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50 Years - Memories: October '09 pg 2

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error, please inform me to be removed from list if so

If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below...
well, that's what yearbooks and reunions are for :
( KHS '60 & '61 reunion pics )

Please pass this email on to other classmates.
I'd like to keep this going, adding their responses to this list or one of yours...
as a reminder that the 50th reunions are just around the corner.
Pearl Country Club - Aiea - April 17, 2010
Main Street Hotel - Las Vegas - tentatively October 10, 2010

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

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

Alvin Hirokane, Alvin Kajioka, Alvin Kotake, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Andy Nakano, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata,
Bessie Shjimabukuro, Betty Ing, Beverly Davis, Brenda Ignacio, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carl Yasuda, Carlos Gouveia, Carol Hamasaki,
Carole Kunishige, Carole Masuda, Caroline Andrade, Carolyn Amoy, Carolyn Chock, Charlene Mau, Chester Otani, Clarence Fung, Clifford Ching,
Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dennis Sakaguchi, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro, Elsie Tanaka, Frances Mise, 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, Manuel Mattos,
Martin Buell, Matilda Muraoka, Melvin Cabang, Michael Yamaguchi, Michael Tang, Muriel Masumura, Naomi Kuramoto, Norman Ginoza, Patricia Kiyabu,
Paul Kimura, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe, Ralph Hind, Ralph Yamasaki, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku,
Rick Nakamura, Robert Gore, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi, Ronald Higa, Rosemary DeJesus, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita,
Sandra Ishimoto, Sanford Murata, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro, Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi, Thomas Yamada,
Timothy Choy, Tony Ballesteros, Vernon Wong, Violet Chung-Hoon, 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 20, 2009

Black, I was pretty sure you were also in Troop 10 but forgot to list your name too... I honestly can't
remember incidents or such to tie in classmates to things so try to use memory images such as you
and the others in uniform... maybe that's why I get confused, what with the Troops so close by...
I wouldn't know when either as I got into the Troop for only a year or so when I was around 12 or
13 years old... then moved up into the Post at 14yrs as was mandatory... that didn't last more than
a year or so either... being the only Tenderfoot (think Private, F class) - probably ever - in Post 10.

Hi Brenda, haven't heard from you since I last saw you at your downtown office 10 or 15 years ago.
Kodama is retired (I believe), alive, and well in Oregon... Gore, also retired I believe and I assume in
good health, is in Washington State.

Nuk, had you hit me on the head with a bat, I would have never forgotten you... or at least made you
never forget me... you know, I really didn't encounter that sort of 'prejudice' until early adulthood...
maybe I couldn't recognize it... or saw it through others' eyes.

Gerri, I was never a 'foodie'... place a plate of whatevah edible stuff and I'd eat it... wasn' t fussy...
but I did have my 'druthers... pasta and such weren't my all-time favorites but I realized I never
had the real stuff until Italy... same with the food in Germany and France... onolicious... but then
I guess laulau and kalua pig wouldn't taste the same made in Europe... prove me wrong Vernon : )

Bing... the only classmate I can thnk of who has traveled more would be Chester Otani... he might be
traipsing around somewhere on this planet this very moment... and (almost) like you has never been
only to Alaska of the 50 states... Jean, we'll make sure he does soon.
I do remember you in a JPO uniform (my memory thing) now... yes, I guess you were a determined and
strong-willed person but it seemed in a gentle way... I was once temporarily kicked out of our 6th ?
grade class until I could come back in and do a required oral assignment... you stopped by to
console and encourage me on your way back from the restroom... I've always appreciated that.
Having heard what you went through in schooling and early job-careers after U.H. probably made me
think that toughened you.

Hey, that's right Edwina, you mentioned being friends with Bing back then, going to her home, so you
would know about the 'Boy Scouts Bowl'... I've known you since elementary days and know you
were at KHS during our junior year... what school did you end up at ?


----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Morimoto
To: "Hal"
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/19/09

Howzit Hal,

I'm pretty sure Troop 9 was an offshoot from Troop 10 because Troop 10 was just getting too large.
I think this happened shortly after we were there (mid 50's ??)
Not really sure when but pretty sure about the offshoot.


----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 5:20 PM
Subject: Bingo! Found and Happy

Aloha, Hal,

Carol Gouveia looked me up in the phone book and called me this afternoon, much to both our delights,
as I was such a good friend of hers in intermediate school.

I have not been hiding, and have been in the phone book, and actually spoke with Pearl Shimooka and
promised her that I would participate in our 50th.
I will be happy to do so!

Carol says you have sent lots of good stuff about the whereabouts of fellow classmates that she deleted,
and I am wondering if you still have some of them for me to peruse?

Do you know, for example, if Kenneth Kodama is still alive?
I thought I had heard that he passed away, but recently I googled him and found someone the right age
in the Pacific Northwest.
Also, I signed on to and found Robert Gore, the haole cheerleader, remember?
He is living also in the Pacific Northwest and was a doctor all these years.

At any rate, if you google me you will see that I am teaching Hawaiian Healing and lomilomi massage and
have a business with my daughter-in-law (from Japan) and my youngest son here in Kailua.
I am a DOE licensed teacher of massage therapy after many years in the travel industry.

That's it in a nutshell,........I can be found as Brenda J. Mohalapua Ignacio.
My phone number is *** **** ( will pass on in the usual manner )

Please keep me in the loop! Many thanks,


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: Memories

Hal, I attended one of Alvin Hirokane's birthday parties and I accidentally hit his head with his own
baseball bat he received for a present.
So he's either going to remember me well or not at all.
His mother thought I was trying to kill her son and I don't think she was convinced it was an accident.
She wasn't nice to me after that incident.
Across the street and mauka from Alvin's house about mid block on 16th avenue lived a white kid (I can't
remember his name) with pigeon toes who I made friends with, along with his own set of friends.
He was a few years older than I was and seemed protective of me and the younger kids when playing with
his friends in the area.
We got along great and one day he invited me to lunch in his home.
His mother came into the kitchen/dining area and when she saw me, she asked me who I was with a very
stern face (it almost sounded like, "Who the Hell are you?"
We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches w/milk.
The following week, I went up to play with him again, and noticed he seemed to be ignoring me while we
were playing with others.
I asked him why.
He was apologetic and said his mother said he couldn't play with me anymore, and didn't know why.
I didn't understand but just accepted it.
It wasn't until years later I figured it out.
It was my first of many encounters with prejudice.
Its too bad, I really admired him.
I wonder how many mothers I pissed off in my life time?
I had nice talks with Don Hiura's and Glenn Miyashiro's mothers about their sons, our classmates.
They seemed very intelligent and understanding.
Well Hal, it looks like only you and I remembered Jack Padua.
Raynor, what was in that reservoir above the fire station?
I was never inside, but often wondered about it after I saw that open door and the bullet clip lying on the threshold.
I enjoyed your post about packing for travel.
I'm no Boy Scout as opposed to many of our fine classmates, but as an engineer, I'm on the conservative side
and I feel like I need a backup for the backup, just in case.
You just about have me convinced I should leave the Jaws of Life at home that I got for my wife so she can
'eat' her way out of her car if she had an accident.
Jean, 764 !
Well, I'll have to be more careful, I just didn't think Celebrity would contract with such a mediocre hotel.
Ratings of the hotel are just average.
I'm going to be more modest with my pre-cruise hotels since we're there only a few hours to sleep.
My complaint went in with a couple pictures attached to my TA and has been forwarded to Celebrity.
I was reluctant to do it because Celebrity has already treated us so well and given us more than we deserved
for our first cruise with them.
But I think they need the feedback because most people just don't take the time to make a complaint and things
never improve.
We got a little spoiled when we stayed at the Four Seasons in Vancouver for a post-cruise vacation after the
Alaskan cruise in 2006.
It was a large suite and the bathrobes were about an inch thick.
That was a bargain in comparison. nuk

