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51 Years - Memories: March '11

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

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

Please pass this email on to other classmates.
I'd like to keep this going, adding their responses to this list or one of yours...
as a reminder that hopefully for all of us, we have many years ahead to reunite again.

Hal Oshiro
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,Alvin Shimokawa,Amy Higashi,Amy Morioka,Amy Murakami, Amy Nakashima,
Andra Dean,Andrew Nakano,Ann Miyamoto,Ardel Honda,Arlene Yamagata,Arline Hirahara

Barbara Baptist,Bessie Shimabukuro,Betty Ing,Beverly Davis,Brenda Ignacio

Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Kunishige,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade,
Carolyn Amoy,Carolyn Chock,Charlene Mau,Chester Otani,Clarence Fung,Clarence Shibuya,Clifford Ching,
Clifford Young,Clifton Yoshida,Clinton Chung

Dave Sato,Dennis Sakaguchi,Dennis Shibuya,Dolly Afalava,Donald Hiramoto,Douglas Abe.Duane Aguiar

Edward Inea,Edwin Matsui,Edwina Ahn,Elsie Awa,Elsie Oshiro,Elsie Tanaka,Elwood Lim

Frances Mise,Francine Song,Francisco Tambunting,Frieda Taniguchi

Gary Tsukamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas

Irene Rocha

Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,June Yanazawa

Karen Fukuji,Karen Iha,Karen Morisawa,Kathryn Mabe,Kenneth Ginoza,Kenneth Morimoto,Kenneth Yoshioka

Lance Ishihiro,Lillian Tarumoto,Lorene Watanabe,Louise Lung,Lynne Zane

Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,Matilda Muraoka,
Michael Tang,Michael Yamaguchi,Muriel Masumura

Naomi Kuramoto,Norman Ginoza

Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Paul Texeira,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe

Ralph Yamasaki,Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Richard Yawata,
Rick Nakamura,Robert Gore, Robert Moriyama,Robert Nukushina,Robert Yoshimura,Roger Kobayashi,Ronald Higa,
Rosemary DeJesus,Roy Morihara, Roy Okano,Roy Takamatsu,Ruth Kinoshita

Samuel Pang,Sandra Ishimoto,Sanford Murata,Seda Deguchi,Sharon LaTraille,Sheila Espindola,Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura,Stella Okamoto

Thomas Okuhara,Thomas Takushi,Thomas Yamada,Timothy Choy,Tony Ballesteros,Tremaine Lui

Vernon Wong,Violet Chung-Hoon,Virginia Kakazu,Vivian Hirahara

Wade Morikone,Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino
MARCH 2011 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:
March 31, 2011

The DVD really is a keepsake Seda, thanks in no small part to people like you and the others who were kind
enough to share their photos of the reunions... it is a very 'professionally' done DVD that everyone should get
a copy of... last I know they were still available to order.
Reminder to all the WIS-KHS people on the reunion meeting this Saturday, April 2nd at 1PM... contact Amy
Nakashima Kashiwai - or me for the address.
For those people and all the rest, I understand there'll be a KHS '60 reunion meeting sometime in mid-May to
plan on our 70th B'day reunion for next year... will keep you posted as I find out more.

----- Original Message -----
From: Seda Deguchi Pratz
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: 3/18/11

Hi Everyone,
The time seems to fly by, I finally had a chance to view the DVD of the 50th Reunion.
I had no Idea I was a featured photographer.
Chester thanks so much for including me in this very sweet production of the reunion.
You did such an amazing job.
The slide show perfect with the right music and mixture of video and pictures.
This is a keepsake that we will all treasure for a long time.

I want to thank Carl for sending out the DVD, Pearl and Hal for your help wherever it is needed.
The weather in LA has been stormy and cold.
We have never had such heavy rains before.
Hope all is well, Aloha Seda

March 18, 2011

Reflecting briefly again on the growing tragedy in Japan... please pause to direct your thoughts, prayers and
whatever assistance you can provide to all in need of them.
Amy, that's what makes the blog great... you, Elsie and all the others sharing and reconnecting.
And any 'old Hal' can do the blog for the WIS-MHS group... sharing-caring classmates are what's needed...
and they seem to already have that. WIS '57 classmates, if you're planning to drop by at Iris' place...
to help out, kibbitz, chat and just reconnect... let me know and I'll provide you the address and directions...
it's just a few blocks Mauka of the Kaneohe City Mill area... easy to get to. I've been invited to drop by and
say hello... so would be great to see any, or all, of the following WIS-KHS email recipients, who may be on
island, at the WIS '57 meeting : Alvin, Arline, Barbara, Beverley, Carole, Dave, Edward, Elwood, Gary, Kenneth,
Lorene, Matilda, Phyliss, Ralph, Richard, Robert, Roy, Shirley, Timothy... or any other WIS-KHS classmate.

