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53 Years - Memories: January '13

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

JANUARY 2013 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:


January 31, 2013

Boy how time flies the older we get... it's already the end of the 1st month of the new year.
I can remember in school when the days seemed so long and the end-of-school bell took
forever to finally ring.

Gerri, glad you and Jack and the others had such a great time.
Too bad though about your personal property loss, we'll all keep an eye out just in case.

Thanks Roy and Doug for the 'wise words'.



----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:01 PM
Subject: Re: 1/21/13

A warm belated Kung Hee Fat Choi to everyone. Doug Savage, Harold, Roy, Raynor and fellow
classmates and friends.
Dear Doug, so glad to get your sweet note as well as your email that I never knew existed and
to know that you are doing so well.
Life is indeed so precious and we are all so blessed to be alive and have great friends like you.
The last time I drove by the Care Center, there was no parking so whenever I am in you
neighborhood I will stay away from the busy periods.
Although my last visit to you was quite a while ago I am delighted that you were able to enjoy
the cherries.
I would love to bring other fruits or foods that you wish, just let me know.
My family from San Francisco and London visited and spent the New Year's Holiday period with
Jack and I, everyone is doing well.
I hope that you enjoyed a festive Christmas and New Year's Holiday at the center.
So good to hear from you, you are truly amazing Doug.
Everyone thinks of you, keep well and I will definitely visit you as soon as I am able and will keep
in touch.
Aloha pumehana, Gerri and Jack

Harold, You certainly were away for quite a while and was missed.
Jack and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday with your family on the Mainland.
You are right while growing up the variety of Island foods from family and neighbors it never was
perceived as "ethnic food" i.e. adobo, lumpia, lechon, sushi, mochi, teriyaki, sashimi, saimin,
crispy wun tun, manapua, peking duck, egg fu yung, look fun noodles w/blackbeans sauce,
clams w/black bean, kim chee, kal bi, kalua pig, poi,lomi salmon, opihi, chicken long rice, patelle,
it's endless.
However Hawaii and the mainland are continuously evolving in every way.
In the mid 80's when I visited the Mall of America in Minneapolis there was a German Restaurant that
I want to try but our friends opted for Thai food, anyway returning to Mall of America after a couple
of years, I wanted to take my friends to the German restaurant, I was told that the German restaurant
was not successful since it was so "ethnic", that stunned and perplexed this keiki o ka aina, me,
however, it appeared then that it was mostly homogenized Scandinavian communities in Minneapolis
at the time.
I have not been back since.
Fantastic to hear about the yummy holiday menus that our talented classmates cook up for the holidays.
Raynor, who knew that you are so multi-talented in cooking, fishing, etc.
I get hungry just reading your menu I'm sure Frauke is equally as talented, what a great life you both have.
You must tell us when you plan to have another great feast, if we are in the neighborhood we might just
join you both.
I really enjoyed our impromptu conversations during the October reunion.
That was great fun.
I also adore fine German food when I can get it but especially so while visiting Germany.
Honolulu no longer have good white bratwurst that my Swiss neighbor used to purchase, no longer, we
will need to enjoy good German food when we are on the Mainland.
My daughter, Kim and I celebrated Jack's 71st birthday in Las Vegas with a surprse party at a cute Korean
family restaurant on Dec. 15th.
I believe it was called "Well being" for healthy type food.
Whenever we visit Las Vegas we try and get together with Elsie & Jack Ayers.
This time Tillie and Richard Seichi, Arline and Noel Gokan were in town so rather than an intimate dinner,
Elsie was able to gather everyone for the dinner, Carol and Hal Oberholtzer, Paul and Miki Texeira and
their grandaughter were able to join us.
Comprised of Kama aina's we had a hilarious question and answer game to jog Island memories of everyone.
Kim brought British prize gifts from London and everyone received a lilikoi recipe book.
Jack was indeed surprised and loved the golf gift certificate from the generous Seichis.
A cupcake birthday cake was lit with candles, everyone sang and toasted Jack.
The food was yummy, the lively conversation and most of all the company so special, a great evening.
After dinner everyone stepped outsde to leave but kept gabbing but since it was so chilly I finally said aloha
to all and we jumped into Elsie's car.
Had a great time in LV but unfortunately the early morning that we left, Jack was very sick with food
poisoning and in the rush, I inadvertantly left my large bag in the dark of the taxi at 6am.
I immediately called the Yellow Cab and dispatchers who kept paging and calling the driver up to the 9am
departure flight but the mideastern cab driver never returned the calls.
I rushed to the airport police station and made a police report.
My biggest loss was the 18 mm Kuuipo Hawaiian bracelet(engraved inside w/my name) that I've had for years
and a grey cashmere gray cardigan, called the CC companies and banks plus other items to block any charges.
So if any of you should run across the bracelet in a pawn shop, call me.
This has never happened to us before but life is beautiful and life goes on.
Jack was in terrible pain and it took about a week for him to recover, it was one of the worst food poisonings,
poor Jack.
Anyhow dear friends, Wishing you again a blessed and wonderful New Year of good health, and prosperity.

