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51 Years - Memories: June '11

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error, if so, please inform me to be removed from the list

If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below...
well, that's what yearbooks and reunions are for :
( KHS '60 & '61 reunion pics )

Please pass this email on to other classmates.
I'd like to keep this going, adding their responses to this list or one of yours...
as a reminder that hopefully for all of us, we have many years ahead to reunite again.

Hal Oshiro

Below are a few of the classmates believed to have been receiving the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.
Alvin HIrokane,Alvin Kajioka,Alvin Kotake,Alvin Shimokawa,Amy Higashi,Amy Morioka,Amy Murakami,
Amy Nakashima,Andra Dean,Andrew Nakano,Ann Miyamoto,Ardel Honda,Arlene Yamagata,Arline Hirahara

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Tsukamoto,George Takamiya,Geraldine Barcenas

Irene Rocha

Jane Mock,Jean Nakamura,June Yanazawa

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

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

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

Naomi Kuramoto,Norman Ginoza
Pamela Machida,Patricia Kiyabu,Patricia Yamaguchi,Paul Kimura,Paul Texeira,Pearl Chun,Pearl Shimooka,
Phyliss Tanabe

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

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

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

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

Wade Morikone,Wayne Kanai,Wayne Yamasaki

Xavier Ching,Xavier Ikei

Yolinda Agaria,Yvonne Tachino
JUNE 2011 POSTS - posts, starting with March 2009, are archived in:

June 30, 2011

Senioritis may be setting in for most of his senses, but Roger's eyesight still appears to be great... the below
spotted by him in the local news... good spot and great article on Tony.

Enjoyed your cruise 'report' Roy... too bad about Tracy Arms, it is spectacular when the weather cooperates.
Too bad also, that you weren't able to meet up with Jean and Boyd.
We did the 'dress up' thing too on our first cruise... and the same thing happened to us also... ties came off,
shirts unbuttoned a little... shoes stayed on though... actually one of our party had forgotten his suit and just
wore his nicest aloha shirt the first night... of course, that meant aloha shirts for all the guys the second night...
no one seemed to mind, even though there were formal suits available for rent.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:42 AM
Subject: Fwd: Former HPD detective Tony Gonzalez


Uncle Tomís Gabbiní

By Tom Moffatt

ANUHEAĎS "SUMMER OF LOVE" tour is ... ...

Former HPD detective Tony Gonzalez has written an intriguing book about one of the most famous crimes in
Honolulu history: the 1963 slayings of officers Andrew R. Morales and Abraham Mahiko in Kakaíako.
The book is titled Collision Course and can be ordered online at
Fun Fact: Gonzalez was a football and track star at Kaimuki High school, and after graduating in 1961 he
accepted a football scholarship to what is now Boise state university.
He was named the HPD Policeman of the Year in 1973.

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:41 AM
Subject: Alaskan Cruise


The cruise was fine, but I can't make comparisons as this was my first cruise, unlike cruisers Chester and Bob (Nuk).

I was disappointed in that Tracy Arms was socked in by fog and rain, but we were able cruise "through" it.
My whole purpose for the cruise was to photograph Tracy Arms.
I will have to do another cruise.
We met a nice couple who were our dinner mates.
Lori is an artist with a MFA degree and her husband, Larry, is also an artist who works with wood.
We hit it off on the first night.
Dressing up was "fun", but I think it's more for the women.
Larry and I took of our ties off as soon as we noticed other guys wore no ties.
Most were dressed casual; not formal.
Amazingly, I still fit in my clothes.
Men are lucky; our clothes don't go out of style.
Ketchikan was, as usual, rainy and wet, but we did get to visit the Saxman Native Village.
Unfortunately, it's like the Polynesian Cultural Center; very commercial.
Watching the totem carvers was interesting and educational.
"Walking" the town with an umbrella made taking photos difficult.
Most of the photos were a bust, including the ones through Tracy Arms.
Got some floating glaciers, but no calving.
As we headed north, the weather started to clear.
Juneau was nice; overcast and cold, but clear.
The Mendenhall Glacier was amazing and the waterfall was awesome.
The blue color in the glacier was intriguing.
The mammoth size of the glacier and waterfall was awesome.
The town was a delight and Jo visited a shop that sold those Russian dolls that fit into each other.
Skagway was the best; a small sleepy town with old architecture.
Lots of back lots with interesting things to see.
The White Pass train ride was fantastic!
It's the only way to see the mountain ranges and valleys, besides walking.
All-in-all, a wonderful experience and I'd do it again.
I took my Sony R1 and Panasonic ZS5, which proved to be an excellent camera for traveling.
We weren't able to meet Jean and Boyd.
We got back to the ship around 4 PM and it left at 5 for Victoria.
We did not get off since we've been to Victoria several times.
Jo lives in Port Angeles and we take the ferry and spend a day or three to visit the town and Buchart Gardens and
the Butterfly Farm.
I always stop at the Bug Zoo; an amazing place.
Even got to handle a tarantula.
I took about 2800 photos in all and kept about 100.
America is beautiful!
I hope we keep it so.

