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50 Years - Memories: March 09

50 Years - Memories: March 09

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error

If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below...
well, that's what yearbooks and reunions are for.

http://www.pbase.com/halinhi/khs60lv02
( 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 50 years from high school is just around the corner.
Have them post their responses as below, chronologically - latest first.
( any kine memory-recollection or response to a response OK )
Edit posts for improper content
Edit posts for brevity
Edit out email addresses
(though, with their permission, would appreciate having their email addresses)

These are a few of the classmates known to have been receiving the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Listed here so 'you' know who some of those classmates are who are aware of the emails...
also as a reminder to pass it on... and also to possibly trigger more memories.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.

Alvin Kajioka, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Bessie Shimabukuro, Betty Ing, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carl Yasuda, Carole Masuda,
Chester Otani, Clifford Ching, Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dave Sato, Dennis Sakaguchi, Elsie Oshiro, Frances Mise, Francine Song,
Gary Tsukamoto, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro,
Lorene Watanabe, Louise Lung, Lynne Zane, Martin Buell, Michael Yamaguchi, Muriel Masumura, Norman Ginoza, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka,
Ralph Yamasaki, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shintaku, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi, Ronald Higa, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita,
Sandra Ishimoto, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro, Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi,
Tony Ballesteros, Tremaine Lui, Vernon Wong, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai

Mahalo,
Hal Oshiro

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----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 6:53 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 3/ /09 add-on )

Two words initiated my response: memories and Madden.
Stand corrected on my third item, the infamous teacher was Miss Madden.
Reunion? Navah had on opportunity to attend one since I was always on the opposite side of the globe or in transit.

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March 25, 2009

Sudden recollection on Carl's name list below.

I remember watching one of those guys driving around Kalani H.S. campus in his (I think) Renault
with a load of friends as if it were a personal race track : )
This was probably during the summer months but was still amazed no one was around to stop them/us from doing so.
At least one of the other guys on the list would use a 'semi-legal' drag strip (Sandy Beach) with his red and white Chevy : )
Good memories - 30, 40, 50, sometimes up to a 100 cars cruising the drive-ins and 'strips' and all (fairly) clean fun.

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
To: CarlYasudaSr
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:52 PM
Subject: Re: Classmates

Much prefer, and believe, the focal point to be the memories themselves.
Case in point, Robert Moriyama, who I honestly feel was responding to the urgings of memories rather than to me.

Again, much prefer you kept them on your list as repetition will help to keep these memories and th e reunion in mind.

Back is much better, but then you haven't seen my collection of cushions on my office chair : )

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: Classmates

However your intentions were, you have become the focal point of these memories.
As in the case of Robert Moriyama, he responded rather quickly and directly to you.

I understand the displaying on email addresses and I initially had them listed along side their names.
So, I'll continue to forward your emails until I see if they have responded and will drop them off my list.

Keep up the good work. Not bad for a guy with a bad back.
I'm sure spending a lot of time in front a computer doesn't help it. I have first hand experience.

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----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
To: CarlYasudaSr
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: Classmates

Howzit Carl,

Actually, my intention was always to have the recipients forward the classmate posts.
Through my initiation or among each other beyond/separate from myself if need be.

The main idea was to have as much interaction and involvement as possible ahead of our reunion.
Hopefully the postings will find a life of their own and continue in whatever way or form.

So, by all means, please continue posting to whomever you may want to.
May I ask though, if you could have any of your respondents memories-recollections sent to me.
With their consent of course and in the same format I've been using: no email addresses and edited for content and brevity.
I'd like to share them with the other classmates that you may not have an email address for.

Yes I do have email addresses for almost all of those you've listed.
I would certainly like to have the addresses for the rest but only if/when they were to email me directly.
( I have lost a few email addresses over the years )
I do understand the concerns for privacy and cyber-safety - one of the reasons I don't show email addresses.
As such, I can forward unknown addresses only at the explicit request-approval of their owners.

Aloha,
Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:58 AM
Subject: Classmates

Hey Hal,

I've been forwarding your emails but I don't know if they are duplicates since I don't know who are on your list.
Anyway, I see that Robert Moriyama has given you a response. Let me know if you have the following on your list.

