher. She got angry and told him to sit down!
That he did, but that day, he was a man with a mission. On his 3rd trip up, teach and Tony were speaking quite louder now, what I won't repeat.
It's a little blur after this but teach was crying now, and I think she left class for about 15 minutes.
When she got back Tony had to leave class. I don't remember seeing him after that class.
The teacher did wear that blouse again, but with a heavy duty bra under lock and key, without incident.
Tony was really a well dressed gentlemen up till that day in class so I was surprised at his behavior.

June 20, 2009

Know that he definitely went to U.H. but he could have also attended Church College.
Think that not likely though as I also know him to be Catholic...
devout maybe-maybe not but definitely Catholic.


----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 7:53 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 20 / 09 add-on )

Hal, I thought Slug went to Church College (now BYUH).

June 20, 2009

The Tony (Anthony) I knew seemed to be a nice guy - towards me anyway.
But he did have a temper - heard, while playing footbal, he swung at the goal post in frustration possibly breaking it...
the goal post, not his hand - he was into martial arts at the time.
Met him again at one of the '61 reunions and found him to very humble and friendly.
Last I heard he was with security at U.H.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 20 / 09 add-on )
Yes, Arthur was in my 8M1 class. I knew him as Tony, like some other classmates.
The other Tony I knew was loud and short tempered on the playgrounds; he used to beat up classmates sometimes. nuku

June 20, 2009

Possibly neither skill, luck nor Memorex... inside job : )
May have been the pool hall his Dad ran back then.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: halinhi
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 5:02 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion

To Hal, some guys did ask me for money but that only happened in 7th grade, and never Titus.
So Mori, how much lunch money did Elsie take off you?
Speaking of Clifford Young, I always thought he was a lucky guy.
At the picnic mini-reunion in 1962 at Kapiolani Park, he won the "door prize" at the end of the picnic; remarkable, one of many in high school.
He was also a rather skilled pool player. He used to work at a pool hall when we were going to the UH.
He had a $10 (or was it more?) side bet going on a game.
It was a little dramatic because some of the other tables stopped playing to watch as Clifford, wearing an apron
(he was on duty working at the time), walked around the table stooping a couple times to look at angles.
I had no idea what he was going to do, but $10 was a lot of money to me in those days.
He made a three cushion bank shot and pocketed the ball.
Too bad we didn't have video cameras in those days. Skill, luck, or Memorex?

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 19 / 09 add-on )

Elsie's story on arm wrestling goes back to the 7th grade.
Well, I couldn't find the 1955 yearbook,
so I used the 1956 yearbook to identify the guy who had been my elementary school classmate.

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM, Hal wrote:

OK, you Kobayashis, let's get the story straight and not make things up again.
In 1955 we would have been in the 7th grade.
In 1956 I was in 8U2 along with Shinty.
There was a Roger Kobayashi in 8U1.
Arthur was in 8M1 along with Martin Buell, Robert Nukushina, Calvin Ishizaki and others.
Yes I do have a good memory... having the '56 KIS annual in front of me helped only a little.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 19 / 09 add-on )


There was a guy named Arthur Gonzalez in my classes at Liholiho Elementary. It sounds like the same guy mentioned here.
I couldn't find my 1955 KIS annual, but if you look in class 8M1, you'll find him in the top row. He was my classmate.
I believe that Richard Shintaku also went to Liholiho, but he was in another class and might not have met Arthur.

June 19, 2009

The below from a KHS '61 friend


----- Original Message -----
From: Nevin Harada
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 7:21 AM

forwarding.... KHS '61

Laura I believe previously forwarded this notice to some of us..
for some of you who haven't seen this notice....
The 16th of October is a few days before our get together in Las Vegas on the 21st.
Click on the hyperlink below and view the information. Also, a ton of photos from previous "bashes".
Disseminate to your friends of "Class in the Sixties".....
Hal O: forward to your '60's.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Clarence Nishimoto
Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Hi all,

Attached is the invitation and registration form for Hawaii’s “biggest and greatest” reunion bash ever held!!!
The invitation is open to ALL 1960’s through 1969 grads from All the Hi-schools in the state!!!

Come join us “relive” THE FABULOUS 60’S!!!
Celebrate this event with old friends and acquaintances!!! Meet new ones!!!
Great dinner/buffet!!!
Enjoy the music and the songs of the 60’s!!!
Dance the Night Away!!!
Have a “BLAST!!!”
Visit web-site:

Spread the word, your friends sure wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity!!!

Sign up and be a “big” part of the this “BASH”
Register early space is filling fast!!!


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 6:56 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 19 / 09 add-on )

Nuk, did I mention the lunch money "thing"?
Must have missed somthing there, but Titus was always asking or pressuring me for lunch money during the intermediate days.
Titus was a Palolo kid and we used to ride the bus together so that didn't matter much.
Clifford Young did the same and took a dollar off me. I told myself that someday I WILL get even.
After seeing him in one of the reunion pictures, I "think" I should wait another ...10 years?
I was in the Study Hall class with Elsie and heard she beat Titus at arm wrestling.
Now if I couldn't beat Titus, there is no way I was going to tackle ...Elsie!

June 18, 2009

I may have probably said something more like ' you sure you like date her ? ' ...
to all three of them.

Never knew or heard about Elvis taking over a theater like that...
would be interesting to find out where and when.
Gotta ask Nelson next time I see him... and also test his cinema knowledge.


