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52 Years - Memories: April 12

52 Years - Memories: April '12

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.

Alfred Won,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,Avis Gima

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,Jeanette Sumida,John Rodrigues,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;Nathan Chong

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

Ralph Yamasaki,Raynor Tsuneyoshi,Rebecca Paresa,Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Richard Yawata,
Rick Nakamura,Robert Gore, Robert Mito,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

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

Wade Morikone,Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino

APRIL 2012 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

April 12, 2012
Below is a brief description of the Pearl Country Club reunion program from Pearl.
No forget... arrive on time for picture-taking... plenny of time for talk-story after... and, of course, the longer
your fellow classmates take to assemble and have their group picture taken, the longer it takes for you
to get to the buffet line... so gently and tactfully encourage the easily-distracted, slow-movers to 'move it'.
Raynor, hope your visit will help your Mom's health turn around.
As Pearl mentioned, there is still probably room for a few more classmates and their guests with the current
minimum seating configuration that was reserved at the PCC luncheon... quite possibly with the bus/show
tour also... check with Pearl via email or phone.
NOTICE: The 'blog' will be on hiatus after this post but will be back, shortly after the Pearl Country Club reunion.
So please do continue to send in your memories and classmate communication... including your experiences
and/or thoughts on the 70th B'day Reunion activities... I'll compile and post them when the 'blog' resumes.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns on the reunion(s) or other matter, contact Pearl Mori
or Muriel Masumura or Bobbie Hanoa via email or phone... that contact info can be found in the recent
'official' Bulldog Newsletters that were mailed to you.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Mori
To: Hal
Cc: Muriel Masumura
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: Any last minute posts ?

The only thing I can think of is the following.
Pearl Country Club reminders:
Pearl Country Club
98- 535 Kaonohi Street Aiea HI 96701
April 22, 2012

10:00am Registration
10:30am Picture taking
11:00am Welcome/Announcements
11:05am Invocation
11:00am - 1:00pm Luncheon ( music by 'Legacy' )
12:30pm Program - door prizes
TALK STORY-door prizes
2:00pm Grand Prize
Class Song - "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Hawai'i Aloha
2:30pm Program ends

----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Mori
To: Raynor
Cc: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:23 PM
Subject: KHS Class of 1960 events

Sorry to hear about your mom - I figure most of our classmates are going thru what you are.

And yes, still not to late to sign up for the luncheon.
As to the culture center I'm assuming you won't be attending at all.
Just let me know.

----- Original Message -----
From: Raynor Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: 4/3/12


So sad about Chester's passing.
We are all getting closer to facing our mortal outcomes.
I, quite unexpectedly, will have to go to Honolulu as my Mother's health has taken a turn for the worse.
If I can, I would like to attend the luncheon but can't spend the entire day at the Cultural Center.
If this is possible, let me know.


April 3, 2012
Duly posted Pearl... anyone having questions, email Pearl... or email me - I'll pass them on to Pearl
Amy, it's also how I remember Chester... he looked nearly the same in that last picture.
Carol, I noticed and picked up on the same thing when I read Chester's obit that was apparently composed by
his wife Lorraine.
Nathan, you're back on the list... had you on before but your email address changed and lost you for a while...
welcome back and hope to see you at the reunion(s).
Gerri, I'm sure Chester's wife and family will find some comfort in your thoughts and words along with those
from his other classmates... I'll pass them along to his wife with today's email blog.
Bing, feel the same way as you and Roy about our mortality, and also agree on enjoying life to the fullest as
Chester and I'm sure the rest of his classmates have.
Seeing pictures of the cherry blossoms along the Basin brings back a lot of great memories, especially meeting
you for lunch and enjoying those wonderful stories of yours during our conversation.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 6:27 PM
Subject: Polynesian Culture Center Itinerary, Friday 4/20/12

Please post on blog, I will also email the attendees and call those with no email.

