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51 Years - Memories: October 11

51 Years - Memories: October '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,Chester Toma,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 Taira,
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


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

October 24, 2012

Abu, if you want to write to him, send it care of the Convalescent Center of Honolulu, 1900 Bachelot St.
Honolulu, HI 96817 (directly mauka of Kuakini Hospital and just Ewa of Rehab of the Pacific).
If visiting, he's in room 107 in the first bed of a 3-bed shared space... visiting hours seem pretty flexible
there as I was told by staff that I could drop by any reasonable time but would suggest somewhere
between 9AM to noon and maybe 1PM to early evening... check with staff or the room first to see if
he is being attended to for his personal needs at the moment... if so, there is a very comfortable
waiting area with TV by the lobby... it usually takes only 15 or 20 minutes for staff to attend to him...
there is free parking on-site under the building while visiting.

Tremaine, I also remember you, Doug and a whole bunch of others besides myself from the Koko Head
(now Hawaii Kai) area while riding the bus to and from school.

Pearl, just 'reporting' on what I hear... or am able to anyhow these days, what with the tinnitis and all.

Roy, what (some of) the classmates are doing here on the 'blog' is pretty close to your 'life story' idea
but would be great to expand on it with, as you said, all the fascinating and interesting experiences
of our classmates... a lot of us do have more time than... whatevah.

Nice talking to you too Velma... did already have your email address but stopped sending the 'blog' to
you a long while back since they kept 'bouncing back' because of a full 'inbox'.
Anyway, you're back on the list and should be receiving the 'blog' again (hear Jean yelling "Hooray!")

Bing, I guess Roy answered your question on Doug's writings... he is unable to do the tasks that we all
too often take for granted and needs to have staff or friends do them for him.


----- Original Message -----
From: Pat and Clarence Shibuya
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: 10/20/11

Hi Hal!

Cud u let me know where Doug Yoshimura is at?
I was out playing golf with Tom Takushi and he mentioned about Doug.
I played in the band with him and Chester Toma and was surprised to hear of his condition.
Anyways take care and keep in touch.


----- Original Message -----
From: Moana Keaulana Dyball (Tremaine Lui)
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 6:26 AM
Subject: Re: 10/20/11

Aloha Hal,

Re: Doug Savage.
I remember Doug very well


----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: 10/20/11

Talking about coconut wireless-you take the trophy.
Good job reporting.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2012.

Carolyn Tom: So good of you to share Doug's story.
What inspiration to all.

Pearl B. Mori

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:00 AM
Subject: KHS Meeting

Hi Harold,

I forgot about the meeting last night.
Usually Pearl sends out a reminder.
It seemed to have been a productive meeting; dates and venues established.

Visited Doug on Saturday and met Jennifer who is helping him with his testimony.
It gave me an idea about putting together life stories of our classmates, much like they do archiving
people's life experiences.
We have classmates who led interesting and fascinating lives.
Just an idea; it would involve too much time and time is a luxury we don't have a lot of remaining.

While waiting at the bus stop after visiting Doug, an old woman sat next to me and starting talking.
She is the daughter (and one of 15 children) of the old Chinese manapua man who was killed near
the School Street grave yard.
My grandmother used to buy manapua for me whenever he passed by on Vineyard Street.
It was nice that we talked the old fashioned way.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano

----- Original Message -----
From: Velma Kekipi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: 10/20/11

Dear Hal,

Aloha Pumehana . . It was nice chatting with you in the parking lot.
Because I am computer illiterate, and have time constraints, I am so thankful to Jean Nakamura for
sending me hard copies.
I think postage alone over the year plus must be at least $25.00.
Anyway, as I said when I have the time, I will share my memories of my activities on that historic
day in 1959.
I only, in October of this year, learned how to read my e-mail, and now I am sending my third reply
to you.
I want to let my classmates know that because I teach Hawaiian Studies at Kalihi Waena Elementary
in Kalihi on Gulick Ave., I use my Hawaiian name.
I am Kumu Aloha Kekipi to anyone that I have met after 1985.
Only my classmates know me by my English name - Velma.
I have to go out the door to school so I will have to respond to that comment about us being so 'special'
at a later time.
Maybe tonight.
Aloha kakou . . . a hui hou.

Aloha Kekipi

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 6:20 AM
Subject: RE: 10/20/11

Ray, I agree, we seem to have an awesome bunch in our class.

Carol, how is Doug writing his 45 pages?
Is he writing with pen and paper. Or is he dictating to someone?
Or is he dictating to a recorder?
And if he is dictating, then who is processing it into a document?
The reason I ask is that if we knew, we might be able to help somehow.

