• Himeji Jo image courtesy of onegaijeanchan

    Himeji Jo image courtesy of onegaijeanchan

    By Curtis Narimatsu

    Rudy Peterson

    Rudy Peterson (1904-2003) paved the way for Oriental land developers to finance their projects through the Bank of Hawaii.  This was a watershed economic opportunity that paved the way for the Orientals to become major Hawaii tycoons.  Unfortunately, the tycoons took all the credit for being brilliant without giving credit to a rare (good luck) opportunity after the war and the generous credit extended by Peterson.

    Rudy was a buddy of Hung Wai (1905-2002) and was instrumental in enabling HW to create the huge subdivisions in Aiea, Pearl City and Waipahu known as developments of Pacific Land Hui. It helped that HW knew the Amfac people who sold him the land.  Pacific Land Hui was a limited partnership headed by HW as general partner and a bunch of AJA contractors who were his “boys” at one time or other as limited partners.  All made bundles of money as demand far exceeded supply after the war. The engineers were Sunn Low Tom & Hara; Takushi Okamura was the attorney and the accountant was another Buddahead whose name escapes me (later Coopers Lybrand I think). Oahu Homes was the sales agent and was run by some of HW’s “boys.”  No one had to hustle for sales in those days because buyers lined up to purchase the “package deals” which had just emerged in those days as an evolution of subdivided land. The first phase sold for $14,000 for a 3 BR home (no sidewalks and overhead utilities). The second phase sold for $17,000.  HW was really riding high in those days.

    Masaji Marumoto (1906-1995) was on BoH Bd. of Directors, & followed Hung Wo Ching under Peterson. Masaji represented Chinn Ho w/Wai’anae resort plans [after sugar plantation closed down], which is how H-1 Freeway got thru via federal funds [Heco plant/etc.].  BoH’s Cooke aristocratic persona was diffused via Peterson’s grassroot image.  BoH’s Link Moore a grassroot acolyte.  Luso/Portuguese Joe Pao 1916-1977 w/BoH [great CPA Henry Alves under Pao].  Pao’s greatest project was utterly creative Enchanted Lakes.  — Curt

    Kyoto Temples Were Original A-bomb Target

    Kyoto was targeted for A-bomb until Sec. of War Henry Stimson nixed it because Henry loved Kyoto’s ancient temples when Henry was there on his honeymoon.  No, Edwin Reischauer had nothing to do w/nixing Kyoto. Our destiny-maker John Young [spawned River St. Church Christians Dan Inouye/Ted Tsukiyama–our greatest contemporary leaders today like Abraham Akaka/Herb Choy/Jack Mizuha/Hung Wai & Hung Wo Ching/etc.] missioned in Kyoto.  — Curt

    Random Thoughts

    Imagine, Pres. Bush wanted to privatize social security & invest funds into the stock market.  442 Tom Mizuno from Waialua married Kona gal, worked Pahala Sugar, then moved to Hilo/sold cars.  Tom was a gutsy strong baseballer, as good as anyone here [outfield/clean-up long ball hitter].  Tom is back in Waialua.  Rich Nakamura’s dad’s original last name was Tenjoma [Yamaguchi prefecture], but dad Masa adopted by Nakamura.  Masa was Kitagawa Motors’ brain behind the operation. Dopey Morita Pepe`ekeo boy, married Nekoba from same village.  Dopey had tremendous inner fire/determination, though he didn’t show it on the outside.  Pepe`ekeo mill camp boys incl. Norm Mizuguchi/Russ Okata/Bobo Lapenia.  Rich De Sa pitched for Asahi/got connected to Japan major league via Angel Maehara/unlike his cousin Tony who actually was athleticly gifted but didn’t go far because Tony played for Luso Braves.  Yes, Joey De Sa Diamond at Lanakila Field/Park is named after Rich’s brother’s son [Joey’s mom is Puerto Rican Matias — great baseball genes].  Obama econ mainstay Larry Summers (born 1954) needs to stop being Mengele [Summers said that men innately smarter than women in science/engineering].  Marker of superiority — Summers genius, so to speak, precocious mind.  Yikes!! Rahm-bo Emanuel (born 1959) made $232,000 as Freddie Mac director 2001, after FM was plagued w/bad loans.  Directors are casual/part-timers, not full-time employees.  John Podesta [dad Italian/mom Greek] (born 1949) salutary backdrop, Georgetown Law grad ’76 [peers Ron Ibarra of Kona/Mazie Hirono], Bill Clinton’s chief of staff (1998-2000).  When Henry Peters was asked why he/BE trustees made a killing as trustees, he flatly said, “we’re like CEOs of large corporations.”  Yikes!  Don’t ask Rahm Emanuel why.   — Curt

    curtis(Curtis Narimatsu is a lifelong resident of Hilo who writes about the forgotten past such as the old plantation days & untold heroes.)

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  • Big Island Chronicle » Blog Archive » Dispatches From Curt — Rudy … « Kyoto Bookmarker Says:

    […] Big Island Chronicle » Blog Archive » Dispatches From Curt — Rudy … Kyoto was targeted for A-bomb until Sec. of War Henry Stimson nixed it because Henry loved Kyoto’s ancient temples when Henry was there on his honeymoon. No, Edwin Reischauer had nothing to do w/nixing Kyoto. … more .. […]

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Thank you, great Editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt, for your beautiful accompanying photo of the Kyoto temple. On Pensacola St. adjacent to McKinley High School is the famous Makiki Christian Church, built by the greatest AJA assimilationist proponent, Rev. Takie Okumura 1865-1951 [died a year before INS allowed Issei immigrants to be U.S. citizens], after his ancient Kochi Japan temple where he was born/raised. As w/WWII War Secretary Henry Stimson 1867-1950 [virtually same age as Okumura, whom Stimson greatly admired/respected], Stimson’s exposure to Japan culture imbued Stimson w/appreciation for Japan’s teeming masses, despite Tojo’s warlocks who destroyed Japan’s equanimity as a people. Xenophobia/jingoism were not in Stimson’s vocabulary. Aptly, Stimson’s chief aide, undersecretary of war John J. McCloy 1895-1989, 1) ran circles around FDR/Navy Sec. Knox to avert FDR’s order to intern 15,000 Hawai’i buddaheads instead of the actual 1,500, FDR wanting to assuage J_p baiting adherents Stateside that military necessity [to avert J_p espionage/sabotage] was being carried out. McCloy’s ruse to stall the ten-fold increase in buddahead internment was to have the 15,000 buddaheads relocated via WRA [where habeas corpus was available, though not restored via the courts till 1945, after-the-fact, so to speak], FDR supposedly being reluctant to ban habeas corpus [banned in Hawai’i via martial law, Hawai’i being Imperial Japan Yamamoto’s stepping stone to the West Coast; West Coast internment was via “evacuation” authority as military zone per E.O. 9066, in theory not extreme like martial law in Hawai’i, though Stateside internment was en masse/barbaric, per NAACP, indescribably worse than Hawai’i internment], FDR being cognizant of court strictures vs. martial law. Thence, McCloy’s stall tactic to dissuade ten-fold increase in buddahead internment by making excuse [thankfully, for buddahead survival] that relocating buddaheads to the Mainland via WRA/E.O. 9066 would result in massive habeas corpus petitions [which would overwhelm the Stateside court system], actually worked — giving Hawai’i martial law authorities [Emmons/Fielder/Coggins] wiggle room to avert mass internment here 1942. Yes, the reverse is the case in Hawai’i — martial law authorities tried desperately to AVERT mass internment here, led by D.C. honcho McCloy. Of course, McCloy’s/top boss Stimson’s game plan was to carry out Hung Wai Ching’s postulate to revert our 4-C enemy alien reclassification [though we were AJAs/U.S. citizens born on American soil — jus soli — Americans by birthright] back to draft-eligible, giving us original/earlier parity w/other Americans [yes, draft eligible to die in battle, the irony of it all!], which turned out just as planned, though belated [1944, after our 100th Batt. conscripts from the 1940-41 draft suffered the most casualties in U.S. military history for their unit size 1943, & just as our 442 went into battle to supplant them]. Fittingly, McCloy ordered that McCloy’s own tombstone be inscribed, “I supported our Nisei [2nd generation–AJA] Soldier!” Underscoring this, educator turned solon Mits Kido 1906-1983 [Jack Burn’s Lt. Gov. candidate 1959] chastened, “In colonial possessions there is an axiom — the white man’s floor is the colored man’s ceiling!” McCloy’s mission was to eradicate this toxin/racism once & for all, white/black/yellow/brown, no matter! McCloy’s unspeakable courage under fire [like UH founder/Merchant St. baron Charles Hemenway 1875-1947], McCloy only needing so easily to play by elite society’s rules to embellish McCloy’s status, yet some kind of blown-mind urge to DO RIGHT gripped & grabbed unceasingly at McCloy, foisting him unwittingly to become among America’s greatest heroes ever! Immanuel Kant’s metaphysical imperative — unstoppable Providential dictate. 2) McCloy fell on “bended” knees after Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 took McCloy to Waianae quarry to show McCloy where Hung Wai’s defrocked ROTC boys [reclassified to 4-C enemy alien from draft eligible] were breaking boulders w/pick axes amid the dust & heat, to aid the war effort. Wooch Fielder directed McCloy to Hung Wai in 1942, & this seminal scene triggered McCloy’s insatiable urge to create the 442 enlistee combat team, thanks to Wooch/Hung Wai. I dedicate this lookback to my 442 dad Toshiyuki 1913-1998, who loved Primo beer & poker, in no particular order. Do you know that Dad was poker king of the 442?? And that Dad could outdrink his cocky younger boys/brothers in arm?? 442 Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 always chafed to his closest friend, Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, “This bladid kid [Curt], he don’t know shit!! Always asking me endless questions!! No mo’ end, this stinkin’ kid!!” And yet, Scrub always regaled to me about my dad, how much Scrub loved my dad — though Dad was only 5’2″ in shoes, to Scrub Dad was Scrub’s Rock of Gibraltar, Scrub’s big hero — yet Dad was GOP!! And Scrub was a physical marvel of an AJA — samurai handsome — extremely tall at 5’9″ — our Ken Watanabe of Tom Cruise’s movie “The Last Samurai” — and everytime Scrub came to visit baby brother Mits 1921-2007 in our neighborhood, Scrub would come over to greet Dad, who always had a beer in Dad’s hand. Scrub always melted in front of Dad — like a little kid seeing his Mickey Mantle hero. Scrub told me all the time how Dad was Scrub’s idol [Dad always fun-loving/every moment alive counts for something good]. As is Confucian Order, Scrub always respected Scrub’s Elders [Dad was older than Scrub], with authority flowing downward through the generations/birth order. Which is why Scrub was so hard on younger contempos/associates. Pecking order/totem pole. Like I tell you, post-1920 born buddaheads [thanks to DPI/DOE chief Oren E. Long 1889-1965, chief 1934-1946] like Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 are assholes because they got their high school diploma [from 1934 8th grade & up, thanks to Oren], so totally unlike pre-1920 born buddaheads like Dad/Scrub/Betty Shinae Miwa born 1919, who were “nigger-tom’d” to their 8th grade “ceiling,” so to speak, per Mits Kido’s axiom. Love everlasting, –Curt

  • dr. shakahashi Says:

    good one, curt. Hey, are you free for lunch? give a call. ken

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    It is propitious that though leadership was drawn exclusively from our governing elite WWII [Merchant St. godfather Frank Atherton 1878-1945/Merchant St. legal whiz/counsel Charles Hemenway 1875-1947, who founded UH & was UH’s Regent head 1907-1947 death], our leaders’ immense altruism turned out amazing phenomena of “everybody’s equal” results w/Asian immigrant progeny on equal footing w/their former Big 5 Oligarch “slave masters.” And because of our great “experiment” in race relations in the middle of the vast blue Pacific, it is no surprise that Hawai’i is the chief theatre of global affairs [East West Center as adjunct to Frank E. Midkiff’s Institute of Pacific Relations], where, as founder Alex Hume Ford 1868-1945 [peer of Takie Okumura/Henry Stimson][Ford’s 1911 Hands Around the Pacific original name] so gloriously resounded, “Honolulu is the central capital of the United States — halfway between Maine and Manila [U.S. possession a century ago], halfway between Alaska and Samoa [U.S. possession] — the spiritual capital of the world, a forum of nations, pan-Pacific and trans-world!!” Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Frank Atherton, C & C head, in 1917 formed what may have been the 1st racially integrated YMCA in the U.S., our Nu’uanu Y, Frank’s dad J. Ballard Atherton having founded our local YMCA outfits in 1869. Frank also benefacted Kapi’olani Childrens Hospital & many kids who were not able to afford school, including Hung Wai Ching & Koji Ariyoshi [who worshipped Hung Wai for getting Atherton’s sponsorship — Atherton died before Koji could thank Atherton]. The Wilcox ohana of Kaua’i, Ted/Mary Atherton Richards’ East-West educational exchange, all missionary families who followed thru on Matthew 5/ Isaiah 58. Love always, –Curt

  • hugh clark Says:

    My WW II histyory is imperfect but as a vistor to Japan a long time ago,(circa 1969) I must say Kyoto is a world-treasure and I am super pleased we did not target that wonderful place.

    Of all sites I have been in Japan, it is my favorite.

    I think the ties between Hiroshima and Hilo are astonishing, including the long-running medical tests comaraing distant cousins.

    My favorite A-bomb story is that of Dwight (Japanese first name unknown) Nakamura who later served in Puna and Hilo as an ever smiling Meishoin minister. He was in the Japanese submarine suicide corps that mimicked the kamakaze pilots when he arrived the day after A bomb fell.

    He gave up his Shinto beliefs and became a Buddhist _ a follower, a priest and later the Bishop in Hawaii of his sect. No man in his time (and mine) did more for cross cultural and ethnic ties.

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hiroshi Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006, our Modern Democratic Party godfather/oyabun [Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 is our pre-WWII Democratic Party godfather/guru, w/Kanaka Johnny’s delegated leader here Dr. Ernie Mitsuo Kuwahara 1899-1983, who ludicrously was interned WWII, for being AJA leader who might instigate trouble among the teeming masses, Democrats seen as fools back then — give Ernie Kai 1905-1990 credit/Kai a courageous Democrat amid a sea of governing Oligarch GOPs] — Scrub [for young shoots for horticulture guy Scrub] loved Rick Castberg born 1941, Scrub saying, “This guy, a doctor [Ph.D], yet so humble, just like our Japanese from before. How can you imagine anyone like him [Castberg] being so humble and quiet??!! Plus, he married Eugene Eguchi’s daughter [Eguchi born 1919 is 100th Batt. replacement via 442/Eguchi is 100th Batt. prexy here]!! Way-ah you goin’ find somebody like him?? No, you [Curt] not goin’ write my biography — Castberg goin’ do it — he get the Ph.D. [in political science].” Rick is waiting on Scrub’s daughter to collaborate with about Scrub’s musing about Scrub’s own biography. Rick doesn’t have the passion/interest for hardwood run’ n’ gun’ politics at Scrub’s chiri/ground level. Rick into the courts/law enforcement, what Burns called “isolation chamber” [for Nelson Doi]. Nonetheless, Rick a stoic/quiet chap, ideal counterweight to Scrub’s abrasive nature. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Rev. Dwight Nakamura an erudite sage man of his Faith. Hugh Clark born 1940 is correct in Hugh’s uptake on Rev. Nakamura. Hugh’s 2 greatest strengths are 1) Hugh has seen the world, literally [cross cultural exposure]; 2) Hugh ever is curious/open-minded/indulgent. Which are why Hugh is so well-rounded, Hugh can converse w/a Chukese at this moment, then dialogue w/an Eskimo the next moment. Scrub Tanaka loved Hugh Clark. Hongwanji Buddhist Scrub considered Rev. Nakamura an intellect, a respectable man, though Meshoin. Scrub’s take on Hugh Clark: “Wow, this guy, he research everything!! Sports, politics, history, you name it — this guy done it!! A, he get fired for reporting the truth, right?! A, where you goin’ find one guy like him? Yamato damashii, da guy get guts, man. You gotta take your hat off to dis’ guy. Hugh Clark da best reporta’ around. So what if he piss me off? Only one guy like him can piss me off like dat’!” [attributing Takabuki’s BE appointment to political spoils system, via Burns’ acolyte CJ Bill Richardson’s appointment of Takabuki, prompted by Gov. Burns — crass/gross violation of separation of powers precept — Trib owner Don Reynolds fired Hugh Clark for raising the issue of separation of powers blatant breach] Whew, such is the man Scrub. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Signing out for now on outside computer [my computer broken]. Not sure when I’ll be back. Aloha, –Curt

  • Jerry Carr Says:

    As a student of WWII history and someone who has vistied Germany, Japan, and Italy each on several occasions, I have had occasion to observe and learn about the both the actual history and the perspective of those cultures regarding their past. The Germans resolutely display, document, and teach about the atrocities committed by the Nazis while praising and memorializing acts of resistance by people like Sophie Scholl and the Rev. Bonhoffer. The Italians come close behind the Germans, but emphasize resistance to fascism more than its crimes. The Japanese official establishments, on the other hand, have whitewashed practically their entire WWII history and would like to be seen more as victims of atomic bombings than the people who started the war in Asia and murdered millions in China, Korea, the Phillipines, and elsewhere. There are convicted war criminals enshrined in Shinto temples, and the history taught in the schools is lacking in taking responsibility. One recent government approved history text was so grossly inaccurate, the teachers protested.

    The targeting for the A-bombs was focused on making the biggest impression possible. Because of that, relatively undamaged cities were chosen as possible targets so that the A-bomb damage would not be masked by previous conventional damage. Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a few other medium sized Japanese cities were targeted for this reason. Fortunately, historic and beautiful Kyoto was saved. I personally regret that enormous civilian casualties were necessary to end the war, but I remain convinced that the atomic bombings did save untold numbers of both Japanese and Allied lives.

    I was fortunate enought to meet and speak for about half an hour with a lady who survived Hiroshima and was an adult at the time. She put it all in perspective when she said, “It was so sad and awful, but if Japan could have had such a terrible weapon, we would not have hesitated to use it.”

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    MLK/Malcolm X?? MLK for civil rights, Blacks a minority group in the U.S., needed majority Whites to win civil rights. Malcolm X told MLK, “Hey, people of color outnumber White people by 10 to 1 — we’re talking about the world, not the U.S.!! Why are Blacks a minority?? Blacks are in the majority!! Civil rights?? How about human rights for people of color throughout the whole world??!!” Yes, Plains GA. Jimmy Carter capitalized on Malcolm X — human rights trans-national. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    North/South??? The Divide in our mind — Japan is notorious for this, just as is the U.S.. Japan does not regard itself as Asian per Malcolm X’ precept. To Japan, its people are the Whites of Asia, vs. the backward barbaric South Asians [Cambodia/Indonesia/etc., the “coloreds” of Southeast Asia]. Just as northern Yankees regarded as rednecks/White underclass our southern confederates/rebels, which is where Blacks migrated from to go North, Blacks/African Americans being the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. Look at Washington D.C.’s geography/demographic, antiquity’s South, yet Northern D.C. is elite upper class [“NW”], southern D.C. is suffering underclass [“SE”]. Punchline, north denotes figuratively White complexion, away from the equator, south denotes swarthy/dusky look, closer to the equator. Of course, to Japan/U.S./northern Europe, even south of the Equator peoples/ethnicities living within 30 degrees latitude of the Equator are not desirable in social standing/perceived attractiveness. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Thank you very much, Jerry Carr, you correctly chastened about Japan’s “whitewash”/delusion. I only see your comment now from up above 2 hrs. ago. Much aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    From Hugh Clark born 1940 on inimitable/irrepressible Jack Dempsey 1895-1983:

    “Jack Dempsey‏
    From: Hugh Clark
    Sent: Thu 10/15/09 3:19 PM

    Ah, you struck a memory note with the Dempsey fellow from Salt Lake City.

    Though he came from the Mormon capital, he spent some early years in wide-open Ely, Nevada, then a wild place with lots of human action. Now it is a little more than a wide spot on Highway 50 — no more copper nor much silver. But they are looking still.

    During its lively days Dempsey came by as a bouncer-piano player at The Green Lantern, a men’s club also known as a Nevada whorehouse. There he managed control and entertained fellows between their backroom visits.

    The Lantern is still there, I believe, on the northwest side of this mining town on the side of a hill looking down on the populace. For more than 100 years play-for-pay girls came in and out to service the needs of the gentry.

    (I met the mayor there for drinks and for my first interview with him.)

    Jack had been long gone. The great fighter turned NYC restaurateur was recalled fondly by old timers.

    The Lantern was also Frank Sinatra’s escape from Las Vegas. He would fly in, “buy” the house and have a rollicking weekend while usual patrons sat outside awaiting a public reopening in this legendary 24-hour place. Or they parked downhill at other, lesser options.

    This is the same town that an Irish miner named William Ryan had a daughter named Patricia who was born in a tent. She was named for St. Paddy since she was born March 16. She became Mrs. Patricia Nixon!!

    Ah, what a two-year assignment that was….

    Aloha, Hugh

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Wally Fukunaga was radicalized as the off-center coffee house joe, Bob Nakata as the ex-ROTC farmer — heroes all!! Of course, it takes a Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940, same age as Hugh Clark/Roland Higashi/Lorraine Rodero Inouye/Jimmy Arakaki, to say that if Rev. Bob is not a participant for Hawaiian sovereignty, can Rev. Bob be all this holy??? So the same with Rev. Wally Fukunaga?? So rhetorically, I laughingly pose the question to holier-than-thou [but I love him tons load anyway] Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi: “A, Ron, who ensures your right to pacifism??” Yes, our military!! Ron was radicalized at Americus, Georgia [Pacifist haven], this buddahead boy being all-American track star/top ROTC officer/Mid-Pac “destined to succeed” honoree — now, as I lovingly say, my oddball treasure in an earthen vessel [Scripture 2 Cor. 4:7]. Ahhhh…. Unspoken originals all!! Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Rev. Ron chuckles at Elly Chong, saying, “Hey, she worked for Big 5, how is she a radical??” Rev. Ron lucky because 1) Ron comes from well-heeled roots/highly educated parents [dad a touted schooled minister/mom is Satow, whose baby brother was Japan cabal advisor/liaison, married to Maggie Awamura Inouye’s baby sister, Maggie is Dan Inouye’s late wife]; 2) Ron married Hisakichi Hisanaga’s [1890-1978] daughter’s daughter [Shigeoka], by no means austere in financial standing [Hisakichi our legendary “mameya” beans, twist on tw_t, lane oyabun/godfather, ergo, titillating Punahoa St. “wares,” Hisakichi the genro/sempai/mentor of Sam Boyd, who actually worked under Hisa right here in Hilo w/benign Palace Amusement –bingo/”old ladies’ games”]. Simply, Ron is comfortable financially, no need worry about Ron’s water-electricity/essentials getting turned off & bill collectors. No worries, brah’, this is Ron. Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Do you know that JFK 1917-1963 was Nelson Doi’s born 1922 big hero? JFK’s New Frontier was Doi’s inspiration. Of course, Doi was no JFK, Doi’s limitation as a self-serving narcissist dooming Doi’s impact on history. Nonetheless, JFK always sang praises of Hawai’i & its multiracial society, suffusing “Hawai’i is what the rest of the United States strives to be!” Remember that JFK penned Profiles in Courage & also named Kentucky abolitionist Henry Clay [Abraham Lincoln’s hero] as among the 5 greatest-ever U.S. Senators. Undeniably, JFK meant what he said about Jack Burns’ New Hawai’i, so to speak. Hawai’i as JFK’s Utopia was not a promotion, but an Idea/Ideal. In this respect, Jerry Carr is correct that homogenous Japan, ever intolerant of outsiders [Japanese as the master race, so to speak], still musters the folly that the U.S. is the bad guy for dropping the A-bomb on Japan. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    The Issei/Japanese immigrant experience in Hawai’i is different from its Stateside/Mainland experience only in terms of its exposure to outside forces, the sojourner idea being the same, then of course the settler/Horatio Alger ideas of upwardly mobility also being the same. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, East vs. West also has its class/racial connotations. Old political district East O’ahu being the rich/haole, West O’ahu being the poor/non-haole, so to speak. East of the Mississippi being cultured/White, West being uncultured/pejorative colored, so to speak. Aloha, –Curt

  • Go Lakers Says:

    Last month, I read Ted Kennedy’s “True Compass”, the only autobiography written by a 2nd generation Kennedy member. Fascinating read and Kennedy was very humble about his accomplishments in the legistlature (civil rights, health care, immigration, same sex rights, gun control) but spoke eloquently but so briefly about the tragedies (lost 3 brothers and a sister in tragedies in the service of our nation, three nephews, and two children afflicted with cancer) that have affect his families lives.

    Ted, for his legistlative abilities, will also go down as one of the five greatest senator’s of all-time.

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    DPI/DOE chief Oren Long 1889-1965 [chief 1934-1946], defiant Kansas Granger, proclaimed that equal opportunity requires that “all children have access, without discrimination, to tax-supported schools.” Long targeted 3 odious Big 5 hurdles to non-haole kids’ access to public schooling: 1) public school tuition as onerous as private school tuition which “increases the difficulty for children from poorer homes to continue in school” by impacting unfairly on those least able to pay; 2) “the practice of eliminating from further schooling, by administrative decree, an indefinite percentage of the graduates of each eighth grade class”; 3) the students who were compelled to travel up to 10 miles or more to school at their own expense, a burden which affected the health/safety of the student as well as limiting such schooling opportunity. Long’s unabashed crusade led to radical changes in our public school system. No longer would the Betty Shinae Miwas [Dr. Paul Miwa’s wife, Paul ex-UH chancellor 1969-1975] born 1919 [& before like Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 & my dad Toshiyuki 1913-1998] be “nigger tom’d” to the “colored man’s ceiling” [8th grade], being the White man’s floor [Big 5 repression vs. non-haoles & “White Trash” like Jack Burns]. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Thank you, “Go Lakers,” [as in NBA?][pseudonym is erudite like “Ivan Tatum” & “Anonymous” — could this be just one person, whom I mistakenly figured to be George Keoki Kai born 1965, St. Joseph High grad 1983 ??], for your intriguing rating of Ted Kennedy. What’s significant here is the converse notion that Dan Inouye, right up there in Senate longevity w/Ted, will be recognized negatively a la longest ever senior Senators Byrd/Thurmond — as a Senator who padded his home State’s pocketbooks/earmarks, but did nothing outstanding outside his home State — though Byrd’s highpoint was Byrd’s vehement opposition to the current Iraq War. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Just as Rudy Peterson was our banking egalitarian, so was his Big Island rep Jim Evans [hoopster Jim Jr.’s dad] a great inclusionist/polyglot proponent, as was Jim’s Hilo rep Sam Wong [Kukuihaele native, brother Archie was Ruddy Tongg’s bosom buddy]. On the other hand, rival Bishop/1st Haw’n Bank’s GS Wong was highly educated, & mingled among the governing elite, not homespun/folksy like Bank of Hawaii’s Sam Wong. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Pseudonym “Ivan Tatum” declared Ivan is not Keoki Kai. I take “Ivan” [no longer this named commenator] to be our current “Anonymous” & “Go Laker” all in one. “Anonymous” is superior in describing local family relationships, like how Urban Allen of the Roarin’ Twenties [Urban married Luso gal] & Bert Nakaji of the Thirties to Seventies Decades, both Trib scribes, were in all their glory in the past century. Yes, Scrub Tanaka [R.I.P.], you [Scrub] are correct, you came to see me because I featured you as alltime baseball catcher [for Luso legend Joaquim Gabriel/Kohala ace Flash Naito, Herb’s loving dad] — translated, our jocks/sports buffs are gurus on family-social relationships-connections, because 1) sports generically are collective/group events, not individualist in operation; 2) sports scribes generically are earthier/folksier than other scribes — retired Trib editor Gene Tao doesn’t know half the everyday folks whom sports editor Bill O’Rear knows — yes, it’s about constituents/focus groups. Now, I’m not saying O’Rear is a better person than Tao. Tao is a great guy. But Tao is not rooted to the teeming masses like O’Rear is. Of course, O’Rear’s wife is Pinoy Fred Orio’s daughter [but Fred was a borot/”proud” Filipino]. “Anonymous” is another Urban Allen/Bert Nakaji/Bill O’Rear, & astute/oh-so-brilliantly knowledgeable like current guru Don Pakele born 1944. “Anonymous,” what you have is a gift, not from you, but Providence if I may say. Consider yourself lucky/fortunate to have been exposed to so many people & so many events. Consider yourself lucky, & your gift, brah’, is to share. A gift is to share. Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    “Anonymous,” you know I know Cris Autor, because only you would know about Cris’ titillating photos of Cris’ bevy of beauties from Cris’ collection. Consider yourself lucky, your diverse exposure to the Cris Autors of society along with the Dick/Pat Nixons [Whittier College via your tutu kane George Kai 1913-1988] has given/allowed you tremendous depth & breadth of perspective/measurement. Consider yourself very very lucky/fortunate. Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Boston Blackie Nakasato born 1942 takes me to his fav eat out Kozmic Cones [not my fav by a stretch], where we sit across Buddy Serrao/wife, retired high level Maui P.Dept. I don’t intro Blackie to Buddy/wife, who greet me as we sit. In comes Catholic stalwart/retired Rob De Motta [lives w/daughter Mt. View], who sits in the booth adjacent to Buddy/wife. I go bananas, & it doesn’t matter that Rob doesn’t know me, Rob comes to greet Blackie, & Blackie intros me to Rob, whom I worked with 40 yrs. ago at the Naniloa Hotel’s various restaurants. I exude to Rob, “You are an amazing soul — you have such tremendous class and character — always, always, you are loving and compassionate!!” Rob is startled, & Rob asks me how I know Rob. Well, Rob was the gentleman dishwasher, I was a teenage busboy for our waiters/waitresses. Easily, Rob is a gentle-man, literally, because of Rob’s faith in Rob’s Bible. I am in awe of Rob because here is a man, a very simple man, who demonstrates unfathomable empathy & respect for everyone. Blackie laughs and laughs w/tickled emotion, that I know Rob from antiquity, so to speak, that we share a moment in time so lasting & beautiful. Punchline: Social standing means nothing in reality. It’s about heart. Love eternal, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso heritage–

    When asked to name the 10 most important Democrats from the Hawaiian Islands in 1932, Dem Party godfather Kanaka Johnny Wilson included Luso Manuel Pacheco & Henry Freitas. Luso who were courageous enough to join up w/the “Party of the Unwashed” — considered fools by ironclad GOP governed Hawai’i, did so because the Big 5 was Anglo-exclusive, not open to our so-called swarthy southern Europeans/Iberians.

    Gary Cooper-handsome George Souza 1913-1989 died exactly 20 yrs. ago, before the internet age. But ole’ mellow George would reminisce about King Sugar’s heyday along the Hamakua coast. His treasured
    remembrances evoked resplendent detail/heartlines of plantation life. This bygone era rekindles our noble sense of community/cooperation, especially among Luso. George’s oral history is an enduring tribute to what Mary Evans expressed a long time ago —
    “We can never give up longing & wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful & good, & we must hunger after them.” Yes, Jesus’ angels lifted George to Heaven w/special embrace. Um sabio espiritual, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso Joe Pao 1916-1977

    Esteemed former solon Toshi Serizawa born 1916 marginalizes Joe Pao as a major influence peddler. Pao was a Luso among our earliest non-haole developers in large-scale land projects [primarily older Chinese Ruddy Tongg/Chinn Ho/Hung Wo Ching/KJ Luke/Clarence Ching] & became the largest homebuilder post-WWII, haoles included. Pao personified the changing of the guard from Big 5 Hawai`i to working class empowerment, Pao coming from Kaua`i modest beginnings [Serizawa both Kaua’i/Hilo native], but having gone to St. Louis College, vs. Punahou haole elite — over control of land. Fellow Luso allies Jack Burns/Rusty Blaisdell/Herm Lemke/George Houghtailing/Herb Keppeler — all held reins of power from top to bottom — & all facilitated Pao’s developments. Pao even joint-ventured w/AmFac to
    develop Manoa/Halawa/Waiawa/Waiau. Urban sprawl? Joe Pao. Visionary? No way. Single out Joe Pao? No way. Holualoa’s Norman Inaba 1914-2003 [Carrie’s ojisan/grandpa] rationalized that he made land purchase affordable. Never mind that he made no site improvements/infrastructure. And when his Great Haw’n Financial Corp. went bankrupt in 1983, his insider status via over-reliance on real estate investments [which bottomed out while interest rates on loans stayed high] resulted in his company’s
    demise. In fact, messiah Ray Suefuji, Shun Kimura’s planning director, said 40+ yrs. ago that it would be cheaper for the County to buy up the vacant lots than to service them, courtesy of Norman Inaba, who was honored by the State Japanese Chamber of Commerce as a legacymaker/wayfinder in 1970. Suefuji revised the County subdivision code to avert speculative developments. Norman’s son Rodney worked for Ariyoshi in the legislature. No, Suefuji was not enshrined
    in a 1603 Kochi Castle a la replica Makiki Christian Church, though Norman/Rodney seem to be to this day among status tripping buddaheads. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Johnny “Waimea” [‘JW’] Souza’s 1918 slaughterhouse streamlined market efficiency [Honoka’a unsung hero 1886-1945][owned land in Waimea in addition to Honoka’a]. When Manny Silva banned Antone Souza Jr.’s heirs from what really was Antone Jr.’s slaughterhouse, operations shifted to Antone’s baby brother Johnny Waimea’s slaughterhouse at the bottom quadrant of the Souza homesteads, which originally streamlined market efficiency [lower elevation cattle went to Johnny Waimea’s slaughterhouse]. JW’s baby brothers Frank/Manuel/Joshua/Jack helped Johnny Waimea’s operation below. Apparently, mauka operations moved to JW’s lower quadrant after Antone died in 1927 [Antone Jr. born 1880 in Funchal Madeira]. JW opened JW’s meat market on Main/Mamane St. shortly after mauka operations moved down to JW’s quadrant. Antone Jr.’s meat market [1st meat market on Main/Mamane St.] ended w/Antone’s death, & the Long Soup corner converted into other retail [across today’s Mamane St. Kaneshiro Store]. Even though Carolina Brasao Andrade was Antone Jr.’s wife Mary’s mother [Antone Jr.’s mother Joaquina was Carolina’s baby sister — Antone Jr./wife Mary were 1st cousins], the Andrade familia[ohana] did not partner w/Antone Jr. Carolina Brasao Andrade 1860-1920 had died by the time Antone Jr. opened up his meat market on Main/Mamane St. Viver bem, –Curt

    “One piece [of land]” 200 acres from forest to town–
    Antone Souza Jr. apparently was the beneficiary of the whole 40 acre parcel owned by baby sister Rose Souza Silva. Antone Jr. & baby brother Johnny Waimea controlled all the acreages from the forest line above Ka`ao Homestead tract down to the old Mamalahoa Hwy., a distance of over 2 miles covering 200 acres, of which Antone Jr. had the bulk of this expanse. Both brothers had no other landowner who broke apart the pasturage. But Antone Jr.’s baby sis Rose Silva claimed ownership of the 40 acres after Antone died. She then sold it & moved down to Ohia St. astride baby sister Clara. Amor, –Curt

    Chief among the righteous — ‘Tina’ Souza Caires Ribble born 1913 — Johnny Waimea’s niece –not because Tina was a runway model, but because she is a fighter for her Luso people. The down & out, the helpless of humanity — Tina embraced them. Candidly, our Souza familia[ohana] stands among the landed ranchers that evoke rugged individualism a la Western lore [High Noon’s Gary Cooper strong-silent types]. But w/the 3rd generation WWII era & its progeny, material trappings/status consciousness/social climbing lorded over the bunch. The biggest braggarts also are the most miserly tightwads. Unquestionably, Tina Souza Ribble is among the positive unselfish ones. As were Clara Souza Gonsalves & Tina’s madre Carolina Souza Caires. Jesus’ shepherds all! Obrigad, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Our bosom ‘kindred’ Aristides de Sousa Mendes 1885-1954 — liberated 30,000 refugees from Nazi genocide. Great soul a la Schindler in the pantheon of The Righteous Among Nations [Jewish highest
    honor], & nestled amid fellow folk heroes Chiune Sugihara/Swiss Carl Lutz & Paul Gruningen, is kindred de Sousa, who issued visas amid the hysteria of Nazi genocide, to 30,000 refugees, including 12,000 Jews. Described as the greatest Luso since Henry the Navigator, de Sousa intoned, “I considered it a duty of elementary humanity to prevent such an extremity of conduct. I freely choose to be with God, rather than Man. If thousands of Jews suffered from one Hitler, I shall be the one Catholic who shall suffer
    for so many Jews. I could not have done otherwise contrary to my faith in God. I accept my fate with love for God.” Surely, as w/the foregoing martyrs who defied neutrality vs. Hitler’s madness, de Sousa was banished by his own Portugal for “interfering w/protocol [neutrality].” Absurd. This common saint has since been vindicated. Obrigad. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Portugal Prime Minister Jose de Souza — yes, same namesake as Johnny Waimea’s familia[ohana]. Do you know that Albuquerque is Luso, no– not New Mexico, but the great soldier Afonso de Albuquerque 1453-1515,
    who controlled the lucrative spice trade between Asia & Europe [thanks to superior navigation & cannon technology], unprecedented. Our George Souza 1913-1989 & kin Albert Gonsalves were members of our WWII Territorial Rifles home guard defense force, valorous men all, auspicious w/their dress
    khaki uniform/Panama hats. Felicitacao, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Concrete/heavy loads — Luso/Portuguese are taller/heavier than their Asian counterparts. Frank
    Enos [today’s Dick Pacific] built our Honoli`i bridge in 1938, the longest/highest vehicle bridge up to that point. His progeny Dick Pacific recored our bridge& retrofitted it for earthquake/seismic resistance.

