comfort cushion in the lore of ages past

Yes, longest-serving Big Island gov’t chief executive Sam Mahuka Spencer’s [County Chairman/mayor 1924-1944] son Johnny Spencer, former great athlete, was Niumalu Hotel ace who always made affordable stays for Big Island athletes. Henry Kaiser bought out the 6 acre Niumalu Hotel [built in 1928] after he bought the 8 acre John Ena estate property, & he built what is today’s Hilton Haw’n Village. The Buckminster Fuller proto-geodesic dome was built w/Kaiser alumnimum in 22 hours in 1957!! It was replaced in 2001 by the Kalia Tower. Kaiser’s KHVH TV [later KITV] stood for Kaiser’s Haw’n Village Hotel. Aloha, –Curt

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No, the longest serving elected official on the Big Island is none other than operatic diva Elizabeth Hawea Waia’u’s dad Harry K. Brown, our elected auditor from 1924 till his death in 1953. Native of Kalapana, Harry K. Brown park there was named after him [later overrun by lava]. Hawea’s twin brother Kihei & wife Anuhea are enshrined in our Haw’n Music HoF along w/Hawea’s Haili Church Choir. Hawea’s mom is Eliza Desha Brown, educator like Hawea. Eliza’s dad is longest-serving Haili Church pastor Stephen Desha. Harry K. Brown & Sam Mahuka Spencer were great athletes themselves, & both rank among our greatest baseball catchers/1st basemen respectively. Brown & Spencer served the longest tenure together as elected officials 1924-1944. Both GOP, Spencer was defeated by Dem Clem Akina [Pu'u'eo park named after Akina, whose wife is mother of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Buster Crabbe, who used to train by swimming from our lighthouse at foot of Waianuenue St./Kam Ave. to Mokuola/Coconut Island & back]. Love, –Curt

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Yes, because Pu’u’eo [Hamakua side of Wailuku River in downtown Hilo] had big haoles/Hawaiians, Pu’u’eo had great athletes, including 1924 Olympic tryout high jumper Milton Carter/the Beamer boys — Helen Desha Beamer is Hawea Desha Brown Waia’u’s aunty/Johnny Spencer/Mercury-man Buster Crabbe/the Brown boys [Hawea's uncles/cousins]/etc. Hawea grew up in Homestead [her dad's huge home is still there on mauka side of Kino'ole St. b/n Kahaopea/Kawailani Sts.]. Aloha, –Curt

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Chun Afong, Hawai’i’s 1st Chinese millionaire, lived on NE corner School/Nu’uanu Sts., & his Chinese banyan tree has the Hungry Lion restaurant built around it. Chun Afong is former Advertiser political columnist Bob Dye’s wife’s immigrant ancestor. Chun Afong owned Pepe’ekeo plantation [Kaupakuea/Makahanaloa] & gave land to the Hilo Chinese Ass’n that is today’s Chinese cemetery on Ululani St. by the Alenaio flood control channel. Aloha, –Curt

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The first M.D. at Queen’s Hospital 1859, German William Hillebrand, brought over our Portuguese immigrants starting in 1878. Dr. Hillebrand’s home also became Foster Botanical Gardens. Luso/Portuguese Manuel Nunes 1879 is credited w/inventing our ‘ukulele, which means jumping flea in Hawaiian, based on the Luso braguinha 4-string instrument. Other early pioneers include Augusto Dias/Jose de Espirito Santo/Joao Fernandes/Joao Luiz Correa. Samuel Kamaka Sr., Nunes’ worker, started his own ‘ukulele business in 1916 out of his basement. But Nunes 1843-1922 is the genesis. A few Luso made their own personal stringed instruments for their own families, including Manuel Vasconcellos, who is unknown to the world at large. Luso viver bem [live fully], –Curt

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Chinese immigrated to the U.S. via the California Gold Rush & the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. After the railroad’s completion in 1869, Americans feared the Chinese invasion to sweep up other jobs in the U.S. Thence the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Which triggered Japanese immigration en masse in 1885 to Hawai’i to supply labor for our sugar planters. Major Japanese movement to California occurred 20 yrs. later 1905 because of increased restrictions vs. Japanese relocation to the Mainland that would thwart later movement to Stateside ports. The Japanese Exclusion Act of 1924 mirrored the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Eventually, Congress allowed Chinese immigrants to become U.S. citizens in 1943, Filipino immigrants in 1946, & Japanese after 1952. Do you know that Masaji Marumoto [2nd generation-- AJA] was the only top Japanese Hospital Nihonjin Byoin [today's Kuakini Medical Ctr.] administrator/director not interned WWII?? Mas went on to serve with our 442 MIS [intelligence section/interpreter] & later became the 1st AJA highest court justice nationwide 1957 under Ike. –Curt

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Gotta’ laugh. Wayne Subica born 1944 gets embarassed asking me for help/details/history, because Wayne publishes loads of
books on local tidbits & gets all the publicity [enshrined in imposter/double dip paychecks giftee Gerald De Mello's (born 1943) UH Hilo Hall of Fame, even though Wayne comes to me for help on his books, & even though I'm alumnus Dean's List from UH-Hilo -- De Mello ignores me -- just like Jack Matsui 1922-2009 dumped me from Matsui's sports hall of fame after Matsui picked my brains but refused to enshrine my nominees because my nominees were dead & couldn't give Matsui payola money]. I help Wayne all the way around because the ultimate disguised blessing is that you, the inquiring readers, are the beneficiaries of such information. Of course, I praise my history mentor June Gutmanis 1925-1998 for her Mana’o/wisdom, along w/my parents Toshi 1913-1998/Teruko Ruth Hanato Narimatsu 1916-1998 [Mom died of stroke 2 weeks before June, who died from heart attack; Dad died of cancer 4 months after Mom died]. And more recently, Keoni/Lukini Andrew have been my most loving compadre/companya — they ensure my best interest of matedness with no regard for losing our deepest friendship of time together.

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In social class lingua, our Catholics were of the unwashed — rough-hewn Irish/brimstone Belgian/Luso laborers/Puerto Rican fireplugs/Pinoy peasants/Spanish cowboys. Which are why our Catholics were the 1st outfit to shelter/nurture society’s forsaken ones, as you see w/the auspicious Mickey Rooney Boys Town movies. In contrast, Protestant outreaches [Congregational/Episcopalian] entailed community centers/settlement halls [YMCA/YWCA]. In turn, later Catholics outreached via CYO/YMI. Ethnically, Luso/Portuguese, ever resurgent/resilient, had the greatest non-haole charity clubs [Hilo Foresters/YMI/CYO/Lions thanks to Paul De Silva's dad Ernest B. De Silva], originally cut along sectarian lines [YMI Catholic/Foresters Christian emanating from Ernie's immigrant dad Rev. Ernest Gomes Da Silva, in my opinion our greatest Luso for his ethnic inclusion/multi-lingual knack, along with Wainaku's Catholic Bishop Stephen Alencastre, our 1st local Bishop, immortalized for Bishop Alencastre's mantra on education--St. Louis College -- River St. area College Walk pre-Wai'alae/post-Wai'alae -- & on health care--St. Francis Hospital]. Luso strength? Its spiritual tradition, regardless of sectarian bent. Paralyzing power of the spirit/Providence. Aside: Secular social service orgs owe their birth to our Midwest commerce hub [Great lake shipping/rail/Miss. river link between Northern industry/Southern Planters], triggered by our Chicago Haymarket labor riots, where social stratification was egregious — culminating with Teddy Roosevelt’s muscular cleanup/anti-trust busters vs. chokehold industrial cabals [rail/banking/shipping] — thence emerged every secular charity org you know today — Lions/Kiwanis/Exchange/Rotary/etc. All Midwest, except for labor elites — NY Shriners/etc. Love,-Curt

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Robert Sugihara born 1947, Pahoa High grad/UH-Manoa ag degree, Pahoa Japanese Community [Nikkei Jin Kai] leader, laments that the youngest member present at this past Saturday’s YBA annual meeting is a shade under 50 yrs. old. I suggested that Japan Immigrant Ctr. director/UH-Hilo linguistics prof Masafumi Honda get 2 or more UH-Hilo interns to immerse themselves in Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai for school credits in order to perpetuate the history of Pahoa’s buddaheads. I’ll contact Honda sensei. I thank Robert Sugihara for Robert’s immense depth of knowledge about Pahoa. As Robert says, the Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai ass’n is the only Japanese “kumiai” community outfit in our State w/its own topshelf “kaikan” humongous meeting/social hall [gathering place]. Yes, Pi’ihonua kumiai & a few other existing ones in our State have tiny dilapidated meeting halls built during the plantation era. Pahoa’s outfit also is the oldest continuously operating community kumiai in our State at 110 yrs. of age. I told Robert the reason for Pahoa’s distinctive continuity simply is location/location/location — ergo geography. As Robert noted, Pahoa is a kipuka surrounded by lava w/the oldest ohia trees w/n rail access [Dillingham's Hilo Railroad Co. 1899]. Geologically, Pahoa’s verdant ohia forest stands alone/apart from surrounding regional topography, the next nearest lush/humongous ohia cluster being west of Kurtistown along the Volcano highway. Thence, Pahoa’s community is isolated from others via its geology. This geology resulted in cane planting only after ohia trees were uprooted via Pahoa’s lumber mill 1908. Thus, Pahoa’s geographical isolation via its geology resulted in its necessary self-sufficiency such as culture-preserving Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai. Also, Pahoa was built on logging/sawmill, NOT sugar, which only was a byproduct of logging [no re-forestation, which essentially is why the lumber mill went bankrupt after depleting the surrounding forests]. Kapoho 1900 & Ola’a/Kea’au 1899, the next nearest encampments, started solely on sugar, that distinguished their residents [cane planters, not hazardous injury-prone loggers] in industry practices [re-planting of cane] vs. Pahoa’s loggers [who uprooted trees for cane planters]. Two twists here — generally, southern Japan’s Kyushu Island [home of martial arts/samurai][Kumamoto/Fukuoka districts/"ken"] supplied Hawai’i’s heavy grunts/hard manual labor [tunnel builders/plantation laborers/bridge masons]. But Pahoa’s hazardous lumberjacks/loggers consisted of Hiroshima folks, who were the white collar workers/business entrepreneurs elsewhere in Hawai’i [most of Hilo’s buddahead businesses are Hiroshima [central Hilo]/Yamaguchi [Waiakea] ken, both from southern end of main Honshu Island, not Kyushu Island even further south of Honshu Island. Hiroshima folks figured that the non-indentured lumber mills offered greatest opportunities for advancement, vs. the feudal sugar planters [Big 5 oligarchs][yet oligarchs Castle/Thurston ran the lumber mill]. The other twist is that the loggers eventually resorted to independent cane planting [co-ops that supplied cane to Ola'a Sugar Co. -- name changed to Puna Sugar Co. in 1960 at landowner Herb Shipman's insistence -- Ola'a means sacred/sacrosanct, not secular site like Kea'au -- Ola'a ran from west/mauka side of Volcano road just before Kurtistown on the Hilo side & up to Glenwood forest. Before cane planters came, Herb's Haw'n ancestors regarded the verdant forests from lower West Kurtistown to Glenwood as Providence for the collecting of bird feathers][ironically, Kea'au was the original name of today's Kea'au -- coffee planter lessees of Shipman organized into the incorrectly named Olaa Coffee Planters Ass'n in 1898, followed by Dillingham's & Thurston's --Thurston married Shipman -- Olaa Sugar Co. in 1899], especially after the Pahoa lumber mill went bankrupt in 1916 [petered out slowly till another 1918 fire on top of a 1913 fire killed forever the faltering lumber mill]. Thence, because of Pahoa’s geographical isolation, its buddahead metamorphosis is different from traditional buddaheads [loggers, not cane planters/Hiroshima types looking for advancement, vs. traditional Kumamoto grunts at feudal sugar plantations]. I surmise even this despicable notion — Hiroshima/Yamaguchi types being hi-maka-maka/”tengu-wagamama”–conceited-selfish traits to begin with, our Pahoa gang is fetishly clannish [customary self-survival-preservation when the "good Jap is a dead Jap" pejorative flourished]. Hey, this a century plus 2 yrs. after Pahoa first started w/450 loggers in 1907 to build the mill/supply-stock up on logs for 1908 inaugural deafening shrill of the lumbermill saws. Love, –Curt

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Per John Burnett ["JB"] born 1953, Bruddah Iz called JB live on the air [radio] exactly a week before Iz passed away, dedicating “In this Life” [a swan/farewell song by former NFLer/country western icon Mike Reid] “to everybody listening, I love you all, & I love you, Hilo!” When JB wished Iz a speedy recovery/words of confidence-morale booster, Iz fell silent. At that point JB knew the score, so to speak, & was overcome w/immense sorrow. Iz’ swan song was the last number up, so to speak. As JB intones, Don Ho was Hawaii’s gift to the world, but Iz was Hawaiians’ gift to the world — Iz epitomized “Hawaiian-ness,” unexplainable to JB but for the joy in Iz’ heart, Iz’ love to share, to uplift/encourage ceaselessly others with. To JB, Iz’ older brother Skippy’s Mana glided into Iz, transforming Iz into a contemplative/steeped thinker reminiscent of Skippy, after Skippy died young [like Iz later on]. Ka Uhane — Hawaiian soul/spirit. This, to JB, is what Iz stands for, & why Iz is the only non-high elected official ever to Lie in State in our Capitol rotunda. Iz’ lighter moment quip? Per JB, 3 ducks end up before the judge — 1st duck answers to Quack. Alleged crime? “I blow bubbles.” Dismissed. 2nd duck answers to Quack Quack. Alleged crime? “I blow bubbles.” Dismissed. 3rd duck doesn’t answer to Quack Quack Quack. “Then what’s your name?” asks the puzzled-up judge. “I’m Bubbles.” Sheez, Iz’ teeming masses were Iz’ clarion call. Just a regula’ guy!! Amazingly, Iz never was a caricature of a morbidly obese slob, so to speak. His huge girth was an essential part of his aura/persona — loads of love & mirth/blithe spirit. Do you know that Iz is part-japanee? Yes. He sure no act like us Pahoa buddaheads, heh? Yikes!! I always say that Skylark Rossetti [Mahi ohana] is our greatest Haw’n music historian/chronicler. Others would counter w/Harry Soria, Jr. No, it’s Skylark — she has Ka Uhane, as Iz/Skippy had. Oh, how did Iz open the on-air greeting to JB? “How you doin’, my Bruddah?? I stay at the Presidential Suite in the Queen Emma Hilton!!” Wow, supernatural. Love everlasting, –Curt

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As JB says, Iz epitomizes so beautifully our polyglot culture in Hawai’i, though Iz’ Hawaiian-ness singularly is his greatest legacy. –Curt

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Yes, Hawai’i Reporter’s Malia Zimmerman is mistaken for Sam Slom, Malia a great fact-finder but often editorializes.

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Charlie Rice 1876-1940 [atty. Charlie Wichman's (born 1925) maternal grandpa] was the Donald Trump of isolated Kaua’i [90 miles from O'ahu, farthest distance between contiguous islands], where Charlie lorded over Kaua’i just as his analog Robinson ohana lord over Ni’ihau, free of Big 5 oligarchy stranglehold, just as Kamehameha the Great never conquered Kaua’i. Which is why Rice ohana Kohala Freddie, all White, is such
a free spirit or even A-hole, if you wish. Charlie shocked the world when he switched from GOP to Democrat in 1936, principally because Royal
Vitousek’s ingrate/degenerate GOP, hacks/shills for Big 5 oligarchy, strangled all threats to Big 5 — our small independent businesspeople via now-ludicrous personal property tax on inventory, the so-called one head of cattle law, where an additional cow/steer/bull results in a higher
overall property tax [on top of the real property tax which in effect exempted the Big 5] — thence Charlie’s middle finger gesture at GOP godfather
Vitousek, because Charlie was not Big 5, just Big One on Kaua’i & not exempt from Big 5 chokehold. Charlie was an experienced lawmaker [Terr. House from inception of County gov't 1905-1911/Terr. Senate from 1913-1938 -- Charlie feuded w/Big 5 shills at legislature's 'Iolani Palace]. Of course, Charlie was missionary progeny & Merchant St. progeny [Waterhouse]. At a glance, FDR’s power Democrats would have you think opportunist Charlie turncoated vs. Charlie’s Big 5 GOP to jump on the FDR national bandwagon — but not so — Charlie was independently wealthy & had the means to stick up Charlie’s nose against our Big
5 GOP like how 1950s Henry Kaiser rolled over our Big 5/Dillingham chokehold over all aspects of Hawai’i. Of course, Charlie was not meta-rich like Kaiser, but you get the idea of someone who upends the status quo/conventional order. Charlie’s baby brother by 10 yrs. Maui Phil became Supreme Court chief justice & was triangle w/nation’s 1st ever highest court justice Mas Marumoto & degenerate Ingram Stainback. Of course, Charlie had antecedent in wacko GOP turned Democrat a century ago Link McCandless of water well digger reknown, Link pain in the arse both to his former GOP & to fellow Democrats, Link & Charlie peers, though
Link turncoated decades before Charlie. Link was cowboy renegade & didn’t take kindly to missionary progeny Big 5. But Link was all
trouble & no substance, derisively known for “debauching brown-skin Haw’n ladies” while declaring ethnic Hawns’ inability to formulate intelligent voting choices [yeah, should point the finger at Link himself as an unintelligent choice]. If you’re old enough & remember, Link’s daughter [pretty as a fire hydrant] married a guy Mark last name much older than her, & was treated unkindly by the press in her final years. Actually, to me she was pretty [all women are pretty to me] & stacked & loaded for fun, emphasis on loads [of fun]. No, Link not from Kaua’i. Kaua’i as the unconventional island? Remember, Jack Hall started Hall’s legend of organizing workers on Kaua’i. Incredibly, Toshi Serizawa born 1916 [my in-law, mind still sharp as razor even though Serizawa is 95 yrs. old] was raised both in Hilo & on Kaua’i, & Serizawa is Jack Burns’ little baby darling Democrat of Kaua’i, yet Serizawa knows nothing about Charlie Rice’s turncoat against GOP & jump into bed with Democrats. Nothing!! All folks are like Serizawa, no sense of history/past, just here/now. Kaua’i “going its own way” aside/apart from the rest of our neighbor islands/O’ahu also might explain Charlie Rice’s original police force/dept. run amok w/thugs. Actually, Rice/Wilcox/A&B, because of their missionary roots, were benevolent paternalists — charity, not justice [rich more "equal" than poor], better than cut-throat Prussians-Germans who were enticed to manage our plantations, or a few oddballs [Honoka'a French mgr. Naquin the Mean from Louisiana]. Irony is that original Big 5 Hackfeld [confiscated WWI as enemy alien -- stolen by Big 5 conglomerate called AmFac] was German National but was the most beneficent/loving of all of our Big 5, especially among our Kona coffee farmers/immigrants from Japan — in that Japan emperor Mutsuhito [Hirohito's ojisan/grandpa] idolized the most cultured & powerful nation in the world in the late 1800s — Prussia/Germany — & Hackfeld built
hospitals/etc. to help our buddaheads [TB/etc.]. AmFac carried on the Hackfeld goodness to buddaheads, esp. amid the Great Depression when AmFac cancelled 2 million dollars of bad debt of Kona Issei/immigrant coffee farmers/dairymen.
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Charlie Rice built a vast cattle empire & acquired the new Ford/Goodyear/Shell Oil agencies in order to remain independent of the sugar industry. Charlie’s immigrant dad Rev. William Hyde Rice also was independent, serving 11 yrs. in monarchy’s/Republic’s legislature — politics being 2nd nature to the elder Rice — thence Rev. Rice’s independence/revulsive

reaction vs. mob mentality of Big 5 cabal — what’d you expect from a cowboy cattleman. Of course, Charlie/brothers Harold & Philip of Maui all turned Democrat when Merchant St.’s Big 5 imposed the personal property tax on inventory ergo heads of cattle. The Rices also saw the advent of Asian progeny power & jumped on the FDR New Deal bandwagon to catch the show/wave, so to speak. Thence the Rices’ affinity w/non-haoles, vs. Big 5 elitists who only consorted w/fellow haoles. Charlie appointed Charlie’s other brother William [Jr.] as Kaua’i high sheriff, so that punishment meted out to political/business/personal enemies were a signature feature of the Rice taxonomy. Thence today’s Kaua’i out of

control PD w/molestation of hooker/etc. Autocracy carved via the Rice monogarchy. When Merchant St. failed to support Charlie as Senate Ways/Means chair 1936 because Charlie demanded disproportionate appropriations/pork barrel-earmarks for Charlie’s native Kaua’i, Charlie sold some of his Lihue property to have Kress/Nippon merchant to open 2 dept. stores in competition w/Rice’s AmFac [Rice was AmFac mgr. fka Hackfeld mgr. 1914 to rein in Rice to conform w/Big 5 cabal] just to punish Big 5, inasmuch AmFac/Davies

lorded over retail. So in spite of Charlie’s AmFac title/ties, Charlie upended Big 5/AmFac anyway. Rice didn’t want to be identified w/retrograde-degenerate GOP like Royal Vitousek/Royal Mead, & supported Clem Gomes vs. Charlie’s cousin Elsie Wilcox, who opposed Charlie in 1936 in Charlie’s fight to retain Charlie’s chairmanship of the powerful

Senate Ways/Means committee, the moneybag for our Territory. Rice’s charity, not justice, was confined solely to government pork/earmarks [fire stations/roads/etc.], unlike

Rice’s in-marriage family Henry A. [Jr.] Baldwin of Maui, who didn’t have the clutch-choke over Maui which Charlie had over Kaua’i, but Jr. Baldwin spread charity across the

board, Baldwin Settlement House akin to YMCA settlement homes/complexes-centers. In 1950 Harold Rice & Ernest Heen [Walt's dad] led the right wing Democrats out

of the Democratic Party convention at Kalakaua School vs. Jack Burns’ majority left wing/Commie Democrats.

