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61 Years - Memories: September '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:

Unfortunately what would have been our 60th reunions in 2020 have not happened
This apparently will also be the case for the 2021 year.
Hopefully we can have a belated 60th reunion along with an 80th birthday celebration next year.

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

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

September 30, 2021

Thanks for passing on the info Gary, and really sorry to hear that.
Didn't know Stanley that well in school but do remember him well having lived in the same area of East Oahu back then.
Would always say Hi to each other.

Warren, I'm assuming Tim wore that 'smoking' jacket for comfort rather than convenience for reaching inhaled or chewed products.
Or perhaps Glenn meant 'smoking hot' 😁

You're welcome Sheila, good to hear from you.

Hope 'self-imposed' means you're otherwise doing fine Carolyn.
Those memories are a good way to be 'young again'.

Carol, thanks for that letter from Alton, enjoyed it as it sounded much like the Alton I knew way back when.
I learned of his involvement in Chuuk through a greetings letter from a former class president that was read aloud at one of the KHS '61 reunions.
He was apparently very well loved there:
I'm sure a lot had to do with his great sense of humor:

Ditto here Pearl with thanks to Brenda.
Love to hear from the rest of you on any memories you might have, whatever they may be.
Also definitely whatever you may be up to at the present as Manny reminds us on.

For those inclined to travel to the Ninth Island, here's the most recent news on Las Vegas.

Keep safe, keep well and looking forward to seeing all soon too.

Subject: Stanley Uno
Date: September 22, 2021
From: Gary Tsukamoto

Hi Hal,
Got information from Dennis Shibuya that Stanley Uno passed away on Saturday, 09/18.
Thought I should pass this on to you.


Subject: Re: 9/15/21 KHS61 Tim Choy
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 01:58:31 +0000 (UTC)
From: Warren Imada (KHS '61)
To: Hal-KHS60

My 20 plus years walking partner Glenn Matsukawa, '61 Waimea, Kauai, recalled Tim Choy wearing a "smoking" jacket in the dorm at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.
I don't remember Tim at KHS but many years later through mutual college friends got to know him.


Subject: Re: 9/15/21
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:40:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: Sheila L. Espindola Fernandez
To: Hal-KHS60

Got it, thanks🌺 Mahalo Hal😍

Subject: Re: 9/15/21
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:00:18 -1000
From: Carolyn Eugenio Canubida
To: Hal-KHS60

I am in a self-imposed lockdown so had lots of time to read Brenda’s lengthy memory post!
Totally enjoyed every memory!
As a kid growing up in Moiliili and McCully, I remember those 9 cents movies at Varsity Theater, the termite palace, Buck’s Bakery, swinging on the willow trees at The Willows, and much more!
Oh to be young again!

So looking forward to seeing everyone again and reminiscing even more.
Take care everyone and God bless!

Subject: Hi Hal, Thank you for all you do for KHS '60 and KHS '61! -- Caroleen Chang Culbertson, Phoenix, AZ
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 18:59:41 +0000
From: Carol Chang Culbertson (KHS '61)
To: Hal-KHS60

Hi Hal, Mahalo for all you do for KHS '60 and KHS '61!

I'm sad to learn of classmates who have passed;

Below, I'm sharing the email I received from Alton Higashi (KHS '61) in April 2020;

Classmates, stay strong, keep safe, walk in peace;

Caroleen "Carol" Chang Culbertson, KHS '61, Phoenix, AZ
Sister of the late Verna (Chang) Martin, KHS '60; Thomas Chang, KHS '65, who was on the KHS Tennis Team; Sharlaine Chang, KHS '69
Our mom Violet Ng Chang of Honolulu will be 101 years old on Nov 29th this year

Dear Caroleen:

It was great to get your aloha message.
Plus, you're in Arizona!
I had heard long ago that you were in the Navy, but that's all I knew.
Now, with all this catching up, you're retired.
So, what keeps you active nowadays?
And you married a guy whose last name begins with C.
So, C"C"CC -- easy to remember.
I've been in Chuuk State, Micronesia, since 1966 (Peace Corps).
So, my years in Chuuk have been 1966-1968, 1973-1989, 1989-present.
In between, I was back in Honolulu working for my higher education degrees.
Plus, 1980-1989, I worked at the Hawaii State Legislature in Rep. Calvin Say's office.
I must admit that my work in Micronesia is like scaling a mountain side that is 89 degrees -- close to perpendicular.
But I've always enjoyed challenges, and Chuuk Education is that challenge for me.
I'm now an instructor at the College of Micronesia, Chuuk Campus, and I'm still working.
I don't intend to retire.
I'll go to class one day to teach, and then I'll have a heart attack and die, but I'll be dying where I want to be -- in Chuuk.