----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie Oshiro Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 17 / 09 add-on )

Can't remember who the other "boys" were.
By the way, a few years ago, I think I was talking to Nelson Masamune and I guess I mentioned about none of the classmates asked me to the senior prom
and he said that you had told all the guys "not to fool around with your sister".
I thought that was something really nice, my little brother was after all my "big brother". Just something I wanted to admit too.

Talking about Nelson, if you want to know something about old movies and the actors, he probably knows the answer.
Don't know where he found the time. Maybe because his mother worked at I think it was Kaimuki Theater.
She had personally met Elvis when he hired the whole theater.

June 18, 2009

Remember the officer and presentation well - it was in the (old) auditorium.
One of his cartoons was based on an actual pedestrian accident on Ala Moana Blvd showing, in rapid succession,
a couple of scenes of the jay-walking victim somersaulting through the air after being hit by a car.
Sounds gruesome but because he presented it in a cartoon way most found it funny but still driving the point home.

You mean no one came up to you in school and said ' you get quarter ?... I like borrow ' ?

Yes, that is the referenced Richard Nakasato with the typical J.D. slouch that most of us adopted at one time or another.

Actually haven't contacted Doulas Abe... yet.
Generally prefer to be contacted first through others or via an indirect medium such as this.
Just trying not to be a nuisance... well initially anyway.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: halinhi
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion

Well Harold, I'm beginning to get a better idea of what your Big Sistah was like after 4th grade.
Having jogged my memory, I think Wade was the JPO Captain.
Remember the day when some officer showed up in school, either in our classroom or the auditorium to talk about traffic safety?
He was also a good cartoonist. One of the first things he drew on the chalkboard was Wade with a helmet on and a whistle in his mouth, a full body cartoon, very well done.
We all got a kick out of all his cartoons.
Regarding Titus, I never had a run in with him. I always had a good opinion of him. He told a couple of us that if anybody bothered us, that to go see him.
I think it was like the Godfather thing, if he did you a favor, there was a big I.O.U. on your forehead.
Actually, I had no idea about the lunch money thing until Moriyama mentioned it earlier and you later.
(BTW, if the Richard Nakasato is the same guy that appears in misc02.jpg:; he's the one I was talking about.
Did you make contact w/Doug Abe?)

June 18, 2009

Shows you, not everything you read in here was made up : )


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:10 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 17 / 09 add-on )

I vaguely recalled a story about Elsie beating Titus Chang at arm wrestling, and thought about asking for verification of the "story".
Wow. It was not a story, but something that happened for real.

June 18, 2009

We had a classmate - Arthur Gonzales - at Kaimuki Intermediate and for almost a year in high school.
He was one of those special cases, smart - not book-smart but intelligent in other ways - but who really wasn't into school.
The tough guy type, he was placed in our sophomore-year homeroom as a way of influencing him to better (behave ?) himself.
( you know, 'mix 'em in with the damn smarter kids' so that it may rub off' thing - probably the reverse happened with some of us )
Nevah work though, after a few weeks (months ?) we never saw him again - guessing he dropped out of school or was tossed out.
Too bad though, he was actually a nice guy - rough, tough and apparently going the wrong way but treated us OK.


----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:43 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 17 / 09 add-on )

Hal, I know a Tony (Anthony) Gonzales but don't know an Arthur. Are we talking about Tony?

June 17, 2009

Nevah like admit, but wen I see some of the old Kaimuki Intermediate classmates (guys) the first ting out of their mouth...
' eh how's your sistah... remember wen she wen beat half the guys in the class armwrestling 7th grade time ? '
' Uhhh.... yeah ?... and ? '
Arthur Gonzales was already fooling around with boxing in the 7th grade so I'm not surprised he was much stronger than the other 'boys'.
( by the way, I think some of those 'boys' in your class were Michael Yamaguchi, Clifford Young, Calvin Kang, Calvin Ishizaki... did they 'challenge' you too ? )

Kid Bruddah

----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie Oshiro Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 16 / 09 add-on

Little brother, I don't know if you knew about this incident.
Titus Chang challenged me to arm wrestle and for a fluke I decided to take it never expecting to win, but he was never so embarrassed when he lost.
Said he had weak wrists, which I kinda believe.
But then the other guys like try too, but I knew I would never win so took Arthur Gonzales on and of course, I lost.
So thankfully, that ended it, but I believe I got their respect after that.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:29 PM
Subject: Timothy Choy

Hi Hal,

Here's something on Timothy Choy.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Timothy Choy, now Dr. Choy, at my "One-Man Show" at Canon Gallery.
His accomplishments are impressive. He has given back so much to the community and to the arts.
Here's some excerpts from his "bio". I'm taking the liberty to para-phrase his exact words.

"I have endowed a scholarship in my Mother's honor at Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR for a student from Hawaii who is from a single parent household.
I have also donated a collection of 33 local artists works to the university in honor of the outgoing President and his wife.
I want the university community to know that these kids from Hawaii are coming from a rich dynamic cultural heritage and also give our local artists greater exposure".
(I feel honored that I am one of the artists in Dr. Choy's collection.)

Here is something very touching and wonderful.
"If I don't do it while I am alive, it will be done by my trust.
I will be establishing the following:
At Kaimuki High School, a scholarship in memory and honor of Miss Pearl Jackson who was my English and Latin teacher.
At the Academy of Arts, the 'Ellen Choy Craig Award for Excellence' for Artists of Hawaii".

His involvement in the arts transcends into his home in a high-rise condo in the heart of downtown Honolulu.
His apartment shows more like a museum than a home.

