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50 Years - Memories: July '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 the 50th reunions are just around the corner.
Pearl Country Club - Aiea - April 17 or 24, 2010
Main Street Hotel - Las Vegas - tentatively October 10, 2010

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)

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 Kajioka, Alvin Kotake, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata, Bessie Shimabukuro,
Betty Ing, Beverly Davis, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carlos Gouveia, Carl Yasuda, Carol Kunishige, Carole Masuda, Caroline Andrade,
Carolyn Amoy, Carlyn Tom, Charlene Mau, Chester Otani, Clarence Fung, Clifford Ching, Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dave Sato, Dennis Sakaguchi,
Donald Hartzler, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro, Elsie Tanaka, Frances Mise, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, James Mau, Jane Higa,
Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Karen Morisawa, Katherine Mabe, Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro, Lorene Watanabe,
Louise Lung, Lynne Zane, Mae Nakanishi, Manuel Mattos, Martin Buell, Matilda Muraoka, Mel Cabang, Michael Tang, Michael Yamaguchi, Muriel Masumura,
Naomi Kuranoto, Norman Ginoza, Patricia Kiyabu, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe, Ralph Hind, Ralph Yamasaki,
Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Robert Gore, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi, Ronald Higa,
Rosemary DeJesus, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita, Sandra Akiyama, Sandra ishimoto, Sanford Murata, Seda Deguchi, Shirley Tamashiro,
Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi, Thomas Yamada, Timothy Choy, Tony Ballesteros,
Vernon Wong, Violet Chung-Hoon, Vivian Hirahara, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai, Xavier Ching

The following classmates may still be on the 'unable to locate' list :
Wallace Afuso, Edward Akau, John Akeo, Donald Anderson, Douglas Arai, Raymond Au, Mary Bernard, Karen Bertram, Guy Bettencourt, Merilyn Biete,
Parmalee Burke, Henry Ching, Shirley Ching, Tamar Ching, Henry Chow, Ethel Cordeiro, Carol Cypriano, Priscilla Dang, Warren Dias, Sergio Ebalaroza,
Thomassina Fujimoto, Marlene Fujita, Godfred Galacia, Peggy Ginoza, Barbara Jean Gomes, Gary Gomes, Jeanette Hasegawa, Dorothy Hu, Fredina Ishibashi,
Barbara Izutsu, Arlene Jicha, Vernon Kaaiakananu, Roy Kageyama, Mollie Kai, Charles Kam, Helen Kanegushiku, Gary Kashiwamura, Arlene Kauwe, Linda Kawabata,
Pauline Kekahuna, Peter Kekahuna, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Arlene Kiyabu, Naomi Kobayashi, Ronald Kuratsu, Kalani Kuwanoe, Sharon LaTraille, Herbert Lawlawe,
Bernice Lee, Gregory Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Harry Lew, Halford Liu, Frank Lopes, Josephine Lopez, Lorraine Lopez, Albert Lum , Faith Maeda, Eleanor Mateo, Chloe McKeown,
John Michler, Melvin Mishina, Emmaline Mitchell, James Mitchell, Amy Murakami, Diane Nakama, Barbara Nakamura, Nancy Nakatsuka, Barbara Nakayama,
Blanche Nishimura, Marcia Nonomura, Lorraine Okahashi, Jeannie O'Rourke, Frances Pascual, Daphne Payes, Edith Perkins, Stanley Pinho,
Margaret Pludow, Linda Porgatorio, Diane Rapozo, Mollie Rivera, John Rodrigues, Elizabeth Rubio, Paul Santos, Thelma Saxon,
Marilyn Setoda, John Shimabukuro, Joyce Shimabukuro, Kenneth Shimabukuro, Kenneth Shimabukuro, Gail Shirai,
Ronald Silva, Francis Simeona, Albert Siu, Sharlene Smythe, Glenn Sumpaio, Keving Sweeney,
Roy Takamatsu, Lawrence Tamashiro, Milton Tamashiro, Theta Tanimoto, James Texeira,
Karen Thurston, Stanley Toguchi, Kenneth Toma, Lila Marie Valentine, Manuel Vierra,
Calvin White, Andrew Wynne, Mae Yabui, Patricia Yamaguchi, Elaine Ymas,
Richard Yoshikawa, Douglas Yoshimura, Marjorie Yoshioka, Audrey Young, Geralding Young

Hal Oshiro


JULY 2009 POSTS - posts, starting with March, are archived in

July 31, 2009

Nuk, I'm thinking now, you didn't write all of this down back then... you carried a camera around with you...
and by the way, that was 61 wpm... 61... don't embellish/inflate my great accomplishment.
You know, I never heard about 'kill haole day' back then, nor saw any open friction... lots of fights...
but none with overt racial tones... maybe I led a too sheltered life.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 5:36 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories


Looks like there was about four barber shops in near the Waialae - Koko Head intersection.
The one next to Kaimuki theatre, one on Koko Head Ave, one across Queen theatre, and the 12th Ave one.
Remember the barbers lamp sign outside, cylindrical with red, white, and blue spiral stripes?