----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Nakashima Kashiwai
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: 3/12/11

Hi, Hal!

Yes, I agree with Elsie.
Our blog is simply wonderful!
The McKinley folks are so envious.
They're looking for their Hal to do a blog for them too.
We are so lucky! And it's been great reconnecting with Elsie whose beauty really starts from within.

Yes, Elsie, I do intend to attend our next reunion and I will encourage Frieda to do so as well.
Through my involvement with the WIS reunion, like with you, I've reconnected with other old friends
and have learned and can appreciate so much more about them, perhaps because I now see them
through more matured (not old :)) eyes.
That being said, it makes me want to attend future reunions.

And while I'm at it, may I encourage the Class of '57 Washingtonians to please attend the reunion that
is planned for August 13th?
And if there's anyone interested in helping the planning committee, the next meeting will be at
Iris Okahashi Takayama's home in Kaneohe on April 2nd.
We sure could use the help.

Thank-you again, Hal.

March 16, 2011

Below is a repost of a message from Chester, reminding of the KHS annual fundraiser.

----- Original Message -----
From: Chester Otani
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 6:57 PM
Subject: Kaimuki High School Foundation annual fundraiser

Kaimuk High School Foundation is sponsering their annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 19, 2011,
from 4:30 to 8:30 PM.

It usually includes dinner, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment.
It starts at the school cafeteria and moves to the school auditorium.

Tickets are $25 donation or more.
Donations above $5 may be tax deductible.
KHS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

They prefer that you RSVP by March 4, 2011 by mailing them the following information (but last
minute guests are welcome; donations can be made at the reception table):

Name, address, city, state, zip code.
They also ask for home, business and other phone numbers.
I usually don't give out this information.
They also ask for email address.
I, also, don't give out this information.

Include information about how many tickets you want @ $25 each, plus any separate donation you
might want to make.

Please send checks payable to: Kaimuki High School Foundation 2705 Kaimuki Avenue
Honolulu, HI, 96816-1396

The tickets you order can be picked up at the reception table at the cafeteria.
The request for RSVP is so that the cafeteria staff will know how many dinners to prepare.
You can show up unannounced.

Through donations, the Foundation has been able to donate over $100,000 to the school to help fund
projects and support student activities since 2003.

Some of the projects that have been funded by the Foundation for the 2010-2011 school year are:

1. The purchase of computers for student use in the school library.

2. Supporting the development and offering of a College and Career Fair for all students.

3. Subsidizing the transportation costs for Science students to study the Paepae o Heeia ancient fish
4. Providing funding for the purchase of a Classroom Performance System designed to enhance the
learning of current and future science students.

5. Funding to development and implementation of the first Robatics program at Kaimuki High School.

6. Funding to support programs designed to enhance reading and testing skills.

It is hoped that the Class of 1960 can help the Foundation help the students at Kaimuki High School.

If you cannot make it on March 19, 2011, perhaps you might consider a donation.

March 16, 2011

Another hard to believe... two years ago this Saturday... after the kick-start (kick-in-the-pants ?)
from Roger, this was the start of the email blog... hopefully to continue to be ongoing... at least
until the next reunion ? Below snippets of the initial posts leading up to and inspiring the start :

----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:53 PM
Subject: 50Years - Memories and Reunion

OK, bear with me... I think I'm going to run with this.

The responses have been coming in...and l'd like to keep this thread going... for as long as possible...
until... well... the 50th reunion I guess.

The rush of memories these recollections bring, are... as the kids say - 'awesome' !

If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below... well, that's what yearbooks and reunions
are for.

Please pass this email on to other classmates...
I'd like to keep this going and add their response to this.
They'll be posted, as below, chronologically - latest first.
( any kine memory-recollection or response to a response OK )


March 19, 2009

I'd like to add to the recollections if I may...