Dr. Choy's generosity in giving back to the community and to the arts is laudable and inspirational. I'm glad to know him.

June 16, 2009

You're right ! Should know better, he was my classmate since Kindergarten.
Guess who followed him singing 'Memories Are Made Of This' ?
We practiced just before the assembly and he was full of confidence.
Watching him from behind during the assembly didn't do my confidence any good as he nearly froze up with stage fright.


----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:49 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )

Richard Nakasato not Nakasone…he sang Great Pretender in assembly. What a sight!!

----- Original Message -----

From: Elsie Oshiro Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 16 / 09 add-on

Hey, who was the one that made me cry in kindergarden and you had to rescue me everytime?
Also, at Waialae I remember we had to dance, I think it was the Minuet, in the pavillon & just remember Lance Ishihiro's wet hands.
Who else was a JPO? Raynor? Can you believe that I was one?
I think it was Wade who was the Captain and Miss Zale(?) the teacher who took care of the JPO's.
Those signs were heavy, made out of wood, not aluminum like now.
I remember going to the old stadium by myself to see Elvis, anyone else went?
And of course, everyone seems to remember the Edgewater, cha, cha, cha.

June 16, 2009

Titus was tough alright, saw him take on 3 guys from McKinley H.S. who had taken over one of the boy's restrooms to hijack quarters.
Granted they weren't big guys but still ballsy enough to come over to KHS and try to take over Titus' hijacking, uhh... 'borrowing' territory.

More impressive though, was his taking on Roger and Ted Kobayashi ( for some reason he had an issue with one of them ) .
When they both tried to keep the other out of the fight, telling Titus that one was responsible for the 'issue' not the other, Titus was impressed.
He decided then that he didn't want to take them on and that they were now his friends.
The Kobayashis standing up for each other was far and away the most impressive thing to me.
Of course I heard all of this third-hand back then, so the Kobayashis could have made all of this up for all I know : ).


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: halinhi
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion

Wow, mention DoDo Tai and that stirred the loins out of all people, Raynor, the gadget man.
Most of the time I saw Raynor, he was buried in some book; must have been the hard cover version of Playboy.
DoDo and two of her sisters owned a model airplane hobby shop off Ala Moana Park, I think it was called, The Happy Hobby Lobby.
The last time I talked to Raynor was in the parking lot off Keller Hall at the UH, and I haven't seen him in years.
I was parked to his left and as I got into my car, Raynor said, "Hi there, where did you get that fancy steering wheel."
I was puzzled, looked at the steering wheel and I said stupidly, "It came with the car."
LOL It wasn't until I drove off when I realized what he meant. That was Raynor talk, and I wasn't thinking. Thanks for the update on Ms Tai.

I don't have the benefit of any school annuals or school class pictures, but I do think it was Alan Yoshikami, Roy Kageyama, Glenn Miyashiro, and I
who used to go around in Alan's family Oldsmobile late at nights for no purpose.
We spent a half hour one night with Alan trying to burn rubber with his family car.
On another night we dumped a couple trunk loads of wood for a barn fire on the school grounds. I don't think we had a barn fire.
Alan never chewed his food but just bolted it down like a dog. But oddly enough, he chewed his ice cream.
When Alan and Glenn got into some philosophical discussion about shooting each other, I dropped out. That's one argument I didn't want to lose.

Well, Elsie, I was the new kid in school at Waialae.
You and Little Brother were the only ones to extend a hand and welcome me. That's something I will never forget.
I thought the whole class was bright, but not all were friendly.
Ever see Titus Chang fight on the school grounds at KIS? It's very impressive. I saw him beat up a guy far larger than he was.
Do you guys remember the Waialae cafeteria used to make those orange, if you're lucky maybe pineapple,
ice in a paper cup things that they sold about 3pm when school closed?
I know Glenn Miyashiro used to mail order stuff. One day he got a battery for one of his home projects, maybe his short wave radio.
The battery was slightly larger than the 9-volt battery, and had about 100 volts across the terminals. It was very expensive.
He brought it to school and started to shock the other students with it.
When he got home and tried to install it, he had an expensive dead battery much to his regret. bobn

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty (Ing)
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:49 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 16 / 09 add-on

Lucy Blaisdell, wife of Neal Blaisdell (her husband was the mayor of Honolulu) was our Social Studies teacher.
They were members of the Republican Party. The year we were in her class there was a presidential election.
She asked us to make scrapbooks. I chose to make a scrap book of Adlai Stevenson, the Democaratic candidate.
I spent days on my scrapbook and fully expected to receive an A. Well, I got a B. That is one grade I will never forget.

----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
To: Roger Kobayashi
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:11 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )

Hey ! It's not all my fault...
you have to share the blame...
you started it... did too.
----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )


You're doing a terrific job. Keep it up. Pretty soon, you'll have the entire class on the mailing list.


----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie Oshiro Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 7:09 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )

Hey Little Brother!

Wow this guy has a terrific memory!.
You notice he mentioned about not mingling with the smart people but he remembers talking to us (wonder what that means?).
(hey yeah, Nuku, what dd you mean ? : )
But he did bring out lots of memories.
Who was the one (Raynor?) who use to buy thru the mail all kinds of gadgets like the hand buzzer when you shook hands?
And remember Mrs. Neil Blaisdell, Kaimuki Intermediate, can't remember if it was Social Studies.
And the glasses you wore during intermediate days, which you conveniently lost one day.
And Titus and Arthur Gonzales the "bulls".