    Big Isle water supply chief Milton Pavao is half Luso/half Puerto Rican [Rosario familia]. Antone Souza Jr.’s grandson J. Roy Souza headed the water commission. Lionel Buddy Azevedo is Pavao’s biggest supporter.

    Grand-uncle Jack Dias Souza [Vera Paiva’s dad] was in on the 1938 Hilo Harbor riot, where police point man Charley Warren blew his temper & shot into the ILWU dockworkers/families — 50 people were injured, including a woman & child. Thank goodness that Uncle Jack, police officer from Honoka`a, was a calming influence to counter Charley Warren’s unsuited temperament. BTW, Kaua`i Dem solon John B. Fernandes born 1892 was an independent businessman whose roots trace back to Hamakua, where his immigrant dad was a sugar laborer. Fernandes was ILWU’s biggest ally in the union’s infancy, & introduced all the labor bills [to organize plantation workers] in 1939-1941. Fernandes was ILWU’s Jack Hall’s 1st coup d’etat vs. the Big 5 cabal. Current icon Lehua Fernandes-Salling is his progeny. Apreciar, — Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Auspicious Rego familia[ohana] from Maui — former long-serving Luso cultural head Doris Naumu is momentous Rego familia from Maui. Doris was magnificent/compassionate leader of Luso heritage society. Current Wai`anae icon Anson Rego Jr. [D.C. GW law grad ’68] is son of great boxer Anson Rego Sr. Our 1st ever local Luso major league baseballer Antone Rego is our 2nd Hawai`i big leaguer 1924 [after Kanaka Johnny Williams 1914, who was Johnny Bellinger’s uncle], same familia from Maui. Amazing accomplishments/bloodline!! Everyone exclaims Maui’s Tavares magic [Nils/Edna/Hannibal/Charmaine/etc.], but the Rego wand by far exceeds the Tavares magic in every facet of life [Doris’ cultural expertise/Anson Jr.’s grassroot persona — Nils had detractors
    because of Nils’ uppity attitude like Hilo’s “proud” Walt Bento/Anson Sr.’s folk hero stature among the Flapper/Great Depression generation which looked for
    superhuman role models like Anson Sr./Antone Rego’s enormous baseball status a la current Maui boy Shane Victorino — Antone went on to be great team owner-baseball benefactor-entrepreneur after he retired as player/Doris’ magnanimous leadership of local Luso culture outfit/etc.]. Apreciar, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso upward mobility upended class stratification —
    Queen Lili`u’s monarchy self-destructed in part because democratic ideals of ‘everybody’s equal’ brought down her class hegemony curtain [royal patricians/low life peasants]. Her great forebearer,
    Kamehameha III [Kauikeaouli] 1814-1854, was much more
    compassionate/kind about others/humanity. Despite Lili`u’s debacle, Hawaiians were the most powerful voting bloc before WWII, by which time children of immigrants surpassed Hawaiians in voting power. Luso/Portuguese were 2nd behind Hawaiians
    in voting power a century ago, evidenced by Luso top solons back then. Although Chinese settlers here predated Luso by some 20 yrs., the Asian Exclusion Act barred them from voting until 1943, Filipino immigrants until 1946, & Japanese immigrants
    until 1952, by which times most of these unfortunate settlers were already dead or too old to walk into a voting booth. Luso were White & able to vote thruout, just as indigenous Hawaiians were able to vote thruout. Thanks to Kalakaua’s reign 1874-
    1891 [Lili`u repressed aliens], Luso also acquired major land tracts [in today’s value of land as treasure trove]. Of course, Territorial Hawai`i 1900-1959 also allowed alien land ownership. W/our Souza acquisitions, we were limited by
    geography [only Hawai`i-born residents purchased tracts at Ka`ao/Kaha`upu land districts], unlike our Ferreira side, where immigrant Girardo, esteemed/rare ex-Portugal military veteran-blacksmith was among the earliest Luso landowners [later usurped by sons Francisco-Joao before/after Girardo’s death,
    leaving Girardo’s 5 daughters & 2 young sons Vasco-M.
    Ulisius w/pittance]. Which is how Francisco [‘Frank’] acquired O`ahu’s `Ohua Ave. tract [where today stand the Hyatt Regency towers], & then much richer real estate along Santa Monica Blvd. [after he sold the `Ohua tract]. Unlike Stateside longtime Caucasian populations, Hawai`i had population base
    of recent immigrants from other countries [Portugal/China/etc.], whose immigrant residents/kids here had tremendous upward mobility, inasmuch no haole middle class/lower class [‘rednecks’] existed. Thence, Antone Jr.’s/JW’s/Rose Souza Silva’s
    commercial forays [Antone’s commercial diversity cut short by his early death; JW’s retail portfolio/investments; Rose’s buy-sell flipping, via her usurpation of Antone Jr.’s land]. W/no class structure impediments, our Souza/Ferreira
    familias advanced/excelled. The American Dream aptly was coined amid the Great Depression, & denotes well our family evolution which overcame challenges/adversities. Above all, credit to the altruists [kindness of heart, no matter what
    the circumstances] — JW on our Souza side –Girardo/
    Vasco/Gerald on our Ferreira side. Immigrant Joaquina Brasao Souza’s older sister Carolina’s Brasao branch (Andrade) proudly claims winged angel James Andrade. Sabens, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Social wayfinder Alfred Vierra WWI era — A. K. Vierra formed the 1st barefoot football league in 1922. A sporting goods salesman, Vierra wanted to promote youth sportsmanship as well as help his business. Incredibly, YMCA giant John Young worshipped Vierra, as did the Chinese/AJA/Korean kids along downtown Honolulu. Vierra inspired Hilo youth director Ernie B. De Silva to start up Hilo’s
    1st barefoot league at nascent Lincoln Park. Yes, our Luso were untold heroes in our society.
    Vierra’s spiritual progeny include most of our O`ahu business/government leaders, incl. architect Hara/Ilikai’s Chinn Ho/Kawaiaha`o’s Abraham Akaka/etc. Mary Dias Souza’s 1884-1957 nephew Roberto [same namesake as A. K. Vierra ergo Vieira] is an angel on our shoulder like A. K. Football immortal Knute Rockne was A. K.’s pal & refereed 2 of A. K.’s games here. A. K. died young, which is why today’s pundits never heard of him. Bansa dirj, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Generational differences — because the Portuguese arrived in Hawai`i before the Japanese, their
    descendants are a generation ahead of the Japanese. Today’s Luso/Portuguese are 4th generation, whereas today’s Japanese are 3rd/sansei generation. Today’s Chinese are 4th generation like their Luso peers. KingLit Ching is 3rd generation [dad Hung Wai was
    Hawai`i-born 1905-2002; KingLit born 1936]. Which is why King-Lit still retains semblance of Chinese custom/chivalry. Great balance b/n the Old [ancestral heritage] & the New [Americanization].
    Great equanimity also w/Franklin Odo [greatest AJA historian/Smithsonian expert D.C.] born 1939 Kaimuki High grad 1957,rough/tumble working-class background [loved/did boxing/manly rough stuff] — among older 3rd generation/sansei AJAs, who has greater empathy for the post-1920-born buddaheads [who got high school diplomas, thanks to DPI chief Oren Long 1934-1946; pre-1920-born buddaheads & other immigrant progeny went only to 8th grade — Big 5 oligarchy repression] — to me, a younger sansei, my mentality is rough like the post-1920-born buddaheads — but I revile vs. my mirror-image young 2nd generation/nisei AJAs [bulk of 442 warriors], because they dismiss my Dad’s older nisei/pre-1920-born GOP buddaheads as “Toms”/haole ass-kissers [no high school diplomas–no empowerment]. Thus, I pick up the fight vs. my young nisei punk forebearers to restore deserved balance
    toward my Dad’s older nisei gang, who had life so much harder than the younger 442 nisei punks. Onward tradition/sonkei mukashi no [revere our more distant past — our Issei/immigrants & my Dad’s older 2nd generation/nisei antecedents]. Ai/amor, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso/Portuguese consecration — imagine, before Capt. Cook “discovered” Hawai`i 1778, the world’s greatest ever navigators/seafarers touched past our islands 1542, over 2 centuries before British contact — yes, Luso explorer Joao Gaetano. Another Joao
    became Kam I’s advisor — Luso de Castro 1814. A century+ later, Maui native son Nils Tavares 1902-1976, haughty Luso GOP [fought vs. Dem
    Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956], gets appointed by JFK as U.S. Dist. Ct. judge, the highest plane on the federal law level here. Tavares had worked w/Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954 GOP for Statehood, but Tavares had bipartisan support, which is why Dem JFK chose GOP Nils. A yr. later 1962, Nils’ sister GOP Edna Tavares Taufaasau is appointed personnel dept. head under new Dem Gov. Jack Burns 1909-1975. Burns also picks GOP Fudge Matsuda [voted for GOP Gov. Quinn 1959/1962] as Trans chief. Fudge later becomes 1st non-haole prexy of UH 1973. Burns smartly reached across the aisle to build bipartisan support for his vision [equal opportunities]. Maui’s
    long-serving mayor Hannibal Tavares GOP is Edna’s/Nils’ nephew, & current Maui mayor’s dad. Hannibal formerly was PR guy for Maui’s home base A & B. Leigh Hooley would get upset that Harry Baldwin cut in line for haircuts. The “perk” [jerk] of “privilege/rank.” Sabens, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Frank Serrao 1912-1986 destiny-maker — Frank of Serrao/I`iwipolena Lane in Kaumana broke open our 2 class system [rich haoles/poor locals] — Frank was Lt. Gov. under Oren Long & among our earliest Dem Party organizers. Frank also was DLNR land
    agent & egalitarian to da max. His heart was grassroot. He never bragged about his high standing among politicos/gov’t officials. He was beloved
    by his auspicious Serrao familia[ohana] [hired Luso stone masons/winery/2nd fireproof-concrete bldg. in Hilo after 1899 Peacock(County) Bldg. 1900/etc.].
    Irony is that Jippy Mattos from same Serrao Lane doesn’t know of Frank Serrao/destiny-maker credentials. Paul De Silva’s mom is Frank’s Serrao familia. Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 tells me that Jippy always went to Isamu’s business/Veterans Produce Ltd. to talk politics. Mostly personality topics, not hard issues. Isamu says that Jippy got too big for Jippy’s britches when Dante Carpenter as mayor 1984-1988 relied too much on Jippy for ego support [Nakasone debacle]. Jippy coveted Isamu because Isamu is regarded as our top political pundit & Dem Party godfather Scrub Tanaka’s [1915-2006] closest confidant. Isamu is the biggest A-hole [egotist/no tact/tight-fisted miser-stingy], but Jippy doesn’t know Isamu’s minus sides. Jippy’s
    loss. Jippy & Stan Pacheco Sr. of Amau`ulu have a strange system to recognize others. You honor them, & they [via Stan’s son Rod, radio DJ/Jippy’s granddaughter] solicit you for money. You gotta
    scratch your head wondering “what did I do to get taken used/advantage of?” Consuelo, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso/Portuguese are not social climbers like AJAs —
    because Luso custom strongly is egalitarian [Catholic alms/Christian social gospel], Luso are more empathetic to the underclass of society than AJAs. AJAs are not held together by religion, but are totally secular in aims. Sadly, if anything, Calvinism’s minus of “material wealth/hoarding foreordains Providence/Divinity” diffuses among AJAs
    who believe that material wealth/frugality/miserliness measure social worth/standing. Yes, social climber sickness/selfish individualism. I remember former Wainaku boxer Sus Maeda, who was Kulani prison supervisor [uppity businessman James Maeda’s brother], laughing one time in recalling that when a haole hippie trespassed into Sus’ huge expanse
    of a yard in Panaewa Forest, Sus told the haole hippie to get the hell out of Sus’ yard, even though the haole hippie was picking tangerines off the ground. This being the same Sus Maeda who is a devout Holy Cross/Japanese Christian Church member. Yikes! Sus laughed about the haole hippie groveling

    on the ground for tangerines. Sad — for Sus. I tell you, Holy Cross Church [formerly known as Japanese Christian Church] & Hilo Hongwanji Church
    [majority of immigrants/Issei from SW Japan where Shin-Hongwanji prevailed]– laden w/stuck-up J_ps. I say J_ps not to betray my own race, but to
    chafe such class discrimination/elitist arrogance. Sus Maeda arrogance. Yes, arrogant tight a__ Isamu Kanekuni is Hilo Hongwanji Church member. Bom noite, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Guru philosopher Bento Spinoza is Luso 1632-1677 — do you know that icon Baruch Bento Spinoza is Luso/Portuguese? Beatle George Harrison
    expressed Harrison’s pantheism [Deity/God is the universe] before he died, which pretty
    much reduxes rationalist Spinoza’s view [though Harrison didn’t realize this]. Like Spinoza’s
    deism, Einstein’s Deity does not intercede, but just is here & envelops us all in its beauty/natural
    order of things. Apreciar, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    AJAs benefitted most from public English Standard Schools/Catholic schools — AJAs Americanized via English Standard Schools 1927-1960, incl. Ted Tsukiyama [Roosevelt High], & via Luso Catholic Schools, incl. Dick Mamiya [St. Louis]. AJAs/Chinese made up the majority of standard school enrollees WWII era/after. Pat Fukuda Saiki is a Hilo/Riverside standard school alumnus. Most AJAs in private schools enrolled in Catholic schools. Bom noite, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Portugal/Luso-educated Luis de Molina 1535-1600 — Molinism — Luso pride/theologian Luis sought to reconcile God’s ominiscience w/human free will — that
    both were compatible because human free will expressed God’s earthly acts — to everything
    there is a season. Luis’ theological progeny Dutch Jacobus Arminius 1560-1609 presaged
    Methodist founder English John Wesley 1703-1791 [social responsibility — prison reform/
    abolitionist]. See Wesley geographical sites in Kalihi/Manoa. Yes, Arminius/Wesley rejected Reformation’s French John Calvin’s 1509-1564 organizational hegemony a la ritual Catholicism. Direct intercession rescinded bureaucrats/intermediaries. True, Baha`i/Mormons have no clergy [church is fellowship/priesthood of all believers — everybody’s equal], but they have councilors/elders which in effect are clergy. Sage/magnanimous pastor Roy Kim born 1946 sees God’s
    Truth thru the prism of earthly images. A recalcitrant young Roy opined 4 decades ago Look
    at these pathetic men shuffling forward thru these aisles to ask for forgiveness/blessing. Yuk!
    Today’s mature Roy intones God manifests Himself in many ways — thru these individuals I
    can learn of God’s Truth. Each person presents a unique manifestation of God, an eternal
    test of Faith. Yes, Norman Vincent Peale’s/Billy Graham’s power of positive thinking. Great
    attitude. Neither does Roy promote poverty/asceticism/monk’s life as keys to deeper
    understanding. After all, Solomon/David/Isaiah were patricians, not vassals. Yet they
    were chosen by God to lead us to Paradise. David was a murderer/adulterer, but he atoned
    for his sins & served God to no end. Look at lowly Jesus, a simple carpenter. But Jesus is
    Son of God. God manifests Himself/His Word in many ways. High/low, rich/poor, no matter.
    Spirit fearlessly, seek thy Truth/Life/Way. Hence, to erudite/man of tremendous equanimity
    Roy Kim, punitive Paul/joyous John are but different means of spreading the singular Gospel.
    That they are different in temperament is ephemeral/fleeting. Everlasting is God’s Truth/
    Scripture. Finally, Roy is not a theocrat [Christian Nation polity]; like Separatist John Smythe/Baptist Roger Williams, no authority/entity stands between the faithful & God — State/secular
    never intervene in Church/canons. In this respect, Roy rejects political immersion/Calvinist
    activism [like how Arminius/Wesley rejected Calvin’s organizational hierarchy]. Obrigad, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Names from 50 years ago —Kenny Wong was Helco engineer/businessman. Slim Holt was U-drive/
    tour operator. Henry Gouveia was tour guide & the 1st franchisee for drive in [Dairy Queen]. Mizuguchi had her sushi store in Shinmachi, then on Kilauea by Kawamoto sushi store. Shindo had soda works in
    Shinmachi [at end of Punahoa wide lane today where Kam Statue is, toward Hilo Iron Works]. Shindo software today [incl. Mehana Brewery] is same family. Bom noite, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Determine the date of photo from Hilo scenery —
    Hilo’s St. Joseph twin-dome towered church paralleled the advent of photography. This massive
    structure was dedicated in 1862 [where today’s Pacific Bldg. is on Keawe/Kalakaua Sts.]. It
    was remodeled in 1908 w/twin-box towers. It was replaced in 1919 by today’s current church
    site at Haili/Kapi`olani Sts. Today’s Pacific Bldg. 1922 denotes Keawe St. [which did not
    exist during St. Joseph’s twin tower era]. The former “Bridge St.” ran north from Waianuenue
    Ave. to Pu`u`eo Village [today’s Wailuku River arch bridge area]. Do you know that the original Hackfeld 2 story wood frame bldg. which was replaced by today’s Koehnen Bldg. in 1910 at Kam/Waianuenue Sts. was kitty-cornered to what became Honda’s Chicago Studio [southeast corner of Kam/Waianuenue Sts.]? Yes, the original wood frame Hackfeld Bldg. was simply moved across the street [to become Osorio Hall — JAM Osorio]. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso/Portuguese enablement of our Chinese residents today — Yes, David Benz 1920-2008 was born in Shanghai, northern China, the world’s busiest cargo port along the Yangtze River. China’s other 2
    blockbuster richest port cities/leading financial capitals are along its southern coast — Hong Kong founded by Portugal mariner Jorge Alvares [Alves in Hawai`i] in 1513, & Macao [Luso ascription of
    Chinese word for matsu–sea god–in Japan pine cone trees along sea cliffs] founded by Luso seafarers same time as Alvares’ discoveries. Chinese Confucian industry/thrift/toil akin to Mayflower Puritan work ethic, w/added plus/positive element of alms/”gift is
    to share, not hoard” from Luso creed. Macao is the 1st & last European colony in China. Says loads about Luso ingenuity/beneficence, opposite of Hawai`i slurs/bigotry vs. Luso here [based on outdated luna mentality]. As w/northern China’s/world’s busiest cargo port Shanghai of Luso influence, Luso enabled southern Chinese to acquire material wealth/upward
    mobility. Look at ALL of our Hawai`i Chinese descendants today — measurement of assimilation/value is HONG KONG, ergo, Luso derivation!! The closer in geography that Chinese
    are to Hong Kong, the more assimilative/upwardly mobile they are [Canton]. Let’s face it, founder of modern China Sun Yet Sen is not from commie Beijing [Mao Tze Tung/Chou En Lai], but from Luso suffusion in southern China. Unquestionably, coastal/port roots
    conducive to Western thought/trade/economy. No greater influence early on originated than our Luso seafarers/traders/financiers. Jardines is among world’s leading international conglomerates, w/direct facilitation of Shanghai/Japan 1858, not to mention its origination of Hong Kong/Macao. Jardines gobbled
    up our Big 5 quarter century ago. Of course, Jardines virtually owns Singapore. Enough said?? Romantic/ethereal novelist James Clavell’s exceptional “Tai-Pan,” “Gai-Jin,” & “Noble House” are based on Jardines’ wayfinding. After all, what is more surreal than a mysterious place at the mouth of southern China’s Pearl River 90 miles from Canton?? Hong Kong is synonymous w/Lusitania [Portuguese]. Amor y bansa dirj, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso is Lusitana for modern day Portugal — Paul F. Hooper’s “Elusive Destiny: The Internationalist Movement in Modern Hawaii” 1980 about expansive
    altruism among planter haoles here, spurred by leaders like Frank Atherton 1878-1945 & Bill Westervelt 1849-1939. I saw tremendous inclusion by Catholic [ergo Luso] schools toward buddaheads. Issei immigrants were a strange breed w/topknots, so instinctively HUMAN NATURE isolated Issei from society. Luso lunas [blue collar substitutes for absent middle class] were direct overlords vs. Issei, so instinctively friction ensued. Haole planters lorded over Luso lunas, but stress was mental [vs. haole mgrs.], not physical [vs. Issei]. Let’s face it, friction not over race but class, as in class hierarchy [rich vs. poor]. Luso regarded by recruiter Hillebrand as docile white people willing to do laborious/tedious work that other whites
    refrain from doing. Thence, hard friction b/n Luso laborer lunas-Issei laborers. Haole mgrs. insulated
    from shock-contact b/n most recent immigrants [1878 Luso vs. 1885 Issei]. Once Luso tore the foil
    laid by haole planters [obedient “hatchet men”], Luso self-actualized into the loving ethnic gang which
    they were — typified by cousin Dennis Freitas’ grand-uncle Henry Freitas 1884-1944, St. Louis alumnus
    who was leading bldg. contractor & endowed philanthropy on St. Louis/Chaminade–also solon like John Kai Jr. St. Louis major stepping stone for Nisei who boarded from afar/work-study toward diplomas [like Kalihi’s Dick Mamiya]. In contrast, haole Punahou had 10% Asian race quota till 1966. Of course, benevolent Congregationalists incl. Damon/Mills MPI. Episcopal `Iolani also inclusive to AJAs. I earlier mentioned sequences on
    Luso beneficence/altruism. Candidly, the time period/epoch dictate the character of the ethnic group. Naturally, Issei had it hard vs. Luso lunas — this is the honest truth. But look at the big picture — once Luso broke the yoke of repression [from haole planters], they self-actualized as inclusive/compassionate ethnic group. Do you realize how many Luso love japanee songs? How many Luso love japanee tv shows? Do you know that legendary educator Ernie B. De Silva was the kindest inclusionist/bestowed greatest respect to AJA school painters, not to mention Ernie’s enablement of AJA kids? The stories are endless of Luso enablement of AJAs [& all other ethnic groups]. Obrigado/kansha, –Curt

    > From: Franklin Odo
    >
    > Hi Curtis,
    > Always a pleasure to read your stuff. I think I mentioned once before that I’m translating a bunch of “holehole bushi” or Jpn immigrant folk songs from sugar plantations – roughly 1890s to 1930s. They were supposed to die out with the issei but made a recovery in the 1960s and then became kinda fashionable in this millenium, including in Japan. Of course, several make reference to the “hated” lunas. And many historians link lunas to the Porturguese. Some of the issei explicitly cite Portuguese lunas as especially cruel. So, I’m sure some of this is true, since being cruel was how the plantations got the most work out of the laborers. However, I do want to be able to use some of your wisdom about countering the stereotypes most of us have had about the Portuguese. I would really appreciate your putting some of this together that I could quote from [and, of course, properly note you as source] to make sure that I don’t simply reinforce old stereotypes. This doesn’t need to be in a hurry since I work at a snail’s pace. But some good examples and real stories – at which you are a master – would add greatly to this book. Many thanks, for considering!! — Franklin

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Truman’s seizure of steel mill industry 1952 —
    Truman 1884-1972 disdained the Taft-Hartley Act [over his veto 1947], & did not invoke it to seize steel mills [essential for munitions Korean War], esp. since Truman’s gripe was vs. steel bosses, not unionmen. Neither did Truman use Conscript Act
    to seize mills [too cumbersome for “buck stops here” Harry]. Against Truman’s legal advisors/experts, Truman invoked executive power to seize mills. Executive power only granted in cases of great national emergency so long as Congress has
    not expressly denied such power, such inherent power derived from the aggregate of powers under the Constitution & necessity of compelling executive action in dire circumstances/emergencies. Key is that Korean War not declared by Congress [just
    as w/VNW-Iraq War]. In contrast, Presidential seizure/eminent domain of private property in wartime upheld under military powers [Art. II sec. 2]. In event of insurrection/invasion, President may deploy military vs. enemy, foreign or domestic, w/out waiting for Congress’ declaration of war per separation of powers doctrine [Prize cases 1863 upheld Lincoln’s seizure of vessels/cargo of foreign neutrals/southern planters per Lincoln’s EO to blockade southern ports during Civil War]. Korean War/VNW/Iraq War come under ambit of this amorphous distinction. Which is why most legal experts counter that Executive Power has wiped out any semblance of Congress’ War Power [via separation of powers doctrine — to keep in check the executive authority — to avert “king does no wrong” tyranny]. John
    Yoo Korean born 1967 amplifies nazi/Mengele mentality that king does no wrong — Yoo concocted excuses to ratify waterboarding [Guantanamo Bay]. Yoo’s imperialism triggered counterpoint to Bush’s tyranny. Yoo’s guru is German Nazi Carl Schmitt 1888-
    1985, who promoted imperial exceptionalism [Hitler as commander in chief correctly heedless to legislative/international law-treaties]. Deadly mix of oppressed people [Korea subjugated colony, Yoo’s mentality] & master race [Nazi supremacy–Schmitt’s
    mentality], springing concoction of false god [above the law, in the name of der fuhrer] to save the teeming masses [Korean slaves]. Fasi bought 60 busses when Weinberg/Rutledge couldn’t break their impasse, via executive power authority, per
    advisor pundit Paul Devens, eventually upheld sans cost loss to Weinberg, not loss of profits. Far cry from Yoo’s/Schmitt’s waterboarding nazi tyranny. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Kotonks [Stateside AJAs] are not shrinking violets —
    Kotonks herded into minority ethnic enclaves, or tenant farmer expanses, which is why they retained their “purity” of traditional Nippon customs, unlike what kotonks deride as our buddahead “native savagery”–barbaric/pidgin english-ways. And yet, kotonks are totally aggressive/fully Americanized because as a distinct oppressed minority group, they have to fight to survive, unlike our aloha-imbued culture in the Haw’n Islands. So, ironically, we buddaheads are pidgin/impure in kotonks’ eyes, & yet in behavior we’re more japanee [passive/subservient] than do-or-die kotonks. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Serrao’s rum house [stone/mortar bldg.] on Kukuau St.

    was built in 1909 to use the molasses from Kimo

    Henderson’s Hawaii Mill [site of today’s Central Fire

    Station & also on Puna side of Alenaio Canal] to

    make

    rum. Prohibition forced the closure of this rum

    house. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Jesse Shima grassroot vs. William R. Castle Jr. —
    Jesse 1901-2002 connected better w/FDR [via FDR chief advisor Harry Hopkins][Truman wanted to keep retaining Hopkins but Hopkins died of ill health shortly after FDR’s death — WWII ravaged FDR/Hopkins healthwise] & Ike [via Ike’s trusted aide Jim Hagerty]. Castle & Cooke scion Bill Castle Jr. 1878-1963 was a Nippon-phile [pundit] & top statesman [undersecretary for far eastern affairs under Hoover][Bill abdicated C & C isolation in Pacific & went back to Harvard — married Boston scion — then to D.C. & State Dept.]. Castle was parochial/aristocratic & emblematic of class smugness/
    status-centrism, & was dearly close to Nippon diplomatic corps, but Tojo’s warlock imperialism overran Castle’s Nippon contacts/network.
    Thence, after Japan’s Asian military conquests pre-WWII, Castle receded into irrelevance in D.C. By the time post-WWII prime minister Shigeru Yoshida came calling to Truman, Castle was reduxed
    again because Castle’s former Nippon contacts/emissaries re-emerged. But by 1951 Jesse Shima was in full control of public relations b/n
    D.C. & Japan emissaries, inasmuch Castle was on age-slide at 73 yrs. Castle stopped interlocking w/Nippon contacts in 1953 & died in 1963. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Social class schism with all-volunteer army —
    Enlistees from society’s underclass, w/elite society immune from military service. As variant, proposal to award citizenship to aliens who enlist in military is like foreign legion, where we make others fight our wars. Wrong. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Plain talking Missouri border [North/South] slave state — It’s no surprise that ambivalence triggers immense social good. Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain was born 1835 to slave owner family. Sam fought for the Confederates 1861, only to desert the ragtag outfit after Union Blues “hunted [Rebels] like a rat the whole time.” Sam’s compulsion over race relations spilled over in his novel “Pudd’nhead Wilson,” which challenged the constitutional contempo that Negroes are inferior to Whites. Sam’s story has 2 babies switched at birth, slave girl gets pregnant from White master, switches her White-looking child w/White master’s newborn child from his wife. Sam points out that nature [vs. nurture] a fallacy, that Negroes are not dim-witted vs. White folk. Yet, Sam, steeped in Scripture, points out via Sam’s “A true story, repeated word for word as I heard it,”
    that a White master’s Negro slave, Aunt Rachel, makes
    life mind over matter, that she disposes herself to be happy amid her squalor, a la Gospel. Sam was a terminal hedonist who sunk into repeated bankruptcy, but learned that money is not god, it’s diablo. Sam’s penance was the power of his pen. And was he contrite!! Sam died broke as a fallen porcelain in 1910. At the peonage opposite pole, White man John Henderson was born 1826 to sharecropper parents, who died when John was a child. John then was sold to a White master. John ran away & set off on his own, eventually making big money off his native Missouri land speculation. John never forgot his indentured
    past, & fought for the Union in the Civil War. John then was elected to Congress, where he authored the 13th Amdt. that outlawed slavery for good [picked up where Honest Abe left off, via Abe’s tragic assassination]. John’s ambivalence was over class, not race, that class stratification was unbreakable unless one revolted & cut the yoke of oppression.
    Thence John’s uprising for Negroes via his Missouri past that formed his eventual firm adult convictions, despite his slave state roots/despite his white skin. Yes, John aided fellow MO. plain dealer Sam Clemens. John died in 1913. John’s widow adopted orphan Jesse Shima in 1923, believing that Jesse spiritually was John incarnate. Jesse went on to
    become the greatest Japanese wayfinder in America [social legislation/Far East diplomacy/etc.]. Harry Truman 1884-1972 used racial epithets like there’s no tomorrow, but was piqued at his core over Harry’s race ambivalence. Harry opened up the military to integration, an unbelievable change for America’s most intolerant/conservative bastion. Harry’s
    MO. slogan “Show Me” State [St. Louis was gateway for
    pioneers heading West] certainly mirrors its bellwether standing as having voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1960. Other famous Missourians incl. Maya Angelou/Josephine Baker/Daniel Boone/Omar Bradley/Dale Carnegie/George Washington Carver/Walter Cronkite/Walt Disney/T.S. Eliot/Betty Grable/Edwin Hubble/Rush Limbaugh/Obama’s guru Reinhold Niebuhr/J.C. Penney/Joseph Pulitzer/
    Ginger Rogers/Tennessee Williams/notorious Jesse James. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    The strength behind the leader — When Peter spoke to the teeming masses, there among them was baby brother Andrew proudly listening to Peter. Jesus chose fishermen from backwater Galilee [like Peter/Andrew] as his apostles. Andrew was the solid rock upon which Peter stood afoot, lofted by Messiah Jesus. Yet never do you read or hear about untold kindred saint Andrew. Life’s ironies — Gov. Jack Burns’ 1909-1975 baby brother Ed was Jack’s sensible/pragmatic/steadying influence [Ed was Jack’s State tax head]. Digress — Harry Kim’s team nixed Steve Todd’s appointment to Kim’s team out of fear for overtone of nepotism [Bobbie Todd was Kim’s
    solid waste chief]. If Harry Kim had spent more time saving our money instead of worrying about Kim’s image, we’d be better off as a community. The Todd mistake by Kim was no problem for visionary Jack Burns on Ed Burns [GOP Ed took Big 5 to the mat by wresting overlooked taxes from the Big 5]. Symbolically, JFK’s mythic armor [Ephesians] passed hands to Obama via terminally-ill [just occurred]
    Teddy Kennedy. The spiritual strength behind Obama is JFK via Teddy. The sane/secure strength behind Steve Yamashiro is wife Della, just as Nancy Reagan/Roz Carter are the strengths behind their husbands. And the unseen hand of stability/strength behind UH/AJA godfather Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 was his devoted wife Jane. Yes, the strength behind hoops guru Ah Chew Goo is his rock-solid/lovely wife
    Clara. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Joyce Kono Fasi [Frank’s wife, Frank born 1920] is Na’alehu roots. Her uncle Gunji Kono was Shinmachi oyabun/godfather [Gunji moved to Shinmachi from Na’alehu], employing many of Shinmachi’s residents at Gunji’s mega Hilo Transportation Co. [site between Hilo Iron Works parking lot north to Emma St., which is today’s cobblestone lane leading to DLNR Matson containers along Kam Ave.]. Gunji’s son Russell was 442 MIS/younger son Hiroaki was married to DOE administrator Elaine Kurisu Kono [Margaret Oda’s sis, Margaret wife of Glenn Oda, son of contractor SK Oda]. Gunji was swept away by the 1946 tsunami as Gunji ran up his back stairwell to retrieve his cash [April 1 payday for workers] — Gabriel Manning was shivering w/fright in the Hilo Iron Works factory rafters when Gabriel saw the 3rd wave splinter into matchsticks the huge 2 story Hilo Trans bldg. while Gunji was running up the stairwell in the rear of the bldg. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sanzo Kawasaki was HPM prexy till 1954, when he was replaced by Fujimoto kazoku/family members, inasmuch Sanzo/Kametaro Fujimoto [who died over 20+ yrs. before Sanzo’s bow-out] founded HPM 1921, after which Kame’s son Barney succeeded Kame, after which Barney’s son Bobby succeeded Barney, & today Bobby’s son Mike is in charge. GOP/Gov. Quinn ace Bobby Fujimoto born 1927 was messiah to HPM/IK Motors/other tsunami victims when Bobby quick-silvered relocation to current Maka’ala/Holomua industrial area tract. Credit to Bobby, the only outfit which met the specs for today’s IK site was IK itself [gas station-repair-retail parts/car dealership all in one!]. Bobby’s instant restoration of merchants saved the economy 1960-1962. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, our only top haole Buddhist Ernest Hunt actually was an infantry soldier for England in the Boer War [Ernie born 1876], which turned him into a Pacifist, & Ernie actually was Wainaku sugar luna in 1915. Ernie was among Patton’s gotcha’ list 1937 for internment if Japan warred vs. U.S. Yes, George Houghtailing/Herm Lemke/etc. all St. Louis grads, which is why relationships lord over us all — St. Louis grad Joe Pao’s friends in high/low places were fellow St. Louis grads. Yes, Albert Yoshito Inaba was Norman’s older brother 1914-2003, Al a Moloka’i icon/educator, 12 yrs. older than Norman. Norman is Hollywood’s Carrie Inaba’s ojisan/grandpa. WWII 442 soul-keeper Joe Itagaki was w/Wahiawa’s Kemo’o Farms 1924, then owned Kewalo Inn w/fellow GOP/gorgeous single dame Mary Noonan 1950. Hawai’i Delegate to Congress Kanaka Billy Jarrett’s son Jr. was VVV soul to kids Ted Tsukiyama/Herb Isonaga. Al Karasick was a Russian ballet trooper 1912 who stayed here & became a wrestler/promoter. Shiro Kashiwa is not Maui but Kohala [Shiro/baby brother Genro were AJA icons]. Give Lee Chau [Kwong See Wo owner] credit — he acknowledged Jimmy Kealoha 1908-1983 as his son — from single woman Alice Makanui Kealoha of Pahoa. Yes, TV personality Napua Stevens was from Waiakea town, Hilo High ’36 grad [born 1918]. Reppun of O’ahu is Russian, Shaheen is Lebanese. George Y. Bennett, great altruist from Hilo Sugar, was never heard from after 1935 because he was transferred to Waimanalo Sugar Co., George being 44 yrs. old at the time. Bennett, as befits Georgia founder James Oglethorpe, was Gainesville GA native. Honoka’a icon Manuel Botelho was Azores native born 1878, came to Hawai’i 1880. Antone Correa born 1871 in Funchal Madeira, came here 1879, was actual Ferreira surname adopted by Correa, learned ropes under colorful atty Paul Neumann. Correa spawned iconic Correa familia/progeny [not Jimmy’s Waiakea familia]. Oren Long 1889-1965 came to Hawai’i 1917, was seminary grad [though non-minister degree, but social work]. Charles Loomis born 1887 Minneapolis native who came to work for Atherton’s YMCA 1911. Contractor EJ Lord a century ago from Canada, born 1868. Monsarrat is French, came to Hawai’i 1849. Yamashiro Hotel River/Beretania St. was respite for 1909 strikers [1st buddahead pro baseballer 1917 Andy Yamashiro’s dad’s hotel]. Goo Sun Wong born 1875 Kwantung was Liberty Bank pioneer. Henry Walker Sr. AmFac born 1885 is the blowhard who insulted Jack Burns which triggered Burns’ running for Governor 1959, not Henry Walker Jr., an adaptable chap. Shinn is Korean, as icon M.D. born 1906 who was Boy Scout leader. Ted Richards born 1867 was atty/pastor who married Mary Atherton, Frank’s older sis. Ted’s/Mary’s daughter married altruist Frank Midkiff, John Midkiff’s older brother. Henry Schwartz of Cincinnati was Methodist minister in Japan & came to Hawai’i in 1920 amid our J_p sugar strike, so to speak. Henry was our savior. Earl Nishimura born 1906 was older Nisei icon agronomist/atty. Charles Pietsch born 1888 Brooklyn came to O’ahu 1918 as architect/realtor/developer. Guido Giacometti was born in Italy 1877, was Ola’a Sugar suptd., owned Island Motors corner Kam/Kumu St., married Emma Porter 2nd marriage, wife was educator. Arioli engineer/contractor is Italian. Kenji Goto born 1904 was Baron’s baby brother [Kuakini hospital exec]. Herb Gomez born 1911, 1st Spanish plantation mgr., was Celeste Santos’ dad [obnoxious Bob’s sweet as sugar wife]. James Glover was actual merchant, born 1904. Doug Freeth of Frisco born 1906 married Evelyn Clark, Doug icon architect, Evelyn health rehab catalyst. John Fox born 1906 came to Punahou 1944, was shown beauty of female form by Hung Wai Ching. Walt Ecklund born 1892 VHY boss, looks exactly like David Figueira born 1957, Honoka’a Souza-Ferreira familia/ohana. Webley Edwards Hawai’i Calls born 1902 was college football quarterback who came to islands to play football. John Dykes of Scotland is Jim Dykes’ dad, was influenced by Scotchie Henderson’s parents to welcome Doc Hill. Les Deacon of C & C was born 1896, Frisco native. Maui’s Dan case’s grandkids are Jim/Dan Case [Ed’s dad is Jim]. Daisy Yamaguchi Conquest born 1913 was Hilo Commercial College registrar. Herb Camp born 1892 Nebraska was Bob Midkiff’s former boss at Haw’n Trust. Gavien Bush was born O’ahu 1901. George Bicknell born 1893 Springfield MA., savior of AJAs WWII, became Veterans Affairs head here post-WWII. Maude Beers born 1880 Michigan, hubby Kanaka Billy longest-serving elected DA in Territory/State history here [Billy died 1946], was Kapi’olani Elem. School principal. Carolina Brasao Andrade’s 2nd husband was Joaquin Jose Andrade, whose progeny are Willy Andrade/Mary Nachbar/etc. Lina’s lst hubby Vieira died young, leaving kids Mary [married Antone Souza Jr.] & Roberto Vieira. Of course, Lina’s/Jose’s son Dr. James Andrade born 1899 was a centenarian. Engineer Art Akinaka born 1909 was AJA icon, as was Hilo educator Keith Abe born 1913. Roy Blackshear Jr. looked exactly like his dad Sr. Dick Devine born 1907 Illinois married Lei McLean. –Curt

  • Go Lakers Says:

    Curtis-
    Is Carrie Inaba really Norm Inaba’s granddaughter?

