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54 Years - Memories: November 14

54 Years - Memories: November '14

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 the 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 these 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,Bert Maedo,Betty Ing,Beverly Davis,Brenda Ignacio, Brenda Kadokawa
Calvin Ishizaki,Calvin Kang,Carl Yasuda,Carol Hamasaki,Carole Masuda,Caroline Andrade, Carolyn Amoy,
Carolyn Chock,Carolyn Eugenio,Charlene Mau,Chester Otani,Clarence Fung,Clarence Shibuya,
Clifford Ching,Clifford Young,Clinton Chung
Dave Sato,Dennis Sakaguchi,Dennis Shibuya,Dolly Afalava,Donald Hiramoto,Doris Toyooka,Douglas Abe.
Douglas Yoshimura,Duane Aguiar
Edward Inea,Edwin Matsui,Edwina Ahn,Elsie Awa,Elsie Oshiro,Elsie Tanaka,Elwood Lim, Ethel Aramaki
Faith Maeda,Frances Mise,Frances Takasaki,Francine Song,Francisco Tambunting,Frieda Taniguchi
Gary Tsukamoto,Gary Yamamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas
Irene Rocha
James Mau, Jane Futenma,Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,Jeanette Sumida,John Rodrigues,June Yanazawa
Karen Fukuji,Karen Iha,Karen Morisawa,Kathryn Mabe,Kenneth Ginoza,Kenneth Matsuura,Kenneth Morimoto,
Kenneth Yoshioka
Lance Ishihiro,LaVerne Nishimura,Lillian Tarumoto,Lorene Watanabe,Louise Lung,Lynne Zane
Madge Stibbard,Mae Nakanishi,Manuel Mattos,Marian Tarumoto,Marjorie Mau,Martin Buell,
Matilda Muraoka,Michael Yamaguchi,Muriel Masumura,Myron Kekaula
Naomi Kuramoto,Nathan Chong,Nelson Masumune,Norman Ginoza
Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka,Phyliss Tanabe
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,Sanford Murata,Seda Deguchi,Sharon LaTraille,Sheila Espindola,Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura,Stella Okamoto
Thomas Murata, Thomas Takushi,Thomas Yamada,Timothy Choy,Tony Ballesteros,Tremaine Lui
Vernon Wong,Violet Chung-Hoon,Virginia Kakazu,Vivian Hirahara
Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki
Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei
Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino

  NOVEMBER, 2014 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

November 24, 2014

Jean, Pat... my pleasure, helping to keep classmates in touch is what this blog is about.

Clarence, Pam... pleasure's still mine.

Vern, Arline... Fat Lee Chop Suey, was it located on the Makai/Ewa corner of the Winam and
Kapahulu intersection ?
If it was, I believe Haili's Hawaiian Foods is at that corner now.
Only poi shop I knew of was Kapahulu Poi Shop on Winam.
The owner's were very unassuming people with the husband always barefoot, even when driving
to the bank in his Caddy.
It must have been a successful business as they later built an apartment complex above the shop.

Roy... the Okamura's must have had a successful business too as they were still the owner's of
the land and building when the apartment complex was built... worked on the jobsite a few times
way back when as it was being built.
Where was the Morihara's store on Campbell Avenue ?
Short story on the 'good guy' Roy.
Roy, Wallace Nakamura, Kenneth Harada, myself and possibly others had to go to McKinley H.S.
one summer to make up on some class subjects.
We'd catch the bus on the Makai/D.H. corner of Pensacola and King.
One day after a summer school session had ended and we were at the street corner waiting for the
bus, a car going Mauka on Pensacola (it was 2-way back then) pulled up by me at the sidewalk.
There was a gal on the front passenger seat and about 4 or 5 guys with her in the car.
All of the fairly large guys in the back leaned forward to give me a stare-down.
They did this for at least a couple of minutes as I became slowly aware of what they were doing.
I remember thinking at the time... 'What the ...' 'Who are these guys' as I stink-eyed back.
I guess my non-plussed demeanor either confused them or took them aback.
Turns out Roy, Wallace and Ken had been calling the gal at night and pretending to be me... just
for fun of course.
As the car later sped off and I turned around looking for the guys, I finally realized they were
hiding within the corner store's entryway laughing their .... off at setting me up.
They later confessed as to what was happening and said not to worry that they would have backed
me up had it come to that... uh-huh.
Yup... Roys are great guys.
Seriously though, I had great times with those guys... including Morihara !