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 8:30 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )

Wow, Nukushina-san opened up a floodgate of memories.
He mentioned Dodo Tai. I remember her and her sister ReRe.
Their parents were concert level musicians and they had 4 or 5 children and, no joke, named MiMi, FaFa and SoSo.
I ran into Dodo in Washington, DC where she had become very active at the City level in Asian Pacific American Affairs.
At that time she was the APA Liaison from the Mayor of DC’s office. I am assuming that she is still there.
She changed her name because she said it caused her to have to explain the story behind her name over and over again and got tired.
The bunch that I ran around with rarely gets involved in these reunion activities.
Alan Yoshikami, Paul Ichinose, Roy Kageyama, Dennis Higuchi, Melvin Young and Glenn Miyashiro.
Alan, Roy Paul, Dennis and Melvin still live in Hawaii.
Glenn has dropped out of sight. (Glenn Miyashiro unfortunately passed away - )
Kenneth Taira moved from Maui in his Junior year and hung around with us through University of Hawaii Days.
Most of the guys get together only when I make a rare visit to the islands.
Kenneth lives in Maui and is quite active in Maui Politics.
Wayne Yamasaki is also very active in politics.
Our gang did get roped in to the Hawaii Community Theater by Miss Lam and I remember working on the set of the Music Man.
I remember Miss Lam having one of those long cigarette holders and that she smoked a lot.

June 15, 2009

Actually, I do remember you and quite well... just being facetious and adding a little humor... too little.

That would have to have been Chet Bow - whatever happened to him ?

U3, 9th grade was also my class... a motley crew we were indeed.

Actually, I did email you a couple of times and, for some reason neither went through...
or I never got a response either - I don't remember which.
I probably assumed then that the address wasn't correct or you thought it was spam.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: halinhi
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 8:00 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 15 / 09 add-on )

Schools I went to: Waialae Elemen. from 4th grade on. Kaimuki Intermediate and Kaimuki High. Check the class pictures, I'm there.

You and Elsie were both charming and friendly in the 4th grade. I can't speak to anything since that time. LOL
I spoke to Elsie maybe three times, and to you about six times total, the last time being in high school.
Don't knock yourself trying to remember.

Morikone demonstrated his knowledge of fractions at the blackboard.
Even Guerrero was impressed. Was Guerrero tough? I was too stupid to know that. I'm no scholar.
I know she didn't like me because I couldn't keep up with the rest of the kids.
On the last day of class, she specifically pointed me out in class as the only one not enjoying the class.
I didn't like her, and that made that permanent. I enjoyed Miles' and Fong's classes; I was so thankful for not being in the top classes.

No, it wasn't Chester Toma, it was a rather tall thin Chinese guy who I didn't see after the 4th grade.
The only class I had with Toma was in my high school Plane Geometry class.

Yes, I believe it was Nakasone. We had the same 5th and 6th grade classes.

U3 was my 9th grade class; not in high school. It was a motley crew.

When I wrote you last year and you didn't reply, I knew then you didn't remember me.
I would say I had a very good memory, however, the last five years has taken its toll, I have forgotten a lot.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years Memories, Kaimuki High and Prior to

Oh, sorry I dozed off. LOL!!! That was great! Never thought you could "talk" so much.
I'm the long-winded one. Enjoyed the thesis, but don't recall most of the teachers.
I was not in the U-classes; M1. I wasn't a bright star in high school; took college to broaden my horizon.
Also, a haole girl friend, Penny, who I had to keep secret.
My grandparents, parents (back then) and some friends didn't share my "interest" in white girls.
Like you, I went on to earn a Master's Degree. Back then it was cheap and it helped with getting a job and promotions.
You brought back a lot of memories. BTW, I don't think I was involved in any science project.
I did kiss-ass though. Hahahahaha!!!!
I "remember" Penny Taguchi and Geraldine Okamura in a science class at KIS.
We used to get in trouble for talking. I always got in trouble. In Mr. Harada's chem class, I caused an "explosion".
While he was giving instructions, I dropped my sodium sample into the water and "pow".
He made an ass out of me and I had to humbly ask for another sample.
Despite my many misadventures, he gave me an "A"; for ass.

June 15, 2009

Wait a minute... wait a minute... I don't remember any of this.
What schools you said you wen go to ?
Well, maybe Mrs. Guerrero (tough)... Arlene Lum (was once Hon Advertiser chief editor)... Elsie Oshiro (charming ? friendly ?)...
Wade Morikone (the human calculator)... would that be Chester Toma ?... hey ! I remember Hiawatha and the dance !...
Richard Nakasone ?... soph VP is close enough ?... U3 - my class also - yeah those damn smart kids... Edgewater !
my first chance to actually dance with a girl instead of practicing with one of the guys... goulash - ono! foo young - phooey!...
would be great to get in touch with Douglas Abe.
Still don't remember much of this.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: halinhi
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 6:18 AM
Subject: 50 Years Memories, Kaimuki High and Prior to

