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50 Years - Memories: October '09 pg 1

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 the 50th reunions are just around the corner.
Pearl Country Club - Aiea - April 17, 2010
Main Street Hotel - Las Vegas - tentatively October 10, 2010

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

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

Alvin Kajioka, Alvin Kotake, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Andy Nakano, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata, Bessie Shimabukuro, Betty Ing, Beverly Davis,
Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carl Yasuda, Carol Hamasaki, Carol Kunishige, Caroline Andrade, Carlyn Tom, Charlene Mau,
Chester Otani, Clifford Ching, Clinton Chung, Dennis Sakaguchi, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro,
Elsie Tanaka, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, Jane Higa, Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura,
June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Karen Morisawa, Katherine Mabe, Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro, Lorene Watanabe, Louise Lung,
Lynne Zane, Madge Stibbard, Mae Nakanishi, Martin Buell, Matilda Muraoka, Mel Cabang, Michael Yamaguchi,
Muriel Masumura, Naomi Kuramoto, Norman Ginoza, Patricia Kiyabu, Paul Kimura, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe,
Ralph Hind, Ralph Yamasaki, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Rick Nakamura,
Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi, Ronald Higa, Rosemary DeJesus, Roy Okano,
Ruth Kinoshita, Sandra Akiyama, Sandra Ishimoto, Sanford Murata, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi, Thomas Yamada, Timothy Choy,
Vivian Hirahara, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai, Xavier Ching

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

Hal Oshiro


OCTOBER 2009 POSTS - posts, starting with March, are archived in

October 11, 2009

More Bulldog newsletter excerpts at:
Also the archived blogs are now in:

----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:56 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/10/09

Nice job. First of all, do we have any classmates who own a business that makes medallions,
hats, t-shirts, key chains, coffee mugs, etc. that we could put this design on for the money
money making project?
Second, is there any classmate that does desk top publishing for our cookbook?
It would be nice to channel business to classmates first.
[[[[[ Oh, they might be all retired by now. Iím the only dummy still working. Ha.Ha. ]]]]]

Iíll check with my girlfriend in Skagway and see what she can come up with Carlís design.
She is willing to make just one of anything for me.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 8:48 AM

Harold/Carl/Jean, Marvelous idea Carl, a medallion could be used as a pendant, pin whatever.
The ferocious bulldog is interesting.
Would like to see this to fruitation, any ideas, I'm sure there are other talented members in our
class who could help with suggestions.
So Carl, I'm in so shall we discuss this further with whoever would be interested in such a memento.
Jean, love, love, love your stories and will get to reading it soon, how do you get all that stamina
at our young age. Gerri DB.

October 10, 2009

Carl, I normally try not to post images in the 'Memories' emails as they make the emails too large...
but these seem small enough and it seemed easier than posting them on the Pbase website...
and I personally do like the idea of a medallion type thing... be it a pendant, key/gold chain,
lucky charm or other item accessory.

Raynor, thanks for the 'fish' education, never knew that... and it's you classmates that 'done good'...
I just 'listen in' and record.

Jean, with all the work-responsiblities you had back then, you still had time to read a book ?!



----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: Possible Fund Raiser Project


I was wondering if it be a good idea to circulate this to some classmates and get their comments.
I was going to bring up the idea to the committee, but now we wonít meet till next month.
Anyway, I was going to suggest we have a coin medallion be made to recognize our 50th Reunion
next year and came up with the following drawings.
I would like any suggestions pro and con, and changes to make it more acceptable by the majority
if there are any interests in such an item.
This could also be a sort of a fund raiser for the committee.
Also, I would appreciate if any of our artistic classmates could do a more professional job on
the drawings. Carl

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 1:30 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/09/09

It is so sad to note the passing of our classmates.
Please add the condolences of me and my wife Frauke to those of the others.

Just got back from Morro Bay and a California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference.
Got to wash dirty clothes and pack to leave Monday for Monterey for a Harbormasters and Port
Captainís Association Conference.
Did manage to get a couple of pounds of Sablefish which they sometimes sell as butterfish in Hawaii.
Iím thinking ďmisoyakiĒ
But gotta wait for when I am not travelling to prepare.
Met a nice Chinese engineer who is married to a Waipahu girl so had to ďtalk storyĒ.
I really enjoy these messages. Sure get to catch up with a bunch of people I used to know.
Harold, you done good.

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 8:38 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/09/09

Muriel: Please forward our condolences to Jeanette Matsumoto.

Carl: Short burst or not, thanks for sharing.
Isn't it amazing what you did when you didn't want to do it but someone else had confidence in you
when you didn't have it in yourself?

When the former Magistrate of 28 years retired, the police chief came to our house with a job application .
He wanted me to apply for the job.
I told Boyd that I didn't even know what a magistrate does and I didn't want to be
sending people to jail.
The last question on the form was list the reasons why you should be appointed magistrate.
I didn't even want the job so I made Boyd fill out the reasons.
When I was interviewed, the presiding judge asked for references.
I told him to walk down the street and ask anyone he meets.
He later said that he just went to the post office since everyone in town goes there to get mail everyday.
He asked them how they felt about being judged by Jean Worley.
They must have given me good recommendations because that's how I got the job with no legal training.
I later realized that experience in kindergarten and as a mother of four helped me most.
People who come to court are just behaving like naughty children.

The training from the Alaska Court System is great.
The head accountant and lawyer/trainer came to Skagway for a week.
They even had scripts that I could memorize so that I would cover all the points in misdemeanor trials,
felony arraignments and and small claims trials.
I could always take things under advisement and phone the training judge when I wasn't sure about a decision.
They sent us to Anchorage every year for refresher training.
A judge from L.A. on a cruise asked me what I did and when I listed my duties, he was amazed.
He said that I had more authority than he did because he just did 3,000 misdemeanors a week.
I was marriage commissioner, passport agent, coroner, domestic violence, adoption, name change,
land recorder, vital statistics, clerk, accountant, traffic court, fish and game and Judge Judy in small
claims court all rolled into one.