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 11:14 AM

Harold for anyone interested, got a call from Oliver Sanchez who is currently living on Maui, Oliver does not
have a computer but I gave him the "dope" about this web site, Oliver will endeavor to retrieve your website
from his son in Honolulu Oliver would love to read the stories etc.
Oliver is planning to visit Oahu in late Nov. and probably move back to Hon. Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 11:07 AM

Harold/Nuk, Nuk you are simply outrageous.
$764.00 per night, the Italians could see you coming all right.
Hope you made full use of the $764.
Jack and I travelled to Europe every year in the late 70's and 80's for 3 week visits each time.
Never took a tour and enjoyed great hotels and pensions.
Poor Jack did not know what to expect and initially was a fish out of water while we visited all the museums,
castles, farmers markets etc. and watched CNN all day and night (only english speaking channels).
Now Jack adores the food, drink and different cultures.
Always stayed at our favorite, Florence Italy, that has changed drastically from a quaint family town to a
shopping mecca.
Sadly the charming small family restaurants and shops have been relegated to the edge of town where the
prices are still reasonable.
Except that the whole of Florence being an incredibly fascinating educational architectural historical museum
for the world, the food is absolutely amazing.
Florence is always jammed with students from around the world.
Nuk you can find luxury pensions or small hotels in the center of the city and the designer shops area and one
thing very common in Europe you need to see the room before you accept it, once you accept it sight unseen
you're more or less committed unless you have a heated discussion with the Manager which also is common,
and you end up winning since they want your money.
Also when checking the room, check to see if everything is working, TV, lights, plumbing etc. it's a way of life
there unless you stay in a 5 star luxury hotel.
Many things were strange to Jack who probably kept of thinking about his dear old Palolo days and was seriously
interested in only researching the beer and wine at each bar watching the local scenery.
In Rome, I once found a handsome black cashmere jacket (beautiful european cut) for $145.00, Jack was not
interested and wanted to get one at Saks Fifth Ave. in S.F. and I told him this was a bargain and he was nuts \
not to get it.
Well, obstinate Hawaii boy did not give in.
So when we got to S.F. found a black cashmere sports coat priced at $600.00 what do you think the old boy did.
We also visted Munich's Octoberfest and Istanbul Turkey with a bunch of friends which was great fun and easier
to communicate matters while learning the language which is easier when you are in the country.
Beer and wine in Europe is wonderful, Paris is the most beautiful of cities that we saw.
Also heard about the best ice cream was made in Italy, so first Rome morning there we set out to look for breakfast,
well first thing that we passed in the morning was an ice cream vendor's cart with a fantastic variety of flavors,
told Jack, let's get some, started scholding and said are you nuts we haven't eaten breakfast.
Replied, don't know when we will pass another ice cream vendor, Jack walked off (as usual) I bought a lemon cone
(tasted like biting into a fresh lemon) Yummmmmmmy, caught up to Jack who said I did not make sense that we
had to eat breakfast first.
Told Jack to taste my cone, you should have seen his eyes, we went back to the vendor and Jack bought a chocolate
gelato (he said tastes like hershey chocolate bar) thereafter we bought gelatos whenever we came across gelatos.
Live and learn but so much fun.
Hope to return to Europe again, if anyone is interested perhaps we could get together on a trip.
So Nuk you don't always have to be so accommodating especially with your generous financial status.
Aloha, Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:07 AM
Subject: RE: Memories - 10/18/09

Timothy: when you go to Agra, India I recommend 3 sites: the Taj Mahal, of course; the “little” Taj Mahal
that was designed by a woman and used as scale model for the big Taj; and the Red Fort in Agra,
which is like a fairytale.
Hardly anyone knows about the “little” Taj.
I learned about it and toured it with a history teacher from the University that I hired as a guide.
He was very informative and reasonable.
But it was long ago and I have no idea on how to contract him or the University for this type of service.

I wonder if it is safe for you to go to Kashmir.
Before the fights between the Indian and Pakistani, I spent several weeks in a house boat on the lake in Kashmir.
The lake was huge and filled with lotus blossoms as far as the eye could see.
Lotus blossoms have a light perfume that you would miss except when amassed in such a large number.
Each day our boatman would dock in a different village, we would site see, eat lunch, go shopping, go to museums,
and stock up on food for dinner that night on the boat and breakfast on the boat in the morning docked at a new village.
Fascinating place.

Thanks for the tip on Linnekona and the Honolulu Academy of Arts Center across from Thomas Square.
We will be sure to visit next year when we attend the 50th class reunion.
My husband Hank was a fine arts major in college at Howard University.

I have been an avid traveler (throughout China, Japan, Philippines, England, France, Italy, Russia, Siberia,
Mongolia, Burma (Miramar), Thailand, Mexico, Canada, almost every State except Arizona & Alaska, Peru,
Indonesia, Katmandu, Afghanistan (before the war with Russia) along the Khyber Pass to Pakistan, Iran,
almost every Caribbean Island).
We also have taken 3 cruises but we went with family and friends in groups of 20 or so people so there were sizable discounts.
Plus, we can go by bus to New York and New Jersey, so this saves money also.
By now you have probably notices I am sort of a “Chang Master”.
I find ways to do travel inexpensively whenever possible.
I probably could really stretch that dollar except that Hank , who is probably like some of you, wants all the creature comforts.

Richard Nakasato: A while back someone mentioned that you stopped talking to them because you started talking to me.
Well, do you remember what really happened?
You used to call my house to talk to my mother and I was your excuse.

Ray: Mailing most of the tomoinage (gifts) to your destination, timing it so it arrives a day or so after you do is usually
cheaper than putting it in your luggage.

Hal: I told Hank that you felt I was much more determined or hard edged than when you remembered me growing up.
Someone else thought I was “bookish”.
He laughed and said I was deceptive.

I guess we never see ourselves as others see us.
Human beings are not one dimensional.
They are complicated and interesting.
I remember me as very strong willed and goal oriented.
I had to work twice as hard as most of the rest of you in academics.
And I worked extra hard to keep up.
I was a natural at athletics.
At Waialae, I made good grades in English by spending hours getting books from the Kaimuki library and I was always
chosen early in dodge ball games.
I made good grades in Math by drilling for hours and was one of the fastest kids on the jungle jim.
I was one of the two sergeants in the Junior Police Officers.
I think Wade Morikone was the Lieutenant.

I remember being the only girl to take Judo with the boys at the YBA or was it the YMCA?
The sensei would only let me join the Dojo if a boy in the class picked me for a sparring partner.
On Saturday, all us new hopeful students stood at one end of the Dojo.
Those who were already students picked their new sparing partners.
Almost all the new boys were picked and I had a sinking feeling in my stomach.
Then Ray Tsuneyoshi took pity on me and chose me for his sparring partner.
This broke the ice.
After that, I was one of the boys and went to Judo class every Saturday.
Ever since I’ve thought of Ray as my hana butta friend.
Sometimes I can close my eyes and see all of us in our white Judo Gees, lining against the walls of the gym,
with the padded mats on the floor doing our exercises diagonally across the gym.
I can hear the “key ai” and the thump of a right hand as the person flipped over and hit the mat to come up again.

I was also 1st string guard on the girls intramural basketball team at KIS.
I may have been the shortest but I could steal the ball from almost any forward.