    I remember him playing golf on Waialae Country Club with my cousins (we were little spectators who got to drive golf carts), my Dad, Al, and a bunch of Al’s cronies (Nathan Minn, Jerry Wong, Joe Francis, Mike Hartley) . Norm was in our group and my dad told me he was the developer of Royal Garden Subdivision. Which was impressive to me as a little kid.

    I remember he drove the ball off of a tee on one shot and he said he was going to tell all of his friends at the office and his church that he out drove Al. He was proud. We even had a picture of them playing Wailea Golf Course in a tournament.

    Funny the things you remember from childhood. Small World.

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Carrie Inaba is Norman Inaba’s granddaughter.

    Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” —Times come & go, as do people/relationships. Koehnen was Doc Hill’s bookkeeper & bought Doc Hill’s optical/eyeglass sales business 1928, where Doc Hill’s bldg. still stands 1917 [Doc came here 1913]. Doc’s bldg. is where today’s Basically bkstore is next to the former National Dollar Store, also built same time [Hilo Emporium, which originally was today’s Toyama bldg. 1909]. Fred Koehnen born 1924 is esteemed retired businessman/Army reserve officer [non-combat veteran]/Shun Kimura’s managing director. Koehnen’s was our aristocrat shop before Liberty House came to Kuhio Plaza 1985 & pulled the rug right out from under Koehnen’s [jewelry/keepsakes]. Koehnen’s [now furniture] has struggled till this day. Akin to Tanimoto Store [where today’s Filipino TNT seafoods is] getting overrun by Kress Store 1932, & Kress Store getting its last breath before falling to Kuhio Plaza 1985. The times they are a changing. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Koichi Iwasaki 1923-2009 was 100th Batt. Yasu’s baby brother –rigid/officious though not loud, whereas Yasu 1919-2009 [baseball mainstay] was outspoken. No, these are not Koji Iwasaki 1903-1999, son of famed Kurtistown & genesis Issei cane planter/charcoal entrepreneur [from ohia wood][originator of ju jitsu in Western World Kichimatsu Tanaka 1875-1954 worked for Jiro]/coffee grower Jiro Iwasaki. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Reminiscences — Remember Uchinanchu/Okinawan Gushikens’ Smile Inn next to Modern Appliance on Kilauea/Wilson Sts. 1950s? Where today’s Big Island Pizza is was Kobatas’ former KKs Place/Kilauea Inn . Of course, Roy Yoshioka had his little Roy’s Place [later Roy’s Gourmet]. Hiroaki Kono [Hilo Trans’ Gunji Kono’s son] always used to go to Smile Inn to vent w/Sus Hata [Y. Hata wholesaler/Primo beer] in a very cordial/friendly way. Hiroaki’s dad’s baby brother is Joyce Kono Fasi’s dad. Hiroaki married Elaine Kurisu from Hakalau [not Scotch’s kin]. Hiroaki’s dad Gunji ran up the back stairway to Hilo Trans Bldg. next to Hilo Iron Works [Hilo Trans looked like “Kawamoto” block across today’s Ben Franklin craft store on Kilauea Ave.] 4/1/46, didn’t see the 30 foot wall of black [black sand] water rush in from Sand Beach [today’s regatta facility], & was
    killed instantly as the water pulverized/obliterated the huge 2 story wood frame Hilo Trans bldg. Gabriel Manning watched in horror as this scene unfolded
    before his very eyes as Gabriel clung for dear life in the rafters of the 50 ft. high Hilo Iron Works factory, which shook violently as if the whole
    bldg. were going to fall down amid the roiling black water [from black sand]. Elaine Kono’s baby sister Margaret married Glenn Oda [SK’s son]. Elaine/Margaret became top DOE officials, & especially Elaine’s physical beauty was like Audrey Hepburn’s. Apparently DOE’s Harry Chuck took a liking to Elaine’s beauty. Hiroaki/Elaine’s only son Larry died before Elaine, & she was very lonesome toward the end of her life. Larry was a good athlete. Hiroaki’s brother Russ was judge under Burns/Ariyoshi. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Rumsfeld/Cheney had all the experiences in the world, having served under Presidents Ford/Bush Sr., but did depth of experience count for anything? No. On the other hand, Reagan had no foreign policy experience [was CA. governor], but had great character/common sense, & is largely attributed as triggering downfall of the Soviet Union. Reagan correctly is McCain’s idol, yet McCain knocked Obama for lack of foreign policy experience [like hero Reagan], & yet McCain
    picks unthinkable VP Palin. Sheez. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Slurs — Sen. John B. Henderson 1826-1913, Great Emancipator, said that if it’s not one slur [racial epithet], it’s another [class condescension]. John
    was born “White trash” like Jack Burns 1909-1975 & never saw life in black/white race singularity. Slurs diffuse afar [gender/disability/photogeneity/etc.]. A century after 13th Amdt. crafter Henderson [outlawed slavery once & for all], Hung Wai
    Ching 1905-2002 chastened son KingLit born 1936, “Be proud you’re Chinese! Don’t be afraid of anything!” Great pep talk! Still, KingLit knows that power relationships always revolve around trust/”who you know,” not what you know. Such is the tumble in life. Slurs are overcome by love, not fear. Hung Wai is right. Why are Hung Wai’s maxims still alive today? Because of Hung Wai’s power of Love. Nothing beats the power of Love. Kohala’s KJ Luke [genesis non-haole developer — Salt Lake — w/Kukuihaele native Ruddy Tonng; KJ also founded Hawaii National Bank] always told his UH students — “Don’t be a conformist!! Be yourself!!” –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Secular surprise — resilient rise in laity toward the divine — especially in the secularized Western Hemisphere, religion grows stronger.
    Atheists/non-religious people are 14% of the world’s population, & declining annually. Christians make up 35% of the world’s population, w/Muslims at 20%
    & Hindus at 15%. Only in the past 30 yrs. have we seen Muslim fundamentalists crop up, marking only a tiny fraction of Muslim adherents worldwide. The top
    5 countries w/the largest Muslim populations are in sequence Indonesia/Pakistan/India/Bangladesh/Turkey. Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist who kills innocent civilians. His supporters are vastly outnumbered by moderate Muslims. The problem is access to nuclear warheads/WMDs. Control access, & Bin Laden is impotent vs. fellow Muslims/the free world. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Reflections — oroku [Okinawan thrift][Oroku a district in Okinawa]. Former Food Fair Supermarket patriarch Uchinanchu Eijiro Kaneshiro’s daughter Jan never heard of oroku [Okinawan thrift/frugality], geo-pecuniary origins Oroku-chu sector [famed Uchinanchu genesis/roots] which dominates today’s food store/service/restaurant industry, of which Jan’s otosan/papa proudly emerges from [learned trade under oroku Times Supermarket fellow Big Islanders
    Teruya kazoku/family]. Why Uchinanchu/Okinawan moguls? Vertical integration, w/production lines owned by oroku kazoku/families [Uchinanchu pig & chicken farmers/egg wholesalers/dairymen/slaughterhouses/retailers]. “Oroku promotes/advocates oroku — expansion of wealth.” Or, as military analysts denote, “small unit cohesion” from top to bottom. Extraordinary phenomena born of literal starvation/disease/pestilence. Though Jan’s otosan was not regarded as heavily philanthropic [vs. Waiakea/Yashijima kumiai Yamaguchi/Hiroshima/Naichi ken Taniguchi/Okuyama KTA/Sure Save kazoku community
    benefactors], nonetheless Jan’s otosan was respected among oroku. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Narcissus — self-important Richard Uejo’s [born 1925] concocted mayor’s prayer breakfast looms over its 16th annual horizon come May. I told Richard to stop amplifying its importance [in his opinion] because it’s merely a tool of publicity for the standing mayor, contrary to Rich’s claim that the mayor serves Richard. Ridiculous hubris/verbosity by self-titillated Rich. Conceit is a creepy human flaw, sadly denoted via Rich’s pontification of his mayor’s breakfast. Steve Yamashiro born 1941, fellow Uchinanchu/Rich’s cousin, collaborated w/Rich to have Rich sponsor the mayor’s breakfast when Steve was mayor. Geez, Rich is a tremendous/positive legacymaker [church builder/internationalist/innovator–child & elderly care/Japanese language school/etc.], but his obsession w/his mayor’s breakfast is his Hyde side, not his Jekyll side. Rich turned over the reins to Frank Lafita’s Exchange Club this past year. Richard wanted me to keynote Henry Opukahaia’s legacy as Hawai`i greatest community influence. I agree on Henry’s pathfind, but I got magnanimous Kaloa Robinson born 1965 [HMSA liaison] [Kaloa’s tutu is Popolo/part-Haw’n Kaloa is Damien-Whittier U grad–clerked for Sen. Akaka in D.C. — Kaloa is utterly steeped in life experience] to do the honors [ain’t right for a non-Haw’n to keynote
    Henry]. Thankfully, Kaloa kindly accepted the invite/keynote. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Unsung hero Henry Opukahaia 1792-1818 — Henry Opukahaia was orphaned upon the deaths of his parents in a carnage/battle over territorial control [Kamehameha’s conquests]. Henry sailed the high seas for in 1808 & ended up in New England, where he was schooled by Congregationalists. Henry changed
    the face of America by demonstrating that everybody’s equal according to Scripture. He became a martyr to his devotion & inspired the greatest political
    leaders of the time like Henry Clay 1777-1852, the great Emancipator who was Abraham Lincoln’s biggest hero. Destiny revealed itself for this little boy
    from our Ka`u District [called “split belly” in Hawaiian when his baby brother was speared & killed while Henry carried his brother on Henry’s back to escape from Kamehameha’s forces in 1802 vs. Kaiana, at which time Henry’s parents were killed], who eventually succumbed to typhoid, & Henry’s death inspired the arrival of our missionaries in 1820, the same time kuhina nui [real power behind throne] Kaahumanu via ruler Liholiho [Kamehameha II] abolished the kapu system. The fullness of time — Opukahaia’s missionaries helped fill the moral &
    spiritual vacuum that resulted from the breakdown of their ancient pagan faith, so to speak, from the missionaries’ viewpoint. Our social service organizations today are a direct outgrowth of Opukahaia’s martyrdom — our YMCAs which uplifted immigrant shantytowns/tenements Waiakea [furyoshonen — AJA hooligans — were inspired by guardian angel
    Jean Hartley]/Shinmachi [“New Town” in Japanese] — serviced by John Beukema’s Hilo Center [where our former Texaco Service Station is on Kam/Pauahi Sts.], not to mention our old town Hilo Hawaiians [via
    Haili Church-Hilo Boarding School where Boys-Girls Club is today–YWCA still at today’s site]. Essentially, modern Hilo is built upon the moral & spiritual groundwork laid by Opukahaia’s missionaries.
    Hence, Henry Opukahaia is our unsung/untold hero, the sine qua non of societal fulfillment and happiness, per assimilation vantage point [naysayers call this cultural genocide]. And looking at each ethnic group, Opukahaia’s peacemakers filled the need — the Chinese had Rev. Tsui’s social hall across Lincoln Park [today’s church is on Mohouli-Kino`ole Sts.], the Portuguese had Rev. De Silva’s mission on Haili
    St. [today’s Central Christian Church], the Japanese had Rev. Kwan Higuchi’s hall at Lincoln Park, the Filipinos had their church in Papaikou, the Koreans had their church on Haili St. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Red China — alter ego Mao — Yes, age mentorship. Mao 1893-1976 the bear clawed/swooshed his way to power, ably aided by urbane Chou En-Lai 1898-1976. Deng Xiaoping 1904-1997 infused capitalism after titans Mao/Chou died. Deng’s protege` Zhao Ziyang 1919-2005 went too far democratic for Deng’s slow moderation via Zhao’s empathy w/student rebels Tiananmen Square 1989. Zhao
    was purged/banished to obscurity/house arrest till his dying day. It is obvious that a dictatorship does not stay in power unless it appeases the middle class, or prevents it from emerging via brutal tyranny a la Stalin/Mao. But w/Red China’s failed agrarian reforms, it was time for Deng to discard Mao’s retro communism & get up to speed w/the rest
    of the industrialized world powers. In Hawai`i, Queen Lili`u 1838-1917 just did not have the temperament/moxy to get up to speed w/internationalism. Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 & Kuhio 1871-1922 were better suited for pluralism/statesmanship, despite their own flaws [Wilson’s nepotism/Kuhio’s decadent self-aggrandizement]. As w/today’s Trask/Osorio, Lili`u was a retrograde who fed on fear/hate,
    not love/tolerance. Auld lang syne, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    ILWU’s Stateside haole transplant Eddie Tangen [pronounced Tan-Jen] 1921-1992 — in return for supporting Gov. Burns, ILWU nerve center Eddie Tangen made the Land Use Commission his personal fiefdom 1969-1977. As its chairman 1973-1977, Tangen was the dealmaker for developers/labor force. Tangen was Jack Hall’s buddy, & succeeded Hall as braintrust after Hall died 1971. Hall had many detractors [vs. Hall’s impudent/arrogant bearing], among them Hall’s boss Harry Bridges of Frisco Central, along w/local rep Newton Miyagi. Of course, Hall ruined Kapoho longshoreman Jack Kawano after Kawano refuted Hall’s takeover of the ILWU in 1944. Tangen always felt
    that Bridges was jealous of Hall’s political legacy [coalition w/Burns Dems], something which Frisco’s Bridges had no opportunity to achieve. Bridges
    repulsed vs. Hall’s autocratic/megalomaniac ways, not to mention Hall’s inability to groom able islander successors/Hall’s prolific drinking-coarse crude vocabulary. Papaikou’s famous Luso George Martin 1924-2009 treaded gingerly b/n antagonists Bridges/Hall. After Hall died unexpectedly, Martin threw his hat in w/respectable Bridges, serving as Central VP until Bridges told Martin that Bridges wanted a longshoreman [not a plantation boy like Martin] to succeed Bridges as Prexy. Of course, all that Hall wanted was to be respected, not respectable!! Hilo police detective Jerry Ogawa’s sister Yoshiko [Ogawas from Kea`au] is Jack Hall’s wife. Like Bridges, Martin was a union man all the way, not a politician like Hall. Kea’au girl Mitsue Shinchi married local ILWU leader David Thompson, not Frisco’s Frank Thompson. Which are why ILWU hater Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 [ILWU endorsed GOPs over Dem Scrub when Scrub was solon 50-55 yrs. ago] detested Kea’au buddahead girls [for marrying topshelf ILWUers], along w/Pepe’ekeo buddahead girls for the same reason. Male Chauvnist. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Scrub’s daughter Diane Matsuoka is loving/sincere, a great person. Scrub’s pick of Rick Castberg born 1941 [same age as Steve Yamashiro!!] to do Scrub’s mused-passing bio is a safe choice for Scrub, Rick ever always the gentleman diplomat, a great person like Diane. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Pahoa’s sawmill was to use lumber that was cut in order to clear the lands for sugar cane‏ — Pahoa’s 1908 lumber mill [went broke in 1916 partly because its ohia was too brittle for Stateside dry land railroad ties]
    was the world’s largest railroad tie mill, essentially sprouting Pahoa town. Its huge expanse lay behind
    today’s Akebono theater. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Persecution complex/projection — Kathy Jinbo Yamada, born 1952, recently found out about her dad’s MIS interpreter job w/Japan War Crimes Tribunal WWII. He was a great man of quiet wisdom. On the other hand, Hilo’s MIS Charley Koizumi was Tojo’s interpreter & regales about Tojo’s humble countenance/gentle nature. Yes, Charley, Tojo was on the chopping block. Tojo was Hirohito’s choicest warlock, notwithstanding Charley Koizumi’s identification w/Tojo’s subdued personality. Persecution complex/projection got to Charley, namely, that Charley felt sorry for Tojo & then even
    sided w/Tojo at least in terms of asking for leniency. Hirohito had a clear choice in pursuing foreign policy — cooperation or imperialism
    vs. others. Hirohito chose imperialism. Myth has it that Hirohito was forced to succumb to Tojo/warlocks. NO, Tojo endeared Tojo himself to Hirohito to gain Hirohito’s favor/preference. Reprise the significance of our native son Bill Castle Jr. 1878-1963 of C & C genesis [grandpa Sam was founder of C & C]. Bill was Hoover’s
    chief for Far Eastern Affairs, & continued to work w/Japan diplomatic corps/doves, who eventually were shorn of power by Tojo’s boys. At this point, Bill Castle became irrelevant to FDR/Harry Hopkins.
    Bottom line is that Tojo amped up imperialism/military conquests vs. Castle’s peers in Japan. Yes, this is the Tojo that I told
    Charley Koizumi about. Charley feigns ignorance & still backs up Tojo till this day, saying that Tojo shouldn’t have died for what Charley says were decisions/events out of Tojo’s control/hands.
    Hell, Charley, Tojo lorded over military imperialism/massacres/carnage. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Jesus’ refrain to John the Baptist [Wataru Kohashi as untold hero] — When John the Baptist lamented that Jesus had not come to see John in prison [John eventually was beheaded], Jesus reassured John the Baptist that Jesus was the Messiah, inasmuch miracles
    were happening — the blind can see, other captives are set free — & Jesus intoned to convey to John the Baptist, “Blessed are those who are not offended in Me.” At which point John the Baptist confessed, “He must increase, I must decrease.” “Let a man not
    think more highly of himself than he really is.” And as Jesus said [Song of Solomon], “Follow the footsteps of the flock [singular entity] if you know not where,” where Jesus is the bridegroom & Christians are the bride. Pastor Roy Kim born 1946 is a great Christian historian like his antecedent Eusebius 263-339 A.D. And like Canadian Christian theologian/evangelist A.B. Simpson 1843-1919,
    Roy is unmatched in application of Scripture to sentient challenges. I’ve discoursed w/many a devotee of the New Testament, but Roy
    Kim has bedrock comprehension of Old/New Testament & an A.B. Simpson ability to transcend mortal befuddlement [ergo Rich Uejo/Boston Blackie Nakasato] & make Scripture come alive. Point in fact/application — Wataru Kohashi willingly sacrifices self-recognition by giving his DSC [upgraded to Medal of Honor for intrepid/indescribable courage under fire] to first KIA of 442nd RCT, California’s Kiyo Muranaga. Truth be told, Muranaga [1st day of battle] got flustered/disoriented/delirious & failed to release the firing pin off the mortar, resulting in the German
    tank shelling Wataru’s/Muranaga’s mortar position, causing Muranaga’s death [died in Wataru’s arms/Wataru held down Muranaga’s head to prevent Muranaga’s head from getting blown off by tank fire]. Yet Wataru, blinded by the tank shell, had the presence of mind to scream out to his 200 men of F Co., “Where da tank, where da tank?!” Because
    Wataru, though blinded, wanted to reposition to fire mortar to deter the tank, which could’ve mowed down all of F Co. F Co. stumbled upon the German tank by accident. Jesus recognizes that Truth has its time & place. After all, Jesus didn’t tell his apostles up front, “You’re gonna die!” Samuel didn’t tell David that Samuel would anoint David, though Jehovah directed Samuel to do so. Samuel gave David a ruse,
    & anointed David in great dignity. Or, as Scripture instructs, don’t throw your pearls before those who don’t know they’re pearls. As Roy chastens, 65 yrs. have passed since Muranaga died, leaving no wife/
    children. Wataru at age 87 won’t live much longer. Wataru gave up willingly all glory for symbolic 1st KIA 442. Let Muranaga’s honor rest in peace. But as we come to year 2010, society should know that
    untold heroes sometimes inspire us to greatest acts of beneficence/love for all, as Wataru’s lifelong self-sacrifice of glory has shown us [to be other-directed]. Honor Muranaga, but acknowledge the untold
    hero in our midst, especially as we pass by 65 yrs. of unspoken history. After all, F Co. boys have corroborated Wataru’s supreme act of honor/kindness via oral history. Truth be told with respect for
    Muranaga, who has had his legacy memorialized w/no intent to revoke/rebuke the honors bestowed upon him. I had Wataru meet Afghanistan War paratrooper combat veteran Isaac Nahakuelua, born 1981, Hilo High ’99 grad. Wataru spoke to Isaac as an EQUAL,
    man to man, & told Isaac, “Just be glad you’re alive!” Heartstopper respect from Wataru to Isaac. Mo’o ali’i [generational leadership/inspiration]. Love everlasting, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Bourgeois — Karl Marx defined bourgeois as capitalist ruling class, whereas conventional
    meaning was “middle class.” German Marx saw bourgeois as pejorative for materialism’s heyday, thence Marx’ unique designation. Over the long
    sweep of history, Marxism never won, evidenced by Soviet collapse/tyranny over the teeming masses by Mao. Mixed capitalism/regulatory oversight produced highest standard/quality of life worldwide, seen here
    in U.S./Thatcher’s Britain. Even in Hawai`i among local brahmins/elite, Christian Grace promulgated patron saints Charles Hemenway/Frank Atherton/Walt Dillingham along Merchant St. block. Of course, Puritan notions of thrift/frugality/toil expanded capitalist acquisitions, but thankfully our Social Gospel [Matthew 5/Isaiah 58] averted terminal
    avarice/greed. Unquestionably, Hemenway/Atherton evoked the best of altruism/selfless giving. Today’s AJAs Matsy Takabuki/Dan Inouye/George Ariyoshi/Hilo’s Rob Kiyosaki-Isamu Kanekuni hora fuku/blowhards tout about self-reliance/economy/material worth, but actually they are what Karl Marx postulated as decadent wanna-bees [sycophants of nouveaux rich/new aristocrats], who in the end will be adjudged as vain
    men who self-glorified amid their acquisitions. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Earl Finch 1915-1965 in Honomu [12 miles north of Hilo along Hamakua coast] — Honomu teacher Alex Akita’s son Stan was German POW. Stan eventually was
    released unharmed. Honohina’s Harold Fujimoto [wife Edith owned Edith’s Dress Shop] was Honomu Sugar Co. industrial relations PR go-to guy. Alex/Harold got
    Earl Finch to stop over in Honomu on Earl’s victory ride thruout the Haw’n Islands. Earl was the 442 messiah who took in our 442 boys when no one else would down in Hattiesburg Miss. outside Camp Shelby 1943. Honomu’s Seigi Hanashiro/Shige Katekawa entertained Earl w/gala music outside Akita store on Honomu’s main street [old Mamalahoa hwy]. Tsukasa Ishii kept photos of Earl’s visit, which show Earl being swooned by Honomu’s deliriously joyful villagers. Tsukasa was obnoxious & loudmouth when Tsukasa drank, & would stir up our neighbors w/his yelling. He/my Dad were 442 drinking buddies, but my Mom dreaded Tsukasa’s ignoble traits. My Dad was mellow when Dad drank, not odious like Tsukasa. Alex/Stan Akita were monoshiri/narcissistic, not beloved among Honomu folks. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sherwood Greenwell 1919-2004 — Henry Greenwell left England/immigrated here 1850. His coffee quality was world-rated the best in 1873. Missionary Sam Ruggles intro’d coffee to Kona 1828 [started Hilo mission w/Joe Goodrich 1824], Guatemala strain replaced Ruggles seed 1892. Sherwood is Henry’s grandson, & Kona’s greatest philanthropist. Sherwood always prided [correctly] his company on allowing coffee tenants [buddaheads/etc.] to sell to anyone, not lockstep to landlord Sherwood. But immigrant Henry Greenwell’s other descendant Norman [Sherwood’s cousin], unlike Sherwood/Norman’s older brothers Henry-Jack, was very abusive/ruthlessly cruel
    to non-haoles. Yin/yang, Jekyll/Hyde. Norman a cattle rancher/dairyman/coffee
    planter/etc. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Colin Powell born 1937 72 yrs. old — Colin regretted his U.N. 2/03 speech & considered that a blight in his life. He was forced out by Bush 11/05. He still proclaims himself GOP today, despite his endorsement of Obama [“generational change”]. Colin gave max contribution to McCain 2007, but soured
    on McCain’s trump on Ayers/Acorn. Actually, Colin not
    a fence-sitter for his own advantage, inasmuch Colin gave money to McCain before Obama’s miraculous accession to the Presidency. Colin soured on McCain’s pick of Palin as VP, & feels that
    Colin himself should’ve been VP pick, inasmuch Colin/McCain are war position allies. Altogether, minusses not getting picked as VP [McCain buckled under GOP right-wing]/Palin’s farce selection/
    distracting-ad hominem low ball swipes via Ayers-Acorn by McCain/McCain’s inability to overcome momentum shift to Obama by way of correctly attacking Obama’s tax increases [cost of operations
    passed on to consumer], which McCain does not compel-forceon as simple common sense/McCain’s untenable health ins. promo [no safety net for those most in need of health care] — swung
    Colin toward Obama. Race a subtext, Obama’s ascension a plus [undecideds vote for favorite in polls] — all tilted Colin toward Obama. No, it’s not in Colin to be a Mazie Hirono/Dan Akaka self-interested fence-sitter [neither endorsed
    anyone until Obama had the Dem nomination locked in]. BTW, Colin a huge boxing fan/Hank Kaplan’s 1919-2007 acolyte, & because of this, I don’t feel that Colin is an obsessed opportunist like Hirono/Akaka — something about boxing grits/
    grinds one to be all-or-nothing — no vacillation/wishy-washy nature. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sports guru Paul Lou [Korean 2nd generation][supposed to be Yu] — Hall of Fame’s Doak Walker told all assembled, incl. Paul Lou, “Herman Wedemeyer is among the greatest running backs I’ve ever seen. I only hope that Herman doesn’t get punchy [brain damage] from all the hits he takes. He’s never had a good line to protect him.” Sure as prophecy, Wede got
    hurt from hits & didn’t last long as a pro. His St. Mary’s U kin coach jumped to pro & didn’t have the calibre linemen to protect Wede from hits/tackles. Paul saw Adrian Murrell NFL & Paul says that Wede was a Gale Sayers vs. Murrell’s lower calibre. Paul says that Joe Francis was no Wede. Paul says that no one comes close to Wede. Paul happens to be Mr. Boxing godfather/guru west of the Rockies, & was immensely respected by my mentor Boxing Hall of Fame boss Hank
    Kaplan 1919-2007. Paul born 1930 lives in Hawai`i Kai, sharp as ever. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    –“da gang” –Dan Inouye’s tough-boy attitude — Dan’s rawhide has plus [MoH 442] & minus [Lenore Kwock]. His Emma St. tenement backdrop [like Hung Wai Ching’s] is real, which is why Dan chooses
    to be authentic to Dan’s past. Which is why we heard of Kwock. Dan’s rough childhood comes a generation after Hung Wai’s, who was an adult when Dan was born in 1924. Both Dan/Hung Wai were straightened by
    guardian angel Scot John Young 1902-1990, who almost certainly was a closet gay [no machismo/very effeminate]. Life’s strange turnabouts/blends. Fact is stranger than fiction. No one is more macho than
    greatest-ever hoopster Ah Chew Goo born 1918. Ah Chew respects Young because of Young’s genuine compassion/aloha spirit, even if Young was “soft” in personality/manner!! Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Military buzzword CYA [cover your ass/every man for himself] — In April 1972 Gen. John Lavelle was ousted as Vietnam Air Force commander for trumped-up
    false charge of unauthorized air strikes in N. Vietnam, even though Defense Sec./VP-vetted Mel Laird told Lavelle in person in 1971 that the rules of engagement require aggressive attack vs. SAM sites [that could shoot down our jets/air support]. Laird commented 2 yrs. ago over AIR FORCE mag’s 2006 discovery of Nixon audio tapes that authorized protective reaction to take out anti-aircraft sites [that could be activated under tech canopy to shoot down U.S. fly-by missions]. Laird hypocritically had condemned Lavelle during Lavelle’s ouster 1972
    for unauthorized air strike. Yet Laird commented 2 yrs. ago that “new orders permitted hitting anti-
    aircraft installations & other dangerous targets if spotted on their missions, whether they were
    activated or not.” JCS chief Thomas Moorer while in Vietnam even personally approved Lavelle’s
    request Nov. 8, 1971 to attack MIG airfield at Dong Hoi. Despite such support, Lavelle was
    disgraced & demoted in rank from 4 star to 2 star, unprecedented. Thence, though 35 yrs. too late, Mel Laird’s confession 2 yrs. ago fully vindicates Lavelle . All Lavelle wanted to do was protect his men/squadron fighters. Destroying SAM missiles was necessary to prevent our aircraft from being destroyed/our men from being killed. Lavelle’s personal friend/subordinate Col. Henry Shimabukuro born 1931 is driven to vindicate Lavelle/restore
    honor to Lavelle’s name/family. AIR FORCE mag published great revelations in the past
    4 yrs. about Gen. Lavelle’s crucifixion. CYA caused a grave wrong to Lavelle. From Nixon on down to Saigon command, everyone covered up so as not to jeopardize Paris Peace talks. “Stir the waters” Biblical but necessary to vindicate an innocent victim, Lavelle. Essentially, God’s covenant w/Abraham 2000 B.C. entailed God’s promise — “I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who curse you.” God’s Chosen Ones incl. Lavelle, who died in 1979 [at age 62, born 1916] fatal heart attack, no doubt triggered by his disgraced status. Kudos to crusader Henry Shimabukuro for restoring
    honor to Lavelle. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Takeshi Rupert Saiki Issei/immigrant 1884-1966 — TR Saiki’s okasan/mom was CC Kennedy’s domestic. CC bankrolled TR Saiki thru Lyman Boarding School. Which is how TR became CC’s Bank of Hawai`i 1st Issei banker here. Innumerable instances abound of haole
    enablement of immigrants/kids. Because of CC Kennedy’s beneficence, TR had the leisure time to become one of our earliest baseball players.
    TR’s wife’s dad Tommy Forbes Sr. was a stowaway seafarer via Nova Scotia/New England. He is the old man sitting on the porch as Steamy Chow born 1922 fondly recalls. The palatial home was TR’s 1st home
    mauka of today’s Hilo public library. TR’s wife’s brother Tommy Jr. is the baby born on Moloka`i to leper mother & stowed away back to Hilo, & who became our island genesis of paddling [bosom buddy of
    Hoffshlagel’s Heine Kellner]. Yes, TR’s wife’s full-Haw’n mama was sent to Kalaupapa as leper. TR’s “pet” daughter Minnie 1913-2007 is among earliest UH female grads [business honor roll student]/UH
    class officer/came back to run TR’s Hilo Rice Mill (husked-milled imported rice from Japan) when TR was interned WWII]. TR/Hisato Isemoto [contractor who supplied all July 4 float trailers] were our
    most public patriots, but this duo was detained on 12/7/41 for the war’s duration. TR/Frank Arakawa were pals & their families’ wartime internment letters are treasured classics of our saddest
    moments in history. TR/Minnie stayed embittered/in a shell/recluse till their dying days [Minnie refused to be charitable after her dad’s internment]. Understandable but sad [no shoga nai acceptance/
    forgiveness]. Minnie’s daughter Naomi born 1940 was my taskmaster/outstanding jr. high English teacher at Kal School Papa`ikou. Minnie’s oldest sis went to the World’s Fair from highest ticket sales via dad TR Saiki. Minnie’s Papa`ikou hubby Babyface Hayakawa Yamaguchi ken/was Waiakea Pirate Yamaguchi-dominated baseballer [worked Helco for Kimo Henderson–Kimo’s Lincoln Wreckers didn’t have open league baseball team]. Naomi remembers well CC’s 2nd wife Laura,
    opera singer who was our biggest philanthropist. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Relationships — West of Tokyo is Yamanashi sa-ke district, where Okuyama [Sure Save] kazoku came from, as Kiyo Okubo came from same Chubu region which includes Kiyo’s Niigata rice farmers. Former Onomea Sugar Co. worker Tomohide Okuyama put his meat cutting skills to good use & opened his Okuyama Meat Market in 1935 in Waiakea town on Kam Ave. Son Tomoo built the current Sure Save Supermarket in 1953 [today’s Waiakea Rec Ctr.]. Tom’s son Carl runs Sure Save out of Kea`au [moved offices to Shipman
    Industrial Park 1993]. Tom’s wife Kiyoko is also from Yamanashi district, which shows why Kiyo Okubo felt very close to Tom/”Kay.” Kiyo preferred the company of former rural folks, as opposed to town dwellers [Yashijima’s Yamaguchi/Hiroshima ken not
    Kiyo’s choices for friendship]. Kondo/Furuya/Tsuchiya/Komeiji/Shimizu kazoku also are Yamanashi ken/kumiai. Kiyo Okubo hired parttime radio DJs, mainly female [husbands as breadwinners had
    fulltime jobs same time slot as DJs], starting w/Lillian Araki O’Conner from Amau`ulu mill camp. Kiyo then hired Houselot resident Fumiko Segawa [Hisato Isemoto’s neighbor]. Kiyo/Lillian/Fumiko were required to cooperate w/FBI/Army G-2 (Intelligence Section) WWII [interpreters/investigators], which are why Issei/
    Nisei unfairly stigmatized them as traitors. Realistically, they had no choice. Hochi
    boss Fred Kinzaburo Makino cut a deal w/FBI head Bob Shivers to be propaganda arm for martial law authorities, which meant that Kiyo had to conform. Kiyo’s KIPA [Haili St. across Western Auto/Store] & KHBC [Awai Store Bldg.] worked thru Army G-2 here. How could Kiyo have turned in U.S. citizens but reclassified as “enemy aliens” incl. Nisei Sanji Abe/Frank Arakawa/Dr. Ernie Mitsuo Kuwahara pre-Pearl Harbor attack if Kiyo himself was locked up along w/them 12/7/41? “Image is everything,” & Kiyo/Lillian/Fumiko were branded as traitors to their Japanese race as a result of their required collaboration w/G-2/FBI. Of course, the Okuyamas have nothing to do w/Kiyo & Gov’t agencies WWII. Simply Chubu geographical roots. -Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Footsteps to follow [Clarence Ching 1912-1985] —
    Per Chinese community member/sage KingLit Ching born 1936, Clarence Ching’s #2 son Wally [whom you don’t hear about] is the heartbeat w/n the Clarence
    Ching foundation’s philanthropy/altruism. Though UH “Cooke Field” endowment digresses from tenement work, Wally sees the need & meets it squarely. Reinhold
    Niebuhr 1892-1971 Missouri-born of German evangelist, Yale divinity grad like KL Ching’s dad Hung Wai 1905-2002 [distant relative of Clarence Ching], was wayfinder to the Ching extended family, not to mention Niebuhr also pathfinder to Martin Luther King [MLK]. MLK’s social gospel derives from Niebuhr, as do the Chings’ swarthy evocation of their grassroot past [southern China]. Crossroad traction, great footsteps to follow [Niebuhr back to Wally Ching]. It’s no surprise that Jack Burns’ 1909-1975 son Jim
    is Obama’s biggest backer — Papa Jack always was defiant/his own man, & Obama comes from Niebuhr’s neck of the woods [Columbia U.-Union Theological Seminary][Plainsmen Midwest Kansas-Missouri], & counts Niebuhr among Obama’s greatest heroes. Yes, Clarence Ching was Jack Burns’ treasurer 1962-1970. Clarence died in 1985 but was more redemptive than HW’s braggart brother Hung Wo 1912-1996, also
    a major Burns financier. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Scot John Young 1902-1990 was a self-made people person — though Young’s alma maters Springfield College MA./Columbia U./Union Theological Seminary
    instilled “everybody’s equal,” Young was not into studies but people, which is why he came to
    Hawai`i at the right time [literally pulled here by YMCA director Lloyd Killam 1885-1981, director 1912-1924. Young was disowned by his father for consorting w/Chinks [his
