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52 Years - Memories: December '12

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 the 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 these email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.

Alfred Won,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,Avis Gima

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

Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Kunishige,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade,
Carolyn Amoy,Carolyn Chock,Carolyn Eugenio,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,Doris Toyooka,Douglas Abe.
Douglas Yoshimura,Duane Aguiar

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

Frances Mise,Frances Takasaki,Francine Song,Francisco Tambunting,Frieda Taniguchi

Gary Tsukamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas

Irene Rocha

Jane Futenma,Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,Jeanette Sumida,John Rodrigues,June Yanazawa

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

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

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

Naomi Kuramoto,Norman Ginoza;Nathan Chong

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

Ralph Yamasaki,Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Richard Yawata,
Rick Nakamura,Robert Gore, Robert Mito,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 Takushi,Thomas Yamada,Timothy Choy,Tony Ballesteros,Tremaine Lui

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

Wade Morikone,Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino

DECEMBER 2012 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

December 31, 2012

Hopefully I'll have been able to help Amy and she can receive the blogs.
For anyone else having a problem with receiving the 'blogs', please let me know and I'll do what I can to try to remedy that.
Also, since I'm doing the blog 'remotely' for a while and from a different email address than the usual, I will likely miss sending the blogs out to some of the classmates who normally receive them.
Please pass the blogs on to those particular classmates that you know of, Mahalo

Hey Bing, when I'm in D.C. I consider it near Nirvana for all of the senses, the taste for food included. But you're right, after a while I long for the comfort of the taste of home in Hawaii... and that includes all beyond food.

Wow... where did the year go... seems like just a short while ago that we were wishing each other a Happy New 2012 Year.
We've all probably been through a lot this past year, good, bad and everything in between.
Here's to the eve of a brand new year with all the good that will hopefully come with it.


From: Amy Higashi Tokuda
To: "halinhi
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 10:50 AM
Subject: Hi Hal, Thank you. Do appreciate all and everything that you're doing. Happy New Year to you and your family. Again Mahalo, Amy

-------- Original Message --------
Hi Hal, Just wanted to let you know I haven't been receiving your blogs. Amy.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:04:50 -1000
Amy Higashi Tokuda

My reply to Amy :

From: Hal O
To: Amy Higashi Tokuda
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:53 PM
Subject: Missed blogs

Hi Amy.

That's strange... apologies, but I'm a bit perplexed as to why.
Anyway, what I could do to possibly remedy this is to send you the blogs via my Yahoo account.
I'm already doing so for another classmate for a Hotmail account as there is/was also a somewhat similar problem.

The previous December blogs were sent out on the 10th, 11th, 20th and the 24th.
I've attached the 12/24/12 blog but let me know what else you haven't received and I'll be happy to pass them along.

Hope you receive this OK


-------- Original Message --------
RE: 12/24/12
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:06:28 +0000
Bing Bradshaw (Betty Ing)


I find it fascinating that you find my stuff interesting. I think it must be interesting because it is so far away from you and your own daily lives. Distance makes things more intriguing and the heart grows fonder ….

While here I am finding all the things you do and your surroundings soooo interesting. I even envy you for being able to go to great restaurants in Hawaii. I keep up with home events by reading the Hawaii Star Advertiser on line. Hank and l subscribe to the Honolulu Magazine. We poured over the 2012 Ilima awards for best restaurants in Hawaii. This year’s Peoples Choice for best restaurant was Russell Siu’s 3660 On the Rise. We ate there once many years ago and absolutely loved it. We took my brother Henry and wife Val to dinner there. I also remember going to La Mer in the Halekulani for my birthday while at U of H. Glad to see it is still a great special event restaurant. What we would give to be able to eat Hawaiian food at Helena’s (ohh the pipikaula) and Ono’s. You guys can just drive there. We have tried many times to get a reservation at one of the Alan Wong restaurants but they were full. For us, we have to make reservations before we leave DC. Right now, we would love to drive to Zippy’s or Rainbow Drive Inn. The next time we go home we will try to get to eat at Morio’s Sushi Bistro on King Street. We salivate at the home page. Same with Nico’s Pier 38 and the Haleiwa Shrimp truck we saw on Guy Fieri’s cooking show. Maybe next time we will be lucky enough to try the poke in Mililani … wherever that is. Hmmmm, I guess it is no secret that we are food obsessed.