At UH I chose golf for my physical education class.
But at the first class, I took my first swing and my golf club flew high into the air in a twirling motion.
It kept going and going getting smaller and smaller until it cleared the UH tennis courts.
I thought I had impressed my golf instructor by my strength.
Instead, he immediately changed my pe class from golf to swimming.
I have never picked up another golf club since.
I was crushed, but it was ok.
I made the UH swimming team.
I didn’t last the whole semester because I was too busy with trying to make good grades, pledging for a sorority,
and being an Army sponsor for company E.

Nuk: The main reason I am financially independent is that after two divorces and being almost homeless on the
east coast with no relatives living anywhere nearby, I had to take care of myself to survive.
I had no other choice.
When you face challenges, it either makes you strong or it destroys you.
Think about yourself.
Your parents had no idea how to parent you.
But you had to have encouraged yourself with the help of friends, roommates, role models in life and in books, etc.,
unless you would not have excelled.
You turned out amazingly, with an MS in Engineering, no less.

Clasmates: Like Jean, if any of you visit DC, please look me up.

----- Original Message -----
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/19/09

Hi Hal: That was called the "Boys Scout Bowl" located near Bing's home on Crater Road in Kaimuki off 12th Ave.
Am enjoying all the email from everyone, wish I had more to contribute.
You guys have so many enjoyable memories!!!
Aloha, Edwina Ahn

October 19, 2009

Hope to 'hear' more from you Ken... thanks for sending Alvin Hirokane's contact info... always good to
have another Waialae Elementary classmate aboard... hey Nuk, maybe Alvin remembers Jack Padua
and Kirk Jennings too... and other stuff we can't remember re: Waialae Elementary (me anyway).

Thanks Manny, don't think you / I have to worry about it... everything seems OK now.
So how did the weekend at the Royal Hawaiian go... with the temporary loss of email communication
with you and other commitments, sorry I couldn't be there... hope others could make it.

So it was that other 'newer' troop in the area... nearly forgot about that... seriously, I could never figure
out why there were two scout troops in the same area... literally just around the corner from each other.
Troop 10 was below, in an old abandoned reservoir... Roger, Ted, Kodama, Edwin Matsui... offhand, some
classmates I can recall at Troop 10... not the 1st but the oldest continously operating troop in Hawaii.



----- Original Message -----
From: Kenneth Ginoza
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:20 PM


Please add Alvin Hirokane to your class of 60 email list.

Enjoy reading the comments from the classmates.

Ken Ginoza

----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 3:36 PM
Subject: RE: Memories

Hal I got your email sent to me.
I don't understand what is happening .
I don't know how to send email, just respond.
manny, sunday, oct. 18th.


----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: Memories - 10/18/09

If your question involves the Boy Scout troop, I was in Troop 9 that met in the old reservoir on the hill
above the fire station in Kaimuki.
As I remember, it was the highest point in Kaimuki and was the best spot to watch fireworks on New Years Eve.
The other troop 10 met somewhere below.
As I remember, Clarence Shibuya was in my Troop.

October 18, 2009

Additional newsletter excerpts in

Ray, were you in Troop/Post 10 ?

Uncle Charlie(Vern), never hit me until you mentioned it... 50-year old newsletters... man, are we
ancient history or what... I'll take even better care of them now Jean : )


----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 3:32 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/17/09

Aloha Ohana
Your exchanges on “light travel” strikes a sensitive note.
I am still doing about 200 days a year business travel.
This coming year may see 230 days of travel.
Nonetheless, I still take way more than I need to but have trouble ditching the “Boy Scout” mentality
of packing for every possible contingency real or imagined.
As an example, I am visiting my two granddaughters in Tennessee and my trip was for 4 days, 3 nights.
I had 2 big bags average weight 45 pounds each plus one carry on that weighed 35 pounds.
Of course, in this case, I had a lot of “Omiyage” for the kids and my daughter.
While on business, I take a laptop and a printer and a lot of printed material.
My wife is a light traveler.
Perhaps, after I retire, I will reach a higher state of enlightenment and learn happiness is a carry on
that contains enough clothing for a week and weighs less than 20 pounds.
I will have to leave behind my first aid kit capable of tracheotomies and frontal lobotomies as well as
a water purification kit capable of treating 500 gallons of contaminated water.
Plus eliminating snacks capable of allowing me to survive on a desert island for 30 days.
Maybe , I’ll just reduce it to a 10 day supply.
On the other hand, I will have to pack a fishing rod or 2 plus reels and some hook and lures.
One cannot go too far in lightening a load.


----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 2:05 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/17/09

Enjoyed reading the Boys Cooking Class article in the 9 Oct 59 edition of the Bulldog.
I had forgotten our teachers name: Mrs Emily Yamamoto.
I´d also forgotten the other guys who were in the class, ie., Lobster Katsura, Buckeye Plunkett,
Don Stroud, Tofu Shimokawa.
I used to partner up with somebody during the class; I´m thinking it was Wayne Okada(?),
and we´d always produce good, edible dishes for whatever the project was for the day.
Mrs Yamamoto was a helluva good cook-teacher.
That particular news article was/is exactly 50 years old. Mahalo. Vern

October 17, 2009

Jack Padua I remember as being rascally and Kirk Jennings being on the quieter side...
but both were really friendly and easy to get along with... speaking of standard and
pidgin, both my sister and I spoke fairly good english back in elementary to the point
where one acquaintance in japanese language school noticed and laughingly remarked
about it... that changed rapidly as our circle of friends when expand as we progressed
through Intermediate then High School... it got worser when I got into construction work
and went stick around the construction guys... fortunately, having to interact directly with
clients-associates in my own business the past four decades reversed that... stay better now.

Explaining Paul's reply email... I sent him a cropped page from Jean's newsletter collection
showing his wife (KHS '61) modeling a clothing style back then... so kudos again to Jean
for her patience and foresight in saving those newsletters... welcome to retirement Paul.

I too have seen and read nothing but praise and positive reviews for Kensington Tours...
but as appealing, comprehensive and price-competetive their services are, I've personally
not used them... 500/day was a bit beyond my usual travel budget... by about a digit : )



----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories

Hal, you're right, it was Kirk Jennings.
I ran into him one summer in the bus going to Dole where we both worked.
I had trouble remembering exactly when he left us, so KIS it is.
I remember Jack Padua as being a great friend at school and really fun to be with.
Too bad he moved. I think he would have been a great KHS classmate.
You have a good memory Hal, you can't fool me.
When I retired, I wanted a simple wardrobe, you know, like sweats.
Can you imagine, I had seven dozen dress shirts that I used for work which virtually all went to charity
because they were in near new condition and dumped the questionable ones.
I have switched to cotton shirts for comfort, but they aren't good travel clothes,
so now I'm accumulating clothes again.
I bought shorts from LLBean because of their short length, not like those long kid shorts
that make seniors look ridiculous.
The LLBean shorts are quality stuff but on the heavy side.
Looks like I'm going to have home clothes and travel clothes.
I should be less self conscious about clothes.
On this last cruise, I saw senior men wearing bright colored shorts with animals on them. What!?