I doubt anyone in the Palolo area met my mother. She worked in a shop, a plain gray building,
if located over seas, would be called a sweatshop with air conditioning.
They wholesaled to stores like Liberty House, Sears, etc.

Loved those Nehi strawberry, grape and creme sodas; tiny bottles though.

Used to get one of those strawberry freezes (very cold soda and vanilla ice cream mixture)
at the drive in near Campbell and Monsarat, after beaching at Queen's Surf.

There were drape pants, bell bottom pants, and what was the other pants called,
the one that was wide at the knees and narrow at the ankles (guy pants)?
The popular girl pants that I referred to as Capri pants were also called Pedal Pushers,
pants that went just below the knees.

How about "Kill a Haole Day"?
I saw our haole classmate from our 9th grade English class get caught in a fight on the 2nd to the last day of school,
just after school broke for the day.
He and a Hawaiian kid were talking to each other in front of the Typing Classroom,
the one room bldg that stood near the trees just off Kilauea Ave, where our Hal typed 62 words/minute in speed tests,
and Kenneth Harada, 30,000 words/sec.
When they started throwing punches, more Hawaiian kids stepped in to pounce on the haole kid.
He got pummeled badly, tried to get away, and picked up his books to leave.
They continued to punch his head, he dropped his books, held his head and ran. That was his last day at school.

Kress was on the mountain side of Waialae just west of Koko Head Ave. National Dollar was on the Kahala side.
I think it became Ben Franklin prior to our attending KHS from my own reference points.
As I remember, they replaced the Kress name with Ben Franklin outside on the front facia
on that large red band bordered with gold, so it appeared the same.
I think the changes inside was fairly minimal. I remember the fountain pens were near the front right door.
I remember using fountain pens from the 5th grade on until the ball point pen was invented.
Remember those ink bottles? The upper 3rd of the tiny bottle was curved and the bottom was plain cylindrical.
There was also, I'll call well, near the top of the inside that you filled by tipping the bottle.

I hate to admit it but I was a Roller Derby fan and went to the Civic Auditorium when it came around.
Skaters going around a green oval? I'm easily amused. I used to skate on 16th avenue,
it was much smoother there where the rich lived, even had sidewalks there.
Always had to remember to bring the skate key. From 16th Ave, it was a steep street up Kaimuki Ave;
we used to challenged each other to bike up the hill without touching the street with our feet.


July 31, 2009

Now that really made me laugh... thought I was the only one who didn't like having Alice do the haircut...
and yes I did get into those uncomfortable situations a few times and a few regrets also.
I'd sometimes actually check to see if it was crowded or whether only Alice was in at the time, and if so,
come back later that day, or another day if need be, and take my chances then.
Poor lady, she was otherwise real nice and I had pleasant conversations with her... both of them really.
I know she passed away a long time ago but amazed Harold is still there... he must be approaching, or in, his 80s.
But I guess I shouldn't be... we're doing the same with the 70s... can you imagine that ? ! !


----- Original Message -----
From: Ken M
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:27 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 30 / 09 add-on )


I used to cut my hair at Alice's across Tanouyes and the owner was Harold Nakamoto
(Still there) who's wife was Alice (passed away).
Funny thing was most guys went there to get their hair cut by Harold (who gave a much better cut) and not Alice.
It got pretty uncomfortable when there were a lot of guys waiting and no one wanted Alice to cut theirs.
I remember caving in a couple of times and letting her cut mine to ease the situation. Regretted it later...

I remember the Kabe shirts which I think were silk aloha shirts but don't know who made them....
On Saturdays I remember going through my dad's pants hanging in the bathroom and scrounging a quarter
and going to either Kaimuki or Queen theater for the kiddie club matinees for 9 cents (You got the newsreel,
cartoons and one of those "serial" shows like Rocket Man, Superman, or some cowboy shows like Hopalong Cassidy) and such.
After that stopping at Tanouye's for a small saimin for 15 cents and going home with a penny left over.
Wow.... heaven!! good old days.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos Gouveia
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:40 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 30 / 09 add-on )


Kabe .... is right... Japanese silk shirt... it is now a collectors item..
The barbershop across Queen theater was honolulu side from the cross walk.
All the barbers were Filipino men. down from the malt shop , was Nicks shoe shop.
Thats where i got my shoes. My mom worked for a short period at Stewarts Pharmacy ..
she worked at the soda fountain inside of Stewarts.