----- Original Message -----
From: June (Yanazawa) Kobayashi
To: Bradshaw, Betty I. ; Hal ; Undisclosed-Recipient:; ; Carole Eto
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:31 PM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

What a trip down memory lane!
----- Original Message -----
From: Carole (Masuda) Eto
To: Betty I. Bradshaw ; Hal
Cc: June
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:23 PM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

You are right, Hal! I can hardly remember what happened yesterday.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl (Shimooka) Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: What were you doing?

Gosh, I haven't heard that word since we went to school.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty (Ing)
To: Hal ; Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Cc: June Kobayashi ; Carole Eto
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:20 AM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

Do I remember what I was doing on March 12? The answer is no. But after school

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Cc: Margarita Sanchez
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 5:34 AM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

Hey Hal,

If memory serves me right, I was in Miss Nunez’s class when

----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY, (Nakamura) JEAN M
To: Roger Kobayashi ; Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 6:18 PM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

Sorry, I’m late with my remembrance of 50 years ago. I was

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Texeira
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Hal, I got to think about this one. I'll get back to you .

----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Roger Kobayashi ; Chester Otani ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean Worley ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

OK. Let's see. I was a junior at KHS, living in Palolo Valley, and .

----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:30 PM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

I remember you, Mito and me smoking cigarettes in Mito’s car with
----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean ( Nakamura ) Worley ; Wade Morikone ;
Roger Kobayashi
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

These senior moments keep getting in the way. I think I was in English class when

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

I also recall a big bonfire being lit on Sand Island. I guess

----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie ( Oshiro ) Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

All I remember is walking thru the covered walkway between Kaimuki high school buildings and
----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl ( Shimooka ) Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Sorry, I can't remember a thing-how long ago that was. Thanks for

----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Hopefully in class... in school... studying.
Actually, I really don't remember
---- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean (Nakamura) 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

March 12, 2011

A brief moment off-topic from the KHS stuff to reflect on the tragedy in Japan... I know that many of us not
only have family ties but also immediate family and loved ones there... I'm sure I speak for all of us in saying
that hopefully this finds all away from harm's way... and our thoughts and prayers for those who are not.
Wow Elsie... Edison's light bulb... I would have settled for Love's sliced bread... but as the disclaimer below
states, this blog is only possible with the contributions of 'memories and communication' such as yours and
the rest of the classmates.
Hard to believe it has been two years since I, along with some others, received this email from Roger... which
turned out to be the pot on the stove that started the idea of passing around more old memories through email
and ended up being the email blog stew that it is today... a potluck of memories, bits of old friendships with
communication renewed, and with reunion news stirred in.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Chester; Carl; Harold; Jean; Roy; Wade
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.

Below a link to some details and pictures of that day :
Scroll to to about the middle of the page.

Just entering Intermediate school as an awkward, wide-eyed kid fresh from the farm, Roger was one of the first
non-Waialae Elem. classmate to befriend me... welcoming me into the fold as it were and sort of introducing me
to the ways of the (teen) world... not even ridiculing me (much) for my pathetic lack of boy scout hiking/camping
skills... scouting, where I got to know his cousin better too... Ted also was one of the first to introduce me to the
ways/wiles of our (teen) world... caffeine, just barely out of my pre-teen years (coffee at a sidewalk cafe on
Koko Hd Ave before our scout meetings), being just one, of which I am now hopelessly addicted to... to them I
owe much of what I am today... an awkward, bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived senior citizen.

----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie Tanaka Ayers
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 7:41 PM
Subject: RE: 3/7/11

Hi, Hal….haven’t contributed to this blog in a while, but have been enjoying reading all the comments
and what a great time you all had at Tsukuji’s.
Arline: Thank you for your comment about the great photographers we have in our class.
I have been saying this for so long and hope that our reunion committee will consider having future
reunion photos taken by our talented guys, i.e. Hal, Roy, Chester, Carl and all others contributing their
photos to this DVD…..Chester did such a professional job!!

This site is the greatest idea since the light bulb!!!
I have connected with Amy Nakashima Kashiwai after all these years!
She is still the nicest person that I remember.
Asked about her many times over the years and wonder about quite a few others that we haven’t seen at
our reunions.
It is quite a small world….Amy and Frieda Taniguchi Sen are in-laws, how about that!
Would love to see Frieda at our next gathering also.
Amy, you said you would attend the next reunion, right???
Hope you’ll convince Frieda to come also.