I remember most of you although you will not remember me. I was one of those extremely shy kids who existed as an observer, rather than a participant while growing up during my formative years.
I think if I went to a McKinley high school reunion, more people with their fading memory will remember me there, than at my own Kaimuki High School reunion.
Going back to Waialae Elementary, I got placed in this English Standard 4th Grade Class which was a big mistake by someone based on a single interview as a result of me being transferred from Manoa Elementary.
Elsie Tanaka was in my 3rd grade class there in Mrs. Brown's class (at Manoa) though I never spoke to her.
In Mrs. Guerrero's 4th grade class were I believe, Harold Oshiro, and maybe sister Elsie Oshiro (not sure);
I spoke to these two classmates, mostly outside of class, and I thought they were the most friendly and charming kids I have ever met.
Betty Ann Ing, Wade Morikone and others were in that class, and I never spoke to some of the top students in the class.
Wade was a math whiz who said he learned his math from his older brother.
Arlene Lum (I think I got the right Arlene) became Guerrero's teacher's pet, a role that Arlene did not cherish.
It all ended one day when Guerrero stood up from her chair at her desk and the chair rolled slightly backwards.
Arlene was standing near by. Guerrero was looking at some paper work then sat back down right on the floor; mad as hell she blamed Arlene for moving her chair which she didn't.
The whole class saw it but you couldn't convince the old fart otherwise.
Guerrero used to tap us individually with her foot at the end of the sleeping session as permission to wake up and fold your sleeping bags.
Dang classmates were so smart. I mean, they studied, in addition to being naturally smart.
We did a play Hiawatha, the poem, and the dummy of the class (me) was the only one who could do the Indian step for a dance.
I was puzzled, what's with the smart kids? Then Chester (not Otani, the card shark) caught on so we both had to do it.
The play was so good, we had to perform it for several classes on stage in the auditorium over two days.
After two plays, I was just mouthing the words; just too boring for me. If it wasn't for that Indian dance, I think I would have had to repeat 4th grade.
We had to buy a composition book to copy pages off the blackboard, stuff I never read.
Anybody in Mrs. Miles 5th grade class? I remember Frances Mise who hasn't changed much to this day, and without wrinkles; she needs to market her DNA.
Remember the haole kid that showed up in January? He used the f-word many times one day on the school grounds when
Richard (the same Richard who sang White Christmas at one Assembly at Kaimuki Intermediate) punked him during class when Miles took us out to play baseball.
Miles giggled at first and had a talk with him. When it happened a 2nd time, he was gone the next day.
Thank goodness, I was no longer in the top class which I believe was Mrs. Lee's. I heard she was a nasty teacher, punishing kids by having them lower their pants to be spanked, according to rumors.
In Mr. Fong's 6th grade, we had to memorize 32 poems, and stand up every week to recite one of Fong's latest poems.
He had the greatest Hawaiian ghost stories to tell us, usually during rainy days. We were lucky classes weren't held at night.
I remember having to do an errand in sixth grade and I had to pass Mrs. Nobles' class, Harold Oshiro was telling a very humorous story to his class.
I stood just outside the door listening until it ended with great applause from his classmates. I was really impressed. I thought he was going to be President one day.
Unlike Fong's class, Nobles' doors were often closed.
I remember a lot of kids from Waialae who went to Kaimuki High but never interacted with them in high school since I rarely saw them.
In Kaimuki Intermediate, I started out in the M-class and was quite happy there, then in the 9th grade I was sent to a U3 class where I was unhappy and anxious.
Dang smart kids again. Studying for classes is just not part of my karma. I even protested with my haole English teacher who looked into it, but later told me she couldn't do anything to place me in M1 again.
In 7th grade, I met Roy Okano who sat behind me in science class. For the first time I really enjoyed a class. And for the first time I was actually getting an A in any subject until I messed up.
The teacher sent a few us kids to a science fair centered on and about Varsity Theatre on a Friday. I didn't take any notes, then back on Monday, the teacher asked me to give a report.
My mind went blank. I could only remember the great weekend I had with my friends at home. There went my A+.
I think Roy got an A. I remember him telling the teacher and the whole class how he immensely enjoyed the science.
I remembered playing Hawaiian style football during recess with a tennis ball every day.
I remember my 8th grade math teacher talking about sex a few times, metaphorically of course, with hand gestures. She also proctored the IQ exams in the 7th and 8th grades late in each year.
What I liked most was the dancing classes at the Edgewater Hotel after school.
I remember Dodo Tai, what a doll. I have lots of memories, not about Miss Tai, but I have to limit this, as this email is getting too long.
In high school, the school buildings reminded me of a prison and I always felt trapped there.
Raynor lived in the last house on 21st avenue but I rarely saw him and stopped by only a couple times at his house. He was quick witted, well informed, and always had great one-liners.
Glenn Miyashiro lived on the same block as I did on 18th avenue. He was very bright, but sort of a loose cannon and never seem to settle down; very humorous, but very moody for long periods.
We used to build and fly model airplanes at Ala Moana Park together.
I remember Wilma Kato (under classman, '61) and her gang reporting school news and doing skits over the PA system during Home Room.
They even did a story just using the titles of current pop songs; very creative.
Didn't we have a trumpet player, what's his name, Douglas something (Yoshimura), at the flag raising in the mornings?
High school assemblies:
I remember the haole kid who did his great impersonation of Elvis. He fainted from the heat just as another student started his falsetto Hawaiian song, another great performer.
I remember Betty Ann Ing's speech, "I am a Politician." I actually believed her; state governor for sure. I bet she doesn't remember the speech.
I remember Albert Siu running for class treasurer and his speech where he said, "He liked figures." The whole class laughed and he didn't crack a smile, saying, "I know what you mean." I
think he lost his election for showing zero humor.
I remember Gerry Madden storming off back to her classroom when she didn't agree with anything that was presented during the assembly more than once.
School lunches:
Spanish rice and Hungarian Goulash was my favorites because I never had them at home, along with the mac salad and corn beef sandwiches.
Those huge blocks of Egg Foo Young was nobody's favorite and lunch sales were down at least 50% that day.
Miss Lung (Biology) showed up more than once in school with her sailor boyfriend, both a little intoxicated. There's lots of stories about her and I know each one of you knows at least one.
Miss Nunez was allergic to gardenias, swore in Spanish when she got piss off with us in English class. She mumbled a lot of Spanish during our class. She liked smart kids.
Miss Lam used to corral a bunch of kids from A1 to help build back drop sets at Punahou for Broadway type plays there. Glenn Miyashiro asked me to help; it's going to be fun; yeah right.
I didn't realize what I was getting into which was like getting caught in a Black Widow's web. Once you participate in Miss Lam's project, you were trapped in her web.
Main benefit: you can't flunk her English class; guaranteed an "A" if you were smarter than me. I dropped out of her 2nd project, a no no, and from then on, I was invisible in her class.
Up till then, she used to pick on me a lot for some reason earlier in the year, had me stand in class until I answered her question;
I held the record for standing. For some reason she enjoyed bantering with me in class at my expense of course. She told me I was an enigma, among other things.
I stunned her a couple times when I was the only one in the class to know the answer to her question. I got to sit down on those days in class.
I sat next to Wayne Yamasaki in Mrs. Wong history class, our first class after lunch. After meeting his friends during lunch, Wayne use to come in and tell me that there was an exam that day.
He gave me what he could remember, the exam questions and answers. Of course, I never did as well as he did since he couldn't remember it all, likely story LOL. Later, the Q&A's were shared widely in the class.
Then one day Wong pull one on us, she changed the questions to the 2nd half of the exam. I was thinking, oh oh, we are screwed. She suspected we were cheating.
She never said a word about it, but from then on, we got our own set of questions. Oh boy, I barely got through her class, but thank you Wayne.
Mrs. Chang was, I thought a fair teacher until one day, I got an F on my thesis; Plagiarized! She Wrote.
First I was stunned because that wasn't true, and I really struggled to prove my thesis and did a lot of research.
Frankly, I didn't know whether to be happy or sad. Sad because, it would mean flunking the class, happy because, man it must be that good if she thought I had plagiarized my work when I didn't.
Oh well. I think I stunned her back, when I got an A when we had to write about literature of one of the periods we studied in class.
She couldn't accuse me of plagiarizing; yeah bite me. That pulled me out flunking the class.
Her final grade was determine from four exams, one thesis paper, a special project, and an oral presentation; seven grades divided by six because the special project was a freebie, very fair.
I didn't do my special project, flunked the thesis, but got a C+, barely missing a B. I was happy.
I was such a lazy under achiever in school, graduating without taking neither physics nor trig, yet I went on to the UH and graduated with an M.E. degree just like Sir Moriyama
(No Mori, I never got kicked out of Mau's class with you, made her cry a few times though; must have been my math skills).
Harada, the chemistry teacher told me I'd never be an engineer (one day all the juniors had to visit certain teachers & have them sign off a sheet that described our projected college curriculum);
"I was dreaming," he said; I believed him but sometimes, things just don't work out. Life is unfair.
BTW, Douglas Abe lives about six miles from me today; used to see his family a lot in the late 90s.
I apologize for this being so long, the grammar, spelling, missing words, wrong words, plagiarism, and lack of clarity.
There are a lot more memories but this will be it for me. Nukushina.

