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51 Years - Memories: April '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 :
http://www.pbase.com/halinhi/khs60lv02
( 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.

Mahalo,
Hal Oshiro



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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.
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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

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APRIL 2011 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

http://www.pbase.com/halinhi/memblogs

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April 30, 2011

My pleasure Amy, happy to help... and yes, anyone needing to see the WIS newsletter, let me know and
I can direct you to the website that it's posted on or connect you with Amy.

Well, as quiet as it's been here on the blog, all I can add are reminders for the WIS '57 reunion committee
meeting on Saturday, May 14 (contact me or Amy for time and place) and for the KHS '60 reunion committee
meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 6PM at Unity House... drop by and give your input.
For our KHS '60 70th birthday reunion in 2012, we don't have a venue or date as of yet, this being the first
meeting for that reunion... any suggestions for the place and date would be more than welcomed, sent
here to the blog or personally at the meeting... also suggestions for activities revolving around the reunion
would be great ( Honolulu? Vegas? Cruise? Spring? Summer? Fall? etc. ).

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Nakanishi Kashiwai
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: 4/19/11

Hi, Hal!

Thank-you again for all the help that you've given us to get the WIS reunion on it's way.
In addition to the newsletter that you've so kindly posted on your blog, we have also mailed newsletters to
those for whom we've physical addresses.
We're now waiting for more responses...so may I encourage all you WIS classmates to send in your RSVPs
to join us as we meet at Natsunoya on August 13th.
If you missed the newsletter and would like to see it, please let Hal know and he will pass the word on to me.

May I respond to Timothy Choy's memories of his WIS days?
We must've been in the same class as I remember the clothing drive for the orphanage but not all the details
that you remember so well.
The only things that I remember about Mrs. Okabe were the Christmas and United Nations programs that we
were involved in, her reference to Mahatma Ghandi and other world leaders of the time whom she spoke
of as though they were her personal friends, and the warning that only 25% of those entering college will
graduate.
You always had a keen mind and a more matured one, so, unlike me, you were able to glean important words
of wisdom from your teachers.
Perhaps that's one of the reasons for your success, huh. :)
BTW, will you be able to join us for the reunion?
It would be so nice if you could.

Thanks again, Hal.

Amy

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April 19, 2011

It's been a while... have been busy... and it's also been a little quiet on the blog lately.

Thanks for the reminder Arline... forgot about this way of helping.

My pleasure Merle, glad you enjoyed the photos and memories.
Merle emailed a request for a possible reconnection with Brenda Ignacio, an elementary classmate of hers.
I understand that they happily have... again, I'm more than willing to accommodate any other similar request.

Great that the info brought back memories for you Timothy... those teachers, though I never knew them, sound
like they were the highly inspirational type that we hope all were or are.

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:59 AM
Subject: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort

Just a note for anyone that might be interested in helping with the efforts of the Red Cross in aiding the many
citizens of Japan suffering from this tragic occurrence.
Did you know............
For those that have charge accounts that accrue reward points (ie..American Express, CapitalOne etc), you
can donate those points towards the effort to aid the Japanese victims, suffering from that terrible tragedy.
This is a good way to help.

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----- Original Message -----
From: Merle Higa
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 11:24 PM
Subject: RE: 4/9/11

Hi Hal,

Thank you for sending this.
Your website is terrific.
I was able to see a few photos of Brenda in your 2010 reunion link and of others that I knew way back when.
I havenít had the time to open all of the links, but Iím getting to them a little at a time.
Itís fun to see how old friends look now.
Canít wait to see them in person.

Thanks again,
Merle Kaya Higa (WIS '57 - MHS '60)

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----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 5:38 AM
Subject: Re: 4/9/11

Hi Hal,

Read the info re Washington Intermediate School's upcoming gathering.

Brought back memories of Mrs. Daisy Okabe who had us do a fund raiser - collecting used clothing for the
Elizabeth Saunders Orphanage in Japan - an orphanage that dealt with children of mixed parentage
who were in those years outcasts.
Learned when going door to door to solicit used clothing begin at the top o the hill (Whillamnina Rise)
not at the bottom...but most importantly she taught me "No one is indispensable!"
A lesson that has served me well through out the many years since.

Miss Pearl Jackson at Kaimuki High also taught me that one needs to consider the consequences of one's actions.
Another invaluable lesson that has served me well.

Tim Choy

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April 9, 2011

The newsletter that Merle Kaya Higa is referring to can be seen by going to the first link below.
The registration form can be seen by going to the second link.
They are both printable using the standard pdf and word processor buttons and options that can be found
on those pages.
Please pass on this blog and the links to any other WIS '57 classmate or to anyone else who you believe
may know of one, regardless of which high school those classmates may have graduated from.
https://docs.google.com/viewer (email me for complete link, Hal)


https://docs.google.com/document/ (email me for complete link, Hal)

Bing, I actually have no real problems with Facebook itself... I do have many with some of their methods
that they utilize to monitor, trace and recruit... their privacy controls are sometimes questionable also.
Ahh yes, the cherry blossoms were just beautiful and it looks like the Cherry Blossom Festival and the
parade will be a go now that there'll be no government shutdown... and yes, they do and should remind
us of the people of Japan.
Hey, soft-shell crab ! That's what we had when we lunched with you in one of D.C's Chinese restaurants.