Kaz (Lance Ichihiro)
Norman Ginoza
Muriel Masumura
Ralph Yamasaki
Ron Higa
Stanley (Miura)
Tillie Seichi
Tom (Takushi)

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(the message below posted on and copied from the pbase.com picture website)

March 23, 2009

Thank you all with your vivid memories; I really envy you!
And, thank you as well, to those who admitted to not remembering much about the Statehood event, such a momentous thing we're supposed to remember;
Pearl Shimooka Mori, when I read that you couldn't remember I was so relieved, I was afraid I was the only one, so I was going to suffer in silence!
But, I do remember going to Alex Drive Inn after school all the time to eat french fries; being rowdy at the ILH games at the old stadium--those good'ole fun time --
I do remember Cliff Chang(I'm told they used to call him "Slug" or something); catching the football one time in the far corner--was he a wide receiver?
got to ask him next yr, cuz only now do I know a little of the game; getting dizzy smoking cigarettes, cutting classes sometimes (yes, timid-looking me);
and yes, Miss Lam, was she the algebra teacher?
Well, if so, I think she forever gave me a mental block against math/numbers when she saw my multi-colored notebook pages one day and said something like
"Pink and blue, smells (stinks?) like you."
Ruth Kinoshita Gushiken

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March 23, 2009

Now you really have my curiosity going...
Great Crane Park Vice Squad Raid ???

Hal

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----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Undisclosed-Recipient; Hal
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 3/ 23 /09 add-on )

March 23, 2009

Re: Memories

Had many memories in HS, but the three that stands out the most are:

First: The Great Crane Park Vice Squad Raid which I will not elaborate.

Second: Mr. Nukushina and I got throw out of Mrs Mau algebra class for talking too much. I think that was Bob's fault.

Third: Somehow I got into Miss Mau's solid geometry/trigonometry class and got seated next to..Morikone/Moriyama.

This guy is lika a machine. He churns out high test scores without trying. So just to outdo him, I decided to study a chapter ahead to give me more leverage.
Well as things go, Miss Mau threw a surprise one question quiz which I recall, I was the only one that had the correct answer.
As you will know, she and I were not friends. She stood in front of my desk, face to face, and gave me the third degree.
Told me I was a liar20and that I cheated, cheated, cheated, etc.. wishing that I would admit it.
She kept on and on and on, all the while I'm getting all that flak (splatter).
Looking down at Wade hoping he would cover my butt, but he just kept quiet. chuckling to himself (yuk, yuk, yuk).

As things turn out, sometimes you just can't win for trying!

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March 21, 2009

Re: Carole Masuda Eto's remembrances.

Didn't have Miss Ing but I'll bet that algebra teacher was Miss ( Gerri ) Madden.

I remember when Arthur Lyman/Martin Denny performed ' Quiet Village ' at a school assembly.
Miss Madden spat out, literally, that it was terrible that they would ruin a nice melody with all those noises.
We were never able to convince her that those 'noises' were supposed to be bird calls.

If i recall correctly, one of the students in my class, Russ Saito ( '61 ) absolutely could not stand her.
To the point where he apparently wasn't doing well in her class and often wouldn't even be there.
Really thought he would quit her class or would be flunked out.
Today he is Hawaii's state comptroller... go figure.

She was not my absolute favorite teacher either but I'll admit I probably learned more from her than from most other teachers.

Hal

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---- Original Message -----
From: Carole Eto
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:33 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 3/20/09 add-on )

Talking about teachers: I am sure most of you remember Miss Ing, biology. Each Friday, all the biology classes would get
together to view films. Well, one day I walked in and Miss Ing yelled at me and kicked me out of that class. I have absolutely
no idea why unless she heard me singing "her" song one day. Anyway, my father went to school to change me to another class. No loss, my gain!
Then, there was another algebra teacher, can't remember her name but20we had to say the pledge of allegiance every day and she always wrote letters to the editor.
We certainly had some weird ones at our good old school.
Good old memories!!!

Carole Masuda Eto

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----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 6:05 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 3/20/09 add-on )

Hey Hal,

You and Roger have started a wonderful thing.
This may be the beginning of getting former classmates together even if only by email.
We could go one step further; have classmates seek out other classmates.
It would be great if we could have a huge turnout for our 50th reunion.

"The human mind is a wonderful th ing, but it is so easily influenced by its own imagination."

Roy Okano

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----- Original Message -----
From: Seda Deguchi
To: halinhi
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion

Dear Hal,
Sorry for the delay, but I was in Las Vegas visiting Elsie(Tanaka) Ayers.
I just got back today. Wow, so hard to remember, but visions of flag
waving and shouting comes to mind. I did not realize what a really big
day that was back then. When I read the other emails, it brings back
memories of my past growing up. I love my high school years in
Hawaii. I do remember Mrs. Lam and how strict she was. I remember
doing an oral report on British history, I actually made a wig out of
cotton and a dress to do my report in. I was a british lady. This has
nothing to do with Statehood, but thought you might like my memory.
Seda

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----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:53 PM
Subject: 50Years - Memories and Reunion

OK, bear with me...
I think I'm going to run with this.