Mahalo Carl, for all that you do and know that you are much appreciated.
Thank you all for bringing such enjoyment into our lives through this blog.
Elsie T.

March 7, 2011

Good idea on the check Betty, although I haven't heard anything about a deadline on ordering for the DVDs
I don't think it likely the committee will be producing copies for too long a period... they are, after all, just
donating their time and effort.
Except for a few who will still be 69 or some who will reach 71... yep, we'll reach that milestone of 70 years.
Whether it's 69, 70 or 71, another way of looking at 2012 is it will be the 55th year since our 'graduation' from
our respective Intermediate schools... so happy upcoming 55th reunion to WIS, KIS and other ISs.
Oh wow... talk about the roar of the crowd... there were at least a dozen or more conversations going on at
the same time at the two tables in Tsukiji... well, sort of makes sense since there were around 28 of us at
one time or another sitting around yakking if we weren't walking about filling our plates... or mouths...
did catch a few of us, females even, sampling before heading back to the tables.
So pardon the impression some of us left of being in the deeper end of the pool of senility... what with my
tinnitus and rudimentary lip-reading skills, I'm sure I was, like many of us there, at least a half-thought behind
in conversations... or probably merrily going along with totally different thoughts-conversation and not realizing it.
Regardless, looking at the faces of the classmates there, it seemed and was more the camaraderie and the
sense of the moment that mattered... 'nevah know what you said, was good fun but'... what a great class.
Again... (I know, and yet again)... no problem in requesting and my forwarding contact requests to any of the
classmates in the recipients list above... with your contact info intact and having the 'requestee' respond if he
or she so wishes... noting that a non-response may not mean a desire not to respond.

----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 5:44 AM
Subject: RE: DVD of Honolulu & LV Reunions

Hi Hal,
Thanks for the info.
I went ahead and sent my check...thought I'd better do it while it was fresh on my mind...otherwise I'd forget.

I was very disappointed I couldn't make either reunion last year...don't know about next year...certainly am
going to try.
Hard to believe we'll all be 70 years old next year. :)

I look forward to getting the DVD.

And thank you for continuing to keep us all updated on what's going on with everyone.

----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:10 PM
Subject: DVD of Honolulu & LV Reunions

Aloha, Hal...

I want to order a DVD of the two 50th reunions...Honolulu & Las Vegas.
I don't remember who the check is made out to.
The cost is $8 for the combination of both reunions, is that correct?
Please let me know who to make the check out to.
And hope it is not too late to order.

Betty (Violet) Chung-Hoon Townsend
----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: 2/28/11

Harold, Pam, Cliff & dear friends, It was indeed my great pleasure to be able to gather this great bunch of friends
for our visiting pals, Pam Machida Halford and Clifford Ching, and as Harold alluded to a fun classmate gathering
of "Hens and Roosters".
And yes, the din was ear breaking, it took me a good half hour or so to get everyone's attention to start on the
buffet and apparently Harold is right, the hearing acuity may have added to the gross inattention.
Besides the toasting to Pam and Clifford, I had planned a short speech and to have Pam and Cliff say a few words,
but with everyone trying to catch up on each others past history etc. and me trying to speak above the racket I
gave up after looking at both sides of the tables and noting that everyone was so engrossed
in talking as well as trying to hear and recognize each other to even care.
Too funny.
Marjorie is now hyped up and waiting for the 70th great class reunion that the Reunion Committee must now be
working on.
Again Mahalo nui nui to everyone who helped and joined the luncheon.
Gerri BD
----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: KHS '60 2010 Reunion DVDs

HI Hal, Chester ETAL;
Thank you so much for assisting the computer illiterate.
Followed your instructions and got to enjoy that wonderful disc.
What great photographers we have amongst us.
Again, thanks much.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pamela Machida Halford
To: harold oshiro
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 9:09 AM
Subject: RE: 2/28/11

Thanks, Hal, for getting me in touch with Karen.
She called me.
I couldn't find her name or phone number in the phone book so figured this was the fastest way.
Thanks a mil.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an 'official KHS '60 newsletter' but merely a voluntarily provided vehicle to pass on
information from the reunion committee, as an aside to the primary purpose of providing a focal point for your
classmate 'memories' and communication. Please refer to the Bulldog Bulletins mailed out by the reunion
committee for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated September 16, 2010 ) .

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