Meet at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 Vineyard Blvd, across from Pali Longs by 11:45am
Entrance to church parking lot is from Nuuanu Avenue
Bus will be waiting on Nuuanu Avenue (not in the parking lot)
Milton Napuunoa will be the mc/greeter (not driving)

Arrive at Polynesian Cultural Center
Pearl Mori will go to the ticket office and pickup tickets for distribution
Milton will pass out brochures on what's going on in the center

Meet back together for dinner

5:00 - 7:00pm
Dinner (no seating arrangement - you're on your own)

7:30 - 9pm
Show (we will all sit together)

Board bus - need to be back at the church parking lot by 10:30pm
----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Nakashima Kashiwai
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 10:10 AM

Hi, Harold,

I'm very sorry to hear that Chester Toma has passed away.
I remember him as a cute guy with a cheerful disposition and always wearing a smile.
It's so sad to lose a friend but we can take comfort knowing that he is now free of the discomforts of his illness
and in a better place.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carol Chock Tom
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: 3/30/12
Thank you, Hal.
It impressed me that Lorraine & Chester seemed to have had a very close relationship.
And thank you again for being willing to be the "keeper' of our Class blog.
Appreciate the time and sensitivity with which you spend on keeping us informed and communicating.

Blessings, Carol
From the Pbase website comment section :

01-Apr-2012 05:35
Please add me to your mailing list.
Nathan Chong, Kaimuki class of 60.
----- Original Message -----
From: Carol Chock Tom
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: 3/30/12

Dear Hal,

So very sorry to hear about Chester's struggle with cancer and his passing.
I would like to have his address, please.
I'm very glad that Roy was able to connect the two friends before his passing.
Blessings, Carol
----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: 3/30/12

Harold, appreciate always your conveyance of our class news.
We are crestfallen to hear of the passing of another of our dear classmates.
Did not know Chester well however, Chester was a bright star in our class and will always be remembered as
such, always pleasant and smiling the few times that we spoke and you could just sense the great potential
in this fine gentle person's future.
Chester's accomplishments are no less impressive and the memories of Chester to all who knew him will be
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Chester Toma's family.
Aloha piha, Gerri and Jack Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Bing (Betty Ing)
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 7:22 AM
Subject: RE: 3/30/12


It is spring in Washington, DC again.

It reminds me of two years ago when you and your lovely wife visited DC to see your daughter and son-in-law
and to see the cherry blossoms in bloom along the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River.
Here, the cherry blossoms last from 2 to 3 weeks, if we are lucky.
They are spectacular and ethereal, seemingly too perfect for this world, and oh so fleeting.
The blooms remind me of my own mortality just as the passing of a friend reminds Roy Okano of his.

The pink and white magnolias are also starting to bloom and the tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses are bursting
out of the ground.

I am working at my desk in the New Executive Office Building which is across the street from the White House.
I am happier than usual because I just won tickets to the Easter Egg roll celebration on the White House lawn
for April 9th.
I entered the lottery for White House staff and won 4 tickets: 1 adult and 3 children.
I will take 2 grand nephews and a grandniece from Hank’s side of the family.
There is another lottery for members of the public.

A bunch of huge white Easter lillies is sitting in a green vase on my desk. A gift from Hank.
The light perfume from the lillies wafts across my office to the corrider.
Collegues pop their heads into my office to tell me they can smell the perfume down the hall.
These spring flowers are common here but would not grow in Hawaii because they need a frost to bloom.
In the summer, hopefully the red, pink, and white hibiscus bushes in my front yard will bloom.
I have the winter hardy type called Lady, Lord, and Princess Baltimore.
These are pretty hardy because I mulch them heavily and cover them with blankets at night during the winter
if we will have frost over night.
Even so, we lose a bush every now and then and have to replace them.
The healthy bushes will give hibiscus flowers for two whole months.
Everyone here ooohs and aaaahs because they are so “exotic”.
This is in sharp contrast to Hawaii, where very few people would be so taken by common hibiscus flowers.

This reminds me of a practical definition of a “weed”.
A weed is a plant growing somewhere a human being doesn’t want it to grow.
Likewise, an “exotic” flower is one that does not grown in the area that you live.

Guess what … my supermarket, Harris Teeters, just started carrying King’s Hawaiian Bread, and the rolls.
I served them at my weekly family dinner this past Tuesday and everyone here went crazy for them. Ono grinds.

Hank and I will miss all the reunion stuff this year so please tell us about what went on and any stories from the
classmates to bring Hawaii to us.

Bing Bradshaw

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 January 10, 2012 ) .

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