On my last week of work, another magistrate came to put my office in order for the next magistrate.
She said that she has NEVER found an office in perfect order as mine.
I even had garnishments for the next year's Permanent Fund Dividend checks typed out for people who
had judgments in small claims court ready to be served.
They only needed the new Magistrate's signature.
My goal was to always have all my files in order so that I could find any court case, history of a piece of
property, birth, death, marriage certificate in under 10 seconds.

Since Skagway is based on its goldrush history, a lot of people come back looking for records of their families
and the properties their families used to own.
Since they were on tours, they usually were visiting the City Museum and only had a minute or two.
I had an index card system for everything and I could tell them in under 10 seconds if I had their record or not.
I only disappointed one gentleman.
He had bragged to the tour group that he was born in Skagway and would prove it by getting his birth
certificate from the magistrate.
I didn't have it and the people on his tour just had a big laugh.
I told them that the people born in his time frame had to re-register their birth because the certificates were
destroyed by water and the ink ran and blurred on the pages.
Since his family moved to MIssouri, they never read the notices in the Alaska newspapers.
I did get his delayed birth certificate later that year.

After Pearl Harbor, all the Japanese in Skagway were chased out.
One family moved back to Japan with their son, who had been born in Skagway.
He always wanted to come back and visit but never made it so his wife and daughter made the trip
three years ago.
The magistrate told them to phone me since she remembered that I had made a folder of Japanese
families in Skagway.
They were so happy to get copies of their relatives birth and marriage certificates and copies of books
that showed small boxes addressed to their father-in-law/ grandfather, who owned the jewelry store
and a few family pictures.

This is one of the jobs that Boyd gave me confidence that I didn't have in myself.
That's what we should all do for each other.
Be an that a word?
Sometimes words don't sound right.
Llike a" boughten dress" that my girlfriend talks about.
I'm sounding weird.
I'd better stop and do the dishes and put my uniform in the washer.
I'm taking the obi to the post office, Seda.

----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:53 PM
Subject: Other Memories

Jean, your job as Skagway Magistrate in the 70ís and 80ís reminds me of what happened to me in the 60ís.
During this time, all commissioned officers were considered as adequate counsel for Court Martial trials
regardless of qualifications.
It was pointless to try to get excused for any reason.
As a result, I had the opportunity of serving as trial and defense counsel in several court martial cases.
This is considered additional duties assigned as the need arises besides trying to do your primary duties.
Iím sure that this had happen due to the shortage of lawyers and/or depending on severity of the case.
When the defendant was a repeat offender after receiving numerous Article 15ís (non-judicial punishment),
he would be trialed by court martial.
Anyway, these additional duties happen to me on Okinawa and in Vietnam.
Only in the military I believe and maybe federal service, a person can be assigned to duties without
training or experiences.
Of course, there were other additional duties I had to perform throughout my military career.
Some of them include being a Civil Affairs Officer, Community Relations Officer, Airborne/PT instructor,
and the catch all job of Project Officer for anything the commander decided that needed someone in charge.
Of course, I also had assigned similar jobs to other junior officers when I held command positions in Japan,
Vietnam and Germany.
Well, this is just another short burst of my memory to take up a little space on Halís blog.

----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 7:57 PM
Subject: 50 Years - Memories 10/08/09

Hi, Hal......thank you for the posting re: Mel Matsumoto's funeral.
My sincerest condolences to his wife and family.
This year has not been a very good year, with the passing of Penny just a few weeks ago.
I and probably many others have health issues of some kind, but thank God if you are still able to function
and get up in the morning to read who has posted what on this site.
What a marvelous instrument to share stories and just chat with one another.

Never imagined that I would have the time to read and respond, but find that I'm enjoying the interaction
and making the time to participate.
I envy the intimate gatherings you guys have going on, as that is really making the time to meet \
and just having fun.
Realized that I've lived in LV for nearly 14 yrs. and like it a lot.
I see more friends here than I've ever seen living in Hawaii.....
like meeting with Mae and Gary tomorrow for dinner.
But guess what, Kiki (Carolyn Amoy) has lived in LV for 49 yrs!!
She moved here right after high school with a hula troupe and did professional dancing for quite awhile.
Retired from Dept. of Education just recently. Talk to you all soon, Elsie T.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: Melvin Matsumoto

Muriel, our sincerest sympathies and prayers go out to Mel's wife Jeanette and family.
Although I did not interact with Mel much in school just chit chat stuff.
As I recall Mel was indeed a good natured gentleman and it is truly sad to hear that another of our valued
KHS 1960 classmates have left us Aloha, Gerri and Jack Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 10/08/09

Dear Harold:

Greetings. It is 0812 (HST) or 1412 (EDT) or 1812 (GMT).
Haven't had a chance to read the daily Harold-gram.
I'm glad that you didn't get up extra early to send it.
Jumped up at 0756 this morning, rushed to breakfast and then to the tour.


----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: Melvin Matsumoto

FYI Talked to Carol Eto last night, she hasn't been getting your blogs.
Told her you were having problems and she should probably email you to see if you respond and explain it to her.

Pearl B. Mori

October 8, 2009

A few more Bulldog Newsletter additions... so far up to early '58... more to come.

No problems Elsie, it's actually easier for me too to receive directly.

Thanks Caroline, or Carol as I think you prefer (like Bing-Betty, Betty-Violet, Ray-Raynor, etc),
it really helps to know that recipients really are recipients... Mahalo.

Hi Gerri, good to be 'hearing' from you again... check the October 3 posts for a possible reason
we haven't heard from Manny and maybe some others.

Jean, maybe I should send the 'Memories' out earlier so you'll have more time for the other
'incidental stuff' early in the morning ? : )

On a somber note, this message:
From: Muriel Masumura
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:32 PM
To: 'Hal'

Thought Iíd share this with you all.
Was saddened to hear today from Melvin Matsumotoís wife,
Jeanette, that he passed away last Thursday, Oct. 1.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 25, 4:00 p.m.
at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
Wayne Yamasaki has been asked to MC.