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For the U.S. to own colonies overseas in 1893 rebuked its own tradition of rebelling vs. its British colonialists in 1776. As Joseph Nawahi 1842-1896 intoned, his Ke Aloha ‘Aina focus after the overthrow was not on the monarchy but on indigenous ownership of land/resources, something which scholar Jon Chinen reprised in Jon’s 2 books on the Mahele of 1848. Nawahi focused on indigenous rights, not on hereditary ranking at birth. Again, to Nawahi, unlike today’s misguided Jon Osorio, Osorio’s so-called cultural basis of native rule, anchored on the mutuality between the commoner & the Mo’i/ali’i, was but an illusion fabricated by the feudal barons. Put simply, the control of both sides of a bargain acquired in such adhesion/manner is not a mutuality but a unilateral dictate. And unlike today’s misguided patriots Osorio/Kekuni Blaisdell, a bigot of a kupuna, our Kaimu native Nawahi wanted to restore hoa’aina power/national authority the correct way, with no distortion of fact/reasoning so pervasive among current revisionists like Osorio/Kekuni Blaisdell. Nawahi’s touchstone was that no such idyllic mutuality existed in olden times — feudal dictatorial rule by hereditary kings was odious to a free republic, which Nawahi advocated. Nawahi was Emma’s backer as a nascent solon at age 32 vs. Kalakaua. Emma/husband Kamehameha IV constructed the British-style St. Andrew Cathedral next door to Washington Place. Commenter Ivana Hall posited on my prior blog “How do i learn more.” –Curt

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Episcopalian Canterbury House ['Iolani/etc.] did not foment UH radicals 1960s. Neither did Wesley House up the road in Manoa. UH radicals germinated on campus. Till this day, Hilo vocational rehab spec Steve Carter born 1945 regrets his sentence for blocking the road when our Nat’l Guard got activated VNWar. Steve says in hindsight that Steve would’ve been more helpful trying to negotiate instead of being a lawbreaker. What rivetted Navy veteran [!] Steve to empathy for the military’s role in society is when Steve’s son enlisted for Desert Storm 20 yrs. ago. Though Steve was a Navy veteran who went to UH on the GI bill, Steve’s Navy bosses were drunks & oafs, but 2 of Steve’s supervisors urged him on to UH, & Steve thanks them to this day. –Curt

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Again, question asked of me is why I fight my own bloodline [442 boys]? I don’t fight my forebearers, they fight me. I ask an innocent question, they get pi*sed off. Question: “John Okino, why do our AJA veterans oppose the war memorial being situated at Lili’uokalani Park?” Answer: “I don’t know, and I don’t want to talk about it!” Question: “Uncle Willy Okino Thompson, when is it ever correct to tell the truth about Wataru Kohashi’s F Co. give-away to Medal of Honor recipient Kiyo Muranaga?” Answer: “What, you trying to be the big hero?! You trying to make trouble?! You trying to make a name for yourself?!” Gang, it’s about social class, not ethnicity/race. Dept. of Public Instruction [DOE forerunner] chief Oren Long, 1889-1965 Kansas Granger boy/grassroot to the core, social worker bred amid repressive regime of bankers in cahoots w/railroad moguls/robber barons along the rolling Plains/Stock, Oren’s helm the greatest ever in
public school history, 1934-1946, ensured & made good on his providential mission that on His Watch, no plantation kid in Hawai’i would be denied the opportunity to ascend beyond the 8th grade, as our Big 5 cabal dictated [to keep kids enslaved to the plantations]. Thence, as Fate would have it, starting in 1934 our rural 8th graders now had the opportunity to further their “wisdom of the ages” thru public education/schools all the way up to the venerated 12th grade, culminating with the incredulous high school diploma [ticket to middle class stature, not peasant stereotype]. Oren Long & Oren Long alone, single-handedly, made this happen. Which is why you see an immense gulf in mentality/attitude between my dad Toshi’s pre-1920 born uneducated rural kids generation [Dad 1913-1985] & Dan Inouye/Uncle Bill-Willy Thompson both born 1924 post-1920 born AJAs, along w/johnny-come-lately John Okino, Uncle Willy’s Okino kin/kazoku from Waiakea. Dad’s generation [100th conscripts, original boys born no later than 1918; Dad joined up w/442 out of Pahala mill mechanic job--Dad born-raised in Wainaku mill camp] by necessity was our typecast Uncle Tom submissive/accomodationist mindset, inasmuch haole overlords had power of life/death over our fate, via jobs/economy/schools/dispensaries/etc., ergo, FEUDAL SOCIETY. Oren Long changed ALL of these hegemony/class repression. Essentially, Dan Inouye/Willy Thompson/John Okino typify today’s aggressive/Type A asshole achiever, their genesis being their newfound high school diploma, thanks to angelheart Oren Long. Thence, you see the schism that ensues when I give these MODERNS a smack of their own audacity/independence, & these punks don’t like to be questioned — conversely, Dad/Shigeru Ushijima born 1918 [a*shole John Ushijima's born 1924 older brother] accomodate/welcome questions/life’s deepest hunger-yearning. Which is why Dad always laughed off Dad’s younger 442 punks when they got hairs up their arses over my advocacy for amnesty for VNW resisters. Wrong war, wrong foreign policy [imperialism all over again]. You see, our younger post-1920 born 442 boys don’t like to see themselves in the mirror scowling back at their faces. Like a kitten that scratches back at the mirror. Oren Long, gang, our divine enabler. Unquestionably, Dan Inouye is our greatest modern AJA [pork barrel], just as Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 is our early buddahead messiah [saved the fate of our race/ethnicity by averting wholesale internment of our 160,000 buddaheads WWII -- Chinese Hung Wai, ennobled by Matthew 5/Isaiah 58--Biblical -- felt it uncontroverted that Hung Wai would give up Hung Wai's privileged life --U Chicago/Yale U. M.Divinity-- & dive into the reckoning/destiny of our local buddaheads/Stateside kotonks--hard coconut shells]. Love always, –Curt

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Clarification: Papa’i where Kamehameha the Great’s mamalahoe/splintered paddle originated is known as King’s Landing. Papa’i is 7 miles south of Keaukaha’s
own King’s Landing at the end of Kalaniana’ole Ave. where Kamehameha also alighted. This now-uninhabited coastline seaward of today’s Mauna Loa Macnut factory is where David Watumull was going to have his mega-resort/development project. David’s widow Sheila lords over the Watumull jungle today. Aloha, –Curt

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Question asked is, “What’s the saddest thing about the post-1920 born AJAs?” Undeniably, retention of power till it’s too late. For the best interests of the State of Hawai’i, Dan Inouye as our titular leader should’ve groomed a successor like Ed Case to ascend up the seniority ladder in the U.S. Senate. It’s about the best interests of Hawai’i, not the lawmaker’s ego, gang! On the 442 level, it’s about recognizing the real leaders who UPEND the status quo, such as archivist Alvin Yoshitomi, who has been reminded by me that only Uncle Willy Thompson born 1924, has remembered to place flowers on our oyabun/patron saint Earl Finch’s grave 1915-1970. Uncle Willy was my Dad’s best friend/baby bruddah. Sadly, Uncle Willy is all into himself into terms of grooming & only applauds his submissive/blindly loyal Sons/Daughters acolytes. The other great 442 young leader who also is self-made [no grooming by Uncle Willy] is Uchinanchu Shari Tamashiro, KCC cybrarian. These Davids [unsung heroes] will carry us into the deep of the 21st century. Do you know that at our esteemed 100th Batt. complex off the Ala Wai Canal, hangs the honored portrait of our buddahead savior [saved our fate by averting wholesale internment WWII] Hung Wai Ching [not braggart/money-is-god baby brother Hung Wo Ching] 1905-2002, who gave up a life of opulence/luxury to rescue us buddaheads from FDR/Frank Knox who wanted us imprisoned as an ethnic group/race?? Yes, Hung Wai personally got Eleanor Roosevelt to chide her husband FDR about us buddaheads/Stateside Kotonks– that no greater loyal Americans stood strong/ground than us buddaheads/Stateside Kotonks. Yes, Hung Wai eyeballed/faced FDR/Eleanor at the White House. I was brought to tears when young 442 archivist Alvin Yoshitomi [overall, 442 enlistees are at least 5 yrs. younger than original 100th Batt. conscripts] acknowledged that Hung Wai Ching, a chinaman who gave up his life for our race/culture, is our greatest AJA hero!! To tears!! Always remind yourselves of Jack Burns 1909-1975, a White Trash rebel whose mantra was TO GROOM successors to fulfill “everybody’s equal” [Biblical/spiritual]. Do you know that our own boss Dan Inouye owes Dan’s existence to our Godfather Jack Burns, who GROOMED Dan to carry out Jack’s creed of “everybody’s equal?” Yes, Burns succeeded Hung Wai Ching in the political arena [GOP Hung Wai WWII/Statehood push via GOP Joe Farrington][Gov. Jack Burns 1962-1974]. Love everlasting, –Curtis

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The “dip zone” between our Hilo Shopping Ctr. mauka of it, & our Dept. of Water Supply complex [formerly C. Brewer Bldg. now called Waiakea Office Plaza] makai of it, was flooded by our 1960 tsunami, the same elevation as our former Waiakea Sugar Mill 1878-1948. The best analogy is the December 26, 2004 Indonesian tsunami, where the ocean inundated shore-level flatlands 4 miles inland. As you correctly guessed, our old Miko Meat facility is 2 miles inland. Of course, the Biblical Deluge calibre 1960 tsunami was caused by our largest earthquake in recorded history! Although source Chile is nearly 7,000 miles away from Hilo, there is no upthrust bathymetric barrier to diminish the pulse energy of the tsunami over this long distance. Japan suffered calamitously from the 1960 Chilean tsunami — tsunami energy half a world away from its Chile source compresses/refracts as it narrows its pan-Pacific destination toward Japan at the endpoint of the vast Pacific ocean, like how sun light narrows its beams thru a magnifying glass on a point of focus under the magnifying glass. –Curt

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Reader asks what’s the point of insignificant nonsense like ethnic make-up of laundry owners? Stereotypes. No Chinese laundry owners in Hilo [unless you count Kanaka John Kai as Chinese]. Kai’s Chinese typecast: He literally fistfights E.K. Fernandez [circus owner]/they grapple on the floor of the Gaiety theater [today's Caravan Town store site, Gaiety bldg. 1909-1929, 1st theater w/concrete floor, Kam Ave. on Keaukaha side of Kress bldg. block, concrete "tile" mason was Sanzo Kawasaki, co-founder of HPM Bldg. Supply w/Kametaro Fujimoto, Bobby's grandpa] over who owns the stage curtain in a property dispute [Kai hid the rope that drops the curtain]!! Black eye over a curtain!! Chinese . And even then, Kai’s dive into laundry ownership was brief 1929-1931, White Star laundry [concrete bldg. withstood 1946 tsunami as Sperry Flour Co., but dismantled by wrecking ball in post-1946 safety zone/green belt beautification on makai side of Kam Ave.--1960 tsunami did what we couldn't do -- level all of downtown flatlands as today's soccer fields -- aesthetic/eye-pleasing open space -- Kai's bldg. was diagonally in Keaukaha direction opposite side of Kam Ave. of today's Bishop St. entrance to King Kamehameha Statue]. Chinese are individualists/Confucian “do your best, pay your bills/feed your family.” Which is why such ingrained secular rigidity translate to “me first” in societal regard, just as early Anglican miser/hoarding mantra ensured a twisted sense of personal salvation. All resulted from longtime prior repression by overlords [Chinese dynastic caste system/early Roman Catholic hegemony-class stratification], so that newfound freedom by enslaved subjects busted out with chafe of “every man for himself!!” Sad, but such is our timeline/evolution. The vanquished emerge as individualist victors. On the other hand, look at great positive exemplar Rev. Ernest Gomes Da Silva 1873-1955. Polestar is that he immigrated to Hawai’i as a child, so that thankfully he assimilated perfectly into our Haw’n Kingdom, then into our Republic/eventually into our U.S. Territory. Rev. Da Silva was imbued with Matthew 5/Isaiah 58 in ministering to our teeming masses/God-forsaken outcasts of our plantation-era feudal society. Yes, he is Jesus incarnate. And do you know that, in typical Paul-ian fashion, as a hormonal teen, Ernesto wants to slug it out vs. invading Congregational outreach onto Miller St. Catholic Luso turf? Paul of Tarsus becomes Paul of Christ. And metaphorically like Peter, will be crucified upside down, because there is only one Jesus, & only one man who deserves to be right side up, the Son of God. Love, –Curt

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Why was our Territory’s 2nd largest town Hilo without an airport vs. other towns on other islands that had
airports? Geography. Long distance to get to Hilo from other islands. Inclement weather [Mauna Kea/Mauna Loa stack up rain clouds against their banks/slopes, making it harder for planes to navigate]. Hilo’s rough terrain/young lava rock that make grading/runway for a landing difficult, in the context of the 1920s. Of course, later small landing fields sprouted up all over our island ['Upolu/Waimea/South Point], not to mention plantation landing fields for fertilizer planes. –Curt

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Reader asks about incredulous extent of tsunami inundation & run-up/height. Irony is that AmFac moved inland after the 1946 tsunami destroyed its facilities & cleaned out its concrete warehouse next to Mo’oheau Park. AmFac didn’t move far enough inland! It built its huge steel frame warehouse corner Kalanikoa/Kuawa Sts. a block Puna direction of today’s Waiakea Rec Ctr. [former Sure Save supermarket]. Well, the 1960 tsunami energy pulse pushed inland from Ice pond/Reed’s Bay to inundate today’s Rec Ctr., which also caused some water damage to AmFac’s new facilities a mile inland! Where you see today’s Waiakea “memorial” clock is wave energy coming in from Wailoa boat harbor/Lili’uokalani Park areas. Bottom line is that the energy pulse propagated/amplified its effects via inland waterways [Wailoa boat harbor/Lili'u ponds/Reed's Bay/Ice pond/Hukilau hotel ponds/etc.], just as Wailoa pond far inland enabled the energy pulse to reach areas unthinkable on the surface [reality is that wave energy is like roughwater kayaking/river flash-flooding in reverse -- the flood comes in on inland watercourses from the ocean -- where there's a body of shore-level water is your dead zone, where you're at shore level even with no water nearby, even 2 or more miles inland such as in the old mill camp area airport side of the Hilo Shopping Ctr., RUN!!]. Love, –Curt

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Reader asks how far down/makai did the 1881 lava flow come into Hilo town? Far down! Ended on corner of Mohouli/Popolo Sts. [Otaki's house site today] Waiakea Sugar Mill mgr. CC Kennedy’s rock wall diversion is across Mohouli St. in today’s jungle behind former fire chief Ed Bento’s home, mauka in elevation to Popolo St. corner [lava meandered down to Otaki's site, did not overrun CC Kennedy's rock wall, hastily erected to protect Waiakea Sugar Mill directly below direction of flow SE]. A north finger/lobe of the 1881 lava flow is famous for Governess/Princess Ke’elikoni beseeching Goddess Pele to spare Hilo, which incidentally had Ke’elikolani’s authentically Haw’n grass hut/villa at our beautiful black sand beach behind today’s Bayside Chevron along old Pi’opi’o St. [yes, our black sand beach was long/wide coming in all the way to today's Kamehameha Ave./Pauahi St. junction & inside even more toward today's Waiolama Canal] directly below the direction of the north lobe SE. The north lobe stopped at her persuasion, just mauka of today’s Alenaio bridge that crosses Komohana St. where the Sunrise Ridge homes are adjacent to Komohana St. The lava, like any element, will hasten thru the path of least resistance until its source of birth ends its energy pulse. Which beckons back to our 1960 tsunami inundation of the floodpoint along Kekuanaoa St. between today’s Hilo Shopping Ctr. & our Dept. of Water Supply complex [former C. Brewer bldg.]. Devise a plan to escape to higher ground if you earlier failed to evacuate via numerous postings/civil defense sirens. Go east in direction of airport ['Iolani St. is higher ground] or west to Hilo Shopping Ctr. [concrete bldg. on high ground]. By the way, Ke’elikolani was a traditionalist & asked her ancestral 3 sisters [3 Halai Hills -- middle one was sheared 1940s-1960s for fill elsewhere -- you see its core that is being cleared today for development] for kokua/help to persuade Goddess Pele to spare the beautiful bay & village of Hilo. Love, –Curt

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Don Mitchell Says:

The laundry history was interesting to me personally. I can’t say what happened between the time that Doc Hill first shut down White Star and the time that it came alive again and Doc hired my father Glenn Mitchell to manage it. But I’m fairly sure that by the late 40s, White Star was going strong.

And then my father somehow got the money together to buy it from Doc Hill. I have a memory (which could be faulty) that he borrowed the money from Pete Beamer, of the famous Beamer Hardware, down on Kam Ave not far from Hilo Drug.

Anyway, my Dad renamed White Star after himself “Mitchell Laundry and Dry Cleaning” and then, again I can’t remember when, he moved it down along the Wailoa not far from the Iron Works.

I believe that Mitchell Laundry had the first color-changing neon sign in Hilo. My Dad was proud of it.

Then the ’60 tsunami took the concrete building (8″ thick walls) and most of the equipment and pushed it into the Wailoa River. The tsunami almost took me, too, but that’s another story.

My Dad leased the unused laundry equipment at Hilo Memorial Hospital to keep the business going (and at least some of his employees working) while he got a Small Business Authority disaster loan and set up the laundry again at Shipman Street. He kept it there until he sold it.

The laundry owners (Mitchell, Quality, and another one I can’t remember –Kalakaua?) were all on good terms. I know they met each year to talk about prices and services. Glenn Mitchell is among our greatest altruists, & is recognized in my Feb. 11, 2009 tribute to him on this website. Yes, Mitchell Laundry was our biggest laundry business until Quality Cleaners set up on the spot where Goodyear Tire is today [NE corner Kumu/Kilauea -- totally reconfigured via post-1960 tsunami redevelopment project]; with the paint not even dry at Quality Cleaners, here comes the unthinkable deluge 1960 tsunami & busts the whole makai side of multi-floor Quality Cleaners, a mile inland from shore! You cannot imagine what the energy pulse of the tsunami was at ground zero, where Glenn’s facilities were! Try figure this, a bulldozer was chained to the floor at Hilo Iron Works in anticipation of the coming tsunami, not just left to sit in the huge repair factory [whose huge steel posts actually were warped by the 1946 tsunami, & warped even more by the eventual 1960 tsunami]. Alas, astonished workers found the bulldozer at daylight plunk in the middle of Wailoa pond!! Everything below 15 ft. height in the gigantic factory was scoured out with nothing left in its wake, including the factory walls that blew out into the rear into Wailoa pond. I measured the annihilation height myself with measuring rod [original exterior still intact before Yamanaka Enterprises reconfigured its walls]. Nonetheless, intrepid entrepreneur Glenn Mitchell relocated to the heart of our business district downtown next to our old County Bldg. [today's parking lot across Toyama Bldg. fka Bank of Hawaii bldg., NE corner Keawe/Waianuenue], making his laundry facilities even bigger than spankling new Quality Cleaners in land area covered incl. roadways. Of course, press-free stain-resistant materials 1960s spelled the end of our megalith laundry industries. Nonetheless, Glenn Mitchell is a giant of inner strength/humble countenance who is so fondly remembered even today by us old curmudgeons!! By the way, Pete Beamer was 30 yrs. older than Doc Hill, came to Hilo as a man just short of mid-life, vs. Doc’s arrival here as a barely grown adult whipper snapper — different generations, though we see them as old farts just the same — Pete was tight-assed, & you couldn’t square a penny out of him [though posthumously he bequeathed untold rolls of money to social service orgs like our Boys/Girls Club], whereas Doc was flexible/more contemporary, though lest he be praised as our Messiah Mitchell, Doc gave to nonprofit outfits only if it benefitted Doc the business mogul/politician! Doc was no Glenn Mitchell! Point is that in Glenn Mitchell cigar-toting Pete Beamer saw a much younger version of Pete Beamer himself with added qualities of compassion/humility/tenderness/openness/indulgence/instructiveness. Yes, the social service orgs that sprung up in Teddy Roosevelt’s era characterized the beauty & the soft heart of Glenn Mitchell. Let’s remember that Teddy was an ill/physically weak child, & Teddy rebuked toughs/bullies who overpowered him. Plainly, Teddy was for the have-nots/little guys in society. Ole’ Pete Beamer saw still the money is god fetish in Doc Hill that typified Pete all thru Pete’s life. Doc was no angelheart Glenn Mitchell. Thence, Pete’s miraculous soft spot for little jesus Glenn Mitchell. Love, –Curt

Don Mitchell Says:

My Dad just flat-out liked people, and it showed.

More later!

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Question asked is why a withdrawal/recession of ocean water before a tsunami? NOT so. Look at the 12/26/04 Indonesian tsunami, where the east coast of Africa suffered a deluge with no trough/drawback of water preceding the oncoming deluge! Where the crack/fault in the earth [below water] springs up [as with the Indonesian westside fault], a deluge results. Where the crack/fault in the earth [below water] buckles down [as with the Indonesian eastside fault], a trough/withdrawal of water occurs first, before the oncoming deluge. Thus, the east coast of Africa west of the Indonesian crack/fault [that sprung/jolted up] suffered a deluge, no prior receding of water. Conversely, the SE Asian coastlands east of the Indonesian crack/fault [that buckled down] had receding water prior to the oncoming deluge. The Indonesian tsunami was unthinkably destructive because its fault line/crack was hundreds of miles long under water, propagating more expansive/bathymetric energy over a wider area. Yes, our 1960 Chile earthquake that wrought untold death/destruction in Hawai’i/Japan was the biggest in recorded history, but the 2004 Indonesian earthquake had a longer area of undersea cracking, resulting in a wider zone of destruction. –Curt

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Communicant asks what about WATER that makes it defy gravity, as when the 1960 tsunami deposited our huge dozer that was bolted to the concrete floor by extra-heavy chains in our Hilo Iron Works repair factory plunk in the middle of Wailoa pond a couple of hundred feet back of our huge factory that housed our dozer up front toward Kam Ave.?? Answer: Water is MUCH HEAVIER than air!! Thence, rushing water only a foot high can take you off your feet if you have nothing else to hang onto [as on an overtopped roadway low in topography]. Same with a vehicle that hydroplanes/floats atop fast-moving water [as on a flooded roadway cut in two by flash flood gorge water]. Thence, incomprehensible to us staid mere mortals, but the power of Mother Nature defies imagination!! Look at our breakwater boulders, 2 tons a crack, coming in with the tsunami “waves” like
marshmellows on a root beer float. Yes, such projectiles amplify lethal energy in the oncoming deluge. Better that these boulders don’t even belong there in the open bay, at least vis a vis Biblical Deluge calibre waves! And NO, a “wave” bore is not essential in a tsunami — it only spikes as a “wave” if receding water bunches up against oncoming water on a rising shoreline, and/or the oncoming water slows as it frictions vs. the rising shoreline, with trailing water moving fast/piling up vs. the front of the flow as the front flow slows down closer to shore. Unlike regular surf waves, that have a trough/dip immediately following the crest/surfer photo op, tsunami waves DON’T have immediate trailing troughs — their okoles are as big/expansive as thunderstorms that blot out our sun/blue skies, miles long, baby!! –Curt

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Anecdotes from lifelong opihiman-cousin Harold: No matter what you hear, touch, or see, never take your eyes/ears off the incoming tide/water. And never think just wave action — always watch the water beneath you, because the silent sea comes up from below like an invisible futon/ton-heavy wrap & in the blink of an eye takes you without even much as hearing a pin drop!! Harold guesses that the seiche/slosh effect of the geometry of the coastal banks has much to do with what Harold calls “the silent sea.” Harold also says that when you hear NOTHING is when something is remiss — as a deep trough/pullback of water often portends a huge incoming crest/rise of water. Rambo-like, but scuttle is that stealth copters fly between crests/in troughs on the open sea to muffle their presence/position. Analogously, Harold says that silence is not golden, but a flashing red light that the sea got a leg up on you! Love, –Curt

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Communicant chortles that it’s darn impossible for mere water to pole-ax Glenn Mitchell’s [1909-1989] 8-inch thick concrete walls [like nuclear bomb shelter]!! Son, it’s about pounds of pressure per square inch, water being such a heavy compound though deceptively fluid, amplified by elemental solids like our 2 ton breakwater boulders that came exploding in like Black Mercuries with winged heels to race with the swiftness of the sea [thanks, Jack London, describing our 1st surfing revivalist, half-Haw'n/half-Irish George Freeth, before our Duke Kahanamoku became our Aloha Ambassador]!! No, surfing a tsunami is incomprehensible/suicidal, really, unless you’re dead center in it & have no option left but to perish. Bathymetry/underwater seafloor features perhaps enhanced the energy pulse of the tsunami as it roared in to its focal point in 1946 & 1960, our Shinmachi district where Glenn Mitchell’s laundry facilities were [Shinmachi the only town in the Haw'n Islands with Nippon name -- means new town to denote the area between our Hilo Iron Works factory bldg. & today's Kamehameha Statue, built after the January 1914 Little Tokyo/Nippon Alley conflagration/fire wiped out our Japanese immigrant enclave where today's downtown KTA parking lot is, with many displaced residents relocating to Shinmachi] — inasmuch our dredged shipping lane to Hilo Harbor [between Wainaku's Alealea Point where today's Wainaku Executive Ctr. sits waiting for a developer & the tip of our breakwater pointing straight toward Alealea Point] beelines directly to our Shinmachi district, essentially propagating the greatest focus of tsunami energy pulse/water mass/wave concentration directly toward the center of the target, Shinmachi. Thanks, –Curt

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Don Mitchell Says:

If the communicant who “chortles that it’s darn impossible for mere water to pole-ax” my father’s laundry’s walls wants some evidence, I think I can find a picture of the laundry after the tsunami. As you point out, Curtis, it’s all about energy. The wave was said to have been 30′ tall at that point and — communicant might not have known this — a tsunami isn’t like a “wave” in the sense the word is normally used. A 30′ “wave,” as in high surf, probably wouldn’t do much damage to a well-built concrete building. But a 30′ tsunami would, and did, destroy it. There is an enormous mass of water behind the “wave” front, and it packs a huge amount of energy. As is sometimes found with other very powerful natural forces, like tornadoes, there can be strange results. For example, the laundry’s boiler remained in place even as the building around it was destroyed. Now, a point about memory and data. I described the building as having had 8″ thick walls, because that’s what I remember was always said in our family. Did I measure those walls. No. Did my father? I don’t know. Maybe. The real point is that it was a massive structure…and then it was gone. Except for the boiler.