Roy Okano, yes indeed ours is a fortunate generation.

Manuel Mattos, glad to hear you are still active and a hipster too? How in the world do you keep up with a teen? Does she dance in the Gangnam Style? For those of you who are not so hip this is a type of dance the young people across the world are doing. The young interns in my office clued me into this style of dancing by a South Korean pop singer called PSY. It is the hottest thing on the internet. According to Wikipedia,
"Gangnam Style" became the first video in the history of the Internet to be viewed more than a billion times.[6] As of December 25, 2012 (2012 -12-25)[update], the music video has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, and it is the site's most watched video after surpassing Justin Bieber's single "Baby”.
Here in DC the black kids, white kids, asian kids, everybody “loves” that video. Gangnam is the name of the lifestyle of the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea. Whoever dreamed that an asian kid would be considered cool by this generation of youngsters.

Boyd, thanks for telling us what Jean is up to. She is so fantastic, if you didn’t recount what she does we would never know how wonderful, talented, and kind she continues to be.

Carl Yasuda turned me onto the house with the Christmas light show in Waikele. There is a fantastic video on You Tube see “ 2012 Waikele Christmas Light Show Preview”. The video is cool but … I am sure it is nothing like seeing it in person.

Happy New Year to all.

Bing Bradshaw

December 24, 2012

Thanks for the photos Arline, and happy holidays to you too.

OK Carl, if I'm understanding you correctly, that yearbook is already spoken for but you will be
keeping a list of classmates wanting a yearbook... I'm presuming that's for the possibility of more
yearbooks being available.

Boyd, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around a mental image of a one-armed wallpaper hanger
doing his thing... or two.
Great to see you two enjoying your retirement yet keeping busy.

Somewhat like you Roy, I really didn't run into many classmates during my early years after H.S.
So really enjoying and seeing the renewed friendships with classmates.

Hey Manny, good to see the hip Papa was just really busy and is doing fine.

Thanks for the holiday greetings Sheila, I guess you're pretty much saying what all of us are
thinking of and wishing to extend to our classmates.

Since I'll be away from my homebase for a while, please anticipate receiving emails from me
through email accounts other than this current one... Gmail, Yahoo or even Hotmail and AOL.
I'll still be able to receive email at my email account so please continue sending your
emails there.

A Hui Hou and have a safe and wonderful holiday season.


----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: Vegas Dinner 12-15-12

HI Hal;

Not a problem. Gotta tell you that the food was really, really good.
Was so very impressed.
Have a merry, merry Christmas and a safe & healthy New Year.


---- Hal wrote:

Hi Arline,

Great pictures, great food and very happy looking people.
Would you be OK with my posting one of your shots, 12-15-12b, on my Pbase picture site ?
By the way, I believe the restaurant might have been ' Well Being In The Box ' if it was on Jones Blvd.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Yasuda
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:14 AM
Subject: Re: 12/20/12

Hal, Edwina is the second person so if anyone else gets in touch with you, please let them know
I'll be keeping a list of those needing a yearbook.
I did email Edwina to let her know.
So, this is to let you know that the yearbook is spoken for.
In fact, I viewed her email before I read your blog email.
Apparently there are some classmates needing a yearbook and I'm sure you will be getting more
request for me.


----- Original Message -----
From: Edie Yamada
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: 12/20/12

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hal, Please have Carl get in touch w/me re the yearbook for sale.

Edwina Ahn

----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:08 PM
Subject: Vegas Dinner 12-15-12

Sharing photos taken that wonderful night we shared memories and best wishes for a Happy Birthday
to Jack Digmon.
The food was absolutely DELICIOUS (ONO ONO ONO).
Elsie or Kiki---Can you forward to Paul Texeira and the Seichis.
Most enjoyable evening... What is the name of the restaurant?
Got a friend who live in Vegas and we were telling her & her husband, how great the food was.
Anyway, (All) Thanks for a wonderful & memorable evening.
Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy New Year
(or as we say in Hawaii===MELE KALIKIMAKA & HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU!!! <:=)

----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd C. Worley
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: 12/20/12

