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51 Years - Memories: May 11

51 Years - Memories: May '11

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 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 the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.


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

Barbara Baptist,Bessie Shimabukuro,Betty Ing,Beverly Davis,Brenda Ignacio

Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Kunishige,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade,
Carolyn Amoy,Carolyn Chock,Charlene Mau,Chester Otani,Clarence Fung,Clarence Shibuya,Clifford Ching,
Clifford Young,Clifton Yoshida,Clinton Chung

Dave Sato,Dennis Sakaguchi,Dennis Shibuya,Dolly Afalava,Donald Hiramoto,Douglas Abe.Duane Aguiar

Edward Inea,Edwin Matsui,Edwina Ahn,Elsie Awa,Elsie Oshiro,Elsie Tanaka,Elwood Lim

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

Gary Tsukamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas

Irene Rocha

Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,June Yanazawa

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

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

Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,Matilda Muraoka,
Michael Tang,Michael Yamaguchi,Muriel Masumura

Naomi Kuramoto,Norman Ginoza

Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Paul Texeira,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe

Ralph Yamasaki,Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Richard Yawata,
Rick Nakamura,Robert Gore, Robert Moriyama,Robert Nukushina,Robert Yoshimura,Roger Kobayashi,Ronald Higa,
Rosemary DeJesus,Roy Morihara, Roy Okano,Roy Takamatsu,Ruth Kinoshita

Samuel Pang,Sandra Ishimoto,Sanford Murata,Seda Deguchi,Sharon LaTraille,Sheila Espindola,Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura,Stella Okamoto

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

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

Wade Morikone,Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino


MAY 2011 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

May 27, 2011

I like your point about speaking to 'new' people, Becky... I found myself doing the same at times at the reunions, but not
intentionally as you... met a lot of interesting classmates that way and got reacquainted with some classmates I knew
way back in Intemediate that I had lost track of in High School and thereafter. No disrespect is or should be taken as
those are real good points... and by the way, reading your posts these past few months I've been impressed by your
simply stated yet eloquent posts... something I try to do, but never took the advice of my Intermediate School english
teacher who in her own eloquent way, said of my attempts in writing, " nevah mind the 25-cent word crap, just get to the
point " or words to that effect... sweet lady, that one was.
Don't know if there are similar APIA events in Hawaii, Bing... but from your descriptions there should be... especially after
you described the food : )
I like the musical tables idea in the comments posts below... and agree that it may not work since half of us would be
wandering out the door instead, another half would sit right back at the same table, and yet another half would be asking
'what are we supposed to be doing'... I know... that's too many halves... we're confused seniors after all... but something
along that line and what Becky and others have suggested could work.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Rebecca Spens Blakley
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: 5/25/11

Aloha Hal:

Just a few words about reunion gatherings with regard to people stating they would like to have spoken to a few more people.
Seems (from experience at 2 different high school reunions) we tend to visit with the friends we knew and hung out with in
school and that's where most of our time is spent.
I see where a lot of the graduates have the same responses - not getting to see or talk to others outside of their usual group.
There should be a function (or game) wherein every half hour you need to move on to another person you really didn't know
too well or even at all (sort of like speed dating, ha!).
Think this makes for good interaction between classmates.
Personally, at each of the reunions I have attended, I made it a point to speak to at least 3-4 "new" people.
It's worked out great for me getting reacquainted with some and flat out meeting others - even if you only talked about what
you did on graduation night that would be a move in the right direction (let alone going to school all those years and
graduating in the same class).
Surely we're old enough to forego the formalities and are open to speaking freely with our classmates.
After all, having so many graduates in one class, you can't have known everyone.
So, here's a great opportunity to make new friends too, and the not so outgoing personalities will get to mingle and reacquaint
themselves with the more assertive ones.
This is just a suggestion and I mean no disrespect to anyone.
I just wanted to address the point people have made on more than one occasion about not getting to see so and so or not
having enough time to chat, etc.
Thanks for listening.
If anything, this could prove interesting.
Much aloha.