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Practical folks like masons know that the secret to withstand shear forces/horizontal energy is what’s underground that counters the perpendicular shear. Look at the auspicious photos of the foot-thick concrete shore wall that collapsed from the 1946 tsunami at today’s King’s Landing at the end of Keaukaha’s Kalaniana’ole Ave. It’s still there under the sand dunes, mute testimony to the unimaginable power of Mother Nature. The wall was perpendicular to the new Pu’umaile TB Hospital that stood there 1939-1947, & the wall was parallel to the rocky shoreline. Had the “Great Wall” of Keaukaha sturdy deep iron/steel vertical pilings cored into the concrete & pounded by pile drivers deep into the ground, saturated by a heavy concrete expansive “bulb” BELOW ground level, the humongous wall would’ve withstood the explosive 1946 tsunami. You can figure the mass/size of the wall above ground because Gov. Stainback’s gang stood above the fallen wall in post-tsunami photos. Of course, the 1946 tsunami pulse that hit King’s Landing was nowhere near the 1960 tsunami pulse that pulverized Glenn Mitchell’s laundry facilities — apples/oranges [King’s Landing wedge shape topography mitigated the tsunami energy pulse, whereas Glenn Mitchell’s Shinmachi site was the target center for geographic compression/focusing of wave energy into funnel-shaped Hilo Bay, exacerbated by the dredged shipping lane off Wainaku’s Alealea Point that arrowed-tipped more tsunami energy/water mass directly toward Glenn Mitchell’s Shinmachi facilities. “No chance.” –Curt

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Early plantation life here had camps/villages whose laborers toiled in adjacent fields, thence numbered/site-named camps. Uchinanchu/Okinawans were the last Nipponese immigrants, thence their placement toward the forest line [longest distance away from the mill sites]. Overlayed by Naichi/Mainland Japan bigotry vs. typecast dark/dusky/hairy Uchinanchu. In reality, Uchinanchu having been domiciled port of call for European adventurers/explorers, actually are haole-fied w/diverse gene pool, from dark ["Malay"] to snow white [Dr. Zenko Matayoshi/Gloria Mento]. Homogenized Naichi repel “outsiders” like Uchinanchu. In Japan today, Okinawa is THE vital military organ, which is why Okinawans feel repressed by Japan for putting up w/U.S. military presence. Never mind that Japan Navy is among largest in the world, despite its restriction by U.S.-imposed Constitution to arm only for self-defense. Japan leaves the “Ugly American” typecast to its subordinate province Okinawa to deal with. In Hawai’i, later immigrants like Koreans/Puerto Ricans/Sakada-Pinoy replaced laborers who left feudal sugar water moats to stake out life on their own. Ethnic enclaves/camps were in a pecking order according to immigration timeline. Thence, 1st Asian immigrants Chinese escaped out of the camps early on, as did the 1st European immigrants Luso/Portuguese [who were lunas/field bosses via their haole/white complexion DNA], leaving behind the other ubiquitous ethnic groups. Not standard, but the plantation mgr.’s home was closest to Luso supervisors’ dwellings in geography, followed by whatever ethnic group immigrated in timeline sequence. As mechanization crept in, the vast expanse of camps consolidated into centralized districts. With regard to settler William Reed [Reed's Bay/Reed's Island], he married Shipman, left no kids of his own, thence his stepson Shipman inherited Reed’s Island [island because cut into isolation by stream action all around it]. No, Shipman sold island that ended up w/Desky, who cookie-cuttered tracts via subdivision, one of tracts then was sold to stagecoach owner JR Wilson, who built today’s Shipman B & B castle, & JR Wilson then sold it to Shipman [who earlier sold island that ended up w/developer Desky]. William Reed was the Doc Hill 1890-1970 of Hilo a century before Hill. On Baker beach [Ocean View Drive adjacent to Hilo Harbor on the north side], Palace theater mogul Adam Baker’s beachside retreat was there. Hilo swim coach icon Sparky Kawamoto [part-Haw'n from Laupahoehoe][Kawamoto Olympic pool] was spared death/destruction like a cheshire cat because every locale he lived in was pulverized/scoured out by later tsunamis: Sparky’s childhood Laupahoehoe/Sparky’s adulthood Shinmachi [Sparky's famous Shinmachi-Wailoa pond swimmers include Olympic gold medalist Yoshi Oyakawa, who also swam as a child in Puueopaku pond a mile north of Honoli'i/NCAA titlist Ed Kawachika--who had chip on shoulder-hi maka maka sh_t don't stink vs. simpleton but profound teacher Sparky/leading U.S. swimmers Dick Tanabe/Yoshi Terada/Nori Murata]. Serendipitous, but Sparky moved to Kal Ave. rear of Ocean View Drive [today's Orchid Manor area] just before the 1946 tsunami scoured out Shinmachi [Sparky lived by today's Kamehameha Statue before 1946]. By the way, Sparky’s beloved peer Buster Crabbe of Pu’u’eo, Hilo’s other Olympic swimmer gold medalist, trained by swimming back/forth b/n our lighthouse by Wailuku river & Coconut/Mokuola Island. Twisted joke among gold medal calibre swimmers is that our swimmers were virtual speed demons in the water to get away from our Green Bloom/”kukai”-sewer outfalls all along Hilo bay/Wailoa-Waiolama ponds, including our bordellos strung like cosmetic pearls along Waiolama stream, all of whom emptied their plumbing effluent into Waiolama stream/pond! The heiau at the Reed’s Bay end of Ocean View Drive was disassembled after Kuhina Nui Ka’ahumanu outlawed ancient kapu/taboo in 1819, a year before the 1st missionaries arrived in the Haw’n Islands [5 yrs. before Hilo Christian settlement], for boat landings at Reed’s Bay. Later notable Ocean View residents included Larry Mehau/individualist dentist Harvey Chong Sr. [all loved the ocean/swimming]. On rural charm of Akiko’s bed/breakfast retreat, these are authentic plantation life structures/ambience. Surprise is that our divine Akiko is Kalihi tita, local sista’ to da max, yet she is imbued with providential reverence for the past. Love, –Curt

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Communicant asks whether the size/girth of our still-standing huge Hilo Iron Works Repair Factory staved off pulverization from the 1946/1960 tsunamis? Yes, son, but for the opposite reason from what you suggest — today’s hydrology requires breakaway exteriors to minimize overall structural damage/preserve essential structural integrity, such as you see with our Hilo Haw’n Hotel ground level floor plan — the tsunami explodes thru the ground floor [open lanai/open parking area] as if nothing were there to generate resistance/energy that would transfer to the footing of the building & cause further damage/destruction/loss of life to those in the lobby area/2nd floor & above. Serendipitously, our Hilo Iron Works gigantic repair factory has breakaway corrugated iron roof skin/exterior erected because such sheath was the CHEAPEST way to “coat” the factory, not because such engineering/architecture were to preserve the factory’s structural integrity!! Two divergent schemes [Hilo Haw'n hydrology/science][Hilo Iron Works cheapest way to "blanket" the huge factory] that end with the correct result [preserve structural integrity/minimize overall property damage/enhance everyone's safety-wellbeing]. If you view our Hilo Iron Works factory today, certainly it is not Kronos/imposing — this is because our current Wailoa bridge overtops it, creating optical illusion that our factory is miniscule. But look at the size of the factory from the Kamehameha Statue end of this enormous warehouse. It spans the whole breadth from our Wailoa River bridge back to our Wailoa pond, & it is high/wide as it is long. Our Hilo Iron Works factory stood [though the whole bldg. shook like an earthquake was going to topple it -- former great multi-sport athlete Gabe Manning 1918-2008, factory artisan, nearly fell out of the 40 ft. high rafters of the factory structure when the 1946 3rd wave 30 ft. high exploded thru the factory] because of its inherent breakaway corrugated iron roof sheath/walls. Factory miller Gabe Manning was shocked/apoplectic that the 1946 tsunami carried the super-heavy pig iron in rail cars into the Wailoa pond as if this mountain of pig iron were marshmellows! Gabe Manning said that the 1946 tsunami [the 1960 tsunami was in the dead of nite, 1:00 a.m.], 7:00 a.m., reminded him of Noah’s Ark/Biblical Deluge — literally, the end of the world as we sentients knew it — or, like how Atlantis was lost forever by the swallowing sea around it. He said, “No joke, these are how I felt!”
As to how sand got into airtight corked liquor/whiskey bottles/airtight Primo beer bottles, my guesses are that the corking compressed under “pressure”/bottle cap expanded w/”pressure” differential, that allowed sand to seep thru. Love, –Curt

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Oops, cultural treasure/kupuna Steamy Chow born 1922 wonders how our Hilo Iron Works factory will “hold up” now that leviathan walled Wailoa bridge replaces the former lower concrete bridge whose piers actually lifted up & then dropped down again on their footings from the 1946 tsunami [could not see the nighttime 1960 tsunami], per Waiakea resident Alex Riviera! Steamy’s best guess after I beseeched him for an answer is that it’ll be like watching Niagara Falls drop its water onto Hilo Iron Works!!! Yikes!!! To Steamy, the wall of water will overtop the Wailoa bridge & then explode into & drop down back to ground level. The shear/ripping effect won’t be as pronounced as before this current Wailoa bridge was erected post-1960 tsunami, but the Niagara Falls that follows will do what the initial exploding overtopped bridge water did not finish, which is to scour out everything under 15 ft. or so from ground level. Yikes!! Steamy has florid imagination!! Or prophetic wisdom??!! Love, –Curt

Puueopaku pond is where Yoshi Oyakawa swam as a child [Yoshi's dad was Papa'ikou Christian minister -- "A" frame church bldg. now a dwelling along old Mamalahoa road a quarter mile north of Papa'ikou post office], not Pukihae pond –gatz, my dad swam at Pukihae pond! Gomen nasai [my mistake]. Love, –Curt

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Yes, in response to Uchinanchu/Okinawan esteemed culture [humbling, not hubris], in war [as with warlocks Hirohito/Hito's choice pick Tojo] the teeming masses are the ones who suffer the most, & no ethnic group suffered more among Native Nipponese than our Uchinanchu. Recount our current Hilo peers Steve Yamashiro’s dad [yes, former mayor Steve]/Pi’ihonua native Henry Shimabukuro’s uncle, Lyman Boarding School alumnus Shokan “Jesse” Shima[bukuro] 1901-2002, the greatest person of Japanese ancestry ["Nikkei"] who set foot on American soil [FDR's closest advisor Harry Hopkins' acolyte/protege][Ike's closest advisor Jim Hagerty's dear friend/associate][non-college man Truman wanted pragmatic non-professional vocation/field caseworker Hopkins, but WWII killed via stress FDR/Hopkins in quick order--Hopkins architect of WPA/CCC, created FDR's Lend-Lease Act that gave us time to prepare for our entry into WWII European theater of operations/etc.][Ike's sensible feedback man Hagerty only a high school grad like Truman -- Hilo's Shokan "Jesse" Shima(bukuro) no advanced schooling just as no advanced schooling for Hagerty/Supreme Ct. Justice-Nuremberg prosecutor Robert Jackson/Hilo provost marshal-later post-WWII Israel giant leader Mickey Marcus]. Uncle Jesse mitigated harsh AJA internment via collective enterprises for internees, then sprung earlier releases & integrated internees into mainstream commerce, Tony Masamitsu “Honda” sterling product of Jesse’s enablement, yes, as in Tony Honda dealerships, Jesse got War Dept. to integrate displaced Okinawans back into stable village life in decimated Okinawa, Jesse got war/post-war relief humanitarian aid to Jesse’s ancestral Okinawa along w/Hawai’i sponsors like Steve Yamashiro’s altruistic dad, Jesse kept Okinawa sovereign instead of being U.S. protectorate/colony, Jesse fine-tuned INS Act that legalized Japanese aliens/Issei to become U.S. citizens 1952 [whereas Kotonk-Utah native Mike Masaoka's influence was chiefly in promulgating 1952 INS Act], Jesse was chief “embassy” liaison during Japan prime minister Shigeru Yoshida’s tenure, inasmuch Japan had no embassy in Jesse’s eventual D.C. domicile prior to 1952 — Jesse told taisho-proud Yoshida emissaries, “Hey, you lost the war! Stop acting like you got any power! Make up for your defeat! Be as accomodating as possible to our State Dept. & our President Truman!” Wow!! Uncle Jesse was livid about Tojo’s/Hirohito’s expansionism into Indonesia [oil for Japan war needs], surefire trigger to war vs. U.S. [Gen. Yamashita wanted co-existence w/U.S./only invaded Manchuria for iron/steel–China for coal/no oil in China-SE Asia, though SE Asia had rubber/undeniably, U.S. greatest empathizer was Admiral Nagano, sage/wise old man who wanted to cooperate w/U.S., not go to war vs. U.S., which Japan was destined to lose–no war resources/material to sustain victory– no, Nagano was Admiral Yamamoto’s senior commander, & testy younger Yamamoto, contrary to popular opinion, threatened to resign if Nagano would not okay Yamamoto’s attack on Pearl Harbor — to give Japan about 6 months to get Indonesia oil sources — Yamamoto told wiser Nagano it was do or die for Japan, via U.S. embargo vs. Japan — Nagano urged peaceful co-existence w/U.S. — Nagano was drowned out by strident Army warlock Tojo/”disoriented” Yamamoto. Nonetheless, Uncle Jesse was very saddened by Imperial Japan’s incomprehensible/unthinkable folly/jingoism. To Uncle Jesse, Imperial Japan had gotten too big for its britches, like a young hormonally impulsive teen [Japan's war victories over hapless China/Russia 1895/1905][Japan's accelerated industrialism/colonial expansionism during Meiji-Taisho-Showa Hito family reign 1868-1945]. Uncle Jesse’s mission was to show Japan how delusionally sick Japan got via its jingoism/militarism. Thence Uncle Jesse’s chastening vs. Japan emissaries. BTW, our other local heavie in D.C. was Castle/Cooke scion Bill Castle, who elected to leave isolated Hawai’i/C&C helm for D.C., where he was Hoover’s State Dept. head for far eastern Asian Affairs. But Tojo’s warlocks/militarist officers silenced Castle’s Japan emissaries, & by 1935 former diplomat Castle was of no use to FDR/Hopkins. Thence the ascension/rise of Uncle Jesse. By the time post-WWII Japan’s Shigeru Yoshida reduxed Castle’s contacts, Jesse was informal liaison b/n Yoshida’s crew & Truman’s outfit. Old man/senile Castle died 1963. Aloha, –Curt

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Shokan “Jesse” Shimabukuro had immense drive/stamina to make something good of himself in society. Through luck/guile/guidance from the scion Hendersons of Wash. D.C. & thru Jesse’s 1st marriage to an African-American beauty/icon Baltimore nurse, Jesse sprung to prominence in the highest reaches of both African-American and White societies, brainstorming with our greatest ever Black & White leaders in American history. And yet, in quaint sleepy Hilo town, no one ever “dreampt” that our Lyman tutelage triggered Jesse’s self-esteem/confidence to stardom as America’s greatest-ever Japanese person. Jesse matriculated to egalitarian McKinley High on O’ahu, then shipped out to D.C.

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Irrepressible Hung Wai Ching [son KingLit born 1936 has Hung Wai's love for all--agape love] was GOP Statehood Joe Farrington’s “kitchen cabinet” confidant [trinity of Hung Wai/Kats Kometani 100th Batt. oyabun-spiritual father/erudite legal mind Masaji Marumoto][Joe 1897-1954], but when Joe died unexpectedly of a fatal heart attack June 1954, Jack Burns’ Democrats swept into office later that year [today's boss Dan Inouye born 1924 was Burns' key man]. Chou En Lai being the cultured/engaging/inclusive man that boss/rogue Mao Tse Tung was not [Chou En Lai opposed mass extermination "Cultural Revolution"], privately adored southern China descendant of lowly peasants Hung Wai Ching [Hawai'i was the American experiment/microcosm in democracy in Chou's eyes -- Chou was well aware of Hawai'i ethnic relations, also had dear friend who lived in Hawai'i], was flabbergasted that so lowly a man as Hung Wai Ching [till Hung Wai's dying day, Hung Wai spoke pidgin English that was undecipherable to non-blalahs/titas/locals] had changed the face of America [Truman integrated the military because of the 442–who didn’t have persecution complex turn-off that Truman was repugnant about vs. Blacks/Earl Warren’s make-up call to prison camp hysteria that resulted in WWII California Gov. Earl Warren’s internment of AJAs ended w/S.Ct. CJ Earl Warren’s unanimous Brown v. Bd. of Education 1954 that punctuated “Separate is not Equal!!”/Ike’s nascent Civil Rights Act genesis resulted from Ike’s sensitization/exposure to non-Whites WWII, esp. our 442’s Rescue of Texas Lost Battalion–Ike’s key aide Jim Hagerty was Hilo’s Shokan “Jesse” Shima[bukuro]‘s dear friend-confidant/Capitol Hill godfathers Sam Rayburn/LBJ rewarded our 442 w/1959 Statehood, for our 442 Rescue of the Alamo Lost Battalion WWII — we suffered 800 casualties to save 200 Tex cowboys/LBJ loved straight up White trash/non-aristocrat Jack Burns 1909-1975 & always recounted Burns/Dan Inouye in enacting blockbuster 1964 Civil Rights Act — was LBJ disoriented internally when LBJ exhorted a shocked Humphrey to pick Inouye as Humphrey’s VP choice 1968 Presidential election, or was LBJ correct that our “model minority” AJAs would bridge the hellacious divide b/n Blacks/Whites amid awful urban conflagrations such as Watts/D.C.?? Nonetheless, picking Inouye would’ve been suicide for Humphrey–AJAs only a speck in our population/do you know that metamorphosized Malcolm X was dearest friend of 442 veteran & died in arms of 442 wife when he was murdered by his own Black Muslim thugs??/do you know that Henry Opukahaia [means split belly when Kamehameha the Great's warrior plunged spear in 10 yr. old Henry's back, but spear split the belly of lad Henry's baby brother whom Henry was carrying on Henry's back, killing Henry's baby brother but saving Henry's life], who died a martyr to his Faith, inspired our greatest-ever Congressman, abolitionist Henry Clay of Kentucky, an old curmudgeon over Opu in age, but a soft-hearted baby inside, Clay becoming Abe Lincoln’s inspiration, Lincoln our Great Emancipator/Liberator??/do you know that post-WWII Japan boss Shigeru Yoshida, who was imprisoned by U.S. as Imperial Japan criminal, was keenly-painfully aware that Japan lost its national ID because of its own hubris/megalomania/delusions of grandeur wrought by Hirohito/Tojo, was reminded of such from D.C. by poor peon Okinawan descendant Shokan “Jesse” Shima[bukuro], who was FDR key aide Harry Hopkins’ acolyte, proud alumnus of our Hilo Lyman Boarding School by where today’s Boys/Girls Club is??/etc. Love, –Curt

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To define America’s greatness thruout the long course of world history is to denote our restoration of conquered/vanquished nations such as Japan/Germany, via MacArthur’s redux of Hirohito as non-sun god emperor, & via Marshall Plan. Not since Alexander the Great & Genghis Khan [our Western World unfairly maligns Genghis Khan of Mongolia] has history witnessed such beneficence/wise foreign policy-diplomacy, as you see in our restoration of Japan/Germany post-WWII. Yes, mere high school graduate Give’um Hell Harry Truman is our salt of the earth wunderking a la Biblical Gideon. Yikes! Love, -Curt

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Malcolm X self-actualized/transcended amid being outted by his Black Muslim org, which is how he found comfort/affinity w/442 “beat all odds” morale booster. To me, Malcolm X saw a universal class/world struggle for equality, vs. a more provincial home-based effort by MLKing to win over middle class Whites in America. In this sense, Malcolm X was more advanced in consciousness than an also-evolving MLK, who not long before MLK was gunned down, was isolated from mainstream moderates/centrists by MLK’s opposition to our VNWar. Tragically, both men were assassinated BEFORE mid-life, before their devotion to humanity/the world could be fulfilled, but in their martyrdom we try to pick up the pieces & ensure that MX/MLK did not die in vain. As one keen everyday observer lamented, African-American former college star athlete, he thought that MLK was going to be Robert Kennedy’s VP choice. Great vision/high hopes!! Aren’t these what America is all about?? Land of opportunity for everyone, regardless of race/religion/ancestral origin! Barack Obama’s Presidency shows that MX/MLK did NOT die in vain!! Neither did Bobby Kennedy die in vain, nor JFK, for they facilitated Catholic Irish/Poles/Italians/etc. to reach for the stars/nothing is impossible to overcome/achieve. Love, –Curt

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Steere Noda [in honor of former great Punahou athlete/Big 5 member/altruist Fred Steere] was a tag-along on boss Joe Lightfoot’s coattail, not because of Noda, but because of Englishman Fred Kinzaburo Makino, Queen’s Jubilee ethnic affinity w/Englishman-naturalized U.S. citizen Joe Lightfoot. To Noda’s credit, Noda as later solon addressed his fellow buddaheads with sensitivity/empathy. Noda’s daughter Lily Yajima makes too much of her dad [understandably], but even in baseball, Asahi sun-god is Jimmy Moriyama [1st buddahead as Stateside pro prospect], not Noda. Noda was Hongwanji inaugural prep grad, perfect supplicant for Makino’s/Lightfoot’s crusade to perpetuate Japanese language schools, won by Makino/Lightfoot in U.S. Supreme Court. Makino had materially rewarding de facto law practice, which he kept separate from his SO very public so-called struggling Hochi newspaper. Frugal Englishman. For Makino’s language school court victory, Army Intelligence chief in Hawai’i George Patton [yes, Battle of the Bulge] mid-1930s targeted Makino as detainee if war broke out U.S. vs. Japan. W/FBI Bob Shivers’ arrival here pre-WWII, Patton’s “hit list” was shelved as an anachronism. Makino made deal w/Shivers to have Makino’s Hochi [current euphemism Herald] be organ for FBI to disseminate propaganda to Issei immigrant population. Which is how Hilo’s Kiyo Okubo averted internment, though detained for a couple of weeks after 12/7/41. Twist is that thanks to UH genesis/godfather/Big 5 legal pundit Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 [same generation as Walt Dillingham 1875-1963, FDR's point man at Pearl Harbor, as Merchant St. godfather-altruist Frank Atherton of C&C 1878-1945], FBI boss Shivers softened up on us buddaheads, actually took in 442 Herb Isonaga’s later wife Sue Kobatake as Shivers’ hanai daughter [Shivers didn't have kids], took in Patton’s hit list target Masaji Marumoto as Shivers’ protege, & became our buddaheads’ greatest ally to avert wholesale internment/ethnic cleansing. Jesus incarnate Charles Hemenway turned Shivers around to see how loyal we buddaheads were to U.S. Hemenway brought Hemenway’s hanai sons Hung Wai Ching/Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida [Hemenway's son Charley died tragically as teenager] to Shivers, & it meant all the difference in the world, transforming Shivers from anti-buddahead to pro-buddahead. Makino gets undeserved plaudits as buddahead savior — not so, Makino [like vassal Okubo] just a WWII footnote/asterisk, as in *newspaper organ of FBI. Sadly, indomitable U.S. patriot Yasutaro Soga of Makino’s rival Nippu Jiji newspaper gets interned duration of WWII. Englishman outspoken Makino’s ancestry CYA ["covered your a__"]. Again, Joe Farrington’s trinity of greatest apostle Hung Wai Ching [genesis of 100th/442--averted mass internment of buddaheads]/100th morale officer who went to the front lines w/our boys–Kats Kometani/442-MIS leader Masaji Marumoto-later Supreme Ct. justice — had gigantic positive impact on course of history in Hawai’i. Yes, Statehood Joe was former Gov. Wallace Farrington’s son, Star-Bulletin scion, but Joe was grassroot like Charles Hemenway/Frank Atherton/work in progress from bigot to buddahead savior Walt Dillingham, all Social Gospel apostles [New England roots], along w/antecedent Rev. Bill Westervelt, who’s known as greatest early translator of Haw’n folkore into English language, but whose untold providential legacy among buddaheads is as our buddahead messiah upon our arrival/adaptation in Hawai’i over a century ago. Oh yes, Hilo Waiakea-Shinmachi’s greatest American patriot Tom Okino [State 442 prexy Uncle Willy Okino Thompson's uncle], I’m proud to say, also is on Gen. Patton’s “hit list” of detainees. Stigma of valor in my opinion. Love, –Curt