----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 11:58 AM
Subject: 50 Year - Memories 10/07/09

Hi, Hal.....I'm having such a difficult time replying to your message board.
When I click on to "send", get a weird message that script is too lengthy and blocks me from sending.
So, I hope you don't mind that I send my responses to you directly.

Anyway, JEAN, your obi offer got a fire lit under Seda's "okole" and that did actually work
to get her to respond.
Seda, I'm so happy for your contribution.
I now truly understand why Jean Nakamura Worley, have days of just kicking back reading books.
I had no idea and was amazed at the scope of your job!
I applaud you for being able to keep up with the motherly and wifely duties as well.
What can I must have been brought up right!

Got e-mail from Pearl saying that newsletter will be going out in Nov. with a "feeler" about craft fair.
We'll stay in touch.

BING: Haven't heard from you about getting on board the Korean Wave.
Have drama, will send....just tell me where. Elsie T.


----- Original Message -----
From: Caroline M Gouveia
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:06 AM
Subject: Just Checking In

Aloha Hal,
It's Caroline Andrade, just checking in to let you know I am receiving, and enjoying, the emails.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 8:54 AM

Aloha dear friends and Manny Mattos, June Yanazawa, Harold sorry been running around
& unable to participate in this fantastic web site but now find that I am so far behind in
trying to catch up on all the stories, will probably have to print it and find time to read it
since I don't want to miss out.....anyhow have not heard from you MANNY MATTOS,
so must we assume that we may not have another impromptu fun gathering for coffee
or whatever for whoever wants to "chew the fat".
Today is the 7th so MANNY, WHAT''S UP?
Hope to hear from you soon so us old folks can see each other again.
Harold I know u censor msgs but need to mention this if u did not see it in the news that KHS
Performing Arts Center is in dire straits financially and doing bake sales, benefits etc just
to keep this program alive and they are several thousand dollars short and the budget cuts
are larger than anticipated.
The were invited to perform in Edinburgh, Scotland and could not accept this or a New York
Broadway experience.
Students are downhearted & trying to stick it out.
Check out for planned benefits or make a donation for this KHSPAC
program that began in 1987.
More info call #7334913.
Hey June, read your message about the days that we worked together at the music shop in
Ala Moana and dearly want to get together to chat with you on this.
That was my first retail experience so Duuuuuuuuuh, it definitely was a different world for me
but of course I enjoyed working with you and look forward to following-up at another time.
Stay healthy dear friends. Aloha, Gerri (Barcenas) Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: seda
Cc: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 6:56 AM

Good morning, Seda! I would be so happy to send you the obi material.
I think it was a roll of white and maybe a small amount rolled around a piece of cardboard.
Some lady from Anchorage came to visit her daughter.
She acted in some plays in Anchorage and was looking for a seamstress to sew her a
Victorian style dress with mutton sleeves and rows of pintucks on the bodice and skirt .
She was so happy that she found me because she is a large woman and the standard
patterns didn't even come close to fitting her.
After she left Skagway, I received the package of obi material that someone had given her
as a gesture of friendship.
She passed it on to me since she doesn't sew and probably because I'm Japanese and can sew.

That would be so nice if you sent me something that you like to make.
That must be a Japanese custom because I have given trash bags full of denim fabrics,
corduroy fabrics, fake fur and even regular quilt poly-cotton
fabrics to ladies and never even got a potholder from them in appreciation.
The only person that did give us something he had made was an old Indian man.
When we moved into our house, Boyd found about five pieces of 12 foot yellow cedar wood
in our shed.
He knew the Indian man carved with yellow cedar so he took the wood and gave it to the man.
Boyd was offered money but he said he didn't want any money.
The Indian man said that one day he would bring something in return.
At least he did....30 years later before he moved to a home in Juneau, he came over with
three paddles and had Boyd chose one of them.
Boyd was speechless since the Indian sells his stuff at a high price in the gift shops.
Boyd told him that every time we look at the salmon paddle, we will think of him.
He liked that idea.
Now, I just have to walk out to my sewing shop and find the obi material in a basket on the top shelf.

I used to fix my bed, launder my uniform, shower, curl my hair, put on my make-up, get my coffee,
eat my breakfast and THEN start up the computer and find the HO-HOgram from Hal.
Being another addict of of this message site, I now go directly to the computer to look for the
additions for the day.
I'd better at least shower and dress so that I don't scare my neighbors when I walk out to my shop!

October 7, 2009

Took the words right out of my mouth Jean, 'so far happy with all responses' (I'm easy)...
'just sign in and say Aloha'... 'can only guess who's reading the messages'...
'thanks for responding'.

Have a few more Bulldog newsletter pages up at the Pbase website...
more on the way later... lots more.


----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Cc: roger Kobayashi
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 7:12 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 10/06/09

Seda: Hal is the quality standard master. He decides if your response is printworthy.
So far, he seems to be happy with all responses.
He would be happy if everyone who reads this link just signs in and says, "Aloha."
Right now, he can only guess at who is reading the messages so, thanks for responding.
Your comment about quitting hula reminded me of my own four kids.
Now that they are adults, I often hear them say, "Why didn't you MAKE ME stick with the lessons?"
We made the mistake of wanting to be NICE to them and let them do what THEY wanted.
That was the mistake. Kids don't know what they need in the future.
I don't remember what my grandmother used to "motivate" me because I don't remember her spanking me.
Maybe it was just fear.
I don't believe we "talked back" to our parents or anyone in authority back then.
I'll send the material as soon as I get your address. Bye for now.

October 6, 2009

Seda, I'll let you and Jean contact each other directly with the email address I've sent out.

Note to others... this is probably the only way I pass on email addresses and contact info... with the
consent of the parties involved... or with the consent of one to have their email address passed on
to another at their request.

Just read yesterday that perhaps several thousand Hotmail passwords were compromised by spammers
and MS is restricting access to those accounts... maybe that's the source of the Hotmail-MSN problem ?
In any case, if you know any Hotmail-MSN classmates, pass these email blogs on or have them view
the blogs at the Pbase website if they're still interested in doing so.