June 15, 2009

Reiterating the main purpose of this ongoing email: generating interest in our upcoming 50th reunion.
Well, that and some of the memories are really cracking me up !
So, the more classmates involved - the more interest and great memories... thanks Carole.

Just heard that the reunion committee will be meeting in a couple of weeks.
If anyone would like to drop by - join in - volunteer I'll get you in touch with Pearl Shimooka Wong.
I've 'joined in' the past few reunion committee meetings and had a lot of fun - like a mini-reunion.
Then too, this being the big 5-0, I'm sure everyone would like this to be the best one yet...
so as much input as possible would really be a big plus.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Masuda
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2009 9:33 PM
Subject: More classmates

Hi Hal,

Busy, busy, huh?
Amy Higashi
Michael Yamaguchi
They want to be added to the 50th list.


June 12, 2009

Getting back to that nickname thing, did everyone else nickname Harry - 'zombie' ?
Or was it just me and few other classmates at the time.
Don't know if he really appreciated that nickname - guess we'll never know.

The Doris Duke line reminded me of when I'd join Boingie (Glenn Nakamura), Richard Murata (I think),
the Shimokawas and a bunch of other guys I can't remember, scavenging for opihi and pipipi below Diamond Head.
We'd end up asking one of the shoreline swimming pool owners if we could play-slide around in their pool.
Permission was granted as long as we also cleaned up all the limu and other ocean slime in the pool after.
After playing-sliding around, I would somehow end up scraping up crap then looking up to see the rest of the guys gone.

Sorry don't have info on Thomas Yamada, don't recall his attending any of the reunions I've been to either.
Maybe someone else with that info may see this and let you-us know.