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GOP Uncle Hiram Fong? A most understated solon!! Hiram’s nephew is Hilo “Living Legend” [cultural treasure] Robert “Steamy” Chow [Kau Yook] born 1922. Hiram is alumnus of our most celebrated high school class in Hawai’i history, McKinley High 1924 [w/Hung Wai Ching/Chinn Ho/Masaji Marumoto/etc.]. Yet, millionaire developer Hung Wai/baby brother Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996 [also millionaire developer] had Masaji Marumoto do their legal work [Chinese no can trust each udda!! ] — not totally true — Hung Wai had buddy Hiram do some legal work, just as Hung Wo had fellow Chinese Bill Richardson do some legal work!! Yet, Chinn Ho had Mats Takabuki do Chinn Ho’s legal work!! Full story is that Chinn Ho needed Mats to get NYC/Wall St. financing for Chinn Ho’s mega-projects/Burns sent Mats to NYC/Wall St. to bring investment moguls to Hawai’i!! Uncle Hiram was longtime territorial solon godfather who got beaten in the 1954 Dem “Diet” [as Charles Kauhane derisively called Dan Inouye's gang a la Japan parliament], but who rose from the ashes to win inaugural U.S. Senate seat 1959 Statehood. No, Uncle Hiram did not impact history so dramatically as McKinley High classmate Hung Wai Ching did. But Hiram was steady/progressive all thruout Hiram’s political career, a GOP fiscal conservative/a social progressive who liked to say he championed the Civil Rights Act. Hiram offered to share insights w/new GOP Gov. Bill Quinn 1959-1962, but imperious/”know it all” Quinn rebuffed Hiram. Hiram always was close to Jack Burns, & Quinn’s 1959 rejection of Hiram’s offer to assist Quinn catapulted Hiram to Burns 1962 [quietly]. Typecast, but in surround stereo, Hiram was your prototype Chinese individualist, not the mover of mountains/history that indelible little jesus Hung Wai Ching was outside ‘Iolani Palace [territorial legislature] & outside Capitol Hill. Yes, Hiram/Hung Wai were schoolboy/adult pals, but Hiram was consumed w/Hiram’s own elective office/political career, while Hung Wai manifestly was Statehood Joe Farrington’s Kingmaker [Joe the most powerful politician in the Haw'n Islands as Delegate to Congress 1942-1954 died in office]. One thing about Dan Inouye. Uncle Hiram went livid that “understudy” Inouye backstabbed Hiram by almost getting Inouye’s pick Cecil Heftel to beat Hiram for U.S. Senate 1970, which is why traditionalist/chivalrous Hiram refused to have Inouye accompany Hiram as protocol demands during Hiram’s investiture walk into the Senate. Which is another reason my GOP Dad couldn’t stand Inouye — Inouye acts like Inouye’s sh_t don’t stink. After GOP godfather Joe Farrington died 1954, the only 2 GOPs who were around a decade later were GOP mayor Rusty Blaisdell/GOP U.S. Senator Hiram L. Fong. Of course, Rusty decided to back down from upending longtime athletic peer Burns for Gov. 1966, figuring that Burns would beat Rusty [Burns' neighbor islands' ILWU clout][revisionists say that Burns allegedly duped Rusty into staying out of Gov. race on assurance that Burns would appoint Rusty to Bishop Estate trusteeship]. By 1968, Rusty retired as mayor [didn't want to scrap mayoral foe/ruthless Frank Fasi], awaited appointment as Bishop Estate trustee by Burns, but Burns instead appointed Hung Wai’s baby brother, Burns financier-money man Hung Wo Ching. Rusty was finished/dusted off in politics from then on, & died in 1975 of a fatal stroke 1902-1975 [7 months after Burns died of cancer]. Hiram Fong retired in the next election after squeaking by Heftel. Now the whole State was Inouye’s oyster. Love, –Curt

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Do you know that our Territorial solons a century ago considered Mt. View Puna as the prime location for our new UH campus with its emphasis on ag science? Partly because of Ben Dillingham’s & Lorrin A. Thurston’s influences [via Ben's Hilo Railroad Co. which serviced the Puna district & via Lorrin's investments in Ola'a Sugar Co./Kapoho Sugar Co./Pahoa's lumber mill], & partly because of our leading East Hawai’i territorial solons who wanted to develop their constituents’ Hilo & Puna districts, our Territorial legislature seriously considered Mt. View Puna as the ag mecca for learning, before choosing Manoa with its lush verdant flora/ag crucibles of rainfall-soil-convenient site. Aloha, –Curt

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Oh boy, raconteur Doc Hill 1890-1970 reminds me of an eccentric ole’ professor typecast whose mid-scalp from front to rear is shiny bald but got bushes of hair off to each side over the ears. Actually, Doc as a young man was very handsome/virile. Doc not doctor, but sold reading glasses. Why reprise Doc Hill? You know that Doc owned most of businesses along Shinmachi’s Punahoa St. where today’s Kamehameha Statue is. Punahoa St. got nearly as wide as Kam Ave. because of Doc Hill. You know that Doc’s hi maka maka wife Ouida posed in a bikini at age 90 for our local publication. Well, before Doc got Punahoa St. widened for Doc’s auspicious Coca Cola Bottling Co. [that saved hundreds of lives in the 1946 tsunami via its multi-storied concrete bldg.], we DID have our bordellos strung like cosmetic pearls along Punahoa dirt lane, including but not limited to White Picket Fence diagonally across from today’s Kamehameha Statue in Hilo Iron Works Bldg. direction, & not far from it on same makai side of Punahoa lane was Green Roof [pertinently, White Picket Fence had haole Johns, Green Roof had sakadas/Flips, who were outlawed from bringing P.I. wives/families to Hawai'i]. Farther down toward today’s DLNR aquatics tanks was ubiquitous Mango Tree [mango tree not there anymore], which closed up before ’46 tsunami [WWII ended], & its long bldg. cut into 2 segments & relocated to Panaewa [along today's Kanoelehua Ave. by E. Palai St. area]. Shinmachi [the only town w/a Japanese name in the Haw'n Islands] district was between today’s Kamehameha Statue & the Hilo Iron Works bldg. But Doc Hill, always covetous of buddahead workers under his diverse portfolio of businesses [2nd generation buddaheads, being citizens born/raised here, could vote], co-opting the dramatic increase in buddaheads in our voting population, was our most akamai/discerning politician who always got buddaheads to vote for him, especially post-WWII when 2nd generation buddaheads came of age/peaked. Thence, it’s no coincidence that Doc Hill was the baron of Punahoa St. in the heart of Shinmachi. But before Doc engaged in “urban renewal” of Punahoa St., Punahoa dirt lane was called “Mameya” lane [as in beans/seeds/CREATION, which twistedly referred to wahine loin central, not men's sperm], for its diverse bordellos [Wailoa/Waiolama ponds denoted serenity for pre- & current WWII Johns, ergo R & R], being that Punahoa was in the most affordable district in central Hilo. Well, lore is that one day Oida came a lookin’ for her Doc, & Doc [never a great athlete] probably would’ve beaten sprint champ Doro Takeda that day, supposedly leaving only a trail of dust behind him as he scrambled out the picket fence. Yikes! Love, –Curt

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Oh, the so-called “heiau”/rise that you see today if you go beeline from Kamehameha Statue along Punahoa St. toward today’s DLNR “fish tanks” by Hilo Iron Works, are the residue of the rubble of Coca Cola Bottling bldg. Why DLNR parks division left such residue/hump is beyond me, maybe to honor [secretly] the Coca Cola bldg. that saved hundreds of lives in the 1946 tsunami. Okay, the bordello ladies were outside haoles, not local girls. Butcher Lane off Kumu St. had the “Cottage” bordello [Why are these bordellos by Waiolama canal? To empty effluent into the water], for Puerto Rican/Filipino Johns. Where Nihon restaurant is today by Isles Landing had “Red Light” for Japanese/Oriental men. Off Mamo St. on Punahoa St. segment [today's farmers market] had “Mameya” for Filipino men. Lore is that buddahead baron His Hisanaga [Hisago casino fame in middle of Ice Pond by Hukilau Hotel] was our Lordness of Mameya enterprise. Sam Boyd had nothing to do w/operations other than being relegated to bingo games via His’ innocuous earning arm. Love, –Curt

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Yes, His[akichi] Hisanaga’s baby girl/daughter, Yukie Ichikawa now long in the tooth, was exulting about her storybook/fairy tale life as a little society bon bon. Credit His Hisanaga for nouveau high manners. Love, –Curt

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No, Sam Boyd was 20 yrs. younger than Hisanaga, so Hisanaga wasn’t going to throw Boyd into Ice Pond. Boyd was brought along right, & learned his ropes well under savvy Hisanaga. Love, –Curt

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Gatz, asking if there’s any link/synergy between Doc Hill & Hisakichi Hisanaga [after all, they were exactly the same age] isn’t historic like the symbiosis between gigantic alltime positive destiny-makers Hung Wai Ching & Jack Burns. Nonetheless, yes, but not what you think. Pepe’ekeo-born Hisakichi [among earliest-born 2nd generation AJAs] helped Doc w/legal docs/translation b/n Japanese/English [Hisa was noted interpreter/district court barrister], & helped Doc w/start-up of eyewear sales. Let’s face it, Hisa was the most generous benefactor among early buddaheads. In turn, Doc referred colleagues to Hisa for court translations/etc. No, Hisa had nothing to do w/Ouida Hill. She was a meanie, man. GOP boss Doc actually gave Hisa immense positive exposure/connections among haole aristocracy/Big 5. Yes, Doc/Hisa had a mutually beneficial relationship. Hisa was a great athlete/baseballer, & bankrolled our elitist JAC [Japanese Athletic Club], which looked down at Waiakea’s furyoshonen/roughriders. Because of such class bigotry between Hisa’s rich central Hilo AJAs [including baseballers Sanji Abe's Mamo St. monopoly/Barney Fujimoto's HPM location in the heart of JAC turf, Kam/Pi'opi'o St. area] & Waiakea’s low-class street urchins/fishermen progeny, Waiakea’s new Pirates 1923 vowed to beat the living daylights out of Hisa’s JAC boys who then reloaded as our new “Asahi” ballclub. Truth be told, Waiakea’s new Pirates [Taffy Okamura/Tommy Kaulukukui] eventually did beat the living daylights out of the new Asahi club [former JAC gang]. Of course, Doc stayed out of the internecine fray. Punahoa St. kept beckoning him [for legit business!!] . No, don’t ask me about Mameya & question of insider transactions. Love, -Curt

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To show you the kind of guy Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 was, Scrub got Pundy Yokouchi’s Arts Council to give $50Gs toward erection of the majestic Kamehameha Statue on Punahoa St. off of Kamehameha Ave. Scrub didn’t want to be recognized as the enabler toward this money. He said this one’s for Hawaiians. Scrub’s name is not on the plaque beneath the great statue. Untold hero Scrub. Love,-Curt

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Is Ehren Watada another Hanoi Jane [Fonda]? No. Watada wanted to fight in Afghanistan, not Iraq, which he considered to be Bush’s ploy/neo-colonialism-imperialism. Conversely, Fonda plunked herself in a NVN anti-aircraft battery, something Watada would revile against [giving aid/comfort to the enemy]. Fonda spirited herself thru line of American POWs, blazing propaganda piece for Ho Chi Minh, which Watada would find unspeakably treasonous vs. U.S. No, Watada is NOT Hanoi Jane Fonda. Will our 442 ever regard Watada as emblematic of what Americanism is all about, to do what’s right, not what’s expedient, as is the case with positive exemplar Eric Shinseki, nephew of 442 veteran [Eric always backdrops photo ops w/keepsake of 442 pride such as 442 patch]? No. Our 442 are crusty ole’ ganko/boneheads, who lynchpin Watada as elite officer who volunteered & took oath to serve/protect our country, regardless of merit of war. To our 442 curmudgeons, Watada betrayed our country & our AJAs, reversing ALL that our 442 boys had died for, to give our AJAs equal footing with White America. NO, you won’t see Watada as honored guest at the few remaining 442 functions for the last of our “mohicans” who still are alive. Inasmuch the 442 Sons/Daughters blindly follow our wagamama/self-attentive 442 originals/replacements, you won’t see Watada honored either at our Sansei Sons/Daughters fetes. I hope that our 2 TRUE leaders, not the cosmetic Sons/Daughters, upend our anachronistic thinking & rebuke supplication that you see today with our ostentatious Sansei props, our 2 leaders who will wayfind into the heart of this 21st century, being Shari Tamashiro born 1972 [KCC cybraran] & Alvin Yoshitomi born 1956 [442 archivist]. Love, –Curt

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So when long-haired hip Japan prime minister Koizumi visited Yasukuni Shrine [Japan national war cemetery/memorial] as other Japan prime ministers had done before & since, aren’t such visits to remind him/us that Tojo’s militarism should not redux again, in light of all the KIAs [the common people always suffer the most] who died in vain?? Love, –Curt

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Father of modern U.S. Navy Alfred Mahan 1840-1914 spawned expansionist/militarist Teddy Roosevelt. Yet Mahan was not adept at actual command of a ship. He was a grand strategist, not a tactical ship boss. Just the same, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was an adept administrator [post-WWII Japan restoration], more so than as a field commander [P.I./South Pacific/Korea]. Had MacArthur gone into China during the Korean War, President Truman would have been faced w/WWIII [Soviet Union/China vs. U.S./Free World]. MacArthur demanded surrender from China over President Truman’s gag order vs. mutinous MacArthur. Undeniably, highly educated MacArthur belittled President Truman’s highest level of education — high school. President Truman had no choice but to fire MacArthur as boss of the U.S. Far East Command. MacArthur had revoked the cardinal rule of democracy — governance by freely elected sovereign, not governance by military fiat. MacArthur went into permanent seclusion upon his return to the U.S., despite his famous refrain, “Old soldiers don’t die, they just fade away.” [Soldiers always return to defend our great Nation] –Love, -Curt

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So the other day I asked my friend Mike why he was a VNW draft resister [our 442 gizzards say draft dodger], Mike bellowed, “You want me to pick up an M-16 [standard issue automatic rapid fire weapon] & kill an enemy soldier for some kind of patriotic reason I cannot even figure out? Ask our combat veterans what they figured out about the Vietnam War — we propped up a puppet regime in South Vietnam by standing on the bodies of our American soldiers [KIAs] — too high a price to pay for terminal propaganda!! I worship my brothers who gave up their lives as fighting Americans — they’re true patriots — but I defy our Red Scare Presidents who got us into a war that could’ve been averted by way of sensible diplomacy. The French lost [Dien Bien Phu], then we lost a political war [Tit for Tat bombing retaliation vs. NVN].” –Curt

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Do you know that left-wing anti-war protestor Jim Albertini born 1946 [Villanova U alumnus] adores cantankerous 442 veteran Isamu Kanekuni born 1921??!! Isamu dismisses Jim, saying to Jim’s face [eyeball to eyeball], “Yeah, you protest but you offer no practical solutions!!” Jim gets titillated over Isamu’s rejection with a smile on Isamu’s face. Jim gets nowhere with Isamu, smile on Isamu’s face or not, in my opinion. Better for Jim to ASK questions of Isamu, not to argue with Isamu [both guys have smiles on their faces when they repartee]. Isamu is representative of post-1920 born AJAs — repudiatory, be it tradition [rebuke older pre-1920 born AJAs who chose co-optation by haole Big 5 vs. annihilation by Big 5, AJA weakness being schooling only up to 8th grade for pre-1920 born AJAs] or later upending of the status quo via rebels like Jim Albertini. Isamu does NOT titillate me. I ASK questions of him. I don’t argue with him. To argue with Isamu is like posturing over who got the bigger phallus/dick!! Senseless. Love, –Curt

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Do you know that handsome John Garfield half-Portuguese/half Uchinanchu Earl Arakaki has NEVER been featured/interviewed by our ubiquitous buddahead newspaper Hawaii Herald? Earl is the only so-called buddahead who sees Haw’n separatists for what they are, — bigots. Love, –Curt

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Among our best-ever local baseball pitchers is Honomu’s Tommy Ishigo born 1944, our amazing “Boy Wonder” who pitched our Big Island all-stars to the State AJA title [men's tournament] as a just-turned 17 yr. old neophyte. Nothing like it ever happened before or since. Tommy, a man of great equanimity [like his dad Hideo Ishigo born 1913, still looking chipper for his age], has imparted Tommy’s “wisdom of the ages” to his loving son Corey, who just coached Kailua High on O’ahu to the State prep title game. Corey is more demonstrative than Tommy, and has Tommy’s erudite knowhow. You know what Corey does after a game? Calls his dad Tommy & asks, “Dad, you think [pitcher] better to come in for short relief?” Now this is validation!! Great leadership passed on down to the next generation!! Grooming for great leadership!! Let me share with you a kawai sona/very sad event that happened in the past — so-called ignorant dad tells his son from the stands, “Uncle so&so promises to give you $___ if you hit a homerun!!” Unbeknownst to the coach, the kid goes for the long ball & doesn’t even make it to first base. The coach is bewildered by the player’s sudden change of form. This is where the coach can benefit from observers who have the players’ best interests at heart. The coach later finds out about ignorant dad. The coach hugs the player but implores that the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” that it’s team-first, not “me-first,” even though the player was too captive to such a sudden turn of fortune. In the coach’s wisdom, he didn’t tell his player about finding out about the player’s ignorant dad. Fixed games/diving are extensions of self-dealing. Grooming for great leadership. Tommy Ishigo & son Corey, great positive exemplars!! Love, –Curt

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To Parson who reprised the hysteria vs. Matthew Shepard, the lines to “HE” by the McGuire Sisters say it all, “HE can turn the tide, and calm the angry sea, HE alone decides who writes a symphony.” Love, -Curt

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The Memorial Hospital photo is of the old ancillary staff [out-of-State nurses/etc.] bldg. complex mauka of our current Hilo Medical Center, as part of the old Memorial Hospital functions that were merged in 1961 into the 1951 TB hospital. Our Pu’u Maile TB home also was situated east of where our old NAS complex was in the old airport area after both our 1946 tsunami & 1947 storm waves damaged our utility connections at our Keaukaha Pu’u Maile Hospital 1939-1947. Thence our old NAS area also included our Pu’u Maile TB home 1946-1951. If you wonder why “Japtown” Machida lane/Onekahakaha & our Nakagawa complex at “4 miles” are in the heart of Keaukaha, these sites PRECEDE our 1921 Hawaiian Homes Act. At “4 miles” on the makai side of the old shore road where the old rock wall juts out into the cove, former Demosthenes Cafe [George Lycurgus' brother, who moved back to Greece][where today's Lycurgus bldg. is mauka of Koehnen bldg. area] workers Soper Nishimoto/Tom Asayama opened their Seaside Club in 1915, which was sold to Harry Nakagawa in 1926, which was totally destroyed by the 1946 tsunami [Dickie Furtado had restaurant operation there in 1946]. The Nakagawas then relocated across the street to today’s current Seaside Restaurant site. –Curt

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The best promontory to see the beauty of Hilo & its majestic bay is not at Homelani Cemetery [where angels gather] but at Ha’aheo School in Wainaku. Understandably, Ha’aheo is for Kamehameha the Great’s declaration to his maka’ainana [commoners/field workers] that where today Ha’aheo School stands is where Kamehameha the Great took greatest pride [ha'aheo] in their taro plantings done in a single day! Mahalo, –Curt

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Retired Baptist minister Richard Uejo born 1925, born/raised on Kaua’i with classmate/Filipino leader Domingo Los Banos, resides with his lovely wife Sue at our Hilo Veterans Home below Hilo Medical Center. Richard is a WWII Army veteran, & volunteered his time from 1961 to 2008 [47 yrs.] as chaplain at KMC in Volcano. So when I’m asked why Richard is at Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home, I say this is America’s way of saying arigato to Richard for Richard’s nearly 50 yrs. of manuahi/volunteer service to our men/women in uniform up at Volcano’s KMC. Yes, Richard never received a dime for such devotion to our Nation, wear/tear on his beat up old jalopy/gas money notwithstanding. Love, –Curt

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Yes, 442 Purple Heart veteran Hoxie Nagami used to be wheeled all around Hilo town via wheelchair by his gang of bruddahs, including what really were 2 Medal of Honor fellas in acknowledged quiet hero Yukio Okutsu [Veterans Home named after him] & fellow F Co. great soldier Wataru Kohashi born 1922. Did I tell you what sent chills up the hospital nurses’ spines the nite Hoxie died 9 yrs. ago? Hoxie had been bed-ridden for a number of yrs. & unable to speak because of strokes. Then in the dead of the nite the nurses hear Hoxie scream, “Wataru, Wataru, come get me, come get me!!” You see, bloodied/wounded Hoxie was dying in the foxhole 55 yrs. before, & he called out for his childhood pal F Co. Wataru, “Wataru, Wataru, come get me, come get me!!” Wataru did save Hoxie from certain death [lost lots of blood]. The hospital called Wataru in the dead of nite to “come get Hoxie,” but Hoxie had passed on to our Great Father in the SKY just before Wataru got to the hospital. For a man Hoxie who was “terminally mute” for yrs., out of nowhere to scream for his bosom band of brothers, namely Wataru, inspires staffers till this day about the power of Love. –Curt

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Richard Uejo born 1925 U.S. Army 1944, marches in formation at boot camp. The drill sgt. shouts cadence as the buck privates respond in return. F words/epithets mount the rhythm/mood of the march, via staccato timbre. After the march is over, the huge drill sgt. comes over to stoic/tiny Richard & asks him, “Private, what’s your problem? I don’t see you shouting with enthusiasm when we march. Hell, I don’t see you even opening your mouth when we march! What’s your problem?!” Richard looks squarely but sincerely at his much older drill sgt. & chafes, “Drill Sgt., I don’t have to use profanity to be a good soldier, don’t I??!!” Drill sgt. looked quickly at Richard’s eyes, swivelled 180 degrees, & walked away quickly. Richard then thought, “Oh my goodness, now I’ve gone & done it [gotten myself written up/reprimanded]!!” Amazingly, nothing happened — until just when boot camp ended, the base chaplain paid a visit to Richard’s bunk/locker, where the base chaplain slowly asked Richard, “Son, our Chaplains Corps are looking for a few good men who will do our Corps proud. Your Sgt. told me you’re what we need. I ask you to join us today. Shall I escort you to our quarters? The war [WWII] has taken the best of our men & we need young men like you to continue our mission [comfort the soldiers].” Richard was dumb-founded, then respectfully told the base chaplain, “Sir, I thank you for the honor of your asking me to join your Corps. But I ask to decline, because I promised my parents that I would be a fine soldier, an infantryman, not a chaplain’s aide. Thank you, but I’ll remember your honored request till the day I die!” Chappie nodded, thanked Richard for Richard’s brief time with Chappie, & welcomed Richard into the Chaplains Corps at any time in the future. Yes, to answer your query, this brief interlude inspired Richard into the later ministry, where he served with great sensitivity, indulgence, & leadership, till his legs no longer held up, thence his residence at fittingly named Okutsu Veterans Home. Why? Yuki Okutsu/Pastor Uejo are former Kaua’i boys!! Oh, one more thing — Richard keeps talking about the wonderful chaplain who paid a visit to see Richard at Richard’s barrack bunk/locker. I pointedly told Richard, “A, brah, the hero is your drill sgt., NOT the base chaplain! Your drill sgt. had the immense foresight and wisdom to see your strengths. Instead of getting ticked off by you, this great great drill sgt. saw the big picture, & figured that a fearless hombre like you is what our boys on the front lines needed. This ole’ drill sgt. probably went thru hell of war & saw you for who you are — fearless by Faith, brah’. Yeah, you talkin’ about the wrong guy. Give all the credit in the world to the drill sgt. who didn’t smack you one at that time!” Love, –Curt

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How did we end up with 2 non-contiguous Hilo veterans cemeteries, Nos. 1 & 2??! The good side: Credit 442 Rusty Kamimura’s gang for getting the ball rolling to have a first class veterans cemetery No. 1. Contractors Norman Koshiyama/SK Oda & CC Kennedy’s widow Laura Vestal Kennedy really were on the ball for our 442 boys overall [incl. our AJA hall off Haihai St.], & they deserve plaudits galore!! Anyway, Rusty’s gang wanted to expand our cemetery no. 1 [Homelani memorial park area] due north in the Hamakua direction. But our own insider 442′s John Ushijima had other ideas [re: surrounding landowners] & quashed extending our cemetery no. 1 due north. So after yrs. of advocacy to expand our veterans cemetery, Rusty’s gang finally got cemetery no. 2 [above today's Boys/Girls Club site], disjointedly in reality a half mile away from cemetery no. 1. So come Veterans Day/Memorial Day, what you gonna’ do? Criss cross by car for ceremonies?? Access roads are on opposite sides of this land district, not confluent/the same. Yikes!! Love, -Curt

Cahill’s book is not the definitive history on Shipman. Shipman had a lot more on the ball than Cahill gives the family credit for. Bill Walter is not a historian, but a family businessman. Ever since Papa Herbert Shipman died over 3 decades ago, Shipman’s operation has gone from aloha to cost-benefit bottom line. The times, they are a changin’. You haven’t seen the whole story of the immense jesus incarnate Shipman ohana. Incredible altruists. Love, –Curt

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May I add that when our Territory was looking to develop/expand what are today known as our Waiakea Houselots, the Shipmans graciously [but also pragmatically] worked with our officials to ensure plentiful/affordable grassroot home ownership that our Territory had envisioned. Bill Walter is not aware of this. And our Kona beneficence from our Shipman ohana? Extraordinary. Again, Bill Walter, family executive, is not aware of Martin Pence’s enablement via the Shipmans to ensure quality life for everyone, both high & low. I knew Emmett Cahill like the back of my hand. Emmett was not the “historian” that Bill Walter pumps him up to be. I’m not jealous, just giving Bill Walter another vantage point/opinion on the exceptional Social Gospel of the Shipmans. Bill Walter is not from that epoch. Love, –Curt

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May I share with you Providential Herbert Shipman? Our Puna Hongwanji gang always paid homage to Herb’s family ancestral graves. When Rich Imai born 1910 on behalf of Puna Hongwanji asked Herb for Hongwanji to purchase Shipman land that Hongwanji church stood on, Papa Herbert told Rich, “Son, you’re like family to me. I never forgot how you pay respect to my family. I’ve let your church rent our property almost for free. For good reason. You treat my family with great honor. So I’ll sell you the property for dollar and love, okay?” Yikes!! Bill Walter would cringe at this “give-away.” Today’s world is so different from Papa Herbert’s world. My greatest/most loving uncle is Solomon Kauinui, Papa Herbert’s ranchhand, full Hawaiian from Kona [nicknamed Uncle "Kona"], who eloped with my Dad’s baby sister Chiyoko, & made a storybook settling down w/wife Chiyoko & cadre of kids at Haena. So it’s not like I don’t know Bill Walter, or over-hyped Emmett Cahill, for that matter. Bill’s a good man, but he’s no Herbert Shipman. Love, –Curt

