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61 Years - Memories: January '21

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

Upcoming events:

This is the year 2020 which also means what would have been our 60th reunions:
Unfortunately those will not be happening due to the pandemic.
Hopefully we can have a belated celebration next year.

Let me know of any other upcoming event(s) involving our classmates


JANUARY 2021 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

January 31, 2021

Living in the 'boondocks' has it's advantages Pam, though I don't know if where you are qualifies as the 'boonies'.
The sparse population would likely have a lot to do with low or no transmission of the virus.
Here in Hawaii the neighbor islands have a much lower rate of infection/deaths due to the virus.
But even tiny Molokai has or had over two dozen cases up to now.
Need to stay safe and take precautions no matter where you are.

Thanks for the background on DAC Tim.
Kudos to you for your advocacy for the arts and for your generosity through the years.
I did remember seeing an article in our local newspaper re DAC and have a link for it below:

Hi Brenda,

It's been quite a while since I last saw/spoke to you, hope all is well.
More than happy to add you to the 'newsletter/blog/bulletin-board/whatevah' list of recipients.
There are just over 40 on that list that are from the KHS '61 class at the moment.
Though I can't be sure if all have been receiving this as I've only heard from a handful or more over the years.
Looking forward to hopefully more of your classmates to also drop a line or two in the future for the '61 and/or '60 bunch.

I know there are many vets among classmates who will greatly appreciate your info Tom.
It'll be of great help if they haven't yet gotten their vaccination shot.

On a bright note, congrats to classmate Ken for his win.
Not the easiest thing to do under normal circumstances but an even more difficult one with this crazy past season.

Keep safe, keep social distancing, and keep hope that we'll soon be at tier 3 level.


Subject: Re: 1/27/21
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2021 15:50:10 -0500 (EST)
From: Pamela Machida Halford
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Hal,

Wow, you folks are fast yah?

I've heard of so many friends in Hawaii who've had their shots already.
I don't know anyone here who's had the vaccine shot yet!
Guess when you live in the boondocks, life passes you by!
Didn't think I'd be getting it til after the summer!

Subject: Downtown Art Center
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:48:58 -0500
From: Tim Choy
To: Hal-KHS60


For years Sandy Pohl widow of Hawaii artist Louis Pohl has been quietly working behind the scenes to make downtown a thriving art center that has resulted in events held at night where streets are closed for public to visit galleries and shops and party.

She was finally provided by the city with property to rent that is in the high rise building on the entrance to Chinatown on the corner of Bethel and Hotel Street - the same building that the City’s Satellite Station is also located.

The Downtown Art Center has a shop on the first floor and an exhibition hall on the second floor. Parking is in the building underground.

The Downtown Art Center exhibition gallery is on the second floor is currently featuring an exhibition and sale of some of Hawaii’s most talented artists both established as well as emerging with prices that range from the very affordable to some that are very expensive but all works are a testament to Hawaii’s creative local artists.
Its worth a visit - there is no admission fee so one can view quality art created by local artists throughout the state, and one can also buy art if one wishes.
They accept credit cards.

When I came back to work for George Ellis at The Honoluou Academy of Arts he was a strong advocate for the local artists and he persuaded me to begin collecting their works both privately as well as for the HAA permanent Collection.
My personal collection was donated to Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR in honor of the President who retired but who had while President managed to retain the solid liberal arts core and added career track majors so students could find employment upon graduation.
Its been the Liberal Arts core that I found enabled me to succeed throughout my careers.
Because in my senior year I decided that I did not want to pursue a career in my major which was Speech Pathology and Audiology…I could not handle remission in my patients.
I realized I was one who wanted to see progress and to move on….I could not handle remission.
Historically about 20 % of the student body is from Hawaii……I wanted them to remember that they come from a rich cultural heritage in Hawaii as well as to expose local artists to the mainland community.

This new DAC is worth enjoying and if one is able to also support either by buying art or joining the DAC organization as a member.

Please share this information re the DAC and the exhibition/sale to our classmates.