    mother died when Young was 8], & though Young’s old school Scot dad was wealthy w/furniture stores, Young was outcasted by his siblings because his dad’s will premised inheritance to Young’s sibs based on staying away from Young. Young’s favorite yrs. were w/the YMCA Orientals [Chinese/AJAs/Koreans] 1924-1928, though Young’s influence had greatest impact on the later pre-WWII kids [Inouye/Matsunaga/etc.]. Oren Long/Galen Weaver came along at the same time as Young & supplanted by request the pioneer requestors Lloyd R. Killam/Billy Goat Smith/Bill Westervelt/Frank Atherton/etc. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    No re-nationalization — reforms needed, including curb on land trusts via many smaller private landowners, not re-nationalization of land [ergo sovereignty]. Pi`ihonua’s lease-to-fee conversion is an excellent example for egalitarians to follow. Yes,
    government’s invisible hand of moderation ennobles the smalltime tenant, and such trickle-down reality is validated by judicial fiat [no taking via gov’t occurs; economic regs subject to rational basis test,
    not strict scrutiny applicable to suspect classifications/fundamental rights such as race/suffrage/etc.; no impairment of contract]. The
    current en masse lease-to-fee conversions on O`ahu can be realized via government subsidies to tenants/tax breaks to owners, all w/the goal of breaking up land trusts/cabals — utilitarianism —
    the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Of course, land ownership down to the simplest joe/jane entails penalties on land/bldg. speculation adverse to the public good/interest. W/such widespread “semi-socialist” impact comes the urban village efficiency of concentrating communities closer/accessing vital services via short distances. Or would we rather force our progeny to live
    elsewhere [ergo Vegas/etc.]? Hard choices, but deeper social good/realization. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Reference points — yes, Nelson Doi idolized Jack Kennedy. Idealism/foresight were Doi’s themes, thanks to Kennedy. Tom Gill was an FDR Dem who believed in strong centralized authority. Jean King was an Adlai Stevenson dreamer, as were Patsy Mink/Helene Hale. Frank Fasi was Machiavelli come alive, as was Vince Esposito. Burns was an LBJ clone, as was Ariyoshi. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Age chronology/respect for elders/pecking order — pre-WWII Navy at Pearl Harbor enabled contractor Walter Dillingham 1875-1963 to be the most powerful link to the military, & thence Walter’s direct access to George Marshall’s unity of command in the Pacific headed by Adm. Nimitz w/Gen. Delos Emmons heading the Hawai`i region. FBI’s Bob Shivers 1894-1950 came to Hawai`i in August 1939 to determine what to do w/AJAs if Japan is at war w/the U.S. Shivers was given the cold shoulder by Merchant St., which coattailed Naval power/presence. But UH godfather Charley Hemenway born 1875-1947 [same age as Walter Dillingham], albeit a Merchant St. icon, became Shivers’ confidant & assured Shivers of AJA loyalty to the U.S., & Charley eventually became the top local civilian link to the military/internal security. Hemenway
    produced proteges Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 & Shigeo Yoshida 1907-1986 [Hilo High’s greatest alumnus 1926 grad, though no one in Hilo knows this], who helped avert mass internment of buddaheads here. Compassionate Frank Atherton 1877-1945, missionary descendant, a sickly child [always had empathy for society’s have-nots], Merchant St./Big 5 godfather [Walter was not Merchant St., but harbor/rail line/transport boss-overlord & thus the most powerful local civilian WWII-martial law], embraced Hemenway’s
    racial diversity egalitarianism & became Hung Wai’s biggest financial backer, just as Hemenway was Hung Wai’s combo spiritual/financial backer. Educator Yoshida became Hemenway’s virtual father figure clone. But other than Dillingham’s Navy link, Hung
    Wai became the most powerful teambuilder among the working class folks/grassroots, even though Hung Wai thought himself a patrician/elitist, which is why ironically Hung Wai couldn’t stand samurai talk/mentality, because aristocrat Hung Wai felt such
    “low class” hegemonic topic beneath his dignity. Yet, Hung Wai was the greatest of samurai, as it turned out! Yes, we’re all Jekyll/Hyde, & Hung Wai was no different. What set him apart from everyone else was his irrevocable inner desire to see others
    get a fair shake in life, albeit almost subconscious on his part. Like Hung Wai, Jack Burns 1909-1975 wanted fair play, Burns emerging from tough Kalihi, Hung Wai from shantytown Emmaville [where Dan Inouye born 1924 lived]. While Hung Wai advised GOP kingpin Joe Farrington 1897-1954, Burns replaced the Old Order [after Joe’s death from a massive heart attack in 1954 while at the height of Joe’s power] GOP oligarchs w/non-haole new breed solons like kingmaker Dan Inouye, who himself is today’s crown
    king. Burns resented Shivers’ oversight/authority WWII internal security [Burns was police espionage head], because Shivers was an older mirror image of stoneface/stoic Burns. Yes, Burns was defiant [Burns’ dad deserted Burns/Mom/sibs when Burns was 9 yrs. old]. Great friends of AJAs: Big Five/C&C Frank Midkiff born 1887 [son Bob born 1920]/protege sib John Midkiff born 1893]; indomitable educator Miles Cary born 1895 [mentored McKinley High pupils such as Hung Wai’s Class of 1924]; Ted Trent born 1905 [Haw’n Trust boss which was earlier directed by Hemenway][Ted’s dad Dick Trent was the 1st elected finance head for O`ahu County/earliest Dem Party leader]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Merle K. Lai, preserver of history & heritage — Kamehameha School alumnus Merle K. Lai, born 1944, is among our longest-serving County solons [before term limits]. Nurtured by Shun Kimura & Ikuo Hisaoka, Merle always brokered compromises as the Hawai`i County Council’s leading consensus-builder thruout the 1970s & 1980s. Merle actually was urged to run vs. good friend Mayor Dante Carpenter in 1988, by
    supporters including Bernard Akana. When Merle declined [Merle is not avaricious/opportunist],
    Akana stepped in [Merle’s Mom is an Akana], & the rest is history [upset of the century]! I spoke w/Dante 2 decades after his mayoralship [one term mayor 1984-1988]. Dante has
    several misgivings/regrets, among them the taint of self-dealing via lovely wife Olan’s consultant
    fees, & of course Dante’s run-in vs. Nakasone [Jippy Mattos cronyism]. Dante has
    no regrets about siding w/militant solons Wong/Cayetano/etc. in ousting Senate Prexy John
    Ushijima in 1978, Dante’s maiden year as a state senator. Grumpy Ushijima never forgave Dante
    for Dante’s betrayal of the neighbor island bloc. Do you know that Dickie Wong asked
    humble apostle Stanley Hara to chair the most powerful Ways/Means Committee in the
    reorganization? And that Stanley declined, being team-first to the neighbor island bloc?
    Ask anyone, Stanley Hara is a friend to everyone!! Even the Dickie Wongs utterly respected
    equanimous/even-keeled Stanley Hara. No kidding.
    Olan could chew out the Japanese race in her unguarded moments. Merle Lai is our gal who inspired everlasting remembrances of past heroes, her shining credit being Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium’s namesake. So too is Merle’s touch evident on every major facility — Kawamoto Olympic Pool/Wong & Victor Stadiums/Afook-Chinen. Merle’s deepest moment is enabling the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial/eternal flame next to the Wailoa Visitor Center. Aptly, the eternal flame is protected by none other than the great King
    Kamehameha I, whose statue stands proudly makai of it. Beautiful historymakers!! I take my
    hat off to preserver of history & heritage, our own Merle K. Lai. Whenever you see her, the
    eternal optimist, please cheerfully greet her w/”Merle Lai, consecrated hero!” Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Mamalahoa Highway [Belt Road around Hawai`i Island]
    1. Named after Kamehameha the Great’s Law of the Splintered Paddle, which guaranteed safety to all [especially infants/infirm/aged], you can see amazingly preserved horse & buggy beautiful lava rock roadbeds along the mauka Belt Rd. between Waimea & Kona. The King’s Trail is the coastline’s narrow walkway which predates the 1905 Belt Rd. The 1860s mauka Trail ran beneath the 1905 Belt Rd. As you know, original ahupua`a [land divisions cut like
    pie pieces from sea to mountain, with the coastline being the widest/outer pie pieces] were traversed makai to mauka, not parallel to the coastline. Thus, the Monarchy era mauka Trail was a phenomenal engineering feat because it had to cross gulches, especially along the Windward/East side of Hawai`i Island. Makai to mauka traditional ahupua`a footpaths were a piece of cake [no gulches to cross], as was the overhyped Leeward/Westside ancient King’s Trail.
    2. The 1905 Belt Rd. meanders south into Honoka`a along today’s 1927 “Ahualoa” Rd., which is the same zigzag/hairpin turn road below Tex’s Drive Inn which winds toward today’s Honoka`a Health Center & Mamane [Main] St. The 1927 Rd. heads south past today’s Mamane St. & alongside Johnny Waimea’s 54 acre ranch [homes like pearls on a string north to south along the 1927 Rd. being Uncle Fred’s, Johnny Waimea’s (today’s Rose Souza Hamora’s), Grand-Aunt Clara’s, Grand-Aunt Rose Gomes Silva’s, & Grand-Uncle
    Joshua’s (later Grand-Uncle Manuel’s)]. The 1927 Rd. courses along the same 1905 Rd. & original Hawaiian Monarchy era mauka Trail.
    3. The post-1946 Tsunami/current Belt Rd. bypasses Honoka`a town. After our privately-owned Railroad Co. went bankrupt as a result of the extensive damage from the 1946 Tsunami [high trestle bridges were undermined at ground level], our Territorial Roads
    Division bought the RR rights of way & built today’s Belt Rd. over the original railways, except that earthen banks were cut anew adjacent/mauka of the RR narrow cuts thru the same earthen banks. Obrigado, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Neal Rusty Blaisdell & Bishop Estate —popular O`ahu mayor Neal Rusty Blaisdell 1902-1975 actually resigned as mayor to make himself available to be Bishop Estate trustee in 1968. No, Rusty had enough of City Hall [among longest serving mayors 1954-1968]. He was burnt out from campaigning again vs. winless but brutal Fasi born 1920. No, Gov. Burns did not promise him the Bishop Estate post as Rusty’s reward to stay out of the 1966 Gov. race [Rusty chose not to run vs. Burns because incumbent Burns probably
    would win], this coming before the Burns Lt. Gov. debacle vs. Tom Gill [Burns picked apolitical Kenny Brown as Burns’ last choice Lt. Gov. mate — Gill crushed Brown in the later Dem primary — stone-cold combo Burns/Gill barely squeaked by GOP Crossley/Mills in the general election]. Bishop Estate trustee Ed Murray died at age 80 on June 30, 1968. A few weeks later, Rusty said he would not run again for mayor [followed LBJ’s lead 3 months earlier via not seeking re-election for U.S. President]. Rusty stated that he was a healthy 65 yr. old who could serve as an honorable/privileged Bishop Estate trustee. A month later, Hung Wo Ching’s
    former bldg. tenant Bill Richardson, now Supreme Court chief justice, appointed Hung Wo [not older brother Hung Wai] as BE trustee, to Rusty’s disappointment. No, the BE post was not promised to Rusty. Rusty simply [incorrectly] had hoped that Burns would get Burns’ protege Richardson to pick Rusty. But Burns always said that Richardson stays on the makai side of S. King St. [courthouse], & Burns does not cross over from the mauka side [Gov.
    office]. Everything went downhill from there for Rusty. Stung by over-estimating his influence,
    reeling Rusty foolishly announced his campaign to run vs. U.S. House Rep. Spark Matsunaga 1916-1990,
    within 5 days of failing to be BE trustee. As expected, Spark trounced Rusty by over a 2 to
    1 margin, 125K to 61K votes. Rusty died of a massive stroke just 7 yrs. later, just months
    after Jack Burns died of cancer. In retrospect, Burns’ henchman Dan Aoki said that Rusty
    would’ve made an ideal Dem, it’s just that Rusty was part of the old order, the benevolent
    GOP mold of Hung Wai Ching/Kats Kometani/Angel Maehara. Do you know that when baseball
    Asahi team owner Kats Kometani went off to war w/the 100th Batt., he had Burns manage the team & Rusty coach it? Amazing confluence!! BTW, Blaisdell closest confidant Angel Maehara is the younger brother of Maui baseball legend Iron Maehara. Thanks, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Joe Itagaki 1906-1963 was Mike Masaoka’s 1915-1991 best friend in the 442, Masaoka getting Itagaki a Bronze Star. Itagaki did not have a hobbled walk, Sam Oka did. Itagaki an amazing cook — made stuffed celery for 442 boys, something unknown to the boys. Made pickled audurbs from watermelon rinds. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Toisan along Pearl River typecast laborers in Frisco. Canton business entrepreneurs here. Follow the money [Hong Kong materialism] typecast outlying rural residents migrate to become cooks in Hong Kong. Nearly all Chinese in the U.S. are descended from Guangdong [including Canton] genesis. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Okay, Akira Hamamoto apparently was rejected by Shizue Kobatake as suitor, she latching on to Herb Isonaga, her eventual hubby, all set up by matchmaker Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002!! –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Consa Daog also told me about “The Cottage” behind the Volcano Arena off Kumu St. The Cottage allegedly might not have been Hisa’s operation. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Honoli’i bridges‏ — the 1892 wagon steel bridge across the mouth of Honoli’i stream was the largest of its kind in the Haw’n Islands. The 1911 vehicle bridge across upstream Honoli’i was the largest of its kind in the Haw’n Islands. The 1938 current Belt Rd. bridge was the largest of its kind in the Haw’n Islands until today’s Hakalau bridge was built. -Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Old Hilo firehouses — yes, our old firehouse was located on King [ergo Kalakaua] St., then 1910 switched over to the next block across our old territorial courthouse [where today’s reflecting pool is at Kalakaua Park], the new firehouse situated
    where today’s downtown 1st Haw’n Bank branch is. Of
    course, today’s central fire station 1938 replaced the firehouse where today’s downtown 1st Haw’n Bank is. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Japanese yoshi [husband takes wife’s last name — servile to wife] — Tsutae Murashige of Kawailani/Kino`ole St. Homestead married genesis
    Isojiro Kitagawa’s daughter, & took her last name because Iso had no sons [Tsutae not Pancho Murashige’s family]. Tsutae’s son Iwao married
    out of race [German gal] & Tsutae/wife got upset w/Iwao [Iwao’s wife a grumbler]. Nonetheless, Iwao
    took over Kitagawa Motors because Tsutae not flesh/blood. Eddie Fukuda of Kawailani service station lived across Tsutae. Eddie sponsored Jack Matsui’s sports. Matsui tried to get Eddie Fukuda [no relation to P&R Bob Fukuda] enshrined in Matsui’s sports HoF, but Eddie refused. Eddie’s parents used to fill gas for cars frenetically, while young Eddie would practice Eddie’s golf swing in full view of the customers at the parents’ service station. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Minoru Shinoda 1915-2006 — Minoru’s dad Yoshio was Hilo Dokuritsu/Independent Japanese School principal, mom Ima embroidery expert. Yoshio interned WWII, but because Minoru was provost martial interpreter, Yoshio was released [to Yoshio’s dismay, inasmuch Yoshio’s peers continued to be locked up for war’s duration — Yoshio didn’t want special treatment]. Wakabayashi was martial law investigator/informant who continuously harassed Frank Arakawa’s wife/kids for the one yr. they continued to live in Hilo while Frank was interned at Sand Island. Frank’s daughters Marion/Eva Arakawa [born 1922/1924] still bristle at the mention of his name, & revulsed at his coming into their Haili St. home all the time to snoop around. Behemoth Frank 5’9″ would’ve punched out this snitch if he had his druthers. Frank a great baseball pitcher a century ago [1st Hilo High grad class 1909], catcher was Kazuma Hisanaga’s dad Hisakichi [Sam Boyd’s oyabun/godfather right here in Hilo along Mameya-pleasure lane-Punahoa St.]. Boy, you mention
    Wakabayashi/Kiyo Okubo/Minoru Shinoda to internee progeny, you get the baleful stare/glare — if looks could kill, these “FBI” snitches would be pushing up
    daisies. BTW, Okubo/Shinoda were later given highest accolades by Japan, so these hombres played it both ways, w/us on the hot seat. Shinoda is UH Nippon studies pundit/icon. Yikes! –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Scott Ritter born 1961 — Scott was chief UN inspector Iraq 1991-1998, resigned over lack of enforcement. Irony is that Scott opposed our Iraq war & said that no WMDs existed to justify our invasion. Scott opposed deposing Hussein [described Hussein as defanged tiger] & advocated diplomacy via U.N. to clean up Iraq [of being international threat]. Scott became Bush’s biggest anti-war critic, calling Bush [but also Bush I/Clinton] trigger-happy. Scott’s parents lived in Volcano, & Scott spoke at 2 of Richard Uejo’s KMC sermons. Scott’s dad had told Scott about Uejo’s “pacifism” [anti-Iraq war sentiments — Uejo also calls Bush trigger-happy]. Uejo also knew Billy Graham & gleaned “stick to God’s Word” as punch-proof testament, no matter the politics/temper of the times.
    Uejo also admired Carter [carpenter like Jesus/Habitat for Humanity][Camp David Accord]
    & Truman [no-nonsense guy — race integration/Communist containment via Korea]. Boy, Ritter got nailed w/sex accusations — blowback from gov’t?? –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Plain dealing is home-spun morality [Saul-Doc Buyers] — Reprise Matthew 13:31-32 — the mustard seed is the smallest seed, but it produces the largest plant. Doc Buyers symbolizes Babel — monument to human pride/power/arrogance/self-idolatry/
    debauchery. Uncle Mits Tanaka 1921-2007 [Scrub’s brother/Jack Burns’ manpower chief here], my neighbor, revulsed when Uncle Mits, seated behind Doc Buyers in the airline coach section, saw Buyers creep up to first class open seat & sat there to enjoy the amenities. Sadly, Mufi chose “blind lead the blind” in following Buyers’ lead w/impetuous Buyers as
    Mufi’s alter ego. Buyers bought friendship/Mufi’s adoration. Nonetheless, despot Frank Fasi born 1920 is a visionary [public transit- Da Bus/home rule satellite city halls (Johnny Wilson’s baby self-actualized via Fasi)]. Mufi is a visionary [rail — urban development proves that unpopular rail eventually becomes necessary/heaviest use/mode of commute]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Jesse Shima’s bio in Okinawa Shimpo 1981 — our greatest AJA historian is Dr. Franklin Odo born 1939, currently Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Director. Noriko Sanefuji is Program Asst. This
    is what Franklin had to say upon receiving the Okinawa Shimpo 30 page newspaper biography on Jesse Shima 1901-2002 — “Just received packet of articles on Jesse Shima. Looked through first few — they are great!! Thank you so much for sending them. Jesse certainly was a fantastic person. I’m still hoping Terry Shima [Jesse’s D.C. nephew] might persuade Jesse’s family to consider donating items to the Smithsonian for the historical record. Take care –Franklin.” Jesse Shima is the most underpublicized Nikkei in the U.S. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Similar names — Galen Weaver was the longtime Church of the Crossroads pastor who came here in 1924 on the same boat w/Scot John Young. Galen Fisher was the great internationalist/historian 1920s. Gerald
    Fisher of the Wilcox family Galen Fisher’s son & was the great altruist who helped us buddaheads amid the hysteria of WWII. Mobster Roy Ryder said there’re only 2 guys he won’t snitch on — Alema Leota 1928-2008/Larry Mehau born 1929 [both treated him w/respect][Ryder had nothing criminal on Larry — just association-relationships]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Bill Buckley 1925-2008 is Irish Catholic, not WASP —
    Buckley is conservative because of his aristocratic upbringing, vs. Kennedy’s populist earthy politics. Yes, Buckley defends slavery/McCarthy’s red-baiting.
    Obama confided in Ted Kennedy & was told to “go for it” for President, which is a once-in-a-lifetime
    opportunity. On military readiness, it’s honest to say that our forces are ill-supplied, as Obama said, but actually Obama’s target should not be Bush, but the Pentagon [internal priority]. Charley Rangel supported Hillary 2008, not surprising, because Bill/Hillary carpetbagged via Rangel [symbolic Harlem]. Ga. Black Rep. John Lewis who switched from Hillary to Obama did so because his constituents were calling out for his demise had he bypassed public will. One solon’s power collapses if the constituents vote otherwise. Michigan/Florida try to be first in Dem primary to garner power/stature at Party convention. Scrub Tanaka was critical of establishment types, & certainly would’ve voted
    for Obama, as would racial pluralist Jack Burns. Yes, Inouye has favors that are called on, so he has to vote for Hillary. LBJ didn’t know what to do about the Vietnam War, which resulted in his
    retirement from office, & the Vietnam War agonized him so much, it hastened his death. When Scrub asked Jack Burns why Burns appointed eccentric egotist Kaz Abe to the Supreme Court, Burns said that Kaz’ love for constitutional law [Kaz advocated Buddhist Day to counter Christmas Day] was needed. Sheez! Kaz was rewarded for being a good team player for Burns.
    Vim/vigor/vitality — look at Biblical David, a la Obama, who was sent out to take food for his older brothers. But David had the solemn commitment to “fell” Goliath. Yes, Obama is David, as McCain is Bible’s old stoutheartCaleb [“Give me that mountain!”]. Sure, Yoshito Takamine gerrymandered to take sugar’s Kohala, & to omit haoles’ Waimea. Do you know that Isamu Kanekuni’s Int. School English teacher Sarah Rudd had Isamu’s class memorize Shakespeare [“Albertini, so full of sound & fury,
    signifying nothing” –as Isamu scowls about Jim], which Isamu remembers till this day?! And that Isamu’s high school Chinese typing teacher Ah Kiong Chong spent a whole hr. each week teaching/preaching the phrase “common sense?!” Thomas Paine reduxed. Isamu, not modest to upend anyone, asked blowhard Kawika Lovell’s consultant if she knew what conjugation meant [Isamu credits his Int. School English teacher Margaret Watt], to which her query was, “What is that?” Old vs. New. Inouye was the moral force behind Shinseki’s march up the chain of command, for which Shinseki is grateful always. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    The Old is forgotten, the New is remembered. Okage sama de [we are Now because of who came Before]. Yes, free country, we all choose different interests. Buddy Azevedo, w/only his eyes as his watchtower, has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the past. Which is why he told fellow Luso/Portuguese Walt Dods Jr. [Kohala Perreira familia; Walt’s dad was orphan of Father Louis Boys Home — now Hilo Terrace Apt. site below Hilo Intermediate School] that Buddy should’ve quit high school 4 yrs. earlier [Buddy never finished high school] because he deprived himself of 4 important yrs. of life. Yikes! Yes, everyone is different. Thence, gene pool diversity ensures species survival.
    Maybe we seek something metaphysical, greater than
    our lot, so to speak. Which brought me back to my beloved Hilo High English literature teacher Elizabeth Hawea Waia`u, daughter of longest-serving Hawai`i County elected official/auditor Harry Kaina Brown [except for D.A. Billy Beers], who was honored by Issei/AJAs for his stand-up support for them in the throes of Pearl Harbor/WWII. Hawea’s tutu kane is Haili Church’s longest-serving pastor, Stephen Desha Sr. Why Hawea? For Hawea’s love for all, high & low, in and out. Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    ILWU’s Benito Apostadiro [former national AAU boxing titlist] — ILWU at height of its power — ILWU business agent/Pinoy Ben Apostadiro & Alema Leota’s
    nephew & former Earl Kim gang member Tom Fanene were sued by the prosecutor’s office to dismantle their Ewa cockfight arena. The grounds were later bulldozed by agreement of landowner Campbell Estate & lessee O`ahu Sugar Co. Per Advertiser story, O`ahu
    Sugar Co. was reluctant to stop the cockfights because it didn’t want to run afoul of its employees or the ILWU, which lorded over the plantations in the 1960s-1980s. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    My Uncle Yukio Narimatsu 1918-1955 & Yukio’s brother Toshi 1913-1998 [my Dad] — my Uncle Yukio Narimatsu died at age 37 Christmas 1955 from perforated ulcer, leaving behind wife Masae/”Nancy” age 32 & 7 little children ages 5 to 12 [incl. 2 sets of twins]. He was our most beloved Nisei kin because of his heart of gold. His son Donald, 63 yrs. old, expressed my Dad Toshi’s devotion to deceased brother Yukio. Neighbors saw my Dad w/Dad’s shovel diverting floodwaters away from Yukio’s rear bathroom area in Wainaku village mill camp amid a torrential downpour. The neighbors turned pale white because they thought they were seeing Yukio’s ghost, but it was my Dad, whom I’m very proud of. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Burns hatchetman Dan Aoki/dockworker Jack Kawano —
    Do you know that Burns hatchetman Dan Aoki was born in Kealakekua Kona 1918 & moved to Maui in 1926 [father was congregational minister]? He was among the pre-WWII UH neighbor island students who were inspired by Nu`uanu Apt./dorm landlord Takaichi Miyamoto [most powerful AJA via leadership helm w/ubiquitous mayor/Dem Party boss Kanaka Johnny Wilson]. Short of money at UH, Aoki worked the docks w/fellow Mauian Tadao Beppu & Honoka`a boxer James Koba [baseball pitcher Yuki Maeno’s uncle], who was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. At the docks Aoki was inspired by former ‘Ophikao boy Jack Kawano to organize laborers. But WWII broke out & Aoki/Beppu enlisted w/the 442nd. Kawano was the antecedent strident Dem before fellow Keau’au boy Yasuki Arakaki. Kawano was stigmatized by Jack Hall for refusing to endorse Hall’s bipartisan solon slate, incl. ILWU endorsement of many GOPs such as Statehood Joe Farrington over Jack Burns. Which is why courageous Kawano was marginalized into obscurity by Hall after losing to Hall as regional director. “Take no prisoners” Hall incensed Kawano so
    much that Kawano made a big mistake by retaliating vs. Hall by spilling the beans on Hall’s communist ties [Kawano was a Communist Party member from 1937-1949] which resulted in the Hawai`i Seven Smith Act redbaiting convictions. Chuck Mau’s support of Kawano also caused Mau’s demise. BTW, Hall’s wife is fellow Kea’au native Yoshiko Ogawa [cop Jerry’s sister]. Do you know who loaned my idol
    Henry Oshiro the 45 calibre sidearm for Henry to defend himself from Fascists while on R&R? Eventual Burns cellman [Burns civil defense office at city hall nicknamed the “cell”][closest confidants] Shigeto Kanemoto, Lt. 442nd. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Racial caste system — yes, customary profiling stigmatized Blacks — a White woman can give birth to a “Black” child, but a Black woman cannot give birth to a “White” child. Up the social ladder for Whites, down the social ladder for Blacks. As sage Jere Krischel points out, customary profiling stigmatizes Hawaiians — a White woman can give birth to a “Hawaiian” child, but a Hawaiian woman cannot
    give birth to a “White” child. Up the social ladder for Whites, down the social ladder for Hawaiians. Correlation vs. causality? Hawaiians are at the bottom of the social ladder because of their customary profiling, which lumps one drop blood Hawaiians w/all other Hawaiians. Lump one drop blood Blacks w/all other Blacks, & Blacks are at the bottom too. Whites ascend, Blacks descend. Non-Hawaiians ascend, Hawaiians descend. Just as OHA/Stender wish these to be. The racial inferiority money entitlement tag. Reap billions of dollars by displaying the tag. The tag itself is an illusion, conjured up by racial identity promoters. Real life one drop blood Hawaiians make up our large middle class, just as real life one drop blood Blacks make up our large middle class. And yes, our middle classers are very conservative!! Not like race caste system promoters OHA/Stender. Yes,
    mixed ethnicities [race equalizers] & low blood quantum [race refutation] make the race card
    all but obsolete today. Like Al Pacino chastens, Italian Americans as Italians? No, all mixed
    races today — Italian Americans as Americans! –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sun Yat Sen — Hung Wai Ching’s ancient archetype — Hung Wai Ching’s assimilation/faith in American democracy had ancient touchstones in positive
    role model Sun Yat Sen 1866-1925, father of modern China, whose incendiary ideals of
    American democracy were fueled during Sun’s residence here in Hawai`i. Among Sun’s devotees here were Hung Wai’s parents. Not coincidentally, like many time-tested leaders [PI’s Jose Mercado Rizal whom Sun Yat Sen modeled himself after], Sun trained as a medical doctor in Hong Kong & grew into a revolutionary after his appeals to reform China were
    vanquished by the Old Order/caste rulers. Unlike today’s highly stratified M.D.s, Sun’s genre
    were the only flickering hope for positive social change. Yes, Hung Wai Ching’s indomitable
    inner strength was derived in part from the tremendous positive legacy of ancient forebearer
    Sun Yat Sen, both men of Punti/Zhongshan/working-class–cultural tradition beginnings. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Internationalist Professor Masafumi Honda — Hawai`i Japanese Center — UH-Hilo’s Prof. Honda born 1958 is Americanized in projection/communication [assertive/
    gregarious — went to school in Georgia a la Kona barb Koji Ariyoshi], unlike his Nippon forebearers who only went to school in Japan. Prof. Honda actually sings country music better than he does Nippon lyrics. No, he is linguist by trade, not Kayama Yuzo [heartthrob vocalist/actor]. Yes, Prof. Honda is an aggressive version of AJA Jimmy Shigeta [handsome local vocalist/actor who played opposite Eurasian Nancy Kwan in Flower Drum Song]. As w/
    Makiki Pastor Takie Okumura’s New Americans Conference 1927-1941 [Nisei/2nd generation
    buddaheads have undivided loyalty toward the country of their birth — U.S., not Japan], Prof. Honda is fully acculturated as American. Monoshiri [know-it-all]/tenno heika [condescending] are ascriptions not beyond him via his Americanization. And yes, Prof. Honda is a good singer, & is a former member of our local karaoke club [Lorraine Yamada/Nancy Watanabe/Henry Shimabukuro/etc.]. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Altruistic orgs — believe it or not, Chicago/Midwest stand among the 10 most influential metro sites in the world [founded in 1833 as boat transport Great Lakes to Mississippi, then as rail hub to Western frontier — drew European/Irish immigrants — labor issues/urban blight (Haymarket Riot 1886) — green park system/sewer system/skyscraper/meat packer dominance are focal points]. And out of this social roil emerged our most energetic/altruistic orgs 1905-1915 — Rotary [so-called elite membership — professionals]; Lions [grassroots membership]; Exchange [grassroots];
    4-H [head/heart/hands/health]; Kiwanis; Arbor Society; etc. Rotary focuses on Easter Seal/disabled children; Lions on Helen Keller’s blindness prevention; Exchange on child abuse prevention; Kiwanis on youth leadership/etc. Shriners are masons which predate the Midwest orgs
    by 50 yrs. out of NYC. Thence, Shriners/Kapi`olani Children’s Hospital [ergo, Builders, not
    treaters such as Easter Seal]. Inimitable sportsman/entrepreneur Alex Hume Ford started our Lions Club here & among its earliest members was great educator Ernest B. De Silva. Bill Lyman [Rufus’
    progeny] is Alex Ford incarnate. Community-oriented Frank Lafita is Exchange Club here/Rick Castberg is Rotarian. Paul Mannen & Harvey Hoffman are transplanted Stateside Lions here — loving/caring/compassionate folks all!! Super humanitarians/peacemakers! Aloha, -Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Why Hawai`i AJAs outnumbered Stateside Kotonks 10 to 1 in the 442nd — the original 100th Batt. was comprised of 1940-1941 conscripts from the 298th/299th Hawai`i National Guard who were segregated into an all-AJA unit after 12/7/41. The 100th later merged into the 442nd as its 1st Batt. Stateside Kotonks [slang meaning hard-heads/stubborn in our buddahead opinions] were locked up/imprisoned by order of FDR, & patriotism was vanquished. Would
    you volunteer for the 442nd if everything you had was taken away –if everyone you knew was exiled to wastelands via national hysteria vs. us J_ps? Thus, for the single Kotonk who enlisted in relation to the 10 buddaheads who enlisted, that one Kotonk is a greater hero than the 10 buddaheads in my opinion. And to a man, no one, not even one buddahead, felt
    differently about the utter turnabout of the Kotonk enlistee — valor immeasurably demonstrated.
    Utah’s Mike Masaoka is my Moses, Pi`ihonua’s/D.C.’s Jesse Shima[bukuro] my shepherd.
    Thanks to civilian leaders Hung Wai Ching/Shigeo Yoshida/Charles Hemenway/Bob Shivers, & to
    magnanimous military leaders Delos Emmons [credited for winning the Battle of Midway], Kendall
    Fielder, & Chester Nimitz, mass imprisonment of Hawai`i buddaheads was averted. Thanks also
    to peacemakers/enablers of equanimity Miles E. Cary, Masa Katagiri, Ernie Murai, Kats Kometani,
    Charles Loomis, Billy Jarrett Jr., George Aikau, Tommy Kaulukukui, Richard Lum, Frank Judd, Albert
    Lyman, Leslie Hicks, Riley Allen, Frank Atherton, Garner Anthony, Walter Dillingham, John H.
    Midkiff, Oren E. Long, Jack Burns, Les Deacon, Thomas G.S. Walker, Gregg Sinclair, Arthur
    Dean, Galen Weaver, Andrew Lind, Mas Marumoto, Mits Kido, Baron Goto, Ted Trent, Frank Midkiff,
    Les Dunstan, I.H. Mayfield, Gordon Bowles, N.C. Villanueva, Gerald Fisher, Walt Mihata, Bob
    Komenaka, Katsuro Miho, Iwao Miyake, Stan Miyamoto, Ernie Furukawa, Bob Murakami, Tad
    Haga, Bob Ishikawa, Shigeo Mikami, Kaji Suzuki, Shiz Onishi, Yosh Matsusaka, Mas Kanemaru,
    Mas Watanabe, Shig Hirotsu, Shimeiji Kanazawa, George Higa, George Bicknell, Walter Short,
    Husband Kimmel, Moses Pettigrew, Cecil Coggins, Kenneth Ringle, Galen Fisher, MW Marsten,
    Frank Blake. Hattiesburg editor
    posted Not Welcome when the 442nd
    was assigned to Camp Shelby, Miss. Hung Wai Ching braintrusted w/its editor & police chief,
    and thereafter no more negative signs appeared. Hung Wai was more AJA than us AJAs! –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Luso/Portuguese Baruch Bento Spinoza & the Age of Enlightenment 1600s-1700s —
    1. Baruch Bento Spinoza 1632-1677 was a protege of the father of modern philosophy, France’s Rene Descartes 1596-1650, exponent of the scientific/inductive method of knowledge.
    2. Bento [Benedicto] was born the same year as the groundstone of the American Revolution, England’s John Locke [1632-1704], whose principles of tolerance/liberty/natural rights [life-liberty-property(pursuit of happiness a la Thomas Jefferson)] also inspired the 1789 French Revolution [vs aristocracy] of Rousseau & Voltaire. England’s Locke/forebearer Francis Bacon/Scotland’s David Hume/Ireland’s George Berkeley extolled empiricism
    [experience/sense perception as basis of knowledge], whereas Continental Europe’s Descartes/Bento Spinoza/Gottfried Leibniz [developed calculus independently astride England’s Isaac Newton (father of modern science)] espoused rationalism [reason is superior to experience — sense perception must be proved from more certain principles]. Muito obrigad y bom dia –Curtis