Becky Paresa (Spens-Blakley)

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:02 AM
Subject: RE: 5/25/11

Last yearís KHS events were wonderful. Whatever the committee decides on is good to me.

For those who are or were Federal employees, the Month of May is the national governmentís Asian/Pacific Islander American
(APIA) Heritage month.
Every Department and agency in DC have celebration events.
Here at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) we had a luncheon event.
There are around 525 full time equivalent positions in OMB.
Of these there are about 65 APIAs.

Our guest speaker was General Eric Shinseki.
Some of you might remember him as the boy governor.
Eric was in the class of 1960 but from Kauai.
He went to West Point, I think at the same time as Ted Kobayashi.
Eric is currently the Secretary of the Veteranís Administration.
About 250 people crowded in the standing room only back lobby of the building.
He is an amazing speaker .
He had us in stitches as he described how people keep mixing up the three APIA Secretaries appointed by Obama: himself,
Gary Locke the Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. Stephen Chu, the Secretary of Energy .
They all look alike Ö no they donít.
Google their pictures and you will see how very different they look.
Because there are so few APIAs in Washington, DC, we get mistaken for each other all the time.

Our master of ceremonies (MC) was Christina Lagdameo who is the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian and
Pacific Islander.
Christina is Filipino American.
She was a ballerina in Chicago.
Earned her Masters in Public Administration.
Came to work as an analyst at OMB from 2000 to 2007.
Then she went to Hawaii to study Buddhism before going to India to work with an organization who rehabilitates women and
girls that escape from the sex trafficking groups.
She assumed her current position in April 2010.
She is a very articulate, entertaining MC, and a very attractive young lady.

The food was donated by OMBís APIAs.
It included a roasted suckling pig that was perfectly carved and put back together again, Indian samosas, Korean chap chae,
Singapore noodles with char siu and shrimp, sushi, pineapple fruit platter, Vietnamese spring rolls, Chinese beef lo mein,
Japanese cucumber namasu, Thai green papaya salad, fruit and almond custard dessert, and a few other dishes.

Do the Federal employees in Hawaii celebrate APIA heritage events? 

May 27, 2011

Below are more responses to the 'Comments/suggestions' section of the informal survey, as of 5/26/2011... hopefully this will
encourage others to do the same if they haven't or would like to add further comments/suggestions.
Responses to other sections not shown so as not to influence the input of of classmates who haven't done so.

5/26/2011 21:14
It would be nice to allow extra time to socialize.

5/26/2011 21:08
(no entry in comments section)

5/26/2011 8:24
Musical tables. Half of the table remain, the other half move to the next table until they return to their original table.
Maybe this would be too confusing, we're too old.

5/25/2011 5:31
I have to agree with most of the responses so far that more time to visit with classmates we haven't seen since graduation
would be great.
At the reunion last year in Hawaii I didn't get to see or visit with very many classmates - hopefully we all will get that opportunity
the next time around.

May 27, 2011

Below is the link to the online KHS '60 70th Birthday Reunion Informal Survey :


May 25, 2011

Great to see the responses Amy... more than happy to help out where I can.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Nakashima Kashiwai
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: 5/16/11

Hi, Harold!

Thanks to your help, the following classmates have already sent in their responses to attend our WIS Reunion in August:
Leslie Lum, George Takamiya, Walter Ebisu, Clifton McDermott, Evelyn Lee Char, Phyllis Tanabe Takeuchi,
Frances Takasaki Nakamura, Sadie Shishido Silva, and Harriet Tanouye Yamaguchi.
We're anxiously awaiting responses from our other classmates.