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Do you know that solon/altruist OT Shipman, Papa Herb’s uncle, was our GENESIS Democrat?? Yes, David Kawananakoa presciently wanted a win-win result by having brother Kuhio go GOP & David go Democrat, so that no matter which side won, a Hawaiian would be elected. Unlike Wilcox anomaly Home Rule Party, that had no link to a broader base such as Stateside Dems/GOP, on this island OT Shipman had the foresight/vision to do right in this fleeting life, instead of doing the expedient/convenient [such as joining Shipman's putative Oligarch GOP]. I know that today’s Shipman outfit w/its family leaders Bill Walter/Tom English has this Israeli-like garrison mentality because Lili’u overthrower Thurston married Shipman. But first, Lili’u was the most divisive & selfish head of state — she provoked such violent reaction, though cooler leaders like Maui’s Baldwin tried to allay Thurston’s lightning rod behavior, to no avail [Thurston himself was a hot-headed punk like Lili'u]. This publicized mess in yesterday’s Star-Bulletin that you see between Lili’u/Kuhio tells you that to both of these ingrates, money is god. Second, Thurston himself had enormous good qualities — he’s our greatest conservationist [today's HVNP is another name for beneficent Thurston] & our greatest leader who balanced economic progress with ecological conservation. Don’t buy revisionists/separatists who give you black and white. We’re all sinners living in gray. Problem w/Bill Walter’s outfit is that it’s so paranoid about Thurston vs. separatists, it exacerbates the ignorance among us everyday folks. Bill Walter is a nice local boy, born/raised in laid-back Hilo, not an outside haole who doesn’t know any better about us everyday folks. Point is that above & beyond “commissioned” Cahill’s propaganda piece about TODAY’s Shipman outfit, Cahill was completely clueless that OT/Herb & ancestors were our GREATEST altruists, not simply caring, but THE MOST CARING!! As in to the ‘-NTH DEGREE. Love, –Curt

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May I share with you the point about not judging a book by its cover? Afghanistan combat veteran/paratrooper Isaac Nahakuelua born 1981, tells Aunty Patience Namaka Bacon that Isaac is part Japanese [Hirowatari from Laupahoehoe], though the Japanese side shunned the Hawaiian side of its family ["out of race"], when Isaac painted in oil on canvas a portrait inspired by Patience Namaka Bacon. She tells Isaac that she is Japanese ethnicity [orphaned because her parents died in influenza epidemic, Pat born 1920]. She was adopted by Mary Kawena Pukui & knows nothing about her biological ethnic roots. So one day she gets asked to speak to Japanese-speaking visitors. She doesn’t know Japanese!! Pat is among our greatest Hawaiian cultural treasures, as is her deceased adopted mother Mary Kawena Pukui, aka Mary Wiggin [yes, hapa-haole]. Never judge a book by its cover. Oh, one final quip. I first met Isaac at the former Ishigo bakery. Isaac is the handsomest Haw’n you’ll ever see. Girls go nuts over him. Anyway, I see him garrison mentality/guard up talking about Hawaiian sovereignty at this quaint roadside cafe now owned by the Edmoundsons. I tell myself, this bugga get balls. I wasn’t into his topic, I was looking at who he is inside. So I tell him separatists ain’t gonna force me off the ‘aina that is my only home I ever knew. Well, he gave me the 3rd degree look, I laughed, & we’ve been friends ever since!! Love, –Curt

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Diversity of views?? Two names come to mind. Jerryl Mauhili has a nimble/engaging mind & always is instructive by example. I especially focus on Jerryl’s sum-up of his entrepreneurship, & on his maturity via his own sense of mortality/biological clock. Barbara Hale [not Helene Hale, but as in Isaac Hale Park, Isaac her deceased/KIA brother-in-law] is a walking encyclopedia who’s put it [knowledge] all together into a cohesive whole. Never mind the so-called bad press she got vs. her former boss Emily Naeole. I like Barbara’s holistic attitude in life — for example, yes, our Congregational missionaries set foot in the Hawaiian Islands a year AFTER Kuhina Nui Ka’ahumanu abolished ancient Kapu, but our missionaries should’ve reciprocated with our Hawaiian people instead of hoarding/being Scrooge in a twisted sense of personal salvation with God. Congregational frugality to the -NTH degree!! Love, –Curt

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And before you prejudge the person, may I add that our own Gabby Pahinui was dismissed as the loud drunk by our own older ethnic Hawaiian neighbors!! Backyard jammin’ didn’t have unanimous approval among Hawaiian folks. And Bruddah’ Iz?? As no greater authority than Genoa Keawe intoned, Iz was destructive before older bruddah’ Skippy died. But Skippy’s death transformed Iz to love one, love all, as Iz felt Skippy would have it. Love, –Curt

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John Tsukano wrote the greatest book on the 100th/442nd titled “Bridge of Love” that initially left his boys skeptical of his motives, inasmuch John was a former champion swimmer for Maui’s Soichi Sakamoto, & not tabbed as an “intellectual” by his fellow AJAs. Nonetheless, after spending his whole life savings [John a sportsman promoter with Ralph Yempeku/Richard Pablo Chinen--yes, our Pablo for whom Hilo Civic Auditorium is named] on his research for his book, John’s book is the most thorough & complete history of the AJA warriors. See, the sad thing about our 442 boys born after 1920 is that they are status trippers/social climbers because they pride themselves as Horatio Alger types who picked up themselves by the bootstraps [their high school diplomas made them impetuous--diploma equivalent to college degree back then]. The loss w/such self-infatuated notion is that the silent disciples of “everybody’s equal” such as John Tsukano & Earl Finch are displaced by show-offs like John Ushijima, who, as Lincoln Wrecker qtbk. was hit hard by Waiakea-Uka’s Joe Inamine [great boxer Paul Inamine's baby bruddah'--Paul killed in Pearl Harbor attack] & sent to the hospital for cracked leg, compliments of our Uka Uchinanchu. Twist is that I have lovely photo of Joe Inamine/John Ushijima/my Dad on their guitars/’ukes in the battlefields of Europe as this unlikely trio strums to “Hilo my Hometown.” Fittingly, when John Tsukano’s book was published, his 442 boys were shocked that jock John Tsukano was capable of producing the masterpiece for all eternity! My typo error: I meant to say that our 442 forgot prophets Earl Finch AND John Tsukano, not either of them. Thanks, –Curt

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Shokan “Jesse” Shima[bukuro] 1901-2002 is our greatest American Nikkei [person of Japanese ancestry worldwide] for restoring America’s faith in our loyal Issei immigrants & their AJA progeny. Jesse’s nephew Henry Shimabukuro born 1931 of Pi’ihonua is among the 1st ever AJAs/Uchinanchu to ascend up the Air Force Command structure, retiring as Col. though he was up for General, to come back to Pi’ihonua to care for Henry’s ailing mama, who is his biggest inspiration. Henry’s destiny is to restore honor to Henry’s Air Force 2-star Gen. John D. Lavelle 1916-1979, who was demoted from 4-star Gen. in 1972, unprecedented, for trumped-up false charge of unauthorized air strikes in North Vietnam, even though Defense Sec./VP-vetted Mel Laird told Gen. Lavelle in person in 1971 that the rules of engagement require aggressive attack vs. SAM missile sites that could shoot down our jets/air support. Laird commented 2 yrs. ago about 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 Gen. Lavelle during Gen. Lavelle’s 1972 ouster as Vietnam Air Force Commander for unauthorized air strikes. Yet Laird commented 2 yrs. ago that, in Laird’s own words to Air Force Mag, “New orders permitted hitting anti-aircraft installations and other dangerous targets if spotted on their missions, whether they were activated or not.” JCS Chief Thomas Moorer while in Vietnam even personally approved Gen. Lavelle’s request November 8, 1971 to attack MIG airfield at Dong Hoi. Despite such report, Gen. Lavelle was disgraced and demoted in rank from 4-star to 2-star General, unprecedented. Thence, though 35 yrs. too late in 2007, Mel Laird’s confession fully vindicates Gen. Lavelle. Gen. Lavelle, like Gen. Mark Clark & Clark’s 442nd RCT, & like High Command’s Gen. Omar Bradley, our Soldier’s General, ONLY WANTED TO PROTECT HIS MEN/SQUADRON FIGHTERS!! Destroying Sam missiles was necessary to prevent our aircraft from being destroyed/our men from being killed. Gen. Lavelle’s dearest friend & subordinate retired Col. Henry Shimabukuro is destined to vindicate/exonerate Gen. Lavelle & restore honor to Gen. Lavelle & Gen. Lavelle’s family. Air Force Mag published great revelations in the past 4 yrs. about Gen. Lavelle’s utter crucifixion in the name of politics/CYA[cover your ass][every man for himself], from Nixon [who actually wanted to clear Gen. Lavelle but was persuaded that to do so could jeopardize our Paris Peace Talks--Laird didn't want to have fingers pointed at Laird] on down to Saigon command — everyone covered up & expediently fingered Gen. Lavelle, the most caring/compassionate General. “Stir the waters” Biblical but necessary to vindicate our framed-up/crucified Gen. Lavelle. Essentially, God’s covenant w/Abraham entailed God’s promise — “I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who curse you.” God’s chosen ones include Gen. Lavelle, who died in 1979 at age 62 from a fatal heart attack, no doubt triggered by his disgraced termination from the Air Force. Kudos to crusader Henry Shimabukuro for restoring honor to our hero Gen. Lavelle. Henry Shimabukuro/John D. Lavelle are Jesus’ silent disciples. Love, –Curt

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Yes, the ones you don’t hear about in smalltown Hilo who come from/live here might be the most powerful in the world. I politely introduce Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 442 RCT to Henry Shimabukuro born 1931 retired AF Col. SAC as Henry walks by Isamu/me at our local eatery. I tell Isamu, Henry’s a retired officer, AF. Isamu scowls, “I don’t talk to officers!” Yikes!! In turn, I tell a bemused Henry, “Brah, Kanekuni PFC 442 RCT!” Henry instantly drops down on “bended knees” & tells Isamu, “Man, you guys are my heroes!! I worship you!!” Isamu laughs at this almost vaudeville posture. Tells Henry, “Okay, okay, get up, you making me look bad!! We all laughed heartily!! Whoa, then walks by Gen. Lee [Gov. Lingle's appointee], I intro Isamu to Gen. Lee. Gen. Lee doesn’t drop to one knee, but politely salutes Isamu, who stands a foot shorter than Gen. Lee [tall Chinese McKinley High grad '66 or so], a salute that could’ve slapped Isamu one deserved across Isamu’s face had Gen. Lee been any closer to us in proximity. Ha! BTW, JAVA [Japanese American Veterans Assn] boss Terry Shima is Jesse’s Laupahoehoe nephew/Henry’s 1st cousin, based in D.C./Virginia. Terry proud, not earthy/grassroot like Henry & Uncle Jesse. Of course, Terry Georgetown U/foreign diplomat creds, 442 replacement. Love, –Curt

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Terry Shima is JAVA boss & rep for Bronze Star applications for combat veterans WWII. I thank Terry/DoD for issuing Wanderers icon John Yuen’s born 1923 Bronze Star, but doesn’t such award moot out original Bronze Star awardees like Uncly Willy Thompson/Uka Camp 6 “ice in his veins” Haru Henry Oshiro [great boxer/Advertiser Sandra's dad]?? After all, CIB/Distinguished Unit Badge in great fashion/dignity do honor fighting units/those who were exemplary in battle. Why dilute our treasured Bronze Star via such giveaway that JAVA seems to endorse? Boy, Henry Shimabukuro wants to bury his head in the ground after hearing that first cousin Terry Shima[bukuro][Uncle Jesse's nephew] is on nationwide newspaper releases for WWII combat veterans to apply for “gimme” Bronze Star. Yikes!! Love, –Curt

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Yes, Henry Shimabukuro born 1931 is our little jesus who got unprecedented government lease to fee simple conversion for his austere mama Matsu & her Pi’ihonua Camps 3,4,5 laborers/lessees. Henry’s mama Matsu’s Pi’ihonua standard [dream of home ownership] 15 yrs. ago might never be replicated again, amid today’s fiscal downturn. The sugar plantations provided home ownership for their workers, just as Bishop Estate was forced to do so via high court edict, but our grassroot government provision for home ownership is unique/exemplary, inasmuch it rewards century-old+ family lessees w/their dream of owning their lots on which their ancient 1′x12′ “whitewash” crackerbox homes sit [lime to preserve wood--painted maroon--w/batten-wood strip pre-WWII tongue-groove to cover cracks between planks/walls], it averts more recipients on the welfare rolls [displacement would add to gov't handouts], & it increases property tax revenues, inasmuch home ownership has resulted in new/remodeled homes that increase the property values/increase gov’t revenue. If anything, such pride of home ownership behooves HUD/HHA [Pi'ihonua was NOT HUD/HHA but generic State land] to convert housing units from lease to fee simple & stop bleeding gov’t coffers [dependency mentality/syndrome]. Love, –Curt

Paula Helfrich Says:

Aloha Curtis and thanks for the memories … out here in Myanmar it is very difficult to find news of Hawaii — but your great reflections on the past make a huge difference … hope to see you all soon // paula helfrich

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Paula Helfrich would be a fine solon, balanced/even-handed. I applaud her for giving voters a choice. Do you know that at Hilo public schools 75 yrs. ago a practical individualist Chinaman Mr. Ching taught “Common Sense” during homeroom free time? Yes!! Which brings us to President Obama’s pick of Judge Sotomayor, Puerto Rican from the Bronx Projects, for U.S. S.Ct. Justice. Her pick won’t change the political face of the court, w/Justice Kennedy still the swing vote, but what you see are 2 great developments w/her pick: 1) socio-economic diversity, not just rich folks w/inherited wealth on the court; 2) our 1st Puerto Rican, NOT simply Latina, but the lowest substrata of society measured by standard of living! I see Milagros Rodriguez/etc. of 35 yrs. ago Puerto Rico/Bronx law students dancing in their homes today w/Judge Sotomayor’s pick! Never mind that Judge Sotomayor was picked by Bush Sr. for initial judgeship — the ethnic pride/American Dream [coined amid our Great Depression] are FIRSTS!! Oh, back to “Common Sense.” I know that had President Obama not been blessed w/immense-strong family roots, the stereotype of him facially would be a Popolo/Puerto Rican mix spitting wind direction at Houghtailing/Lanakila district. This is what’s a heartstopper about President Obama/Judge Sotomayor — this dynamite duo singularly breaks our class/caste/racial stereotypes!! Only in America!! Land of opportunity!! Paula, Sotomayor’s pick is for you!! Love, –Curt

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Gen. George Patton was based in Hawai’i mid-1930s & drew up his “Subversives” list based mostly on Japanese newspapers. His list included names stricken off the later list 1941 by FBI’s Bob Shivers. Patton’s “hit list” names that were stricken by Shivers included eventual 1st AJA S.Ct. justice nationwide Masaji Marumoto/Masaji’s fellow Harvard law grad-eventual solon-judge Tom Okino of Hilo [Uncle Willy Thompson's uncle]/our greatest buddahead Christian pastor Takie Okumura/Hochi publisher Fred Kinzaburo Makino. Hung Wai Ching & Jack Burns had a lot to do w/averting more internment after 12/7/41, based on their trust in our buddaheads. Aloha, –Curt

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Hilo’s favorite son Del Metzger, ethnic German from Granger land Kansas plains [like Kansas boys Oren Long/Martin Pence/Tom Coffman], was infuriated that Del’s ethnic German poker buddies were interned WWII. Del was federal ct. judge here & invoked habeas corpus to release them after martial law was partially lifted. But martial law governor Gen. Richardson refused to release internees, so Metzger held Gen. Richardson in contempt, fining him w/threat of incarceration vs. Gen. Richardson. FDR finally intervened & pardoned Gen. Richardson!! The ethnic German internee cases were mooted out when they were sent Stateside [out of our jurisdiction]. Yes, U.S. citizens of German ancestry were detained/interned nationwide WWII, along w/any ethnic enemy combatant suspects [Italian]. Yikes!! Yes, Hilo’s own raconteur Del Metzger faced down FDR & the War Dept. & won!! Love, –Curt

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Inokichi Ishigo was sentenced to hard labor for 1 yr./fined $l,000 for possession of current enemy combatant’s flag [Japan red hamburger] WWII.  Shin churches such as in Ishigo’s Honomu/Hilo somehow ID’d w/State Shinto under Hirohito [Hirohito as divine emperor, from Sun God] even though Hirohito twisted so-called traditional Shinto [nature "pagan" worship] toward worship of him/Hirohito as descended from Sun God, which traditional Shinto never did [no worship of mere mortal human/sentient]. Nonetheless, Ishigo was a good Issei/immigrant American & fully loyal to U.S. to a fault, unfortunately keeping the Japan flag as keepsake of his ancient culture. Ishigo’s kids were fully Americanized/loyal U.S. citizens. Next door to Honomu’s Ishigo bakery was Higaki bakery [in front of Odaisan Shinto church][442 DSC Tsune Takemoto's lovely wife's parents][no relation to entertainers Judy/Alan Higaki]. Higaki kazoku/family was extremely generous w/plantation folks, giving villagers pastry/breads if goods were not sold at end of day. Shige Katekawa muses about Higaki generosity, recounting whether such generosity resulted in Higaki giving up bakery long before Ishigo retired [2 bakeries were adjacent to each other]. Shige bemoans that Hideo Ishigo [Inokichi's son] born 1913 [still handsome as ever], 10 yrs. older than Shige born 1923, would do deliveries/camp sales [before WWII ignominy when whole Honomu buddahead gang avoided Ishigo like the Plague per flag possession conviction -- buddaheads didn't want to be stigmatized like Ishigo], & Hideo once asked 15 yr. old Shige to watch Hideo’s wagon when Hideo went around Shige’s camp to sell pastries/breads. Well, a camp resident stole Hideo’s basket of breads right under Shige’s nose. Shige dared not defy the camp resident who was a grown man vs. 15 yr. old Shige. Anyway, when Hideo came back to Hideo’s supply wagon, Hideo noticed the missing bread & asked Shige what happened to the bread. Shige was stone silent & shrugged Shige’s shoulders. Hideo then went to complain to Shige’s dad about Shige’s silence. Shige’s dad told Hideo that Hideo had no business making Shige responsible for safeguarding Hideo’s wagon. Who’s right??? To me, Hideo wrongly entrusted Shige w/watching Hideo’s wagon, despite Honomu being a small village where everyone knows each other. Hideo should’ve brought along his family worker as Hideo’s asst./passenger. Which goes to show that maybe Hideo assumed too much about rural respect/honor. Which also goes to show that had Shige’s dad known ahead of time that Hideo was gonna ask minor child Shige to watch Hideo’s wagon, Shige’s dad would’ve put a stop to it, being that Shige’s dad probably didn’t like Hideo [perceived as tightwad]. Hideo actually was a decent man, because Earl Nakasato’s dad fully supported Hideo, telling Hideo that other villagers stole pastries from Hideo, so to beware of such individuals. To me, Shige/kazoku-family compared Ishigo w/Higaki generosity, thence such derision vs. Ishigo. Irony is that today’s John the Beloved Earl Nakasato himself purloined manju from Ishigo bakery when Earl was a devil-may-care teenage rebel. Earl was the toughest hombre on the block & got his way via his fists. Yikes!! Today’s Earl is not the early John Son of Thunder Prince of Rage but the reformed John that we all love. Love, –Curt

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Vietnam War sage Gen. Matthew Ridgway 1895-1993 dispelled Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s all-out war vs. Red China by retaking Seoul & crossing the 38th Parallel. Gen. Ridgway also averted our intervention to prevent French defeat in Indochina, arguing that ground forces equal to those in Korea were necessary to turn the tide for the French [like Gen. Shinseki argued re Iraq], vs. intervention proponent Admiral Radford, who incorrectly argued that Naval/Air power were sufficient. Gen. Ridgway showed keen insight on the objective of limited war, unlike Admiral Radford/Gen. MacArthur. Gen. Ridgway insisted on our withdrawal from Vietnam after our Gulf of Tonkin ruse, arguing that we were destined to lose to civil war forces via our containment focus, on difficult terrain, via limited warfare. Gen. Ridgway’s prescience laid the foundation for Reagan’s Weinberger doctrine 1985 that dissuades us from committing troops to conflicts in which no direct vital interests are at stake [ergo Iraq]. Yikes!! Colin Powell is a Weinberger doctrine proponent, which is why Colin was devastated that CIA’s feed to Colin about Iraq’s WMDs was b.s. Colin stuck on too long w/Jr. Bush, got isolated/marginalized by warlocks Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, & eventually was replaced by Condy Rice. –Curt

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Conscription Lottery Draft averts needless U.S. incursion/imperialism as we see w/Jr. Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld in Iraq. Jr. Bush/college kids were exempt from VNW era draft 1960s, so that kids at the bottom of the social ladder [inner city/rural bumpkins] did our fighting in Vietnam. All changed when the Lottery picked names out of a hat [my age peers were the 1st NON-class distinctive conscripts], kids of high social standing included. Yes, all of a sudden the VNW got much more relevant to our aristocrats/nouveau rich/suburban folks. Which are why the Paris Peace Talks took on serious significance — our rich kids could not be sacrificed for a war that did not directly involve our national security!!! And in large part our Lottery answers why we got out of Vietnam once the non-class distinctive draft took place post-1969. Yikes!! Love, –Curt

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If one looks at life from a free society vantage point, everybody’s born equal. Our Western Culture/Christians say Jesus died for everyone, both rich & poor alike, no caste system. Let’s face it — Hawaiian sovereignty is not about race/ethnicity, but about class — our maka’ainana-hoa’aina peasants were fleeced by their own chiefs/konohiki — our commoners never had a fair hand regarding kuleana lots/fee simple lands. Need-based analysis, not ethnic-based bigotry, restores sensible recognition about the misdirected notion of sovereignty. Class, not race-ethnicity, the point. Everybody’s equal without regard to race/ethnicity, so bedrock socio-economic need on which material/financial recognition ensue. Duresse oblige–bear the heavy cross of overthrowing Lili’u??? Lili’u was a most capricious despot, to whom money is god. Of course, Thurston was no better in governance. Sadly, Iaukea was the most capable leader, but because he was not descended from the purity of blood/royal line, Iaukea never got to govern. Remember our good relations w/other countries via Iaukea?? Remember Iaukea on his last legs brokering peace along w/Rev. Palmer over our race riots/sugar strikes?? Iaukea, not our royal lineage [the fallacy of governance via inherited power/wealth!!]. Love, –Curt

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Respect often is gained via defeat, not victory!! Charles Goodyear 1800-1860, intrepid rubber guru, accidentally spilled rubber mixed w/nitric acid on a hot stove & discovered vulcanization. Despite his later renown, Goodyear lived & died in serious debt, & spent most of his life in debtor prisons in pursuit of his “impossible dream” of marketing a rubber commodity. Ironically, Goodyear Tire is not connected w/him at all but was named in honor of him in 1898, nearly 40 yrs. after his death. Sorry, no royalties ensued. Goodyear sadly was relegated to deadbeat status thruout the 1800s. Hell-torn yrs. for him & his ever-suffering family. Yet today Goodyear is our larger-than-life mythic hero. We’d be in the “Stone Age” w/out rubber products. Alexander Pope 1688-1744 is among the greatest of English poets ["to err is human, to forgive is divine"], renowned for his 2 line couplets, but his life was gravely affected by Pott’s Disease [spinal TB], which stunted his growth 4’6″ where he looked like a twisted lower stump of a tree, & by the anti-Catholic vitriole vs. him/his family. Yet, out of such terrible adversities suffused the most beautiful verses to this day — Pope’s couplets are current standard references — metaphysical/beyond compare. Love, –Curt

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Tasuku Harada 1863-1940 bridged Japan-U.S. relations — Eiichi Shibusawa 1840-1931, father of Japan industrialism, hand-picked Japan’s 1st Yale U. Divinity grad Tasuku Harada [President of Kyoto Christian Doshisha U. 1907-1920/dearest friend of diplomat Bill Castle Jr. of Hawai'i] to head new UH Japan Studies Program 1921. Harada bridged East-West relations w/our greatest altruists Rev. Bill Westervelt-Charles Hemenway-Frank Atherton-Alex Hume Ford. Harada’s internationalism/cross-cultural understanding mantra spawned the next generation of mega-leaders/peacemakers — Hung Wai Ching-Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida-Kea’au’s Shunzo Sakamaki, w/Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 being the greatest of Harada’s progeny. Extraordinary/amazing succession of leaders from Shibusawa to Harada to Hung Wai Ching. Cross-cultural from Nipponese to Chinese-American [Hung Wai Ching], just as idyllic internationalists Westervelt-Hemenway-Atherton-Ford would have it. Love, –Curt

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Re: Hilo Iron Works factory bldg., you still can see the cavernous nature of it if you drive into its parking lot [where Turning Point-Alternatives to Violence outfit is] & look at its open interior factory site. Visualize Gabe Manning 1918-2008 hanging in the rafters 40 ft. above ground level as the 1946 tsunami wiped out our Atlantis — Shinmachi adjacent to where Gabe was hanging on for dear life. Humongous as the Hilo Iron Works factory bldg. is, the whole bldg. shook like a circus spook ride as the 1946 tsunami’s 3rd wave swept in 30 ft. high. What saved the factory bldg. from total destruction was its breakaway-wall [corrugated iron roof] facade, where the tsunami did not tear away the mega-steel beams holding up the structure, but instead just blasted thru unimpeded by perpendicular resistance via non-existent solid wall exterior. In the case of our AmFac warehouse on the Keaukaha side of Mo’oheau Park [later called Cow Palace] 1916-1970, what averted water-boulder mass weight/immense force-propulsion destruction vs. AmFac warehouse’s solid 8″ reinforced concrete walls was the ironic radius of the railroad track/spur to the loading dock of the warehouse, necessitating that the walls on the Hamakua/Mo’oheau Park side of the warehouse be built at a 10-degree angle to allow railroad cars to pass thru the tight curve. This angular nonconformity created a wedge-shaped bldg. w/the narrow end facing the ocean that ultimately diverted wave energy away from our AmFac warehouse, thence preserving its solid concrete shell [though cleaning out everything within its structure].   On Nancy Takayesu, she is at Life Care Center & all the world hopes/prays for her blessings of comfort & happiness. On Rocky Higa, he was Cupid to many folks — Harpo Saiki chased down gorgeous peach Donna at Rocky’s Bar [pre-1960 tsunami site b/n Pauahi/Pi'opi'o Sts. (bridge to Wailoa Visitor Ctr.) just mauka of Waiolama Canal -- Waiolama means water of torch for its traverse thru royal grounds, namely, today's area from Pauahi St. on thru Wailoa pond]. On Gloria Miyashiro Kobayashi, I credit her singularly for preserving the written history of Yashijima/Waiakea townfolk. Yes, Richard Nakamura born 1921 is among the rarest few Nisei/2nd generation crop w/an economics degree from UH Manoa, but Richard’s jockdom notwithstanding, it’s Gloria alone who has preserved so thoroughly Yashijima [means Coconut Island] townfolk history. Love, -Curt

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From esteemed retired lender Mert Lau born 1931–
KL [Ching] and Curtis,
I just read Curtis’ most interesting synopsis of early Chinese bankers. He had called just prior to my departing on a trip to Australia, asking if I had knowledge about reasons for the formation of a second or competing Chinese bank. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge, and being a pake “nisei” [2nd generation resident] did not help as most of my pake classmates or friends were of the “sansei” [3rd] generation. I did not realize it at the time but my parents were still in the process of learning English while the parents of my associates already had a normal exposure to English. So having any knowledge or familiarity with the banking community was too remote for them or for me, as they probably had difficulty borrowing from any banks, haole or Chinese.