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sheriff’s posse/home rule — Territorial Hawai`i had no elected governor, no choice over judicial/high level appointments, and its only elected official on a national level had no vote in Congress. We were politically impotent. One of our few home rule politicos was our elected sheriff [police chief], the
    most powerful official next to the mayor/county chairman. Ex-baseball star Pat Gleason
    was an O`ahu sheriff icon after WWI, & Hilo’s ubiquitous Ernie Kai [Lt. Gov./”Territorial Secretary”
    appointed by the President/Wash. D.C.] first got his feet wet in politics by soldiering for Gleason.
    Of course, Dem Kai blames Jack Burns for scuttling Kai’s expected appointment as Territorial Gov.
    in 1951. Burns replaced Kai’s nomination w/Dem Oren Long’s name at the Interior Dept. in D.C.
    Nonetheless, Kai barely lost to Bill Richardson for elected Lt. Gov. in the 1962 Dem primary race, losing by less than a thousand votes. Kai never forgave Burns for sabotaging Kai’s 1951 Gov. appointment [because Kai didn’t promise patronage choices for Burns]. On the Big Island, auspicious Sam Pua, George Desha, & Henry Martin were nearly as powerful as the mayor/county chairman. Of course, cronyism ran rampant, off the books [beat/street cops were forced to co-signloans for superiors] & on [the hardest campaign workers got choice jobs/slots].
    Which is why the elected sheriff office was abolished in favor of a police commission in 1943
    [Martin out/Maui haole straight arrow George Larsen in]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Ariyoshi & Yamashiro — excellent money managers
    1. Gov. Ariyoshi 1974-1986 ably managed our public finances. Gov. Waihe`e, flushed w/surplus monies left over by Gov. Ariyoshi, freewheeled away the monies.
    2. Mayor Stephen Yamashiro 1992-2000 operated w/sparse finances. He got the County’s most out of the few dollars available. In terms of proactive leadership, Yamashiro is our Little Napoleon — audacious but fiscally on the ball. Yes, Mayor Harry Kim 2000-2008 has the public’s trust, but he is no leader like Yamashiro, despite Kim’s emergency mgmt.
    persona. Lotta sizzle, sparingly little meat. Remember that Steve’s dad was among the
    amazing/compassionate Uchinanchu/Okinawans who sacrificed swiftly to aid their starving
    ancestral kin post WWII. What Steve’s Dad did is more than Steve born 1941 [same age as UH prof Rick Castberg] ever did in Steve’s life, & Steve admits this. Steve’s Dad rose to the life/death challenge of saving the lives of starving homelanders. Leader Steve may well rise to the occasion if the crisis occurs again. Harry Kim is no leader Steve or Steve’s Dad. Harry strutted high as a punk teacher, & his gait has lowered only because of age, not wisdom. Sizzle. Gaman [quiet strength-Steve’s
    Dad], –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hawai`i — genteel outpost of haole superiority
    1. Relationships often result in power/influence blocs, such as the Kennebec Maine Congregationals who missioned in Hawai`i, resulting in our Oligarchy/Republican Party. Yet, for every negative role model of high society snobbery [autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston], there are 3 positive progeny counterparts [Frank Atherton/William R. Castle/Henry Baldwin]. Along w/the 3 positive progeny exemplars stand another 2 non-progeny plusses [Wally Farrington/ Charles Hemenway].
    2. Yes, Farrington was governor 1921-1929, Star-Bulletin owner [thru Castle & Cooke], &
    has landmarks named after him [highway/school/etc.]. Most important, he is Statehood Joe Farrington’s dad — Joe got Joe’s compassion/altruism for the common lot of folks from dad Wally. Yes, Wally is from the same neck of Maine’s woods as imperial Lorrin A.
    Thurston’s ancestors.
    3. Understated Charles Hemenway — now here was a Man!! Foreborn from the same roots–
    Vermont — Charles was a Big Five/oligarchy kingpin. Yet, Charles was the earthy U of Hawai`i for over 30 yrs. from UH’s inception in 1907, being a regent/trustee. Charles’ defining moment tragically occurred when his only son died in 1922. Thereafter, Charles would become the hanai/spiritual father to our biggest positive historymakers [Hung Wai Ching/
    Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida/Mits Kido/etc.]. Do you know that Charles corresponded daily w/our all-AJA WWII soldiers on the blood-stained fields of Europe? No one loves Charles more than 100th/442nd/MIS guru Ted Tsukiyama, who was in the thick of the primal formation of the all-AJA units right there on UH grounds, Charles’ turf. This guy Charles, I know
    of no finer patriot/apostle than him! Incredulous, really, Charles’ evolution/metamorphosis. Love eternal, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Third party candidates — “spoilers”/pre-Statehood national party delegates
    1. Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 split the vote w/President Taft, allowing Woodrow Wilson to win.
    2. Even if Ross Perot had not entered the 1992 race, President Bush still would have lost to Bill Clinton.
    3. Frank Fasi split the vote w/Patricia Saiki in 1994, allowing Ben Cayetano to win.
    4. Keiko Bonk’s runs for mayor in 1996 & 2000 eased wins for Steve Yamashiro/Harry Kim.
    5. Before Hawai`i Statehood/1959, national party conventions were the only way Hawai`i citizens could get Wash. D.C.’s ear/attention. Though limited to 4 or 6 votes among hundreds of delegates, our votes counted in the determination of national party policy
    and the nomination of the next U.S. President. Our votes could be exchanged for national party pledges to endorse our platform. Because our 1900 inaugural Home Rule Party had no national counterpart, it had zero power in D.C., & today all that reminds us of it
    is its obscure namesake street in Kalihi.
    6. When Hawai`i Democrat John Wise cast the deciding vote at the 1900 Democratic Party national convention to favor rural America’s proposed silver standard vs. east coast urban’s gold standard, this demonstrated the importance of national party conventions to give us some semblance of home rule/participatory democracy in exchange for our votes on national issues. Thence, the media focus on our party delegates to national conventions pre-Statehood. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hawai`i GOP/Republicans
    1. The anti-slavery party of Abraham Lincoln ruled the White House until Dem FDR took it back via the Great Depression. The GOP [Grand Ole’ Party moniker used before the turn of the last century] took back the White House w/Eisenhower, only to lose it during
    the 1960s & 1990s.
    2. Northern anti-slavery Whigs [Scot for rebel] included our New England Congregational missionaries who settled in Hawai`i. Progeny included autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston & Negro race apostle/Civil War hero Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Maui [founded Virginia’s Hampton Institute; mentored Booker T. Washington, who was chosen recently by respected Atlantic Magazine as among the 100 greatest-ever Americans], Armstrong a Punahou grad like O’ahu Elbert Tuttle, greatest southern federal judge who broke open Civil Rights 1960s/WWII war hero.
    3. Our evolving GOP eventually included our major industrialists/Big Five [A&B, C&C, Brewer, Davies, AmFac], the rich/powerful high society aristocrats, & included ali`i [powerful Hawaiians].
    4. Our GOP Delegate to Congress Kuhio [1902-1922], earthy/grassroots, longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, was the exemplar/template for our 2nd longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, GOP Joe Farrington [1942-1954], both of whom died in office.
    Both men brought back the GOP to the party of Abraham Lincoln — everybody’s equal –the matchless singularity/flashpoint which was lost on several Merchant St./Big Five bosses. Not surprisingly, Congregational progeny A&B and C&C [interlocked w/non-missionary industrialists], though accused of benevolent paternalism, were altruists/egalitarians
    in their personal endeavors [charitable hospital/housing/school/YMCA support]. Non-missionary Scot engineers, backdropped by austere European economic conditions, also were loving/compassionate benefactors, still worshipped today, mythic mentors like sugar industry bosses CC Kennedy/John M. Ross/John Moir/James Henderson/A.J. Watt.
    5. Current GOP Gov. Linda Lingle is only slightly reminiscent of Kuhio/Joe Farrington, not as
    passionate as them about society’s underclass/outcasts, not as reassuring as them a la
    “fireside/BBQ chats,” but a centrist/moderate who caters to majority rule. Remember that if GOP Joe Farrington had not died of a massive heart attack in 1954 while still in office in D.C., there would not have been a Jack Burns Dem dynasty. Joe trounced Jack in the head-on delegate race in 1948; Joe was ILWU-backed in 1946/etc. Look at Joe’s trinity kitchen cabinet: 100th Batt. genesis Hung Wai Ching [YMCA pastor]; 100th Batt. oyabun/godfather Kats Kometani; & MIS [all-Nisei boys which incl. Scrub
    Tanaka] stalwart Mas Marumoto. Yes, AJAs born before 1920 were GOP [like my Dad], not Dem. The later ones like Dan Inouye repudiated the old order & were militant. Though grizzled Scrub was born in 1915, his flashover to Jack Burns’ Dem Party came from Scrub’s brother’s shooting of an agitator during a Honoka`a sugar labor dispute. Yes, Scrub was part of his Honoka`a hometown’s owner/management faction before Scrub’s conversion to the worker/labor faction.
    6. Our Nippon immigrants lamented over WWII’s cancellation of our Confucian-style shushin
    [moral precepts]. To reprise one in Americanized fashion, I am reminded of Dem-turned-GOP
    noisebox Frank De Luz, who comes from Dem Scrub Tanaka’s home district Honoka`a. Like current talking heads Gerald De Mello/etc. who lord over our island Dem Party, De Luz’ allegory is apt/timely — I walked a mile w/Selfisha, she chattered [about herself] all the way; none was I the wiser, for the tons she had to say. I walk this mile w/Selflessa, not a word utters she; yet I am all the wiser, for stoicism walks with me. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Engineer E. L. Wung’s progeny [E. L. known for Kea`au Ha`ena public access] — E.L., like brother E.K., was a great athlete WWI era. E.L.’s son is rancher Alex, faithful caretaker of E.L.’s Puna/Volcano pastures. E.L.’s peer is fellow Chinese/benevolent C.L. Chow [Elaine’s vuvu/grandpa]. E.L.’s other son Les is the supposed kin bane who served w/Kona’s Goro Inaba as Jack Burns’ land use commish. Les’ wife & daughter are opined as high-nosed, though long-faced
    daughter’s hubby Tom Yeh [developers’ atty.] is the nicest/sweetest guy in the world. But E.L.’s legacy
    is secure — earthy yet no-nonsense. E.L., per excellent mentorship succession, is
    protege Bill “Cappy” Chun’s alter ego. Cappy is ex-HawTel ace Kenny Wong’s overstudy.
    Great lineage. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Rev. Ernest Gomes De Silva’s progeny [educators] —
    Rev. E.G. De Silva pastored at our Hilo Portuguese Christian Church [now Central Christian] on
    Haili St. a century ago. His daughter Lucille married Luso Gilbert Canario [whose family
    had the castle across Ace Hardware on Kilauea Ave.]. His sons Ernest B., Leo, Elmer, & Clem
    were educators, Ernest B. the most ubiquitous [Ainako’s elementary school named after him —
    E.B. lived off Ainako w/2nd wife Frances Chang De Silva (now Sherrard)]. Other son Edwin
    was the well-known service station chain entrepreneur [had 3 stations in central Hilo — on
    Kam Ave. next to Hilo Theater, on Mamo & Keawe Sts., & on Shipman & Keawe Sts.]. E.G.’s
    grandson & E.B.’s son Paul is the best-known of our generation. Paul was a public school
    teacher & then became the renowned mob-buster D.A. in 1978 [vanquished Alvin Kaohu’s
    gang]. E.G. raised his kids at the church parsonage. E.B. later lived in Pu`u`eo w/his
    1st wife Adelaide Serrao De Silva [Paul’s Mom]. E.B.’s 1920s job as County recreation spec resulted in his creation of the Lincoln Park youth outfits. Great philanthropist James Kimo Henderson [full Scot, no Hawaiian blood] was oyabun/youth boss Shigeto Froggie Yoneda’s “Wrecker” gang benefactor.
    Kimo’s former sugar mill which Kimo owned was right along Ponahawai St. Puna of the Central
    Fire Station site, across Lincoln Park [created in 1909 on Lincoln’s birthday centennial].
    Kimo’s Helco office also was next to Lincoln Park by where L&L Drive Inn now is. Viver bem [live well], –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    John “Jippy” Mattos [born 1939] political team builder for Dante Carpenter — Jippy’s nickname came from the Kaumana [Hilo] kids seeing Jippy in the WWII jeeps & excitedly exclaiming, Jeepy, Jeepy!! Jeepy got shortened to Jippy after WWII.
    Jippy is the crucial link between oldtime politics & the New Age [cyberspace/mass media]. Jippy is saddled w/being the hatchet man/bully for ex-mayor Dante Carpenter, mainly because of Jippy’s macho physical look-brogue/barrel chest. “If looks could kill, we’d all be dead.” Jippy’s team-builder skills/
    instincts in politics are reprised every election. Not only is Jippy team-first, but Jippy also is
    color/race blind. Jippy’s wife is half-Japanese, half-Portuguese, & Jippy’s progeny are a rainbow blend of races. Amazing inclusive acceptance of everyone. Do you know that Jippy’s inspiration is John Ushijima’s crony/confidant Richard Jitchaku, not ubiquitous Hilo Luso Frank Serrao, a former Lt. Gov. who is not known to Jippy? Even though Frank [Adelaide De Silva’s kin] lived on Serrao Lane where Jippy lived? Nor noted Luso solons/
    philanthropists such as G.F. Affonso and J.M. Osorio? Like our J. Roy Souza [born
    1945], Jippy is his own self-winding man. A born ticker. Jippy’s immersion in oldtime
    politics takes us back to the 1960s, w/wheeler dealer solons Bob Yamada/Richard Jitchaku/Ikuo
    Hisaoka/Kuma Higashihara — when a handshake sealed a deal, when a man’s word was worth its
    weight in silver. The ole’ days. Jippy’s political slide was triggered via Mayor Dante Carpenter’s cronyism/favoritism for Jippy vs. civil servant/Public Works Dept. promotion rejectee Stan Nakasone. Jippy is philosophical about the greatest upset of the century, when Bernard Akana vanquished incumbent mayor Dante Carpenter in 1988. Jippy has
    no lingering bitterness. Democracy rang loud & clear. Jippy chalks up as stinging learning
    experiences the promotion fiasco & Carpenter’s re-election defeat. Ironically, John Ushijima’s
    final imprint is John’s surprising defeat as Senate President, engineered by young turks
    Dickie Wong/Ben Cayetano, incl. freshman senator Dante Carpenter before Dante became
    mayor. Ushijima, ever truculent/imperious, never forgave Dante for Dante’s transgression
    [betraying the neighbor island bloc in John’s opinion]. Yet, Ushijima always loved Jippy,
    even though Jippy was Dante’s right hand man. Ushijima was faithful to Jippy because of
    Ushijima’s right hand man Richard Jitchaku, who was Jippy’s alter ego/inspiration in politics.
    Jitchaku demonstrated how to win converts/adherents thru the power of
    positive thinking/relationships. Ushijima never forgot how Jippy made Jitchaku the happiest
    guy alive [Japanee Jitchaku won over Portagee Jippy], despite Jippy’s inseparable bond w/Dante Carpenter. Yes, Jippy cannot reverse the hand of time & get Dante re-elected as mayor. Jippy cannot undo the Nakasone fiasco. Jippy doesn’t own a time machine. What Jippy does do is live lovingly/serenely
    w/the strength that Jippy was a multi-ethnic/class-blind egalitarian, grassroot to the
    core, still acknowledged nicely by the common man/woman, still our blithe/encouraging kindred soul.
    Always upbeat. Jippy is our collective Dr. Phil/confidence-builder, our
    Knute Rockne/team-first exponent, our earthy inspiration. One thing about Jippy/Stan Pacheco Sr. When you honor/bestow recognition upon them, be prepared to get mooched by their kin. Where you really should get a thank you, you’ll get a nudge for a donation to their familia. Sabens, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Our Ferreira familia positive influence amid 1889 Goto lynching in Honoka`a — Our immigrant Girardo Ferreira [1856-1923] suffused kindness of heart & immense generosity. A military veteran & esteemed blacksmith, Girardo recognized his earned stature/place in society, and demonstrated untold altruism & quiet grace. He is one of several upper crust Luso who are beloved among us buddaheads & yet virtually invisible among his fellow Portuguese/Luso. After all, Luso/Portuguese were typecast as mean-spirited foremen/lunas in early plantation-era Hawai`i. Girardo respected the Asian customs of loyalty/obedience/team-first attitudes. Please allow me to digress on a historic though
    tragic event, the 1889 Goto lynching across Girardo’s blacksmith shop on Main/Mamane St. in Honoka’a village. Buddaheads started
    coming here in 1885 as contract laborers [though a few earlier ones came solo in 1868]. Goto was a fearless & smart young man, the prototype labor agitator. Sugar proprietor Overend didn’t know what to make of this fresh kid Goto. Note again that
    buddaheads were oh-so-strange looking/acting aliens a world apart, newly landed & mocked by older/kama`aina residents. When Goto took over a store in direct competition w/haole interests, all hell broke loose. Thence, Goto’s lynching. This tragic end riveted Girardo like no other event, whose blacksmith shop was across the street from where Goto was hung on a pole. Girardo invoked peacemaking/consensus-building as
    his dual missions. Like our most influential Americans, George Washington/Abraham Lincoln,
    Girardo was ideally suited for the moment/epoch. Girardo’s collaborative/hands-on approach
    singularly forged our unifying sense of governance, much more effectively than Luso firebrand
    literateurs/poets Teves across the street from Girardo, and Honolulu’s Punchbowl’s Coito. Though politics are the surest means to a historic legacy, Girardo left his lasting impression via random acts of kindness to powerless ethnics, so utterly generous
    & inclusive/assimilative/multi-lateral was our Girardo! Truly, Jesus’ disciple. Girardo & his wife Maria [1864-1922] were a tremendous tandem. Maria was the interpretive angel to the last Western immigrant group a century ago, the Puerto Ricans, who cherished her help. Talk to the Ni’eni’e Shigematsus. They worship Girardo/Maria. J_ps who worship so-called terrible “lunas.” Unimaginable!!
    I occasionally square up w/one of Goto’s murderers’ descendants, Butchie from Puna. I love Butchie to no end. We vow never to fuel fear/ignorance which
    played out tragically w/Goto’s lynching. We bear faith in our positive historymakers/
    multi-cultural bridgebuilders Girardo/Maria Ferreira. They, dear ones, are for the ages.
    Compelled by their love for humanity/everyone, Girardo/Maria forsook the association of
    politicos/solons and devoted their lives to society’s outcasts, dying as martyrs to their
    devotion/sacrifices [Maria from ulcers/Girardo from peritonitis].
    Bansa dirj/abencoe— amor, Curt
    P.S. Vern Yamanaka is Goto’s descendant, & Vern understandably roils inside about Goto’s murder

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Faith/spirit [fiel/espirito]
    1. Immanuel Kant [1724-1804] ranks alongside Greek empiricists Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle as the greatest of pragmatic thinkers. But like Russian-born Kant, Kant’s British alter ego David Hume remarked on Hume’s own school of rationality, “I am affrighted & confounded with that forlorn solitude in which I am placed by my philosophy.” After all,
    does Man live without God? Or, as Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard asked, do you take the leap TO faith or not?
    2. Our Souza and Ferreira familia/ohana were not constrained by choice, they were born into Fiel/Espirito. On both sides of the Continent, the “Holy Spirit lives within,” priesthood
    to the East [Madeira], devout faithful to the West [Hawai`i]. Not to edify, but Our Lady
    of Lourdes Catholic Church grotto in Honoka`a was erected by immigrant Antone Souza Sr.’s kin. Catholic good works.
    3. Existentialist Albert Camus [1913-1960] once asked, “What is life without the comfort of believing in God?” Our Souza/Ferreira familia had it right, Fiel/Espirito Santo(holy). Antigo bom senso de passado [good sense from our forebearers], -Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Belief or unbelief, do man and woman live without God?
    1. Today’s premier astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking [born 1942], reprises the age-old challenge that one can endure many a “what” [crises] if one could only know “why” [a greater purpose beyond our fleeting existence]. The auspicious Hawking, having explained science, laments, “Now if we only knew why, we would have the Mind of God (sigh).” Agnostic/
    skeptic Hawking emotes that the what gives us the empirical/stuff of existence, but the why provides the glue/fusion to all that we live for, and the larger interpretation of why we are here in the first place. Truth brings the reality of a terminus for earthly existence. Truth of love beyond death gives meaning/purpose to life now. Hawking resignedly
    closes, “Is man ruled by determinism or free will? Yes, determinism as science calls it. But we do not know why, so we may as well not be.” The defeat of
    our collective soul. Which is why we turn to a higher power [Deity]. Spirit over body.
    2. Rene Descartes [1596-1650], the father of modern philosophy, was a Jesuit. Like Hawking, Descartes was a product of his times, submerged in religious skepticism. “The mind — does it deceive!” counter the Marianists today, a la St. Louis High’s
    mission [spread the Gospel Truth]. Belief or unbelief — this, dear ones, is the question.
    3. Thankfully, our Souza/Brasao [immigrants Antone Sr./Joaquina] & our Ferreira/Heredia [immigrants Girardo/Maria] genesis/comeco, steeped in belief/Faith in God, furnished our core strength & engine room hearth for our familia/ohana’s mission of Catholic good works/kindness of heart. You see this everywhere, from Antone Sr.’s help/manpower to
    younger fellow immigrants, from Joaquina’s aid/comfort to ailing Luso villagers & others, from Girardo’s beneficence/acts of kindness to powerless ethnics [“Japs/Yobos/Porinkis/Flips”], from Maria’s ennobling of newfound residents [language bridgebuilder], to Maria’s oldest child Mary’s [Fontes] [born 1885] hands-on help to public education [ancillary school help][hubby Joe was an esteemed teacher/educator], and in birth order of Girardo’s/Maria’s other children, to Christina’s [“Justina”] [married John Dias Souza][1887-1959] mother hen/nurturant role to her parents/siblings, to Martilda’s [“Mildred”][1893-1941][married Parker Ranchhand Jacinth Paiva] additional supportive role to her parents/siblings, to Louisa’s [married ace/crack artisan at Hilo Iron Works — Jose Botelho] [1895-1957] Luso villagers’ assistance/activities, to Vasco’s [1899-1974] 12/7/41 heroism & beneficence to newcomer ethnics, to Manuel Ulysius [Ulysses] Ferreira’s [1902-1965] assistance to village/Luso assn.-organizacao functions. Mary & Martilda were
    drop-dead gorgeous, Olivia de Havilland look-alikes, Christina had dad Girardo’s exotic/
    sultry French look, Louisa had momma Maria’s sexy Mediterranean look, Vasco was Hollywood-handsome [Errol Flynn look-alike], & Manuel Ulysius was paralyzingly dreamboat-sculpted [Val Kilmer look-alike]. Frank/John ran off w/Girardo’s fortune, leaving their siblings high/dry. Youngest
    sister Maggie [1906-1991], our sexy “Puerto Rican” look-alike, was a lifelong hedonist a la
    Paris Hilton & lived life to the fullest. Frank[born 1904]/John[born 1896] moved to
    California w/their treasure trove. Consuelo, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Immigrant Antone Dias Souza’s wife Joaquina Texeira Brasao Souza [1862-1932]
    1. Our immigrant genesis Joaquina has the smoldering/quente Minnehaha look, as do her
    daughter Carolina [Caires], Carolina’s daughter Christina [Ribble], Joaquina’s son Antone Jr.
    [1880-1927], his son Johnny the Butcher [1916-1985]/etc.
    2. Joaquina’s older sister Carolina [1860-1920] had 2 children from 1st husband Vieira, of whom daughter Maria [1884-1957] married her first cousin Antone Dias Souza Jr. After apreco/good husband Vieira died, Carolina married Jose Andrade, spawning the Andrades you see today [Fred/JJ/Willie/Mary Nachbar/etc.]. Best known/most beloved was chiropractor Dr. Jim Andrade, centenarian, generous/compassionate like his mother Carolina. Today’s Bob Caires [“Dr. Bob”][Carolina Dias Souza Caires’ grandson] studied under Dr. James, but Bob is
    the opposite of Dr. Andrade in personality [Bob a surfer boy]. The Andrades definitely are different
    from Johnny Waimea Dias Souza’s wife Christina Ferreira Souza’s [1887-1959] Ferreira familia/ohana.
    3. Ferreira immigrants Girardo [1856-1923][sensual French look passed down to daughter Christina/her son George] & wife Maria Heredia Ferreira [1864-
    1922][vivacious Spanish Castillian look passed down to heartstopper handsome Daniel Dias
    Souza (1910-1938) & Manuel Dias Souza (born 1912), who are Christina Ferreira Souza’s sons] married 4 days after they immigrated here in July 1883, at Fort St.’s Our Lady of Peace Cathedral. Daniel was Barbara Souza Komine’s godfather. Immigrants Ferreira came from Madeira’s main port of Funchal. Immigrants Souza came from Madeira’s rural Fayal on the other side of Madeira Island, not turf rival Faial in Azores [Mother Mary forbid!! :-)].
    4. Girardo was a Portugal military veteran & a crack/ace blacksmith. Despite his stellar
    credentials & his diverse portfolio [land/businessman], he always embraced society’s outcasts [Matthew 5; Isaiah 58:6-7], especially the newer Asian immigrants. In them he saw
    tradition/cultural respect/devotion/loyalty. Sadly, Girardo’s sons John/Frank cleverly schemed away/furtaro Girardo’s estate, leaving virtual pittance for their remaining siblings. Santa Monica Blvd., like antecedent `Ohua Ave. [Hyatt Regency Waikiki], were enhanced in part because of Frank’s investments there. Frank plunked a whole tract of cottages [former site of Lili`uokalani’s retainers’ quarters] along `Ohua Ave. from his Dad Girardo’s
    cache/treasure trove.
    5. Girardo’s wife Maria was fluent in Spanish & was of great help to the newly arrived Spanish/Puerto
    Ricans. Like his mother, Vasco Ferreira [1899-1974] was adored by the partly-Spanish speaking Filipino immigrants. Tragically, Vasco’s son Gerard (Gerald), decorated soldier/instructor at Md.’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds, was killed in action [KIA] in the Korean War. Do you know that “Jerry” helped his Dad Vasco rescue the doomed sailors of the overturned USS Oklahoma on 12/7/41? Please indulge a reflective moment in time from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command, General Hdqtrs, on hearing of Jerry’s death: “The untimely and tragic loss of your son, Gerald, who met his death on the field of battle in Korea, has shocked all of us deeply. Some measure of comfort may be derived from the knowledge that he died in the service of his country and in the defense of a peace-loving people. I am confident that his devotion to duty, at the cost of all he held dear, will hasten the day when ruthless
    aggression shall disappear from the face of the earth and free men everywhere will live together in peace and harmony. Our faith enables us to withstand the shock and grief of death. It is my earnest prayer that Almighty God will sustain and strengthen you in
    this hour of trial. While the loss of your beloved son will be a hardship, we know that no life is really lost for those who have faith in God. Sincerely yours, –Douglas MacArthur 27 September 1950.” Immigrants Girardo/Maria gracefully welcomed their stoic/quiet heroic grandson “Jerry” through Jesus’ Pearly Gates to be adorned/bestowed upon by
    our Almighty Maker.
    6. As w/dearest son Jerry, so did America praise dad Vasco for the rescue of the sailors
    of the USS Oklahoma. As Delegate to Congress Joseph Farrington pronounced, “The civilian heroes during our ‘Day of Infamy’ performed a service that most certainly called for the highest degree of patriotism and sacrifice, the 20 Naval Yard workers who chiseled
    and cut open the tough steel sides of the capsized Oklahoma to rescue 32 sailors trapped
    inside. It was due to their untiring efforts in face of great hazards that the rescue work was continued until all known survivors had been released from the hull of that ship. Their names today may be of little importance, for many have since left Pearl Harbor, but it was the actions of these 20 workers that has brought highest regard on behalf of Pearl Harbor civilian employees. They are …Vasco Ferreira….” Honolulu Advertiser.
    7. Vasco Ferreira married fellow Honoka’a villager Christina Hart in 1920.
    8. An old saying: In a room full of blind people, the one-eyed seeing person is king. You see
    this w/loudmouth Jesse Jackson, as he is embraced by his blind devotees. Yet, consider the proper article/real goods Charley Rangel, who often is lumped w/Jackson as a crackpot incendiary. Not so. Do you know Rangel served in the Korean War & was awarded a Bronze Star? Like Rangel told Venezuela military autocrat Hugo Chavez [who called Bush
    the devil] when Chavez tried to start internal insurrection in NYC’s boroughs [ploy of
    affordable heating oil for tenement apts.], “Mr. President [Chavez], you don’t come into
    my district, and call my commander in chief [Bush] the devil. How dare you! I am an
    American, and I implore you to leave at once!” The real goods, folks! To me, Vasco/brother-in-law Jack Dias Souza [deputy sheriff–understated peacemaker] are the real goods.
    9. Former legislator/now parttime judge Wayne Metcalf was quoted by the press as crediting
    recently deceased former solon John Ushijima for passage of the prepaid health care act, a mainframe symbol of grassroot policy 35 yrs. ago. I told Wayne that the health care act’s author, Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga, who was “big bruddah” to Ushijima [5 yrs. older than John] in the 442nd band of brothers, renowned as Hawaii’s godfather of labor/social legislation in the 1970s, got pissed off at hearing Wayne’s tribute to Ushijima. Wayne cringed and said, “Yeah, I suspected Najo [Najo & Ushijima were Wayne’s alter egos/State Capitol mentors] was gonna give me hell for it, but you know what, Curtis, there’s
    an old saying, ‘Victory is claimed by a thousand fathers, failure is claimed by none.’ What
    I mean is that John [Ushijima] pastored Najo’s baby thru the judiciary committee, & helped make it reality. It takes more than one person [Najo] to make something like this [prepaid
    health care act] happen, you know. Geez, … Najo… I love that man[Najo]. [sigh]….” Remember Karl Marx’s maxim? “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Vasco Ferreira/Jack Dias Souza hit their marks/executed extraordinarily their civic & family missions. Apreciar/gratitude/amor, -Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Among our various islanders stand 2 of our greatest apostles, Richard Pablo Chinen & Walter
    Victor, Sr. Pablo was a decorated WWII war hero [standard bearer in the greatest book
    written on the all-Nisei AJA WWII “samurai warriors” by John Tsukano, Bridge of Love], on everyone’s toplist of our best-ever boxers [fluid/elastic a la Willie Pep & Ali], & a magnificent community builder a la Palama’s James & Ragna Rath & Mabel Smyth formerly of our island of Hawai`i. Walter Victor, decorated police inspector, was always broke because he spent every penny on our tenement kids to keep them out of harm’s way. Hilo’s Lanakila
    Housing “project” along with Mamo, Kumu, & Piopio St. “outfalls” became positive learning centers/sanctuaries because of our male analog of Mother Teresa, our beneficent Walter C. K. Victor, Sr.
    Among our greatest benefactors/sponsors is ex-trackster great Dickie Furtado, a compassionate
    & generous philanthropist. Amazing legends all!! Amor, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Catholic good works, Congregational Grace — altruism/egalitarianism, Buddhist ascetism contrasted w/Brahmin social elite, all emblematic of Johnny Waimea Souza’s & Girardo Ferreira’s [and our heroes below] missions of mutual respect/grace among the myriad people of diverse backgrounds in our society. Highest praise to forebearers/educators like Miles Cary, Frank Hluboky, Clyde Crawford, Kathy Beveridge,
    John Young, to mercantiles like Charles Hemenway, James Kimo Henderson, Charles C. Kennedy,
    Frank Atherton, Garner Anthony. The praise list is infinite, folks! Our aloha spirit, alive and well!! To our unspoken heroes/heroines, you square up on the shoulders of these fine and
    soulful pilgrims. Felicitacao, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Inspirational role model/peacemaker Girardo Ferreira
    Muito obrigad, primo!! Girardo personifies the power of love [over fear]. Amazing “salt of the earth,” always an extraordinary event to listen about Girardo’s observations/uptakes. For my chestnuts, I hero worship untold/unsung inspirations Hawea Waia`u
    [Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame — virtuoso Kahauanu Lake idolizes mezzo-soprano Hawea], Vasco
    Ferreira [USS Oklahoma messiah][Vasco’s immigrant father is Girardo Ferreira –race-neutral
    giant of soulful compassion — always embraced society’s outcasts –“Japs/Yobos/Porinkis/
    Flips” — typify Micah 6:8 — love one, love all — & Matthew 20:28 — Jesus died for everyone, including the Pontius Pilates], & Denise Takashima, angel on our shoulder a la indomitable pilgrims Ragna Rath &
    Mabel Smyth. Intrepid peacemakers all.
    “Whoever humbles himself is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:4. Abencoe/blessings all, –Curtis