The responses have been coming in...
and l'd like to keep this thread going...
for as long as possible...
until... well... the 50th reunion I guess.

The rush of memories these recollections bring, are...
as the kids say - 'awesome' !

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March 19, 2009

I'd like to add to the recollections if I may:

I was not the most favorite student of Miss Nunes and as Jean Nakamura Worley attested to - some of us felt the same with her.
Not to say I didn't like her - she treated me OK except for the occasional ear-aching personal lectures and unnerving stare-downs while doing so.
Suffice to say I was relieved when I no longer had to be in her class.

The other 'teacher' I had mixed feelings= about was Miss DeMello, the student government advisor.
She had me pulled out of my drafting class, which I had just started to like, and placed in her 'study hall'.
Misnomer if there ever was one - we were absolutely not allowed to do any kind of studying during that period.
Minimal talking - no gabfests with the others (except, of course, when she wasn't around).
Basically, we were on call for any kind of errands and such she wanted us to do.
Another one I was glad to finally get out of.

Hal


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----- Original Message -----
From: June (Yanazawa) Kobayashi
To: Bradshaw, Betty I. ; Hal ; Undisclosed-Recipient:; ; Carole Eto
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:31 PM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

What a trip down memory lane!

I do remember March 12th. I was in typing class (actually, it was my study hall period but I usually sneaked into the back of the typing class next door because I wanted to learn how to type).
Some of the kids had transistor radios and we were all listening to the roll call vote.
I can’t remember which state put us over the top but when that state’s vote was announced, everybody started cheering and typing really fast.
The sirens went off and we left class and ended up in the assembly area singing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America and other patriotic songs.

I also remember being in town (Kaimuki) later and everybody was running around yelling and congratulating each other and waving American flags.
People in cars were driving by honking their horns and there were a couple of cars painted red, white, and blue!
There were no strangers that day … everyone was united in celebration.

We should make a book of memories for our next reunion!

PS – In her e mail below, Jean mentioned Miss Lam and her “unorthodox” grading system.
I remember once when Douglas Abe got a perfect score on one of her tests and she gave him an A minus.
He argued with her about the minus (How could you do better than a perfect score?) and she said something about not liking his penmanship!


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----- Original Message -----
From: Carole (Masuda) Eto
To: Betty I. Bradshaw ; Hal
Cc: June
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:23 PM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

You are right, Hal! I can hardly remember what happened yesterday.
But I do remember those good old days of caravaning to fun places like Tantalus. Now I try to drive like a turtle.

Carole


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---- Original Message -- ---
From: Vernon Wong
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 5:10 AM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

I gave it some thought, but, damn if I could remember what, if anything of importance, I was doing when the announcement hit Hawaii.
I can say it now, tho: I used to cut classes on occasion, so maybe I was diving for squid off Waikiki if it was a clear day?
or perhaps I was being attentive in Mr. Dutcher´s English class? or asleep in study hall? or in the boy´s bathroom having a cigarette?
I can not remember. What I do vividly recall of Statehood Day is the picture of the newsboy on the front page of the Star Bulletin (or was it the Advertiser?).
He was flashing the headline "Statehood" on the front page. The kids name is/was Chester Kahapea (who was missing a couple of front teeth, which really accentuated his smile).
I went to school with his older brother, Sylvester. As a matter or fact, I knew the whole Kahapea family who lived on 9th Avenue in Palolo.
But, alas, there´s no recollection of what I was do ing at the time.

Uncle Charlie


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----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl (Shimooka) Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: What were you doing?

Gosh, I haven't heard that word since we went to school. It's gonna take other people to mention things, then I'll remember.

Pearl B. Mori


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----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
To: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
Cc: June Yanazawa Kobayashi ; Carole Masuda Eto
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:40 PM
Subject: Re: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

Bing,

Another 50 yr+ old memory and small world if I may.

Back in high school some of the Kaimuki-Kalani guys did the same thing - caravaning.
One of those evenings someone shouted let's go up there (Tantalus, I think).
So about a half-dozen cars headed out from a drive-in to go up 'there'.

Heading up a hil to a sudden stop sign I unfortunately rear-ended the car in front of me.
I watched the driver walk back toward me, fully expecting a tirade of expletives.