So Curtis, your questions were most interesting and I’d like to know someday, how or why.

Best,

Mert

Subject: Synopsis of early Chinese bankers [age chronology]

William Kwai Fong Yap was born in Honolulu in 1873, son of Hakka Chinese immigrants who became Christians in China. Schooled at Damon’s Fort St. Mission School [later 'Iolani] like CK Ai/Ho Fon, Kwai worked at a tailor shop from age 13, & mentored as interpreter/clerk under atty. Charles L. Carter. From 1894-1899 he was a postal clerk for the Republic of Hawai’i. Then he became a banker w/Bank of Hawaii 1900-1928, & became a baron in real estate/insurance. But like his Hakka forebearer banker Ho Fon 1861-1931 of Damon’s Bishop Bank 1897-1929 [Liberty Bank founder KT Ho's dad], Kwai could not supplicate the burgeoning Chinese commercial businesses of his time, thence CK Ai’s Chinese-American Bank 1916 [1865-1962] & KT Ho’s Liberty Bank 1922 [KT Ho 1888-1952 our 1st Chinese Democrat, mentored by our most popular-ever Democrat, Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956].

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American Security Bank 1935 was re-org of fledgling Chinese-American Bank. KT Ho is our Chinese Paul Bunyan. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 is our greatest modern historymaker from the Hawaiian Islands, far more impact than antecedent/fellow Chinese-American KT Ho. Chinese intermediaries such as KT Ho’s father Ho Fon 1861-1931 bridged relations between our haole overlords & the Chinese community. Ho Fon’s uncle became a labor agent in Hawai’i in the 1870s, receiving a bonus of $25 from our Hawai’i gov’t for each Chinese brought in for plantation labor. In 1876, at age 15 Ho Fon came from Chung Shan to Hawai’i to be w/his uncle. Ho graduated from our Ft. St. Mission School [later 'Iolani], numbering among his classmates later Gov. George R. Carter 1903-1907, later Chief Justice/Luso Antonio Perry, later judge AGM Robertson, later Sen. W.M. McInerny. Ho Fon lived w/the hapa-haole Crabbes [Buster's kin] & in 1883 headed our 1st Chinese newspaper, Tan Shan Sun Bo [Hawaii News]. He was a pillar in the Ft. St./Beretania Chinese Congregational church enabled by the Damons. Ho then was hired by Damon’s Bishop Bank in charge of the Chinese dept., & authorized to make loans up to $600 w/no collateral. When Ho retired in 1929 after 33 yrs. of faithful service, Bishop Bank VP George S. Waterhouse & asst. cashier JO Carter praised Ho Fon as “a man of sterling worth, whose honesty and integrity are of the highest quality.” Ho died in 1931 at age 70. As w/Ho [no relation to Chinn Ho or Don Ho] & all other non-haole ethnics, employment by a haole was a great start toward becoming an independent entrepreneur. CK Ai at age 14 in 1879 was brought from Sai San village in Chung Shan China to Kailua-Kona to work at his father Ako’s store. He then went to Ho’s Fort St. Mission school for 2 yrs & to Ho’s Beretania St. church, all enabled by the Damons. Ai became James I. Dowsett’s bookkeeper from 1887 until Dowsett’s death in 1898. At this time Ai started City Mill, thanks to Dowsett’s beneficence. Early-born Hawai’i Chinese incl. William Kwai Fong Yap born 1873 also were enabled by beneficent haoles, such as Charles L. Carter. Chong Park Shun came to Hawai’i in 1900 to be principal at our Anglo-Chinese Academy, & in 1909 he taught Chinese at Mills Congregational school near Chinatown [later MPI]. Young Anin came from Chung Shan in 1873 & eventually started the Oahu Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Hawai’i. Ironically, Chinese who became individualist professionals/modest income earners [doctors/engineers/scholars/etc.] did not gain as much prestige early on as Chinese business moguls, who profited immensely vs. the professionals who did not have a ready Chinese market/pool to cater to, there being hardly any middle class Chinese at the turn of the last century. CK Ai’s Chinese-American Bank started in 1916 but collapsed by 1932, it not having help from Mainland China like Japan’s Sumitomo/Yokohama branches in Honolulu. Of course, American Security Bank 1935 was the re-organized version of our Chinese-American Bank. Ho Fon’s banking influence was not enough to service our burgeoning Chinese entrepreneurs, so his son KT Ho 1888-1952 started our Chinese Liberty Bank in 1922, after gaining experience early on via his dad Ho Fon.

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The 1st bridge across the 100 ft. wide Wailoa river at Waiakea was built in 1865, & this wood bridge was held up on iron piles, & replaced the native canoes to cross the river from central Hilo to Waiakea. The May 10, 1877 Chile 16 ft. high tsunami uprooted this bridge & swept it 300 yards upstream, leaving on the iron piles. The 1938 concrete bridge over the same spot had a span of 88 ft., w/clearance of 9 ft. at the top of the arch at high tide, but the increased size and weight of modern trucks and buses did it in. It didn’t help that the 1946 Aleutian tsunami crashed over it, & per eyewitness Alex Riviera, actually lifted it off its Hilo-side abutment, nor that the 1960 Chile tsunami was even more ferocious, sweeping gawkers clear off the bridge to their deaths upstream, incl. a media photog. The current 1993 bridge has a 150 ft. span w/increased clearance 14 ft. above water, still below the reach of huge tsunamis. Hilo’s breakwater was built in stages starting in 1908 to protect ships from winter storms, not vs. tsunamis. The 1946 tsunami bore huge gaps in the breakwater, rolling 16,000 lb. boulders as if they were mere play marbles. Of course, w/the advent of larger equipment, our breakwater held well vs. the 1960 Chile tsunami, though this tsunami simply careened right over the breakwater, the breakwater having no effect/blunting vs. the tsunami.

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Early Hilo street names reflected their geography, so that Water st. was the original trail along Hilo bay’s shoreline [today's bayfront hwy.]. During the whaling era, Water st. evolved to be Front St. Volcano St. became Kilauea. In 1916 an ordinance renamed streets to Hawaiian names. Bridge St. became Keawe St., for Keawe Mauhili, original king of Hawai’i Island. Church St. became Haili St., for a famous forest in Panaewa, from which came timber to construct Haili church. Pitman St. became Kino’ole St., for Mrs. Pitman’s Hawaiian name. Austin, then Pleasant St., became Ululani St. for our governess Mrs. John Baker. Richardson St. for entrepreneur Charles E. Richardson became Mamo St. for a famous Hawaiian bird. School St. leading to Lyman Boarding School became Kapi’olani St. for Queen Kapi’olani. Ruth St. was changed to Ke’elikolani St. for Princess Ruth K. Mud lane became Pi’opi’o St.. Wharf St. [lighthouse astride Wailuku river] became Mamane St. for a Hawaiian wood. Coconut Island St. became Kainehe St. for a murmuring/whispering sea. Kekaulike St. was named for the Maui king. William Irwin’s st. became Kanoa St., site of heiau. John A. Scott’s st. became Kauila St, a Hawaiian wood to make spears. CC Kennedy’s st. became Iliahi St., the Hawaiian sandalwood tree. Dog Lane became Kou Lane for a rare Haw’n wood. Monkey Lane for a famous monkey became Nawahi lane. The original King Kamehameha statue had Grecian sandals [ex-communicated Mormon Walter Murray Gibson, Kalakaua's premier, ordered it sight unseen, not Gibson's fault], but was lost at sea, only to be salvaged & brought back to Kohala. In the meantime, the replacement statue was erected at today’s King St. location. Our early Chinese sugar mill was started in 1839 by Lau Fai ergo A.L. Hapai/Zane Shang Hsien ergo John Ena Sr./Tang Chow ergo Akau, sponsored by chief Kuakini, along Alenaio stream by today’s Hilo Central Fire Station. Zane Moi ergo Amoi had the plantation producing 20,000 lbs. of sugar by 1851, which included insect parts for good measure. But this mill burned down in 1855. Our Portuguese-Luso constructed a new mill on this site before the turn of the last century, then Kimo Henderson’s mill took it over. Henderson closed his mill in 1922 when he sold his plantation to Hilo sugar Co., after our Governor turned down Kimo’s request to build Kimo’s new mill where today’s Hospice facility is [running streams to transport/clean the cane] & after Lyman Boarding School ended Kimo’s ditch/flume water rights to his mill. Hilo Hotel’s old palace, used as a cottage & still bearing the Koa Crest of Kalakaua, was bound for the city dump in 1955, but the Koa Crest was salvaged & stays safekept today. The original TB Pu’umaile home was at today’s tree nursery area off Kilauea Ave., then relocated to the end of Kalaniana’ole St. 1939, then relocated to NAS site/old Hilo airport 1946, then relocated to what became the new Hilo hospital 1951 above Rainbow Falls. The original Jail St./Pitman-now Kino’ole St. is for the old jail at what is now Lincoln Park NE sector [pavilion site]. Jailer Severance dug ditch to lead 1881 lava to Alenaio stream, but the lava flow stopped mauka/above junction of Komohana/Ponahawai Sts. off Sunrise Ridge [Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani offered gifts to Pele]. Yes, the tanker ship Dearborn’s power plant provided Helco power to Hilo via the Waiakea plant until recently. The story behind the wrecked airplane near the Saddle Rd. in Pohakuloa is Ed Sturm’s 1948 flight to O’ahu, but he got lost at nite, ran out of fuel, & crash-landed his plane. He recovered from his injuries. Glenwood got its name for the forests along the road to Volcano. Kurtistown got its name for its early entrepreneur. Yes, the telephone was invented before we got electricity, such that martyr Goto was hanged from telephone pole on Mamane/Main St. in Honoka’a town 1889, just 5 yrs. after our Japan contract laborers came to Hawai’i. Goto was a leader/schooled & presented a threat to Overend’s sugar mill thugs. Hilo’s railroad wharf opened in 1903 primarily to service our burgeoning sugar industry, the nearest plantation being upstream where today’s Island Chevrolet is corner Kekuanaoa/Kilauea Sts. The old government wharf [today's jut of land by Lili'uokalani park] 1899-1902 was in a bad location where ships were subject to tossing about from wave action. The 800 ft. long railroad wharf was dismantled in 1920, long after it fell into disuse via Kuhio Wharf’s erection a decade before. Do you know that EK Fernandez & John Kai Jr., both buffed former great athletes, literally fought on the floor of the old Gaiety theater [today's Caravan town/now Salvation Army relocated site downtown Kam Ave.] for possession of the premises in 1914? Doc Hill demolished the site in 1929 & built the current bldg. over it. Of course the old Gaiety site extended all the way mauka/to the rear astride the later Palace theater 1925, Gaiety 1909-1928 [Gaiety expanded in 1916 to seat 1,000 people]. Hilo kerosene street lanterns were replaced by electric lamps in 1897.

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Yoshio Tanimoto from Waiakea, owner of famous Tanimoto Store [downtown Kam Ave. TNT Seafood area], forerunner of Kress Store as largest store in Hilo?

“I am researching the history of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement in Japan.
I will explain to you about certain ‘Yoshio Tanimoto.’
Yoshio Tanimoto went to Normal College in Marion, Indiana, where he came across Christianity. Then he attended Seventh Day Adventist College, Berrien Springs in Michigan. While he was studying there, he was baptized in water in 1907. He visited Indianapolis and he became acquainted with Estella Bernauer and Hattie Schoonover. In Indianapolis he became a Pentecostal and went back to Japan in 1910 as a missionary. Bernauer and Schoonover also went to Japan in the same year. Tanimoto was in Hiroshima, Japan until around 1914 working as an English teacher and a minister.

This Tanimoto was thought of coming directly from Hiroshima to US. However, when I was researching last week, I found out this Yoshio Tanimoto was from Hawaii from a source from Schoonover.This is why I was happy to find the name of Yoshio Tanimoto in your blog. If this Yoshio Tanimoto was the same person. It is a big finding of a section of my research.” from researcher M. Suzuki

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Yoshio Tanimoto’s store [where TNT Seafood area is
today on Kam Ave. downtown] was our island’s largest store 1916-1932 until the national chain Kress Store block in 1933 opened up 500 ft. from Tanimoto store. Kress Store spelled the end of Tanimoto Store’s dominance. Of course, Doc Hill’s Hilo Shopping Ctr. on Kilauea/Kekuanaoa Sts. 1962 chipped away at Kress’ dominance, followed by our Kaiko’o Shopping Mall 1971, with the death knell cast by our Kuhio Plaza 1985, so by 1991 Kress Store folded up.

From John Lee’s “Who’s Who of the Island of Hawaii” 1939:

Yoshio Tanimoto, merchant, Hilo: Yoshio Tanimoto was born March 3, 1888 at

Waiakea, Hilo, Hawaii. He is the son of Hatsuzo and Momi Tanimoto. On June

5, 1913, he married Miss Otoha at Hiroshima, Japan. They have two sons,

Ichigaku and Tom. Mr. Tanimoto was educated in Hawaii, Japan, and the

mainland United States. He attended the grammar and High Schools of Hawaii,

and then went to Marion College, Masion, Indiana, 1905. He then attended

Washington Training School, Washington, D.C. 1909. He returned to Hawaii,

and shortly after went to Japan for further study, where during his five year

visit, he acted as English Interpreter in the Japanese schools and Missions. He

was married while in Japan, and returned to Hawaii in 1915. In 1916 he established

the Tanimoto Variety Store in Hilo, which store he still owns and manages. Mr.

Tanimoto is also connected with the Tanimoto Chain of Theaters on the Island of

Hawaii. Mr. Tanimoto is one of the first Hawaiian born Japanese. His father came

to Hawaii on the fourth boat bearing Japanese immigrants. Mr. Tanimoto is a member

of the Hilo Japanese Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies are stamp and coin

collecting.

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From Kim Jordan, Brian’s wife — [2 yrs. ago]
Brian Jordan was really disappointed with the condition of the monument at Kalakaua park. We (mostly he) spent 2 full weekends cleaning and repainting. Still need to finish the posts, but check out the monument! The front carving is still not done …. not walking in the water without waders! A guy actually peed into the pond while I was painting on the other side! We did get a few friends to help out now and then. Other than that, every group we went to was “too busy”.
Rather than wait or give up, Brian wanted it looking good for Memorial Day! And it Did!

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Thank you very much, Brian & Kim Jordan, for your preparation of our monument at Kalakaua Square for Memorial Day. One of our two greatest AJA historians, Ron Takaki, died 1939-2009, the other being Ron’s virtual age clone, Franklin Odo born 1939, very much alive/well as our Smithsonian chief of Asian/Pacific Collections in D.C. Both fellas’ lives are mirror images of each other, the 2 differences being that Takaki also engaged in cross-cultural diffs b/n other ethnic minorities & that Takaki was taisho/strident, whereas Odo is super-mellow. Like I told Franklin Odo, Odo’s mission is to give others hope [w/Odo's loving nature/character], that in fact humanity has compassion!! Both guys graduated from local schools & are local boys, grassroot to the core. Takaki was a surfer, Odo a multi-sport jock. Love, –Curt

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Swede & our greatest banker Rudy Peterson promoted peace. As to our reflecting pool at Kalakaua Square, mantra is, “Never mind your opinion, just say that KIA [killed in action] was a hero!!” WWII 442 F Co. kotonk/Stateside AJA Westminster CA’s KIA/posthumous DSC Kaz Masuda led a 3rd straight nitely recon when he was killed. Yuki Okutsu refused to recon for a 3rd straight nite, knowing that the Germans were waiting to attack our reconz. Which is when Kaz Masuda went up/into death’s jaws. F Co. sage Wataru Kohashi muttered how insane it was for Kaz to walk into death’s jaws, “What, dis guy get one death wish??!!” Wataru’s earlier DSC was given to 442 1st KIA Kiyo Muranaga [upgraded to MoH yr. 2000][Okutsu also was MoH recipient & our Hilo Veterans Home is named after Okutsu]. But Kaz as suicide charger averted forcing another squad rifleman to face the Reaper. Thanks to Kaz, another soldier came home to live his life. Actually, when Kaz/2 riflemen under him were heard by German soldiers & Germans yelled “halt!” — Kaz/reconz should’ve quietly inched backward to get out of earshot from German encampment, being that forest was pitch dark & Kaz/boys could not be seen, only heard. But Kaz told his 2 boys to run back to safety, & Kaz then opened fire, thereby ensuring Kaz’ death [gunfire spotted Kaz w/dead aim from Germans]. Kaz actually was given DSC for an earlier battle. I told Wataru that Kaz’ kazoku/family historians/writers will look for Wataru to find out about how Kaz died. So just tell them Kaz was a real hero!! Wataru didn’t want to talk about Kaz, period!! But after 65 yrs., a whole lifetime ago, why not give the family closure/completion! Kaz was a real hero!! He really was!! Comfort/salve are the keys. This is where Ronald Reagan comes in. WWII’s Reagan/Gen. Stilwell got so upset that Westminster’s haole cemetery leaders refused to bury a Jap/Masuda. So Reagan/Army finally pressured anti-Jap leaders to bury Masuda at Masuda’s Westminster cemetery. Reagan was a man of great character!! Love, –Curt

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4-star Gen. Joe “Vinegar” Stilwell 1883-1946 was a caustic soldier’s General whose concern for his soldiers was his greatest strength. Stilwell actually saw the futility of corrupt Chiang Kai Shek’s regime & foresaged Mao’s rise to power, thereby ensuring Stilwell’s dismissal as Eastern Theater head, just as Ike sadly dismissed prescient Gen. Ridgway a decade later. Both Stilwell/Ridgway are relegated to history’s dustbin in the public’s eyes, but among military observers they are visionaries who were one step ahead of their commanders in chief. Here in Hilo, w/Debbie Hecht’s advocacy to retain payments to our open space land fund, sensible editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt especially is a Ridgway, foreseeing chronic major budget shortfalls, triggering pragmatic/practical compromise b/n gov’t [mayor/council] & environmentalists [Hecht/etc.]. BTW, yes, Officer Ronald Reagan single-handedly got Gen. Joe Vinegar to have Kaz Masuda buried at Kaz’ Westminster Cemetery. When Isamu Kanekuni’s plane crashed at Auburn CA, site of intense Jap-haters, Isamu & the few surviving 442 boys were taken to Frisco for treatment. Man, Isamu born 1921 is like a cat w/9 lives. Just like Wataru Kohashi born 1922. Both Isamu/Wataru still sharp as razors. Isamu a sassy ass, Wataru a mellow bugga, akin to AJA historian Ron Takaki as Isamu, dearest Franklin Odo as Wataru. Yikes!! Love, –Curt

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The new 1932 Hilo Police Station [today's East Hi Cultural Ctr.] originally had its upper floor for cir./dist. courtrooms, but our burgeoning courts then had circuit court in the top floor of the central portion of the Fed bldg. Our fire dept. moved over from Kalakaua St. in 1911 to Waianuenue St. where today’s First Haw’n Bank bldg. is. As you see, our Aupuni/seat of government revolved around Kalakaua Square. The 1960 tsunami changed everything — switching our Aupuni to the Kaiko’o [meaning strong sea] area, starting w/our County bldg./then our State bldg./etc. After all, our old County/Peacock bldg. makai/north corner Keawe/Waianuenue St. escaped the 1946/1960 tsunami by only a matter of feet, not even a yards-long block. –Curt

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California is the home of direct democracy/initiative, which largely explains its dysfunctional budgetary setup. Hawai’i is the home of representative democracy/non-initiative, which largely explains its coherent setup. Of course, our County Charter allows initiative, such as our open space land fund. Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, Scrub Tanaka’s political confidant, says that our County shouldn’t inventory land but instead go thru conventional eminent domain as necessary, that our legislative process [County Council] is the sane approach to land acquisition. To Isamu, the issue is about urgent public safety priority over future esthetics via open space land fund. Isamu would raid our open space land fund with the caveat that when our County has the ability to replenish/reimburse the open space fund, such fund will be reimbursed even if at least partially. Isamu disagrees with sage editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt about using only part of the so-called payments to the land fund for our budgetary needs. To Isamu, call an urgent shortfall what it is — a crisis, & use all legal means necessary to effectuate a solution. I disagree w/Isamu. Politics are the art of the possible, & it certainly is possible to compromise on gov’t services vs. environmental policy, not to leave one side utterly decimated. Such consensus-building is reserved for the craftiest/nimblest of policymakers. LBJ’s blowback/downfall was LBJ’s intransigence vs. the Communist takeover of Vietnam. Yes, the Tet Offensive was a major blow to Ho Chi Minh/NVN, but to Americans, it typified Ho’s unrelenting crusade to win back VN for its native folks, thence projecting failure for us, not victory. Had Ike not rid prescient Gen. Ridgway of SE Asia authority, we would have sought to compromise w/despot Ho for peaceful co-existence in VN, instead of losing a political war via our Paris Peace Accords, w/57,000 KIAs & numerous others WIA/others MIA/numerous others PTSD. Editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt exemplifies the foresight/vision of Gen. Ridgway — the art of the possible — consensus-making & the character to lead via compromise/coalition. Governance at its finest. Aloha, –Curt

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Gloria Miyashiro Kobayashi has more in common w/Barack Obama than she thinks. Obama is a devotee of Union Theological Seminary/Columbia U Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971, who preached the Social Gospel via Christian realism, whereby Niebuhr rejected pacifism vs. Hitler, knowing that Hitler was an evil worse than the evil of war per se. Like Harry Truman/Mark Twain/Sen. John Henderson [13th Amdt. outlawing slavery/John's widow Mary adopted Hilo's Shokan "Jesse" Shima(bukuro)], men of common sense, Niebuhr was born in Missouri & graduated from Yale Divinity, mentoring Hung Wai Ching at Union Theological Seminary, & Hung Wai eventually followed in Niebuhr’s footsteps & graduated from Yale w/Master Divinity. Gloria Miyashiro Kobayashi lives Niebuhr’s Christian realism via her pragmatic approach to life, esp. on same sex marriage [ningen samazama-- we're all different -- love everyone, despite same sex preference prohibited via Scripture]. And like Barack Obama, Gloria applies theologians Niebuhr/Thomas Merton to everyday life a la Matthew 5/Isaiah 58/Micah 6:8 [Social Gospel]. Aloha, –Curt