----- Original Message -----
From: clinton chung
To: hal
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 8 / 09 add-on )


Getting back to the TANK (Natatorium), I also went spear fishing with Harry Azama at San Souci and around the Tank area.
I could only dive head first off of the 3rd board, the 4th was a little too high, I was afraid that I would turn over too much and land on my back.
The tire nose guard brought back memories, we used to make them, but the really good ones were made out of the red tire tubes, they more flexible and softier on the mouth area.
About the Naupaka plant, do you know that it grows in the mountains also and that the little white flowers are shaped half round,
and that the Naupaka plants growing along the coast also half round.
If you were to pick one from the mountain, one from the coastline and put them together they would form one whole flower.
There's a hawaiian legend that explains the reason for that.
When we (Phillip Gibo, Stanley Sakoda, Abu [Clarence Shibuya] ) used to swim behind Doris Dukes private dock,
we used to use the Naupaka leaf as nose guard, we also used pai po board behind there with the pai po boards we made in shop(Kaimuki Intr school).
Anybody know how to get in touch with Thomas Yamada (bushy eyebrows)?


----- Original Message -----
From: clinton chung
To: hal
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 6:36 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 8 / 09 add-on )


So you were the one who jumped in behind the instructors back without him knowing it,
I couldn't remember who it was.
All I remember is that the instructor jumped in and lifted you with his two feet and laughing, thanks for that memory.


----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 4:57 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 11 / 09 add-on )

This is in response to Jean’s email. I can hardly remember the circumstances that lead to the article.
I do know that I was part of a group in Washington, DC called the Asian American Government Executive Network.
I was on the Board of Directors and quite possibly have been the Chair at that time. AAGEN consisted of APA’s who were GS15 or higher.
There was and is a glass ceiling in DC that continues even today.
It is not as prevalent in Sacramento and Hawaii but Jean knows what the barriers are.
The thing I am proudest of is having had an active hand in causing the Department of Agriculture to promote its first APA SES. Dr. Jeremy Wu.
I met with the Secretary of Agriculture as the Chair of AAGEN and argued the case that AG Dept had no Senior Executives with a large APA percentage in its workforce.
One week later Jeremy, a good friend and fishing buddy was promoted.
Thank you, Jean.
PS I am currently the mentor to the Executive Board of the California Asian Pacific State Employees Association. I have been in this role for the last 8 years.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:35 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 11 / 09 add-on )

We must have been in the 7th or 8th grade when Harry [Azama], James [Kaneshiro] and I went to the Natatorium.
The "Tower" seemed awfully high then. We used to go down the slide head first and get yelled at by the life guard.
One Saturday (I think), Harry decided he wanted to jump from the top of the tower.
Not wanting to be "chicken", James and I followed Harry to the top.
The pool looked small from the top and the drop seemed like a thousand feet.
We'd walk to the edge and turn back. In the mean time, all the other nuts are jumping off, screaming.
Harry had his rubber tire nose guard and walked to the edge. He looked back at us and jumped.
James and I looked at each other and said "You next".
We jumped together screaming, and remembered to pinched our noses and covered our nuts.
It was exhilerating! We must have jumped 2 or 3 more times.
Once, we almost fell on top of a swimmer. That's the dangerous part of the jump.
The only thing that tops it is sky diving. I did it once at Dillingham field on a bet.
We jumped (tandum) from 13,000 feet. The sensation of free-falling is awesome. $150 for a minute of free-falling.
I can see why some people don't want to pull the rip-cord. Our chutes had an altitude device that deployed the chute automatically.
It was great to be young and naive and invincible.
I miss Harry and James. They were the first friends I had when I transferred to Kaimuki Intermediate from Kawananakoa.

June 10, 2009

When I started working right after high school, I had a fellow worker who went to the tank a lot.
He was shorter than I was ( it's possible ! ) and would sometimes climb up the tower to do high-dives.
Once a lifeguard spotted him on the top platform and yelled at the 'kid' to get down from there.
My friend just smiled, raised his arms high for a moment, then did a perfect, clean, head-first dive into the water.
The 'kid' was in his late 30s or so at the time and a former amateur high-dive champion.
Don't remember if I ever tried jumping off even the first platform of the tower... not even feet-first - cannonball.
Belly flops from the tank's edge were my specialty.


----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:31 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 9 / 09 add-on )

The Natatorium, and environs, do bring back many fond memories:
San Souci, Queens Surf, The old Elks Club, the pier next to the Elks (used to fish there at night with my gang from Kapahulu Pool Room).
I grew up a few blocks from the Natatorium on Wai Nani Way and Pualani in Waikiki.
Back in those ancient times, I don´t know if it was a neighborhood thing or what, but we all called the Natatorium "The Tank".
I used to fish off the walls at the tank a lot (bamboo pole).
I didn´t mind the water in the pool, tho I often wondered why the ocean side was so much clearer.
Lastly, I never had cojones enuff to jump off "Tower".

June 9, 2009

Francisco Jesus (Sonny) Tambunting... didn't know he was from San Jose, unless it's the one in the Phillipines.
Sonny (as he now prefers), his wife Terry and son Sonny Jr. were at the 2005 LV reunion.
His son entertained us with his singing, quite well I might add.

Ken Takakura ? Tomu Sellecku ?
You just did... post a note of appreciation to Raynor.


----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 11:34 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 8 / 09 add-on )

How sad that the Natatorium is a thing of the past now. I didn’t realize it was being demolished.
We had a lot of class picnics there. Towards the end of intermediate school, I was afraid to go
Into the water. It looked too green and scarey with the swirling limu on the sides.

Is Francisco’s last name Tambunting? Is he the guy from San Jose? I remember his first day
at school in History or English class. We were having a test and he had no clue about what
we had been studying so he wrote the funniest answers on his test paper.