First words out of his mouth were 'you guys OK ?'.
I sheepishly offered my apologies and assistance to any repairs that might be needed.
All he said was 'nah, no big damage so no problem'.

Cool-headed guy - was real impressed.
Oh yeah, the guy's name ?
Henry Ing.

I did vaguely know the chronological order of the statehood thing...
but your email put it into proper order - thanks !

Hal


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----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty (Ing)
To: Hal ; Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Cc: June Kobayashi ; Carole Eto
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:20 AM
Subject: RE: The forgotten holiday - Third Friday in August

Do I remember what I was doing on March 12? The answer is no. But after school I was probably driving home June Yanazawa, Suzie Uyeda, Pinky (Pamela Kim), and Jane Higa.
Carole Masuda usually drove with passengers also. Sometimes we would form a caravan. Maybe one of them might remember and refresh our memories.
I just have a vague memory of lots of shouting and horns blowing on that day.

This made me wonder about the March versus August dates because I remember being at Kaimuki High School when I heard about statehood for Hawaii ...
and I certainly was not at Kaimuki High School in August. So I searched Google and I pieced together the following major steps leading to statehood.

Step 1. Passed the Congress. March 12, 1959 According to Wikipedia, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hawaii Admissions Act on this date
(the Senate had already passed the bill).

Step 2. Signed by the President. Enactment of the Hawaii Admissions Act. ; March 18, 1959, a copy of the Hawaii Admissions Act states on its face that it was enacted as of this date.
(Public Law 83-7, 73 Stat 4). The difference is that the President has 10 days to sign a bill into law or to veto it. President Eisenhower must have signed it on this date.

The Act itself states: "...and upon issuance of the proclamation required by section 7(c) of this Act, the State of Hawaii is hereby declared a state of the United States of America."

Step 3. June 27, 1959, 93% or 94% (depending on the source) of the voters on all major islands voted in favor of statehood.

Step 4. August 21, 1959 President Eisenyhower signed the proclamation mentioned in the Hawaii Admissions Act that officially welcomed Hawaii as the 50th State.
On the same day, the U.S. notified the U.N. Secretary General that Hawaii had joined the Union as a State and was no longer a non-self-governing territory.

Background. After WWII, the one puka puka ... 100th battalion of the 442nd infantry of the Army Reserve... thought that Hawaii would get statehood because of its bravery in combat.
But it was a benefit to the Big Five to keep Hawaii a non-self-governing territory. They could bring in cheap foreign laborers to work the plantations.
But would be prohibited from doing this if Hawaii were a state. For you and me it was a mixed blessing. We wouldn't be here if our ancestors were not allowed to immigrate to Hawaii.
But our opportunities would have been much more limited if Hawaii had remained a non-self-governing territory.

Tthe 100th battalion returmed as civilians and apparently organized under their seargent John Burns. Many of them enterred the political areana as democrates.
The democrats eventually voted John Burns as governor. Dan Inouye is a vestige of that group.

Today, Hawaii State employees have a holiday on the third friday in August.

The following web site provides a more detailed and interesting, nuanced article on the forgotten holiday..

http://gohawaii.about.com/od/hawaiianhistory3/a/statehood_day.htm


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----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Hi Hal,

Yesterday I got an email from ClassMates.com with a name Kalani Kawanoe. I'm not a subscriber and could not respond. I remember Kalani.
I'd like to contact some of our classmates to invite them to our 50th year reun ion. I spoke with Barbara, Marjorie and Pearl at one of our luncheons and nothing is really solid.
There is talk of two reunions; one a pot-luck picnic here and another party in Las Vegas. I guess the cruise is out. Take care.

Roy


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----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Cc: Margarita Sanchez
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 5:34 AM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

Hey Hal,
Sorry for late response but have been involved in cross country flying and fending off actions to merge my department (Boating and Waterways) with Parks.
If memory serves me right, I was in Miss Nunez’s class when they announced that Hawaii had achieved Statehood status. I remember people saying,
“Finally, no taxation without representation.”
Of course, as a junior in high school the concept of paying taxes was some that adults like our parents did.
I remember going home and reading articles in the Star Bulletin describing the long struggle and the purported benefits that Statehood would bring to Hawaii.
Of course, now, at least once a year, I get together in a national conference where I talk story with my counterparts from American Samoa, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam
which remain territories. I really can’t say that qualitatively the territories are worse off than Hawaii or vice versa.
That’s my shot at a walk down Memory Lane.
Ray Tsuneyoshi


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----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY, (Nakamura) JEAN M
To: Roger Kobayashi ; Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 6:18 PM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

Sorry, I’m late with my remembrance of 50 years ago. I was in Juneau last week for a Retirement Seminar with my husband, Boyd.
No, we don’t plan to retire from our Customs and Border Protection jobs any time soon.
When they explained about getting 60% of our salary and figuring out how we were going to fill the gap,
it occurred to me that I was living too high on the hog to retire.
This is already our retirement job because we are only busy May 1st to Sept. 30th.
I will continue to work as long as my classmates keep coming up on the cruise ships.