Many thanks,

Tim Choy

From: Brenda Yonesaki Sakamoto (KHS '61)
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:03
Subject: 1/27/21
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Harold, this is Brenda Yonesaki KHS-61.
Tofu shared your class newsletter which I found very interesting.
Would you add me to your distribution list so I can keep up with news.
Thanks and say hello to Frances.


Subject: Re: 1/27/21
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 08:46:15 -1000
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Hal,

Yeah, I recommend to our classmates to take the Covid vaccine if they can get an appointment.
I had mine on the 17th of this month.
The Veteran Administration at the Tripler Hospital provided the services.
The operation was well run and the whole process took but a few minutes once you did all the necessary check in procedures.
I had no serious side effects, only a little swelling, along with some redness.
Scheduled for the second dose on 17th of February.
The Moderna Vaccine is the one that VA is offering.
So I hope that helps some of you that didn't get your vaccine yet.
Take care and lets keep in touch.


January 27, 2021

Thanks for the link to the article Louise.

While there is some protection from the British and S. African coronavirus variants a new concern has arisen.
There were reports of a new variant discovered on Oahu and Maui, SARS-CoV-2 L452R

I remember a classmate Ted Shibata in high school and noticed an obituary possibly for him that I sent to Pearl.
Appreciate if anyone could confirm/refute this

Thanks Shinty, we got our covid vaccine shots last week with a follow-up booster next month.

Can't speak on the general efficacy and safety of the vaccine as everyone's reaction-results may differ.
But we're feeling fine other than a mild arm tenderness for a couple of days.

We were very impressed with the overall setup.
Parking at Waterfront Plaza couldn't have been easier with a couple of floors allocated for vaccination participants.
Numerous signs along the way from the parking garage to the pier were a big help to those unfamiliar with the area.
There were more than enough health workers to direct, assist and tend to us almost every step of the way at the pier.
No long lines when we were there at mid-morning and it was just an hour from arriving and leaving the parking garage after our shots.
Part of that time was just sitting and waiting for 15 to 20 minutes after our shots to ensure we had no adverse reactions.

Huge impressions were the smiles and Aloha displayed by absolutely all workers involved.
Hopefully the same experience will be there for everyone at all locations.

For a moment that ray of hope looked really good Raynor.
But with the revelation that vaccine supplies may not meet the demand as expected that outlook has dimmed considerably.

After several years of steadily declining vision my ophthalmologist finally approved me for cataract surgery.
It was literally an illuminating epiphany after the surgery and even more so after doing the other eye shortly after.

I finally gave up on all the mumbling people around me several years ago and did hearing aids.
Amazing how well those aids force people to now speak clearly and lucidly.

True that Nelson, life IS getting even shorter at our age.
Enjoy and live well every moment of our coming years.

Urging everyone to get your vaccination shots if you can.
Hopefully in a few weeks or months there will be an ample supply of vaccine available for everyone.
Meantime, stay safe, practice social distancing and mask up... even if you've already had your shots.


Subject: News Alert: Moderna says its vaccine protects against British and South African coronavirus variants
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:57:59 -1000
From: Louise Lung Iwamoto


Could you share this article with your group that you just sent me.


Subject: Re: Ted Shibata
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 10:43:39 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

Thanks for update.

> On Jan 24, 2021, at 5:30 AM, Hal-KHS60 wrote:
> Believe this was our classmate.

Subject: Fwd: Doctors, Services, Hospitals and Clinics of Hawaii Pacific Health
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:17:49 -1000
From: Richard Shintaku
To: Golf Gang

Get your vaccine so we can play Kaimuki golf again.

> Subject: Doctors, Services, Hospitals and Clinics of Hawaii Pacific Health
> Sign up below for a Covid vaccination at Pier 2. 75 and above are eligible.