As we have no contact info for them, it would be much appreciated if the word could be passed on to the following classmates:
Phyllis Bruce, Colin Chang, Shirley Ann Ching, Luella Dole, Carolyn Eugenio, Marjorie Fujimori, Jane Gushiken Matsumoto,
Hazel Ikehara, Marlene Isawa, Charles Kam, Caroline Kawabata, Linda Kawabata, Jean Kimura, Sylvia Komoda,
Emmaline Lindsey, Melvin Matsushima, Wayne Mendoza, Eloise Murakami, Harriet Naruto, Rose Ogimi, Lorraine Okahashi,
Lucille Oshiro, Jean Oyama, Marilyn Setoda, Gail Shirai, Ronald Silva, Luana Simeona, Earl Souza, Glenn Sumpaio,
Janet Thomas, Carol Wozumi, Helene Yamanaka.

Again, thank-you very much for allowing us the opportunity to promote our efforts to get our old WIS classmates together.
Please take care and have a great week.



May 25, 2011

Below are the responses to the 'Comments/suggestions' section of the informal survey, as of 5/24/2011... hopefully this will
encourage others to do the same if they haven't or would like to add further comments/suggestions.
There seems to be a great majority who prefer an 'upclose and personal' interaction with other classmates as opposed to
general group activities... I personally would have to agree... as committee/reunion members/organizers we who were involved
in that weren't able to do much personal interaction at all to the extent that we would have liked... heard a lot of comments by
members/organizers such as : 'didn't know he/she was there', 'didn't get a chance to talk to her/him ', 'wish I had more time to
talk to him/her ', etc.

5/24/2011 4:45
Good to have entertainment. Cabang was funny, but too long. Limited the time for more socializing.
Have games that promote interaction.
I did not get a chance to talk to more than 6-8 people.

5/23/2011 14:09
The reason I chose the cruise is because it lets people interact a lot more.
Having returned from the Alaskan cruise, I made many new friends while on board and on the tours.
I met some very interesting people who shared similar interests.
Of course, I like to talk. LOL!

5/23/2011 9:51
Find a way to have names and classmates introduced in some manner.
More opportunity to hear/see who classmates are.
Fewer cash door prizes; spend on nicer venue for banquet.
Draw talent from classmates, with more sharing and interaction.

5/23/2011 9:00
We never have enough time to get together to just talk and catch up.
We could put together a ""catch up"" book and have every classmate who wants to submit a page with photos and information on
their families, jobs, hobbies, and what they have been doing for the past 50 years or so.
It could be posted on line for classmates to view before the next reunion, or printed out for anyone who wants to purchase a copy.
Just a suggestion!

5/23/2011 8:33
Would like more time for visiting

5/23/2011 2:39
Since I haven't been to a reunion for a really long time, I just think it would be fun to just sit around and talk and get reacquainted
with the classmates.
I've been to a lunch but didn't have chance to move around and talk with everyone

5/21/2011 9:47
Instead of a luncheon, dinner would be nice (without a time constraint).
Give classmates time to hangout and chit-chat.
Entertainment was enjoyable for our 50th, something like it would be nice.
Too bad, we can't get some of the classmates that made up music groups

5/19/2011 20:24
Someone suggested to me that maybe we should also highlight the fact that classmates are getting close to their 50th wedding
anniversaries besides being 70

5/19/2011 19:38
If LV during Spring, time it for May 1 (May Day and Craft Fair) at the Cal.
If separate events, Fall in Hon. would be fine.
All picture taking be handled by our classmates: Chester Otani, Hal Oshiro, Roy Okano, etc.
All photos and video by Chester were more professionally done than the so-called professionals we paid for

5/19/2011 18:47:26,
(no entry in comments section)

5/19/2011 17:45
time to mingle, chat and catch up

5/19/2011 9:16
(no entry in comments section)

5/19/2011 8:35
(no entry in comments section)

5/19/2011 8:20
After April 20th (tax season).
Paradise Cove sounds good and people can stay at Ko Olina(Ihilani Resort) if they don't want to drive home or for out of state

5/19/2011 8:08
I know I'm not a bonafide graduate of Kaimuki High, but since I went to school with so many of the graduates of the 1960 class,
I feel like - in a way - I somehow belong to this class since I went to Liholiho Elementary, Kaimuki Intermediate and then my
Sophomore year at Kaimuki High before transferring and graduating from Kamehameha School for Girls.
I do keep an eye out for some of the events of this class and am in contact with Bobbie Hanoa and Sheila Fernandez.
I do live in Maui so am not able to attend most of the events held, but I can plan for the major ones.
Big mahalo again for including me