Hal: We saw that question from Bing about Jean and Manny and how they're doing.
I can't speak for Manny, but, as Jean's husband of almost 49 years (01011964 in Olivet Baptist Church
with the Reverend Dan Kong), I can let you all know that, at this time of year, Jean is busier than
the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger with a severe groin rash.
She recently made five lap blankets using the tee shirt logos off the University of Nebraska at Kearney
that were the property of Don Hather, a famous Alaskan wrestling coach who died last year from
congestive heart failure.
The man had over 400, yes 400, tee shirts and Jean used nine tee shirt logo squares for each lap
blanket and she matched the different colors so nicely that the wife of the coach broke down in tears
over the blankets.
Jean donated four of the blankets to the Skagway school to raffle off to make travel money for Skagway
school's teams, both in academics and sports.
The fifth blanket will be mailed to the U of Nebraska/Kearney for them to use as they see fit.
And Jean, usually in November and December, puts many hours into making a reproduction of a
wedding gown worn by a Skagway lady who married in that same year.
She uses an 18-inch tall doll and matches the hair color of the bride.
She also makes an identical corsage, headpiece (if the bride had one), and necklace.
The doll is then raffled off at two bucks a ticket and the American Legion/Eagles Auxiliary chapters
usually take in about two thousand dollars each year.
She's been doing this for thirty years and has raised almost 75 thousand dollars for those clubs.
If the husband of the bride likes the idea and is willing to pay Jean a hundred bucks, she will make a
second doll for the husband to give his wife as a surprise Christmas present, since the bride seldom,
if ever, wins the doll.
Jean is also swamped with mending and alterations snce she's retired.
She is stunned at how many of today's young men seem to blow out the crotch in their Levis, as well as
in their knees.
One of the local "studs" who fancies himself irresistible to the ladies, brought over a pair of otherwise
nice Levis that had the crotch blown out.
(What causes that? Severe scratching? Going "commando" in warmer climes? Overly agressive girlfriends?).
Anyway, Jean decided to play a joke on him.
She took a square of suede and traced an outline of her hand on it, and then sewed the hand over the
crotch in the Levis.
He absolutely loved her idea and tried them out that night at the Red Onion Saloon, hoping to get lucky.
We don't know if he was successful, but he gives Jean a "thumbs up" each time he sees her.
Jean loves the blog and really enjoys reading about how well her classmates are doing.
Her kidney pain seems to depend on the position she assumes while sleeping, but we will visit a kidney
specialist from Anchorage when he comes to Juneau in January or February.
We love all you guys and are sorry we missed the most recent reunion.
I was so disappointed to see that, for the first time ever, the White House is now referring to "our Holiday tree"
and not "our Christmas tree", if the report is true.
Merry Christmas to all you wonderful Bulldogs.

Boyd Worley (for a very busy Jean).

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: 12/20/12

I'm sorry, but I don't remember you, Vern.
I was stationed at Tachikawa AB, Japan between 1966-1970 with the 815th TAS attached to the 374th at Naha AFB.
Our C-130s made scheduled flights to Naha though most our missions took us to more "exotic" places.
While on Okinawa, I never "bumped" into any Hawaii boys.
I spoke with Ernest Nogawa a few times by phone.
Mel Asai and I got together a few times.
He was a General's aide and was always on-the-run.
I don't think we ever finished a tennis match without he being called to duty.
I know what you mean Vern; we all felt invincible, but in reality we were just naive or crazy.
I cringe remembering some of the stupid things I did.

I remember Tom as being a cheerful individual with a great boyish smile.
Like so many classmates who passed on before him, we will miss him.
With each passing, my own mortality is realized.
As the years pass, though we may not admit it, we tend to look back to earlier times and reminisce.
We may embellish the thoughts, but it's okay.
We lived through a great time.
We witnessed so many wonderful things and experienced what today's youth cannot even imagine.
We are a fortunate generation.

----- Original Message -----
From: Manuel Mattos jr
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 9:53 AM
Subject: RE: 12/20/12