"Everyday wasted is one less day lived."

Roy Okano  

June 22, 2011

Hi June... now you've got me envious... I've never been to the Hakone area, but also heard it's beautiful.
Hope there were a lot of tourists as Japan could sure use the infusion to their economy.

Great ideas, Sandy... I like the hospitality room sign-up idea, impromptu or otherwise... could also use the reunion
newsletters and the blog to set up participation in activities other than a banquet.

On Wednesday, June 15, the reunion committee met and discussed the various ideas for the 2012 reunion to
celebrate our 70th birthday... it will be for most of us anyway.
A couple of suggested venues were added to the list should the reunion be held in Hawaii... which would be more
than likely as it seems there was a strong preference by surveyed classmates for two events, much as in 2010...
these were the Hawaii Okinawa Center and the Willows Restaurant.
No definite venues for the other location/event were discussed at the time.
For those unfamiliar with these two venues, here are links to their websites :

And links for the previously listed and apparently also highly considered venues :

Mahalo to those who have submitted their thoughts on the previous survey, but the committee also needs the input
from the rest of the classmates.

Below is the link to the 6/22 revised/updated online survey with omissions and additions that reflect current
preferences :

No shame... no hold back... let the committee know what you think... and please encourage other classmates to
do the same.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: June Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: 6/13/11

Hello Everybody,

Just got back from Japan where my husband attended his 55th Middle School reunion with 32 other classmates.
Steve has gone to a lot of KHS reunions with me but this is the first time heís attended one of his own.
We took a three day bus trip around Hakone.
During the days, we toured temples and a glass museum, climbed up the side of a volcano, and took in the
beautiful scenery.
On each of the two nights, we started out with dinner and drinks at the hotel, then went to another room for
karaoke and drinking, and ended up at the hotel bar for more drinking at midnight.
As you can tell, the Japanese love to drink!
I had a great time even though Iím not a classmate, canít sing karaoke (canít sing at all period!), and only drink
water and juice!
By the end of the trip, everyone had a chance to talk to everyone else and catch up on 55 years worth of history.
And everyone also got to know the "American" wife!
They were very surprised because 1) I donít have blond hair and blue eyes, and 2) I speak some Japanese.

I am really looking forward to seeing you all next year at where ever we get together!

June Yanazawa Kobayashi  

----- Original Message -----
From: Sandra Akiyama Fasone
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:17 AM
Subject: RE: Blog, survey and other minutiae

Hi Hal,

Please also encourage classmates to continue to send in their suggestions.
I think too, we need some statistics from last yearís event, i.e. of attendees to LV, what percentage chose an
extracurricular activity like a show, etc.
It could be that people just donít want a great deal of events.
If participation was low, we could cut down on the events and suggest, say, a carload of people to a show or
shopping or visiting a place of interest and splitting the cost.
Could also do small groups for dinner, etc.
Hereís where a hospitality room would be great for impromptu sign ups.

Thanks for your efforts,
June 13, 2011

Last chance to submit your comments/suggestions/votes to help guide the reunion committee in their selections
and decisions... give a voice to your opinions... as the local political community would say 'no vote, no
grumble' ; )
My personal preferences ? (which shouldn't influence yours in any way)
Multiple venues would be nice with the two primary ones being Hawaii and the other somewhere geographically
convenient and suitable for the majority of the attending classmates... Las Vegas or similar would be a good fit...
having tours, picnics and other similar group activities would be great for additional interaction... last year's
round the island bus tour worked well as a pre-mixer and ice-breaker leading up to the banquet... scheduling the
primary venues at different ends of the calendar also probably greatly helped classmates planning to attend one
or the other or both.

Going through some old stuff while doing some Spring cleaning... OK, so Spring is pretty much gone and Summer
is already here, I'm a procrastinator... I came across a reunion group photo that I completely forgot I had... the
1980 20th reunion at the Honolulu Country Club in Salt Lake... I'll be posting that photo on the Pbase site and
would appreciate any help in ID corrections... there was an included list of classmates who were in the photo that
I found had a few errors in indentifications... must say, after twenty years from high school, all the women in the
photo were looking exceptionally attractive... must also say, after twenty years from high school, most of all the
guys were, how should I put it, looking like a little less than the stud-like group of men they probably looked like
a decade previous to this reunion... yeah, yeah, I know, probably a lot less... and OK, myself included.
Almost forgot... here's the link to the photo :


June 9, 2010

Received the update email below for the WIS '57 reunion... here are the links to the newsletter and registration form,
both downloadable and/or printable from the site : ( NO LONGER AVAILABLE )
( newsletter and registration form in pdf format ) ( NO LONGER AVAILABLE )
( registration form in doc format )