Jean, us males need female advisors like yourself.
We have good intentions but it isn't always viewed that way.
No, the wife retired a few years back.
You're right, I wanted her to do more things just for self reliance because males on both sides of my family
die very young and when I go, some things will have to be 2nd nature to her so she isn't overwhelmed
unnecessarily when she'll have so much to learn, stuff that she is avoiding now like financial matters.
When our dishwasher crapped out, I did the dishes for a while and I didn't feel sexy at all;
not with dishpan hands.
I do keep the autos running well but the wife thinks they are bumper cars and she can't help christening
them continually right into the ground.
She plowed our spotless Honda into the house the other month and didn't realize it.
Then she backed up and pulled the front bumper half off and that half was pointing to the sky.
How can one not miss that?
Honestly, the cars look like wrecks after a few years.
She should work for Consumer Reports Testing Division because she can destroy anything within a short time.
Well, I can't figure out the female message of destroying all of our cars.
I don't feel like buying new cars any more.
I actually got smart and drove the new cars first before turning them over to her in spotless condition.
The wife is financially challenged so I can see her pushing a shopping cart through town with all her
belongings in it after losing it all six months after I depart.
After we first got married, I went to the super market alone.
When I got to the check out line, I opened my wallet to find it empty.
I was so embarrassed having to put everything back on the shelves.
That happened twice. The wife was stealing money out of my wallet. Lecture time!
Then she thought my checking account was the Federal Reserve Bank and she was spending more
than I was making. Lecture time!
I know Betty Ann isn't like this.
Things haven't changed much since.
On the other hand, she isn't high maintenance, just a food nut.
I apologize, I will mention when I'm traveling if I'm still actively posting.

In the mid-60s, recruiters came to Hawaii to hire engineers and teachers to work in California.
I missed the interviews so I applied directly to Boeing and at Pt Mugu.
I wanted to get away from my sheltered life in Hawaii.
I wanted to improve my English language skills which were so wanting, I was speaking pidgin full time
when I graduated UH and was having problems speaking standard English which seemed so easy
when I was a kid switching between the two.
My vocabulary was so poor I didn't think I could survive working in California.
My application made its way to the Port Hueneme base and I accepted the job there while Boeing's offer
came a month too late, my first choice.
Vocabulary was just one problem, now I had to deal with the local engineering technical lingo as well
as all the Navy acronyms.
The base had its set of acronyms and so did, the agency, the office, the programs, the weapon systems,
ad nausea.
The military liked turning nouns into verbs, something I never learned in English class.
It was so intimidating.
I lived on Aleric St. Little did I know I was living amid a cottage industry of prostitution.
Mother and daughter teams were working out of their apartments and I didn't find out until years later
when there was a mass raid in that area.
Even when I moved further from the base there were two girls living next to my apartment in prostitution.
I didn't find out until I was on sick leave one day and looked out the window to see military men
coming and going out of their apartment and money exchanging with the pimp, also military.
I was in LA weekends so I didn't know how hot next door was until I stay home one weekend.
I was out in the morning and when I came home after lunch, I passed their large picture window
with the open drapes, and I see the two gals and a half dozen guys, all in their undies around
the coffee table drinking and smoking.
Smoking means the action is over.
Even though my parents didn't treat us well, I still did my good deed as a son.
After a few years of work I treated my mom and sister to an all expense trip to NYC to seeing Fiddler on
the Roof, dinner at Sardi's, and sightseeing; Wash D.C., Smithsonian, and Washington's Mt. Vernon;
and finally LV, home of Elsie.
My mother thought I had the intelligence of a chimp so she was surprised I graduated UH,
and not only that, managed to survive in California without dying of starvation.
She seemed to forget she was separated from my dad since high school and I was doing all the cooking
and laundry at home for him.
Thank goodness for Spam and eggs.
Dad did the ironing since he used to work at the laundry where I almost electrocuted myself.
I learned all the household skills before leaving Hawaii.
On a separate trip, I treated my dad to see most of the Western states sightseeing,
including Elsie's new home state.
I think my dad would just be happy planting his butt at a casino instead of seeing the other states.
Someplace in between all this I attended Oregon State University Engineering College for a MS degree.
Their engineering college is far superior to UH's, not even on the same planet.
At UH we had nothing but Asian professors who couldn't speak English and I can't forgive UH
for doing that to their students.
At Oregon State, professors were so crystal clear in their lectures, one could almost discard the class book.
That made the subject matter so much easier and I have nothing but respect for that University.
They really care about their students.
They know all their students by name, and their intellectual backgrounds.
Any endowment from me would go to Oregon State, not UH.
There were lots of Hawaii students attending OSU.
I was too generous with the little money I had subsidizing all the late night parties at the apartment
virtually every night to 2am in the mornings, playing Bridge, singing, drinking, arguing, etc.
I knew the guy who worked at the student union, so I got free bowling or pool games when he was on duty.
I played tennis late in the afternoons with one of the room mates until he broke his unusual bamboo racket.
In Oregon, it rains continuously all winter, and snows a couple weeks when it was very fun to drive
my '55 Chevy sliding into the turns hoping not hit the expensive cars.
When spring came and all the flowers started blooming, I had my one and only spring fever.
Spring fever is very real, a respite from a cold dark, mostly wet winter.
My mind was in la-la land and could hardly keep my mind on school work.
It is an easy time to be smitten with any person one meets during spring, so watch out.
I was having a time of my life. nuk


----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 3:35 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/16/09

I almost sprayed coffee all over my CBP keyboard laughing at the hilarious description of your reaction
to the $764 a night room.
A blinking left eye and facial ticks for 3 days paints a great picture.
Just yell 764 and I’ll break up laughing.

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Texeira
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: Miki

HI Hal, Thanks for sending that newsletter, it really opened my grandkids eyes.
To see their grandmother,at Carlys age, (the middle grandchild ) is cool.
Thanks Jean Nakamura Worley for saving all those newsletters, to activate our memories of those highschool days.
Well,I finally retired and starting to enjoy fishing,then thought of golfing more often, and traveling around.
I can't make the meeting on 11/5, to go to a family function.
Thanks again for keeping our class of 60 in the loop. Paul.

----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/16/09

Been interesting reading the memories and experiences of everyone.

As an FYI since many of you seem to be traveling and have expressed concerns on costs,
you might want to check out Kensington tours ( which bills itself
as luxury travel for a reasonable cost and which National Geographic rated as a top company
lives up to its reputation.
They have specialists for all parts of the world and they tailor a package in addition to their
prepackaged trips for the client and they are reasonable.
We just returned from a two week plus trip to Peru where we stayed in luxury hotels ,
dined at luxury restaurants, had our own car, driver, and guide and access to cultural sites,
and most of our meals that included wines and alcohol were included in the package
at a cost of a little over $500 a day per person.

Shall be using them for a privately designed tour to India in February.
Their thoroughness can also be seen in an inquiry they sent when they were developing their proposals for me...
they inquired why we wanted to go to a particular region since there were no luxury hotels there
but the highest rated one was only three stars and when I said it was to see a few temples in that region
they replied they would do their best.
A specialist is assigned to work with you in the planning of the trip and is your contact with the company.
I cannot be more enthusiastic about my experiences dealing with them.
Stumbled on to them when I was searching the internet.

On an entirely different matter, for those in Honolulu, I encourage you to go to Linnekona or the Honolulu
Academy of Arts Art Center across from Thomas Square to see the recently installed annual
Hawaii Craftsmen Juried Exhibition.
The diversity of works from all our islands and the creativity of the artists in Hawaii is truly stunning
and screams decibels about what a rich contemporary cultural scene Hawaii is fortunate to possess.
It is also free!

Best wishes to all of you.

Timothy Choy '60

October 16, 2009

Nuk, we used to travel with two suitcases each until our daughter finally straightened us out...
only light wash-n-wear type... all mix-match color and style... heavy layering and a standard
over-coat-jacket instead of a large-thick one in cold weather... with all having to fit in the
largest allowed size rolling carry-on - life-saver when negotiating cobblestones, long stairs,
wall-to-wall crowds in train stations and sidewalks... this allowed us on-the-fly, spur-of-the-
moment, sudden-inspiration changes in plans and direction... must admit though, as we age,
traveling structured with a tour group starts to look appealing.
Jack Padua, who I remember well, also attended Waialae Elementary... I'm wondering if you're
referring instead to Kirk Jennings at KIS... if so he was with us until the 8th grade.