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the people of my youth.
Sorry for not keeping in touch with all of you.
With me, every day is a job, raising a 13 year daughter and son.
She is in the 8th grade and he is in the 9th.
She is trying to get into St. Francis or Maryknoll.
That means more money I will need.
Looking for alms for the poor.
I hope all of you are in good health.
Just made 71 in Nov., and am more busy then ever, doing my weapons and teaching Tsunami Education
around the State.
Every day I think about the people from my past that are not here.
I pray they that their lives were blessed.
Every Sat, my wife and I are at the Moana Hotel, selling our craft and Mon. nights at the Aulani Disney Hotel.
I am working on a project that will possibly make the News dealing with Hawaiian issue.
Mahalo to all of you for thinking about me.
We all should be proud and blessed that we have lived this long.
I take my daughter to school every morning.
That is the time that we have to ourselves.
She tells me, Papa you might be old but you are realy hip with us young people.
That's the best thing she could tell me.
That's her way way of saying how much she cares about me.
I will be giving my friend Colleen Hanabusa a Hawaiian War Weapon made from UhiUhi wood to place on
her desk in Washington.
She will be the only one to have one like that in D.C.
I hope some of us can meet after the New Year's with all of you picking up my TAB.
Well must go now, someone called and is coming to my house to buy a Hawaiian Weapon.
May GOD BLESS all of you to live another day.
LOVE all the students of my youth.


----- Original Message -----
From: Sheila Espindola Fernandez
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: 12/20/12

Mele Kalikimaka N Hauoli Makahiki Hou to the class "1960" N their families for a blessed 2013.
God has blessed all of us to be in this life so long.
Most of our parents did not have that blessing.
Enjoy life N go to christmas servcie for extra blessings.
Have a good one.

Sheila Espindola Fernandez

December 20, 2012
Since I don't personally know of anyone looking for a KHS '60 yearbook I'm posting Carl's message here.
Get in touch with Carl or me if you are if you know of anyone interested.
Forwarded the info to Alvin as Karen indicated through Gerri Barcenas she was OK with that.
Vernon, I too and I know a lot of the other classmates will greatly miss 'Oku'.
Thanks for the holiday cheer Amy.
Yes Bing, you are making all of us drool with the talk of all that food.
I met Tom's son Troy several years ago... nice kid but made me feel old when all I saw was a grown man.
I guess old is relative, Roger... but hey, I could probably walk the marathon and I'm sure I could finish the
same day.
So Doris, Roger with his white hair hasn't changed at all... and I've changed like one of those slow, old,
gray dogs that were so cute as puppies... hmm.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carl Yasuda
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 4:44 PM
Subject: 1960 Year Book


Do you know of anyone needing the 1960 Year Book?
I have a friend who has one for sale.
I looked at it today and it appears to be in good shape.
This book does not have any autographs or writings that I could see.
Of course I may have miss some.
Have them get in touch with me.


----- Original Message -----
From: Alvin Shimokawa
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: 12/11/12


Can you forward Karen Okuhara email address?

Thanks, Alvin Shimokawa

----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:51 AM
Subject: Tom Okuhara

Thanks Geri and Hal for passing on the sad news re Tom Okuhara´s death.
I never knew him in KHS. It was only after I went to shore duty in Okinawa in 1964 that I met him and
we discovered we had been classmates.
Tom was in the Air Force stationed at Naha AFB; I was assigned to the Naval Air Facility, also at Naha.
I can honestly say that our gang of local boys, about a dozen guys, had memorable times in Okinawa.
Tom was always so much good fun, especially at our nightly gatherings at the Airmen´s Club and
particularly when we ´"ran-the-alleys" in Naminoue town.
In the 60´s we were indestructable.
Tom, or "Oku" as we callled him in those days, became a friend indeed.
I will very much miss him and will ever cherish the wonderful memories I have of him and the good
times we had in Okinawa.


----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Nakashima Kashiwai
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:49 PM


----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ann Ing)
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:38 PM
Subject: RE: 12/11/12

Hi All,

Chester, Hal, Gerri, and all, I am so jealous you guys got to get together and talk story.
Oh well, I guess Chester’s way of letting me know I’m not forgotten is sending me travel pictures
from all over the world.
I absolutely love his pictures.
I vicariously travel with him through them.
Chester was named after General Chester Nimitz.
Hank calls him “the General”.
Because of all his travels, I think I’ll give him a new nickname “the Globe Trekker”.

Sorry to hear about Thomas Okuhara.
I haven’t seen him since graduation.
But over the years I did hear snippets about him.

Like Pearl, I am beginning to wonder what happened to Jean and Manny.
You guys okay?