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Bert Kobayashi Gov. Burns’ confidant [along w/Matsy Takabuki] — Hilo’s Andy Iwashita born 1951 was Kobayashi’s law clerk at S.Ct. 1976. Andy was not aware that Kobayashi was Burns’ impasse breaker on labor strikes [even as S.Ct. justice, Kobayashi mediated over sugar strike 1972]. Andy says that Kobayashi correctly told Andy to glean the law, & come up w/correct conclusions. Andy says that Kobayashi was a consummate pro, not political at all. I told Andy that Kobayashi was a balanced man who hired tiger Andy to give perspective to composed countenanced Kobayashi, just as Andy seeks out super
    mellow personality/work comp specialist lawyer Nelson Kinoshita to give Andy balance/perspective. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Eric Shinseki born 1942 — soldier’s General a la Omar Bradley — will Antonio Taguba born 1950 fit in w/President Obama’s team? Point is that Taguba opted to investigate Abu Ghraib — it wasn’t
    forced on him, not to mention that he’s lower-ranked General vs. Shinseki’s calibre. Taguba is too whiner for Obama’s taste, but because of phenom NYTimes P.R. on Taguba as crucified martyr, Taguba has a place in Obama’s administration. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Electoral vote winner was popular vote loser for U.S. President — 1876 [Hayes over Tilden]/1888 [Harrison over Cleveland]/2000 [Bush over Gore]. Electoral vote winner can win 11 largest states
    by tiniest margin, yet lose by large popular vote margins in the remaining states. U.S. S.Ct. stoppedFlorida recount in 2000, sealing electoral victory by popular vote loser [nationally] George
    W. Bush. Texas is GOP/NY-CA Dem/PA-Ohio-Florida swing states, which get major press/ink. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Biblical Joseph bowed in servitude to Pharoah/Daniel to Babylonians. Servitude as one’s fate & perhaps bearable if one enjoys the labor of his hands & worships God, per Fundamentalist worshippers, which today’s urban Japan lacks [pressure cooker homogeneity is survival mode — no solace]. Materialism’s Nebuchadnezzar was highest in status yet lowest in character/retrograde, per Fundamentalist worshippers. Biblical Solomon is wisest in earthly realms, & he wrote Ecclesiastes — break vanity of self-glorification by worshipping God, because God foreknows & predestines. But free will/choice is attainable — whilst having a good attitude being servile, look for salvation via the Social Gospel, & whether one finds material comfort on earth, one is guaranteed salvation in heaven. Serve God, not materialism, per Fundamentalists. Metaphor, better to be servile [millstone over one’s head] than to betray Jesus as Judas did [Judas later
    hanged himself]. Like Jesus, Gautama Buddha was accessible to all, his 4 Truths being that we suffer on this earth/vain obsessions [money-power-fame] are the causes/such shallow crutches can be erased/the 8-fold path releases us from vanity [right views/intentions/speech/action/livelihood/effort/
    focus/gratification]. Buddha’s dharma texts/instructs such path of righteousness. Agnostic Kiyo would’ve been better served via Buddha/Jesus than blowhard alter ego Fred Kinzaburo Makino, Mr. I Love Myself. Pono/shin yu, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Obama’s gamble of principle [politician first, Christian 2nd] — Obama is the first general election candidate for U.S. President to forego public financing of his campaign. Granted, Obama is the first to utilize heavily online grassroot donations. But still, Obama defies the point behind public financing — to avert graft/corruption/influence-peddling. Recount Obama’s dealings w/Chicago peddler Tony Rezko. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Gerald De Mello born 1943 on Bill Bonk — UH-Hilo HoF crony Gerald De Mello asked me if Bill Bonk deserves to be enshrined, to which I said no, that Bill makes a lot of noise but doesn’t accomplish anything. Egghead liberals espouse Bonk’s candidacy. Gerald only came on board UH in 1991 & knows nothing about Bonk of 1950s-1970s. I told Gerald that Scrub Tanaka still has not been enshrined, & I know Gerald’s game — give Scrub Regent’s Award/honorarium to deflect enshrinement. Gerald is jealous of Scrub’s legacy, plain & simple. Geez, stop being a whole-cheeser, Gerald! I “shan’t” forget Bill Thompson’s immense depth of character — when Bill [Willy] gave back his lecturer pay to
    his UH outfit as his gift to UH. Amazing altruism. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    FBI’s Bob Shivers maligned by police spybuster Jack Burns — Trib scribe Peter Sur’s lookback to 1957 where [later Gov.] Jack Burns talks about FBI’s Bob Shivers [no CIA 12/7/41] prophesying that Japan will attack the U.S. w/n a week [from Nov. 30 1941] was trumping by Burns, who disdained authority figure Shivers [who reminded Burns of Burns’ dad who deserted Burns/family — Burns’ own insecurity vs. good-hearted Shivers]. Tall tale because Shivers
    meant attack vs. South Pacific bastions, not Pearl Harbor!! As if Shivers failed to avert the Pearl Harbor attack! Shivers died in 1950, which allowed
    Burns to shoot off at the mouth. Burns’ Hyde — resentment vs. Shivers, even though Burns lobbied for Shivers to be appointed as Governor 1950. There was no FDR conspiracy to induce Japan to attack Pearl Harbor [contrary to misguided revisionists today]. Just the opposite — FDR never believed that
    jingoist Japan would be audacious/brazen enough to attack Pearl Harbor. Other than Japan’s own megalomania [warlord idiocy a la Hirohito/Tojo],
    Japan failed to warn FDR in time of Japan’s declaration of war vs. U.S. [just a few hrs. before Pearl Harbor attack]. Yes, an abominable sneak
    attack it was, no matter how you look at it. But ONI’s Zacharias had warned of Japan doing this before to other countries. Japan should’ve nudged along gently w/Gen. Masa Homma [the paradoxical Beast of Bataan], Japan’s best Anglophile, & work a negotiated peace w/FDR over colonial possessions. Hirohito caused his nation’s own demise. It was only thru MacArthur’s colonial genius [better military governor than war General] that Hirohito was resurrected to lead post-WWII Japan. Hirohito got what he deserved — impotence of power under MacArthur. Tojo’s “sacrifice” of self to save the emperor Hirohito was b.s. — Tojo & Hirohito should’ve been hanged
    together, but for MacArthur’s genius of colonial authority over post-WWII Japan! Nonetheless, by force of vocation, Peter Sur is our greatest
    anecdotal historian. His lookback column is our Trib’s most popular feature! Peter also did the sports lay quotes, which are grassroot but defy social importance. Peter also is a regular reporter. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Buddy Azevedo/Frank Fasi born 1920 — Buddy freely talks w/Frank. Frank is a straight-shooting do-er [The Bus/satellite city hall]. Repugnant in attitude/approach, point is that despite Frank’s underbelly, Frank did great grassroots projects. Buddy is primarily credited for Milton Pavao’s
    ascension to Water Chief, over acknowledged favorite Donna Kiyosaki. Milton is Puerto Rican symbol of pride, beside Luso name. Buddy hasn’t seen a doctor in 40 yrs., probably could die today of a heart attack/stroke, but eats Vicks cough drops as preventative [no make sense, huh!]. Buddy eats cranberry sauce as his fruit nutrient, & when asked
    by Roy Sonomura what may Roy do to limber Roy’s bum knee, Buddy dispenses a mechanic’s tip: Spray WD40 on Roy’s kneecap [yikes!]. Buddy now drinks milk,
    because as he once told George Martin’s gang/peers, George was such a great mechanic that when asked to replace a sparkplug, George went & fixed the rear end!! Joke! As Buddy says, nothing more reviving/arousing than mother’s milk!! Buddy dismisses wheeler dealers Frank De Luz/Roland Higashi as men who made money their god. Buddy dismisses Richard Jitchaku, Onomea Uchinanchu, as a man who loved power for its own sake. For me, when blowhard/tengu Dick Matsuura, Mr. Legend in his own mind, told Rusty that Dick would provide access rd. off Ponahawai St. to Veteran Cem. #2, Dick never made good on his promise, this from a guy who ascribes himself as Moses. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yes, Tetsu “Skinny” Hagiwara born 1921 lost his stripes by punching out his Kotonk Sgt., but that’s how rough/tough these 442 boys were. Skinny is purple heart 100th Batt. awardee w/multiple unit citations [commendations], from Ka`ao Homestead [same neck of woods as self-winding J. Roy Souza born 1945. But wait, Uncle Teiichi “Timmy” Hirata,
    later DOE superintendent, swore at his Kotonk 1st Sgt. Roy Otani & transferred to MIS from 442 infantry. Don’t get me wrong — all Kotonks [Stateside AJAs/Nikkei] were interned, so for them to up/enlist w/the 442 was “an Act of God”/miraculous amid their repressive victimization. But outside of “unity of service/battle” vs. Nazi tyranny, their haole tongues/mannerisms turned us off like a stopped spigot. Lore, lore, lore!! The good ole’ days of hither & `yon!! Do you know that dentist Jack Uyeda’s wife did Walter Dillingham’s wife’s hair
    styling [Gordon’s mom]? Sentence me for domestic help assimilation, but little by little curmudgeon/cantankerous Walter softened up on us AJAs/Issei! Do you know that Kaumana’s Hideto Kono was benefacted/sponsored by Theo. Davies when he sailed out w/the 442? Davies paid Mama the difference b/n Hideto’s military parsimony/crumbs vs. Davies’ wage scale. Kono is Statehood icon star/DBEDT chief. Masato Doi born 1921 is a private person, but because he was a politician [O`ahu Bd. of
    Supervisors — lost to Rusty Blaisdell for mayor, Masato’s mistake — Rusty was a wonderful chief], Masato is more approachable than ole’ stoneface Masaji Marumoto 1906-1995. Masato did work-study to pay his way thru Mid-Pac. His son Phil Doi [former consumer protection atty/head] is grassroots/sociable guy. Really, I know it irks Masato to no end when asked all the time, “Are you related to the better-known/tiger Nelson Doi?” Same school/Honoka`a, Nelson 1 yrs. younger than Masato, but polar opposites in attitude/character. Nelson is a 442 wanna-be [monishiri/wagamama], which is why beloved 442/100th war veteran Skinny Hagiwara could not get past 1st base to rally my Dad’s 442 gang to Nelson’s political bandwagon. Skinny Honoka`a native, handsome as the summer day is long [though he lost his curls when he got bald — I told Skinny he must be a Souza — his ancestral neighbor — someone jumped the fence — joke!]. Nelson’s impatience was his undoing — something which Nel’s campaign chief Skinny was never prone to. Everyone loves Skinny. Most folks abhor arrogant Nelson — though rough/tumble Buddy Azevedo worships Nelson — it takes a rough one to know another rough one!! But Buddy is grassroots to the core, unlike Nelson. Yes, Walter Dillingham was not given advance notice of his Advertiser Bd. voting down son Ben Dillingham to be the Advertiser’s endorsed choice for U.S. Senator 1962. Walter died shortly after, partly from a broken heart [history had passed him by — the most
    powerful islander WWII — FDR’s eyes/ears in the Pacific]. Do you know that when Masaji Marumoto was selected as the 1st AJA director of a Big 5
    plantation Bd. 1954 Ewa Sugar Co., overlord C&C chief Alex Budge [1st non-family head– Frank Atherton’s choice –1935-1959; succeeded by Malcolm MacNaughton 1959-1973][Alex born 1891 N. Dakota; joined C&C w/mechanical engineering degree Stanford U. 1920 — recalled that when he came to Hawai`i in 1916 to sell boilers to the sugar plantations, North Kohala’s 5 different plantation mgrs. hated each other, & Alex would get dressed down verbally for not calling on each mgr. first as a show of importance/power]
    walked the 2 blocks or so from C&C Central hdqtrs. to Masaji’s walk-up office cubbyhole to congratulate 48 yr. old & 15 yrs. Alex’ junior Masaji!! Tremendous assimilation/upward mobility/American Dream in Hawai`i despite naysayers’ vitriole/rhetoric to the contrary — look at my step-cousin Masato Hasegawa, born into poverty 1913, hanai’d by Carl Smith [ubiquitous atty], became M.D./medical director Queen’s Hospital. No middle class in Territorial-era Hawai`i, only the haves/have-nots. AJAs filled
    the vacuum, unlike Stateside Kotonks [who had glass ceiling — White middle class suppression vs. Kotonks]. Later, my Dad hired Filipino smoothies Francisco Toribio/Johnny Alconera to sell life insurance to up-coming Filipino residents — business decision — inclusive results. Accomodationist Hawai`i. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Land clearing operator Lionel “Buddy” Azevedo born 1932/ILWU’s George Martin born 1924 — Buddy left school in the 10th grade, & told fellow Luso/Portuguese Walter Dods that Buddy should’ve left school 4 yrs. earlier, inasmuch Buddy was deprived
    of 4 essential yrs. of life “on the outside”/experience. Buddy’s headstone will read
    “Rough but honest,” w/integrity/underdog his clarion calls/buzzwords. Buddy always stays faithful to the underdog, the street people/criminals/druggies, because Buddy is a compassionate/forgiving person. Buddy’s 4-Hs are happiness/health/heaven/humble-itis/remember what hell is like. Buddy still befriends former solon/fallen angel Dan Kihano, who called Buddy from the airport after Dan’s prison term
    was over to tell Buddy how much Dan loves Buddy for being loving/tender to Dan thru Dan’s ordeals. Buddy wants to give life-long pal George Martin 1924-2009 deserved recognition as a major catalyst to the development of UH-Hilo, in that George never graduated from high school [interrupted by WWII] & always pushed for affordable higher education. Plantation/Papa’ikou boy George went furthest in the longshore ILWU, being International VP to Australian emigrate Harry Bridges. Harry wanted only a longshoreman as Prexy, so George quietly retired/returned from Frisco to ancestral Waipunalei. Truth be told, ungrateful Yoshito Takamine would’ve been nothing but a zero laborer had it not been for George’s nurturance/grooming of Yoshito for ILWU leadership. George’s byword is dedication [to the ILWU]. Do you know that Jack Burns asked George to be Cabinet Deputy
    Director of Labor/Industrial Relations? But George respectfully declined because George’s sole love was the ILWU. Hothead/faladoo Eddie De Mello,
    Hilo dock clerk, was a jokester/well-liked among most rank/file, and Eddie [who revulsed mgmt/owner/Big 5] was not self-protective like Yoshito. What happened to Yoshito’s kuni no tame [for the love of the source/mentor/groomer]?? George’s immersion goes back to solon era of Kazuhisa Abe/Tommy Sakakihara, & UH-Hilo head Frank Inouye [no relation to Dan Inouye]. Retired UH-Hilo liaison Gerald [no relation to ILWU’s Eddie De Mello] a genuine social climber/status tripper. Thankfully, even though Gerald double dips as retiree/paid consultant to Tseng’s regime, Gerald belatedly acknowledges pioneer Stan Hara. I always emulated George for George’s
    tremendous/super-classy statesmanship. George is very very special. And apropos, fellow Luso Buddy Azevedo also promotes George’s great legacy as
    the father of labor relations. Jack Burns was no fool in seeing this rarest of gifts in George. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Take advice from the labor movement — ethnicity divides us — ook at our immense labor struggles — ethnic strikes divide us, a la the Japanese 1909 strike, the 1920 & 1924 Filipino strikes. Advocacy directed at economic conditions without reference to
    ethnicity is what impelled the forward movement of the ILWU behind seasoned warriors Louis Goldblatt/Harry Bridges/Jack Hall [though Bridges repulsed vs. Hall’s egomania]. This remains a
    portention of failure to come for sovereignty promoters Osorio/Trask/ill wind Kekuni Blaisdell via
    the guise of so-called ethnic separatism. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Scribes as wordsmiths — greatest of wordsmiths are familiar names — Sandburg/Tennyson/Pope/etc.
    Scribes who master the art of metaphor incl. George Will & Trib’s Bret Yager, along w/Tiff Edwards Hunt-Hugh Clark/etc. What seem effortless/utterly imaginative may well be second nature to these
    gifted writers, but for the most part, these masters’ providential talents were honed thru years of sufferance/honing-sharpening their creative
    skills-edges. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Emmett Till 1941-1955 irascible free thinker —
    Chicago’s Till’s mom was Miss. delta native, but Till was born into freedom & savored it in Chicago. Thence Till’s murder by vicious bigots when teen
    Till visited his mom’s family in delta flats. Jackie Robinson LA boy, defied southern bigots/was court-martialed, but acquitted. Till/Robinson free men, not servile/obedient “niggers” as southerners demanded they be. —Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame’s Rich Sakakida — Maui-born, O`ahu-raised Rich Sakakida 1920-1996 is MIS’ greatest hero. Plucked
    straight out of McKinley High 1939 by Gen. MacArthur, Rich posthumously was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 10+ yrs. ago. Rich preceded the 100th Batt./442 by 3+ yrs. Which is why his story only gathers dust among our AJA soldiers. Rich’s timeline reads like all adventure epics thrown into one lifetime. Rich goes undercover for MacArthur, gives up his seat to buddahead civie when MacArthur orders Rich to evacuate after Fall of Bataan. Rich gets tortured by infamous Jap Kempei Tai secret police, commandeers prison breakout of 500 PI guerrilla soliders, gets shot & goes into hiding in jungle till rescued by fellow U.S. soldiers. Suffers incredible war wounds, but goes on to live till 1996. Rich’s superhuman heroics stayed secret until 1978 [Army classified]. He gets enshrined in MIC HoF in 1988. He’s posthumously awarded DSM in 1998. What an amazing/death-defying bio. Thru it all, he credited his mother for his stoic resolve. His dad died when he was 7, leaving his mom to care for her whole
    tribe of kids. –Curt

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    Sorry to hear the Trib is losing Bret.

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Fortune or misfortune of circumstance — gotta reprise Franklin Odo’s blockbuster book “No Sword to Bury,” wherein Herb Isonaga 1921-2009 chafes at Herb’s VVV college peers who inflate their role in forming the eventual 442 RCT. Herb flatly retorts that the VVV was just a gimmick to show our mettle/AJA patriotism to America, that the boys were in the right time/place aka “fortune of circumstance.” Apt/true. Legend is that thief Gestas ridiculed Jesus on the Cross, but thief Dismas exhorted the Jews/pharisees to set free Jesus, inasmuch Jesus did no wrong. Dismas/Gestas were partners in crime who stumbled upon Mary, Joseph, & baby Jesus fleeing into Egypt. Dismas convinced Gestas to let this poor family go by w/out robbing them. At the moment of crucifixion, Jesus pronounced
    calmly to Dismas, “Today you will be with me in Paradise [Heaven].” [Luke 23:43] During Resurrection, when the women came to Jesus’ tomb to finish ceremonial anointing of the body, they didn’t find Jesus, but 2 men in white robes shouted to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?!” [Luke 24:5] The women were the first to come to the empty tomb. Jesus’ disciples followed next. Thence, Luke’s Gospel also is the Gospel of Women. Notice that Luke gives equal footing to women who get acknowledged a la the fortune of circumstance [preordained per Jesus]. Jesus was mocked amid his misfortune of circumstance. When Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath, the Sanhedrin [so-called keepers of Mosaic Law] accused Jesus of violating
    Mosaic Covenant. Eventually, the famed/powerful/wealthy societal elite crucified Jesus on the
    Cross [John 9:3]. Yes, Herb, Book of Signs–Last Journey [John 11:1-12:50] — Jesus used Jesus’
    Divinity to raise Lazarus from the dead, yet Jesus’ humanity brought Jesus to tears at the death of
    Lazarus. This, along w/Jesus’ passion/suffering/death, showed Jesus’ human nature, whilst the
    miracles/Resurrection showed Jesus’ Divinity [John 11:25-26]. Finally, after Peter denies 3 times
    knowing Jesus, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter’s repentance/commissioning [John 13:38]. Peter is then instructed to “feed my sheep, feed my lambs” by Jesus [John 21:15-17]. After appearing before the Sanhedrin, Stephen is taken outside & stoned to death. Twist is that Paul of Tarsus, violent Christian persecutor, condones stoning of Stephen for blasphemy. Yes, this is the subsequent St. Paul the apostle/ardent defender of the Christian faith. Stephen is my Herb, who is outnumbered by the tengara/talking heads among the infant post-1920 born 442 Nisei. Paul of Tarsus typifies the Ichiyamas/Tsukiyamas of the educated high-collared Sanhedrin. You know, life is strange. Ever since our greatest AJA historian Franklin Odo born 1939 published “No Sword to Bury” [we are Americans, not J_ps], not one 442/VVV commended poor Franklin [they’re too much into their own legend], except Sanhedrin Tsukiyama, whose patrician attitude stinks but who recognizes Odo’s book as great, great history. Where I come in, unsolicited by Odo or anyone else, is that the 442 infant boys [post-1920 born] love themselves too much, & get caught up in their own press clippings. Franklin, I know their ilk way better than you do. Keep up the faith [history for time immemorial]. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Buddhist bishop Yemyo Imamura rebuked Japan’s repression vs. Buddhists — Industrial Japan’s State Shinto [Meiji’s Hito era 1868 onward][secular emperor as Shinto god] repressed traditional Buddhism. Thence, our Imamura’s backfire vs. Japan Consulate. Although Christians [gaijin/hakujin] were more severely punished in Japan, Japan’s Consulate here expediently worked w/Takie Okumura’s Christians for language schools. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 unique biographer — Johnson is the most-quoted English writer after Shakespeare. Highest praise, considering that Shakespeare is the most important historymaker over the past millennia. Johnson used anecdotes/incidents
    selectively [“domestic privacies”] which revealed true character. I use Johnson’s method to illustrate
    character change [such as Hung Wai going from Jap-beater to Jap-lover]. Johnson also is known for his aphorisms.

    Like Johnson, Henry Adams 1838-1919 revealed authentic character, not fluff pieces. Adams influenced modernist Art Schlesinger Jr. 1917-2007,
    as did Tocqueville 1805-1859. William James 1842-1910 [pragmatist] & David Hume 1711-1776 [utilitarian who also influenced William James]
    also influenced Schlesinger. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Reporter-friendly mayors — Per radio man Ken Hupp, Herb Matayoshi 1974-1984 was the most accessible mayor,
    w/Dante Carpenter 1984-1988 just below him. Today’s Dom Yagong has classed up to them, per Ken. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Tom Coffman’s sempai/mentor is Kaua`i boy Herman Doi — No question, Tom Coffman’s biggest hero/mentor is former ombudsman Herman Doi [Kaua`i no relation
    to Honoka`a school’s Masato/Nelson Doi –not related to each other either]. Heco boss Leslie Hicks WWII era born 1894 Missouri was a huge grassroots supporter of AJA causes/patriotism WWII. Christian missionary son Dan Aoki roomed w/Kaua`i’s Spark Matsunaga at Makiki Christian Church dorm/Rev. Takie Okumura. Aoki did not follow fellow Maui boy Takaichi Miyamoto to root for kanaka O`ahu mayor Johnny Wilson, but Aoki instead worked for Jack Burns post-WWII Dems. Unlike landlord/dorm owner Okumura, Aoki was militant & wanted to upend what Aoki saw as haole hegemony/haves vs. have-nots. If anything, Aoki was a 20 yrs. later version of what Miyamoto
    was to Johnny Wilson. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Representative democracy vs. participatory democracy 1. 3/31/07 Star-Bulletin editorial emphasizes Hawai`i’s electoral college advantage — small
    States have greater say as opposed to popular [citizens’ votes] elections, twice as much.
    Such weighted formula are premised on levelling the playing field between the haves
    [traditional urban hubs] & the have-nots [rural regions]. Thence the notions of
    representative [electoral college] democracy vs. participatory [direct citizen vote]
    democracy.
    2. Which bring us to current GOP vs. Dem Party thinking. GOP started as the party of
    anti-slavery’s Abraham Lincoln, which caused post-Civil War Southern solons to turn
    Dem. Thence the Southern Bloc of the Dem Party, which caused huge rifts
    between liberal Northern Dems vs. the right-wing Southern Bloc. Today’s Southern Bloc ID — the Dems switched party labels to GOP over a
    decade ago in conformity w/current GOP conservative bent — and lost in the recent changeover to Dem majority Congress, after previous 12 yrs. of GOP rule. The South shall rise again now hinges on GOP fate. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Mt. Rushmore [ends justify the means]
    1. President Clinton’s perjury charge was too grave for purely private behavior [fellatio].
    2. President Bush is not delusional to believe his own lie [WMDs in Iraq]. He took us
    to war. Impeachable offense.
    3. LBJ’s lie [Ho Chi Minh’s patrol boat attack on U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin] to take
    us to war — impeachable offense.
    4. Yet, rushing to judgment often causes more harm than good. FDR lied about his
    congestive heart failure — to prevent Hitler from getting the mental edge. Thomas
    Jefferson lied about his Presidential authority to purchase Louisiana [which doubled our
    Nation’s geographical size as a virtual freebie from then-myasmic France — why do you
    think the French resent us? They supported our 1776 Colonial Revolution.]. He had no
    legal power to purchase Louisiana. And
    President Nixon lied about the Communist threat while in China, of all places! As “Honest
    Abe” Lincoln bellowed, “If my esteemed opponent, candidate Stephen Douglas, says I am
    two-faced, do you think I’d wear this one??!!”
    5. Yes, the end result is what the long sweep of history judges by. Never mind that Tough
    Teddy Roosevelt was last century’s ruthless imperialist/colonialist — Roughrider Teddy
    advanced freedom, he kept our Nation safe, he saved the world [from despotism/tyranny].
    Why, he even busted our domestic cartels/trusts, emoting that inherited wealth is
    anathema to our frontier spirit [Teddy was an ill child & ostracized by his aristocratic peers,
    & he lost his biggest hero — his Dad — while still young]. Never mind that George Washington never cut that cherry tree [George’s biographer made up that story]. Never mind that Honest Abe Lincoln opposed slavery partly for pragmatic, not moral, reasons [2-tiered North-South labor costs gave slave owners a wholly conclusive win over non-slave owners].
    The ends justify the means. These are the reality. Only in sanitized ivory tower classrooms do the ends not justify the means. Apreciar, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    The greatest lead by action, not words — The greatest leaders do not articulate their mission. Hung Wai Ching is such a leader. He knew not his destiny. All he knew was to help those less able/fortunate than Hung Wai — Hung Wai grew up in poverty & lived thru deprivation of material
    comforts. Hung Wai — now here was a Man!! Founder of our all-AJA WWII soldiers/principal catalyst to Statehood! Kansha/immense gratitude, –Curt

