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54 Years - Memories: September '14

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, Brenda Kadokawa

Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade, Carolyn Amoy,

Carolyn Chock,Carolyn Eugenio,Charlene Mau,Chester Otani,Clarence Fung,Clarence Shibuya,

Clifford Ching,Clifford Young,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, Ethel Aramaki

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

Gary Tsukamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas

Irene Rocha

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

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

Kenneth Yoshioka

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

Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,

Matilda Muraoka,Michael Yamaguchi,Muriel Masumura,Myron Kekaula

Naomi Kuramoto,Norman Ginoza;Nathan Chong

Pamela Machida,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,Sanford Murata,Seda Deguchi,Sharon LaTraille,Sheila Espindola,Shirley Tamashiro,

Stanley Miura,Stella Okamoto

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

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

Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino

SEPTEMBER, 2014 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

September 30, 2014

Thanks Shinty.

Soumds like, from your report, you guys will have a regular golfing get-together from here on in.

Any other golfers who want to join in let me know and I'll get you in touch with Shinty.

Thanks Doug and Roy... as they say "location, location, location" should also add "timing, timing... "

Thanks Sonny... did have a great time.

Reminder to all: any updated info on classmates who have passed on would be appreciated.

Thanks Gerri and Brenda, got your message but not the photos unfortunately.

Wished I could have been there but glad to hear that all had a fun time.

Ahh man Vern... even with your post I still can't picture those shoes from those days.

But hey... 50 plus years... it's amazing that we can still remember at least part of the good old days.

Raynor... talk about hairstyles... Paul Texeira had one that I believe used to be called the 'Jellyroll'.

Miki, his wife, saw his H.S. pic on his reunion name badge and gave a "what's that about".

Then, of course, I showed her my name badge and picture... oh well... we thought it looked cool then.

Abu... you had me wondering for a moment.

But I believe the reference is to the grocery store on Kapahulu Ave. just past the Kaimuki Ave corner.

It was adjacent to Crane Park and the building is still there.

For those who may have missed seeing this nice tribute:


----- Original Message -----

From: Richard Shintaku

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 6:30 PM

Subject: Fwd: Kaimuki '60 Golf Tournament

Hal, A report on our Kaimuki Class of

'60 "While We are Young" golf tournament.


Begin forwarded message:

From: richard shintaku

Date: September 29, 2014 at 7:41:16 AM HST

To: Wayne Kanai, Larry Ling, Arline Hirahara, Carl Yasuda, Carole Eto, Stanley Miura, Jack Digmon,

Lance Ishihiro, Calvin Ishizaki, Ronald Higa, Muriel Masumura, Ralph Yamasaki, Andy Nakano,

Dennis Sayegusa, Nelson Masamune, Gary Tsukamoto, Gary Yamamoto, Phyllis Takeuchi, Clarence Shibuya,

David Sato, Kenneth Ginoza, Tillie Seichi, Andrea Shimokawa, Stan & Amy Tokuda, Tony Ballesteros

Cc: Richard Shintaku

Subject: Kaimuki '60 Golf Tournament

To Bulldog Golfers, thank you for participating in the "While We are Young" Kaimuki "60 Golf Tournament.

It was a success because all you guys just acted regular and never put on airs (typical Kaimuki character).

These fine golfers gathered at Pearl Country Club last Thursday.

Jack Digmon

Carole Eto

Kenneth Ginoza

Ron Higa

Lance Ishihiro

Calvin Ishizaki

Wayne Kanai

Nelson Masamune

Andy Nakano

David Sato

Dennis Sayegusa

Clarence Shibuya

Richard Shintaku

Phyllis Takeuchi

Gary Tsukamoto

Gary Yamamoto

Ralph Yamasaki

Carl Yasuda

A little nervous at not seeing classmates in some cases for decades, the ice was broken immediately as our

friendly classmates bonded so quickly.

As soon as we teed off, it started to rain and quite heavily at times.

We slogged through the fairways and greens and after a few holes, we were soaking wet.

When we finished our round, I donít know if it was sweat or rain covering our shirts.

The well-intended name tags I designed could not be removed from some of our shirts and blouses.