When Ray wrote about smoking turkeys and making gravy for the holidays it reminded me that he
is an excellent cook.
When he was here he used to cook and bring his share of pot luck.
Once he brought a German dish that tasted like lau lau. Ono.
At the AAGEN potlucks everyone would wait for him to bring his famous butter mochi.
When other people would make it instead of him, everyone would notice.
My husband Hank will only eat Ray’s butter mochi.
He says he doesn’t like normal mochi.
Remember Ray also had a beautiful deep singing voice when we were young.
When he was here our group asked that he sing the Hawaiian Wedding Song at a few of our
He still has that deep, deep melodious voice.

Speaking of mochi, last Saturday I went with friends to the annual Mochizuki Festival of the DC
chapter of the Japanese Americans Citizen’s League (JACL).
To keep the Japanese culture alive among the next generations the JACL DC puts on this festival.
They have a mochi pounding demonstration the old fashion way with the huge bowl and the wooden
The teenagers are required to take turns pounding the mochi using the wooden mallets in the rhythm
set by the adults so that no one gets hurt.
People from the Japanese Embassy love to attend and bring their children because they say that they
don’t even do this anymore in Japan.
Instead, in Japan they use electric mochi makers.
JACL DC also sells bento boxes (chicken or salmon teriyaki, green seaweed salad, koko, and green tea),
zip lock bags of mochi, and all kinds of crafts made by the members.
I buy 4 bags of mochi to put in my freezer.
Whenever I feel like I need ozoni (mochi soup in kelp broth with fishcake) I make the broth and boil a
piece of mochi.
So simple and yum. Sorry Brenda.

My brother Henry’s family has a new addition.
His son Chip (a dentist on Kauai) and his wife Chris have a new baby boy that they named Logan.
Their oldest son, Zach, is 6 years old.
I mentioned to Hank that we don’t have any Asian names in our family anymore.
His response was, your mother was May, your father was Henry, your brother is Henry Jr., and you are
Betty Ann.
Which generation are you talking about?
Hank’s family is the same.
His father was Hamlet, his mother was Audrey, his brothers are Kevin and Bryan.
There have been no African names for generations of the Douglas family.

Oh oh, gotta go. Hank just called.
We lost electricity at home and it looks like the two adjacent blocks.
This is very bad timing.
Tonight was supposed to be the weekly Douglas family dinner at our house.
Scratch that.

Bing Bradshaw Bradshaw

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Doris Johnson
Cc: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:31 AM
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Fw: 12/11/12

Dear Doris:

I don't recall you from any classes at Kaimuki High School or at the University of Hawaii, but I will
never forget a classmate from Liholiho School.
I do recall that you lived on the southeast corner of the 4th and Lincoln Avenue intersection, you
have a sister named Ethel, a brother named Morris and another brother named Joe.

Don't worry about being the subject of the messages which are flying back and forth.
I have enjoyed them.
Folks have shared lots of stuff on this blog.
It has been very interesting.
If folks are talking about you, that means that they have great memories of you.

Harold, I did complete the Honolulu Marathon a couple days ago.
I am embarrassed to disclose that one woman and two men in the 85-89 age group and three women
and 10 men in the 80-84 age group were faster than I was.
I didn't bother to count those in the 70-74 and 75-79 age groups.
Those numbers would be more than I have fingers and toes.
If I can keep the same pace, I'll have a chance in 20 years.
I was faster than anyone in the 90-94 age group.


----- Original Message -----
From: Doris Toyooka Johnson
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: 12/11/12

Hal, pls do me a favor and tell Roger I said "Hi," and ask if he does in fact remember me from some
classes we took together.
I recognized his face in couple of the reunion pix. the guy hasn't changed much at all!
I think you've changed since HS, unlike what Gerri B. thinks.

Evidently you're doing a bang-up job keeping us HS chums in touch or at least informed of what a few
are thinking/doing with the blog you've created.

Thanks for all you do, while maintaining such a great attitude and sense-of-humor.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Roy Okano
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:18 AM
Subject: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season
and a great 2013 filled with happiness and good times.

December 11, 2012
No problem Bing, my pleasure.
Thanks for the holiday greetings Pearl.
Raynor, when I talked to Bing, she recounted many past stories with a lot involving you.
Appreciate the message of friendship and love, Brenda and Robert.
Thoroughly enjoyed Chester's get-together and talking story with you, Gerri.
Yes, that is very distressing news, Gerri... my deepest sympathy to his family and a last and
very fond Aloha for him.
Though we didn't hang out together when we got to high school, Tom was a good friend and
classmate since small kid time, with even our families being in the same Okinawan club.
As Gerri mentioned, anyone wishing to contact/phone Tom's wife Karen, please contact me
via email and I'll pass on that cell phone number.
Or, if it's preferred, email me your message of condolence, encouragement and/or memories
of Tom and I'll post it on the blog... will send that last email blog for Tom's email address to
relay your messages when appropriate.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:04 PM
Subject: RE: 12/10/12

Hal, Thanks for putting me in touch with Doris.