The KHS '60 70th B'day Reunion committee will be meeting next Wednesday, 6/15/11... please fill out the revised
survey form if you haven't done so or would like to revise or add to what you've already submitted... let the
committee know the what, when, where and how for the reunion that you really would like to see... or drop by at
the meeting, 6PM, Unity House.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: Merle Kaya Higa
To: Hal Oshiro ; Amy (Nakashima) Kashiwai
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 7:57 PM
Subject: WIS '57 Class Reunion

Hi Hal and Amy,

Attached is our WIS í57 Reunion Newsletter No. 2.
We would appreciate it if you would post this and the revised registration form on to the KHS website as you did for
us in March.
Hopefully, weíll have more responses now that the date of our event is closer and our friends should be able to make
a decision, one way or the other.

Thanks again for all you are doing to help us get the word out.


June 1, 2011

Good to see you back... we were getting worried, not hearing from you in a while.
I have my guess as to what school you're referring to, but I'll probably be wrong so I won't be posting what my guess is...
K.H.S. are it's initials... no, no, not Kaimuki... you did say 'the state' : )

The classmate who brought up the introductory mike time at our 2005 tea house reunion gave some good points... really
think that would go a long way in helping to encourage interaction between classmates who wouldn't have done so
otherwise... only problem I saw then was when introductions got about half-way or so, most of the classmates were at
the buffet line and facing away from the introduced classmate... and of course, by then chatting away and focusing on
the food before them.
I've redone the survey form to reflect what have been the more popular choices and options so far... would have preferred
waiting until there were more reponses, but I believe the reunion committee would probably want those choices/options
narrowed down further and sooner than later before the next meeting on Wednesday, June 15... just two weeks away.
There has been a response by about two and a half dozen classmates so far to the survey... hopefully there'll be a lot more
before the next meeting, but still much more representative of the classmates then just relying on a handful of reunion
committee volunteers.
Please encourage others to fill in the survey to enable their 'voice' in the choices/options/suggestions... it's their class and
their reunion too, no matter which high school they eventually graduated from.


 ----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 9:13 AM
Subject: RE: 5/27/11

Good morning boys and girls.
Manny is the teacher today.
Could anyone tell what school celebrates their 50yr. reunion like this:
Friday, Golfing in the morning.
Morning to mid afternoon, special guided walking tour of your campus.
Special program in school auditorium and free lunch.
That evening a karaoke night.
A great time to meet up with classmates in a more intimate setting and enjoy the songs of their past.
Saturday, their 50th reunion banquet.
Great food and entertainment.
Sunday, special luncheon.
This function is handled by the school alumni community foundation.
Each classmate attending this function will be formally presented with a Golden Graduation Diploma.
There is music by the school band, entertainment by alummi and more.
This is the only school in the state that honors their" GOLDEN " alumni in this manner.
Now this is how you honnor your class of 50 years. T he winner gets a three day trip to Ford Island.
Class is dismissed.
From your teacher for useless infromation.



June 1, 2011

Here is the link to the revised and updated online KHS '60 70th Birthday Reunion Informal Survey :



June 2011

Below are the responses to the 'Comments/suggestions' section of the informal survey, as of 6/9/2011... hopefully this will
encourage others to do the same if they haven't or would like to add further comments/suggestions.
Responses to other sections are not shown so as not to influence the input of of classmates who haven't done so.


6/9/2011 15:32
Appreciate all the committee's hard work! It's always a big success and nice to see everyone. MAHALO!

6/1/2011 18:01
I like the idea of sharing more about each, occupation(s), interests, etc. Preferably as was done verbally at
a previous reunion, or maybe a labeled picture/collage format. Not having kept up with or attended too many earlier
reunions, I didn't recognize some classmates...and they probably didn't recognize me! It would help to start
conversations if we shared some of our past 50 year histories. Perhaps an informal get-together, such as a picnic would
also be good.

6/1/2011 16:35
Maybe spend more time with the classmates after the special event like the dinner or luncheon. The past luncheon was
great but we had to vacate the area right after the completion of the event. practically no time to mingle and reacquaint
yourself with other classmates.

6/1/2011 9:00 (no entry in comments section)

6/1/2011 4:21 (no entry in comments section)

5/27/2011 15:53
Reunion 2005 at Natsunoya Tea House. Pearl and/or Bobbie handed the mike each person as they were in line to get their
dinner. Each one could say their name, I'm retired, from (company) or what type of work they did or say their name, I'm
still working at (company) or what type of work they do. If others have or had similar jobs or skills they may open up and
want to talk to each other. If time or set up permit.

5/27/2011 6:13
A picnic would be nice - we could bring family and they would get to meet the classmates we sometime reminisce about
should be fun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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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