----- Original Message -----
From: Seda Deguchi Pratz
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 3:12 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 10/05/09

Dear Everyone,
Okay, Jean put a spark under me by offering the white obi.
Yes, thank you so much, I would love to have the white obi and will send you a iphone bag in exchange.
I love listening to all the memories from our intermediate and high school years.
I loved seeing the elementary pictures.
I believe it was posted by Frances Mise.
I started to laugh at how everyone looked as youngsters.
What I remembered about elementary years was taking hula lessons.
I loved to hula, but my father would ask me to hula where ever we went.
He would say, "Seda get up and dance!"
Well, after a year of that I quit hula lessons.
However, as an adult I really regretted my decision then.
I have started taking hula lessons again and really love it and here's the funny part,
I like to perform the hula for my friends.
My dad must be smiling from where ever he is.
It is so nice hearing from Jean and Betty.
I often wondered about them over the years.
I was excited to hear about Jane Higa.
Jane use to live right up the street from me, we use to play together a few times.
Which Nisei Week Parade did she dance in? Was it in L.A?
Living here I don't see anyone from Hawaii that I recognize.
I keep very busy here in L.A. with my children, golf and I have a few customers that I sew for.
Jean mentioned going to sewing school,
I too went to sewing school every summer.
My mother was an excellent seamstress, so she wanted me to learn how to sew.
My school years in Hawaii was filled with very fond memories.
I loved my girlfriends, we had a lot of fun together.

Elsie and I love the idea of a craft sale and would love to help plan it.
Just let me know what I can do.
I was deeply sadden to hear about Penny.
She was someone that I knew in high school and remember her fondly.
Thank you everyone for sharing your stories.
I felt a little intimidated by all of the great writers so I hope this email meets up to standard.
Mahalo, Seda

October 5, 2009

Will be adding relevant pages from the KHS Bulldog Newsletter, '57 to '60 editions...
courtesy of Jean Nakamura... have already added a couple of pages or so... have
been browsing through them all night... almost couldn't put them down... so many
names and memories nearly forgotten.
The U.H. Ka Palapala news flyer pics... courtesy of Chester Otani... are now on the
Pbase website also.
Re: Jane Mock Pang... actually she has posted on the 'Memories'... check the archives on
the Pbase website... in June, around the 23rd or 24th.


----- Original Message -----
From: June (Yanazawa) Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:47 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories: 10/04/09

Hal, I didnít attend the University of Washington but who can forget a name like Tuiasosopo?
My family and I are all huge USC (University of Southern California) fans and have had
season tickets to the SC football games for the past 20 years.
My daughter graduated from SC and my son attended graduate school there.
But I do have a hard time deciding on which school to cheer for when SC plays UH.
We attended the SC/UH game in Hawaii a couple of years ago and I wore a USC shirt
but carried ti leaves and cheered for both sides!
Actually, Bing attended UDub for one semester right after high school but transferred back
to UH because I think she got homesick.

Jean, Iíve only seen Jane Mock a couple of times since high school although she does live
here in Southern California but I am frequently in touch with Jane Higa and I will see if
I can get her to add to the Memories e-mails.
Jane Higa is doing well as a real estate agent and looks great!
She dances with an Okinawan dance group and I recently saw her performing in this yearís
Nisei Week Parade.


----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Cc: roger
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:01 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories: 10/04/09

Hal: No need to rush the Bulldogs back to me.
They would only be in storage for another 49 years.
HoHo-grams, because youíre like Santa, giving us a nice present of memories everyday.

Carl: Nice job on your memories.
Weíre here everyday so just write a little bit as you think of things.
Boyd and I write when something someone writes about sparks our memories.

Boyd is my cheerleader.
He gives me the self-confidence that I donít have in myself.
He makes the good career choices and the right moves to new places.
If he left it up to me, we would still be living in Honolulu on Varsity Circle.
When Japan Airlines cut 32 ticket agent jobs in Honolulu and offered to move
the agents to other U.S. cities, Boyd volunteered to go to Anchorage to teach
the 4 agents there how to do the weight and balance of people and cargo
on the new jumbo jets.
We didnít want to go to New York, L.A., Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.
because we already knew what our lives would be like in those cities.
He chose to move us to Anchorage because he liked what he saw.
Who would move to Alaska from Paradise?!! Boyd.

June, weíre going to get your butter cookie recipe in our class cookbook somehow.

Raynor, congratulations on your many rewards and accomplishments.
Getting a Stetson from the Texans is a great honor.
Youíre one of the good guys.

Elsie, could Seda use white obi material to make her handbags?
Someone gave me a roll and I have no need for it.
Give me an address and Iíll send it to her.
Maybe class members could donate a craft to sell at the reunion instead of
having their own table.

Carole must be practicing on her taiko drum.
She is always ahead of her time in novel activities.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 10/04/09

Junior Tuiasasopu played football for one of the Universities in the Pacific Northwest
(don't recall which one)
His cousin played pro football. He also is related to Mufi Hanneman, mayor of Honolulu.
Hey Carl,
Good to know there is another Royal School.
I still remember walking past the Pacific Club next door with my mother and,
when I asked what it was she told me it was only for white folk.
Years later as a Clinton appointee I helped to start a coalition to get more APA's
appointed to federal offices.
I traveled to Honolulu met with young APA democrats to try to get them to apply
for appointments.
It was a breakfast meeting at the Pacific Club.
I marveled at how things had changed.
Sure hope I can make the reunion and talk story


October 4, 2009

June, did you attend UDub ?
Just curious (didn't go there)... my daughter (U.Puget Sound) and son-in-law (UW post-grad)
are rabid Husky fans.
Hoh boy... more stuff about Bing that she probably forgot about (or wanted to)... now I'm
waiting to see her response and embellishment to this episode.

Hey Carl, I don't think I lived close to more than a handful of classmates back then...
or until the reunions, even running into less than a handful... so this message board is
really helping me to remember and know more about our classmates.