I hope you removed the tags later.

If not, let me know and Iíll provide you another name tag (nah, only kidding).

It was just an awful day for golf, but most reported that they had a lot of fun playing with classmates

regardless of their golf scores.

Before we teed off, Tofu (Wayne) bought every golfer spam musubi, apples and water

After golf, all 18 golfers stayed for pupus and drinks at the 19th puka

Brenda and Gerry joined us later

Andy made sure we had too much food to eat

Everyone fought to pick up beer tabs

Carl and Gary T. recorded scores and made sure everyone won a prize for his/her effort

Phyllis and Ken won first place (both shot in the net 60ís)

Abu and Shinty won last place

Everyone else won a second to eight place prize

Nelson, Magoo and I won greenies

Consensus is that we do this again, "while we are young."

So the next tournament is planned for early 2015.

Please let me have your ideas on how we can improve these events.

Suggestions on where we should play and where we can socialize after golf are welcome.

Also please contact classmates who werenít there to play next time.

Aloha, Shinty

----- Original Message -----

From: Roy Okano

To: Harold Oshiro

Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:32 PM

Subject: Doug Savage - Words of Wisdom

"Being in the right location and timing are just as important as who you are in achieving success."

----- Original Message -----

From: Sonny Tambunting

To: Hal-KHS

Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:30 AM

Subject: Re: 9/6/14 - E

Many thanks for the info... hope you enjoy your vacation

On Sep 29, 2014 12:35 AM, "Hal-KHS"

Sorry if this is somewhat of a late response, have been away on a trip for a few weeks.

We're going by what's been reported either through media or by classmates.

As such, we can't be absolutely sure that some of the information is correct unless it's definitive.

So, to the best of our knowledge, our classmate Gary passed away in 2005 :

You may want to double-check anyway with what info that was out there on Gary G. Gomes.

As far as we know, none of our classmates has any further information on our classmate Gary.

Hope this helps somewhat.


----- Original Message -----

From: Brenda Kadokawa

To: hal-khs60

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:27 PM

Subject: Fwd:

Aloha, Harold, missd you yesterday at Hau Tree.

As usual, great fun, loud chatting, lunching with dear friends for 2-1/2 hrs.

Amazing what subjects are covered.

Left my phone at home but am grateful that these photos are from Brenda.

Aloha Gerri

----- Original Message -----

From: Sonny Tambunting

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 6:21 AM

Subject: Re: 9/6/14

So very sad I lost my best friend... Gary gomes.

Does he have family that I can send my condolences.

----- Original Message -----

From: Vernon Wong

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 9:35 PM

Subject: RE: 9/6/14

Hal, Nuk - I remember the french toe, white thread shoes well.

They were worn mostly by a certain group if guys that hung out in downtown Honolulu on street corners

on Saturdays, and of course by school guys.

Iīve also seen them worn by a few businessmen.

To clean the threads we used a solution of clorox and water applied very carefully with a old toothbrush

(lest you bleach the shoe leather).

I owned a pair that I bought at Comfort Shoe Store next to Hawaii Theater.

The last time I saw a pair in a shoe shop was in New York a few years ago, and they still looked sharp!

But instead of buying them, I settled for a pair of Florsheim Imperials.

Good old days!

Uncle Charlie

----- Original Message -----

From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 5:26 PM

Subject: Re: 9/6/14

Wow talk about all the "Hana Buttah" memories this last exchange of emails have surfaced in what

serves as a poor excuse for data storage in my head.

Bell bottom trousers at Kaimuki Intermediate with the pink and black colors.

That was also the time "FLAT TOP" haircuts competed with "ducktail" cuts kept in place by Three

Flowers Brilliantine which , in the hot sun, melted running down your head probably aggravating the

pimple outbreaks and staining collars.

Plus the scent of the hair dressing turned unpleasant when mixed with perspiration.

Of course other choices were "butch wax", Alberto VO5 and Brylcream (the last 2 which melted even


I want to add my sympathies and condolences to our classmates who have lost loved one, parents and friends.

We are all approaching the time that our mortality looms ever larger and the dwindling sands in our

living hour glasses seem to flow even faster with each passing day.