5/19/2011 6:14
In the last four months, we enjoyed two cruises.
Got to be a true believer in cruise ship fun and port visits.
They could be a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it (we thought).
Of course, Iīd be perfectly content to attend a reunion at the Hale Koa, or wherever, as long as oldtime classmates were there

5/18/2011 8:57
(no entry in comments section)

5/17/2011 23:48
I think the committee has a good judgement in keeping us entertained

5/17/2011 16:44
(no entry in comments section)

5/17/2011 12:42
(no entry in comments section)

5/17/2011 10:45
Last year's events were the best ever.
This allowed us to interact a lot more with people we would only have said hello to at the lunch/dinner.
Someone should scout for good airfares early in year.
I liked the lunch vs dinner which allowed us more time to do other things.
The lucky numbers were much too long.
Mel Cabang was great and the other musicians

5/17/2011 10:38
other questions would be ""What activity would you attend? and What would make you attend the next reunion?"

5/17/2011 3:58
(no entry in comments section)

5/17/2011 0:34
have several activities specific to the interests of each particular group of classmates


May 23, 2011

Forgot a link on the last post mentioning that cookbooks were still available :

Mahalo to those who submitted their responses to the survey.
I'm posting some of their responses to the 'comments' section to encourage those who haven't.
I won't be posting responses to the other sections so as not to influence the input of those who still will be responding.
Because we, the committee and myself, can't determine-identify who has been responding so far, we ask that you limit responses
to once per survey... but if you feel you really need to change a response or respond to a section you didn't do earlier, by all
means, please do so. Once the committee determines there has been enough response-info to narrow down the choices,
I'll post another survey with those new choices in addition to a section for more comments.
I'm sure the committee would like to get those choices narrowed down as soon as possible, as it does require a fair amount of lead
time to pin down dates, times, venue, etc.
There are quite a few great comments and suggestions below... please add on some of your own.



May 19, 2011

For those who haven't read this yet and knew-remember him... the sad-unfortunate passing of our classmate, Kingsley Sur.

Thanks Tremaine, appreciate the acknowledgement, but this blog wouldn't be here without classmates like you contributing to it.
The reunion committee had their meeting last night... Gordon Tam and Pearl Mori notified us of this year's Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies
Bash being held at the Pacific Beach Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 14, from 5PM to Midnight... for more details
go to their website at : they ask that reservations be made by the end of July.
I was told by the cookbook committe that there are still some cookbooks available for purchase.
Email me or contact Pearl to order the cookbook(s).
The committee discussed the date, venue and activities for the proposed 2012 reunion.
Several ideas were suggested and a survey form has been set up to present those ideas along with any of yours that you may have.
The form links to and automatically fills in a spreadsheet in an account I have on Google Docs when the Submit button is clicked on
the form.
Note that your email address will not show up on the spreadsheet so that the committee members, and I, will not know which
classmate submitted the survey response.
As such, you can be as candid, honest, and open as necessary to express your thoughts... let the committee know what you really
think ; )
We do ask though that your responses be as helpful and civil as possible and you limit responses to just once per survey.
Your responses, ideas and suggestions will go a long way in helping your committee decide on the date, venue and particulars for
the reunion... and also to have decisions done by consensus of the classmates rather than have them fall on the shoulders of a
handful of volunteers.
Here's the survey form below :
If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:

KHS '60 70th Birthday Reunion Informal Survey

This is an ongoing survey of classmates opinions/suggestions, to help the reunion committee work out details for the reunion planned
for 2012.
Note that your email address will not be attached when you submit your responses.
As such, you may be as candid/open/honest as you wish.
But, unless you've made a mistake or must make an addition, please fill in a blank only once per survey.
Click on Submit, not more than one time, when you're done with the survey.