IN front of the pool hall, was a taxi stand.. then next to the taxi stand.. was a market...
they made the best laulaus..3 for $1... at 9th and waialae... there was a "l and N" burger ..
they made the best barbecue burgers and they had a "crab " mac salad that was real ono..
did anyone mentioned about the first color TV sat in the window , I think of Harrys music shop..
all they showed was a "colored pattern...we would walk by and stared with awe.

enough for today

July 30, 2009

Thanks, now I know... not that I may remember what it looked-felt like... just a vague remembrance.
If you still have it, in good condition, you could probably now add anothe zero to the original purchase price...
'course after 50 yrs...
I personally don't recall rice-feed bags being made of kabe crepe silk.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:53 PM
Subject: Kabe

The "silky" shirts were called kabe shirts. I had one.

July 30, 2009

Betty, if you're asking me directly, you've asked the wrong person to remember long-ago almost forgotten details...
but I think you're correct on locations... I'm sure the others will confirm-correct us on this.
Pearl, never heard of 'Kabe' (was going to say no sabe, but I'll resist)... have a mental image of Andy back then...
but still can't place that term... maybe one of the others can.


----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:57 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 30 / 09 add-on


Was Kress on Waialae across from Koko Head where it deadended at Waialae?
I'm remembering there was a large store there but can't remember the name.
If that was Kress then Aotani Okazuyu & Fountain is where my friends and I would go in
for a cherry coke while we waited for the bus to go down to 10th Avenue.

Hi Clint, would you ask Karen to email me? Think about her a lot, I've been so bad in keeping in touch.

Betty (Violet Chung-Hoon) Townsend

----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl Shimooka Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 30 / 09 add-on

Wasn't the silk shirts call "Kabe". Hey, where's Andy Nakano, he wore them with his bell bottoms.

Crackseed store, Tanouye's Saimin, Ben Franklin, Stewarts Pharmacy, Harry's Music
& 9th Avenue Bakery were my favorite places to hang out.
Couldn't buy, but could browse.

Pearl B. Mori,

July 30, 2009

Yep, do remember the Koko Head barber shop, which I went to in H.S, and the one by Kaimuki Theater,
which I used to go to once in a while after H.S. (I think after the Koko Head shop closed or changed owners)...
was a regular for a couple of decades at Alice's Barber Shop, next to Tanoue's, until the commute got to be too much...
just remember the Alice's shop owner's name as Harold (wonder why I remember) the rest were Mr. Barber.
Trying to remember the barber shop across from Queen's Theater... ??
Ran across an article on old Kaimuki and saw the name 'Pookie's', would that be the name of one of the 'sweets' shops ?
Nuk, silk-screened aloha shirts weren't the norm for me... usually wore the latest rice-feed bag creations : ) ...
your Mom's working at the Palolo shop sounds like a good 'small world' lead-in... anyone remember Nuk's Mom ?
Though I never went in there, I did hear back then about Stanley's involvement with Bea's... 'oh the irony' story: Stanley
and his 1st wife, my wife's good friend, dropped by for dinner and small talk one evening a long time ago... serving dessert,
Stanley mentioned he was really not into desserts but accepted anyway... took one bite and wanted to know what kind of pie
it was... told not a pie but cheesecake he immediately spat it out into his plate... said he just couldn't stand cheese...
couldn't believe years later when told that he worked at a bakery... and probably made cheesecake too.
What was the name of the Malt Shop where Big City is now ? Used to go there for the great root beer floats or a green river drink.
My older sister worked there for a short while back then... if that's the same shop I'm thinking of.
Tanoue's, arguably the best saimin at the time, was my also my favorite, from H.S. 'til I moved from the town area a few years later.
Here are more links to articles on (relatively) old Kaimuki:
Sadly, some of those (relatively new to us) places above are also already gone or being lost.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:04 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion

Do you remember his name?

I misspoke when I said "cracked seed shop" which is causing confusion; it's was more of a magazine kiosk, that sold seeds,
junk food, soft drinks, and even those mentioned red coconut balls. The woman wore glasses and an apron. I see pink.
There may have been a small cracked seed shop in the 50s in Kaimuki but I just don't remember it right now.
I had a nice camera and I never thought of taking pictures of all those Kaimuki stores at that time.

I made a time machine. I'm quite impressed with the memories of the other classmates with their knowledge of Kaimuki town;
sure beats what I offered.
I'm learning more than remembering, not that I'll remember this new information as my brain pretty much sucks these days.
Anyway Hal, if you have any questions, I can always goggle my stone tablets and let you know the answer in the next 50 years.

If I have my orientation right, there was a McInerny's store next to National Dollar, that sold high end women's clothing.
One of my aunts worked there. I don't remember the stores to the right of it, toward K. Theatre.
My mother worked in Palolo in a shop as a seamstress for a Japanese artist who designed the prints and cut the silk-screens.
So it's very possible if any of the classmates wore one of those silk-screen printed Aloha shirts, there is a chance she sewed it together.

Robert Nukushina

----- Original Message -----
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:06 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 29 / 09 add-on

Oh yeah, just remembered, I think the saimin stand was Tanouy's - daugher's name was Jean -
could buy saimin for 15 cents and a barbecue stick for 10 cents = 25 cents got you a whole meal.