Roy, I probably had a Howard Sonoda in mind when I tried to picture Aoyama.
Hope you thoroughly enjoy your Alaska trip... I know Jean Nakamura Worley did make contact with you
so she can update you and Clarence on what's happening near the top of the world.
That's probably about the limit of what I'll allow to be posted on this blog... religious-political beliefs, the
two most divisive subjects in my opinion... and you're right, there are other venues that they can be and
should be discussed and/or disseminated.

Hal

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The below received from Merle for the WIS '57 class reading this blog.

From: Merle Higa
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:50 PM
Subject: WIS Class of 1957 Reunion

Hi Fellow Classmates,

As a graduate of Washington Intermediate Schoolís Class of 1957, you are being sent the first
Class Reunion Newsletter.
A committee has been organized to plan a reunion in August 2011, for those of you who are
interested in re-acquainting yourselves with former classmates, after all these years.
Wouldnít it be interesting and fun to see how each of us is doing?

After reading the newsletter, please complete the Registration Form and mail it to
Lloyd Nakahara, with your check if you are planning on attending the get-together.
If you wonít be able to attend or are unsure, you may email your information back to me for
future mailings.
A separate registration form in WORD Format is attached for completion and emailing purposes.
The committee would appreciate having all of this submitted by July 1, 2011.
This may sound like itís a long ways off but, at the rate weíre maturing, itíll be here in no time.

If you have any questions, you can email me and Iíll forward them to Lloyd Nakahara.

Will you kindly acknowledge receipt of this email so Iíll know that you received the reunion
information?
In that way you will also be able to receive future newsletters.

Thanks,

Merle (Kaya) Higa

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----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:55 AM
Subject: RE: 4/5/11

Hal: hooray for April fools.
I have resisted facebook even though Hank is on it.
Iím sooo relieved.

Roy, Bob, Manuel, I share your thoughts on the tsunami.
Today is the peak of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC.
As I look around at these beautiful trees which started as a gift from Japan I think sadly of the victims.
My prayers and contributions go out to them.

On a happier note, the blossoms also reminded me of Hal and his wifeís visit to DC around the same
time a few years ago.
Here is a wiki on the Cherry Blossoms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cherry_Blossom_Festival.

On a rare occasion: last week my nephew Kurt Ing ( also the eye doctor of Admiral Chester Otani) and
his daughters (my grand nieces Kyra and Carli) visited me from Hawaii on short notice.
I took off work and spent 3 wonderful days with them visiting the museums, the zoo (saw the red pandas
and the giant pandas), the monuments, the White House, and my office in the New Executive Office
Building.
Apparently Kurt wanted to see my office because that was the one place I didnít take him to when he
visited me when he was 12 years old.

On an even rarer occasion: two Kaimuki grads came to a small dinner party at our townhouse.
Ray Tsuneyoshi and Karen Nakama are officers in the Asian American Government Executives Network.
Ray flew in from California to attend an AAGEN banquet a few days earlier.
It was the first time they could talk and exchange views in an informal setting.
We started with large plump Chesapeake oysters on the half shell with lime juice mixed with Hawaiian
red salt and freshly ground pepper.
Moved on to shaved fennel and orange salad topped with tempura style soft shell crab and squid dusted
with jalapena peppers etc.
The beef tenderloin was an afterthought.
The two other guests were Jeremy Wu, a past president of AAGEN and Moon Tran, my hanai niece and
CEO of the company Phineas Consulting Llc.
Moon and Jeremy are also old fishing buddies of Ray.
One of Karenís boon buddies at the Pentagon is a graduate of Kamehameha.
She couldnít come to dinner because she was hosting a wedding shower.
Hope I meet her soon.

Hank remarked that the only time I serve soft shell crab and squid tempura style is when people from
Hawaii come to dinner.
The last time was when Louise Lung and her husband Ray Iwamoto visited DC.
Hank wants more people from Hawaii to visit us so he can have soft shell crabs more often.
It is a win win.
Hawaii friends bring me omiyagi, e.g., macadamia nut chocolates, pork and butterfish laulau or kona coffee,
and I serve them oysters, soft shell crab and squid, and whatever is in season here at dinner.

With so many disasters around the world, natural disasters and man-made ones, may we remember to do
whatever we can to be extra kind and thoughtful to all those around us, our families, colleagues, friends,
service people, waiters, cashiers, guards, people in general.

Bing

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----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: 4/5/11

Howard Aoyama was a whiz in math.
I lost contact with him after college.
I'm not certain when he moved to Seattle.
He is into Hawaiian music and plays the ukulele with a group.
I hope I get to meet with him before I leave for Alaska.
I like Robert's reference to "spiritual (not religious!)".
He's so right; "religion tends to divide".
I could go on with my atheist convictions, but this is a public, non-denominational, non-racial, non-political,
etc. blog.
I will keep my convictions to myself unless someone is interested.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano

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April 5, 2011

PWTC, by the way, stands for Pacific Tsunami Watch Center I believe... of which Manny is an
important part.
One can't help but feel sad and yet have great admiration for the examplary conduct of the people
in Japan directly affected in this almost overwhelming crisis.