(below represents the current questions on the survey)

When would you prefer to have the reunion, in general terms. i.e. early, middle, or end of year... Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, etc.
Where would you prefer to have the reunion, in general terms. i.e. in Hawaii, in Las Vegas, on a cruise, etc.
If the venue and date were set, what kind of general actiivities would you prefer to have. i.e. tours, shows, shopping, golfing, etc.
These are some of the suggestions, in random order, by the committee click on those that appeal to you
Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie)
Paradise Cove (Koalina)
Boat Cruise (Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, etc.)
Kilauea Military Camp (Big Island volcano area)
Wet n Wild (Makakilo area)
Hale Koa Hotel (banquet)
Tea House
Bus Tour (at wherever the venue is)
Reno-Tahoe (for venue)
Hospitality room at wherever the venue is
Mini-golf (at wherever the venue is)
Two separate events for the year at different venues, as in 2010
Give your ideas, comments, suggestions or concerns here whatever relevant that comes to mind, will edit for brevity later

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Tremaine Lui Dybal
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: 5/16/11

I would like to thank you for this site that you have put up for your grads.
Always interesting to hear of everyone's goings here and there. aloha

May 16, 2011

Just back from a tradeshow on the Ninth Island... ran into and said hello to Amy Morioka Ishiara... thought I saw Richard Seichi
at a casino buffet... too far away at the time to be sure... wife and I saw four of her classmates... we chatted with four former
neighbors... bumped into a couple of business associates from Honolulu... really is true... seem to spot more people there,
from home, than at home.
Sorry I couldn't be there at the meeting, Amy... but I'm still looking forward to seeing-meeting you, Iris, Haji and the rest of the
WIS '57 gang one of these days.
As I mentioned before, we seniors (most of us) seem to procrastinate more as we age... planning a few months ahead doesn't
seem as urgent as it did when we were younger... taking life-time one day at a time seems to be the norm for most of us now.
Nonetheless, all you WIS-'57 - KHS-'60 classmates need to respond to Amy and your reunon committee, sooner rather than later,
to help them better plan and coordinate the reunion... contact Amy via email at : wis57**** (email me, Hal, for
the full email address).
I first visited Washington State around 30 years ago and have been back many times since... reading posts from you Bob, along
with those from Roy, Bing and others, I'm wondering... did I actually leave the airport ?
Haven't seen-visited, or even heard of, more than half of the places in Washington State you all have mentioned.
Oh well... one day... at a time.
Reminder... KHS '60 70th Birthday Reunion committee meeting on Wednesday, 5/18/11 at 6PM at Unity House.
This will be for preliminary planning for that 2012 reunion... any suggestions you can bring to the meeting or provide here on the
blog would be a great help for the committee.


From: Amy Nakashima Kashiwai
To: Hal
Date: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Subject: Fw: Meeting

Hi, Harold!

How are you?
I'm forwarding Iris' reminder about our meeting this Saturday.
It would be so nice if you could be there.
We sent the WIS '57 newsletter out, you helped by putting it on the blog. I've called those for whom I've tel. numbers and got several
positive responses.
We need more responses.
Have a great week and thank-you again for all of the help that you've provided to get us to where we now are.
Hope to see you on Saturday, if you can. :)


----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Gore
To: hal
Sent: Friday, May 06, 2011 4:59 AM
Subject: RE: 5/6/11

Enjoyed Roy's last post!
I have lived in Washington for 35 years and have not experienced as much as he has.
Brenda and I continue our treks back and forth - I am close to platinum on Hawaiian Airlines.
I wish all of you joy and good health.