----- Original Message -----
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:57 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 29 / 09 add-on

Aotani Okazuya & Fountain was next to Kress - Clarence Shibuya's sister Ruth used to work the fountain after school
so we would go there and she made us those great Vanilla Cokes and Ice Cream Sodas -
sometime we had to share cuz not everyone had the extra $$ after school -
expecially if you stopped at Wiki Burger at Market City for French Fries -
and down the block where Big City Diner is now was a Malt Shop with a juke box -
Karen Fukuji taught me to dance in that little shop,
Edwina Ahn

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos Gouveia
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:07 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 29 / 09 add-on

there was 2 barber shops in Kaimuki. One was across queen theater, and the other was next to Kaimuki theater.
That one was run by One of our classmates father ...classmate is George Fuiyama(spelling?)

the big treat for us.. was the saimin stand across kaimuki park...that was the best!!!

oh got to go now!

----- Original Message -----
From: clinton chung
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 29 / 09 add-on


The barber shop on Koko Head ave. was owned and operated by Mr. Furuyama & wife.
He was always sending money to help his family back Japan, his oldest son John a '59 Kaimuki High grad was my best man.
Mr Furuyama also owned the Kaimuki Post office Bldg.

Bea's Bakery, do you know that Stanley Toguchi married her daughter and also ended up working at the bakery.
Also, Tracey Toguchi is his second daughter, she's in the entertainment business, his oldest daughter worked at the counter at the bakery.

Spark you later, Clint

July 29, 2009

That was the only barber I went to in high school... when I did finally have to have a haircut... went a long time between.
I think I'm now slowly remembering that cracked seed shop a little better with your description.
Nuk... 'fess up... you wrote all of this down back then, didn't you... no way could you just remember these details.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 5:15 AM
Subject: Memories - Kaimuki

There was also a Japanese male barber that was very popular with the school kids in Kaimuki on 12th Ave.
He was always busy with four/five guys waiting to get haircuts and worked 12-hour days practically nonstop.
I had no idea when he ate, maybe Sunday. He did box cuts when it became popular.
He used to go back to Japan about once a year and he just closed his shop.
Back then, most barbers were female unlike where I lived in California; no such animal as a female barber.
The "cracked seed" shop I was referring to wasn't really the conventional cracked seed shop.
The lady had a rack display that had those yellow labeled Yick Lung cellophane packages of the various types of seeds,
dried squid/abalone, plus potato chips, etc. She a soft drink chest refrigerator out front that you lifted the top and reached in for a drink.
The size of her shop was maybe 9X9, very tiny, like those stores in Japan.
She sold a lot of magazines and newspapers, and later, adult magazines.
To the left of Ben F. I think there was an okazuya deli take out and soda fountain.
I liked their manapua that was thick with pork and garlic/green onion stuffing. I also like their Chow Fun.
I left the islands in 1965 so it all seems vague today about what I remember about Kaimuki town.
I busted my gut trying to remember when the trolley cars ended; I'm thinking when I was in the 5th, 6th or 7th grades.
Moriyama, the first day I worked as a bag boy, I tried to give back the tip to the first person who tipped me.
I told him I was already being paid. LOL As poor as I was, I must have been very comfortable without money.
There weren't that many big shoppers and most carried out their own bags. I just don't remember making much on tips;
might be because I may have given it to my parents. I did remember the quarter tippers though.

Other memories of younger days. When Love's bread changed their recipe from real bread to foam bread. Playing with milk covers.
The whole dried abalone hockey puck. Gooseneck handlebars with streamers on the handles on your bike.
Playing with tops and installing long nails for top fighting, sometimes splitting your own as a result.
The Duncan yo-yo guy who came around once a year. Samurai movies with Kinnosuke Nakamura, Toshiro Mifune, Hashizo Okawa,
and others at the Kokusai Theatre. Making bombs New Year's Day with used unpopped firecrackers and Roman candle sticks.
Playing "Freeze man, no melt!". Not carrying pork over the Pali after midnight. Early morning delivery of milk in glass bottles.
The annual Christmas parade when Santa threw out candy, salt water taffy was it? Time For Beany on TV.
My grandma teaching me to roll her cigarettes for her when I was four or five years old; geezus.

Robert Nukushina

July 28, 2009

That's right ! National Dollar was there... couldn't remember where it was... Edwina, you answered my question: if Kress
was still there during our H.S. days... must be if you went there after working at the cannery... still trying to picture
exactly where Happy Days and Kalei are... guess I've got to visit the ol' stomping grounds more often.
Memory must still be hanging in there though, remember you and Rowena from way back.