Anyway, figuring out March 12, 1959 made me think that perhaps I was a Junior at that time.
I can’t remember if Miss Lam or Miss Nunez was our English teacher.
Miss Lan would make us copy the definitions of parts of speech that were typed single space on 8-1/2 by 14 sheets of paper.
I never knew why she didn’t just give us each one of those sheets of paper.
I came to the conclusion that she was a psycho spinster when she gave us ridiculous grades like F-14.
I don’t remember anyone getting a normal A.
I think it was Ted Kobayashi, Kenneth Kodama or Wade Morikone who laughed it off and thought it was hilarious to get an F to the 26th power.

If Miss Nunez was our English teacher then I remember how scared we were of her because she could swear better than a sailor
and she wasn’t afraid to pin any guy to the blackboard by grabbing him with one hand by the neck.
I remember Kenneth Morimoto was the only one in class who remembered the word onomatopoeia.
She loved him forever from that day.


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----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Texeira
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Thursday March 12Th 1959.

Hal, I got to think about this one. I'll get back to you when I get my story togather.

Paul


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----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Roger Kobayashi ; Chester Otani ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean Worley ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

OK. Let's see. I was a junior at KHS, living in Palolo Valley, and wore normally Aloha shirt, long pants, and shoes to school.
And, since this is Thursday night, I might have been studying for a test or doing homework, but probably not.
I'm assuming this is March 1959 and maybe the civil defense sirens did go off that day. But honestly, I don't remember.

Carl


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----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:30 PM
Subject: RE: What were you doing?

I remember you, Mito and me smoking cigarettes in Mito’s car with the windows closed trying to see who would chicken out.
Nobody quit. As a result, we will suffer from emphysema later in life.
Hal you had the best bowling style…I don’t remember your scores but your form was terrific.
I remember Mito driving his Chevy in the Kapalama canal.
The guy I miss is James Kaneshiro. His family was number one; really nice.
Those were the good days, and bad days too. We need to get together and talk story.
50 year reunion coming up soon. Make it a multi-event year. Possible events: picnic, bowling, golf, karaoke and of course class party.
Shinty


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----- Original=2 0Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean ( Nakamura ) Worley ; Wade Morikone ; Roger Kobayashi
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

These senior moments keep getting in the way. I think I was in English class when it happened.
I recall I wasn't very excited about the whole thing. Did they let us out of school early? Whatever, I'm glad we're a state.


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----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

I also recall a big bonfire being lit on Sand Island. I guess that there wasn't much on the island back then.


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----- Original Message -----
From: Elsie ( Oshiro ) Kaneshiro
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

All I remember is walking thru the covered walkway between Kaimuki high school buildings and everybody yelling and waving.
I just wondered - what the heck are they doing?
I was so not with the outside world besides school, I really didn't know what the big deal was about.
That's all I remember. Did we get off from school that day? Don't know. But then, it could be alzheimers.


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----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl ( Shimooka ) Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Sorry, I can't remember a thing-how long ago that was. Thanks for your flashback. I wish I had a story to tell.

Pearl B. Mori


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----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: What were you doing?

Hopefully in class... in school... studying.
Actually, I really don't remember.

Just remember driving through Waikiki with our family...
in the afternoon, well after school had ended...
cheering and celebrating with the rest of the mass of people...
driving past Titus Chang walking toward Kuhio Beach by the Zoo..
who yelled towards me asking if I had cigarettes he could bum...
and feeling as small and red-faced as possible behind the wheel...
with my parents and siblings aghast and/or smirking.

That was quickly forgotten as we headed up Kalakaua...
(remember Kalakaua being a two-way back then ? )
returning the cheers and shouts of joy.

Hal


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---- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Chester Otani ; Carl Yasuda ; Harold Oshiro ; Jean (Nakamura) Worley ; Roy Okano ; Wade Morikone
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:17 PM
Subject: What were you doing?


What were you doing 50 years ago?
Please share with everyone.
I was working in the cafeteria when we heard the civil defense sirens go off.
We knew that Congress had passed the Statehood Bill.


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