Roy, thanks for volunteering to set up a 'stats' record : )... sounds like a great idea...
your and Elsie's small world with W. Lewis exemplifies one of the things this message
board has been doing - helping us familiarize and learn about our classmates... and on
a somber note - Penny's and the others' passing only increases the urgency to get together
sooner than later.

Jean, I can understand the person(s) (I should note, I've no idea who) not wanting contact anymore
for a variety of reasons... or even declining to convey that sentiment by communicating
directly... but I do have an issue with an ISP applying a 'blanket' access block on apparently
just the individual(s) say so... be that as it may, it's beyond anything I can do on this end...
the others who also may have been blocked out but do want to keep up with the memories
can still do so at the Pbase website.
Hoho-grams ?! Hey... ... then again... maybe not.
Got the package of Bulldog newsletters you mentioned you'd send... Mahalo !!
Just quickly leafing through brought back a flood of memories... our classmates will really enjoy
seeing these again... will start scanning and uploading the relevant pages to the Pbase site
as quickly as time permits... wanted Chester Otani to join in with the scanning to expedite
that part but believe he's away somewhere in this world again... will get these back to you
as soon as, hopefully 'we' are done.


----- Original Message -----
From: June Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:59 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories: 10/03/09 update

I am really impressed with the accomplishments of all of you!

Jean and Boyd, you two have certainly led an interesting and intriguing life in Alaska!
I imagined Alaska to be a sleepy uneventful place where not much happened and you
have completely shattered that image for me.
Jean, you were always calm and even tempered when I knew you in high school and
I can see that that has not changed.

Ray, congratulations on receiving recognition for your achievements.
You are being too modest Ö Iím certain you deserve it for doing a wonderful job!
By the way, was the Tuiasosopo guy you mentioned a football player in college?
I think I remember someone by that name playing football at the University of Washington
years back.

Bing, Te Shih Sheh brings back memories for me too.
Being your friend, I found myself making posters and signs for the sorority for your
various activities although I was not a member.
I did love to draw but was not into ďfineĒ art like Roy Ö I was more into ďpracticalĒ art
and remember thinking that I wanted to be a sign painter but my parents would not
hear of it and said that art was a hobby and not a real job.
I also remember that after you got the nickname ďBingĒ there were other sorority members
who did the same thing (take their first initial and last name for a nickname).
I think there was a ďBangĒ (B Yang) and a few others.
When you were still a pledge, I remember the members dragging you and the other pledges
out of bed one night and taking you to some Chinese restaurant on McCully in your pajamas
and making you go in and beg for a soda!

Roy, I would very much like to see your work and really hope that there is a display at the reunion.

Elsie, Manny, and everyone else into crafts, it would be wonderful to have a craft sale/show.
And I hope that the cookbook becomes a reality too!

Roger and Hal, thank you for starting this and keeping it going.
And thanks to Nuk for adding all the colorful commentary!
Elsie is right, by the time of the reunion, we will know a lot more about each other.
I too look forward to receiving the daily installment.
It really is an addiction!


----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasuda
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 10:18 PM
Subject: My Input to Memories

Iíd like to thank everyone for their interesting stories.
Iíd like to thank Raynor especially since it was his posting that inspired me to add my remembrance.
I also first attended Royal Elementary School on Queen Emma St.
My family lived on Captain Cook Ave till a portion of 1st grade and moved to Palolo Valley on 9th Ave.
I remember doing most of the things that Jean (Nakamura) Worley had mentioned such as
climbing the side of the hill to get to Kaimuki and attending the Saturday kidís movies.
I donít remember the details such as how much it cost at the time and who I had gone with.
I do remember attending 3rd grade at Kaimuki YMCA instead of Palolo Elementary but
I canít remember why.
I also remember attending summer fun at Kaimuki YMCA each year.
I remember Jack Digmon and Milton Napuunoa living nearby.
After 6th grade we moved to Kuliouou for a couple months and met Spencer Kirihara there.
We moved back to Palolo Valley in Carlos Long neighborhood before starting 7th grade at KIS.
I remember Carlos Long area had a number of classmates: Douglas Okada, Melvin Hamada,
Tony Elasarke, James Suemoto, Jane Mock, Melvin Fujimoto and even Douglas Abe.
Across the Palolo stream, I remembered playing with John Almeida, Francis Kewalo, and Joseph Suzuki.
From Carlos Long, I remember also climbing the mountains for mountain apples, guavas, and purple plums.
There was one guava tree that I had marked since it was the only white guava I had ever found.
After graduating from KHS, Clearance Shibuya, Warren Katsura, Donald Hiramoto and myself enlisted
in the Army with the 6th All Hawaii Company.
Of this group, I believe I was the only one that made a career of the Army.
Like Raynor, I learned the Morse Code before entering the service only because of my Boy Scout days
and not by my own initiative like him.
And this training also helped me with my schooling in communication-electronics.
And interesting enough like Raynor, I met my wife in Germany only that she is local and was
an Army dependent.
In 1966, I remember running into George Takamiya and Wade Morikone on Okinawa.
Calvin Ishizaki, Robert Moriyama and I were in Korea in 1979.
Iíd like to point out that Calvin had attain the highest enlisted rank as Sergeant Major before retiring
with more than 25 years of service.

During my employment with the Navy, I remember seeing a number of classmates there.
Ricky Nakamura, Elwood Lim, Thomas Murata, Melvin Matsumoto, John Almeida, Wallace Nakamura,
Stanley Inouye, Lance Ishihiro, Paul Ichinose and Clifton Yoshida.
Iím sure there were others but I canít remember them.
I currently keep in contact with several classmates frequently.
They are Ralph Yamasaki, Kenneth Yoshioka, Ronald Lee, Donald Koga, and Thomas Noguchi.

