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50 Years - Memories:  April 09

50 Years - Memories: April 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.
( 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

Hal Oshiro

April 30, 2009

Can't honestly remember much about the Senior Prom...
other than attending with my then 'steady' (now wife).
Can only assume, if not for having a 'steady', I'd maybe have been bowling (?) that night.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Moriyama"
To: "Hal"
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 4 / 29 / 09 add-on )

I have a lot of stories or memories of HS, but who can forget about the Senior Prom night? Can you?
The anxiety of asking a girl to the prom, cleaning and polishing your dad's car, taking two baths,
cleaning behind your ears and between your toes, and making sure your tux and bouquet were ready.
Oh yeah, a night to remember! I'm sorry to all the senior girls that didn't make it.
Just so you know, I didn't make either as most of the Cavaliers were tucked under Koga's father house playing that night.
Tut, tut, what a waste!
Psst. Don't let the monkey out of the bag!


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:47 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 4 / 29 / 09 add-on )

I can't recall the name of the Physics teacher, but I do remember two things about her;
1/ she kicked me out of her class for causing an electrical short circuit and
2/ she said I would never get into college.
One day while going up the steps from the ROTC building to the book store, she saw me and was surprised.
"You made it?" and smiled. Not only did I make it, I blossomed.
College was for me; "unstructured" and I was in control of my destiny. I went on to get my Masters.
I think I have her to thank; she drove me to prove her wrong.
She liked Wallace Nakaoka, who was a whiz in physics; came natural for him.
I wasn't good with the physical sciences; more with the biological sciences.
How I ended up working with computers is still a mystery.


April 29, 2009

Eh, c'mon Robert...
you wen make this up, right ? : )

Side note:
Got called into Mrs. Chang's classroom one day after the SAT exams were done.
She questioned me and asked bluntly if I had cheated or copied someone.

The look on my face and denial probably convinced her otherwise.
Was told that I had scored higher than, if not the brightest, probably one of the brightest seniors - Douglas Abe.
I forget the test subject but her then inference was it was likely coincidental 'dumb luck'.

Later at home that night and thinking back, I thought wait a minute, whaddya mean 'dumb luck'...
and people were telling me 'you're just as smart, if not smarter, than he is'.
But then I woke up and needed to get ready for school that morning.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Moriyama"
To: "Hal"
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 4 / 28 / 09 add-on )

You ain't heard nothing yet.
As usual I ended up in Physics with Majorie Morimoto/Moriyama.
One day I had my back at the Japanese teacher (forgot her name) and was talking with Maj and someone else in the back row.
Being a shy, bashful guy like I am, she decided to pick on me and asked, "Robert, who invented the steam engine"?
Of course for not knowing the answer and to try and give me more time to think, the first thing that came to my mind was, "what"?
Then there was this silence and odd stare the she gave me.
I looked at her and couldn't figure out what happened.
Evidently, it was James Watt that was credited for the invention of the steam engine.
Another lesson learned: Sometimes you can win without even trying!


April 29, 2009

Let's see if I'm getting this right, 50yrs aren't too kind on memory...
quarter back, halfbacks, fullback, ends and o-line men.
Slug, Black, Ching... Gerri ? I miss something or that ain't right ?

'Chingie' wasn't just a sprinter on the track team he was also,
if I recall, probably the fastest high schooler at the time.

Side note: I 'played' fullback on the JV team my sophomore(?) year.
Yes me, the smallest guy on the team - fullback.
Lloyd Delos Reyes and I were supposedly the 2 fastest guys on the JV team.
Herbert Kaopua ('59), on the defense, was apparently completely unimpressed.
I did an end around on one practice play that Coach Imanaka had us run.
Of course being a practice play everyone, including Herb, knew what was coming.
He came flying (literally) over both the D & O lines right on top of me.
(ever see those nature films where the predator lands, BAM, on his prey ?)
Needless to say they used (figuratively) a spatula to scrape me up after that pancake.
Maybe that's why I didn't bother to try out for the team the following year.



----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:27 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 4 / 28 / 09 add-on )


It was fun to read. I'm glad that I asked the stupid question.


Note for Ruth Kinoshita.
Clifford Young's nickname was Slug.
Clifford Ching was a running back on the football team.
Don't think that the term Wide Receiver was used in 1960.
He was also a sprinter on the track team.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: halinhi
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - Memories and Reunion ( 3/ 28 /09 add-on )

Aloha this is for Robert Moriyama, don't get a chance to get on the web often but happen to read your interesting letter......
my question respectfully, SOOOOOOOOOOOOO you nevah wen cheat?
Was it that all innocent look that you always projected in school.
Great story. Just joking. Gerri Barcenas Digmon


----- Original Message -----
From: Hal
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 8:46 PM
Subject: Trip pics & report

Have been back a few days but waiting for mind to arrive back also.
I've posted just some of the trip pics on Google-Picasaweb.
Most of the others were...............
Side note: was able to meet up with Bing (Betty Ing Bradshaw) for a lunch get-together.
We engaged in quite a conversation... well, she was delightfully engaging with a synopsis of her life since KHS.
Was quite impressed with her accomplishments yet remaining the sweet, nice gal I remembered.
Fought for the bill when it came... (honest !) but she insisted that it was her hometown and she was the host.
And yes Roger, much like with Jean (Nakamura Worley), I forgot to take a photo of us together with Bing.



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

April 16, 2009

My name is Andra (Dean) Vincent. Irene (Rocha) Elson told he to check out this website.
I live in Kaaawa but we are selling our home and will be moving soon to the Big Island.

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