Robert Gore

May 6, 2011

Sounds like you had a fun night at the castle Roy... things that go bump in the night will do that for you I guess.
Yes, that's the OBL I was referring to... honestly don't believe anyone deserves death-execution, but yet there are some who make a
strong case for being undeserving of remaining within this grand scheme of things called life.
Bing... you and Roy have made me thnk I missed much too much over the several visits I had to the Pacific Northwest.
Hope you enjoyed your Cinco de Mayo meal and maybe everyone else here did so too.
Just a heads-up... so that it doesn't immediately go into the junk mail bin... the next blog may (or may not) be sent via my other email
providers, Gmail or Yahoo, while I'm on the road.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 9:35 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: 5/1/11

Hi Harold,

Betty has no need to be jealous; I'm sure things were a lot better back then.
My first visit to Seattle was about three years ago.
I won't go as far back or I'll end up writing a novel longer than Bob Nukushina's and that was looooong.
So on to Manresa Castle.
You can google the site and find out interesting things about it.
I won't get into the history of the place; only my own embellished experience.
The castle is on the outskirts of Port Townsend on a hilltop.
It was not as foreboding as I imagined.
I took along my Sony R1 and V1 with night vision.
I guess I lost the women-folk by now.
Bear with me; it gets better.
We happened to be there during Halloween and the castle was "decorated" in the theme.
Our room was 302, across from the room from which a heart-broken woman jumped to her death.
I couldn't get that room, but will insist on it the next time.
Jo-Anne met the owner and got a 50% off any room, any time letter.
Back to the story.
A priest also hanged himself in the attic.
Couldn't get access to it.
I roamed the castle inside and out at night ... with the permission of the night manager, who was the daughter of the owner.
I had to walk lightly because the floors and stairs creaked.
I was told the Ghost Hunters crew was there, but got nothing more than some random sounds, just as I did.
I scared myself most of the time.
At night, it did get "creepy".
I was hoping to see and hear anything, but that was not the case.
Jo-Anne asked what I would do if I did meet an apparition.
I told her I would, after I regained consciousness, ask if there was an after life.
If there was, I would attend church with her on Sunday and give up my atheist belief.
But it did not happen.
With night vision, images are "altered" and do not appear normally. See the attached photos.
The designs on the wall paper appear almost as hideous faces.
When photographing the interior of the restaurant (great food incidentally) I got what appears to be a plasma-like "thing" and a card
that seems to be floating.
I'm sure there are logical explanations for both, but to date, I haven't found the answers.
I had a great time and hope to go back soon.

I haven't been to Rialto Beach, but have been to Ruby Beach, Kalalock and Salt Creek.
The beaches there are not like Hawaii, but are rich with photo opportunities.

Not meaning to embarrass Dr. Choy, but he is a very generous person and a very caring one too.
He has given up much of his life caring for his mother and relatives.
He does a lot for children; especially aspiring young artists.
He feels guilty now about being "selfish" and caring for himself, but I believe he has earned the right to do so.
I never really knew Tim in high school, but I agree with him about Ms. Jackson or as she would say, "Yukson".
She was a gracious lady.
She put up with me for two years in her Latin class, but she never said I would never get into the U of H.

Well, I've wasted another glorious morning talking, which is only second to eating.
Off to breakfast.
Have a great day; don't waste it.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing
To: Hal ; ;
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 7:47 AM
Subject: RE: 5/1/11

Hal, you are using acronyms that are puzzles that some of us senior citizens have to tease out.
I like it because I learn stuff Ö I go to my student assistants.
By OBL, we assume you are referring to May 1st as the day that Osama bin Laden was executed.

Roy, I am so jealous of your visit to Seattle.
I spent my senior year at the University of Washington in Seattle.
I have fond memories of taking the ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria, British Columbia.
It was the first ferry that I experienced that took cars and passengers.
I understand that there are now options for eco-tours that didnít exist when I was there.
You mentioned the Hoh Rain Forest, the only temperate rain forest in the US.
When Hank and I vacationed in Seattle in the 90s, we walked the trails.
I felt that a leprechaun might jump out of the mist at any moment.
That area is also close to Rialto Beach, the coast where there are sea stacks Ö those steep rock formations off the shore as a
result of erosion.
I bet you can get a lot of beautiful pictures on that coast.
We have old pictures of the beach where the sand is in the form of rocks on the beach that have been perfectly polished by the tides.
We were there decades ago so we had the beach all to ourselves.
I understand it has gotten very popular over the years.
We never visited Kalalock although our classmates told us about the wonderful clamming there.
As for Hurricane Ridge, we read that the Olympic Hot Spring Road will be closed in mid-May for 3 weeks for road repair.
We never visited Manresa Castle but tell us about your adventures there.