Ray, Franklin Odo is running for Vice President of AAGEN.
Don’t forget to vote.
He graduated ahead of us at Kaimuki High School.
He was born in 1938.
Dr. Odo was the founding director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Program
in 1997.
After 13 successful years, Franklin retired in January 2010.
I believe you met him when you were the AAGEN president.

Karen Nakama (who graduated from Kaimuki High School way after us) retired from the
Pentagon and is now back in Hawaii.
She e-mailed me to let me know that Jake Shimabukuro (known as the Jimmy Hendricks of
the Ukulele) is also a Kaimuki High School grad.
Jake is about 38 years old.
Hank and I went to see him play at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American auditorium in the
Native American Smithsonian Museum.
He was fantastic.

Amazingly, we also ran into Franklin Odo at the Shimabukuro concert that evening.
The concert was packed.
We went a half hour early for a 6:30 pm Monday night concert and we were among the last
ones to get in.
They had to turn away a lot of people.
The video of Jake’s career will be aired on the Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) on May 10,
We got to see the first viewing of that video.
It was really, really good.
Made by a young Japanese American film director who lives on the west coast.
We recommend seeing it.

Mele Kalikimaka everybody.
Hank gave me an early Xmas stocking stuffer … a red Kurt Suzuki Washington National
Baseball jersey with his number 24.
Kurt was born in Wailuku, Maui.
The jersey looks like the official jersey but the real one cost waaayyyy too much money.
So I have a knock off and it still cost a lot.
Kurt has played really well.
The stadium is within four blocks of our townhouse so Hank and his retired buddies have
gone to several games.

Bing Bradshaw Douglas.

----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: 12/10/12

And before I forget, I better send out my solicitations. . . . . . . . . . . .

We are all 70 or soon to be, so where did the year go?
I'm always so busy and I haven't retired yet (still debating)
Although I don't write much, I also enjoy reading the blog.
I love to read all of Bing's exploits and adventures - Hal's quick wit and thoughts - Brenda's
sweet thoughts - haven't heard from Jean or Manny for a while.
Where are you guys?

To all you classmates, spouses and friends, I wish you all MELE KALIKIMAKA AND HAUOLI
MAKAHIKI HOU (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year)
May the Year of the Snake (2013) be prosperous and your health continue.
Take one day at a time and live life to the fullest.


----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: 12/10/12

Aloha dear Harold and friends, we, Jack and me send warm blessings and best wishes to you
and yours for Christmas and the New Year with many more holidays in the years ahead for
It was good seeing you, our genial host, Chester Otani and other old pals last Saturday for
the annual Holiday Season Cheer and yummy grinds.
Harold, do you know, I really took a good look at your handsome face sitting next to me and
you have not changed in looks one iota from high school, how do you do it, is it that great
Okinawan Oshiro genes.
From your blog it was good to hear that darling Doris Toyooka has finally surfaced after all
these years, I always wondered about what happened to vivacious Doris who it seems is
doing quite well living life to the fullest.
Would love to hear from Doris if she is up to it and see Doris whenever she is in town.

Unfortunately, I have some distressing news, our dear cherished "full of life" friend, Thomas
Okuhara passed away on November 24 from heart failure.
Thomas was a joy, in fact, I lost Thomas's number earlier this year when I changed my cell
phones and for the past several months have called friends for his number, but to no avail.
Over the years, I called Thomas to chat but lost touch when he went on sick leave, called him
twice before I lost his number.
Understandably this is a tremendous loss for Thomas' family and friends.
In speaking with Karen Okuhara, Karen is open to anyone who wishes to talk with her.
Thomas was a very private person and did not want to have any publicity or services for him.
I will pass Karen's cell number to Harold (if he does not mind), Karen will be happy to hear
from anyone.
For now, keep well, hope to hear or be in contact with other precious old pals soon.
Have a great day and everyday.
Malama pono, a hui ho. Gerri BD