Even now, with the Covid-19 crisis, I stay at home and work on my laptop computer.
I'm writing lesson plans for Chuuk State Department of Education's curriculum development, Grades 1-8.
It's keeping me active during the past few months, and I enjoy it.
My break from work is to watch old DVD movies -- the classic ones -- including recent movies that win the Academy Awards (Oscars) every year.
My sister Barbara (who lives in Palolo Valley) and her family send me DVDs.
The latest is the final Star Wars episode.
I can watch movies over and over again, and I never get tired.

Linda Hashiba told us that next year our class reunion will be held early May 2021.
If Chuuk Campus has a spring semester 2021 (January to May), I'll try my best to go to Honolulu for the 2021 reunion.
I have never attended any of our reunions since 1961.
So, 60 years later, I'll hopefully attend this next one -- for the very first time.

Thanx for the photo of your mom and you. Keep in touch!

Aloha from Micronesia -- Alton

Subject: Re: 9/15/21
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 08:23:59 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

Loved all that stuff of long ago, sure brought back memories.
Thank you Brenda 👍

September 15, 2021

I normally try to limit the size of posts for the convenience of a quick read for recipients.
But the post from Brenda was a little too good to pass up.
I've seen most of these, many times in fact, and a few I haven't.
But this is the first time I've seen this many bunched together in one post.
So, sorry Manny, but we're gonna reminisce on the past again.
Please read the email post from Brenda then take a look at the link below.

It's photos of Hawaii past and present that I have in an album on GPhotos.
Started it in response to the onset of the pandemic to occupy some time for all while stuck at home.
Thought this would be a good time to bring it out again.
There are so many of the memories mentioned that I could and would like to comment on.
But I'll leave that for later and hope to hear from you on your remembrances in the meantime.
Mahalo Brenda, good one.

Manny, after looking at the football SV lineup I was saddened to realize that nearly half of the players have passed away.
I'm fairly certain the following members of the team you were on have passed away.
James Kekahuna, Clifford Young, Milton Napuunoa, Richard Murata, Samuel Kipapa, Titus Chang, Manley Anderson,
Manuel Soares, Edwin Awakuni, Tony Gonzales, Andrew Anderson, Melvin Lloyd, Tiloi Lolotai, Samuel Peters.
Earl Gandall and Robert Broome were living in or near Las Vegas and I believe are still around.
Most of the rest reside in Hawaii as far as I know.
Would love to hear from others out there for updates.

We too are all looking forward Pearl, to our respective class reunions KHS '60 & '61.
In the meantime yes, would be great to again have frequent get-togethers whenever that becomes possible.

Keep safe, keep the faith that there will be better times ahead.


Subject: Reminiscing
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 15:21:11 +0000 (UTC)
From: Brenda Ignacio Gore
To: Hal-KHS60

Just saw this and thought we could all rekindle our sweet memories.
Someone sent me this via email, thought I'd share