Malama pono, Gerri and Jack Digmon


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: 1/21/13

Welcome home.
I might have sent Doug's "Words of Wisdom" to your personal email address.
I'm posting it here.

"The proof of a man's desire is in his pursuits." - Doug-Savage

Janury 21, 2013

Back after being away from my main computer for a while, so I know a few of you may have not received
the past couple of blogs or so... the most recent ones being 12/31/12 and 01/12/13.
But, although belatedly, all the blogs are or will be posted on the pbase website... so please do check if
you missed any or would like to read other previous blogs again (memblogs link directly above).

Thanks Calvin, for the info and insight on the holiday foods... I think I haven't had some of those in quite
a while and would really enjoy them now.

Great Amy, and reminder once more on the website blog posting should you miss any again.

Sorry Roy, don't recall receiving anything from Doug recently.
Being the youngest in my family, I think I was usually the last to wake up on New Year's Day.
I do remember going to each of the neighborhood homes to gather our New Year's Day lunch
items together then heading off to one common place to enjoy and share for a few years.
It was just the bunch of kids who played together, the Shimokawa twins being two of them.

Glad you brought up the German and Hawaiian foods, Raynor.
What other so called 'ethnic' foods did everyone else have during the holidays.
You know, stuff like bean soup, adobo, dim sum, cabbage, poke, noodles, sashimi, laulau, gau, etc.
Yeah, most of the above weren't really 'ethnic' to us back during small-kid time.
They were pretty much our almost everyday 'regular' meals then that we thought were common to all.

Big weekend so far, what with the football playoffs, MLK and the inauguration.
Funny too, for me anyway, getting back from below freezing weather to a Hawaii that was in the low 60s
or just below and actually feeling colder... weird world weather as of late.



From: Calvin Kang
Date: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: 1/12/13 B - C
To: Hal Oshiro

The greens for the ozoni is called Mizuna and the powdery stuff for the mochi is called Kinako.
Every Christmas and New Year our family gathers at my son's house in Seattle to celebrate the holidays.
On New Year's morning, my wife prepares ozoni along with kazunoko, kuromame, ume, and the other
traditional food to welcome the New Year and for good luck.
We do this so that our children and grandchildren will not forget their heritage and will continue with
the tradition...

Happy new Year!!!


From: Amy Higashi Tokuda
Date: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Hi Hal, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Thank you, yes I am receiving the blogs. Amy
To: "halinhi


From: Roy Okano
Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: 1/12/13 R - S
To: Hal Oshiro

Morning Harold,

Did you receive Doug-Savage's "Words of Wisdom" for the month?