----- Original Message -----
From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: 12/10/12


A million Mahalo's for acting as the "glue' to keeping this fantastic network alive and growing.
To have classmates such as Doris Toyooka Johnson join after Lo, these many years means
that the network can still grow! Imua!.
So I am sitting here reminiscing about the recent class reunion in Vegas and the great Ohana
moments with people I haven't seen in such a long time is golden.
As I and so many others have commented previously, we have a pretty amazing class whose
members have literally covered the globe and in their own special ways, have made
tremendous impacts whereever they went.
My Tomodachi Washington Betty Ann's recounting of the days spent in the Nation's Capitol
sure brought back a bunch of fond memories .
Betty Ann sure made some Ono KauKau and fishing on many of the tributaries feeding into the
Chesapeake Bay as well as many of the lakes in the area were pretty great experiences.
The trips to Ocean City , MD were also a blast.
The shoppers shopped at the many outlet malls in the area and us fishermen fished both on the
Chesapeake as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
One of my favorite stories involves a young Chinese woman who usually went with the
shopping crowd but, on one trip decided to go fishing.
She had never fished in her life so we gave her a lot of help and instructions .
The Party boat was called the "Ocean Princess" that went offshore usually seeking out
shipwrecks on the bottom of the Atlantic where a lot of what we called rockfish liked to
It was not a stellar day as fishing days go so us seasoned fishermen only had a few black sea
bass that we caught.
Our new fisher-person, however, caught a shark, a striped bass and a bunch of black sea bass
putting us all to shame.
So, we're heading back to the dock and our bunch were at the railing and she turns to us and
says' "Boy, I enjoyed this fishing, it's so easy and you catch a lot!
Talk about beginner's luck.

Anyway, I am slowly prepping my propane smoker getting ready for the Christmas and New
Year's dinners and my traditional smoked turkey.
We will probably do 2-20+ pounders at a time because they taste so good and disappear
magically from the table.
In addition, the gravy with the drippings from the turkey with mushrooms added goes good on
top of just about anything you can think of.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year or Froeliche Weihnachtsfest und ein Guetes Nueus
Jahre fuer alle Schulle Freunden und Euer Famillien auch.

Raynor and Frauke

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio Gore
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 7:44 AM
Subject: Re: 12/10/12

Just a short note to acknowledge Betty Ann "Bing's" wonderful sharing!!
It was amazing that Raynor recognized her voice and also amazing that she remembered our
brief conversation regarding being single and not feeling comfortable attending reunions
because of "shames" from an early upbringing. Ha!
Love her authenticity and ability to share openly without unnecessary pride. Love it.

Also love the fishing stories and the rest.
It's that kind of sharing that really makes our hearts sing.
Only one thing wrong with her email: The menu she wrote has me soooooo hungry, and the
plane fare so expensive!

Love to you, Bing, and love to all the classmates.
We treasure friendships and send our love and hugs to all.

Brenda and Robert

December 10, 2012
Well, here we are at the last month of a year again... time just keeps rolling along... make the most of it.
It's also the time to pass on, like the messages below, holiday greetings and notes of good cheer.
So, I'll join in now and throughout this year and wish everyone the best of cheer and enjoyable holidays.

----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:23 AM
Subject: Happy Holidays!!!

Wishing you all the best of the holiday season.
Be safe and healthy.
Buckle up and drive with ALOHA...

Arline & Noel

----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Ignacio Gore
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: 11/30/12

Well, that cutie patutie Doris remembers our sweet innocent "googoo" eyes, which is so sweet!

Would love to see a recent pic of her, as she was a true beauty, and we both remember her!

One thing I want to say to Doris is that being divorced and all the feelings that go with that are only in
our minds.
Wish I could have set my own thoughts aside and attended more reunions, as the smiles, kind words,
hugs, are all so precious in our senior years.
My dad would not allow my joining any group, so I missed out on a lot, I know.
I'm sure you would find your Chit Chatters so happy to see you!
Please do come.
Robert and I are late bloomers from strict parents, yet we are catching up and loving it!!