Carole, besides my own criteria, the website that these messages will be archived in frowns upon
perceived direct for-profit advertising... whether it is or not - perception being the key... I'll pass
on individually any further information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.) if-when I'm requested
to do so... apologies for that.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carolyn Overholtzer
To: hal
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 5:56 AM
Subject: RE: Memories and testing

Hi Hal,

Yes, I have been receiving the "Memories".
I have been out of town and have alot of catching up to do.
Anyway please keep up, I really enjoy reading the Memories when I can.

(Kiki) Carolyn Amoy Overholtzer

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:36 PM
Subject: 50th Memories

That was no typo at $764 and it was just their average room.
I mentioned it in comparison to Betty's vacation expense which was a much better deal.
We let our travel agent pick the hotel room and since it's only for one day, it's okay with us, except,
we expected a suite, yep, like you said.
When she said it would be $764, I had a blinking left eye and facial tics for three days.
We could have chosen a cheaper room but I'm willing to try some "luxury" a few times in my life.
A hamburger deluxe, or leather slippers is luxury to me.
This hotel is under contract with Celebrity Cruise Lines and is a total rip off as far as I'm concerned.
We have had good luck in the past, but this one is bad.
We always provide good and bad feedback to our travel agent and let her deal with it.
We don't get upset when traveling since we know crap will happen, and getting upset solves nothing.
When something goes bad, we just go to the guy in charge, give him a big smile, tell him how we
enjoyed getting screwed but he needs to do something about it.
We don't yell, we smile while we're telling him we're deeply annoyed.
It usually works.
Otherwise, a letter goes to the corporate office and we forget about it.
If we get some kind of resolution, it's a plus for us.
Life is too short to stew over things like Jean said.
I prefer traveling cheap.
I prefer to do what you do, more local flavor stuff, and staying in one city for several days.
I don't like land tours with long bus rides, luggage out the door at 5am or 11pm the night before,
packing one night bags, or being on the bus at 6am.
How the hell kind of vacation is that?
I have yet to learn to travel light.
My clothes are too heavy; gotta find light weight washable stuff, and an appropriate carry on.
Did you know a Jack Padua, 7th grade, at KIS, or William Jennings at KHS?
Jack left KIS some time in the 7th grade.
Jennings didn't graduate with us at KHS.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Eto
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October, 15, 2009 9:40 AM
Subject: Receiving 50 years

Hi Hal
Sorry so late in responding but I have been so busy with my son and family visiting this month
from the mainland.
They will be here til the end of the month and then I will be at their place a week later.
I have four grandchildren 2, 3, 4 and 6 years old.
They are having a blast playing with each other!
I am totally exhausted!

I have been receiving the 50 years after a break and am now just catching up.

Also, I have an announcement to make.
See if this is feasible to send to classmates.
My cousin, Derek Miyano, Owner/Broker of a realty in Las Vegas is here this week holding free
Las Vegas Investment Seminars at: ( see above )

Tonight's session overbooked.

Other sessions:
Friday 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
1:00 - 2:00 PM
(refreshment/pupus served half hour before each session)

If anyone is interested in real estate in Las Vegas and attending a session,
call to make a reservation. ( see above )
I think it is a good investment for the long haul.
I have a house there.

I will be attending the Sat PM session with my two sons who are interested.

I am sure that a lot of you are familiar with Miyano's Appliance store in Kaimuki in the 60's/70's.
It was his family's shop.


----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/15/09

Most of the magistrates in Alaska in small bush communities were not lawyers.
We just had common sense. Nowadays, the magistrate has legal training besides a college degree.
The lawyer magistrates usually are responsible for two or more towns now to justify their higher salaries.
Wow. Thanks for telling about that scarey incident with your husband.
We didn't know that about the --IL ending drugs.
Next time, tell us ahead of time when you plan to be out of communication range.
I was starting to think you were ill.
Is your wife still teaching school?
My thinking is that your wife is telling you, in her own way, to keep filling the gas tank for her.
IF, I were your wife and you told me to gas up my own car after all these years,
I would think you didn't love me anymore.
When a husband checks the oil and tires and fills the tank with gas so his wife is set and safe to drive her car,
he is saying, "I love you," by his actions.
I know you're trying to make your wife self-reliant but, I think it's sending a different message.
"The sexiest thing a man can do for his wife is wash the dishes" would be the same as you filling her gas tank.
But I can see you do a lot for your wife already.

Vernon/ Geri:
Thanks for the addresses for Leonard's Bakery.
Hope they can do something even though it takes a couple of years to get a new product on the store shelves.
See, how ignorant I am about computers?
GOOGLE-ing the address never entered my mind.
The young officers at work must GOOGLE,too.
Whenever I wonder out loud about wanting something, they always find it for me in under 10 seconds or less.
GOOGLE must be their index card system.

October 15, 2009

Added more excerpts:

Nuk, I hope that was a typo... unless 764 was for an ultra-deluxe suite... I know Rome lodging
can be quite expensive, but WOW !
We've been to Rome a couple of times but at 'discount' lodging... ostensibly for the 'local flavor'
and adventure, but basically we're cheap... usually travel 'on our own' with just a general
idea of the day's events... travel light - really light - to allow deviation on the spur of... just
a single carry-on for a couple of weeks... another reason for 'discount' lodging - they usually
have laundry facilities or are close to one... have had grand adventures staying where the
'locals' work and live... OK, 'nough rambling.

I know... Jean's post wasn't for the 'Memories' message board but there were some memories
in there along with more of Jean's background that I thought would be of interest to others.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories

Betty Ann, I've been taking high BP medication for a long time.
The new medications are worthless and dangerous IMO.
None work on me but I do suffer from the side effects, and with time, more side effects appear.
One doesn't realize it until one switches medication.
I would get muscle weakness, unexplained bleeding, cold symptoms, etc.; the list can be long.
I refuse to take any new medication and am sticking to a diuretic plus a baby aspirin.
Actually, just breathing deeply helps lower BP; more oxygen to the blood and the heart doesn't
have to work as hard.
We traveled to the Mediterranean in late Sept for the similar reasons; less crowds, and less hot.
But it is expensive.
We go a day early as insurance we don't missed the ship due to flight cancellations.
One night at a hotel in Rome was $764, which I wasn't happy with so I let my travel agent know about.
I expected far better for the money.
I like your vacation for the price, but the wife doesn't like to cook, although she's a good cook.
I can bake great yeast dinner rolls but I don't do it very often.
I got tips from a great baker, the wife's niece.
It's not so much the recipe but, it's the knowing how to handle the ingredients.
The wife likes to save a few dollars, but is penny wise and pound foolish.
When I told her she had to pump her own gas, she would go to Costco to tank up, but make an illegal
left turn to get there instead of driving one block over.
I told her to cut it out.
Nope, she gets a $200 ticket and the auto insurance costs an additional $1000 over three years as a result.
She spent $1200 to save $30 maybe.
I don't get it.
At saving a nickel a gallon, she'd have another 800 years to break even on her ticket expenses. nuk

From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: boyd.worley
Cc: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 6:48 AM
Subject: Fw: Frozen Leonard's Bakery Malasada Dough Balls

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: darlenechun
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:39 AM
Subject: Frozen Leonard's Bakery Malasada Dough Balls