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Yes, in case Gloria Miyashiro Kobayashi is queried, I’ll say 2 things here: 1) Barack Obama’s affinity w/2nd generation [Missouri] German-American Reinhold Niebuhr [major anti-Nazi from Hitler's inception] goes back before Obama’s Columbia U days [Columbia sister school of Niebuhr's Union Theological Seminary], to 2) Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer. Yes, Niebuhr’s/our ubiquitous Serenity Prayer lifted Obama like no other, just as Niebuhr personally lifted our greatest modern Hawai’i historymaker, Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 [Kamehameha the Great is our greatest ancient historymaker][Hung Wai averted mass internment of our 160,000 buddaheads WWII/formed 100th-442nd AJA fighting units/compelled Truman’s military integration/mused over Ike’s point to get Earl Warren appointed as U.S. S.Ct. Chief Justice in return for California Gov./LA native son Warren’s support of Ike’s Presidential candidacy 1953 vs. Ohio’s Bob Taft (as we surmise Waihee’s Moon over question of Moon getting Waihee appointed as BE trustee)/compelled Earl Warren’s make-up call to AJAs via Warren’s Brown v. Bd. of Education greatest case in U.S. history — separate is not equal!! — Warren actually a solo joe/free-wheeling individualist a la LA’s Jackie Robinson (broke baseball race barrier)– LA gang very inclusive–no racist baggage — West Coast version of free-spirited Emmett Till/compelled Ike’s nascent Civil Rights Act/compelled LBJ’s landmark Civil Rights Act/LBJ seriously urged Humphrey to pick Hung Wai’s boy Dan Inouye as Humphrey’s ’68 VP choice!!/Hung Wai’s reachover in ethnic ascension w/Hawai’i as microcosm-Truman-Ike-LBJ as affectees of Hung Wai’s infectious American Dream enthralled Chou En Lai — that such an incongruous poor Southern China farmer descendant like Hung Wai had changed the face of America forever via egalitarian Social Gospel — Chou En Lai was a major/secret admirer of American democracy/Japan restored faith in America via Hung Wai’s enablement of buddaheads/kotonks to fulfill their American Dream [coined amid our Great Depression] — thence post-WWII Japan’s incredible economic recovery-standard of living materially/etc.]. BTW, MLK was major follower of Niebuhr. Aloha, –Curt

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Crisis of Faith as victory/enlightenment, not failure/fear. Yes, Mother Teresa had doubts whether God empathized with her lamentations/confessions. Such are our human condition, fraught w/insecurity-defeat-fear of the unknown. Just as when Jesus on the Cross momentarily cried, “Why has Thy Father forsaken Me?” Our human condition. Pastor Hung Wai Ching occasionally felt forsaken, but picked himself up when he realized that Jesus died for everyone, both high/low, & no matter how sad Hung Wai got, such loneliness/angst never came close to how Jesus suffered on the Cross!!! Which brings us to Honomu Christian samurai missionary Shiro Sokabe 1865-1949, who so tragically had his life’s writings, a library worth of material, burned via tearful bonfire over a period of 3 days outside his chapel, because he felt that his weak side [loneliness/isolation/unacknowledgment by contempo society/being ignored] was exposed via his writings!! Irony/twist lost to eternity are that Sokabe’s tortuous inner struggles would have corroborated his actual spiritual ASCENT/extraordinary odyssey-divine solace to be w/God. Or as the Book of Samuel pronounces, David’s quest for/”after” God’s Heart, from God’s vantage point. I absolutely cherish magnanimous editor Tiffany Edward Hunt’s compositions because she uses Biblical metaphors to make her point [scribe Tiffany "after" Coble's heart/immortal legacy--public's eyes-ears-defender of the faith/public's right to know-be truthfully informed/etc.]. The singularity of such wayfinding is key, lamentation or not!!! Just as Mother Teresa was a sentient after God’s Heart, along with Hung Wai Ching/Shiro Sokabe/countless others of immense providential virtue who labored via self-doubts. It’s the self-delusionary person who doesn’t recognize his/her false pride/hubris that should deserve to have monuments/edifices self-erected to such conceit/arrogance/selfishness/greed/vanity/jealousy/anger be felled a la Ozymandias the pharoah — not angelhearts/silent disciples like Sokabe/Mother Teresa/Hung Wai Ching/pathfinder Tiffany Edwards Hunt!! Love everlasting, –Curt

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It’s true, as sage Bill Walter suggests, can’t stay abreast if the bill collector drowns you. But in deference to Bill, may I proffer that Scripture was not preserved by loss prevention chiefs, but more often than not by so-called broke-okole acolytes who gave up their lives, literally, for Jesus. Let’s face it — go back to square one of our New Testament — Jesus didn’t tell his apostles they were gonna die before their time [except for John the Beloved, who lived long]. Bill collector or not, they walked into immortality by their sacrifices made, such character-builders of supernatural virtue were they!! Ascetic, yes, vow of poverty required, NO! Just how the ball bounced per Divine Intervention. Publisher Mike Aiello’s IDEAS shall stand the test of time/over the long distance journey that history requires!! Ads/ads/ads needed out of sheer necessity, but Mike’s IDEAS ARE PRICELESS!! MONEY CANNOT BUY SUCH CLARITY/CRYSTALLIZATION OF GREAT LEADERSHIP! Love, –Curt

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Do you know that Pahoa Museum is the 1st of its kind in Pahoa town? It’s across the street from famous Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant/Akebono theater, & owned by altruist Pete Lebold, ably assisted by Sarah Williams, phone no. 430-1573, email ThePahoaMuseum@gmail.com Old Pahoa was b/n today’s rubbish transfer station road & the Pahoa police substation. If you have something to share w/this tremendous community-builder museum, please contact Pete/Sarah. The world’s largest railroad tie mill, Hawaiian Mahogany Lumber Co. 1908-1916, built today’s Pahoa town, logging of ohia trees a byproduct of cane planting, which required cleared land. Sugar did not build Pahoa town, logging did. Sadly, the ohia railroad ties got brittle on the purchaser Santa Fe Railroad lines in dry climate, & Haw’n Mahogany [renamed Hawaii Hardwood Co. after the 1913 fire that destroyed it] went bankrupt in 1916. Aloha, –Curt

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I took photos of the Koa’e embankment/fault scarp peering over the Kapoho papaya fields north of Highway 132 Pahoa-Kapoho road. Del Metzger as engineer [famous Hilo federal judge who stood down FDR/martial law gov. Richardson WWII for detaining Del's German-American poker playing pals] quarried boulders from Koa’e for building Hilo’s breakwater. Early Hawaiians were very knowledgeable about Mother Nature, coining Kapoho as “the sunken place” or graben, which is a valley/trough topped on boths sides by cliffs/faults. Pre-1960 Kapoho village was in this graben/trough, w/Kula fault south of it & Koa’e fault a half mile north of Kula fault. Pu’u Laimana that destroyed Kapoho village just NW of Kapoho village is named after altruist Richard Lyman, who owned the land there. Ipoho/Higashi lagoon & the warm spring of Waiwelawela [hot water] were on the seashore side of Kapoho graben, Ipoho resulting from the 1924 ground sinking nearly 15 ft., allowing the ocean to flood inland nearly half a mile, Waiwelawela resulting from heated ground water from the fault crack at the base of the embankment. Ipoho/Waiwelawela were overrun by the 1960 Kapoho lava flow. Pu’u Kuki’i/Kukae adjacent to these low points in the land still stand proudly oceanside of today’s 4 way road crossing of Highways 132/137 [Kapoho to Kalapana seashore road]. Kilauea Volcano’s east rift zone runs along the Kapoho graben, which is why you see pu’u Kapoho/Kuki’i/Kukae along the east rift zone’s southern fault line, pu’u Kapoho being about 200 yrs. younger than twin cones Kuki’i/Kukae [erupted 400-750 yrs. ago]. Aloha, –Curt

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Our DPI [DOE] chief Oren Long 1889-1965 [DPI chief 1934-1946] instructed all principals/teachers about their mission in wartime WWII, right after the Pearl Harbor attack, “We are opening schools under conditions that are different from any we have ever experienced before. In the first place, we are at war with Japan, another world power of the Pacific area. We live in a combat zone of that war. This means that everything we do and say — even our very thinking — will be affected by war conditions….For the consideration and possible guidance of each of you, the following criteria are set forth: 1. YOU ARE PRIMARILY A TEACHER. Your relationships and contacts throughout the community must be those of an AMERICAN TEACHER. In addition to your other responsibilities, you must assume that of building understanding and morale. Everything you do and say must more than ever be ruled by reason and logic. ALL prejudices MUST be submerged and under no circumstances appear in action or speech. 2. The children of the community are your major responsibility. To calm and reassure them are both your privilege and duty. Of necessity, your contacts with children will mean also contacts with their homes. In all of these contacts, you must be A BUILDER OF MORALE. 3. You face the greatest challenge you have ever faced — a challenge to constructive and helpful leadership. Teachers not only CAN do more than any other group to bolster the morale of children and parents, but they MUST do more. There is no place for negative influence. Any act of a teacher which disturbs children and parents at this critical time, which breaks down their confidence in themselves, must be considered hostile to vital interests of the community and of the nation. This is true, regardless of the intention. War is always terrible. As teachers, we must be sensitive to its possible effect upon those whom we teach. Let us be perfectly frank in recognizing the fact that most helpless victims, emotionally and psychologically, of the present situation in Hawaii will be the children of Japanese ancestry and of aliens who are unable to become naturalized but who are nonetheless loyal to the land of their adoption is certainly not enviable. Teachers must do everything to help the morale of these people. Let us keep constantly in mind that America is not making war on citizens of the United States or on law-abiding aliens within America. As teachers, we are not a group apart; we are members of this community, reflecting the morale of the community and helping to build it….In so far as we allow personal prejudices and intolerance to guide our actions, we break down community solidarity at a time when civilian and military leaders are almost prayfully pleading that unity be maintained….” Wow!! Arthur Dean, commission chair DPI, also wrote to all principals/teachers, “A person is not born to speak one language or another; he is not born with adherence to any set of principles; he is not born with loyalty to one country as against another; his language, his principles and his loyalty are determined by his environment. You are one of the most important of such environmental factors. Your treatment of the children entrusted to you, and your conduct, will in no small degree influence the children toward or away from the American way of life and all that America stands for. This is no time to entertain prejudices against children or your fellow teachers because their ancestry is different from yours; they did not select their ancestors. They certainly have no responsibility for the conduct of the Axis Powers….Let’s all pull together and prove that THIS IS AMERICA.” Wow!! Heroes like FBI’s Bob Shivers/Martial Law head Gen. Delos Emmons/Army G-2 espionage head Col. Kendall Fielder/G-2 asst. Lt. Col. Frank Blake/great DPI messiah Oren Long/DPI commission chair Arthur Dean/civilian leader Rev. Hung Wai Ching — saved our buddaheads from mass internment. Mahalo, –Curt

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Tom Gill 1922-2009 is best known for coherent land use policies, as Najo Yoshinaga born 1919 is best known for new labor/health systems [ILWU atty Ed Nakamura template for legislation], as George Ariyoshi is best known for fusion of sustainable gov’t/environment policies [Waiahole-Wai Kane], & as Democratic Party godfather Jack Burns 1909-1975 overall ushered in a new social order. Sage editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt has an equivalent legacy per Ariyoshi for sustainable gov’t/environment policies amid our crtical economic downturn. There are no equivalent legacies for any of our single agenda-driven chiefs [mayor/county council/environmental advocates]. George Ariyoshi, despite his delusions of omnipotence/narcissism/vanity, reduxes for our learning curve such incredible fusion of sustainable gov’t/environment policies a la Waiahole-Wai Kane just as great editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt does here via 2% open space land fund. Aloha, –Curt

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Pahoa town was not located elsewhere outside of Pahoa as we know it today. Ambiguity might surface because cane planting engineered Ben Dillingham’s railway to Kapoho, thence Kapoho village’s start turn of the last century, & only as a byproduct of land-clearing for cane was Pahoa village started a century ago, for loggers at our world’s largest railroad tie mill, Haw’n Mahogany Lumber Co. back of today’s Akebono theater. Ben’s HRR train route ran 4 miles makai of Pahoa town on its way to Kapoho cane lands, & ran a side track for Pahoa lumber/eventual cane. Ohia wood harvest expanded mauka, necessitating worker camps at higher elevations above Pahoa village. Thence, notions of “original” Pahoa being along today’s Kahakai Blvd. elevation/mauka of today’s Pahoa village are thrilling [for the history spelunker] but not true. Our greatest AJA historian Franklin Odo [Kaimuki High '57 born 1939] has documented songs by laborers a century ago about the harsh reality of planting/harvesting cane in rocky soils [geologically recent lava flows] such as in Pahoa/Hilo’s Waiakea district. Ooh, so painful to hear!! Aloha, –Curt

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Iz Kamakawiwoole is the only non-gov’t official/dignitary whose body was laid to rest in our State Capitol rotunda for the public to come to say farewell to, & for Iz in spirit to say aloha to them. A week or so before Iz passed away, Iz called in to Iz’ buddy John Burnett at John’s deejay radio slot to wish Iz’ fans Iz’ fondest aloha & mahalo for their kindness/love. –Curt

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President Barack Obama’s tutu wahine “Toot” was very fortunate to come to Hawai’i 1959 [Statehood] because Hawai’i suddenly opened up to the world/inclusionary vs. customary Big 5 oligarchy exclusion. Toot fortuitously was blessed that Rudy Peterson 1904-2003 busted open Bank of Hawai’i 1955-1961 to women/minorities at the cusp of Statehood. Unquestionably, Rudy Peterson is the greatest exemplar to banking not just here but Stateside as well [Bank of America]. Born into dire poverty, Rudy never forgot his roots, but unlike contempos then & now, Rudy always was compassionate/generous/a soft touch. Essentially, Barack Obama has Rudy Peterson to thank vicarously/derivatively — Toot didn’t have a college degree/was tough to the bone — not that escrowers needed a BA/BS, but accession at the top post-Statehood welcomed a college degree. Michelle Obama said that to understand Barack, one needs to understand Hawai’i. Rudy Peterson impacted Barack’s life like no other, sustaining Toot as the primary wage-earner/breadwinner for Toot’s extended family, ergo her daughter/grandkids. Rudy even set the mark for rival First Haw’n Bank’s Johnny Bellinger, another rough-tough commoner haole like Toot. By the time Toot came to traditional hand-maiden Bank of Hawai’i [subrogated to top-producer Bishop Bank nka 1st Haw'n Bank] 1959, Cooke’s aristocratic bearing sadly branded Bank of Hawai’i as the elitist/hi-maka-maka bank, vs. customer-friendly 1st Haw’n Bank. But grounded/grassroot Peterson steered Bank of Hawai’i toward populist marketing [Rudy was recruited by sage Walt Dillingham 1875-1963, who'd learned Walt's bitter lesson to make up to buddaheads/local ethnics because Walt double-crossed us Asian immigrant progeny WWI by backing sugar planters in saying we were the Yellow/Brown Peril/Barbarians from the East/Asia] & popular inclusion [ergo, marketer Bob Sasaki/directors incl. Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996, Hung Wai Ching's baby brother, Hung Wo 1st non-haole director 1958, Chinn Ho, Masaji Marumoto/grassroot banker Jim Evans/etc.]. And Jack Burns 1909-1975 Delegate to Congress 1956-1959, born into poverty like Rudy Peterson, understood well & worked intimately w/Rudy in their common quest to bring equality of opportunity to our teeming masses. Egalitarian/altruist exemplars to the tee. And Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 got jump start on creating affordable home ownership for us teeming masses via Rudy’s/Bank of Hawai’i financing of Hung Wai’s tract housing developments. Neophyte GOP Gov. Bill Quinn 1959-1962, ever imperious/impudent despite his veneer Irish tenor singing voice, just was too clueless/elitist for Rudy’s vision to build a fair/equal society via banking opportunities. Hawai’i is opposite from Stateside esp. on race relations. Here local vs. malihini include vs. haole/dark-complexioned people. Thence geopolitical, not race per se, in that we locals against haoles/popolos/any outsiders. Class-culture wars, not race/ethnic wars. After all, Luso-Portuguese are white as snow, but Luso are us locals, not outside haoles. Yikes!! Love, –Curt

Yes, father of modern world banking Rudy Peterson was an immigrant Swede who got his start at Frisco along w/forebearer Dean Witter [both Rudy/Dean Berkeley grads] 1924, Dean being Chinn Ho’s investment mentor. Of course, per barb Chinamen no can trust each uh-dah, Chinn Ho used Matsy Takabuki as Chinn Ho’s/Gov. Jack Burns’ emissary to Wall St. to draw investment houses/world banrollers to our newfound State/Hawai’i. Hung Wai Ching/baby brother Hung Wo Ching used Masaji Marumoto as their atty/counsel. Uncle Hiram Fong, ever beloved among commoners [ILWU's greatest friend, Uncle Hiram deferred/forgave/graced interest payments on Hiram's Finance Factors loans to ILWU members amid strikes], was a career solon who was not used by McKinley High classmates Hung Wai Ching/Chinn Ho [McKinley High Class of 1924 is the most renowned in public school history in the Haw'n Islands, & included Masaji Marumoto--after all, McKinley was the only public high school in Honolulu & had enrollment population #s that look like today's UH Manoa enrollment population #s ]. Bill Richardson/Hung Wo Ching worked out of the same Ching bldg. & were close friends. It’s no surprise that Richardson as CJ S.Ct. got Ching in as Bishop Estate trustee & not GOP independent Rusty Blaisdell, who retired as mayor to try & get Rusty’s expected trusteeship. Hung Wo, ever the braggert [unlike egalitarian big brother Pastor Hung Wai Ching, who was 7 yrs. older than impetuous Hung Wo], was Burns’ bankroller [distant ancestral kin Clarence Ching was Burns' treasurer -- Burns had the nouveau riche young Chinamen up Burns' militant Democrat sleeve]. Burns groomed Ariyoshi to succeed Burns. Ariyoshi was in w/1st Haw’n Bank’s commoner haole Johnny Bellinger [Roosevelt High, not Punahou], which is why Bellinger’s protege Luso Walt Dods was Ariyoshi’s right hand campaigner. Interlinkage — power relationships — NEVER coincidental!! Irony is that GOP independent Rusty Blaisdell was St. Louis College Catholic gang, as were Democrats Burns/Clarence Ching/Walt Dods on the other side of the political party wall. Because Frisco-based Bank of America [Rudy Peterson] orginally was Bank of Italy [Italian Catholics], Rudy had great affinity w/everyone, from Catholics like St. Louis alumni Burns-Clarence Ching/Blaisdell’s St. Louis College-High gang/Fasi’s boys/Vince Esposito’s gang, to Congregationalists like Hung Wai Ching/Hung Wo Ching/Merchant St. godfather-C&C boss Frank Atherton’s progeny/UH genesis Charles Hemenway’s UH boys, Charles also from Congregational NE Atlantic Coast-Vermont/YMCA product Chinn Ho/etc. –Curt

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I studied Jimmy Arakaki & DickMatsuura from 1978 when Jimmy came back from Honolulu, & after Dick returned from overseas. Especially Jimmy was always quietly attentive in observing local politics & was such a welcome humble addition to our Democratic Party. Jimmy never was one to rubber neck for the glare of the spotlight like mostly all politicians are. Based on my past 31 years of watching Jimmy in action, I believe that Jimmy has this undying commitment to serve the people of Hawai’i, not to serve himself, whether you agree with his pro-development attitude or not. Jimmy’s twofold backdrop, 1) his rough early years in Ola’a/Kea’au as a child of unwanted destiny, who then was raised w/tremendous love & affection by his paternal grandparents [biological mom from Kohala, also Uchinanchu], & 2) his immediate connection emotionally w/the Sakada men in back of his employer Dodo Mortuary bldg. on Ponahawai St. that triggered his paroxysm about Big Money’s destruction of our unique slow-paced lifestyle via euphemistic/trite “urban redevelopment” that wrongly was embraced by our maddening crowd of pundits post-Statehood — set Jimmy on an almost religious mission to restore a sense of “community sharing” to our sundry facets of society/culture, from our tiny village insularity as you see with Jimmy’s first foray into politics via our Sakada men along Beckley lane/Sakada alley in the rear of our bldgs. along Ponahawai St. between Punahoa St. & Kilauea Ave., to our State as a whole. Unified sense of governance is Jimmy’s mantra, just as you see with Jimmy’s native Kea’au Village, heavily populated by Filipino immigrants. Yet, to the last patron soul, no one being left out/excluded, Jimmy interacts with our new Americans [today's Pinoy/South Pacific/Asian/South American immigrants/etc.] just as lovingly as he interacts with our longtime kama’aina residents. Let’s face it, Jimmy certainly knows how it feels to be a man without a home/life/anchor of stability-support/community. Yes, call Jimmy a developer’s shill, but to everyday folks, just as to top leaders like Uchinanchu legend Gary Mijo of O’ahu [though Jimmy tops Gary in magnanimity of spirit] & ubiquitous Dan Inouye, who self-deprecatingly refers to himself [Inouye] as the Bagman of the Pacific [Pork Barrel], Jimmy Arakaki is Jesus walking on water [to reach the shore of the public good/benefit/salvation]. I can go on & on about Jimmy, but the point is that Jimmy, for all of Jimmy’s self-deprecating comments [as w/Dan Inouye], is a man for all seasons, of immeasurable breadth & wisdom. Caveat, Jimmy always says that Aaron Chung is so much more the solon/brilliant guy than regular Jimmy, but Jimmy is the brain/heart-soul, gang, our character-builder a la WWII Gen. Alex Patch, a man for all of humanity [Patch fought vs. Tojo's soldiers, then went on to command our 442 boys vs. Hitler, amazing leader!!]. Love everlasting, –Curt

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Yes, the Old vs. the New, quarter century-long elected County atty kanaka Billy H. Beers [wife Maude was Kapi'olani Elem. School principal] was ousted in bitter election vs. Kansas granger boy/upstart Martin Pence 1904-2000, who [w/asst. Tom Okino] alleged that Billy was just too old to be of use to our County. Martin went on to be our 1st federal judge 1961 who castigated Bill Richardson’s rulings on public property rights over waterways/shorelines/volcanic accretions–new lava lands. Aloha, –Curt

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JJ Says:

Jimmy muttered, “Kinda stupid, actually,” on the latest freshman coup.
First time ever that I’ve agreed with Jimmy.
Love your dispatches Curtis!
..Funny, you’re probably the first person I’ve ever heard who speaks kindly of Jimmy A., of course, I live in Kona. ..Many on this side who have been around a while, spit on the ground when they hear his name, along with Yamashiro, blaming them for the sorry state of infrastructure and poor planning on the west side that continues to this day, and consider them both to be some of the original parasites on the Kona purse strings.
Nice to know more background as to his humble beginnings, many on this side only know him to be quietly pompous and arrogant. Guess it can be an occupational hazard in politics to start out as a good guy and turn into a jerk.
This is where his Kona legacy lies. I would like to think he’s had a change of heart and now sees with some hindsight and foresight that we islanders are all in this together and become again the person who “Ever at heart (is) a defender of the everyday commoner..” But most on this side would never fall for it, or believe it in a million years. Nice try though.
Mahalo to you for your weekly history lessons.

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Don OReilly Says:

Great story Curt. It’s good to learn a little more about the guy.
My only encounter with Mr. Arakaki was through the mail, over 10 years ago.
My small, mom and pop printing business had recently become the east side’s only source of postscript imagesetting, a digital process that uses lasers to image files directly onto film negatives for offset presses. It was state of the art that we offered, years before anyone else here in Hilo.
It was an election year, and I sent a letter to all registered candidates, explaining the benefits of the process, and offering more than competitive rates.
Mr. Arakaki did not open his mail from me, or even pitch it in the trash. When it came back to me, he written across the front “unsolicited” and “return to sender” (I then knew how elvis must’ve felt) . Do you think he was trying to tell me something? [yes, don't waste his time or your money sending him "trash" -- hubris of Jimmy as Hyde, not Jekyll]

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anon Says:

Yes Curt!
Yours was a needed perspective on what made Mr. Arakaki tick! I know I did not know how he has metamorphosed!