Yolinda... will pass your message along to Gerri via this blog.

Notes from the committee meeting on Thursday, 11/13/14.
Honolulu 2015 reunion will be sometime in May with venue being researched and decided on later.
The off-island 2015 reunion will be in October in LV, working around the weekend of the 2nd week.
Exact dates and venues for both locations will be announced here and within the newsletter flyers to
be sent out.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday all.


----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Fujita
To: Hal-KHS60 ; Jean Nakamura
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 6:38 PM
Subject: Re: Reunion committee meeting

Hi Hal and Jean,

Thank you so much for taking the time to relay Velma’s greetings to us.
I’m not much of a writer, but want you to know how much I appreciate and enjoy your blogs.
Jean, I hope you are doing well.
It would be great to be able to get together at the next reunion.
Take care.


----- Original Message -----
From: Jean Nakamura Worley
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: Reunion committee meeting

Thank you for the message.

On 2014-11-13 22:00, Hal-KHS60 wrote:
Hi Jean & Pat,

Took in the reunion committee meeting tonight.
Velma dropped in about a 1/2 hour after the meeting started.
She asked me to say hello to you two for her via email.
She arrived with the Handi-Van but had planned to take the bus back.
Had a nice long chat... or rather I listened... as I gave her a ride back to her place instead.
Anyway, Aloha from Aloha duly passed on.


----- Original Message -----
From: Clarence Shibuya
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:27 AM

Thanks Hal.
I sent Pamela an email.
Hopefully she'll respond.

----- Original Message -----
From: Vernon Wong
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 10:31 PM
Subject: RE: 11/9/14

Hola, Hal - Arline struck a chord when she mentioned Fat Lee Chop Suey on Kapahulu Ave.
My father used to take the family to dinner there just about every Sunday during the 50īs.
Loved the place and the food.
Canīt remember exactly when he opened the place, but next door (on Winam Ave?) was Harry Mauīs
shoe repair shop, and next to that was a small poi shop(?).
I gotta agree, those were simple days that will never come back.
Thanks Arline.

Uncle Charlie

----- Original Message -----
From: pamela halford
To: harold oshiro
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2014 10:49 AM
Subject: RE: 11/9/14

Hi Hal,

If you didn't mention that you were sitting with Abu, I would have never recognized him.
He looks so different.....which is likely what he'll say about me too!
You can give him my email address.
We're in Florida now til first of April when we head home.
I'll likely be in Hawaii around the last week in April.
Will know more as it gets closer.
It was funny reading what you wrote!
He would think that i was the bad one eh? he he he
Thanks so much for all you do to keep us in contact with each other.

Love, Pam

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2014 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: 11/9/14

The Okamura store was on Campbell Avenue.
Today, there's an apartment complex and Art Attack, an art gallery.
I used to go there to have my photos matted and framed.
Elaine had a cute older sister who I "liked".
I also remember a brother.
The whole family worked in the store.
Harry Azama and a bunch of us used to frequent their store.
I think Harry "dated" Elaine for awhile.
Roy Morihara's parents also had a store on Campbell Avenue.
We used to meet there for ice cream sandwiches after school and carefully "read" the magazines.
Roy was a great guy, like all Roy's are. Hahaha!

----- Original Message -----
From: Yolinda Agaria Kekahuna
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2014 8:10 AM
Subject: Re: 11/9/14

Hey Geri, please let me know when ever there is a classmate get together.
I would love to join u n others for a laugh or two!!!!
I am back in the islands after 30 years, to stay!

November 9, 2014

Thanks Gerri... yep, it was pretty noisy around the very-long-roundtable.
There were nearly two dozen classmates who enjoyed the friendship, conversation and food.
Had a great talk-story time at our end of the table as it seemed everyone else did wherever they sat.
Sat next to Abu, aka Clarence Shibuya, who I had fun needling for not remembering I was his classmate since
our elementary school days.
He remarked on how pleasantly surprised he was that Pamela Machida remembered him in her recent email.
I reminded him of that old saying that besides the good ones, we usually mostly remember the really bad ones.
He looked a bit taken aback and said " I don't remember Pam as being one of the bad ones '.
We pretty much cracked-up when I had to correct him... " NO... I meant YOU ! "
Anyway... below is a link to pics of that luncheon:

Good to hear Bert, we do get concerned when, besides other friends and relatives, fellow classmates face life's
bumpy roads and other hurdles.
Hope for the best for your connected families.