I want to thank Ronald Higa for all the golf outings that we have had with classmates, and for me
this has provided me with the best remembrance and enjoyment.
Please continue the golf outings.
Reunions are also good and I hope to continue attending them.
As you can see, running into classmates throughout the years has made it a lot more interesting for me
when attending a reunion.
I am fortunate that classmates have enhanced my life in many ways.
As for remembering nicknames, school activities and events, I guess my 21 years in the military have
caused more than a few bumps and bruises on my body and mind.
Jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft makes no sense now but it made life in the military a little
more exciting at the time.
Of course Iím paying for it now with every ache and pain of my joints.
As for hearing aids, my first set (both ears) was 1975.
Being around the artillery cannons (61, 64, & 69) did me in.
A word of caution, it is not easy adjusting to wearing a hearing aid.
Even after adjusting, it is not perfect in following a conversation one on one and even worst in a group.
Iíve had my troubles in a classroom environment also.
I found myself checking my notes with other students and found they were not always the same
meaning that what I hear from people, may not be the same as what was said.

Jean, maybe Iíll be able get to some of the areas you mentioned later.
It may not be easy to provide the information you are asking in a single posting.
Too bad we didnít have enough time in Skagway this past May to catch up on things.
As for Carole, we were neighbors before she moved away to be closer to her grand child at that time.
Mahalo for your attention and I apologize for being somewhat vague and unorganized in my story.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 10/03/09 update

Elsie, it's unlikely that I will be participating in the craft fair.
August and September are my heavy months with shows and exhibits and I'm usually
exhausted by the time October rolls around.
Should I change my mind, I will bring my laptop with the images on them.
I can take orders and shipping information on site.

Yes, it is the same Wayne Lewis.
I met Wayne soon after returning home from the Air Force.
We studied computer programming and soon became fishing buddies.
He's a great guy.

I didn't get to know Jean so can't make a comparison, but people do change.
Our jobs mold our character.
We are forced to be tough or empathetic.
I was forced to "grow up" fast when I went to my first assignment.

Jean's idea of providing our stats is a fine idea.
Would be interesting to learn how we progressed over the years after high school.
It should be placed in another site besides here.
Maybe we could bind them into a book with photos.
No, I'm not volunteering for the job.
Well, if the response is great, maybe.

Elsie is so right about maximum participation.
We are losing our classmates at a fast pace.
Penny's death was a real shocker.
We can't predict when our lives will come to an end and need to
"live each day as if it was our last".
Let's make an effort to find classmates and convince them to join us.

----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 3:30 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories: 10/03/09 update

Oh, how awful that a classmate misunderstood and complained about the Memories emails.
I know my sister couldnít forward her sonís messages to me on the DHS system because his
site was described as adult content, since he was showing all his art work and Power
Ranger costumes.
The words, social networking, seems to also get blocked on our government computer, too.
I think too many young, men inspectors were watching porno during work time.
Anyway, anyone who does that now gets fired that day.
Maybe, June Yanazawa could get Jane Higa and Jane Mock to write, too.
I bet MSN and Hotmail knocked a lot of the HO-HO gram readers off the air.
Too bad. So sad.

October 3, 2009

Note to Hotmail and MSN recipients... although they will unlikely be able to see this...
their ISP has blocked emails from my address due apparently to a complaint they
received as noted, probably because of the 'Memories' emails :

" Mail rejected by Windows Live Hotmail for policy reasons. "
" A block has been placed against your IP address because we have received
complaints concerning mail coming from that IP address. "

It's unfortunate that the individual(s) did not contact me directly to request removal
from the email list... something I would have done immediately... but even more
unfortunate that the ISP would have a policy to place a block on all of the Hotmail
and MSN addresses as I have also been emailing some of them on a regular basis
for years... guess I am an official 'spammer' now... I can joke with it but admittedly
it does leave a bad taste.

As a reminder, and as I have done so a few times in the past, a quick email note will
suffice to have me remove the address of any one of you from this list.


----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 5:53 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 9/30/09

Hi, Hal......Thank you for clarifying how this memory train started and reprinting Roger's
original poem.
Was not aware of this site until probably July/09?
Anyway, found it interesting reading and such fun that caught myself chuckling as I read.
Could not contain myself when Jean and Nuk's comments touched on memories.
I was hooked after that and now wait to read who's contributing next.
I absolutely agree that this site has brought long lost friends closer, which will make the
reunion gatherings more meaningful and fun!

Can't say that we (our "bunch") will be attending the reunion in Hawaii.
Waiting to hear from Pearl whether the craft fair is on the agenda.
We will, however, definitely plan a craft fair in LV and already have Seda Deguchi (Pratz),
possibly Pearl, Kiki (Carolyn Amoy) and myself volunteering to organize this event.
Kiki, with her connections to many musicians, will handle the entertainment portion, with
Pearl's addition to the program.
Roy, would you be interested in displaying some of your paintings/photograhy at the craft fair?
Hal will probably have his table for ordering of photos and I know there are many, many
classmates also into crafts wanting to participate as well.

Roy: You mentioned aWayne Lewis who served in VN in a prior message
Is he the same one that played music at our last reunion?
Believe he retired from being a NG Recruiter for many years.
He is such a survivor and so courgageous in dealing with his dialysis, but so involved in his
music halau....gave up some of his golf time to play music.

Let's work together to make this 50th reunion the very best, as who knows whether we'll be
around to attend futures ones??? Elsie T.

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Cc: Roger Kobayashi
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/02/09 update

I have one question: Where the heck are Pamela "Pinky" Kim and Carolyn Chock?
They were two of Jean's best friends and we've lost contact with them.
Pinky was in Anchorage in 1975 with a tall, thin German dude named Wolfgang or Dieter
or Otto and it was so nice to see her.
She looked fit and trim and could talk at length about her world travels.
The German seemed happy to be travelling with her.
We hope they're still together and doing well.

I think it was Elsie Tanaka Ayers who recently wondered how Jean happened to change
from the nice and quiet type in high school to the witty granny now in her 60's.
I think it happened when we moved to Anchorage in 1972 and then Skagway in 1976
(can't believe we've been here 33 years).
She was pretty much surrounded by haoles who spoke no pidgin and she slowly lost her own.
She can drop back into pidgin when speaking with relatives back in Hawaii or who recently
moved to the Mainland.
But, other than that, and the occasional Frank DeLima DVD sent from her nephew,
she seldom hears any pidgin.