Hal, I agree with your policy of avoiding political and religious issues except occasionally in
proper context.

All, we are curious whether you getting ready for Halloween trick or treat, wherever you are.
I donít remember it as a big deal when I was growing up in Kaimuki.
But over here, it is bigger than Christmas.
Hank and I are stockpiling Reeses peanut butter cups to pass to the little ones coming to our door.
Here on Capitol Hill we have a lot of little ones coming to our front door in the cutest costumes.
At least over 100 of them.

Our door wreath, decorated with black and orange crepe paper and cheesecloth ghosts (starched
to make them look like they are flying) is now hanging on the front door of our townhouse.
The railing on our front porch is decorated by about a dozen orange plastic jack-o-lanterns about
the size of baseballs and two white plastic skulls.
A small scarecrow is peeping out of the empty flower box in our small front yard (empty because
it is fall, all the annual flowers have died, all the perennial flowers have gone into hibernation,
and the leaves are turning yellow and falling off the treas, except for the evergreens).
On our mantle, we have two Hallowee mummy candles.
In the kitchen the paper mache witch sits on the counter next to the canister with newly popped corn.
On the dining room table sits the Halloween black cat serving dish and serving bowl and the ceramic
Hank and I gave up carving real pumpkins a long time ago because they tend to rot.
Every year we unpack our easy the Halloween stuff, replace those that look too worn, and display
them for two weeks.
Then, a few days after Halloween we repack them and store them in our garage.

Happy Halloween everybody.

Bing Bradshaw

October 20, 2011

Dropped by the reunion committee meeting last night and picked up a bit more reunion info.
The Sunday, April 22, 2012 reunion brunch at Pearl Country Club is scheduled for 10AM to 2:30PM.
The committee is still waiting on word of a possible 4/20/12 Polynesian Cultural Center excursion.
Ron Higa is working on dates for golf outings.
Suggestions for additional excursions, outings and get-togethers for that week/weekend are welcomed.
The Las Vegas reunion dinner banquet night has been set for Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 6PM to 10PM.
This will be at the Ohana Room in the California Hotel and Casino.
The committee will be working with Unity House again to hopefully get a Honolulu to Las Vegas and back
travel package with departure/return dates somewhere between 10/10/12 and 10/16/12.
Ron will also be working on dates for Las Vegas golf outings.
Suggestions are also welcomed for Las Vegas excursions, outings, shows, get-togethers, etc.
Next reunion committee meeting will be Wednesday, November 30th and a newsletter will be sent out after.
Meantime, please pass on the above info... though limited, it should help in planning for most.

As I told Carol and have said here many times, I try to avoid any subject/posting that has a political or
religious edge to it, but will make the rare occasional exception... Doug's personal statement is definitely
one of those exceptions, and yes, he is truly inspirational and admirable.

Unfortunately I didn't have Jeanne Stewart's contact info to pass on to Bing and have yet to hear back from
Ruth Kirkpatrick.

Raynor, after 51+ years, hopefully I'll get to see you again atttending at least one of those upcoming reunions.

One reunion I will be attending very soon is with my wife for her KHS '61 50th at the end of this month.
Going over the list of 150 or so attendees I noticed one of them referenced as a Mrs.
I thought that unusual as none of the others, men and women, had a salutation in front of their names.
Then I suddenly recognized the name and it dawned on me... she was my english teacher and also our senior
class advisor... Mrs. Lorraine Chang, who probably must be somewhere close to ninety.
That was great of the '61 class to invite her and I'll try to get a picture to post on the Pbase website.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carol Chock Tom
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:44 PM
Subject: Doug Yoshimura

Aloha Hal and classmates!

I had a chance to visit with Doug while in Honolulu last week.
What a pleasure to spend time with such an inspiring person who has come to terms with his condition and
finds joy and peace in the midst of his challenging life.
In a letter he wrote to me earlier, he shared what happened to him, and gave me his permission to share
part of this with all of you as well.
He is writing a more in-depth narrative which he says will probably end up to be about 45 pages!
So I think this will have to do for now.

"I lived a full life during my early years but at age 38, I began losing strength on the left side of my body.
Finally, in February 1983, the doctor found a tumor growth in the neck area of my spinal cord.
Two doctors gave me a 15% chance of surviving the operation.
I decided to undergo the operation despite their prediction.
After eight hours of operation, the neurosurgeon was successful in removing the tumor from my spinal cord.
However, the operation left me disabled, which changed my quality of life tremendously.

The years following brought on many trials and tribulations.
In desperation, I began to seek God for the answers.
From that time on, I developed a close and personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I found a new and wonderful life walking with the Lord. He has been the backbone and strength of my life.
Today, I can honestly say that I am what I am by the grace of God. My disability brought me to the Lord.
Although I am in bed, I'm really living my life! Jesus is the answer."