    1. Hung Wai told Tsukiyama’s Territorial Guard [ROTC] buddaheads, “If you can’t be trusted with firearms, then prove you’re trustworthy w/farm implements [manual labor — hoe/spade/shovel].” Reverse psychology like no other!! Americanism
    dug into deepest/richest soil. Yes, Hilo’s Ralph Yempuku is the VVV organizer [knew ROTC boys as UH asst. AD — yes, sports buff], but Hung Wai is the
    Mother Lode/inspiration behind the VVV, not Ralph.
    2. I gotta acknowledge untold enabler Joe Itagaki [Kewalo Inn], the most prolific 442nd correspondent w/Wilsonian internationalist Charles Hemenway & pragmatic Whig/racial pluralist Joe Farrington. Later GOP solon Itagaki visualized a post-WWII Hawai`i free of rich/poor stratification. Hemenway/Farrington believed in & followed thru on Itagaki’s idealism. Later GOP solon Kaua`i native Jack Mizuha also wrote home on his post-WWII vision. Patriots all! Itagaki/Mizuha were heavily influenced by Statehood Joe’s kitchen cabinet of
    Hung Wai Ching/Kats Kometani/Mas Marumoto. These local Oriental boys far surpassed later GOP king Bill Quinn’s key advisors, who were like fish out of
    water/naive. Quinn did not seek out Joe’s trinity’s wisdom/vast experiences. Quinn’s loss, Dem Jack Burns’ gain. Neither did Quinn co-opt hard scrabble
    Randolph Crossley, who, had Crossley elected to stay active as GOP party chief, would have been Ike’s appointed Gov. in 1957, not Quinn. Crossley was bypassed for Gov. in 1953 by Ike, who appointed Taft/Farrington-endorsed Sam King Sr. to appease GOP Taft forces. Quinn solicited neither Taft nor Ike
    forces here. Quinn’s loss. Quinn the Irish Quixote.
    3. Do you know that Hung Wai was the “Chinaman” [vs. pejorative of tight-ass “Pa-ke”] who gave his last quarter out of his pocket so that the UH boys/Nu`uanu Y kids would not starve? Yes, miserly/stingy he was not!! Son KingLit humorously
    says that Dad Hung Wai knew how to spend sponsorship Big 5 monies! Hey, nothing wrong with this — Hung Wai was a magnificent reformist [redistribution of wealth within the system — no bloodshed!!] w/charm/smarts like no other!! Like P.I. reformist/Father of Independence Jose Mercado Rizal [alter ego to Sun Yat Sen/Mahatma Gandhi/Syngman Rhee], Hung Wai was a brilliant peacemaker!!
    4. Hilo GOP solon Tasaku Oka [1st AJA solon w/GOP Andy Yamashiro 1930 — Oka is Bill Thompson’s father-
    in-law], pathfinder a la Hung Wai Ching & our other heroes all! Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Do you know that our 1st ever native Catholic Bishop here was Madeira Luso roots Stephen Alencastre of Wainaku, and that his mother’s maiden name was Bayau? Bayau is a pejorative Nel Doi allegedly used to demean Ben Menor — meaning, backward Filipino. Bayau is Latin, meaning low ground, as we know bayou to be. Low is key, as w/aspersion. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Low-income Lanakila Homes originally were destined for today’s Banyan Golf Course site‏ —
    imagine if our 1st low income housing project Lanakila
    Homes were located on Banyan Drive as originally planned in 1945? The 4/1/46 tsunami would’ve caused utter havoc/loss of lives. As it turned out, Mother Nature drove us to higher ground at today’s site off Kapi’olani St. by St. Joseph School. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Steere Noda 1892-1986 Hongwanji church linked Steere to Fred Makino 1877-1953 — Steere took his name after trust co./real estate exec Fred Steere Sr., who helped Steere be accepted by Big 5 haoles. Gigaku Steere Noda, born at `Ewa plantation of Kumamoto extraction, was the 1st scholarship student of Prince
    Fushimi endowment [Fushimi was arranged by Kalakaua to marry Ka`iulani but Mutsuhito turned it down — pure blood rule] & graduated as Hongwanji’s
    inaugural student. While Steere was building his Asahi baseball dynasty [started club in 1905 at age 13, just as innate leader Francis Wong started Hilo’s
    Wanderers Club at age 14 in 1933], son of England trading merchant Fred Makino successfully stopped assembly line/conveyor belt Christian ceremonies
    forced on Issei/Japan immigrant picture brides at our immigration compound, which were violation of religious liberty, being that brides were Buddhist.
    Noda went to work for the IRS in 1915, the 1st Nisei/2nd generation Fed Gov’t employee. Thanks to Makino’s fellow English brew/kin Joe Lightfoot, Noda was mentored by Jap-hater Lightfoot as a court clerk/interpreter/district court practitioner, all because Noda wholly backed up Makino’s crusade to stop forced Christian marriages on incoming Japan picture brides, along w/Makino’s crusade to save our Nihon gakko/Japanese language schools [haole oligarchy/Big 5 sought to eliminate coercively such bi-lingual mode to defeat “Tokyo-inizing” Hawai`i kids], a crusade that Hongwanji chief Yemyo Imamura 1867-1932 fully sponsored [immigrants mostly Hongwanji Buddhists, not Christian]. Of course, Noda was a made man by Imamura himself a la Brando’s Godfather cinema. Christian leader Takie Okumura 1865-1951 vehemently opposed Makino/Imamura on grounds that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do, ergo do unto Caesar as secular currency emblems Caesar’s inscription.” Makino’s chief rival publisher Yasutaro Soga of Nippu Jiji 1873-1957, though Makino’s compadre/spiritual kazoku in the unified Nikkei Sugar Strike 1909, sided w/assimilationist/
    accomodationist Okumura. Ironically, Soga was imprisoned/interned WWII, not White man Makino the provocateur/instigator. That Noda also was the 1st National Guard volunteer pleasantly aroused esteemed attorney Lightfoot’s cackles [Lightfoot’s progeny C. Joseph Lightfoot 1917-1944 Navy KIA WWII]. In other words, power relationship cemented Noda’s legacy [Englishmen Makino-Lightfoot][Noda’s unfailing allegiance to Hongwanji protector Makino]. Irony is that Hirohito’s/Tojo’s Imperial Japan persecuted Christians/Catholics, but worked w/Hawai`i Christians to promote language schools so long as Big 5 would permit such endeavors — yet tolerated Buddhists in Japan despite forced State Shinto [not Buddhist, but “paganism”], but undercut Imamura in Hawai`i [Imamura protested Tojo’s forced takeover of Buddhist churches]. So Makino tried to “Tokyo-inize” Nikkei here, despite being wholly at odds w/Hito-Tojo vicariously via Imamura, & Okumura/Soga tried to Americanize Nikkei here, despite being supported by Hito/Tojo [vs. blowback from Buddhist Imamura]. Man oh man, manifold prism, huh??!! Odd alliances!!
    Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    My apology. Fred Steere Jr.’s wife just passed away — Fred Jr. 1907-1988 was a great Punahou athlete & Big 5 exec, but it was his dad who Steere Noda named Noda himself after, not Jr. here. Steere Sr. was Noda’s alter ego/role model/mentor. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    U.N. Security Council — U.N. Security Council’s 5 permanent members’ unanimous vote required for peacekeeping forces — U.S./Russia/Red China/Great Britain/France. 3 other countries beside these 5 countries have strategic nuclear weapons — North Korea/India/Pakistan. U.N. peacekeepers total 2,100
    in U.S.-aided separatist Kosovo. U.N.’s forces totalled 210 in Georgia before Russia’s invasion. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Twist: Punahou greatest catalyst to African-American achievement — Punahou grad/Maui native Samuel Chapman Armstrong 1839-1893, son of Congregational missionaries, was mentor/alter ego to the greatest Black assimilationist, Booker T. Washington 1856-1915, Armstrong founder of Black Hampton U., made Booker T. Washington head of Armstrong’s Tuskegee U. Booker was freed via Sen. John Henderson’s [Jesse Shima’s spiritual ohana] 13th Amdt. which eradicated slavery 1865. George
    Washington Carver 1864-1943 was molded under Booker. Booker’s later peer W. E. B. Du Bois 1868-1963 was the militant reformist who sarcasticlly called Booker “the Great Accomodator” a la our Takie Okumura, our greatest assimilationist. The most extreme figure
    was pan-African Marcus Garvey, separatist who advocated liberation via return to Africa. Du Bois was our militant reformist Dan Inouye, Garvey was separatist Trask. Du Bois was the 1st Black Ph.D. Harvard 1895. Booker was half-White like Obama,
    though Booker didn’t know his White slave master father. Du Bois commented that among the worst attacks on civilzation’s heartfulness were the slave trade/Nazism/Spanish Inquisition. Yes, Congregationalists’ White Man’s Burden benevolent paternalism catalyzed Black achievement via Booker/Carver, as it catalyzed Hawaiian assimilation via Kalakaua/Kuhio. The twist is that plantation era hegemony repressed Asian immigrant achievement — Punahou’s odious 10% Asian quota was removed for good only in 1966 via Hung Wai Ching’s acolyte John Fox.
    Nonetheless, Punahou is the greatest enabler of Black pride via Armstrong’s influence & Obama’s success symbolism over a century later. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Our English standard schools 1927-1960 & Luso Catholic
    schools are AJA’s greatest catalysts to the American Dream. Ironic, but dual school system’s standard school had majority AJA/Chinese enrollment into its latter half of existence. Ted Tsukiyama born 1920 is standard School’s Prince Charming, just as Kalihi-Palama’s/Hawai`i’s 1st heart bypass surgeon Dick Mamiya born 1925 is St. Louis High’s & St. Louis MO. U.’s
    treasured alumnus. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    What distinguishes purist Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 from Yoichi Hata’s son Frank born 1922? Frank fed off Frank’s Data House contracts w/State’s George Ariyoshi. Like Najo Yoshinaga/John Ushijima/Pundy Yokouchi, Hilo boy Frank enriched himself via his
    auspicious political connections. Scrub never fell for such capitalism/antics. Jack Burns always delegated duties fully, but when Scrub protested Kaz Abe’s appointment to Supreme Court [Hilo’s Kaz wheeler-dealer/land speculator], Burns told Scrub,
    “Bruddah, dis one mine, okay? I owe Kazu — he stayed out of running against Kenny Brown [for Lt. Gov. primary race] & he neva’ make trouble for John [Ushijima][reapportionment contraction of Senate seats]. So let me have dis one.” Scrub acceded to Burns’ one/only favor/request. Burns’ cabinet appointees submitted resignation letters before
    appointment [if they fell down/out of favor w/Burns].
    [ergo Luso Jim Ferry[eira] — Land Bd. head born 1928 — conflict of interest on developments]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Militant Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 & his 442 gang were invited to be American Legion members. When Isamu’s boys saw the white-haired WWI veterans/old farts, Isamu said, “I not going stay w/these guys! They old, man!” Isamu roils in laughter as he himself now is told by radical Jim Albertini, “Isamu, I’ll be glad that your generation is passing on [dying].” Yikes!! Jim’s no spring flower [born 1946]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hung Wai Ching despised samurai mystique–beneath HW’s class level [Hung Wai an elitist/patrician in his head — but his heart was grassroot, no matter how he tamped it] — Hung Wai 1905-2002 displaced his own sense of inferiority [not master race-haole]
    onto the even lower class J_ps. Thence his disdain for stoic bushido [way of the warrior]. The paradox is that Hung Wai is our greatest oyabun/warrior of all
    [saved our whole Nikkei people from cultural ruin/opened up military to Blacks via Truman/forced S.Ct. CJ Earl Warren’s make-up call Brown v. Bd.of Education 1954/got Hawai`i Statehood via LBJ/Rayburn (Alamo Lost Battalion)/enabled LBJ’s Civil Rights legacy/facilitated Japan’s faith in America/etc.]. In Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai’s final scene, young emperor Hito asks Cruise how samurai Kusumoto died. Cruise replies, “I shall tell you how he
    lived.” Lao-tzu 2,500 yrs. ago said that “one w/outward courage dares to die, but one w/inward courage dares to live.” Kusumoto lived w/unrequited
    love for all, heartily choosing love over fear, & acted w/total abandon when facing the moment of truth. Like Tennyson, Kusumoto lived to risk & fail, & risk again, as self-mastery. When self-sacrifice/delaying tactic [Thermopylae/Alamo/Wake Island] are imperative, do not capitulate, but fight to the death, as though a fire burns in your heart, as bodhisattva [devoted to lifelong service to help others] samurai Kikushi was chastened by his master. Daidoji primes us
    that a true warrior considers every day of life as the last day, vital & essential — heart & more heart, inexorably molting. As such, Hung Wai’s hero William James resonates the moral equivalent of war — the undying love for family/village/nation to serve others. Of course, WWII combat veteran Glenn Gray says that “no human force can atone for the suffering & degradation of spirit of a single day of warfare.” Beat swords into plowshares our goal, or as
    strategist Sun Tzu said 2,500 yrs. ago, the best way to win is w/out fighting. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Yuri Kochiyama born 1921/Malcolm X 1925-1965 influenced Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940 — Malcolm X/Yuri Mary Kochiyama worked astride each other after Malcolm X & Elijah Muhammad split up. Yuri cradles Malcolm in her arms after he is mortally wounded [Life Mag]. Yuri’s husband Bill is 442 veteran out of internment camps. Bill cried & cried w/tears of joy/elation when Bill met 100th/442 avatar Hung Wai Ching’s son KingLit Ching born 1936, just as audacious as dad Hung Wai in KingLit’s own valorous way. Malcolm saw people of color as the world’s majority & went directly into the heart of the urban ghettos to uplift them. Contrariwise, Martin Luther King focused on narrow civil rights [vs. Malcolm’s internationalist human rights] as a minority race struggle which needed collaboration from middle class Whites/working people. Many Black households have both MX/MLK pix on their living room walls. Ron favors MX over MLK’s collaborationist bent. Ron was inspired by Union Theol. alumnus Archie Hargraves [Black preacher who spoke at Church of Crossroads] to go to Chicago Theol. Seminary. Paul Waterhouse at Kalihi Union Church inspired Ron’s dad Donald 1906-2004 to go to USC Divinity. There dad met mom Lily Satow 1907-2005 [Phi Beta Kappa], whose brother-in-law is Dan Inouye. Jesse Jackson was Ron’s good friend & a year below Ron at Chicago Theol. Sem. Ron also was inspired by CoCrossroads pastor Delwyn
    Raison, who was the inspiration for sanctuary to draft dodgers Vietnam War. Raison ended up a gardener & died recently. Ron also was inspired by Saul Alinsky, who told Ron’s peer from South Africa, Wandile Ku Se [Miriam Makeba’s tribe], “When the boss’ thugs shot at me, I had to shoot my six-shooter — you’ll fight for your very life — good luck!” Iao Church’s Mineo Katagiri also inspired Ron to engage in social works/serving others. Genro/sempai mentorship on Maui — baseballer Iron Maehara’s dad was Ron’s dad Donald’s mentor. Donald in turn mentored Iron [Iron was homerun hitter Donald’s batboy]. Iron’s baby brother Angel [Rusty Blaisdell’s chief advisor] in turn mentored Ron.
    –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Stateside Asians vs. Obama — Banana complex, yellow skinned Asians who think they’re White. Americanization gone too far, in that these ingrates bring up the rear of oldtime bigotry vs. today’s more integrated Whites who support Obama. Yes, paradox, these Asians are a sad distance behind the times. Understandable, but sad. Love one, love all, & again I gotta emphasize the enormous heart/compassion/magnanimity of KingLit Ching, born 1936, Hung Wai’s 1905-2002 son. Hung Wai is Hawaii`i’s greatest
    modern historymaker, & KingLit typifies Hung Wai’s messianic qualities. KingLit’s ex-wife is African-American, & their progeny obviously have African-American blood. So KingLit goes in reverse, he peels the banana & upturns bigotry’s absurdity. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Roustabout Nisei Hisakichi Hisanaga 1890-1978 [Kazuma’s dad] —
    Nisei Hisa was a WWI baseball catcher/star, & sponsor of 1st topnotch ball club JAC 1920s, along w/fellow Nisei Barney Fujimoto [Kametaro’s son — Kame
    gave home to Waiakea Higashi Hongwanji on Kainehe St. directly across today’s Ice Plant on Liholiho St. — Kame is founder of HPM Bldg. Supply & is Bobby’s
    ojisan/grandpa] & Sanji Abe [godfather of Mamo St. after sumo master Koizumi (Okamoto), Koizumi the genesis of Mamo Theater site/sold Yamatoza Theater to Sanji Abe (called Mooheau Theater WWII, though original Mooheau Theater was makai of Kam Ave. across Furneaux Lane at Quong Sing site WWI)]. Hisa was the owner of his Hisago Casino/Kake in the middle of Ice/Anegawa Pond where Harrington’s Restaurant is today, but Hisago could only be traversed by boat/canoe, which insulated it from vice cops. Of course, Hisago sank in the ’46 tsunami, & never resumed business. Sam Boyd worked for Hisa in Hilo & is Hisa’s protege. Hisa was the godfather of Mameya [pleasure] lane, ergo, Punahoa St., but Red Light House/”charm” next to Ebesugawa’s Mitsuwa Club [Nihon Restaurant site today] was not reputed to be Hisa’s digs. In Shinmachi by the DLNR Matson containers today were were Suitengo Shinto temple/John Ushijima’s family. Of course, residents along Wailoa pond all emptied their wastes into Kukai Stream/Waiolama Canal, where Sparky Kawamoto produced Olympic swim champ Yoshi Oyakawa [fellow gold medalist Buster Crabbe, who is mayor Clem Akina’s
    stepson, was fed effluent resistence swimming from Hilo’s Light House outfalls — which are why he was the world’s fastest swimmer — he swam to literal daylight away from the kukai/smuck — yes, he swam back & forth between our Light House & Coconut Island]. Legend has it that giant haole-looking titan swimmer Yoshi Terada [another of coach Sparky’s
    titlists along w/Sonny Tanabe/Ed Kawachika][Yoshi is pure Japanese] was superhuman because of the
    ultragrowth algae from Kukai Stream/Wailoa Pond!! Ohio State NCAA titlist Ed Kawachika can thank Kukai Stream’s Green Bloom for Ed’s propulsion [Sparky’s boy from Waiakea]. Herculeans Sonny Tanabe/
    Joe Kalua/Rich Baker, all Sparky’s boys, all from Kukai Stream currents. Of course, Hisa would ride thru Mameya Lane w/his chauffeur/huge limo a la FDR. No wonder Hisa’s son Kazuma was such an A-hole — he couldn’t live down his dad’s rep. Kazuma’s son Bruce is a “proud” man. Nonetheless, Kazuma was 442 war hero/Silver Star, & 1st AJA capt. of college athletic team [Pomona]. Kazuma’s wife/Masa Yoshimasu’s wife are Hilo Muni founder Mukai’s girls & were our high-brow elites. Hisa did not lord over Butcher Lane’s “Cottage” behind Kumu St.’s Volcano Arena, where Puerto Ricans ruled. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Ted Tsukiyama’s exposure to historymakers —
    Ted was born 1920, a historymaker himself [VVV/MIS/all-Nisei troop historian/arbitrator], always focuses on race [Territorial era hegemony — haole haves/non-haole have-nots], which dismays grunts like Willy Okino Thompson born 1924, who focus on “band of brothers” small unit cohesion [squad/platoon/company/battalion], not race [Hilo boys like Isamu Kanekuni born 1921/Benty Tachibana born 1924 are into team-first like Willy, not race]. Nonetheless, Ted’s bent appeals to all historians, who see the big picture [political/social reckonings, not small unit cohesion a la Willy Thompson]. Fortuitous, but name your historymakers, Ted knew/was exposed to them all. Joe Farrington/Jack Burns/Charles Hemenway/Hung Wai Ching/Takaichi Miyamoto/Johnny Wilson/Herb Kum/Rusty Blaisdell/etc. Contrary to public perception, Ted never was part of Jack Burns’ clique, though Cooper/Daws indicate such in their bk. Land and Power in Hawaii. Unlike Burns soldier Willy Thompson, Ted never liked the machinations of strategizing/logistics. Ted’s stint as
    legislative attorney/majority office turned him off to Machiavellian [ends justify brutal means] operators like Vince Esposito [father was Joe Esposito born 1889, came to Hawai`i 1931 from New Haven, Conn.], as shrewd/cutthroat as they come.
    Dare say that Ted’s epiphany/main influence was the dynamic duo of Charles Hemenway/Hung Wai Ching, society’s real deals [do or die], not me-first like
    Vince Esposito. Heroes who toiled for the rank & file, even though Ted/Hemenway/Hung Wai are patrician in attitude. Symbolically, Ted roots for a Jack Burns typecast, the same Burns who lost 4 of his first 6 elections. Even though Ted disengages
    politically. What all post-1920 born AJAs share is their militancy/A-hole defiant stride, their repudiation of the Old Order/Territorial plantation-era non-haole vassal status. To a man/woman. For my macadamia nuts, I side w/my Dad’s pre-1920 born accomodationist/collaborative approaches, the GOP coterie symbolized by Hung Wai Ching/Kats Kometani/Masaji Marumoto/Angel Maehara/Joe Farrington/Rusty Blaisdell. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hung Wai Ching’s earliest role models YMCA’s John Young & Leigh Hooley — Hung Wai Ching’s parents immigrated to Hawai`i from Zhongshan [same region as Sun Yat Sen] outside Canton in the early 1890s. Hung Wai’s dad was a merchant seaman who always was
    on the open sea, never at home in Nu`uanu across Queen Emma Elem. School. Hung Wai’s mom raised her 6 kids along w/her widower brother’s 5 kids. Geography is a huge influence on a person’s fate. Hung Wai’s positive figures were Nu`uanu YMCA/Congregational leaders John Young/”Lee Houley.” Hung Wai got so caught up in his heroes’ altruism that he wanted to be a youth leader like them. And via their outreach to the eventual Chinese Community Church at Emma St., he wanted to be a faithfinder like them. These were Hung Wai’s formative influences. Absent father [work duties], overwhelmed child caregiver mother, Hung Wai
    hero worshipped his conveniently located leaders Young/Houley on his block. Top alter ego
    propagation/successorship, from Young/Houley down to impressionable/hungry heathen Hung
    Wai. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    ILWU & Filipino wayfinder Marcellino “Mac” Villaverde born 1929 — Onomea’s Mac Villaverde, Visayan/Cebuhano minority, has rich reverence for Dr. Jose Rizal, P.I.’s George Washington, who said everybody’s equal/free country. Mac toiled for Onomea Sugar Co. as teen age 12 to 17. His assimilationist papa told him to aspire higher. Mac
    joined the military, where the world opened up to him. Unlike twisted Kona native Frank Sogi born 1923, Mac always worshipped forebearer pathfinders Pablo Manlapit/Gonzalo Manibog. Ask millionaire Japan cabal atty. Sogi about Nisei moses Mike Masaoka — Sogi rebukes Mike as a traitor to Mike’s race. Sogi’s prism of life is inverted. It is Sogi who is a twirp who forgot Sogi’s race. Because of Mike’s Americanization/assimilation crusade, Sogi is a happily rich man today. Yes, Japan’s faith in America was restored because of Mike Masaoka of Utah & Hung Wai Ching of Hawai`i. MacArthur was broadband/flexible on post-WWII restoration of Japan/
    Okinawa because of Masaoka/Ching/Jesse Shima[bukuro][Pi`ihonua roots][D.C.’s Mother Teresa to Nikkei]. What on earth has Frank Sogi lifted to ease our load as a people, as a race? The only things he’s lifted are hapai balls/carry his Japan overlord’s balls/testicles to ease his overlord’s monied/heavy balls. Unlike sad Sogi, Mac never forgot his people’s struggles for acceptance/recognition. Yes, Mac is patrician today, but Mac always credits his twin towers of self-worth, UH Hilo profs Bea Markey/Jim Wang, who mentored Mac after Mac’s return to school as a combat veteran. Mac had passing acquaintance w/young prof Rick Castberg some
    35 yrs. ago, & Mac respected Rick as a humble quiet man, not shy, but built from inside out w/inner strength/peace. BTW, like Mac, Rick is a VNW [though not actual combat] veteran. Not many Filipinos were on college campus 40 yrs. ago. Mac was among the few sprinkled about across America.
    Yes, Mac lost every political race he ran [except for his seminal ’78 Con-Con win], but look at
    Mac’s friend Frank Fasi, who lost like Bernard Akana until Fasi finally won to become O`ahu’s
    longest-serving mayor 1968. Mac always offered himself to Mac’s native ILWU, but because
    Mac’s friend George Martin dismissed Mac as political `opala/rubbish [Mac never labored in
    the canelands as an adult, but was in the military], Fasi recruited Mac, & Mac accepted Fasi’s
    invite. So ILWU borot Kea`au’s Frank Latorre bullies Mac to get out of Fasi’s camp, & Mac
    tells fellow Filipino Latorre — “I ain’t goin hapai ball you! I was opala, now I dangerous? You
    tell your boss [Martin] come see me to silence me. Get the hell out of my face. You leave!
    I stay! Free country, pa-re!!” –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Dennis Ogawa/Masaji Marumoto — Granted, Dennis is esteemed UH AJA expert. But Dennis is post-WWII mentality/recoil over anti-Jap prejudice, not collaborative/co-opt a la Masaji Marumoto [or antecedent Yasutaro Soga], who overcame bigotry by adapting to/being accepted by overlords [e.g. Makiki Pastor Takie Okumura’s New Americans 1927-1941 outfit]. Our champions/inspirations? None other
    than our great public school teachers/educators, who were imbued w/bedrock idealism of everybody’s equal! Yes, they were haole, they were Protestant, but they believed in Samaritans/Matthew/Isaiah. They typified the fresh/invigorating pioneer spirit [which emerged of necessity to overcome class barriers], Oren Long being the exemplar [grassroot
    Kansas boy who grew up amidst railroad/banker cartel chokehold/vise-grip over bankrupt farmers].
    Yes, in our struggling ethnics Oren saw his own life flash before him — deja vu — & Oren’s
    gang was inspired/levitated by our pursuit to Americanize/assimilate. He saw himself in
    the mirror. He fell in love w/our immigrants/perseverance. Oren’s feelings typified most of our champion educators like incomparable Miles Cary who saw in us much of themselves [to overcome hardship/poverty]. Yes, Nisei Masaji born 1906 made Oren born 1889 utterly proud to be a Hawai`i educator!! Dennis looks at Oren as the Old Order/plantation-era mentality/benevolent paternalism. After all, young Dennis is post-WWII thinking/Kotonk who came here when Jack Burns already was Governor. Essentially, Dennis rebukes territorial-era accomodation/acceptance a la JACL’s
    repudiatory militancy. Extremist, yes, in relation to a Marumoto or forebearer Soga. Masaji
    is just about the most unspoken Nisei hero [Kuakini Japanese Charity Hospital leader/averted
    mass internment of buddaheads here/post-war Okinawa reconstructionist (Masaji is Naichi, not Uchinanchu)/1st ever AJA high court Justice nationwide 1957/1st ever AJA Big 5 bd. member/etc.]. Soga’s moderation/peacemaker distinctions sped acculturation/assimilation
    for pre-WWII buddaheads [Soga was Nippu Jiji newspaper editor]. After all, unlike Stateside
    Kotonks, we buddaheads were the majority race lorded over by a teeny-weeny number of elite haoles [who were well aware of our prolific population growth]/our geographical isolation in the middle of the Pacific prevented mass migration to Hawai`i of Stateside haoles/we filled the vacuum of what otherwise would have been a Stateside haole middle class, being that early territorial Hawai`i had the haves vs. the have-nots, no in-between middle class.
    Yes, totally opposite of Stateside rule over Kotonks. Our plantation mgrs. were
    compassionate, most of whom were new immigrants themselves [Scots], & who saw in us buddaheads a true reflection of their own aspirations/idealism. Our educators were crusaders for the underclass, inasmuch our educators themselves arose from want/humble roots. Our missionary descendant businessmen [C & C/A & B/etc.] were respectfully wary of their Biblical
    precepts to uplift/catalyze feelings of self-worth among the immigrant have-nots. Even our
    most brazen non-missionary Merchant St. capitalists were forced to co-exist w/our immigrants in our geographically small island community. Yes, co-exist, not beat the hell out of each other. Translated — aloha spirit, inclusive/welcome wagon-like, thanks to progenitors/Hawaiians
    Kamehameha I/Kalakaua/etc. Beautiful convergence of events/people who exuded the aloha spirit!! Ubiquitous Hung Wai Ching? Our greatest buddahead hero. This intrepid Chinaman came along w/majority buddahead UH enrollment by 1940. “And the rest is
    history” [Hung Wai inspired the creation of the 100th fighting soldiers/442nd RCT/jump-started
    Hawai`i to Statehood/became exemplar for eventual co-existence b/n Red China-U.S./etc.]. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Tom Okuyama/Kiyo Okubo — Japan class structure
    1. Tom Okuyama married Nippon-attuned Kiyoko/Kay, hence Tom’s affinity w/Nippon Kiyo Okubo. Tom’s wife was Kiyo’s dutiful gal friday. No, merchant Tomohide [Tom’s dad] was not linked w/Kiyo. Point is that Kiyo [from rice farmer Niigata ken-district] mixed more w/plantation laborers, not w/fishermen [such as from Yamaguchi ken-district] like Suisan/
    Kawachika fish market [swimmer Ed’s kin]/Sumida fishcake/etc. Result is that Kiyo paid attention to civics/leaders from the verdant green hills of King Sugar [Sakuichi Sakai/Shunzo Sakamaki/Hardy Shimizu/John Fujii/Yoshio Tanimoto/Jingiuyei Mijo/Matsuto Ono/Yoshigazu Morita/Dr. Yutaka Inokoji/Ray Otsuka. Waiakea fishermen were not Kiyo’s domain. Kiyo’s most valued peers included patricians Dr. Tadashi Oto/Sanji Abe/Tasaku
    Oka/Nobuji Tokushiro/Dr. Albert Shimamura/Kango Kawasaki.
    2. BTW, Dr. Sexton’s beautiful home perched over Pu`ueo Pali/ocean cliff [where the wooden
    bridge crossed over the Belt Rd. at the end of Halaulani Place] was relocated to Waimea across Manuel Ulysius Ferreira’s home [our Johnny Waimea’s wife Justina’s youngest brother], backdropped by beautiful green pastures [including Johnny Waimea’s former acreages/ranch shed]. Dr. Sexton’s home is unique for its phalanx design [which pointed toward
    the blue Pacific/Hilo Bay].
    3. Back to fishermen/Waiakea[Yashijima] — furyoshonen/troublemakers are what shantytown/
    tenement residents were called along what is now Banyan Drive peninsula. Fishermen
    in Japan had higher status, even though life also was difficult there. When feudal Tokugawa era Japan modernized into Meiji Japan [Commodore Perry’s black ships 1854], samurai were relegated to farmwork [see The Last Samurai w/Tom Cruise-Ken Watanabe-Hiroyuki
    Sanada], & merchants rose up the social ladder [which included entrepreneur fisheries]. Japan martial arts emerged from Kyushu [Fukuoka/Kumamoto (kendo master/Dad’s baby brother Charley Narimatsu is a direct descendant of samurai tradition)], where samurai were banished back to/relegated as farmers.
    By nature, Waiakea/Yashijima was apolitical, not fiercely outspoken like Kea`au/Pepe`ekeo. Light note: Dem Party daimyo/shogun Scrub Tanaka detested female buddaheads from militant Kea`au/Pepe`ekeo. After all, ILWU’s top haole leaders married Kea`au/Pepe’ekeo AJA girls. Scrub’s Dem genesis Rich Imai born 1910 laughs to no end at Scrub’s phobia. Which is why Scrub always detested the ILWU [which supported GOP pre-Statehood][which chose GOP Lofty Cook over Scrub for mayor 1960]. Rich is from militant Kea`au [large plantation communities such as Kea`au/Pepe`ekeo/Honoka`a (Goto lynching 1889)–militant– had stratified caste system/division of labor/social class hegemony — in topography, haole mgrs./supervisors at the highest elevation/totem pole, below them are Luso/Portuguese
    lunas, below the Luso are Jap laborers, & on down to the Porinkis/Yobos/Flips — but yikes! — Uchinanchu sent to God-forsaken forest line some 6 miles above civilization — the ape men/chimpanzee stigma]. Chinese — aah, so individualistic the Chinamen predated mass labor immigration & set out on their own. Like the haole aristocrats, Chinamen made the most use of the Great Mahele land distributions — the Hawaiian chiefs strong-armed/shook down their own
    hoa`aina/farmers/maka`ainana/commoners — & then turned around & sold their vassals’ lands to the haoles/Chinamen. It certainly helped the Chinamen that these single testosterone-laden lads married nubile Hawaiian girls, & thus assimilated well into so-called “host culture” [term foisted by sovereignty separatists/extremists]. Whoa! Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Togo Nakagawa RIP 1923-2007 442nd —
    1. Togo is but another way of replicating unjustly maligned historymaker Royce Higa [born
    1920; 1st Uchinanchu/Okinawan cabinet leader — served under Gov. Burns]. Togo was 3 yrs. younger than Royce, fellow 442nd [Bob Oshiro was not WWII 442nd], protege of Royce. Power here hinges on relationships. Royce got Togo sponsored by Gill in law. Previously, Togo supported new-fangled Fasi
    [young buddaheads like Yasutaka Fukushima/Masa Kushi loved rabble rouser Fasi]. Royce couldn’t stand all-talk/no-walk solon Sakae Takahashi, who lived off handouts/patronage. Togo stayed away from Sakae. Togo was centrist/moderate on social policy, &
    coat-tailed public health adm. M.S. pro mentor Royce, who actually led under Quinn on health care, even though Royce was a Dem card holder. House leader Beppu also enabled Togo. No nicer fella walked the walk than Togo. Royce got fed up w/Burns’ greenhorn social services outfit [Burns was a visionary, not a practical man], & quit in disgust over its cronyism/co-optation w/monied health providers. Prescient Gill picked up plum Royce, Gill’s major coup vs. Burns. Royce rode the Gill wave 1970. When
    Royce’s Atkinson YMCA enthusiast Nel Doi [out of shape–had to exercise] started to worship health buff/innately athletic Royce [who also was worshipped by fellow volleyballer Quinn][Doi suffered heart attack], Doi recruited Royce for Doi’s successful
    Lt. Gov. run 1974. Royce felt that Gill/Doi were a dream team. But then boneheads ibaru/arrogant/conceited Gill/Doi feuded over patronage appts. [Gill ever the uncompromiser], w/Royce caught right in the middle [sought by both camps]. Royce tossed his hat for Doi, whom Royce felt was more flexible than Gill. Till this day, Royce has no regret about jumping from Burns to Gill to Doi. Right or wrong, but never in doubt! I asked Nel Doi why Nel ran vs. Fasi ’76 mayor’s race, when Nel had the ’78 governorship at the ready/in Doi’s hip pocket vs. phlegmatic/pantyass Ariyoshi. Doi never asked for Royce’s blessing [Royce was aghast at Doi’s overconfidence/egomania], & Doi regrets it to this day. The rest is history [Fasi ended Doi’s illustrious career by annihilating Doi]. Royce forgave Doi, but being a realist/pragmatist [442nd veteran][Doi born 1922 was a 442nd wanna-be — all talk, no walk], Royce knew at that point Doi was a lightweight in character. Doi regrets Doi’s overconfidence/egomania. Doi got vanquished by Doi’s
    own self-inflated nature. Yes, Royce is trivialized/marginalized by contemporary pundits as
    an impulsive/visceral/impatient Quixote a la “eccentric” Alex Hume Ford [father of local
    Lions Club/ocean sport revival/etc.] & Takaichi Miyamoto [Johnny Wilson’s Rasputin, but our pundits are out of touch w/buddahead/sport mentality. Royce Higa is a grounded/sensible administrator w/high ideals, who just happened to get disgusted
    w/Burns’ social services cozy/Bill Among’s bosom workings w/monied providers. Royce just happened to get caught in the ’73 Gill/Doi megalomania feud, where Royce opted to go w/a trite more flexible Doi. Royce just happened to be feared by protege Doi
    when Doi quixotically poked at Fasi’s mayoral windmill ’76, which sealed Doi’s fate. Yes, puzzled-up results, but Royce still is intact in valor/ideals/inner peace. Yes, right or wrong, but never in doubt!! As w/Satchel Paige, no lookback by Royce. No heavy regret, no heavy grief [Colin Powell’s adage].
    2. Back to inimitable Royce & protege Togo, do you know that Royce/Togo were bosom buddies & met every Friday a.m. at Ala Moana’s food court? When Togo’s Parkinsons disease worsened, ever-buff Royce [what Uchinanchu male is not a He-Man?!] escorted
    Togo on walks around the shopping complex. Royce was devoted [Chugi/meiyo] to coat-tailer Togo till the end. Togo RIP age 84 [5/23/07 Advertiser]. I can go on & on about Royce/Togo. Do you want to know more about their legacies? Royce was never a spokesman for Hui Okinawa [Royce is ichiban to his people — symbolizes the American Dream/assimilation/upward mobility — has MS U Michigan public health admin.]. But nonetheless venerated by Uchinanchu. Royce is self-effacing, just a good joe/swell guy. Royce’s family? Royce’s daughter Barbara
    was married to my schoolmate/best friend [divorced later]. Barbara is a grassroot folksy optimist like her dad/mom [deceased]. Anything more/info? Aloha/mahalo, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Dalai Lama is correct — be inclusive, not myopic/xenophobic — & correctly chafes Haw’n separatists. Pololei.
    1. Yes, after Aloha Air founder Ruddy Tongg [1904-1983] had David Benz do the ministerial
    work, David asked Hung Wo Ching [1912-1996] to buy Aloha Air, which Hung Wo did. Aloha Air started after WWII as an alternative to haole-restrictive Hawaiian Air [1929][AJAs couldn’t fly via HA during WWII]. 1st Hawn Bank’s Johnny Bellinger asked Hung Wo if HW needed to borrow money. For the 1st time in HW’s successful career [economist/businessman], HW needed $2 million. JB made HW personally guarantee the loan. HW chastened, “I didn’t dare tell my wife what I just did!!” Later CEOs included lawyer
    turned entrepreneur Kenneth Char & developer Sheridan Ing [mentored by HWoChing], who died in 1993 of cancer. HW beat out Rusty Blaisdell for the BE trustee slot 1968 [HW’s former tenant Bill Richardson, ever the cronyist, picked HW; HW’s tenure was able, though HW himself was a cronyist; HW’s nephew, KingLit Ching (son of mythic
    historymaker/Hung Wo’s older brother — Hung Wai Ching 1906-2002), was a successful executive A&B/etc., but HWo was miffed that KingLit never asked for HW’s help].
    2. Jimmy Trask [son of Jack Burns’ sister] died recently. His tutu David Trask Sr. was ubiquitous
    Kanaka Johnny Wilson’s Dem Party confidant. David Sr.’s kids include David Jr. [HGEA boss died 1999]/Tommy [ILWU boss till 1994 died 1998]/Arthur K. Trask [lawyer 1910-2002]/Arthur B. Trask [separatists Haunani/Mililani’s dad]. Unionists Trask bros. were peers of UPW’s Henry Epstein died 1995. Patriarch David Sr. born 1890 was among the 1st Dems [Johnny Wilson’s understudy; Johnny 1871-1956]. Unlike 1st ever pollster Johnny Wilson, David/Arthur K. drew AJA enmity [Jap solons had to resign from elective office via Trasks]. Candidly, the Trasks were no Johnny Wilson!! Here you see the divide between the
    men [Wilson/Tommy Kaulukukui/Pinoy action hero Norberto Villanueva (daughter Alohalinda
    married Ruddy Tongg Jr.)/my idol Hawea Waia`u’s dad Harry K. Brown (longest-serving non-DA
    elected official Big Isle 1924-1953 died in office born 1891; protege of multi-racial inclusionist
    Sam Mahuka Spencer 1875-1960 — longest-serving County Chairman/mayor 1924-1944; Brown was recognized by AJAs for faithful/devoted service to the so-called nefarious AJA/J_ps)/soldier George Aikau/Frank Midkiff born 1887–brother John born 1893 — all Castle & Cooke ohana — their Waialua Ag/Sugar was heavily J_p, but they went above/beyond to defend us, not for essential worker/economic reasons, but because they fell in love with us/our culture–devotion/loyalty/etc.– Bill Paty, Normandy hero, is their protege — Bill is Johnny Wilson incarnate/great compassionate altruist Noble Kauhane — far cry (thankfully) from the Trasks/Heens (Kanto easterners vs. Kansai westerner J_ps in the eyes of these so-called pioneer Dems)] vs. the impudent boys. Tori no fun (“foon”), chicken shit. I’ll take C&C/Big Five oyabun-godfather Frank Atherton
    died 1945 any day over a J_p-be-gone Trask/Heen. Imua/Chugi-loyalty. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Representative democracy vs. participatory democracy
    1. Hawai`i’s electoral college advantage — small
    States have greater say as opposed to popular [citizens’ votes] elections, twice as much. Such weighted formula are premised on levelling the playing field between the haves [traditional urban hubs] & the have-nots [rural regions]. Thence the notions of representative [electoral college] democracy vs. participatory [direct citizen vote]
    democracy.
    2. Which bring us to current GOP vs. Dem Party thinking. GOP started as the party of
    anti-slavery’s Abraham Lincoln, which caused post-Civil War Southern solons to turn Dem. Thence the Southern Bloc of the Dem Party, which caused huge rifts between liberal Northern Dems vs. the right-wing Southern Bloc [post-Civil War Reconstruction/etc.]. Today’s Southern Bloc ID — the Dems switched party labels to GOP over a
    decade ago in conformity w/current GOP conservative bent — and lost in the recent changeover to Dem majority Congress, after previous 12 yrs. of GOP rule. The South shall rise again now hinges on GOP fate. Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Reed’s Bay on Banyan Drive — Reed’s Bay named for early businessman W.H. Reed, originally black pebble/sand beach, later covered w/dredged coral by Blonde Reef [for harbor construction]. Reed’s Island named after same man, up Kaiulani Drive by Hilo Union School. Baker beach named for theater pioneer Adam Baker [John T. Baker’s kin–island gov.], also covered w/dredged coral. Jungle on west side of Baker’s Ocean View drive is site of old heiau. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Song “My Hawaii” among most beautiful melodies —
    The Young Rascals were extraordinary [Cavaliere-Brigati composers], w/music that transfixed listeners into a metaphysical plane/state. Their song “My
    Hawaii” would make classical composer Helen Desha Beamer so proud!! Soaring crescendo/wide-band range/simple yet steeped lyrics. No later
    “cover” vocalist ever evoked “My Hawaii” like the Young Rascals did. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    David Figueira born 1957 on writing a book vs. reporting untold history — David asks me why I don’t write a book. I report history, not write
    a book. The bona fide person loves discovery for its own sake, not for a book’s sake. Yes, footnotes/citations/quotations from reputable sources
    keys to sound reporting. I provide sources/backups as needed. The beauty of discovery is not to concern oneself w/form [ergo, book] but w/function. When Bosto Blackie Nakasato born 1942 reminds me that if I hadn’t asked Koji Ariyoshi’s son about whether Koji 1914-1976 paid homage to Koji’s sponsor/benefactor Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 — no one would’ve known that Koji was thankful to Hung Wai Ching till
    Koji’s dying day [gave Hung Wai bouquet/flowers every Christmas — Koji the so-called “Red” (commie) florist]. Koji’s heart showed that though Koji was Mao Tse Tung’s foil, Koji had kindness to bestow upon diehard Uncle Sam patriot Hung Wai Ching [father of 100th/442, of which Koji served honorably MIS arm].
    For me, Blackie’s comment makes my writing worthwhile. Not talk about a book, which in this cyber-age is insignificant. No form, please. Just function [discovering the past]. I do notice that prolific book author Wayne Subica includes my own
    findings in his books w/out crediting me for finds. Yes, disheartening, but main thing is that the reader gets the finds, no matter what. Example is that our
    3 mainstream sports big leaguers from Hawai`i have Honomu Luso roots — Augie Cabrinha our 1st NFLer 1927, raised in Honomu/Red Rocha our only NBAer
    1947 start date, Red’s mom is Augie’s older sister/Onan Masaoka our only Big Island major leaguer, dad is Honomu native [Masaoka-De Sa families]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Empathy — Have you ever asked of your pastor, “Pastor Kim, may I pray for you?” Empathy,
    we all need TLC, even pastors. Prayer isn’t about the person praying, it’s about the Higher Being/spiritual-emotional healing. So how would it hurt just to offer, “Pastor, may I pray for you?” As w/Oral Roberts, Oral made the point about
    prayer that it’s not about the person praying — when Oral told frozen-stiff seminary student, “Will you pray for me?” Student went convulsive/started
    muttering self-prayer for student, at which point Oral interrupted him, “No, don’t pray for you, pray for me!” Aloha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Fumiko Iwamasa welfare dept. head Big Island —
    Gov. Jack Burns gave Scrub Tanaka unfettered singular authority to pick/choose dept. heads for the Big Island. Scrub chose older/experienced Iwamasa over Margaret Ushijima, & hubby John never forgot Scrub’s rejection of Margaret. Scrub’s defense was Truth: Iwamasa was the better candidate! Never mind political machinations a la today’s Gerald De Mello &
    his sweetheart relationships w/horrid influence peddlers. John Ushijima was no Scrub Tanaka in terms of the public’s best interests/Social Gospel-Scrub’s Hongwanji Dharma. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Larry Mehau/sumotori Taiho — Larry Mehau was but 36 yrs. old when he picked up modern sumo’s
    greatest champion Taiho [Futabayama 1936-1940 ancient champ] & spirited away Taiho from Taiho’s 442nd RCT sponsors in Hilo, Larry being sumo proponent/Jesse Kuhaulua’s ace. Needless to say, our 442 boys like Isamu Kanekuni were pissed off that young punk Mehau would have the audacity to secret Taiho for Mehau’s self-aggrandizement. Which is why Mehau never won
    the support of our 442/100th Batt. boys. Not only was Mehau younger, he was punkier. It was cowardly George Ariyoshi, 442 wanna-be, who sucked up to Mehau. If you recall, Bob Oshiro 1924-2008 begged on Oshiro’s hands & kness at Hilo’s KK Tei for Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 to head Ariyoshi’s campaign here. Scrub dismissed 442 wanna-be Oshiro as an Ariyoshi
    barnacle left over from Scrub’s Jack Burns era 1962-1974. Cayetano also beseeched Scrub to lead campaign here, but Scrub dismissed Cayetano as a Nelson Doi individualist. Not a team player. To Scrub, combine Ariyoshi-Waihee-Cayetano, & even collectively they could not rival Burns
    in accomplishments/results. Yes, Waihee also beseeched Scrub to lead Waihee’s campaign, but Scrub said that no japanee should lead a Haw’n candidate [just reinforces bad stereotype of Haw’ns being too laid back to lead themselves]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Basketball icons’ coaching differences —
    Hilo High coach Beans Afook 1900-1991, w/all the top honors you can imagine [terr. titles/winning %/games won], incl. national distinctions [consecutive-# terr. titles/winning %], different from successor Al Manliguis born 1930, as determined by the era/epoch,
    in that Beans’ stationary game [center position crucial] was exceptional for footwork–blocking out on defense, something that Al Manliguis’ running game de-compressed. W/Al & Al’s era, that foreordained/foretold today’s zip-quick game w/de-emphasis on the center role, Bob Duax’ full court press of over half a century ago dictated the steals/causing turnovers to speed up the then-slow
    advancement of the ball to/past the half-court line. Of course, vs. big teams like St. Joseph High 1958/St. Louis High 1967 [yes, scholarship-recruited players], Al’s press contained the offensive slow tempo to keep down the offensive score/baskets, thereby allowing Al’s smaller squad to stay w/the foes’ big guys’ scorecard, as you saw vs. St. Louis ’67 State title tiff. Yes, Al’s centers Jay
    Cruz/Ed Kalima & forwards Herm Manalili/Dennis Kagawa [Kagawa the unheralded heart/soul of Al’s ’67 squad] could’ve benefitted by Beans’ emphasis on foot/body placement [Al was herky-jerky penetrator/slasher leader on Beans’ titlist 1948 squad, not in-the-paint
    virtuoso– Al lower fascimile of incomparable passer Ah Chew Goo, who couldn’t stand Beans — Beans dissuaded Ah Chew’s dazzling passing wizardry 1935 & 1936 — Al would’ve loved progenitor Ah Chew’s razzle-dazzle feed to the open man — Ah Chew’s openly declared inspiration is 1934 coach Roy Roberts,
    Beans’ coaching antecedent, who let Ah Chew play to win the game, razzle-dazzle & all], but Al’s uptempo game [scores total stood as record for the next 20+ yrs.] de-emphasized the paint/rim geometry. Essentially, Al’s game foretold today’s zip-quick
    extant/ubiquitous play. Beans was ole’ stoneface on the bench w/his roster sheet rolled up in his hand. Contrarily, Al was totally extroverted a la Al McGuire/Bobby Knight. Do you know that Al Manliguis couldn’t bear to watch baby brother Larry’s
    successor Hilo High teams after Al retired?? Because Al always was so emotionally involved, Al would’ve died from longtime bleeding ulcers. Al readily will admit this. And Al would’ve been a distraction
    to Larry/Larry’s squad. Al didn’t even watch the Hilo High State titlists of 1991/2000. Al says privately that Al’s ’67 squad w/Sam Wilson/Dennis Kagawa was the best team Al ever had, incl. Al’s
    Laupahoehoe squad w/later NAIA all-star Hisao Sato. Al says that Hisao & Al’s baby brother Cal Manliguis [led ’64 Hilo High State titlists vs. behemoth Punahou squad w/Chris MacLachlin-Norm Chow-
    Pal Eldridge-Charley Wedemeyer-Art Wong] are the fiercest competitors Al ever had, notwithstanding their lack of God-given talent/ability. St. Louis coach Walter Wong 1912-2002 was rote-perfect like Beans Afook, & copied older example Beans in
    execution-foot placement. BTW, Wong couldn’t stand Ah Chew Goo, because Wong was prima donna player 1920s/1930s & detested Goo’s upstaging of Wong starting in 1934. Like Beans Afook, who was Cal-Poly Pomona multi-sport star w/Ernie De Silva after heralded Hilo High career, O`ahu Wong couldn’t share the spotlight w/comer Ah Chew Goo. The Chinese factor had a lot to do w/turf paranoia. Ah Chew’s
    biggest detractors are fellow Chinese Beans/Wong [stone-age men]. Look at Beans/Wong & their mannerisms/ways. Identical twins. Beans’ tinsmith dad/Ah Chew’s tailor dad from same bldg./gang makai of today’s Tsunami Museum, as was Steamy Chow’s dad, & Steamy/Ah Chew hated Beans Afook, who was jealous of younger kids like Ah Chew/Steamy. Ah Chew Goo & successor Al Manliguis blazed in today’s uptempo
    game, w/de-emphasis on the center position. Since I take pseudonyms “Go Lakers”/”Anonymous”/”anonymous”/”Ivan Tatum” to be just ONE man, the son of George Peewee Kai, who denies he is Keoki Kai of Uncle Mikey’s disco fame, I gotta’ say that Peewee Kai was a great thinking man’s coach, whereas Walter C.K. Victor was a managerial stylist, no X’s/O’s, just play & find a way to win. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Status quo — Why should our Lt. Gov. be elected instead of chosen by our Gov.? Our Terr. Sec.
    was chosen by Gov. Why should our BOE thumb its nose at our Gov.? Why shouldn’t our BOE comply w/Gov. policy/vision? We elect our Gov., & if we don’t like Gov. policy on education, we choose another Gov. Charter schools ensure home rule, except that
    fundamental 3Rs still requisite for base learning. Legislature appropriates monies, but Gov. releases monies only as monies become available, which is why Gov. can cut back budget. Bob Gates has straightened out DoDefense [rid DoD of Rumsfeld toxic politicism].
    He should stay on under Pres. Obama. This is not about status quo. Toxic status quo was when Rumsfeld was in charge. Nel Doi was merciless when he had office w/Ben Menor, calling Menor a bayau. Mayor Shun Kimura got totally burned out by gas fuel crisis 1973, & Gov. Burns pragmatically isolated Gill guy Kimura by giving Kimura judgeship [Doi ran for Lt.
    Gov./Menor elevated to S.Ct.]. Kimura couldn’t make up his mind, so Burns told ace Scrub Tanaka to “tell that little boy to make up his mind now–none of this wishy-washiness.” Shun Kimura was a great mayor 1964-1974, would’ve been a great Gov. A forceful/fair
    executive leader. Judgeship not his ilk. As w/Hillary Clinton, Kimura best suited for executive command. Big picture, not piddly widdly details [devil in the details]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Style over substance — So Jesus gets railed for blasphemy by healing a paralytic on the Sabbath [Jewish Holy Day]. It’s about heart/substance, not form/ritual [Matthew 9:3]. Joshua conquers Jericho because of prostitute Rahab, who gives sanctuary to Joshua’s 2 spies. Memorialized as a great leader,
    Joshua places substance [Rahab] over form [intolerance/ritual vs. unclean of society]. Joshua
    dismisses self-idolatry & positively recognizes Rahab as a person of redemption/great character, despite her unfortunate predicament. Jesus tells Peter, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will bind in Heaven. Whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in Heaven.” [Matthew 14-18]. Catholics see this declaration as the basis for the office & ministry of the bishops of Rome/Popes. Form. Isaac’s half-brother Ishmael is the son of Abraham & maidservant Hagar. Islam claims its connection to Abraham through Ishmael, whereas Judaism flows from the line of Abraham & Isaac. Forms. The woman anoints Jesus w/perfumed salve. Disciples question
    this. Jesus says, “She has done a beautiful thing. What she has done will be told in memory of
    her.” Compassion/substance over utility/form [Mark 14:1-16:8]. Jesus’ crucifixion deters sedition. Yet the Roman centurion stands in front of Jesus on the Cross & cries out, “Surely, this man is the
    Son of God!” [Mark 15:39] A stout-hearted Roman warrior/substance proclaims Jesus’ Divinity over
    the crucifixion/form of deterrence. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Stare decisis/stand by that which was decided —
    Stare decisis compels following precedent/do not repudiate established cases [custom/tradition/stability]. Brown v. Bd. of Education revoked
    separate but equal precedent 1954, finding that separate was not equal, but caused inequality b/n Whites/Blacks. Local C.J. S.Ct. Ron Moon,
    nominal GOP Korean ethnicity, evoking his own sense of self-inflicted guilt vs. Haw’ns, leaped to the Apology Resolution to restrain our State gov’t
    from disposing of ceded lands. Sovereign immunity confers power in the legislative branch of gov’t, not Moon’s misguided S.Ct., to deal w/ceded lands. Haw’ns per se/OHA have no ownership over ceded lands. Ceded lands belong to all of Hawai`i people, entrusted via the Organic Act/Statehood Act. Haw’ns per se have no inviolable/singular/solitary claim
    to ceded lands. On the other
    hand, bankruptcy judge Lloyd R. King, knowing that sale of Aloha Airlines name was inevitable, asked the parties to reconsider their pact, amid
    goodwill/self-sacrifice by former employees of Aloha Air who gave the carrier its charm. King correctly tried to be sensitive to former employees, who obviously don’t own the name legally. Different from Ron Moon’s ruling, because what Moon did flies
    in the face of all established law, w/no sound basis in fact, opposite from Brown v. Bd. of Education. Remember Dred Scott v. Sanford race supremacy 1856, that started our Civil War [Blacks barred from citizenship, even though born free in the U.S.]?! Forget Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 overturned by Brown v. Bd. of Education 1954. We’re talking what caused our Civil War 1856 [half million died in Civil War]. This is what happens when you get a Moon. Invoke common sense a la Thomas Paine/Sam Clemens. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Jesse Shima’s foreordained alter ego, Sen. John Henderson — former Civil War soldier/abolitionist Sen. John Henderson cast the deciding vote to acquit President Andrew Johnson of impeachment. Johnson was wretchedly tried on trumped up charges by his
    political enemies. Which is why JFK extolled Sen. Henderson a century later as among the great men of history, who stood up for righteousness in the face of inevitable failure to win re-election. In 1974 President Nixon was subject to impeachment, but he
    resigned before proceedings began. In 1999 President Clinton was acquitted of impeachment over oral sex perjury, which had nothing to do w/his duties as Commander-in-Chief. Though impeachment failed in 2 of 3 foregoing instances, it remains in the U.S. Constitution as an integral part of checks/balances
    in the U.S. Gov’t. Every U.S. State except Oregon has
    impeachment procedures. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Vicarious pleasure — I take vicarious pleasure in experiencing long-ago friendships of historymakers/untold heroes via my queries/research. Thankfully, people willingly share their observations
    & personal experiences, which make it possible for me to put 2 & 2 together, so to speak. My biggest inspiration after my parents is Pastor Roy Kim, Korean ancestry, Maui native born 1946, who feels it most important to make Scripture relevant/applicable to every matter before us. I have tried to emulate Roy via my writings. I feel that we frail sentient beings drop before a higher calling, metaphysical, which then galvanizes us to try to see the big picture of our lives, whatever that picture may be. Thank you, Roy, for showing me a more meaningful way to find happiness/comfort. Love always, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    [2008 campaign] Obama’s grassroot support —
    Obama is the most successful fundraiser in history, remarkably getting grassroot donations via half of his donor base [less than $200 per donor]. Which is why KingLit Ching applauds Obama for rejecting public financing. PAC/Sec. “527” soft monies/Party National Committees render impotent the public financing system, which are why Obama wants to have leverage vs. McCain’s soft money sources. Obama’s moral strength is Obama’s grassroot support [maximum $2,300 per hard money donor general election], which is prescient egalitarian/altruist KingLit’s point —
    grassroot support. The irony is that Obama’s soft money sources are sprouting up like Spring daisies all over the place [everybody loves a winner][no limits on contributions/no income tax owed by PAC]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    UCC Pastor Ronald Fujiyoshi born 1940 —
    Who is this goofy-looking busy-body buddahead parading around being hustler fomentor to the down & out of society, I ask?! Remember when the Romans asked the same of Jesus, the itinerant hippie?! Yikes, it’s Ron Susumu Fujiyoshi, sans ancient robe/cane/mule! Sansei/3rd generation Ron’s ojisan/grandpa settled on Maui, where Ron’s dad was raised/became Congreg. minister. Ron lived in Hilo cusp of Statehood yrs. [otosan/dad led Hilo’s Holy Cross/Japanese Church] but Ron is alum of Mid-Pac/Chicago Theol. Sem. [Jesse Jackson’s
    edu. there also]. As w/Yugo Okubo [Jim Albertini’s `aina], here was jesus in Ron right under our skin! Google reserved [in private] Ron. Gatz, dis’ bugga’ stay all ova’ da place!! Ubiquitous man of tremendous substance!! Irony is that leftist Yugo Okubo [no relation to sycophant Kiyo Okubo] died just before Ron moved back to Hilo to live in 1988. Love, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Overcompensate for fair complexion — neediness to belong to African-American race — Jeremiah Wright is vanilla-colored, like longest-serving Haili Church pastor Stephen Desha Sr. Both local icons needed to prove their devotion to dusk by invectives vs. the White race. MLK is dark as night. He had no need to prove anything. MLK was inclusive/pluralistic to the end. If anything, MLK showed us that Black & White need to work together to improve the human race. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Chigo/parading in kimono garb — Richard Imai born 1910 remembers chigo/parading from Dr. Uesugi’s
    rented bldg. next to Volcano Garage on Kam/Kumu St. where Taishoji had its Kam Ave. mission to its current church built in 1918 on Kilauea Ave. When Richard romped past Homer Ross Jr. for Hilo High student body president 1931, Vice-Principal Mrs. Putnam said that a haole boy like Homer should be president, not an Oriental like Richard. So when she extended a handshake to Rich on his last day of school before graduating, he refused to shake hands, hoping she would discard her racism from his defiance of her. His role models were haole tachers Mrs. Goff [who got him accepted at U Wisconsin electrical engineering] & Mr. Rockwell, his physics teacher. Mrs. Goff taught math. At Ola`a Int., principal Mrs. Duncan opposed Rich’s appointment by FDR as postmaster & told Rich not to put her private mail in her husband’s PO Box. Each had his/her separate PO Box. He apologized to her upon her telling Rich that her husband, plantation supervisor, found bills which she made in his PO Box. She mercilessly scoured Rich, at which point he asked her, “Are you a good
    Christian? If so, to err is human, to forgive is divine, right?!” She felt so badly that she brought Rich flower bouquet the next day. When she retired, Rich got PTA members to cough up $125 to buy her a wristwatch as a retirement gift. Yes, 95% of the donors were buddaheads. The PTA didn’t have money, so the buddaheads in Ola`a divvied up the cash. She was speechless, to put it mildly. For Rich, it was
    to recognize her for her teaching skills, even if she was prejudiced vs. J_ps/Asians. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Boston Blackie Nakasato born 1942 was such a defiant child [middle of 7 kids], his Dad “yaito’d” him
    [marked his hands w/burnt incense] as punishment.