----- Original Message -----
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 28 / 09 add-on )

There was a National Dollar Store there on the corner where the Goodwill Store sits now, if I remember correctly,
Kress was where the Toys N Joys is and after that it became Ben Franklin.
Used to go to Kress - loved their candy counter - had the best Red Coconut Balls, Coconut Brittle,
Cigar Candy and that wonder Chestnut Candy that is no longer around.
Used to stop there (on pay days) after working at the cannery and treat myself to the goodies. $0.25 bought me some ono snacks.
My Mom loved the fresh Cashews and Kress would sell it so fresh & hot.
Dorthea's family owned a little grocery/vegetable stand down where Happy Days chinese restaurant is now
and later moved to the top of the hill where Kalei Eggs is.
Edwina Ahn

July 28, 2009

Betty, really wasn't looking for her blog, stumbled across it checking on the Bea's Pies info that I was trying to remember...
Caught my eye right away... great shots... stuff I wouldn't try myself though... never know when another 'Mr Tam' might show.
By the way, the link doesn't work any more and I didn't see that particular blog when I checked her site a while ago.
As I mentioned previously, haven't a clue on those food places... not even a mental image... but the cherry coke... whoa...
now that's something I can taste even now... chocolate coke... lemon coke... green river... funny, I don't drink even regular coke now.


----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:44 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 28 / 09 add-on )

Hi Hal,

The pictures/blog you reference is my blogger friend Jalna. There's probably a comment from me on that particular post of hers.
How did you find her blog? When we were at Kaimuki Intermediate, the bus would let us off on Koko Head in front of a school, I think.
We would walk across Waialae to catch the bus to go down to 10th Avenue to catch another bus to go to Palolo Valley and home.
There was a saimin stand/soda fountain/restaurant right where we waited for the bus.
Does anyone remember that and what was it called. I think it's been closed for years now.
Reading all these stories of Kaimuki got me thinking about that place.
We would go in there and get a cherry coke and cone sushi while we waited for the bus.

Betty (Violet) Chung-Hoon

July 28, 2009

Wasn't the Kress Store still around up until our H.S. days ? Kinda remember when Ben Franklin took over about then.
The shoe repair shop is still there with the Tams - Gordon and his son - still running it.
Never knew that about Dorothea, just remember Geraldine Okumura's family-run dry-cleaning shop on Koko Head Ave.
Here's a look at the area as it looks now: .
I guess she must've caught Gordon on a bad morning... trying to remember what was where in the pics...
before the Goodwill Store there was a Rattan store and before that... ?
How many can remember all the 'before' places that were replaced by those now seen in the pics ?
Another bit of trivia: there was a Bea's Pies & Deli in the area up until a few years ago... our classmate Stanley Toguchi
operated the bakery with his wife... their daughter Traci was Miss Hawaii in the mid-90s.


----- Original Message -----
From: agokan
To: "Hal"
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 27 / 09 add-on )

I remember the old trolleys and the old saimin stand that was on Kokohead Ave.,
near the taxi stand and the cost of a bowl of saimin was only a quarter and a stick of BBQ meat was ten cents.
Before Ben Franklin, there was Kress.
Where now stands the 12th Ave Grill, used to be a pool hall that Franklin Tam's parents owned.
The shoe repair shop, where Gordon Tam's dad ran.
Dot Yamamoto's folks ran a little grocery store on the corner of Waialae & Kokohead, next to a flower shop.
Remember Stewart's Pharmacy? many memories.
Fort Ruger Market used to sell a whole dried squid for 5 cents and would let you return empty bottles for some loose change.
Queen Theater used to have art contests for the kids on weekends.

Am so glad that I get to see this site and recapture the "Good Ole Days".
8/21 at Ige's sounds good.........Look forward to more memories.

Arline Hirahara Gokan

July 28, 2009

Thanks Bing, gave me a chuckle, listening to that bell... can't remember where-when but definitely remember it...
no Slug, don't think it was in your current hometown area... small-kid-time memory.
Obviously most of the photos on the website pre-date us, yet somehow look so familiar.



----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:05 AM
Subject: RE: About the Honolulu Trolleys

I just ordered the following book and will let you know when it stopped if it is in the book.

Speaking of memories, click onto the following website and listen to a recording of the trolley bell.

July 28, 2009

Wait.. wait... memory overload... Nuk, my head is swirling with all these sudden different mental images.
Remembering almost everything mentioned... but somehow have just a vague memory of the 'cracked seed' store
proprietor, the soda fountain and the 'burger joint'.
Let's see... only thing I can remember besides boiled peanuts were newspapers being sold.
I know when a couple of classmates, whose initials are Noel C. and Sam K. , tried selling sweet bread...
for their own 'private' fund-raising... cases of bread loaves lay around for days-weeks.
Kenneth Harada, as I was told then, had one of the fastest pair of hands... likely due to his boxing skills-training.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: halinhi
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:53 AM
Subject: Memories