Aloha, Darlene Chun!
Your address was given to me by a classmate on the Kaimuki High School Class of 1960/ 50th reunion web site.
My name is Jean Nakamura Worley. I was born on Lanai, moved to Honolulu in the 3rd grade, attended Palolo
Elementary, Kaimuki Intermediate and graduated from Kaimuki High School with a 4 year scholarship from
Dole Pineapple Company.
I worked at Mother Rice Pre-school as a principal's assistant for Louise Bonner.
We moved to Alaska after being a Hawaii resident for 30 years.
We have lived in Alaska since 1972 so 37 years is a lo-ong time to be without Leonard's Bakery malasadas!!!!
We've been back to Honolulu twice and each time got malasadas as soon as we unpacked our suitcases and
drove from my brother's home in Waimalu to Kapahulu.
My sister, who lives in Las Vegas with her bachelor son and our 85 year old mother, and I have tried to figure
out ways and means to get Leonard's malasadas and never came up with a solution until now.
My sister sent me a recipe using Rhodes rolls, walnuts and cinnamon sugar.
As I was making the dessert, the light went on over my head....frozen Leonard's malasadas dough just like
the Rhodes rolls. Do you think you can work on that idea?
We get King's Bakery sweet bread and rolls in Skagway, Alaska where I live.
Everyone here loves the King's Bakery products.
King's Bakery could probably make a frozen sweet bread roll that could be fried like the malasadas but,
somehow, the name wouldn't match.
ONLY Leonard's Bakery Malasadas would taste ono-licious!!!
You could probably GOOGLE their e-mail address.
I thought they have the expertise in the frozen roll field and could help you get started.
The distribution could be through COSTCO since we have their stores in Alaska and Las Vegas.
They push American products more than Wal-Mart.
Anyway, I know every person who has eaten a Leonard's Bakery malasada and has moved away from Hawaii
would buy your frozen malasadas dough balls because they could make just two per day and fry it in their
FRY DADDY fryer like I would for my husband and me or make the whole bag for company or dozens of bags
for a money-making project for their clubs.
PLEEEEEASE work on this idea for the sake of all the ex-Hawaiian Islanders living without their daily fix of a
Leonard's Bakery malasada!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this plea from Alaska.
Hope you can make it happen.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:06 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/13/09

Jean: You were a lawyer without going to law school or passing the bar.
That is awesome.

Boyd: Jean was right about going with her instincts regarding medications.
Did you know you can get an allergic reaction to medication, even after using it for over a year
and even if you were not allergic to it when you were younger?
Thursday before last, my husband Hank came home from work looking ill.
He said that after lunch the right side of his mouth felt funny.
I looked in his mouth and the right side of his tongue was twice as large as the left side of his tongue.
He thought it might have been something he ate.
We called his doctor.
The doctor advised us to go to the emergency room immediately before the swelling clogged his breathing.
We went immediately.
They found out that he was having an allergic reaction to his high blood pressure medicine
that he had been taking for over a year.
He was having trouble swallowing his own saliva.
As soon as they gave him a shot, he felt better and within 4 hours he felt well enough to drive home.
The emergency nurse told us that this happens, especially with medicines that end with the letters “… IL”.
While we were there, another woman came in with an allergic reaction.
She was about 50 years old and had never been allergic to penicillin but she now is.
At first, even Hank’s doctor didn’t think it could be the medication.
But after much consultation with the emergency room staff, all became convinced that it was.

Carol Chock Tom: Hello. Glad to hear that you are fine

Nuk: You and your wife sound very much like us.
We, however, do have cell phones.
They were gifts from our adopted niece, Moon, for emergency purposes.
She also gave us our micro-wave, electric coffee maker, and cordless telephones.
She just gave me a wireless Dell computer notebook which she hooked up.
I do not know the e-mail address for it but I can ask her tonight when she comes over for dinner.
I can get recipes from all over, including Food Network, Epicurious, Martin Yann, Sam Choy.
I can walk around the house with it because it is a little over 4 lbs. and use it in the kitchen.
I pull the recipe up on the screen and do not even have to print it out.
That is how she got me hooked.
I bet your wife would love this.
I’ll bring it to the next reunion.
Both Hank and I are still working full time.
Hank plans to retire in two years. I’m not yet ready.

We took our vacation about the same time as you.
But way cheaper.
Saturday before last we rented a 6 bedroom house on the beach at Fenwick Island, Delaware
with 4 other couples for 8 days.
The house is right on the beach.
We chose the first week in October because it
(1) is still warm (mid 70s),
(2) is not crowded, most of the vacationers are gone with the kids back at school,
(3) has many discount outlet centers,
(4) Delaware has no sales tax,
(5) Tuesday is senior citizen’s discount day,
(6) the Ocean City Annual Endless Summer Cruisin Hot Rod Show
( over 1,500 custom, muscle cars, street machines, classics etc.) is held over the weekend, and
(7) it is cheap because it is offseason, $650 per couple for 8 days.
We’ve been doing this with the same group for over 10 years.
There is at least one good cook among each couple.
The other ones do the cleaning up.
We save up recipes during the year to try out on each other and request favorites from past trips.
I used my cell phone a lot for the first time last week because we used it to shop for food for the first time.
We got a shopping list together.
We then clipped all the coupons for the items on the list.
Then two of us each went to a different supermarket (Safeway, Giant, Super Fresh, and Harris Teeters)
each armed with the list.
Then beginning on the top of the list, we called each other telling the quality, price and the amount
of the discounts from coupons at that market and agreed at which market to purchase the item.
Your Michael Jordon of Teachers might enjoy this way of shopping.
Fenwick is 2-1/2 hours drive from DC.
Another good thing, no jet lag.

Ray: We talked about the times we all rented places and went fishing with you.
How I used to offer to take the eels that the other fishermen caught but didn’t know what to do with them.
Yummm grilled eel with kabayaki sauce.
You wouldn’t recognize Shanty Town, where we used to get on the boat to go deep sea fishing.
It is now an upscale development of beach houses.
The fishing boats now leave from across the bay, near the bridge.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:14 AM

Harold/Carolyn, So good to hear from you Carolyn and I am sad to hear that you lost your partner 2 years ago.
I remember seeing you prior to your leaving for Maui which was ages ago, whenever I passed your house on 10th ave.
I always wondered if you had moved back to Honolulu.
If you ever visit Oahu, please call me we would love to get together with you.
I hope that all is well with you and your family, do keep in touch.
Warmest regards. Gerri DB

October 13, 2009

Re: the Hotmail-MSN-Live problem... actually the timing was too coincidental so it had to be that.
Just to be sure I sent out a test email to each Hotmail-MSN-Live recipient to see if it would bounce back.
That was a few days ago and so far no problem.
Have resumed batch emailing with those recipients the past 2 or 3 emails and those have been OK so far too.
I have though, as a precaution, left out a small few who I honestly can't be sure don't have a problem with all
the emails, as I got their contact info 3rd hand... apologies to them if they did wish to remain on the list.
Bottom line I think I just got caught in some kind of glitch when H-M-L filtered messages until the affected
account holders could reset their pin numbers.


----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY, (Nakamura) JEAN M
To: Hal
Cc: Carol Tom
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 8:32 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/12/09

How great to hear from you!
Boyd will be so happy, too.
I’m working overtime tonight from 4pm to 4am because the new girl from Texas can’t work, yet.
She doesn’t have her CBP badge, credentials or gun because she transferred from Border Patrol
to Customs and Border Protection.
Both are under Department of Homeland Security but the three items are not transferable.