I try to look on each day and the experiences they bring with deeper appreciation which my previous, hectic

life afforded little time for.

I really appreciate Hal 's work in keeping the exchanges flowing while respecting the privacy aspects .

Keep up the good work, Bruddah Hal.

Mahalo Nui.


----- Original Message -----

From: Clarence Shibuya

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 8:54 AM

Subject: Re: 9/6/14

I've been reading about people talking about the restaurant Otani's and was wondering if they mean

Aotani restaurant which was next door to Ben Franklin?

September 6, 2014

Thanks Pearl, got that... another loss of a classmate:

Nuk, I still can't picture those French toe shoes with the white threads... probably because by the

time I noticed your shoes they were already polished all black.

Sonny, unfortunately, the information I have lists Gary G. Gomes as deceased: 1941 - 2005.

Again, I can't/won't post email addresses within this email blog but will be more than happy to pass

them on - with, of course, the permission of their owners - to any classmate requesting them.

Reminder, with information from Gerri Barcenas:

Services for Malcolm Ahlo are on Sunday, September 14, 9:00AM AT Mililani Memorial Park

and Mortuary in Waipio at the Mililani Mauka Chapel down the hill.

Rebecca, family newsletter... now that explains why I noticed your writing form... concise, informative,

to the point, and easy to read... something I'm still learning to do while doing this email blog ( and

no diss intended on the others ; )

Yep, I too occasionally have dreams of either running to or from things or something within a school

type setting or similar... who knows what the heck that's supposed to mean.

Those really were the good old days Brenda... truly the 'Happy Days'.

And how's this for a great reminder of what those Poodle Skirts were like:

Here's another link to updates/info for those making their upcoming pilgimage:

Will be off-island for about a couple of weeks so next blog will be after that.

But do keep those emails coming as I'll still be receiving and checking on them.



----- Original Message -----

From: Pearl Shimooka Mori

To: Harold Oshiro

Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:26 AM

Subject: Thomas Negrones Jr

Deceased 8/26/14

----- Original Message -----

From: Robert Nukushina

To: hal-khs60

Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 7:30 AM

Subject: Re: 8/31/14

The French toe shoes I wore, had white threads, but with all the polishing I did, the threads eventually

turned black.

Some kids dyed the threads black.

I wore out two pairs in high school.

One could buy the French Toes either way.

After checking the Internet; it comes with or without white threads along the soles.

The white threads are a nice touch but was a maintenance problem.

Never owned French Toes after high school; preferred the loafers.

I could never find the correct size shoes for me; small feet but wide as a duck's.

The shoes made today are much wider; at least the cheap ones I buy.

I enjoyed Boyd Worley's sense of humor when he used to blog here.

We were going to meet Boyd and Jean on one of our cruises to Alaska, but Boyd was ailing at the time

when we passed through, so we decided to do it the next time when he got better, but there will be no

next time.

On our first trip to Alaska, we packed our thermal underwear and warm clothing.

When we got to Fairbanks, it was 80F+. What a surprise that was.

So we went to an ice cream parlor where it was 95F inside.

What I like was at 2am, it was still bright outside; no night time at that time of the year.

Then we took the train down to the Whittier for the cruise ship to the Inland Passage, Glacial Bay,

Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Anchorage.

Great experience.

----- Original Message -----

From: Sonny Tambunting

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2014 8:06 PM

Subject: Re: 8/31/14

Pls pass my email address to all.....I would like to renew friendships to the group.

Does anybody know the whereabouts of Gary Gomes

----- Original Message -----

From: Sonny Tambunting

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2014 3:46 AM

Subject: Re: 8/31/14

Pls pass my email address to all ... I would like to renew my friendship to our group.

Does anyone know if Gary Gomes is still alive.....

----- Original Message -----

From: Rebecca Spens Blakley

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:29 PM

Subject: Re: 8/31/14

Hi Hal:

Mahalo for handling this blog for the class.

I do write a family newsletter so I know the work that goes into putting it together & keeping everybody

abreast of coming events & gatherings.

Condolences to the Malcolm Ahlo ohana.

He was a generous man oconcerned with the welfare of others.