I rode the electric trolleys a few times. The terminal point for the trolleys in Kaimuki was at Waialae and Koko Head Avenues.
Hawaii converted to diesel buses about the mid 50s, maybe as early as 1953, well before we attended KHS.
I didn't like the diesel smell but the number of bus routes expanded, which included a stop in front of our house on 18th avenue.
I only heard stories of the ghost at Waialae DI.
The story I heard; it was a Japanese woman who appeared in the mirror in lady's room,
combing her long hair in front of her face; probably one of many variations.
The "cracked seed" store I remember was a very tiny store at the corner where Ben F. was. It was run by a chubby Chinese woman.
Across the street almost at the corner, facing Kokohead Ave, was a fountain that sold saimin and tempura.
I remember buying their "sweet potato" cooked in a golden batter, 2 for nickel, very tasty and popular.
Later, that fountain closed and expanded to take up the whole corner and installed one of those new fangled mass production burger cookers.
Some of the male seniors would go there after school to look at the junior girls; there was a long mirror behind the fountain counter.
Okay, what was sold in front of Honolulu Stadium when they held football games, besides bags of boiled peanuts?
I remember the garbage man who owned a pig farm and came around every few days to collect garbage that was disposed in tin five gallon cans.
How about the Six O'clock Movies on Channel 2 that had a theme song that I don't know.
Remember the Academy of Arts series on TV hosted by an elderly haole woman with long white hair?
It was a very good series. The theme song for that show was the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Ninth.
How about those fund raising sales by the students clubs, sweetbread, and shoyu peanuts?
Remember white wall tires, spinner hubcaps, and those after market steering wheel knobs?
Remember taking those series of aptitude tests toward the end of the senior year and discussing those results with an advisor?
It also included a manual dexterity test. One of the tests was putting a series of pegs in holes using both hands
and while most of us were averaging about ten seconds, Kenneth Harada consistently did it in seven seconds.

Robert Nukushina

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Moriyama
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 9:41 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 27 / 09 add-on )

Being a Palolo kid, I can't recall Keanu Street connecting up to Sierra Drive, but I do recall taking the short cut to go to Queen or Kaimuki theatre.
I saw the gate Jean mentioned some years back and believe it is located just where there is a bend in Sierra Drive.
Being the adventurous type, we also walked from Palolo to the Tank just to go swimming. Of course, the way back was always ..longer.
Missed spending some quality time with the classmates since I too, had to split early.
In the last fifties, we moved from Palolo to Kuliouou Valley.
As I recall, there were two buses going that way; one that went straight to Aina Haina and the other was Koko Head that started from Kaimuki.
The transfer point to Koko Head was at the Aina Haina Elementary School across from Foodland where I worked as a bag boy for some time.
Nuk, of course, we worked for tips. Some gave a dime, some fifteen cents, and luckily a quarter.
There was one big spender that drove a Cadillac that gave a dollar tip. He normally purchased two to three shopping carts of groceries.
To be a good bag boy we tried to finish packaging the groceries by the time the cashier finished collecting the money and giving the change.


July 27, 2009

On to the subject of get-togethers: Friday, August 21st is a holiday... statehood... maybe around then ?
Only event of relevant (entertainment) significance that evening is the Coasters/Platters/Drifters show at the Convention Center.
May be too crowded because of a preceding conference... also expensive - $50 ( appropriate number for the occasion ).
There's still Ige's Friday evening with their Flashback Fridays featuring a lot of that music... and $50, shared around,
buys a lot of pupu at Ige's... well, maybe a little bit more than $50... still cheaper... though there may be a cover charge on Friday.
And there's always Thursday, Saturday and other places on Sunday ( Ige's closed Sundays ) for that long weekend... Kahala Mall...
Ala Moana Center... PearlRidge Mall... anywhere big enough, convenient... thoughts-ideas anyone ?


July 27, 2009

I remember kid-time never 'seeing' that non-face but always looking around the whole bathroom... just in case...
the whole time I was in there... didn't matter if that was suppose to happen only in the women's bathroom.

Wow. That's right, forgot about that... how many remember the electric trolleys... the long pole 'tails' arcing with sparks
every once in a while... the driver having to manually reset the pole when it bounced off the overhead line.
Anyone remember when they ended the electric trolleys ? Vague memory of just the gas buses coming and going from KHS.

Some of the Koko Head people would drop off about where Hawaii Kai Drive and Lunalilo Home Rd intersect and walk...
over the hill to where the Kalama Valley subdivision is now... seems long now but try it at night w/o street lights, etc back then.
Which brings to mind some of the 'roads' in the old upper Koko Head area - now Mariners Valley... they didn't have street lights
back then also, nor paving... just crushed coral 1-lane 'roads' borderd by eye-level brush... the guys would sometimes drive...
at night... w/o headlights or moonlight... just instinct and memory... just for the fun of it... took the ride once or twice... never again.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos Gouveia
To: hal
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 8:32 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 25 / 09 add-on )

Good morning from Waimea , HI

Waialae Drive in was built on a graveyard. they supposedly moved the graves before construction of the drive in.... but.....
remember the "faceless ghost" that appeared in the women' s bathroom?

For those of us , that lived in Kokohead.... we had to have 2 bus fares , to ride the bus... "gas bus" took "zone " tickets,
from kokohead to the terminal and the "trolly" took another fare that got us close to school.