Our hearts go out to you.
How sad to lose your Vernon.
Was he that much older than you?
I remember when you first moved to Maui and how you two enjoyed the youth group that you
had at church.
I didn’t know you stayed on Maui permanently.
We’ve been in Alaska 37 years now.
At least I got to see Pinkie and her future husband in Anchorage around 1974.
I think they came to Skagway to get on the cruise ship.
I didn’t even know about Skagway when Pinkie mentioned that she was on her way here.
And then we moved to Skagway in 1976 the year of the Bi-centennial.

At least now that Roger Kobayashi has informed people about contacting us when they arrive
on the cruise ships, we are getting to see our classmates.
What year did you come to Skagway?
You were probably on a bus or train that I boarded as Immigration inspector.
Sorry we missed each other.

Do your sisters or brother still live on Tenth Avenue?
I remember how all of the sisters were so upset at the one young brother and his Playboy
magazine collection.
I remember learning to make cookies from you for all our money making projects and the nice
dances you used to have in the back patio.

Hope to see your memories, too, on the daily page.


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 5:37 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories

Harold, I'm glad you're posting again.
I miss that as much as the others. :)
Sometimes an ISP will block out messages when it detects (what it thinks is) spam coming their way.
This will happen when they detect large constant mailings similar to ours, although ours isn't that large.
Large forums have this not uncommon problem when they email their members.
I have no idea what the administrators do to resolve this problem; maybe contact the ISPs?
I just got back from a Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox.
The food was fabulous.

Jean, SOKO GA SHIRITAI: That has to be the best series I've seen on Japanese television.
I've seen only a few of them because our cable companies are always changing where we are but I
really enjoyed the few episodes that I saw.
They stopped producing that series back in the 90s.
I'm not a big boob oogler since big boobs turn me off; there has to be quality in them boobs.
I remember a platinum blonde at KHS but I don't remember if she had 44 magnums.
I was fascinated by her hair color though.
I can't be the only rebel in the Class of '60 am I?
I don't know when it started but I've been questioning authority since I started working.
It was always amazing to hear people say, "We always did it this way." to the question,
"Why are we doing it this way?"
At one of my first jobs, I asked enough questions to eliminate unnecessary steps in a process, and
determined the data being sent to the Range Safety Office was completely wrong.
I left because I felt these people weren't playing with a full deck.
When I got into management, frankly, my bosses were afraid of me because I stirred up things and was
quite vocal of any management's lack of understanding of what was required to be done.
I wasn't afraid to make end runs and work around my bosses to get things done.
I'm not a patient person.
I did my homework, talked to a lot of people, and was always on firm ground when I make my decisions.
I didn't asked for permission, I just did it.
If I did my job well, who's going to yell at me?
I don't have male doctor's anymore because I'm got tired of butting heads with them.
I just don't think they are smarter than I am about my own body.
Female doctors actually listen to you and I prefer them.
Besides, I feel more comfortable being nekkid in front of a female than a male.
Doctors are over rated and I don't trust them, IMO.
That was my work personality.
Socially, I'm very laid back to avoid conflict.
I've given up getting into useless arguments that I'm supposed to win. LOL
For the last 20 years, I've been saying, don't trust anyone under 30.
Now, I don't trust anyone.
I also need hearing aids but I'm not sure I can stand wearing it.
I like the beauty of rings and watches, but wearing them is another issue even though I have a collection of both.
Wouldn't it be neat if Elsie did 'Algernon' at the reunion?
We can rate 'Algernon' even vote her off the premises; well we wouldn't do that.
I don't think I want to see her inner Tom Boy emerge and punch me out.
I do understand that very good looking girls/women do have a problem set none of us would like.
I don't the think the good looking boys/men have those problems.
Males are too busy looking after their own self interests to be jealous of other men.
I guess because of my circumstance: I had parents but little parenting; I had to bring up myself like Manny
and develop street smarts and became somewhat of a people observer.
The hardest thing in my life was the first year at the UH.
I loved the freedom, the option of not attending classes, but I was no scholar.
I had extremely bad study habits.
I never studied past 8pm at nights if I studied at all because my brain goes to sleep before I do.
With a television in the house, it was just to easy too avoid school work.
After getting through the first year at the UH, I had no confidence of graduating with a degree because the hard
courses were yet to come and I was already struggling.
My two best escapes for coping with exams were sleeping and organizing my desk the night before the exams.
In my junior year, to my surprise, I found the engineering courses to be easy, but I did resort to cramming to 10pm
the night before exams.
I hated exams that required memory work rather than understanding and I hated true/false exams because if the
professor doesn't have English writing skills, the exam is worthless.
Too often I could make a case for either true or false or even a 3rd option.
One professor was very upset when the top score was barely over 60.
I think he should look to himself to blame.
T/F exams are just a symptom of a very lazy professor.
The more involved test questions were engineering problems that required many steps and may take three to six
pages of calculations for each problem.
One had to practice doing these problems, because of the time element in the exams; you had to know the process
without thinking, but be attentive to what is being asked.
I learned to cover myself.
Sometimes, after six pages of calculations, the answer doesn't appear what it should be.
There's no time to do it over.
I reviewed my work and if I uncover my error, I stated it at the end of my solution and explained what I expected as
the answer, a ballpark figure.
This showed the professor that you understand what is being asked and can garner more points towards your grade.
I never took drugs ever to enhance performance in school work.
It just wasn't that important that I did well.
However, it was very competitive in engineering college, and that was incentive enough to do well.
There's no better feeling than to turn in your paper first and ace the exam; like finishing a two hour final in
grad-school in one hour, getting 100% while no one else could finish it in two hours.
That news reached my room mates before I did when I got home for lunch.
After graduating UH, I found work to be even easier.
Towards the end of my career I got away with five hours of sleep a night by choice.
What's good about that is I'm asleep within ten seconds after my head hits the pillow.
Now, long retired, I still get dreams about being on campus of various kinds that my minds makes up, and I'm looking
for my classroom to take an exam, one that I didn't study for.

Betty Ann Ing.
Now Betty, was it really a sex education movie in a dark auditorium at Waialae Elementary or just another boy trying
to get education from you?
Speaking of swimming, I related earlier about a classmate swimming in a blue swimming suit at UH at lunch time
prior to Chester's and my swim class.
That was you underwater with another guy.
I didn't know you could hold your breath so long.
What a great set of lungs you have.
I'm beginning to think you're "HOT". ;)
I didn't realize I married a Betty Ann.
My wife doesn't even use email nor the Internet.
We both don't like using phones so we don't even own a cell phone.
I prefer seeing people face to face to talk to, and I also prefer not being that available.
I read body English and people's expression when they say anything so I don't like using a phone.
I read the message behind the message.
When we go traveling, the wife becomes very popular with the people we meet, and by default I become Mr. Wife.
I don't mind since it's all temporary.
When we were both working, I did the laundry, vacuuming, car washing, gas filling, yard work, etc.
This allowed the wife to put many hours in as a school teacher which many people have said to be the best teacher
that they ever met; parents go on waiting lists to get their child in her class.
She's the Michael Jordon of teaching without the pay.
She likes shopping for food, cooking, and oddly enough, cleaning the bathroom.
Now retired, she does the vacuuming and fills her own car with gas.
Yes, the wife does strange things with the TV remote that is nearly impossible.
I think she contacted ET with it once at a cost of $3 mil; thank goodness for her massive teacher's pension.
Thanks for the update on Arlene Lum; I always wondered what happened to her.
I'm not comfortable using someone's nick name unless I was a close friend.
I'm glad for that explanation of your nickname, it makes sense now.
Douglas Abe was going to name his son Lincoln, so he does have a sense of humor, but his wife would not let him.
I remember some of your sorority friends used to gather on the first floor of the UH library at certain times and days.
They were good looking gals along with yourself and you all looked smart too, and well dressed.
I used to go there from time to time just to look at them; not their boobs.
I used to know the names of some of them, but not today.
One was Caroline Wong who reminded me of Jacquelyn Kennedy, one was Carole, and there was another one,
a real cutie about your height.
I don't know if Sylvia Yuen was in your sorority but she did a paper work art piece in art class that was on exhibit
somewhere on campus.
I stopped by several times to look at it.
I remember freshman history class and the gal that sat next to me who was in a sorority, had a handful of old history
exams from her sorority to study.
I had only me and I did poorly.
The history teacher would come in and read his same daily lecture he had done for years, none of which applied
to the exams.
He was often late to class and I wondered what would have happened if I read his lecture to the class that was on
the lectern before he showed up for class.
It was the same for Anthropology; the lectures were interesting but none of it applied to the exams.
You'd have to read the seven required reading books for that.
Makes me wonder why we paid these professors anything.
On the finals, one of the major questions was, what was the impact of such and such, on the economics of the town
of such and such.
I wrote a piece of fiction you would be proud of and got a 'C'. Unbelievable.
It's the advanced degree students who are grading these exams so it's a matter of luck whether I would pass or not.
What the heck!?!
Much of what we learned in school turned out to be fiction anyway.
I also remember fraternity pledges being arrested for being naked doing their pledge thing on Dole Street and in
front of the female dorms.
There was a photo of a Chinese male butt in the newspaper.
One of my aunts asked me if I participated.
Well, if I knew about it, maybe.
LOL Depends on whether it was cold that night.
I really wouldn't want to make a poor showing.
It all seems like I'm rambling.
I don't take very well to jet lag these days. Nuk