Have a good time. Looking forward to you photos of the trip.

Everyone, happy Cinco De Mayo.
Tomorrow nightís dinner for family and friends will be a Mexican meal.

May 2, 2011

No problem Frances, happy to help update you and the others.
Roy, guess you're referring to Mrs. Hasegawa who taught Physics and Chemistry.
Though I was also at Waialae, I honestly can't remember Mrs. Kauhane... heck, I can't even remember who my first grade teacher
was... Ms. Chang ?.
I've been to Seattle several times... daughter lived there... but can't recall ever visiting the places you mention... sounds like you'll have
a great time.
Tim, I have to wholly agree on the sorry state of Hawaii's public school system... but then, I have become aggrandizingly critical of it as
I've aged (matured ? : ), I'm sure, much like our parents-grandparents and their parents-grandparents before them were of not only the
educational system but everything generationally beyond... but who are we really to blame but ourselves (parents, grandparents, etc.)
for perpetuating the cycle of 'allowing just a little more slack' to the next generation... OK... stop here ... off the soapbox... before I get
further carried away... back to 'memories'. I somehow remember the name Ms. Lam, but can't picture her... probably because I was
never in any of her classes... don't know if inspirational fits but two of the most memorable high school teachers that come to mind
were Ms. Geraldine Madden and Ms. Haroldine Nunes... for many different reasons.
For anyone else undecided on whether to donate a few dollars to purchase the DVD on the 2010 reunions, Chester Otani has graciously
put together a short presentation on his website to help you visualize what images and videos are on this great DVD... when you do
decide to purchase, contact me or Pearl Mori either by phone, postal mail or email... here's the link :

Subject: KHS 50th Reunion Movie Trailer

Note that you'll need a user name and password to access the website... use these :

username : khsclassof1960
password : 50threunion

One last note... remember the date... May 1, 2011... another that will be remembered for a long time... OBL... no longer.



 ----- Original Message -----
From: Frances Takasaki Nakamura
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: 4/30/11

Hi Harold:

Tx for the updates.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:50 AM
Subject: Re: 4/30/11

Hi Hal,

Speaking of inspirational teachers, I was negatively inspired by the physics teacher at KHS.
For some reason, I can't recall her name. : ) She told me I would never get into the U of H.
She once kicked me out of her class for "misbehaving".
She motivated me to get my butt into the U of H.
I meet her one day while walking up the steps to the book store.
She was surprised to see me. I was already in my junior year.
She was cordial, but none-the-less surprised.
College life suited me well.
I was in control of my life; no one controlled my time and actions.
BTW, I did graduate and went on to get a Masters courtesy of Uncle Sam.
Unlike Dr. Choy, I didn't pursue a Phd.
I didn't want to push my luck.
Besides, the wife was not about to support me any longer.
If any teacher was an inspiration to me, it would have to be Mrs. Kauhane, a haole teacher married to a wonderful Hawaiian man.
She was my 1st grade teacher at Waialae Elementary School.
She was a water color artist.
She said I had talent and told my parents I should attend art school.
My parents, of course, felt that artists were just Bohemian "good for nothings" who wasted time and money.
My mother, who was always right, said that the family had to eat and stay alive.
Art school was out of the question.
She would invite me to watch and paint with her at the Ala Moana Park pond.
When I left her class, Mrs. Kauhane gave me my first and only paint brush.
Who knows; if I studied painting in Italy and France I could have become another poor starving artist who would become famous ......
after his death.