Since my parents passed away and our family got extended, I don't follow the old Japanese tradition
of Oshogatsu and ozoni on New Year's mornings.
I recall when my mother used to get me up and told me to be the first to enter the house (through the
front door) on New Year's day; 12 AM in the morning.
I used to like hot ozoni on a cold mornings.
My mother put kelp, dried shrimp (part of the dashi), thinly sliced daikon, and mochi.
My grandmother would use some of the mochi to make kinako mochi, which I looked forward to.
The only place I know that still makes it is Tsukiji's.
Now, I find the new years seem to come much to quickly with each passing year.
It only seems like yesterday we were fearing the worst with Y2K and here it is 2013.
I've been retired now for 10 years and will be 11 in July.
I've gotten grayer, a few more character lines and a lot more mellow.
My senses are still intact and so is my physiology.
Some say I'm being obsessive, but the discipline and sacrifices have made me drug free.



From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: 1/12/13 R - S
To: Hal Oshiro

Hey Hal,
I noted that Doris had a couple of questions about the New Years food. the "green stuff" is "mizuna".
In Huntington Beach with its mild weather we grow it in our garden through mid-summer and, with
vegetables like arugula, are great additions to a tossed salad.
Also that brown powder stuff coating mochi is "kinako" which, I believe, is roasted , ground soy beans.
(Correct me if I'm in error)
When our two girls still lived at home, we did a northern German New Year's evening meal consisting
of Bratwursts and Knackwurst, German potato salad which is vinagery and includes capers and
crumbled bacon plus cucumber salad made with vinegar, fresh dill(fresh chopped onions optional)
sugar and sour cream.
Then, in the morning, we would do the Hawaiian kaukau.


January 12, 2013

This is the first email blog for the first month of the new year... better late than never I guess.

No problem Robert, done and glad you're enjoying the blog.

Sounds like you threw everything in the pantry into your dinner Raynor.

Thanks Arline, and congratulations to all of us in entering a brand new year.

Boyd, Jean, I know Bing will be reading this so consider it passed on.

Doris, you're another one that uses almost everything... it also sounds like you and Raynor
both had ono-lecious meals to boot.

Happy New Year to Pearl and Jane too, and to all the classmates out there.

Posting this blog again away from my main computer and email address, so I may have
inadvertently missed sending it out to a few classmates... please pass it on to those you
believe may not have received this and any other previous email blogs... Mahalo !


From: Robert Yoshimura
Sent: January 1, 2013
To: hal-khs60
Subject: Change of address

Hi Hal

Could you change my email address, I would greatly appreciate it.
I am very grateful for the updates of classmates.
Keep up the good work.


From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 6:05 PM

Hauoli Makahiki Hou to you-all, too.

The "ozoni" dashi is simmering on the stove with da mochi ready fo- throw inside.
Inari and Maki Sushi waiting to get eaten.
Got yellowtail (Buri or Hamachi) and Ahi for da kine sashimi.
(Might even make some "Poke" with Limu Kohu, alae salt, chili pepper flakes and Ina Mona)
Tako, Kazunoko, salmon roe, fishcake with gobo inside.
All ready for da New Year's Grindz.
Hope all of you are sharing a warm Aloha filled place whereever you are with wishes for a
great 2013.

Raynor and Frauke Tsuneyoshi

From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
Date: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/12
To: Hal Oshiro

Aloha and Hauoli Makahiki Hou--Omedato---Happy New Year--
Please stay Safe & Healty......


From: Boyd C. Worley
Date: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/12
To: Hal Oshiro

Hal: Please pass on to dear Bing that we appreciated her nice words about Jean.
Jean never ceases to amaze me with her versatility and ingenuity.
Two days ago a local young man, about 28 or so, who weighs more than 440, yes 440, pounds,
brought over a HUGE pair of Carhartt coveralls that he got for Christmas two years ago.
While struggling to squeeze into the bulky coveralls, he split the zipper, rendering them useless.
The coveralls alone were so heavy that the man almost had to help her drag them to her sewing room.
She didn't have a big ass zipper of the size needed, so she came up with the idea of a double strip
of velcro for extra grip, and told the guy to give that a shot.
Hey, it must have worked, because he called last night to thank her.
She did it for free because the guy is unemployed and near penniless.
She'll be his hero for life.