Subject: RE: 1/10/21
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 09:49:16 -0800
From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal-KHS60

Half, Kudos for the great work in keeping the info flow going with our 60 class.
The Covid situation aggravates our aging process.
The vaccine(s) offer a ray of hope but many states are dealing with unbelievable incompetence added to a surging caseload of new cases straining the hospitals ability to process and render aid especially to the older population.
I have had cataract surgery postponed for nearly a year.
My hearing aids are on order and average waiting times range between 60 to 90 days.
Getting older is a challenge to say the least.
I do hope all classmates have a great 2021with minimal vivid issues.


Subject: Doug Yoshimura
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 10:03:16 -1000
From: Nelson Masamune
To: hal-khs60

Happy New Year Hal,
Hope you, your family and all the 60’s family are staying safe and well.
Heard that Doug passed away.
Life is getting short, everyone take care.

Nelson Masamune

January 10, 2021

Thanks for writing in Carol, and good to hear everything is relatively OK with you and yours despite the past year's events.
Met Carol, her husband Claude, and the other great bunch of KHS '61 classmates on our 2008 Alaskan cruise.
( Wow, has it been nearly 13 years since then ? )

Thanks Pearl, but, as I've mentioned before, I do this blog also for myself as I thoroughly enjoy reading what classmates-schoolmates send in.
Hopefully we can extend that contact to more personal bonding again in the very near future.

Yes Tom, 2021 looks to be a much better year though it may take a while to be there.
Nonetheless, I for one can't wait for a bit of normalcy to return.

Tim, I know a few other classmates, relatives, and friends who've had hip surgery and it just amazes me on the rehab routine.
Like you they were almost immediately made to start walking after surgery.
Makes me almost embarrassed to sit down after maybe stubbing my toe.

Well, here we are, finally, in 2021 after a wild, wooly, wacky 2020.
Of course, those past dreadful events don't carry calendars, but there's still the thankful sense of finally eventually leaving them behind.
Till we actually do, stay safe everyone.


Subject: Re: 12/31/20 KHS61
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2021 22:39:32 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: Carol Chang Culbertson
To: Hal-KHS60

Aloha Hal!
Carol Chang Culbertson here in Phoenix, AZ, practicing social distancing & masking up;
Mahalo nui loa for keeping KHS '61 Classmates in touch with each other;

With thanks for a few blessings received in 2020: two relatives in Michigan and Arizona are recovering from COVID;
my mom Violet Ng Chang in Honolulu reached 100 years young on Nov 29th; her late older brother Henry Ing was a carpenter
at Pearl Harbor Shipyard who built the first wooden steps to the USS ARIZONA Memorial.

Mom has a ways to go, her maternal Uncle Calvin Ching, WWII Army Air Forces veteran, & retired manager at Hickam AFB, passed in 2015, age 102.

OK to share with Classmates,

Carol Culbertson ( sister of the late Verna K. Martin Chang, KHS '60 )
Younger KHS siblings: Thomas Chang, Sharlaine Chang

Subject: Re: 12/31/20
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 12:17:28 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

I, like all who have thanked you for up keeping our blog are forever grateful that you do.
Don't know how we could keep in touch with everyone.
I'm sure we all agree without your upkeep we would be more bored.
What would we all do without computers and telephones to keep us informed of what's happening and just let us to bond more.
To everyone Happy New Year, stay healthy and wiser.
Hope to get together soon.

Subject: Re: 12/31/20
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:25:34 -1000
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal-KHS60

Same to you Harold and your family.
Hopefully next year will be a much better one than this year.
Anyway take care and I'll be waiting to read more of your e-mails in the future.
Haole Makahiki Hou......


Subject: Re: 12/31/20
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 06:54:58 -1000
From: Timothy Choy
To: Hal-KHS60

Difficulties with hip surgeries?
Dr Nakasone at Straub has you walking as soon after the anesthesia wears off and doesn't keep you in the hospital.

Because I live alone he kept me one night as friends arranged for me to have a suite at Rehab center the next day.

Due to my stubbornness I delayed getting surgery and was taking over a dozen opioids a day to kill the pain but finally gave in and realized I should have done it immediately and sooner.


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