----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 3:25 PM
Subject: Coin Medallion Update

I’ve visited a lot of web sites that manufacture coin medallions and have been in contact with two at this time.
Only one of the two also manufactures key chains. Basically, I had selected an inch and a half coin on brass with
multi color on one side.
The price range for this type of coin is about $5 and shipping maybe extra.
For the same coin on a keychain, the price is increased to about $9 each.
I have not submitted the drawings yet until a general consensus on the art work is received.
Until I do, I am comparing cost from all the manufactures with some also have free shipping but the unit cost is higher.
Also, cost can be increased if a more elaborate selection is made, such type metal, edging, and a larger coin.
So, maybe the question now is should we go with the coin or key chain or mix of the two.
Are there questions on the wording of the artwork?
The general impression I’m getting is most classmate are in favor of the coin and since a key chain was mentioned,
I was able to get this information.
As for pendants and pins, a totally different process is required that I am not familiar with.
I would like to hear more comments on the project. Mahalo, Carl

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol (Chock) Tom"
To: "Hal"
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/12/09

Aloha everyone,
Thanks for your loving persistence Jean and Boyd!
And thanks to Hal for keeping all of this going!
Yes, I Carolyn Chock Tom am one of those who has been enjoying all the memories
(I can't believe how much people remember!)
and current news
(what accomplishments and interesting anecdotes!)
about everyone without responding.
Guilty as charged!
But no more...

I haven't connected with too many of you for so many years so here's an update on my life.
I've been living on the beautiful island of Maui for the last 38 years and love it.
I lost my loving companion and husband two years ago, but have been blessed with the two sons we shared,
and now two lovely, delightful granddaughters.
Jean, I also am still working part-time so you're not the only one!
Wish I had known you were in Skagway when we visited Alaska several years ago...
In fact we've been to Alaska twice.

Anyway, that's enough for now.
Thanks again to everyone who's been so faithful to share!
Carol (as I am now known)

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:22 AM

Harold/Jean worley/Sandy Akiyama etal,
Happy Columbus day, Just took a quick peek and want to send Jean Leonard's Bakery address:
933 Kapahulu Ave, 96815, Ph.#7375591, fax:7375537,
Jean u r amazing, just reading your email tires me.
Harold, is this hotmail fiasco overkill, I understand from a hotmail pal that all what was needed to do was change
your pin number and not the hotmail address and it works??
That's what I was told.
Well Sandy Akiyama and I are still on board for a support group and we would love to hear from anyone especially
in our KHS class who can pass on news of our friends that we can disseminate.
However, while we have spoken to a few people, we have not had any response.
After all these years we recognize the difficulty in reaching classmates that are probably splintered almost around
the world as well as many classmates who are beginning to discover "Hal's" important and fantastic website.
So Sandy and I are willing to start on a KHS60's goodwill/support group of classmates anytime be it from Hawaii,
Mainland, Europe, Orient etc, just pass the info on to us so that we can get started on the groundwork.
Aloha, Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 7:23 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories 10/12/09

Leonard´s Bakery
933 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu 96816-5591
Tel: (808) 737-5591

I looked it up on Google. Sho ´nuf, there the buggah was!
Uncle Charlie

October 12, 2009

Jean, actually the idea of a support group - on this message board anyway - started with Sandy Akiyama and
Gerri Barcenas, then picked up by Nuk and the rest... guess everyone is waiting for the other to start first with
notifying and in implementing a support group... admittedly I'm one of them, having known about Melvin
Matsumoto's and a few others' illnesses a while back.

You know Slug, I'm beginning to think there wasn't a direct complaint about my emails to Hotmail-MSN... maybe
I was just unlucky enough to be lumped together with spammers during the Hotmail-MSN problem... then again
maybe I did tick someone off... may never know unless you, and the others who haven't, drop a line to check in
... wait a minute... you just did : )

Carl (and others interested), here's a link to a typical coin-medallion company to get an idea of costs, different
metals, designs, shipping-handling, etc. ... hey, you guys remember making
our own 'jewelry' back then... from flattened pennies and a hole punched through them to make a necklace...
or sawing a thin slice off of a metal pipe then filing and sanding it to make a ring... ... me neither.


----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 10:09 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories 10/11/09

Isn't there anyone besides Caroline Andrade Gouveia going to check in and let us know they're reading the e-mails?
Don't be shy.
We just want to know that you're on line with us.

Say, could someone in Honolulu get me the mailing address for Leonard's Bakery??
I want to ask them about making a frozen malasada like the Rhodes rolls that I buy in Skagway.
I am also going to write to the Rhodes company to see if they will get together with Leonard's and provide the
technology for freezing the rolls and provide the marketing expertise.
We get King's Bakery sweet bread in Skagway so Leonard's malasadas should be the next product to come to Alaska.
Imagine the market that Leonard's malasadas would have in Las Vegas alone?
Of course, it would have to be named Leonard's Bakery Malasadas..none other.
I could thaw out two or three malasadas a day and cook them in my Fry Daddy. YUM!

Seda: I mailed the obi material on Friday and you should get it in seven days.
That's how long it takes lst class priority mail by sled dog to my sister in Henderson, Nevada.
She lives in one of the many gated communities with her bachelor son and our 85 year old mother, who told us
before she was afflicted with Alzheimers that she wanted to live in Las Vegas when she got old.

Carl: I forgot our class motto/song was "You'll Never Walk Alone".
That gave me another thought.
Could the classmates let the rest of us know when someone is hospitalized or seriously ill so that we can visit, send a card,
write a letter, or even send flowers BEFORE we hear that they have passed on?
How sad that our classmates passed away without knowing that the rest of us cared about them.
It would go along with Hal, Carl or Nuk's idea to have a support group for our classmates.

----- Original Message -----
From: clifford young
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:13 PM
Subject: RE: Memories and testing


I think Hotmail is jealous that you are sending more emails out than they are.
Have a great weekend and keep those emails coming.

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