Good Old Hawai'i
submitted by Greg & Gerri Delos Santos

When you could buy one big sack of See Moi for a nickel... and then you ate the whole thing and licked the bag.
Gramma said, you go Chinese School, you say 'NO!' she said, you go, I buy you see moi, you say OK.
Windward side... taro patches... rice paddies...water buffalo.
When you mentioned Kaneohe, everyone knew you were talking about the pupule house.
When the tallest building in Honolulu was the Aloha Tower.
Radio personalities like J. Aku Head Pupule on KGMB in the mornings saying
'OK, all you SLOBS, it's time to GET UP!!!'
Hey, no foget Lucky Luck's 'Lucky you come Hawaii!'
And remember Don Chamberlin and 'Don in the fishbowl' from Fran's Drive Inn.
When you lived in Honolulu, T.H.
Signs on vacant and private property that said KAPU.
When the site of AlaMoana Shopping Center was a big swamp.
Waialae-Kahala was mostly pig farms.
When the area next to the airport was a neighborhood called Damon Tract.
Kids chanting... Ching Chong Chinaman, Sitting on a fence, Trying to make a dollah, Out of fifteen cents...
Red, White and Blue, Stahs ovah you, Mama say, Papa say, you pake.
Grade school JPO's.
Junior Police Officers in their white shirts, khaki pants, polished black shoes, red helmets and arm bands.
25 cents going Saturday Matinee, Queen Theater.
I remember 9 cents at Varsity Theater.
And 25 cents could get you movie, soda, and popcorn at Golden Wall Theatre.
Wearing Band-Aids and a 'limp' to get into the Saturday matinee without shoes.
Flipping milk caps on the sidewalk during recess.
And deciding who got to go first by playing Jung Ken Po.
And when you did something dumb everybody yelled...'Bakatare You!'
And when you did something naughty they shook their finger and said...' A hana koko lele!'
Moonlight swimming.
Bonfires on the beach.
Strumming ukuleles, singing and everyone knew the words to all the old Hawaiian songs.
You were greeted with... Ei, bu!... Ei buggah, how you stay?.. or Ei, blah-lah.
Going to Maunakea Street to buy ginger leis.
The old Pali road with the hairpin turns.
And if it was really windy, the hood of the car blew open.
The bestest freshest poi at Ono on Kapahulu Ave.
Also bestest Laulau, Kalua Pig, Opihi, sticky rice, Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula, Na'au Puaa, Haupia.
Broke da mout'!
Dollar bills with HAWAII printed across them...
Going to high school football games at the ole stadium --- lovingly called the Termite Palace.
Guys getting their kicks spahking the wahines from under the stands.
Soggy bags of boiled peanuts sold by squatting sellers.
Football players smothered with leis and lipstick walking off the field.
Harry Bridges, Teamsters Union leader, calling union dock strikes... causing food shortages.
Sad Sam Ichinose.
Kau Kau Korner, the meeting place with the 'Crossroads of the Pacific' sign out front.
The most photographed sign in the world.
The waitresses wearing short skirts, soda hats and skates bringing your order to the car on a window tray.
How good those hamburgers smelled!
Aloha 'Oe... eat fish and poi...
When those lucky people who lived in Waikiki sold their lots for $5.00 a square foot.
And we all thought they were getting rich.
Everyone discussing the 'Mauka Arterial'.
And when it was finally completed we all got lost because we didn't know East from West.
All I knew was Ewa side and Diamond Head side... Mauka and Makai.
Holding the 49th State Fair year after year.
And finally becoming the 50th state in 1959.
Looking at Diamond Head... when all you could see from Waikiki was the Natatorium and the Elk's Club.
Hey, don't forget the Town & Country Club Riding Stables and the taro patches.
Old Chinese ladies with bound feet shuffling along wearing dark grey tunics and trousers.
Japanese men in Kimonos carrying a towel and a bar of soap walking to a stream in the evening.
Filipino men from Waipahu on the bus with their game cocks in cages.
Elderly Japanese squatting, waiting for the bus.
Trying to find the coins wrapped in red paper and pieces of tissue from Chinese funerals.
(with holes in them that the evil spirits had to go through)
Watching Duke Kahanamoku surfing at Waikiki and shaking hands with him.
Beach boys with da kine, ho'omalimali and Hawaiian music.
Under the palm trees at the Royal Hawaiian and the Moana.
Surfers with 8 foot boards that weighed a ton.
Waikiki sand always washing away and having to be replaced by sand from the windward side.
Old Chinese men playing mah-jongg under the hau trees at Kuhio Beach.
Saint Louis boys singing 'We get ten tousand men steel yet, we gonna ween dees game you bet.
My friend wen go St. Louis but I no tink he remember this.