She sure got an early introduction into the job of magistrate in 1979.
In small towns like Skagway the magistrate is also the coroner until a qualified one can fly in
from Juneau or Anchorage.
She had four or five suicides almost right away and they were quite gory (hunting rifle in the
mouth and pull the trigger with the big toe, .357 magnum with a wadcutter round in the temple.
The round never exited the man's head but travelled around inside his skull and blood poured
from his nose, mouth, eyes and ears)
And these were Skagway residents that she knew and saw almost daily.
She became quite a gifted counselor when dealing with the family left behind.
It toughened her considerably.

And then, while serving at Skagway's magistrate from 1978 until 1989, she would be awakened
at all hours of the night by Skagway police officers needing her for an arraignment or
death certificate or things like that.
She listened to so many horrible drunks and saw so many wives badly beaten by a husband
or boyfriend and yet kept her composure and pleasant demeanor.
She even had to deal with a small (Piper Cherokee PA-32 that has only six seats) plane that
crashed in the mountains north of town and killed all six.
The pilot was decapitated and the plane crashed at such a steep angle before it caught fire
that the passengers all slid together and became one large cinder.
Two of the passengers were a husband and wife from LA who had recently sold their jewelry
store of 30+ years and were taking the trip of a lifetime.
The wife was wearing a $35,000 diamond ring that went missing in all the confusion.
The daughters in LA were convinced that someone in Alaska had stolen the ring, but it turned
up in the cinders in the body bag when the coroner cut what was left of the people into
smaller pieces for burial.
She also learned to never describe a ring as "diamond" when it may well not be.
Say "1 ring with a clear white stone".

Jean, when working as an immigration officer at the Skagway border station, is always careful
not to escalate a situation into a shouting match.
Some of our younger and more "badge heavy" officers seem to think they have to get into
a shouting match with the people they refuse entry to because of a criminal history in their
home country.
Jean can send them back to Canada and even have them shake her hand for being so
professional while doing so.
She has a nice touch in her craft.

Anyway, I've prattled on long enough.
We miss Pinky and Carolyn and would love to hear from them.

Much love,
Boyd and Jean,

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/02/09 update

Aloha Ohana
Still suffering from jetlag.
I got back yesterday from Corpus Christi, TX from the National Association of Boating Law
Administrators Conference where several neat things happened.
I was re-elected as the Associations Treasurer.
I also had the privilege to preview the next conference site to be held in Waikiki
(my counterpart in Hawaii was not allowed to travel due to budget).
If California allows me to travel to Hawaii for the conference I look forward to an opportunity
to hook up with you all.
Finally, I was recognized by the Personal Watercraft Industry Association as the recipient
of their third National award for Leadership in Boating Safety.
Never expected to get an award just for doing my job.
The Texas Game wardens declared me an Honorary Texas Warden and presented me with
a ten gallon Stetson hat (flew home wearing it and got a lot of strange looks in the airports).
Howdy, how Y'all doin'?
Sadly, Junior Tuiasosopu the Boating Law Administrator had to rush back to American Samoa
to aid in rescue efforts.

I think it was the Kuskokim river but it was a couple of decades ago so my fuzzy data storage
unit is a bit unreliable.

----- Original Message -----
To: Roger Kobayashi
Cc: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 6:50 AM
Subject: RE: Test - special early edition: 50 Years - Memories: 10/02/09 update

Talk about hearing aids. I think Iím going to get one myself.
I canít understand what the guys at work are saying when they turn, walk away and talk
at the same time.
I canít even hear when someoneís diesel truck is still on.
The doctor said that even my hair dryer is hurting my ear drums.

I wish more classmates would just tell us where they live or have lived, if they married
or are not married or how many times they were married, any kids, what kind of jobs
theyíve held over the years, if they were in the service and what kind of hobbies are
keeping them busy nowadays.
It doesnít have to only be memories.
I would even like to know more about the classmates who write on this Memories blog.
Nuk was surprised when he found out I live in Alaska.
Iím not sure where Carole Masuda Eto lives.
So, it might sound minor but it still would be interesting.

October 2, 2009

Harold-grams, Hal-grams, whatevah... no HO-grams though.

Roger, you realize I hope, by receiving an 'early edition', you won't be able to read posts that
come in later (or even your response to the posts that same day : )... then again you could be
having lunch and reading the 'normal' edition like maybe Bing, Wade and the others on the
'other' side do... or dinner like Vernon.

Actually I look at it the other way... there should be more 'common ground' when we all meet
at the reunions because of all the 'new' info we've learned about each other here... granted
it may seem like we've read 'everything' we need to know but I for one have more questions
now since reading about the other classmates... even the ones I thought I knew well... and
that was one of the original evolving intents for this 'message board'... having classmates get
to know each other better again after 50 years... whether for the reunions or in general.

Sounds like you and Jean had a 'real plan' going... whatevah, it may or may not have worked...
I was falling into a habit of falling asleep early and awaking early... too early... should be
going back to my old 'normal' sleep schedule after this : )


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 4:29 AM
Subject: Fwd: Test - special early edition: 50 Years - Memories: 10/02/09 update

Elsie, I asked the question only because I had an answer.
You're correct, we have to be grateful that Harold has been doing this class-service project.
Like many others, I have become addicted to the daily Harold-gram.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Roger Kobayashi
Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 4:15 AM
Subject: Re: Test - special early edition: 50 Years - Memories: 10/02/09 update
To: Hal
Cc: Jean Worley

Thanks for getting up so early. Keep it up.
Now, I won't be "homesick" during my travels to South Carolina/Georgia/Michigan/Wisconsin,
and can read the daily Harold-gram (my morning addiction) when I rise.
Sorry, I don't think you rode the car which transported Michelle Phillips.
That happened in Anchorage. You visited Jean and Boyd in Skagway.
You have created a terrific vehicle for catching up with news about classmates and for learning
things (like how you and Betty Ann got your respective nicknames) about them.
My only fear is that the physical reunions will be anti-climatic - But I'll be there.
I will ensure that I have an ample supply of hearing aid batteries and hope that the Veterans
Administration will see fit to replace my hearing aids before then.