Love and wishes for loving holidays,
Brenda and Robert

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:30 AM
Subject: RE: 11/30/12


Glad you found Doris Toyooka Johnson.
Please let her know that I live in DC in case she ever decides to visit.
Also, feel free to share my contact information with her.
She expressed the feeling of not wanting to join us because she is single.
Let her know that is how most single people feel.
Tell her we would love the single folks to join us too.
Even Brenda Ignacio said something about feeling like that when I saw here at the previous reunion.
This was before she found Robert again.
Take it from me who has been engaged 5 times before getting married the first, second, and third times,
it is better to be content by oneself rather than to be miserable married.
I also admire her volunteering at a hospice.
She must have turned into a really wonderful person.
And I admire her for taking Spanish.
In fact, when I retire in a year or two, I think I’ll copy her and try to learn a new language.
Also would like to hear more about her life since we graduated from high school.
Small time gambling, drinking wine, eating pupus and gossiping sounds like fun except for the gambling.
I have nothing against gambling except that I am such a poor loser.
The most I will wager is a penny at the penny slots in West Virginia.
My friends and husband’s family here are big time gamblers.
BTW so is Raynor Tsuneyoshi. I tag along for the food, wine, and gossip.

Raynor was a counsel at the Maritime Administration in the Clinton years.
I accidentally found him on a list of all the counsels from the different agencies that I was supposed to
contact if the Congress failed to pass the regular annual appropriation bills before the fiscal year began
and the Federal Government had to be shutdown.
In those days I was known as the Federal Government’s shutdown queen.
When I say his name I thought this must be Raynor or his son.
So I called the phone number next to the name.
When he answered I asked whether he was the Raynor from Hawaii.
After a long pause, he said: “ Is this Betty Ann?”
He recognized my voice after over 30 years.
I said no then we both laughed.
We, me and my hana butta tomodachi, arranged for lunch the next day to catch up.

Hank and I have a young friend, Moon Tran, who we have sort of adopted as a niece since she has no
family anywhere near DC.
She loves to go fishing so we typically go fishing with her at a lake in Burke, Virginia or one of the major
rivers flowing to the Chesapeake Bay at least once a week.
Ray had left his wife Frauke back in Orange County, Los Angeles.
His Federal political appointment was not permanent, which is typical.
They serve at the pleasure of the President’s administration.
He and Frauke own a home in Orange County and she has her clients back there.
I believe she is an interior designer and it is difficult to start over in this field going from the West Coast to
the East Coast.
So Ray would work in DC and then travel back to Orange County once a month or so to see his wife.
This meant he had a lot of time on his hands.
When he heard we typically go fishing at least once on a weekend, he asked if he could join us.
So for 5 years, the drill was for Ray to go to a nearby river or lake to save fishing spots.
For Moon to bring fresh worms.
For me to make bento for lunch and dinner (home style, rice, spam, tamago, teriyaki chicken, kalbi, kim
chee, furukaki, sardines, macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw, bok choi, beef broccoli, etc.) and for
Hank to fill the cooler with beer and wine.
We typically drank out of thermoses and made sure we didn’t leave any bottles or cans behind or in the
trash cans on site.
We would catch catfish, perch, trout, a few crabs.
Once each year we would go to the Chesapeake Bay for a real fishing trip on one of those boats where we
would stay at a hotel or motel and go fishing during the day.
On the ocean, Ray and Moon were the big time fisherpersons.
They would sometimes win the prize for the most fish caught or the biggest fish caught.

Once a month I would go fishing late because I was the Treasurer of the Asian American Government
Employees Network (AAGEN) which is an organization of the senior level political and career Federal
You had to be at least equivalent to a General Schedule level 15 (GS-15) to be a member.
There are other organizations for lower level Federal employees who are Asian or pacific Americans.
Ray got interested, joined AAGEN and was voted in as president for a number of years.
Our AAGEN group loves to cook and eat.
He fit right in, made many friends and was quite well loved.
We were all so sorry to see him leave to be the Director of the California Department of Boating and
Too bad for him, he had to go fishing as part of his job.
Way too infrequently when he comes back to DC on business or for a vacation, a group of us get together
to catch up and to eat.

Doris, in addition to one of Ray’s daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, I believe Carole Masuda Eto’s son,
daughter-in-law, and grandchildren live somewhere between you and me.

Anyway, hope to hear from more of you.

Bing Bradshaw Douglas

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 9:06 AM
Subject: Doug-Savage "Words of Wisdom"

Hi Harold,

Below is Doug-Savage's "Words of Wisdom".

"You will never accomplish any more than the image that you have for yourself

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