Many times if we mised the gas bus home, we ran across the steet, and hitched hiked home.

Some of the things that i remember.... the bus drivers ....Mr Silva.... Mr Pickadori(spelling?)
They would look up the streets at kokohead and kouliuo(spelling ?) and if they saw some one walking to catch the bus...
they would wait....never in a hurry...... and some of our streets... Papio, Weke, opelo , was about half a mile long ...

Back to Kaimuki.... remember that "crack seed " store , right next to Ben Franklin store?
I would have to "collect" soda bottles, and save 50 cents and would buy "dry abalone". Ohhhh , so ono!!!!

great memories


July 27, 2009

OK Ken, I'll take your word for it.... actually, depended on memory of small-kid days at Kaimuki YMCA...
when it was on 10th Ave... we'd walk past what looked like a street back then...
and what still looks like a street on the maps today.
Jean, how come you nevah walk up Keanu St. ? Looks, today, like it would have been an easier route.


----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Morimoto
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 1:49 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 25 / 09 add-on )

Howzit Hal,

Nope, no street between Kaau and Keanu streets.
There was a trail up from the top of Kaau to Sierra drive and you could go up Sierra to Center Street
(where I think the Kobayashi's lived) and right down to Queen theater.
Keanu Street actually did and does wind up to Sierra Drive.
The fence and gate that Jeannie is talking about is right next to Keanu and leads down into an old Quarry
where the Water Supply now stores their equipt.
There used to be a trail there also that you could climb up to Sierra but very steep.....

black {A lolo from Palolo [GOD'S COUNTRY]}

July 27, 2009

Different strokes..... as one of Jake's (older) contemporaries said: 'Jake doesn't strum the uke, he attacks it'.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:39 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 25 / 09 add-on )

In a message dated 7/25/2009 7:25:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time, hal writes:
If Mel played anything close to this... I really missed out, rushing home to chores after school.
Cabang's style was completely different.
There's much more picking of the notes than strumming but integrated with strumming at the appropriate moments.
He had a fast tempo and his notes were crystal clear. I just prefer Cabang's style over Jake's. I'm just not a Jake fan.
I prefer listening to 5-string banjo music to the 4-string banjo, so I'm prejudice that way.
Anyway, the last time I heard Cabang play, he was doing Sousa's march music. Robert Nukushina


July 24, 2009

That was the one... Waialae Drive-In Theater.

There's a dead-end street from 10th Ave between Kaau and Keanu heading up... way up... just short of Sierra Drive.
Sierra Drive would then take you down to Waialae Ave, just a block away from Queen Theater... possibly the route you took.
Boy, you Palolo people sure had to walk a lot too yeah... thought it was only us guys out past Waialae... beyond the bus terminal.
That's the bus terminal where the city buses would end and the county buses took over... Joe Fat's and the shave ice stand were there.
Yes there was bus service to Koko Head, but if you missed a bus, sometimes it was faster to just walk, up to... say, the Aina Haina area.
During our Intermediate days, some of the Koko Head guys would walk all the way to Waialae then catch a bus back...
used the saved bus fare for some ono grinds... and you thought you Palolo guys had a lock on the 'lolo' part of Palolo.

From Koko Head to Moilili, Mauka to Makai, the KHS '60 geo-social center seemed to be... ohh... around Waialae & Koko Head Avenues or so...
anyone have a differing opinion ? Biased... like mine... OK.


----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 7:10 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 22 / 09 add-on ) AND DATE CORRECTION

Hi Hal: I remember a Piggly Wiggly Market near basketball courts.
Later, I remember a Chinese restaurant there and then a fabric store. I think it was closer to 10th Avenue.
Where was Waialae Theater? Was that the drive-in?
I remember walking with the neighborhood kids from Mahana Street to Queen Theater.
We climbed a trail up the side of the mountain to a street coming down the mountain. Is there a Lurline Drive?
Anyway, I remember driving down 10th Avenue and looking at the trail that now has a 12 foot high chain link fence and maybe a gate.
I couldn't believe our parents allowed us to walk so far and climb so high to go to a movie
after we sold our cases of empty soda bottles to the market for 25 cents each.