He has legally changed his first name to Doug-Savage.
When I asked him why, he referred to Proverbs 28:1
It says, "The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."
Doug-Savage said, "I desire to be bold."

I really admire this man who I honestly don't remember from our high school years, but am glad to have
connected with 51 years later!

Blessings, Carol

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal ; ;
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:06 AM
Subject: RE: 10/13/11

I live and work in the DC area.
Perhaps Jeanne Stewart and I could get together.
Hal, please give her my contact info or could I have hers.

Bing Bradshaw

----- Original Message -----
From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:58 AM
Subject: Re: 10/13/11

Aloha Harold

Mahalo Nui for hooking me up to the Tsukiji Luncheon.
It was really great seeing all the classmates many of whom I had not seen since graduation.
I tried replying via Blackberry but the message got swallowed up and I got a total system breakdown message.
Since I have been at the hospital every day since I got to Honolulu I had no access to my computer.
I look forward to attending one or both of next year's reunion events but still have to deal with business travel

I marvel at the stories of our classmates' travels through life and am getting the impression that we have a
unique and awesome bunch of people in our class


October 13, 2011

As I told Pearl, I haven't yet heard back from Ruth or Jeanne... guess they were tied up with the upcoming
trip/cruise... might hear from them when they arrive on Friday the 14th.

Shinty, wish I could have gone also as I've heard it's a terrific experience... whether you're Okinawan or not.
What Shinty is referring to is the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival which is held about every 5 years or so.
Sorta like the Okinawan Festival held at Kapiolani Park... well, almost... much, much larger and better.
It's to 'welcome back' those with Okinawan roots who live in other parts of the world... around 5,000 or more
participants from many different countries are expected to be there... along with an estimated 350,000 plus
local Okinawans, tourists and other residents who will enjoy the festivities from October 12 to the 16.
More info on the Festival through the link below.

Roger, didn't know Ruth had come over from Canada before KHS... if I had difficulty with U.S. history, I can
imagine how it was even more so for her.


----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: Ruth and Jeanne

Thanks Hal, sure would like to meet them.
Kinda hung around with Ruth a few times.

Pearl B. Mori

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2011 9:46 AM
Subject: RE: 10/8/11

Hal, Big event in Okinawa this week, their 5 year celebration.
Bessie Shimabukuro and her family and Bobby Matsuda and wife are there.
I don't know how many other classmates are there.
I lived in Okinawa for 3 years in the 70's and have been back a few times, most recently last year on DOD business.
It's much like Japan now foodwise and harder to get good te bichi (pig feet soup), soki soba and rafute.
There are some mom and pop shops that serve "broke da mouth" ramen.
Keep up the blog.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:45 AM
Subject: Fwd: 10/8/11

Dear Great Detective:

I remember Ruth Kirkpatrick.
Believe that she and her family had moved from Canada just a short time before her high school years.
She had a steep learning curve in US (won't call it American because that would leave out all the other
countries in North and South america) history.


October 8, 2011

Another slow few weeks for posts... guess it's the time of year, or weather, or whatever... oh well.

Wish I had been there, Roy, would have been great to see and talk to Ray after 50 plus years.

We managed to locate Ruth Kirkpatrick and found out she and her close friend, and our classmate,
Jeanne Stewart, will be on a cruise to Hawaii and stopping for a day here in Honolulu on the
14th of October.
Ruth lives in Texas and Jeanne apparently lives and/or works in the D.C. area.

Pearl, I'll post a reminder again later on the next reunion committee meeting on October 19, 2011

Moana (Tremaine), good to hear all is well... will keep you and the rest posted on the upcoming reunion.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Roy Okano
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:33 AM
Subject: Raynor

A bunch of us got together for lunch at Tsukiji's yesterday.
Raynor Tsuneyoshi is here for his ill mother.
He'll be here until the 18th. He is married to a German woman.
He is hilarious when he does his Irish accent. He also speaks German.
We then went to visit Sandy and celebrated her 69th birthday.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano

----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: Ruth and Jeanne

Good sleuthing. Will try to drop her a line for any feedback.

BTW: Meeting is ok for Wed 10/19/11 6pm Unity House.

Pearl B. Mori,

----- Original Message -----
From: Moana Keaulana (Tremaine Lui) Dyball
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 7:03 AM
Subject: Re: 9/16/11

Mahalo for job well done.
My son and his family were fine when they got home to D.C. from their vacation.
Their home was very much secured.
Can't wait for the next reunion.
Aloha, Moana


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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