    When tengara/conceited Karl Kawahara asked Isamu
    Kanekuni what would Isamu think if Karl ran for public office like eccentric brother Farmer Bill, Isamu dryly told him “You ought to get your head examined.”
    Karl never ran for office. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Merle Nishimura Lam — great positive role model/exemplar — Merle is about honesty/grassroot humility –parts of her culture/upbringing. Born 1941, Merle’s dad Harry 1908-1998 taught her pragmatism/altruism. Merle’s mom Ellen 1914-1994 taught her self-worth/self-sufficiency. Great influences on Merle. Many years later Jimmy Kealoha 1908-1983 told Merle that dad Harry was so proud of Merle for her self-initiative/fearlessness. Merle says that survival instinct, not fearlessness, is
    the point. Merle graduated from U Oregon w/teaching degree, got married, has 2 beautiful adult daughters who live Stateside now, got divorced from Mongolian Lam, moved back to Hilo in 1973 w/her 2 babies in tow, got zilch child support from Lam, & was unable to teach because of teacher glut/oversupply, then later started her own real estate firm, w/head to grindstone just to make ends meet. Survival. Then in 1994, just before deadline for candidate filing, Merle was aghast to see Jimmy Arakaki chastising & pointing his finger at Helene Hale about how women belong at home, not in politics. Merle, being a single mother who raised her 2 daughters all by herself, chose to teach Jimmy a lesson by running against him. Merle was always GOP like her dad, w/creed of Dems give fish to poor, but GOP teach poor
    how to fish. It didn’t bother Merle that GOP was the minority party w/no chance of victory. She just wanted to give Jimmy his due. Actually, Jimmy morphed into a passable guy as a result of Merle’s candidacies ’94/’96, the last one w/her losing
    only by 300 votes. Merle got her fill of politics & chose to stay out. But 1998 came around & Lingle’s Gov. run beckoned Merle to head Lingle’s campaign here. Merle gave up a full year of Merle’s career/income on behalf of Lingle. Incredibly, Merle won the Big Island for Lingle, & Cayetano barely squeaked by w/only a 5,000 vote win overall. Sadly, Lingle’s weakness is Lingle’s neediness for a tough guy counterpart in Awana, & Lingle’s Rasputin-Awana fractured Merle’s team effort here. Lingle did nothing about Awana’s disunity, & Merle was persona non grata to Lingle thereafter. Merle takes it in stride or, as Nippon proverb goes, “do ka naru,”
    ergo “don’t worry.” The paradox is that everyone loves Merle, from Jane Tatibouet/Barbara Marumoto to Dems Jerry Chang/Gerald De Mello, everyone except Lingle/Awana, who actually are jealous of Merle. Sadly, Merle herself poses no threat to Lingle at all, Merle having no desire to upend Lingle/Awana. Are Merle’s authenticity/compassion too much for Lingle to bear [Awana is history, kaput]? Only Lingle knows. W/Lingle’s faux pas on the DOE drug tests/Turtle Bay Resort, Lingle is in dire need of
    political restoration, something which Merle would’ve been great at, but for Lingle’s marginalization of Merle via Awana. Awana tries to play off Shin vs. Merle via Awana’s fabricated talk of dislike b/n these 2 female leaders, which doesn’t work. Micah Kane [Awana’s kin] says Kane doesn’t like Merle, but Kane doesn’t even know Merle. So sad. Merle is very special. She is earthy for real. Rural repose.
    An amazing person/positive exemplar. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Waiakea lore — Capt. Matson monopolized shipping. His 1st facility was his warehouse on the bank of Wailoa River [across Suisan]. The Waiakea Christian church bell which was swept ringing in the throes of the 1877 tsunami now hangs as the courtyard centerpiece at Hilo’s YMCA. Coconut Island’s Mokuola
    Rock [healing] sits in the middle of the shallow bay inlet west of the diving tower. The 1903 metal trestle RR bridge at the entrance to Wailoa harbor
    was dismantled in 1921 [RR wharf/Isles Landing was closed down after today’s Hilo Harbor was built][RR bridge abutment was shaved down to 2 ft. above water level — still existent today at river’s mouth], & used as “siding”/RR bridge across Pepe`ekeo’s Kaupaku`ea stream. Of course, the phenom 800 ft. long RR wharf wood pier parallel to the Banyan Drive/Lili’u Park shoreline also was torn down & its lumber used for scrap wood. Heiau where Suisan parking lot is [makai bank-Japanese cultural park berm is manmade/artificial rise to service 1903 Mamane St. buggy/vehicle bridge & oceanside RR bridge– buggy bridge abutment still existent as 10 ft. tall lava rock/mortar “tower” — trough/chasm b/n RR & buggy rd. where Dr. Pete Okumoto’s home was, got filled w/dirt after RR wharf closed down 1919], along
    w/heiaus where Mokuola parking lot is & where new Rotary Club clearing is oceanside of Harrington’s Restaurant, were stripped for road building. As recently as 1970, embedded rock still surfaced at the entrance/Keli`ipi`o Way to Mokuola parking lot. Ancient Hawaiians would dry their ancestral
    bones on the Mokuola islet off the shore [rancid smell/fumes/flies]. Central Japan’s Yamaguchi [Suisan/IK Motors] & Hiroshima [KTA] districters inhabited Waiakea a century ago, just about when
    Hawaiian athletic forebearers [Herman/Jimmy Clark’s tutu][Herm Wedemeyer’s ohana][Tommy Kaulukukui’s kin] were leaving the area. My in-laws Namahoe had century-old feuds over both sides of Kam Ave.
    w/n their Mahoe family. Which is why one branch, Hoe, became ubiquitous Hoe/Kapena for Henry Hoe Lane [where KTA got its start across Suisan on Lihiwai St.]. Legend has it that the twin warriors on our State seal impelled the Mahoe family to pull together, inasmuch the twins were the Mahoes! Yikes! Lore from hither & ‘yon! As to current [1960 tsunami] site recall of residents/commerce, contempos Rich Nakamura born 1921 ph. 959-7450/ Tomoe Nagahisa Nishi born 1923 ph. 959-8615 pm 934-9611 am are Waiakea’s aces. I refer Sanborn/TMK map IDs to them, not to me. Love, –Curt

  • Anonymous Says:

    Honoka`a’s Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006/Skinny Hagiwara born 1921/Nel Doi born 1922 — Hiram Skinny Hagiwara avoided Scrub because Scrub verbally abused/mistreated those who were younger than Scrub. Yes, Skinny could’ve punched out Scrub
    [Skinny was a Japanese Charles Atlas; Skinny’s fraternal twin was nicknamed Fat for being husky], but Skinny would’ve died from guilt by punching out old fart/curmudgeon Scrub. Skinny didn’t respect/trust tenno heika [self-professed sacred emperor] Scrub. Nelson Doi himself wanted to be tenno heika, & wasn’t about to share the throne of power/governorship w/Scrub or Jack Burns. Contrariwise, Nelson/Skinny were hanna batta/schoolkid pals, which is why Skinny tolerated Nelson’s Scrub-identical egomania. But Nelson was for Nelson, whereas Scrub was for the polity/people, which is why Skinny wasted Skinny’s time propping up Nelson. Yet, Nelson’s wife is the sweetest/most gracious lady. Of course, we all lived in the
    same neighborhood, & Nelson was very loving to us hanna batta kids, inasmuch Nelson’s kids David/Kathy were our school/classmates. Redeeming thing about Nelson — like Holland Smith [Camp Smith], Nelson loved to dig his hands into the rich garden soil — Nelson’s serenity/peace was his gardening avocation. Just a stone’s throw from Nelson, Scrub Tanaka’s manpower chief/brother Mits Tanaka 1921-2007 also loved gardening. Mits worked for his oldest brother’s Harders outfit [wholesaler], located next door to Isamu Kanekuni/George Inouye [Dan’s campaign mgr.] Veterans Produce. Mits’ son married George’s niece. George lived across Nelson’s home. I live across Mits’ home, as did Trib editor Ray Yuen. Luso educator/principal Henry Gouveia lived next to Nelson. FDR postmaster Jimmy Yabusaki [wife Enid is Dr. Kutsunai’s sister] lived next to the Gouveias. Ad infinita/so forth-so on. Nelson tried recruiting neighbor Toshi [my Dad], to no avail. Actually, Scrub liked/respected my Dad 1913-1998, GOP man, 442 poker player champ, came off the homecoming 442 ship w/winnings in Dad’s pockets, & of all things,
    Dad’s boys choose Dad as the 1st 442 club prexy 1946. Yikes! Yes, this is the Dad Skinny described to Nelson — go for broke [literally — as in poker]. Dad/Skinny were great friends — no age gap/trust issues here. Dad loved Skinny’s Fugu fish dish. Which shows you the trust factor. Uncle Mits Tanaka/Dad were great friends. But to the man,
    Tanaka/Inouye/Dad folks marginalized Nelson Doi as a yakamashii tenno heika wanna-be. Remember that all were battle-tested combat veterans — except Nelson, who went to school instead of the 442. The Great Divide. But still, Skinny sided w/Nelson instead of Scrub because Skinny didn’t respect/trust Scrub. And this Skinny/Nelson Doi partnership did more
    harm to Skinny than good — Nelson the megalomaniac didn’t even ask for Skinny’s blessing to run vs. Fasi for mayor in Nelson’s death knell 1976 rPredictably, populist Fasi pulverized carpet-bagger/neighbor islander Nelson. Incredulously, Nelson didn’t even ask for O`ahu confidant Royce Higa’s blessing to
    run vs. Fasi. Till this day, Nelson regrets Nelson’s self-inflated ego. Nelson gets iced out of Ariyoshi’s cabinet mtgs [Nel was Lt. Gov. 1974-1978], so Nelson self-titillates vs. Gov. rival/candidate Fasi??!! Upside down thinking/logic, this
    from a “brilliant” man who is too brilliant/impatient for his own good! So Skinny/Royce feel like worthless vassals!! This is Nelson, this is Tom Gill
    [who dumped Nelson because Nelson wanted guaranteed patronage appointments as Gill’s Lt. gov. running mate]. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Sorry, the above was mine. Still bouncing around on outside computers, my computer broken/in repair, thence my disjointed posts.

    Battle command is not a popularity contest —
    Although the boys “begged off” from seeing 442 E.O. Virgil Miller’s nephew [they never knew Virgil personally; they have Depends diapers–prostate/etc.], 2 things came out of my discussions w/our ole’ geezers/riflemen — 1) our boys/geezers
    respect their COs/incl. Virgil’s command; 2) our boys are very grateful to beneficent/loving Bill Burgess, who invited them to a very opulent/expensive
    luncheon at the “exclusively haole” Hilo Yacht Club [no insult intended]. Denise, I know you’re much younger than our fellow communicants, so if you’re curious about what Hawaii’s greatest positive historymakers were like [Jack Burns/Hung Wai Ching/Takaichi Miyamoto/Joe Farrington/Frank Atherton/Pablo Manlapit/Luso Bishop Stephen Alencastre/PastorTakie Okumura/Ragna Rath/Mabel Smyth], you get a glimpse of these untold titans via current warrior Bill Burgess. Failure is victory — out of hurt/discouragement, Bill emoted that “the
    Old Order changeath” when hearing of our infantrymen/boys’ declining Bill’s generous luncheon invite. I cannot disagree more — I went to see
    the boys myself — command responsibility is not a popularity contest! Let’s not trivialize great soldier Virgil Miller’s legacy, just because our
    boys never got to meet him personally. Is NON-battle tested Commander Eisenhower any less a great soldier than a Napoleon/Ridgway/George Washington/Saladin/Hannibal/Sherman/Alexander
    the Great/Genghis Khan/Oda/William Slim? NO. Our current warrior Bill Burgess typifies his heart — no one likes to lose. But in this particular invite, a loss to us non-Depends users surely, our boys reaffirmed their respect for commanding officer Virgil Miller. Now, to me, the designated grunt who puts up w/the pungent odor of shi-shi, in this loss
    [in Bill’s eyes] is the unsung victory — reaffirming Virgil Miller’s respect among his infantrymen. Love always, –Curt
    > From: Denise
    > To: Curt
    > Subject: Re: 442nd command persona
    >
    > How wonderful you and bill are. Wish I could be there…
    > aloha,
    > denise

    442nd overall commander Virgil Miller’s nephew Don Macauley is coming to Hilo & wants to meet any surviving men under Virgil Miller’s command. Ex-
    fighter pilot Bill Burgess, anti-sovereignty pundit, wants to sponsor/treat all the surviving boys to lunch at the Hilo Yacht Club. I’m the designated garoot/go-fer. The 20 or so surviving boys were born 1924 or earlier, great K Co. soldier Benty Tachibana being the youngest born 1924. The boys are just too old/makule to accept the gracious/generous luncheon invite. Most are on canes/walkers, in old folks’ care homes. Despite their physical limitations, they shared w/me perceptive remembrances. To a man, yes, in unison the boys say that their commanders were smart/able/sensible men. But no, perhaps because of
    battle logistics, they don’t know Virgil Miller, they never met Virgil Miller in person one-on-one. Virgil’s nephew Mac, a devotee/fan of his Uncle
    Virgil, thus is saddled w/the fact that his Uncle Virgil is an absentee CO, again because of battle logistics. Contrast Virgil’s situation w/2nd Battalion commander James Hanley, who, because of battle logistics, led the charge in the front lines. Hanley’s boys [including my Dad & spiritual baby brother Willy Okino Thompson] absolutely worship Hanley. To Hanley’s battalion boys, he is God. So when Hanley died, Hanley was given a royal
    sendoff by the boys. Cannot marginalize Virgil Miller by way of Hanley’s example — because Gen. Eisenhower never went into battle, & thus
    refused to accept the Medal of Honor for just that reason. Thanks, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Current Pope Benedict — Predecessor Pope John Paul lived thru the dual specter of Nazi & Communist tyranny. Jesus was here to be among the untouchables, & so felt John Paul amid secular autocracy. Thence John Paul’s intrepid odyssey thru the world’s inhospitable venues. Spiritual salvation breaks secular one-man iron-fisted rulership. Canon governance by committee pretty much sums up Pope
    Benedict’s reign today. No way is Benedict accorded arbitrary authority/life span-long rulership as w/his predecessors. Benedict’s gaffe is when he self-glorifies by narcissizing to his German brethren “I never knew how many people look up to me. It is dizzying. I am so honored by my authority.” Like when a priest chafes, please don’t lay your hand against
    the wall — I don’t want to clean it. Turf-touchy/self-serving possessive behavior — me/me/me. Selfish. Committee oversight infuses checks/balances. So that if the Pope, who has the
    supposed final say/word/authority, suddenly wakes up one morning & edicts that clergy shall be
    allowed to have spouses, he will be constrained by council from “going off the deep end.” We shall not see for the next 2 decades absolute Canonical one-man rulership of long tenure. Rule by committee is the advisory precept. Erasmus was a reformist, Luther was a revolutionary. Luther was more into I/Me — Erasmus was into We/Team-first. Unity of Christianity, not 2 separate churches! And certainly not capricious leadership! Current councillors promote balance/harmony, not risk of one-man absolute rulership. Such rule by committee averts handicap of age senility [evident w/predecessor tenures such
    as recent John Paul] — & averts administrative stagnation — & averts radical change/edicts.
    During the last decade of John Paul’s rule, idle governance stymied mission strategy/outreach.
    Catholic propagation actually receded into loss of parishioners, not gains in number of devotees.
    Thence rule by commitee/Benedict’s advanced age in his appointment — ensure a relatively satisfactory & short tenure. Jesus became an untouchable himself by touching the deformed/lepers. So did our Father
    Damien. So did Mother Teresa. Joan of Ark was burned at the stake because she defied church hypocrisy. Recent John Paul defied staid protocol by reaching out to untouchables a la Jesus, in conformity w/open-minded/welcome sign Vatican II. Our Bishop Stephen
    Alencastre, Luso/Portuguese [1st ever native Bishop], was spurned by the Vatican for mission support, & in turn worked w/the Maryknoll Fathers/Brothers to spread the Word/Canon. Strategist/starter/outreach virtuoso, our Stephen Alencastre was a wunderkind.
    Current Bishop Silva, Luso, is an introvert to Bishop Alencastre’s people skills/deftness. Different eras, different calibre. Alencastre was beyond compare. He was a young John Paul! But he did not suffer long decline like sad decrepit John Paul. To see exemplars
    of anti-rigid Catholic church hierarchy, bio-up on Martin Luther protege Phillip Melanchthon 1497-1560 & Marcus Aurelius stoic protege Jeanne Marie Guyon aka Madame Guyon 1684-1717. Muito obrigad/abencoe, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Kiyo Okubo & buddahead pioneers —
    1. Kiyo Okubo 1905-2001 worked for philanthropist/publisher Dr. Saburo Hayashi [Kona Echo], who first moved to Honomu in 1892, to be succeeded by Pastor Shiro Sokabe in 1894. Kiyo considers this dynamite duo of M.D. Hayashi [1867-1942] [whose son Chisato also was M.D./philanthropist] & theologian Sokabe [1865-1949][Fukuoka samurai] as our greatest Issei.
    2. Other Issei/immigrant pioneers include Isojiro Kitagawa [car dealership]/Eiji Fujimoto [importer-
    engineer Akira’s dad]/Gunji Kono [trucker-dad of atty Russ & educator Elaine’s hubby Hiro]/Ryoji Sumida [fish cake factory]/Minezo Nakahara [Tommy’s dad]/Yosaburo Kohashi [442nd hero Wataru’s dad (fish cake factory)]/Sadahichi Miura [Pahoa store]/Kenji Yamato [Honoka`a store]/Sadayoshi Miyamoto [cash & carry branch stores]/Yurimatsu Yamane-Sanzo Kawasaki-
    Kametaro Fujimoto contractors/Hisagoro Yasukawa [blacksmith]/Masayuki Narimatsu [taxi][my ojisan/grandpa]/atty Kango Kawasaki [facilitated Hawai`i – Japan relations — had quaint Wailoa pond estate]/Sada Hata [Hata dry goods] & baby bro Yoichi Hata [Y. Hata –pol insider Frank’s dad]/Hawaii Mainichi publisher Nobuji Tokushiro/contractor Haya Iwashita. Nisei trailblazers include Taro [meaning first-born son] Nakamoto [Gladys Sonomura’s & atty Roy’s dad]/Sanji Abe [banker Stan’s dad]/Futoshi Frank Arakawa [engineer who did Hilo High Auditm.-Hilo Police Station]/Democratic Party founders Dr. Ernest Mitsuo Kuwahara,
    Richard Imai, Tetsuo Morinoue, Charles Otani, Hardy Shimizu, Seichi Morita/atty Al Kimura/contractor Matsuto Ono/1st AJA legislator Tasaku Oka [along w/O`ahu’s Andy Yamashiro]/Dr. Takeo Ota/dry cleaner Ernest Matsumoto/Dr. Kaname Nakamaru/det. Shun
    Ushiroda/solon Sakuichi Sakai/banker Norio-acct. Joe Yamauchi/bottler-crackerman Shiro Ikeda/
    contractor Tada Yamane/Dr. Yutaka Inokoji/club owner Hisakichi Hisanaga [Kazuma’s dad]/office mgr. James Higashida/Dr. Al Shimamura/candymaker Rioichi Rich Uyeno/Yoshio Tanimoto [store branches/theater chains].
    Issei TR Saiki was same age group/peer of oldest Nisei here [born 1880s thru 1900][banker Saiki’s Hilo Rice Mill], and to TR’s credit [unlike insular pure blood master race peers] TR married “out of race” [paddler genesis Tommy Forbes sister]. Contractor SK Oda was Nisei [born in my native Pauka`a along w/County Band genesis Carvalho] & incorporated
    lava rock veneer into his structures [quaint Moto’s Inn Restaurant pre-’60 tsunami on Kam/Kumu Sts.-Hilo Library]. Contractor Hisato Isemoto [Larry’s dad] [built Pu`ueo St. concrete arch bridge] was Issei & was interned WWII, despite supplying the flatbed trucks for July 4 parades annually. Sad that even Nisei like Abe/Arakawa/Kuwahara were interned, the
    seething resentment being that Kiyo Okubo had a hand in such internment [did not rebuke FBI hit list, in order to avert internment himself & to continue publishing as Hochi scribe– Okubo was briefly detained at KMC after Pearl Harbor attack-outbreak of WWII]. Yes, even Issei progeny like current boss Les Isemoto [sansei-3rd generation AJA] question
    ancient Okubo’s sincerity. Till this day. Yikes!
    3. Man, oh man, such redux of oldtime names is for the ages!!– Despite accusations vs. Okubo of turncoating vs. his people [internment/detention]!! Nisei pathfinders include Dr. Tadashi Oto/Dr. Sada Kasamoto/Judge Tom Okino [rallying cry for formation of 442nd here]/solon Tom Sakakihara/Kyuichi Hayashi/John Fujii/Dr. Richard Arimizu/Masao Miyazaki/Seichi Matsu/Ernest Matsumoto/Dr. Toshio Kutsunai/Dr. Harry Urasaki/banker Ray Otsuka/teacher Sanae Kanda/etc.
    4. So many names/figures/personalities/historymakers!! Sonkei mukashi no [revere the past]— Do you know that Nisei Rex Matsuno got perturbed when Kitagawa progeny denied Rex’ Suisan discounts on vehicle purchases? I don’t blame Rex. Rex’ dad/IK Motors’ founder all partnered/tanamoshi as young entrepreneurs here a century ago, only to find a half century later [pre-’60 tsunami] such bosom bonds cut loose out of profit over
    preservation [of ancestral links/kokoro].
    5. Names galore — Teru Takahashi/Gil Miyata/Kiyo Yamamoto/Herb Taketa/Jin Murashige/
    Frank Gota/Barney Fujimoto/Harold Oda/Dr. Masao Kubo/Frank Ishii/Nobu Maruyama/Juichi Doi/Tom Machida/Toku Morikawa/Paul Sakamaki/Hide Taguchi/Kaz Kimura/HI Nitta/Rich Dodo/Dr. Hide Nishimura/Sid Hamada/Dr. Jun Matsumura/Shige Ageta/Alex Akita/Kaz
    Fukuda/Mas Fukuda/Mas Hamamoto/Mas Hiraiwa/Ben Ishikawa/Charles Kohara/Mas Kimura/Gil Kobatake/Jim Miyake/Rich Nishimoto/Dr. Ken Nowaki/Tom Saito/Teru Shiigi/Harry Urata/Kintaro Yokoyama/Sada Yokoyama/Ed Yano/etc. Kansha, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Honolulu’s 1st mayor, Joe Fern, was Dem 1909-1920 —
    Do you know that Honolulu’s 1st mayor, Dem pathfinder Joe Fern, was Dem? He served ably as the fighter for the common lot, 1909-1920, when he died in office [diabetes]. He was succeeded by ubiquitous Dem Kanaka Johnny Wilson, 2nd-longest serving mayor [17
    yrs.], who is topped by the longest-serving mayor, Dem firestorm Frank Fasi [21 yrs.]. Muito obrigad, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Portuguese patriotismo/pride — In walks a rough-hewn Luso [Portuguese for ancient word Lusitania– Latin for Iberian Peninsula of Portugal] to McDonalds yesterday, gruffly saying that he gotta eat poor man’s food [I dispute this] because his favorite Chinese restaurant is closed for repairs. I do not know who is this strange tough cowboy. He reminds me of action actor James Cagney. Here we are with the Mattos/Araujo/Estrella/etc. primos/cousins. And with this hombre’s entrance comes a whole
    new world of learning!! Positive/cultural enrichment!! Yes, this cowboy correctly says that the
    word Portugal is Latin for the port of Oporto [also called Gala], auspicious tourist site in Portugal.
    and that Macao is Chinese, not Luso, named after the Chinese sea god Matsu [Japanese word too for pine, which often lines sea cliffs]. I later find out that he is intrepid deep sea fisherman. Galo is Luso for rooster. Sage Bill Araujo says that Portugal is for the port of King Rooster. Not an aspersion!! Roosters/ostriches [our familia crests] are the most highly prized symbols of fighting spirit/indomitable courage/species propagation. This vaqueiro has the mind/curiosity of a historian/philosopher. Can never judge a book by its cover! Amazing breadth/depth of knowledge. Simple simon says. He gets to the bottom of the lingua. Apreciar, –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Profile in courage [JFK bk. title 1955] —
    Mufi interned for GOP & has unique bi-partisan backing from GOP/Dems. Which is why Scrub Tanaka would support Case over Mufi for U.S. Senate seat, in that Scrub is a diehard Dem. Even then, Scrub would applaud Mufi for making necessary though unpopular decision to raise taxes to balance the budget. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Ernesto Gomes da Silva — E.G. De Silva [changed to De by Leo in 1922] supposedly born 1873. though
    publ. list 1875, in Funchal Madeira Portugal, died 1955, longest-serving pastor at Central Christian Church 1902-1955, succeeding R.K. Baptiste [my pal Pat
    Baptiste’s kin], succeeded by later renowned Chinese Comm. Church pastor Rich Wong of Honolulu [Rich solely into preaching, not people-mover-inspirer
    like John Young/Leigh Hooley/Stephen Mark]. E.G. converted to Congregationals after he went looking to fist-fight new Punchbowl mission 1892, just 4 yrs. after he arrived to join his family on Miller St. [behind Governor’s Mansion]. E.G. married
    Luisa Dias of O`ahu 1899, & she died 1942 in Hilo. E.G.’s auspicious legacies are his going to EVERY plantation camp, regardless of camp’s ethnicity, & speaking in each camp’s native tongue [Chinese/Japanese/Puerto Rican/Korean/Pinoy], not
    to mention universal tongue of Haw’n. Which is why E.G.’s kids Ernest B. De Silva/Leo/Clem/etc. got along well w/all ethnic groups. Although E.G./Luisa quietly seethed that their kids married “out of race,” the time had come to demonstrate E.G.’s
    pluralistic sermons, via kids’ hormonal urges for other races. After all, 2nd generation
    [children of immigrants] grew up w/each other in multi-racial schools/activities/etc.
    Only natural! E.G.’s grandson Paul De Silva says that E.G. part-Black African, but I don’t see it, just like I don’t see Helene Hale as saying she’s part-slave African, though she has wiry hair. Doesn’t mean it’s not in their DNA. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Kotonks re-upped/re-enlisted MIS post-WWII — Even though buddaheads still were tethered to their planter masters, they had camp homes to come back to. Stateside Nikkei/kotonks had nothing to go back to [internees]. Thence, when the vacuum occurred for
    MIS [Military Intelligence Service] enlistees/officers post-WWII, kotonk GIs jumped at the opportunity. In a sense, Koji Ariyoshi 1914-1976, also interned Stateside, had nothing to come home to here, so he re-upped & got to know Mao Tse Tung/Chou En Lai as China emissary MIS. –Curt

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    White Picket Fence — Lore is that Doc Hill’s wife came looking for him at a local bordello. Doc
    1890-1970 acquired most commercial leases to Shinmachi, so Doc was familiar w/Mameya [pleasure] Lane, today’s Punahoa St. remnant at the Kamehameha Statue perpendicular to Bishop St. that leads from
    Kam Ave. to the Kam Statue. White Picket Fence brothel was on the Keaukaha/oceanside end of Punahoa St. remnant. As one went toward the Hilo Iron Works direction along the original wide expanse Punahoa St., next to White Picket Fence was Green Roof brothel. Where today’s rubble mound is [looks like heiau][Doc Hill’s former Coca-Cola 2 story concrete bldg. that saved hundreds of lives in the 1946
    tsunami, the bldg. was just completed before the tsunami], stood Mango Tree brothel toward Wailoa pond. Ironically, Nikku/middle camp leader Sekido family lived next to it, w/Tsutsumi-Suitengu
    fish god temple next to Sekido toward Hilo Iron Works direction. All structures except Doc Hill’s Coca Cola bldg. were pulverized to smithereens by the 4/1/46 tsunami, except that Mango Tree structure is now off Kanoelehua Ave. as rental dwelling [relocated before the tsunami]. Along where Gunji Kono’s huge
    2 story wood structure Hilo Transportation bldg stood [today’s cobblestone road, formerly Emma St., leading to DLNR Matson containers by Wailoa pond], the ground actually was gouged out by the incomprehensible killer tsunami, leaving a swamp-like vista [pre-land
    reclamation 1923 actual terrain — swamps/sand/duck ponds]. –Curt

  • Pua Says:

    Curtis,

    There is a 1930’s photo book put together of the Portuguese families in Hawaii. Can’t remember if it was just Big Island families or statewide as I only saw book once. It has wonderful photos of extended families with info on where parents came from. Some of the photos were very enlightening as I had never understood why my uncle made such a point of saying our family wasn’t “black” Portuguese.

    Some of the families obviously had different roots and some came from India and South Africa as well as Azores. A number of the Portuguese families showed obvious signs of having African roots (probably due to the Moors) and others had Indian (India) roots.

    As for Helene, yes, she is of African-American descent (I’ve met members of her extended family which includes a number of judges). She is very proud of her roots and her family’s accomplishments.

  • Curtis Narimatsu Says:

    Hi Pua: Thank you for your enlightenment — the Luso book is Memories of Hawaii on families from each island. Gerald De Mello’s vuvu owned Long Soup Corner
    [ergo, Kaneshiro saimin shop] across today’s Kaneshiro Store in Honoka’a. In the rear of that store front corner lot was Antone Souza Jr.’s meat market, the 1st one ever on Mamane/Main St., not Antone’s wife’s Aunt Carolina Andrade’s sons’ meat market 1924 [Carolina died in 1920]. Fascinating history of our Luso/Portuguese which no book has ever delved in. Many untold heroes/heroines abound, not just the high shelfers like Manuel Botelho. Obrigad/aloha, to my friend Pua, –Curt

  • Edmund K Hiram Says:

    Is this Blog in a Book? If so, is it available? I have never read anything about home with such pleasure, deep thought, appreciation and laughter. Ed Hiram

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