I looked on the page for Raynor and was impressed that with his moustache he looks like a
Japanese movie star. I forget the name but he acted with Michael Douglas in BLACK RAIN.
Several years ago at work, I was looking through the Federal Times and came across an article
about Asian Americans and the glass ceiling for supervisory jobs that they face in the federal
government. When I looked at the writer’s name I recognized it and said out loud, “ Raynor
Tsuneyoshi? I know Raynor Tsuneyoshi.” Of course, the haoles at our port only answered me
with, “What is a Raynor Tsuneyoshi?” My answer was, “ He must be my classmate from high school.
No one else could possibly have the same name.” Anyway, I was impressed with the candor in
the article and wished I had been able to send a note to tell Raynor that I appreciated his article.

June 7, 2009


I do remember those days and the particular events, especially the Natatorium.
If we were in that same swim class (would've been 5th grade), guess who jumped in first.

No, I'm not the leader type nor brave - just the what-the-hell-before-we-get-more-chewed-out type.
When the instructor saw me in the water (didn't see me jump in) he yelled at me to go back to the other side.
That's where the more advanced students were being instructed.
He finally realized who I was at about the 2nd or 3rd time I was going under and amid the concerned yells of the other students.

The classes were supposed to end with certification that we were capable of swimming - of course at the instructor's discretion.
That instructor and the others probably felt sorry for me when they finally did pass and certify me an extra day later.

Yep, the Natatorium holds a lot of memories, even a lot of good ones.
(side note: if you're out at the Pier again, say hello to Ernie Choy for me)


----- Original Message -----
From: clinton chung
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 6:26 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 6 / 2 / 09 add-on )


With the old Natatorium getting into the news and all, it brought back old memories
back to the year of '54. I think we were in the 6th grade when sponsered by the Red Cross
wanted to teach us the basics of swimming at San Souci beach. We spent 4 days learning
the proper way of kicking, stroking, breathing & floating and on the 5th day was the finals
where we all had to jump into the Natatorium. I remember we were all standing at the edge
of the pool when the life guard told us to jump, but nobody did, so the guard told us to get
dressed and go back to school, when he said that, everybody started to jump in, I'll never
forget that and all those who were with me never will also.
Hate to see the old Natatorium destroyed, really made use of the pool while growing up.


June 2, 2009

Been kinda quiet out there...
more classmate links and articles :
(4th picture on left)


June 2, 2009

Some recollections about the classmates above:

Francisco (Sonny), myself and a couple of other junior classmates tried out for the cheerleading squad.
I hasten to note that now, the squad would be called the 'pep squad'... the girls were 'songleaders' back then.
After 'performing' in a school assembly I had to inform the event chairwoman (Betty Ing) that I was just helping out with the tryouts.
And that I really didn't want to be included in the upcoming voting for cheer and song leaders.
I'd like to think that Francisco made the squad because I dropped out.
But of course at the time, I didn't realize how enthusiastic and dedicated he was which I probably wasn't.
Heard that, during a high-kick routine, he badly pulled a thigh muscle... probably emulating his martial arts training.
( eh, Gerry, can you picture Harold doing a leg-split in mid-air ? : )

As Betty (Bing) related, she once lived in a Kuliouou beachfront home.
They still owned the home, after moving to Kaimuki, when I bunch of us went there for an outing with Bing.
This was sometime during our Intermediate (now middle) school days and baseball-softball was the 'in' sport.
I remember getting up to bat in a game with some of the guys and Wade Morikone pitching.
Either it was one wicked curve-ball or I had poor reflexes and caught just a bit of the ball when I swung.
I began counting the amount of months I would have to forfeit allowances and part-time work pay to pay for the window that broke.

Funny, I can't remember a glaringly good-bad moment associated with Raynor.
I just remember him being really fast and great with one-liners and come-backs.

Ted I blame for my biggest, worst, unshakeable addiction...
yes... the clean-cut, walk-the-straight-line, senior class president.
During our Intermediate years, I would meet him before our scout's meetings on Fridays...
and we would head off to an obscure hole-in-the-wall place.
There he would encourage me to just 'try it'...
my first ever... cups of heavily caffeine-laced coffee.

Martin I thought, would be one of those guys who would end up either in a square ring or a square cell.
I remember him as one of the friendly good guys but, seemingly, always in a fight in the restrooms or visiting Mr. Honaka.
Years later I ran into Martin again when my son enrolled in his martial arts school.
I was almost immediately impressed by how humble and genuine he was.
The clincher for me though, was at a martial arts exhibition at Kamehameha School where various disciplines were on display.
Unlike a few of the instructors there from other martial arts schools, Martin showed a genuine humbleness with his demonstration.
In one incident, when an elbow blow failed to break a board, he smiled and announced to the crowd 'sometimes work' and then proceeded to break it with his fist.
Contrast that with a following instructor who attempted numerous times to break a board with his foot before finally succeeding... very uncomfortable to watch.
But Martin was formidable indeed, breaking two stacks of cement tile caps... about a couple of feet high... with both hands... at the same time.
And doing that with no fanfare and a quick exit-left... to momentary stunned silence... and a standing ovation immediately after.
My son learned a lot about humility and discipline while at the school.

Mel is Mel... what else is there to say ?
Well.... maybe that I remember when I lived in the same area as he did (Koko Head) and we'd sometimes be driving out at the same time.
He would be driving and singing - out loud... really loud - to no one in particular and gesturing with his hands, head and face like an operatic tenor.
Now, of course, you can see that kind of stuff all the time on the streets in Waikiki or downtown... but back then.... pop your eyeballs.


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