Arline, if that Okamura store was on the Mauka/Diamond Head corner of the intersection, there's a Thai
restaurant there now which is in a building which looks like it might have been there since at least the 50s.
On the Makai/Diamond Head corner there's a much newer building that Bill's Bakery used to be in... loved
their scones.
Strange, the name Fat Lee really rings a bell... like 'clank', because I can't picture where it might have been.
We never used to lock our doors back in the 40s and early 50s... until we got burglarized.

OK Pam, we'll let Vern know so he can put away his 'okole slapper' glove.
Talking to Abu at the luncheon, he mentioned wanting to get in touch with you again after all these years.
Either you or Abu can contact me via email again and I'll pass on the email(s) with addresses intact.
By the way, let me know when in April you plan to be in Hawaii, hopefully that might coincide with the planned
55th reunion sometime early next year in Honolulu.

Which reminds me to remind all of you... please drop by for the reunion committee meeting, that's Thursday,
11/13, 6PM at Unity House, for the reunion planning of the our 55th reunion.
Even if you can't be there, please drop a line before or even after the meeting to give suggestions or preferences
for dates, places, venues, activities, etc... for not only Honolulu but elsewhere as well.
I'll pass those on to the reunion committee on Thursday and beyond as they come in.
I believe the committee has a few general dates and venues in mind for not only Honolulu but the mainland as
well, but they do need as much input from all of you as possible.


----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal-khs60
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:34 AM

Harold, Such fun, everyone already enjoying the coming Holiday Season @ Pearl Country Club chowing down
on tasty grinds.
So funny, some of our "townies" got so lost in this Pealridge countryside hunting for PCC. finally finding us.
So delightful seeing everyone.
Dear old friends here's wishing you and yours a fantastic safe Holiday Season & many Blessings in 2015.

Gerri & Jack Digmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Bert Maedo
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: Lava and otherwise

Thank you very much for your concern.
Live on the Kona side of Hawaii Island so we are far from the Pahoa lava flow.
However, my wife's family (sister and aunt) lives in Pahoa so it's a concern as they are in the area where the
lava may consume their homes.

We survived the hurricanes (Iselle and Ana).
We had no damages in the Kona area with both hurricanes.

Thank you for including me in the E-Mails.
Look forward to the "blogs".

-----Original Message-----
From: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Oct 30, 2014 9:27 PM
To: Bert Maedo
Subject: Lava and otherwise

Hi Bert,

Just dropping a line to see if you are OK and not with property near the lava's path.
I've had a few classmates inquire about our Big Island classmates like you and the others there.
Anyway, hope the lava flow is not a problem for you and you are doing well.
Take care and keep in touch.


----- Original Message -----
From: Arline Hirahara Gokan
To: Hal-KHS60
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: 10/24/14

If I recall correctly, there was an Okamura store (tiny place) right on the corner of Paliuli and Kapahulu.
It was run by a husband & wife, who were so very friendly to all the neighborhood kids.
Not far from there was a Chinese restaurant called Fat Lee, where my mother would send us down to with a
pot to pick up some of the best Won-Ton mein.
Kinda miss those simple days, when folks could leave their doors unlocked.


----- Original Message -----
From: Pamela Halford
To: harold oshiro
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 11:09 AM
Subject: RE: 10/24/14

Hi Hal,

Please tell Vernon that my husband is from Canada so I don't think his doctor was a relative although one
never really knows eh? he he he
Please also tell Abu that I'll be sure to have Gerri call him when I come in April so he can come to our get
It'll be so wonderful to see him after all these years.

I can't thank you enough for this blog which keeps us all in touch and makes the world a smaller place.
Thanks to you and Gerri for all the work you do.

Much aloha, Pam

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
reunion committee for definitive 'official' information ( most recent issue dated April 24, 2012 ) .

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