Rubbing maunaloa seeds on the sidewalk until they got hot enough to burn somebody's arm.
The excitement of the Lurline coming in... Lei sellers everywhere.
'Carnation lei... fifty cents, plumieria.. .three for dollah'.
Local boys diving for coins... big beautiful jelly fish... a tangle of streamers from ship to shore.
Passengers tossing leis overboard as the ship pulls away... if they floated toward shore, they would return.
When KGMB and KGU were the only radio stations.
Lots of mynah birds on the sidewalks... mongoose living in a neighborhood tree.
Going Pali lookout to 'spahk da moon'.
'I took my wahine holo holo kaa, I took her up the Pali, she say 'too muchee faa.'
'Pull down the shade, try to make the grade... Lei ana ika.. black eye!'
Going Diamond Head or Ala Moana to watch the submarine races.
Swimming in the streams and whacking each other on the head with shampoo ginger.
Never driving over the Pali with pork in your going get stuck.
No need test...I wen test for you and the car engine wen make'.
Going to 'First Vue' at the Waikiki theater! ... eating crackseed.
The palm trees and flowers that looked so real.
The usher who wore a feather cape and helmet and ever smiled.
Every Friday night at 10:15 and you had to make reservations.
Talking mynah birds...I had one dumb minah bird...never did speak to me.
Lights out... clack, clack, clack. what's dat?...turn on lights... one BIG centipede!
Alfred Apaka... Kalima Brothers... Gabby Pahinui...slack key...steel guitars... Don' forget Auntie Genoa Keawe.
Surfing at Waikiki and watching the outrigger canoes along side of you.
Full of mainland tourists wearing bathing caps.
Surfing Waikiki all day without eating, getting red eyes.
Going back again the next day.
Because when you caught those waves and rode them all the way in... it was worth it!
Underwater... trying to catch a ride on the back of a turtle.
Underwater... trying to look at fish and eels without a mask.
Swimming at Fort DeRussy... trying not to get stung by da Portuguese Man-o'-War.
There was a pier behind the Moana Hotel.
There was a jungle between the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Kalakaua.
And you can go catch Samoan Crab, White Crab, Hawaiian Crab and dig for Oysters and Clams in West Loch.
The big tidal wave from Japan that washed up over Kalakaua Avenue.
Being able to tell what month it was by the color of Diamond Head.
When inside Diamond Head was opened to the public again.
Hiking inside and finding big cannons sticking out of concrete pukas.
1949... auwe!... a big underwater shelf broke off and shook the whole island!
Webley Edwards with his mike walking along the beach and talking to the tourists.
And taking the mike down to the ocean.
To let everyone listening on the mainland hear the sound of the waves at Waikiki.
On Hawaii Calls.
When all the tourists were mostly movie stars or rich.
And came on Matson ships and stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and wore furs in the evenings!
Walking down Waikiki Beach and sparking movie stars without their toupees, wigs and make-up.
And sell them coconut hats for $10 per hat.
Trader Vic's.
Don the Beachcomber's.
The Zebra Room all painted with Zebra stripes outside.
Seeing painfully sunburned and peeling tourists at Waikiki.
Doing the Hula in the 'May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii' celebration.
Using the uli-uli's, ili ili's and pu'ili's... making our own hula skirts out of ti leaves.
Splitting the ti leaves with our thumb nails and having green hands for a week.
4 digit phone numbers?
No, I remember 5 digits.
English standard schools.
Japanese language lessons.
When nobody locked their houses or cars.
'Right on the kinipopo'.
When anything that said 'Made in Japan' was junk.
When everyone called Plumerias 'Graveyard Flowers'... (MAKE' MAN!!)
When restaurants were called either Cafes or Grills.
Wooden sided station wagons filled with bananas... 'Banana Wagon'.
Buying Sushi cones on way home from school from the Sushi man and his cart on the corner.
Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
Masks... air raid drills... backyard bomb shelters.
442nd, 'Go for Broke'.
'Bobbed wiah' on da beaches.
Eating lots of Spam...
Kaimuki red dirt...everything you bought white turned reddish brown... your sheets, your underwear.
Surfing in your palaka bathing suit.
Fitted Holokus with long trains with a loop for your wrist.
Tita dress: cuffed up Levis, Aloha shirt with the sleeves rolled up twice, ear rings and slippahs.
Wearing a white sailor hat.
Wooden slippahs with two slats of wood across the bottoms...we called them 'clop-clops'.
When you could buy sox and tennis shoes that came in-between the big toe and the rest of your toes.