July 24, 2009

Hey, forgot all about the Admin theater... definitely fell asleep often in there.
Sudden thot... maybe that's why boys didn't usually sit next to the girls... cafeteria and what not... darn crinolines.
If Mel played anything close to this... I really missed out, rushing home to chores after school.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 6:48 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 24 / 09 add-on )

I can still remember a lot for some reason but since I didn't spend that much time in school, much of it doesn't apply to the school memories.
In general I remember, wearing white bucks shoes, and Oxfords (black and white, with black crepe soles),
pants called 'drapes' at KIS, Aloha Shirts that had a design on the right side, and a small similar print on the pocket on the left,
massive crinoline skirts (which I didn't wear, honest), Capri pants which were popular with the girls at that time,
the hot screening room above the KHS admin. office, where we viewed history movies,
or mandatory stuff from admin, movies that you can sleep to.
I also remember those magical moments when Mel Cabang would come out at the end of the school day
to the front of the school with his ukulele and play for anyone who wanted to listen.
My favorite was his rendition of 'Star and Stripes for Ever'. It sounded like a whole orchestra coming out of a small instrument.
I had no idea a ukulele could sound so good. Truly Magical!
I also remember Jean Nakamura from ninth grade English class; she does floors and cooks breakfast daily?
What's not to love you Japanese guys? She was the same height as I was at that time but she looked taller.
It took me a long time to figure that one out. She gave a speech in class extemporaneously which was very humorous.
I was thinking, wow classmates, if you think THAT was good, wait till you hearing Harold's speech (remembering his 6th grade speech).
Harold, you disappointed me, it was a serious one. >>>>
We had two bag boys at Piggly, with others stepping in when very busy.
Our first priority was bagging groceries and carrying it out to the cars for the customers, sometimes to their homes if nearby.
Tipping wasn't expected and not many people tipped. Okay, Carole M. was one of those big tippers, I admit.
I could also understand why she was so popular; she was always smiling, sort Mona Lisa like, but better ;).
With a good tip, the next day I had one of those classic lunches at the school cafeteria and spent the rest of the day trying to stay awake.
Yep, I didn't have money either. Robert Nukushina

July 23, 2009

Carole cannot remember a lot... like, we wuz/iz calabash... long story.

But that is the hope and intention with these email 'news' posts... getting to remember and know each other again...
and having all this carry over to the reunions.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Eto
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 7:22 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 23 / 09 add-on )

I enjoy reading all the email because I learn a lot about everyone and everything.
I cannot remember a lot but I remember the name Piggly Wiggly store.
I WAS a big tipper, Robert. Ha! Ha!
I didn't have any money and didn't know about tipping.
By the time we get together next year, we will all know each other.

Carole Masuda

July 23, 2009

Wow, the stuff you learn you nevah knew back then !
Carlos, I know you barely remember me... 'da face kinda familiar'... but I remember you well.
That's from living in the Koko Head area for 5yrs and seeing you and those others mentioned.
I lived in a house-farm that my father purchased from the Silvas... one of the sons, Paul, is our age.
That house was right next to the house where Mel Lloyd's girl-friend ( and future wife ) lived.
She was the sister of one of our classmates: Geraldine Perreira - any idea what happened to her ?

Before Koko Head ( as I explained to Roger Kobayashi, everyone who lived in that area called it that ),
we lived in Waialae... no, not one of those multi-million $ homes - they weren't there yet.
It was also a house-farm almost exactly where the Kalani H.S. tennis courts are today.
So i vividly remember the 'Porky Pig Club', the cartoons, the 'chapta' movies, the sing-alongs
with the bouncing ball on the words on the screen, and the big Halloween costume contests.
And yes, the Christmas parades were THE big thing in Kaimuki, rivaling even downtown.

I do remember Ronald, as we all called him back then in our Intermediate days... one of the nicest guys...
remembered me instantly as I did him, even years later, running into him at a job site.


----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos Gouveia
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 6:31 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 7 / 23 / 09 add-on )


Thanks for including me in your emails... Having a great time reading them.
I am one of those that "transferred" from a Private school. Yes... transferred not flunked out.
IN fact.. my friends thought I was nuts to leave Maryknoll to go to Kaimuki.
I grew up in Kaimuki , early years, at 8th ave. and Waialae. I lived in a small house behind a store. Palolo side of Waialae.
When I was 6 years old... from my bedroom window, I watched St. Patricks school burn down!!!
Kaimuki was a great town. I remember the great Xmas parade they had every year!
Kaimuki park was the center of town and had a lot of activities.
Remember PHIL...he was the Park director... when he was not seen at the park... he was at Kaneohe Mental Hospital....
Who can forget the great "soda fountain" next to the Barber shop. how about Sat mornings..
queen theater and kaimuki theater.(porky pig club). 9 cents got you in. cowboy movies, chapters, and cartoons.
then for the birthday kids , musical chairs on the stage.... Birthday cake for the winner!!!

We later moved to "koko head". I grew up with Mel Cabang, Paul Texeria, Mel and Harry LLoyd, Nathan Chong,
It was Mel and Harry that in courage me to attend Kaimuki. I was planning to play football since Maryknoll didn' t have football.
But ... a personal responsibility kept me from playing... it broked my heart..

I did have a lot of fun at Kaimuki High. Made a lot of friends. I was in a club... remember the "crowns".
Later known as the "clowns". Now that was a club.. it was made up of athletes, cheer leader (Noel ), and just fun guys.

Being Portugues , I can go on and on..... but for now... lets just say...
"thanks for the memories"

Carlos Gouveia... (yes.., Leonard "Ronald Gouveia", is/was my cousin)


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