Funny, only later after my husband passed did I realize he had business dealings with Malcolm & that

they knew each other in the business world.

And yes, I too remember Richard Nakasato in the 8th grade with the widest "drapes" (as you call them).

I don't think I've ever seen anything wider than those pants, ever again.

Needless to say I don't have any more to say about the best flaky double-crusted apple pie served in

Kaimuku High School's cafeteria.

Bar none, it was the best.

I do recall going to Alex Drive-In to get my Peach Melba ice cream fix.

Does any other classmate dream about running across campus trying to get to a class on time before

the bell rings?

I seem to have this recurring dream of running to class at Kaimuki Intermediate as well as at Kaimuki

High School.

Wonder what that's about?

I don't get to attend most of your gatherings, but don't be surprised if I drop in if ever I'm on Oahu.

If I do attend a function, I most probably will be in touch with Bobbie Hanoa or Sheila Fernandez.

Thanks again Hal for keeping me informed.

Much aloha.

Becky (Paresa) Spens-Blakley

----- Original Message -----

From: Brenda Ignacio-Gore

To: Hal-KHS60

Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:37 AM

Subject: Re: 8/31/14

How I have enjoyed the memories and sharing lately.

Such sweet times we had and how special they seem now; life was simpler and happy times were


Alex Drive Inn was such a treat, with the exciting rolling down of the windows for the trays of food.

My dad loved the pork sandwiches, and they had the best strawberry soda ever.

Kaimuki Inn was our family "splurge," and we thought the chilled stainless steel cups of fruit cocktail

for dessert were first class.

Sekiyas, Otanis, and of course Leonard's, .... so many, although we ate at home most of the time in

those days.

My father was strict, and the poodle skirts were almost out of fashion before he relented and I could

get one.

I did love our pink and black class colors!

I now understand Jean Nakamura's non response and will continue to send her love as she grieves.

To the family of Malcolm Ahlo, also.

So hard to realize that we are all at the age when we might bid aloha to this life.

All the more reason to show our love for our friends and classmates.

Sonny and Terri showed Robert and I the most amazingly loving time, and their invitation is sincere.

Keep the memories coming! Love it.

Our love to all..... Brenda and Robert

August 31, 2014

Sonny, my apologies... you did inform me of your email address change a while back but I

neglected to apply the change for the blog.

Again, that offer is most generous of you... as long as you don't 'lose' classmates also.

Thanks Roy and Doug... I certainly see that in a lot of my relationships as I'm sure many of the

others can too.

Shinty, sorry I couldn't post the original flyer as it would have been too large for the blog.

Instead I've posted the info within below your email.

Note: Shinty mentioned Andy, Wayne, Gary and Carl but failed to mention himself... he initiated

the drive to get this golf event going, feeling that Ron Higa had done more than his share

in organizing golf events and it was time for others to shoulder the load... so kudos to

Shinty too.

Tremaine, our condolences on your great losses too.

Sheila, if I remember correctly, Rebecca Paresa also mentioned the hot apple pie as a favorite.

Gotta admit, as much as cheese wasn't on my absolute favorites list, I really like that too.

Along with Otani's, I also miss enjoying Alex's D.I. and Wimpy's Burgers... maybe not as much the

food but the good times being there.

Jean, we were concerned at not hearing from you in such a long while.

We do care and will support our classmates, even if able to so with only our thoughts for some.

Do take care, yourself... time will heal.

Betty, I can remember vividly the sight of the gals sitting down - or trying to - on the lawns during

recess and lunch breaks with their plumped up skirts spread out in a circle looking almost like

multi-colored water-lily pads in a pond.

Nuk, somehow I can't recall those French-toed shoes with the white threads, just the plain ones...

and your experience at HIrai's was most certainly quite different from mine.

Edwina, the other guy I remember having one of the widest if not the widest 'drapes' was Richard

Nakasato back during 8th or 9th grade at Kaimuki Intermediate.

He was initially a bit embarrased by the attention that first day he wore them but was soon strutting

around campus the rest of the day with his, I believe, 40-inch wide - per leg - drape pants.


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

reunion committee for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated April 24, 2012 ) .

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