I will be meeting Howard Aoyama in Seattle on the 10th.
It will be our first meeting since graduation from the U of H.
There will be a lot to catch up.
I'll be spending time in the Port Angeles again and will be revisiting the Hoh Rain Forrest, Kalalock and Hurricane Ridge.
We'll be going to Neah Bay, the northwest corner, to visit the Makah Indian Reservation.
I like to photograph the area at different times of the year.
If time permits, we may go back to Port Townsend and the Manresa Castle.
It is supposedly haunted, but we did not encounter any paranormal activity while staying there.
More on our adventure in the haunted castle, if anyone is really interested.

How many words have I written?
Not as much as Bob Nukushina's novellas I'm sure.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Y.C. Choy
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: 4/30/11

Hi Hal,

Wish to respond to Amy's and your comments referencing my earlier "memories."
Both of you are too kind in attributing me to be brighter than I am.
I was always fortunate to have good teachers who took an interest in me and helped me in so many ways not only here in Honolulu but
also when I went away to the mainland in college as well as a graduate school.
I also felt that we had great teachers here in Hawaii and that the education we received in the public schools was very good.
I had initially been part of the English Standard system and had gone to Lincoln and Jefferson before the state ruled that it was
undemocratic and dismantled the system which is why I was then sent to the neighborhood schools of Kuhio and Washington and

Since my return to Hawaii, I have had great difficulty understanding how Hawaii's public school system has become so dysfunctional
and unaccountable when it receives such a large portion of our state budget.
Hawaii's students have the potential to do well and be great but they need a good education.
We don't seem to be preparing them for the future.
It's a sad commentary when even so many of our elected officials and public school teachers try to send their children to private schools.

Miss Pearl Jackson who taught Latin and English at Kaimuki High taught me writing so that I found I breezed my way through four years
of college in any class that required writing.
She use to have me bring in a sentence every Monday and then spend the week rewriting it in as many different ways as possible then for
the following week selecting the best sentence and use it as the thesis sentence for a paragraph and write a paragraph then rewrite that
paragraph in as many different ways as possible.
It wasn't until I was in graduate school that another professor began to teach me how to improve my writing even more.
And, I must also admit that Miss Lam who I had in my Junior year influenced me with her requirement of book reports where she didn't care
what the book was only that it had to be a long one over 500 pages.
This forced me to walk through the stacks of the state library seeking books of a certain thickness that would meet her requirement.
As a result, I found many writers who opened the world to me in ways I would never have become aware of were it not for Miss Lam's
I must also admit that she was not a kind teacher but was rather a tyrant and sometimes mean to some of the students.

I am not sure I will be in town in August.
Since the death of the members of "Choy's Joy Luck Club" this will be the first year that I am no longer involved in any caregiving (my Mother
died three years ago, my Aunt Dorothy two years ago and Aunty Stella last year).
As a result, I feel that I have been attending too many funerals and will be doing some travels to see people who were influential in my life
while they are still alive.
I shall be leaving for Florida in late May to visit George and Nancy Ellis then take a self-indulgent cruise of the fjords of Norway.
Later I plan to take Amtrack from Chicago cross country stopping in cities to see several former "mentors", colleagues and students who
have made the effort of keeping in touch with me and who had assisted me in my career over the years.

Again, you are doing a great job providing so many of us with an opportunity to reconnect as well as to reflect back on our lives.

With warm Aloha...

Tim Choy


April 30, 2011

My pleasure Amy, happy to help... and yes, anyone needing to see the WIS newsletter, let me know and I can direct you to the website that
it's posted on or connect you with Amy.
Well, as quiet as it's been here on the blog, all I can add are reminders for the WIS '57 reunion committee meeting on Saturday, May 14
(contact me or Amy for time and place) and for the KHS '60 reunion committee meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 6PM at Unity House...
drop by and give your input.
For our KHS '60 70th birthday reunion in 2012, we don't have a venue or date as of yet, this being the first meeting for that reunion... any
suggestions for the place and date would be more than welcomed, sent here to the blog or personally at the meeting... also suggestions
for activities revolving around the reunion would be great ( Honolulu? Vegas? Cruise? Spring? Summer? Fall? etc. ).


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
committee for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated September 16, 2010 ) .

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