Right now Jean is cleaning under our bed and wiping down walls.
Her late grandmother in Palolo (Hidemi Kunitake Nakamura) taught Jean that every Japanese house
should be sparkling clean by midnight om December 31st of each year, and start the New Year with
a nice and clean house.
If she waited until New Year's day to sweep her floors, she'd be sweeping good luck for the New Year
right out of the house.
Bad luck.
She's done this for years and we've been very happy with our good fortune.

Speaking of great restaurants, years ago - in the early 1970's - in Anchorage, I was on my way home
from a shift as a Customs inspector when I spotted an old man sitting in a boarding gate chair and
looking so very tired.
I remembered having cleared him off an Air France flight from Paris an hour or so earlier.
He had brought some truffles back from France because he said he owned a restaurant in Waikiki.
I approached him and asked what was wrong.
He said his Western Airlines flight from ANC to HNL was delayed eight hours and he was going to
just sit and wait.
I offered to take him home and let him sleep until time to fly to HNL.
He gratefully accepted and I took him home without even telling Jean - no cell phones in the 1970's,
Anyway he looked hungry so I asked Jean if she could make him some breakfast.
She pulled me aside and said, "Thanks a lot, all I have is coffee, bread, eggs and Spam."
To make a long story short, she did a great job with what she had and he wolfed it down and then
slept for five hours.
He made his flight to HNL on time and later sent us a very nice handwritten thank you card.
Turns out it was Michel Martin, the owner of Chez Michel in Waikiki.
We loved that nice old guy.

It's now 12:19 on the 31st and I imagine dear Bing back in DC, where it's 4:19 p.m. is getting ready
to jump off that fiscal cliff.
I hope Hank is waiting below to catch her. :-)

All you Bulldogs are encouraged to have a safe and happy New Year's evening.
May 2013 be your best year ever.
Much love to all of you.

Jean and Boyd Worley

From: Doris Toyooka Johnson
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 8:50 AM
Subject: Hauoli Makahiki Hou.........

In checking your blog, and notes between me and some friends who've resurfaced, FOOD
definitely a huge part of our culture, being from Hawaii.
Bing's note in your blog can attest to that!
I remember relishing that soup but not the mushy mochi, preferring the greens.
What are they called?
Loved fried, burnt in places, mochi with it, dipped in shoyu or the mustard-colored powdery
stuff (what's that called? see, being away so long, I've forgotten so many names of foods, etc).
And New Year's Eve, we always had soba in soup, resembling ozoni broth.
Instead, now that I have a DIL from Hungary, married to my older son, their tradition is eating
HOT DOGS in regular buns on New Year's Eve.
And on NY's Day, they have stuffed cabbage (stuffing is rice mixed with ground pork, spices).
Not for us as my son doesn't like cabbage, so I'm making lazy-man sushi--------it's a do-it-yourself
sushi tray.
Flavored rice, nori in small squares, ingredients you can pick and choose from: green beans,
match-stick carrots, cuke strips, avocado, imitation crab, smoked salmon, fried spam
(one of my favs), broccoli sprouts, pickled ginger strips.
Serve that with shrimp with cocktail sauce, smoked turkey legs, fried soba, etc.
Homemade and left-over Xmas cookies.
No fireworks for us!
Heard Hawaii has banned fireworks, is that right?
Too bad as it's such a tradition.

Gotta gather the grub and head for son's place now.
Oh, have to have our goodies with champagne, too!

One blessing for me this year, though quite late in the year, was getting re-connected with you,
and some of the others in my long-gone life.

Healthy, happy New Year!!


From: Pearl Mori
To: hal
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: 12/31/12

Here's to a prosperous and healthy new year to all.

Take care - enjoy life to it's fullest - don't wait till you get any older to enjoy.


Pearl Shimooka Mori

From: Kaala Pang
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: 12/24/12

Aloha Hal and Fellow Bulldogs,
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou to all!
Aloha no,
Jane Ka`ala Mock-Pang


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 April 24, 2012 ) .

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