For Betty Ann: I stopped and thought about your statement,
"I have been known as Bing all my adult life".
I realized that many (about half) of us were adults before graduating from Kaimuki High School.
Hawaii was a pioneer of sorts - State law made us adults at 18 and we were eligible to vote
during the Kennedy/Nixon elections.
Having said that, I'll have a lot of difficulty addressing folks by their "new" nicknames.
Real names such as Harold, Raynor and Betty Ann will always be part of my life.

Jean, it worked. It doesn't hurt to try changing Harold's sleeping habits.

October 1, 2009

It appears the Pbase website is nearly fully-functional... will update where-when I can.

Gerri... won't normally post anything other than 'memories', but have made a few exceptions
before... many email recipients may have noticed I avoid 'politics' and 'religion', even with
the regular email I send... but the Natatorium is something all of us are familiar with, grew
up with and have fond memories of... but also be aware that as many Natatorium supporters
as there are among the classmates, there may be as many who would just as soon see it
removed completely and/or relocated... that said... duly posted.

Elsie.. yep... it's all Roger's fault.
And the inspiration started with:
----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Harold Oshiro ; Louise
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 6:48 AM
Subject: Fwd: The Class Reunion

From a friend who also graduated in 1960. (from Roosevelt)
Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our FIFTIETH is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.
Followed by this to start the ball rolling:
----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean Worley ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:17 PM
Subject: What were you doing?

What were you doing 50 years ago?
Please share with everyone.
I was working in the cafeteria when we heard the civil defense sirens go off.
We knew that Congress had passed the Statehood Bill.


Jean... I was about to relate my background on cooking, etc. but then realized my twin would
probably come up with some made-up story in response that I would have to deny : )...
when I was born, so I was told, I had light brown curly hair and pale blue eyes... genetic
defect or untold family story ?... you mean I sat in the same car seat that Michelle Phillips
sat in ?! : )... also have to admit, I didn't know what a billiken looked like, or it's origins,
only that it was supposed to represent good luck... do know now:


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 6:33 PM

Aloha Hal and Friends, for those who are interested in saving the Natatorium War Memorial,
which I am, need your kokua and imput in the Star Bulletin Survey about removing or
restoring this beloved structure symbolizing the courageious military men who fought
for our country's freedom regardless which war.
Tourist still seek out this memorial which was slated for preservation that the last city admin.
set aside $15 million.
However, at the outset this new admin stated that it intended to demolish it and it is now
coming down to the wire unfortunately at such a frustrating economic time.
To add to the survey punch in and add your support.
This Waikiki memorial is probably the only familiar structure remaining of a fading
Hawaiian lifestyle.
Mahalo, Gerri Barcenas Digmon

----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 9/30/09

Hal, you mean this website was originally Roger's idea?
And I've been thanking you profusely for this great site......sorry Roger.
Seriously, we all jointly extend our sincerest appreciation to all who contribute,
including Chester, who has shared the amazing old photos.
You've created such a great media for all to share and enjoy each others' company.......
it's like we're still in school at 67 yrs. old.
Isn't it amazing????
You've started an addiction that is "almost" like watching the Korean dramas.
As Jean has said, that she waits to read the daily postings, as I do as well.
Keep the memory train moving!
What a delightful message board......Komapsuminida, Elsie T.

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Cc: boyd.worleyjr
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories: 9/30/09

Bing: Your Mom sending you to cooking school did leave an impression on me.
When my 4 kids were ages 8,9,11 and 12, I made a 3'x4' chart for the kitchen and
gave them each a different colored round sticker to put on the chart when they
had accomplished one of the tasks on the food chart.
On the drinks area, they had to be able to make Kool-aid from the package.
I had cub scouts who would tear open the bag and spray the dry mix all over the
floor and table so it wasn't an easy task to make the drink.
The second was making juice from a frozen can.
The kids enjoyed the list because it was all the things they liked to eat.
Make a peanut butter sandwich or heat a can of ravioli.
How simple was that?
Then it went on to making chili or spaghetti for the family.
Making the salad. Making the garlic bread.
It also included making the bed and doing laundry.
I told them that when they had their stickers covering the whole chart, they could
run away from home and Mom and Dad wouldn't worry about them.
Ours was the poor man's cooking school.
Your Mom influenced me and didn't even know it.
She sent you to cooking school so she wouldn't have to worry when you ran away
from home.
Sounds like you're doing great in the cooking department.

Raynor: We moved to Anchorage, Alaska in April 1972.
Boyd was thinking you were probably in the boonies with your barges.
Were you plying the Yukon River or Kuskokim River?

When we bought our cracker jack box house in Anchorage, the lady who sold our
house said that she worked with someone from Hawaii...Helene Ellis.
I never saw the lady but that one time so I never got to ask her where she worked
and never got to see Helene.

One day when Boyd was working at the Anchorage Int'l, he brought home an old man
from Honolulu whose flight had been cancelled.
The man owned CHEZ MICHEL in Waikiki.
He was coming back from France after purchasing truffles.
Anyway, the next time he came to hunt moose, he brought his old friend who happened
to be the doctor who delivered me on Lanai.
I even showed him his signature on my birth certificate.
He said that he remembered delivering me because I was born with a big bubble
of water on my head.
Isn't that a dangerous ailment? Am I retarded?
Boyd brings home people and sometimes doesn't even know who they are
until after they're gone.
He brought home Michelle Philips of the Mamas and the Papas and Clint Black's wife,
Lisa Hartman and her Mom.
Lisa sent a autographed 8x10 glam photo and all Boyd could say was,
"SHE was in MY car?"
Boyd said that she looked like a 12 year old kid.
When she found a biliken on the car mat, he told her to keep it because it was
an Eskimo good luck charm and she would be a big star one day.
I think she already was one.


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