Inspirational words Bob, and not only for the Japan situation.

Roy, your mention of Howard Aoyama rang a bell with the name but I must confess, after having
a look in the yearbook, I couldn't place his face in my memory... I'm usually the other way
around with faces and names

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 12:47 PM
Subject: RE: 4/2/11

Hi everybody, As everone knows about the event and tusnami that hit Japan.
We at PTWC are all saddened by what happened there.
The people of Japan have shown the world how to conduct themselves with great kindness and
caring for each other.
We all can learn from them.
I would like to share with you the best video ever filmed of a tsunami.
This video goes on for over 6min.
It shows the true power of a tsunami.
Just the relentless pushing of water rising and sweeping everthing in its path and destroying the
city of Kesennuma.
This 9.0 event moved the island of Japan 13 ft. east.
This type of event is not the first time it has happened in Japan.
Records show a large event like this happens about every 400 years.
The North West Coast of US will have a event like this.
The last time it has happened, was in 1700.
We can all help the people of Japan with our prayers and money .
Have a great day and think young, Manny.
This is the web site

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=c3rqPPJPwLg

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----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Gore
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:19 AM
Subject: Re: 4/2/11

Once more I want to thank Hal for this site which has been so significant in my life.
Brenda's call for our participation in the healing of Japan reminded me again of the power we all
have to influence the world for good.
Each of us, in our own way, can send healing energy to one another and to the world.
As we hear of suffering among our own, or of suffering by those we do not know, lets remember we
are not powerless.
We can be agents of change.
I encourage all of us to cultivate our spiritual (not religious!) dimension.
We can ask why or we can just release love, forgiveness, compassion and healing in whatever we face.
Religion tends to divide, but Love heals.

Robert "Bob" Gore

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----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2011 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: 4/2/11

You mean Robert is leaving beautiful Gig Harbor?
Of course, Hawaii is the best place to retire and live (my opinion).
Besides Brenda lives here.
His moving here will save a lot on airfare.
I fly between Seattle and Honolulu quite a bit also and the costs are getting higher and higher.
That's why I spend longer times there; 3 weeks at the least.
I'm hoping to meet with Howard Aoyoma in Seattle in May on my way to Alaska.
Hal, those photos of your Alaskan cruise are preparing me well; all that snow in May.
I think I'm going to enjoy the White Pass train ride.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano

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April 2, 2011

More than happy to oblige anyone wanting to make contact with another classmate by, as
usual, passing on that request as I've done for George.

Sorry I couldn't get to your post in time Brenda... but I'm sure it would still be helpful for all to
join in thought/prayer, even now... great to hear that Bob will soon be back 'home'.

Re: the 'Blog Moved To Facebook' post that many of you received from me... on Friday, the 1st
of April... there were many who assumed it was factual... many who wrote of their concern,
and rightly so, for the supposed association with Facebook.
Not to fear... yes, it was a small (I know, very small) attempt at April Fools Day humor... and also
to see how many others have the same concern as I do for the social networking sites such as
Facebook and others... and to maybe catch the attention of some, as it's been kind of quiet on
the blog as of late... so, we going stay on email... no Facebook, etc for us here.

Update on the next reunion committee meeting... scheduled for Wednesday the 18th of May,
6PM at Unity House... drop by and join in.

Hal



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----- Original Message -----
From: George Takamiya
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:34 AM
Subject: Contact email

Hal:

Is it possible to get Andrew Nakano's telephone number or email address, or let him know I am trying
to get in contact with him on some info I am looking for.

Thanks for all the work you are doing on the blog.



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----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: 3/31/11

Aloha, all.
Wow, where does time go?
Things are speeding up, it seems, and days fly by.
Speaking of flying, Ms. Ignacio has been spotted on Hawaiian Airlines' flights to Seattle every month
for some brief R&R with her beloved, and Sir Gore has been seen crossing the Pacific to start his
transition to his favorite "home state."

However, this email is not about teenybopper sweet romance; It's about joining in prayer and
intention for our friends in Japan.
Today at 12:30, please join me in honoring this request from Dr. Masaru Emoto, who has come to Hawaii
twice and is an amazing soul.

A prayer request from Masaru Emoto, author of Messages from Water, asks all of us to join together TODAY,
Thursday, March 31 at noon (in your local time zone) to send thoughts of love and gratitude to the water
at the nuclear plants in Fukushima, Japan.

I ask you to join me in doing this.
The more of us that send out these thoughts, the stronger it will be.
Thanks!!
Brenda

Here is the prayer:

Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone

Please say the following phrase:

"The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant,
we are sorry to make you suffer.
Please forgive us.
We thank you, and we love you."

Please say it aloud or in your mind.
Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
Please offer your sincere prayer.

Thank you very much from my heart.

With love and gratitude,
Masaru Emoto
Messenger of Water


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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 - wis57***@****.com 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.

Hal


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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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