Waking up with mo'os in your bed, sometime dead because you slept on them.
And sometime just their tails were left behind.
Shave Ice on a hot day.
Finding Japanese green, white and lavender glass fishing balls.
In various sizes floating in to the beaches on the North shore.
'Calabash cousins'.
Watching sea weed being harvested on a weekend.
Torch fishing at night.
Example of a 'dumb haole'... driving up Tantalus and Round Top Drive.
And haole says, 'I bet these roads are really dangerous when it snows'.
Listening to Hawaii Calls.
Playing around the mouth of Blow-Hole... trying to guess when it would blow... so you could run.
Playing on top of the reservoir in Kaimuki.
When there were so many palm trees that coconuts were falling on people's heads.
And owners cutting them down for fear of getting sued.
Arthur Godfrey playing his ukulele.
Hale Loki.
'Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya?'
And Chesterfields.
Listening to the Japanese radio station and hearing Japanese men grunting.
The traffic cop in a little booth in the middle of the street with an umbrella over it.
Uku-pile-a-roaches and FLIT GUNS... later to be replaced by... the SLIPPAH.
Complaining about 'life on the rock', drinking, swearing, hitchhiking, making passes, driving too fast.
And sometimes getting blown off the Pali on their motorcycles.
Manoa Valley... swiping painted candles from the Chinese Cemetery.
Laying on the graves to see what it felt like to be dead.
Looking at all the photos on the gravestones and wondering about their lives.
Sliding down the ti leaf slide and going home covered with mud.
Going 'mountain apple-ing'.
Hiking to the falls in the rain through the bamboo when there was no trail.
'Liquid sunshine' everyday about the same time.
Fire crackers and smoke filling the valley and the houses on Chinese New Year.
When everyone had a pune'e and at least one old Koa table in their home.
When Nu'uanu Valley was a thick, lush, tropical rain forest.. with many upside down falls.
The monkeypod tree in the middle of the road at Nu'uanu and Vineyard.
Kapiolani Drive-In.
Fran's Drive In .
KC Drive In (for Waffle Hot Dogs & Orange Freeze -- umm ono!) alongside the Ala Wai Canal.
Kelly's Drive In.
When Kalakaua Ave. was a two-way street.
Admission to the Honolulu Zoo and the Aquarium were free.
Waialua, Ewa, Kahuku and Waianae sugar plantations.
Working in the cane fields.
Cane trains.
The irrigation system was up on wooden stilts.
Honolulu Airport was on the Diamond Head side of the runway.
Jumping into the water holding a Hau leaf in your mouth so the water wouldn't go up your nose.
Working in the pineapple factory and the fields.
Riding horses in Kapiolani Park.
When the Natatorium was called the Tank.
The Manapua Man.
The Lunch Truck at Ala Moana Beach.
And their ONO chow fun and the curry beef stew over rice when you're cold from swimming.
The Japanese neighborhood vegetable wagon.
Lau Yee Chai was on Kuhio Ave. and set off firecrackers every Saturday evening at 6.
Going to dances at the Ala Wai Clubhouse and dancing under the stars (and sometimes raindrops!).
Riding the electric boats on the fragrant Ala Wai Canal.
Going to the Saimin Stand for a bowl of saimin for 15 cents and BBQ stick for 10 cents.
Wonton mein for 25 cents.
And, big cone sushi for 5 cents a pc.

Subject: Re: 8/31/21
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 01:56:41 +0000
From: Manny Mattos
To: Hal-KHS60

Aloha Hal, sorry to hear about Ed Awakuni. worked many years in HPD with him.
I was just wondering how many of our 1960 football team are still with us.
We all have been around for almost 80 yrs.
I only know of Clifford Ching.
Hal is that you saying, I'm not juicy.
Thank you, if you think I'm juicy you can take me out for lunch.
Just kidding.
Hope someone can update us on the players.
Mahalo again to Akua for the breath of life every day.

Subject: Re: 8/31/21
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 08:18:29 -1000
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal-KHS60

How wonderful to hear from you Hal and the others.
I look forward hearing what’s going on no matter how little it is.
Looking forward to a reunion next year 🙏🙏
Miss our monthly luncheons with classmates.
Manny, have been thinking of visiting you way over there.
I did enjoy it way back when with family, will try to convince them.
Not much going on wishing you all and your ohana keep safe🌺🙏🌺🤗

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
Please refer to the Bulldog Bulletins mailed out by the reunion reunion committee
for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated March 18, 2017 ) .

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