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Don, realistically, was your business address in Jimmy’s constituents’ district? If not, Jimmy probably didn’t want you to waste his time sending him “junk” mail. If your business address was in Jimmy’s constituents’ district, it would be the kiss of death for him to degrade you. Aloha, –Curt

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Don’s Elvis reference is Elvis’ song “Return to Sender.” Young adults today would have no clue why Elvis’ name is mentioned in Don’s commentary. Aloha, –Curt

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Don OReilly Says:

Curt, your posts are always welcomed by this reader, a novice history student who loves a good biography.
We were in district 2, at the Hilo Iron Works, back in ’94. Out of the almost two dozen I wrote to, Jimmy was the only candidate who went thru the trouble to return my mail in this way. Though I found that to be a little unusual, I’ll take your description of him as a kind, benevolent man, as written by someone I respect.
Perhaps if he knew then, that my wife’s grandfather was born in the Philippines, we’d be buddies today… Aloha

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Hi Don: I looked up your name in the phone book under O’Reilly & Reilly, but didn’t find your listing. I’d like to introduce Jimmy Arakaki to you. You’re a silent disciple/unsung hero [of equanimity]. Yes, ethnic ties are invaluable in our small island State, such as with your wife’s grandpa, but such ties should not be the limiting factor. I’ll find a way to intro Jimmy to you. Much aloha, –Curt

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Lawyer scion Carl Smith’s sons Wendell/Merrill [Budgie] grew up among us here in smalltown Hilo. Budgie was a great multi-sport/outdoor athlete, & especially loved snorkeling to retrieve his night’s meal. He was Hawaiian in a haole body. Isojiro Kitagawa [IK Motors founder] & the Fujimotos [HPM Bldg. Supply] retained the Carlsmiths [fusion of 1st/last names] early on. Which is how Budgie’s outfit actually were peacemakers/team-builders — Waiakea teenage boys [Kitagawa's neck of the woods] made trouble in Honomu [Carlsmith's C. Brewer retainer]. Budgie’s outfit brokered peace between our Waiakea oyabun/boss Kitagawa’s district teens & the Honomu C. Brewer honchos. Like how Matsy Takabuki dissuaded Harry Weinberg from going toe to toe vs. Chinn Ho for ownership control of the Star-Bulletin. HPM founder Kametaro Fujimoto lived in the heart of Waiakea on Kainehe St., gave his home to our Higashi Hongwanji church in 1928, which is why Kametaro’s grandson Bobby Fujimoto born 1927 has no affinity with old Waiakea/Yashijima town. Aloha, –Curt

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Expeditious results. Oil/car dealership use designation for today’s IK Motors site via industrial area relocation from 1960 tsunami. Hilo didn’t have industrial district, just spot zoning, so to speak, in 1960. HPM/Hitco [Hiroaki Kono]/IK Motors/Grayline [Naniloa's Childs family], all benefitted from Gov. Bill Quinn’s Land Bd. enablement/restoration of commerce immediately after the 1960 tsunami. Bobby Fujimoto’s Land Bd. stint got businesses up & running again w/out the red tape. Those businesses which owned properties in tsunami-destroyed downtown Hilo were able to exchange their downtown properties for fee simple industrial lots w/the State, such as you saw recently with Seiji Aoyagi’s Hawaii Junk [formerly on Pi'opi'o St.]. Seiji retired & looked for a buyer to his fee simple industrial lot. For most of our industrial area businesses in the Maka’ala St./Holomua St. corridor, their 55 yr. leases w/the State 1961-2116 will expire in the next 5 yrs., so it’s likely that they will negotiate new leases w/the State instead of moving out [fixed structures/bldgs. are retained by the State]. Bobby Fujimoto born 1927, now an old curmudgeon instead of a young one, on his last hurrah before he rides off into the sunset of mortality. At least Bobby salvaged our tsunami-obliterated businesses [Bobby's HPM/IK Motors/etc.]. Aloha, –Curt

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The power of government to implement eminent domain/land condemnation with compensation to the landowner is given tremendous deference/leeway by the courts, evidenced by the U.S. Supreme Court’s upholding of our lease-to-fee simple conversion law in Hawaii Housing Authority vs. Midkiff [Bishop Estate] in 1984, affirmed by Kelo vs. City of New London [Conn.] in 2005, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is no literal requirement that the property subject to eminent domain be used for the general public, but that the purpose of eminent domain in the Kelo case [to enable development to further the public interest] is determinative/the crucible. Of course, the Kelo decision was met with considerable scorn that attacked the real result that profiteer developers now had the heavy hand of government to further their avarice/aims. Inasmuch eminent domain customarily addresses urban blight/redevelopment, the public land trust doctrine preserves pristine lands/natural resources vs. rampant development/encroaching sprawl, as you see with destiny-maker Debbie Hecht’s 2% land fund org. Society is benefitted overwhelmingly by conservationists of Hecht’s ilk, who advocate for quiet enjoyment of our natural resources. A & B’s submission to our new perpetual agricultural use statute is but another variant of addressing urban/development sprawl. Ironically, Jimmy Arakaki born 1940 got his feet wet in the political pool by contesting indiscriminate urban renewal by developer Blackfield Ltd. via Blackfield’s application to raze our Mamo St. tenements [today's Farmers Market area]. Jimmy viscerally crusaded to allow the original old Filipino immigrants/Sakadas to live out their few remaining years in quiet dignity/enjoyment at their sparse quarters along the Mamo St. corridor. Of course, after they died in the 1980s, the area then was cleared for what evolved into today’s farmers market, a bold yet almost subconscious testament to the pride & dignity of our early Filipino/Pinoy forebearers, since today’s farmers market vendors are mostly newer Filipino immigrants, overseen by our Pinoy lessor. Purity of purpose still reigns over this very steeped Sakada site — Sakada alley/oldtime Filipino culture preserved to date. Do you know that Harvey Tajiri born 1944, County councilor 1976-1980, State House member 1984-1994, only lost vs. Harry Kim for mayor 2000 on GOP ticket, envisions a restoration of the quiet rustic ambience of downtown Hilo via Harvey’s dream state of a pedestrian mall from Haili St.’s Palace theater [with Haili St. only for parking use, the NW corner of Haili/Keawe Sts. for multi-story parking garage [where today's Union '76 Service Station is] south to Jimmy Arakaki’s Dodo Mortuary bldg. [owned by Dodo family/kazoku] dead center on Ponahawai St. [no pun intended], with retention of mainstay farmers market along this pedestrian mall/corridor, improved with corridor cluster of boutique shops [friendly condemnation of Punahoa St. alley makai of downtown KTA store only if necessary], with former site of Empire theater stage area [today's recessed parking lot off Furneaux Lane, which also will be parking only, not thru street] also graced with niche shops? Mamo St. to be for parking w/access to KTA. Whatever you might think about Harvey Tajiri [pro-development like Jimmy Arakaki], Harvey’s got his noggin’ planted in his heart [aloha for oldtime Hilo flavor]. It’s no surprise that new kids on the block [over the long haul of history] Tajiri & Arakaki are girded by their childhood nostalgia for the Hilo of Old [rural folksy lifestyle]. But unlike Doc Buyers/Francis Morgan, warm-nosed moguls who tried to cardio-back a dead industry [sugar cultivation] & slid under for it, Tajiri/Arakaki are fresh pragmatists who know that the value of the dollar rests on realistic piers, not fairy tale revisits to a time no longer with us [Buyers/Morgan ID to the world via their sugar planter typecast]. Talking about Blackfield Ltd., urban redeveloper, Tajiri doesn’t know that Blackfield ace ally Stan Hara born 1923 ex-Kalihi hombre who moved to Hilo 1947 to start up ag/floral produce distributorship, espoused w/Blackfield to level the tenements makai of Stan’s block [along Kilauea Ave. across from today's new Mongolian Diner in the former Food Fair supermarket bldg.], so that Stan could develop what is today’s farmers market area ancillary to Stan’s objective to create a pedestrian mall from Stan’s south anchor block due north to Tai On Chock’s [deceased] properties/anchor block on Waianuenue/Keawe Sts., whilst retaining the smalltown closeness of the traditional shops/bldgs. along Kilauea Ave. as it merges into Keawe St. at Mamo St. triangle. Essentially, Stan Hara is but a forerunner of Harvey Tajiri. Stan is judge Glenn’s dad, no relation to Pahoa Cash & Carry/T Hara family/kazoku chain of stores. Aloha, –Curt

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I go to Kona, bump into my cousin Takao Teshima born 1937, whose mother Shizuko “Mary” [my deceased mom's oldest sibling] just turned 102 yrs. old & still runs her famous Japanese authentic cuisine Teshima Restaurant in Honalo, & I ask my cousin Takao what is his mother’s legacy for humanity — Takao says it’s his mama’s blithe spirit/joyful heart, & also the reason she has lived so long — the power of positive thinking. I tell Takao that the customary Confucian trinity of “work hard/pay your bills/take care of your family” as adhered to by Shizuko’s ancestral Hiroshima district/ken a stone’s throw from Confucius’ China characterizes Shizuko’s lasting imprint on us all, perhaps not solely her positive approach to life as Takao intones. I didn’t tell Takao that Hiroshima ken/progeny have in their homes o-butsudans [personal family shrines] that bespeak the Confucian trinity, lorded over by the mantra, “Don’t marry a poor simple farmer!” Yikes!! Nonetheless, ningen sama zama/everybody’s different, so that my Aunty Shizuko is emblematic of the individualist creed of “get ahead & stay ahead” of your competition, so to speak. Capitalist. Sigh, no Jesus/messiah in sight in my kazoku/extended household. Love everlasting, –Curt

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I try to gain insight on Scripture [I'm a heathen/pagan] from the best applicator [of Scripture] in the world, Pastor Roy Kim born 1946, but because he tires of my fusillade of questions, I don’t get to see him very often. So I prevail upon born-againer Earl Nakasato born 1942, who always regales to fast-food joints’ customers he knows when he’s with me, “Wow, Curtis always is treating me to breakfast. I feel like a king!!” Sheez, would be nice if Earl could flip a switch just once in a great while so that I can feel like a king too. Wakaran/don’t know any better. Love, –Curt

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Obviously, Walt Dillingham 1875-1963 saddened over the passing of an era of prior haole elite monopoly/chokehold over every facet of Hawai’i society, & died a broken-hearted man [because of son Ben II being passed over by the changing of the guard to egalitarian Hawai'i]. Ben II was weak/indecisive/plodder like Ben I, not sharp/intuitive like Walter, who started up Haw’n Dredging that developed Pearl Harbor, making Walt as naval experts Teddy Roosevelt’s & cousin FDR’s most important man in the Pacific, as our distant outpost bastion/contractor. Aloha, –Curt

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Our Pahoa YBA [misnomer, Young Buddhist Ass'n, but members are all senior citizens] hall, the centerpiece of Pahoa village [heartland site smack in center of cluster of today's old shops/stores], is not ADA compliant. It needs to be compliant for public use. Sansei/3rd generation Robert Sugihara born 1947, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai [Japanese Community Ass'n] leader, UH Manoa ag graduate [works U.S. Ag Dept. up in 'Amauulu], comments [doesn't speak for Nikkei Jin Kai, whose current head is former kotonk/Statesider Craig Shimoda, whose dad was born in Pahoa] that the oldster Pahoa buddaheads aren’t gonna want to spend more money to upgrade the gorgeous/huge facility built in 1980 [pre-ADA days], but just to enjoy the facility for themselves exclusively in their few remaining yrs. left on this earth. They just rejected carrying even what orgs consider to be necessitous/vital insurance policies. Yikes!! Nonetheless, especially the youngest members [incl. youngest of all Jason Hashimoto born 1960, current Capt. Cook Ace Hardware mgr.] don’t even know about the upcoming Pahoa Centennial [why 1909 as start date??] & at least want to be notified of Main St. Pahoa Ass’n plans for the Centennial. Good sign of interest in the community at large, not just the buddaheads per se. Love always, –Curt

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harley charlie Says:

Curtis, Last night I watched an old WWII movie entitled “Air Force” made in 1943. The bigotry displayed against Hawaiians of Japanese ancestry was astounding.
The movie had Japanese/Hawaiians shooting sniper fire at the flight of B-17′s that actually did fly over from the mainland on Dec 7. I was shocked and ashamed.
Every race has their sad share of bigotry, as thinking folk know.

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Lorrin A. Thurston, Lili’u overthrower, was Advertiser owner till his death in 1931 [also 1st radio station KGU's owner, w/KGU's tower atop the Advertiser bldg.], when son Lorrin P. Thurston took over, but both Thurstons were such retrogrades in social legislation, that by the time Kailua-Kona resident Lorrin P. Thurston [Asa/Lucy Thurston, Lorrin P.'s great-grandparents, were our 1st missionaries 1820 who found Plymouth Rock of Kailua-Kona bay, & who spent the rest of their lives ministering at Kailua-Kona] handed over the reins to his nephew Thurston Twigg-Smith 1961, the Advertiser was becoming an irrelevance to our changing egalitarian/polyglot society, which forced Twigg to modernize/upgrade by bringing in Southern Jew Chapin [who was rejected by southern military academies for being Jewish], a grassrooter to the core. Chapin single-handedly transformed the Advertiser from an unregenerate antiquity of hegemonic elitism to a newspaper for the teeming masses. Thence, the Advertiser’s endorsement of Inouye over Ben Dillingham II for U.S. Senate 1962. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s destiny-maker is nearly half-century long editor Riley Allen, who refused to print the word Jap during WWII & who railed vs. WWII internment, pronouncing the Star-Bulletin as the newspaper of the common man/woman & who recognized the Asian ancestry of half of our population in the Haw’n Islands. Of course, Wallace Rider Farrington was the publisher, succeeded by his son Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954, GOP’s greatest solon/fighter for Statehood to benefit all of Hawai’i’s people. Love, –Curt

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Thank you so much, Harley Charlie, for sharing your observations!! How kind & thoughtful of you to do so!! Yes, military necessity was no euphemism — our entire West Coast [Washington on down to California] was openly vulnerable to invasion by militarist Imperial Japan’s Hirohito/Tojo. Which is why FDR ordered martial law in Hawai’i, inasmuch Hawai’i was the U.S.’ only distant outpost that buffered the West Coast from direct attack. Which also is why FDR ordered via E.O. 9066 removal of Japanese along the entire West Coast to avert sabotage/treason/sedition/espionage, declaring the West Coast a military removal zone. But when Nimitz/Emmons turned back Yamamoto’s Navy at Midway June 1942, just 6 months after Pearl Harbor, it was evident that Japan was going to lose the war, did not have the resources/material to invade our West Coast, & that military necessity to intern our kotonks/Stateside West Coast Japanese was no longer a necessity, but overreaction/paranoia to Pearl Harbor’s Day of Infamy. Inland kotonks like Utah’s Mike Masaoka 1915-1990, our greatest AJA assimilationist [despite Mike's egomania -- his bk. autobio is titled "They call me Moses"] were not interned, just West Coast Japanese. Our Hawai’i buddaheads comprised over half of our sugar plantation industry workforce, essential industry/sugar commodity to support our War effort, so mass internment of our Hawai’i buddaheads was out of the question, that would’ve killed our essential commodity, sugar, for wartime needs-food supply. Thanks again, Harley Charlie, for your beautiful recitation. Much aloha, –Curt

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Thank you so much, Rob Tucker born 1950, for being the bridge between our Pahoa buddaheads/YBA & Pahoa at large. The so-called ramp you see is for the old ladies to ease up into the humongous YBA hall. It is not ADA-compliant. Such compliance entails the O-bon dance concentric to modify itself to avert dancers tripping over ADA-compliant extended ramp, so to speak. The YBA hall bathroom facilities are not ADA-compliant. There are no turn-around spaces/area. Thank you & much aloha for letting your YBA members know about the Centennial. I apologize to you for not knowing that you notified your YBA about the Centennial. Why 1909 as start date?? Jason Hashimoto/Glenn Watarida/Rob Sugihara/Cal Hayashi/etc., basically the gang at this past Saturday’s YBA luncheon/meeting, asked what is this Centennial all about?? Yikes! Even basic essentials/insurance were rejected as more money to pay at this past Saturday’s meeting. Thank you again, for being the internationalist b/n our Pahoa buddaheads & Pahoa mainstreet folks. Much aloha, –Curt

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My apology, our greatest AJA assimilationist Mike Masaoka died in 1991, not 1990. I was thinking of Spark Matsunaga 1916-1990. My fault, I’m sorry for my error. Timeline is relevant because our early influences/mentors shape our later thinking/actions. Masaoka’s Utah Mormons were very accepting/welcoming, probably because they themselves were stigmatized/considered a religious cult, which shaped Masaoka’s belief that no matter how our Constitution turns upside down, it eventually rights up itself thru efforts like the 442nd RCT riflemen, that included the Masaokas. Love, -Curt

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My apology, I left out the “l” in George Chaplin 1914-2003, the Advertiser’s premier newspaperman/polyglot advocate. Bud Smyser also was a great newspaperman at the Star-Bulletin. Aloha, –Curt

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Riley Allen 1884-1966 was a southwesterner/Texan, as George Chaplin was a southerner, but Allen grew up in Seattle, Wash., polyglot like great educator Miles Cary from Washington. Allen/Chaplin/Bud Smyser from York PA. 1920-2001/Miles Cary, all apostles for “everybody’s equal,” all supernatural messiahs to us all. Love, –Curt

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Miles Cary 1895-1959, John Dewey progressive education/democratic individualism advocate, how ironic that Cary died when Hawai’i Statehood was granted. Cary, more than anyone else, enabled our assimilation toward Statehood. All of our greatest leaders, incl. Dan Inouye, worship Miles Cary. Love, –Curt

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Casual Observer Says:

wow! What a great find. Thank you curtis for your great insight and sharing this history. It further paints the picture of the decades-old beef between haoles and Japanese for the power base (and $$$) of Hawaii. AJA’s loosing ground, but still control the legislature. They got big boys (non aja’s but got japanese wives) in Mufi and Kenoi, but we all know that ground is slowly being lost. Haoles continue to have the $$$ locked down in Hawaii because they own the land and control real estate. But the diversity amongst haoles might fracture a common cause — you got old haoles, local haoles (with old conservative haole fathers, you get hippie haoles, you get old hippie haoles, You get newly arrived haoles, etc. etc. AJA’s take pride in actually being a fairly monolithic group. Fact of the matter, Haoles never liked Japanese (they only like Japanese women) and Japanese never TRUST haoles — but they like the hapa grandkids. The beef is an old one and I’m a pawn in the game who will graciously accept my front row seat in the upcoming haole-japanese beefs. It’s actually an interesting chess game that has been in the works for years. The Hawaiians now have a very powerful trump card and have worked both with Haoles (Kam School) and the state (OHA). Stay tuned! Mahalo for your stories.

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Hi Casual Observer: Thank you so much for your terrific observations/insights. You are correct. Yet the so-called racial conflict is really about class schism via geography. Local polyglots don’t want Mainland haoles invading our shores to buy up our lands, leaving nothing for our progeny. Mainland haoles don’t want our local boy network mistreating them as outsiders/interlopers. Class schism via geography. Not racism per se because our Luso/Portuguese are haoles but still are our local boys, so to speak. Yes, Bishop Estate is Haw’n & our biggest private landowner [now called Kamehameha Schools], & gets added power for its one-drop blood quantum irrelevance from Haw’n government arm OHA & from our apologist solons, who don’t want to be politically incorrect. Well, the U.S. Constitution has the final say over this, via the U.S. Supreme Court, & certainly the one-drop blood quantum irrelevance will be exposed for its sophistry/folly. Freddy Rice has progeny who are part-Haw’n & who are non-Haw’n. The Haw’n blood quantum is so diluted, what does it really matter whether a kid has 1/16th Haw’n blood vs. a kid who has no Haw’n blood?? Blood quantum really is a moot point. The enduring crucible always will be needs-based funding. Socio-economic standing, not race/ethnic blood quantum, is the only sensible measure for parity. Thank you again, Casual Observer. Let’s look at George Yokoyama born 1926, messiah to our teeming masses. He couldn’t stomach Al Nishimura 1928-2008, George Ariyoshi’s First Haw’n Bank mgr./booster here, because George Yokoyama [known as the angry-looking Filipino!! Yokoyama is really full Japanese] always regarded Nishimura as hi-maka-maka/high-nosed banker. Both are japaneez. But class/economics separate them. Irony is that Yokoyama is from upper class backdrop, Nishimura is from farmer bumpkin backdrop. Or, as Soviet Nikita [ergo Nishimura] once mocked to Chou En Lai, “I’m so amused to see someone of your stature who has gone from high culture to this peasant empowerment.” To which erudite Chou [ergo Yokoyama] countered, “Just as you have forgotten about your peasant past.” Mahalo always, –Curt

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Yes, Yokoyama’s Larry Capellas was HCEOC bd. chair, which is how Yokoyama says Yokoyama got Larry to be Akaka’s liaison here [Akaka was former State EOC chief]. Yokoyama says that Herkes’ mayoral run 2000 is the only race that Yokoyama’s candidate lost. Herkes big backer of HCEOC. Capellas a great educator/altruist, though Cappy loved his vodka!! Consider Yokoyama as the “Quiet Force,” Cappy as the “Happy Trooper!!” Love, –Curt

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It’s great to see internationalist/goodwill ambassador Rob Tucker as a Pahoa YBA [Young Buddhist Ass'n] member. At one time editor Tiffany’s mother-in-law Julie used to participate in Buddhist activities. Of course, the Pahoa YBA hall is a testament to our Nisei/2nd generation, not our Issei/immigrants who first started our YBA. Our Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai Issei built our original Pahoa YBA hall in 1921, & our Nisei then built its replacement on the same site in 1980. Our Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai Issei also built our original Japanese school in 1904 & its replacement in 1931 next to our Pahoa school park, & also acquired our Pahoa Japanese Cemetery in 1903, & also built our 1st community hall in 1913. Aloha, –Curt

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Emily Naeole is more likely to enter a cookie cutter Stateside design mall w/Stateside outlets in Pahoa town than a Brenda Ford is. Because Brenda’s “been there, done that” before & knows the local culture-killer that such a mall is. Former Statesiders infinitely have more experience/wisdom than us local polyglots about the homogenized urban experience like the cookie-cutter malls that include KFC [shortened its name to avoid the word "fried" for health-conscious consumers][Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. owner of KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut -- typifies the homogenized mall occupant -- one set of staff instead of 3 separate staffs cuts overhead costs]. Thence, home rule by our local polyglots amounts to destroying our culture via global corporations that hoard away our almighty dollar spent here locally. Yikes! Aloha, –Curt

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You see, publisher Mike Aiello, why you have wisdom beyond your young years? You’ve lived in many different places/worlds, you’ve been blessed with summing up all of your experiences in a cohesive constructive way, & to put things in perspective, military brats are not brats, but blessed with tremendous balance/proportion. You, Mike, have “been there/done that” like Joshua, memorialized as a great military commander because of his equanimity/proportion, unlike the rest of his countrymen, who consumed themselves with narcissist idolatry [fast buck--money is god]/material decadence. Aloha, –Curt

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My comment to esteemed thinker Casual Observer distinguished misnomer concept racism from Hawai’i mindset class discrimination via geography — we local polyglots don’t want rich haoles to invade our shores, buy up our properties, & leave nothing behind for our progeny. Conversely, Tiffany’s points are about our local polyglots’ hubris/self-deception. We local polyglots see ourselves as defenders of our faith/culture. But in trying to afford our consumer habits, we fall prey to global profiteers like Tricon Restaurants Inc. [known today as Yum! outfit that includes KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/Long John Silver's/Pepsi as supplier/etc.]. Essentially, we get the rug pulled out from under us by global profiteers while we complain incessantly about losing out to invading haoles who buy up our properties from us local polyglots who want to make a quick buck just like the haoles we scoff at. Minamina/miserly over the wrong ideas. Aloha, –Curt

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Yes, Square Nishimura is Al Nishimura’s dad. Square didn’t work, so Merle Nishimura Lam’s dad took food over to Square to feed Square. Back to Tiffany’s point about our County Council’s minamina/foolish ways — Tiffany is correct, our local polyglots [gang of 5] kill our culture while thrashing supposed interlopers [haole outsiders]. Aloha, –Curt

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[written June 19, 2009]
Politics make strange bedfellows? George Yokoyama born 1926 tag-teamed w/Roland Higashi born 1940 in supporting Bob Herkes for mayor 2000. But in 2006 Yokoyama’s Dan Akaka beat Higashi’s Ed Case in Akaka’s re-election win to the U.S. Senate. Though folks associate Higashi w/Harvey Tajiri, Higashi — conservative/pro-development as he is — repulsed at Tajiri turncoating Dems to run as GOP for mayor 2000. Tajiri says that Scrub Tanaka told Tajiri only a haole could win in 2000 [changing demographics w/haole power], so don’t run vs. Scrub’s choice Holschuh. Which Tajiri says is why Tajiri switched parties. But in the press, Tajiri was asked by GOP chair Lingle to run as GOP for mayor [before Harry Kim entered the race], which Tajiri accepted. Lingle & Kim don’t mix well. Lingle wants to lord over Kim. Kim doesn’t get lorded over by anyone. What killed Herkes’ run for mayor was Herkes’ late entry into the Dem primary vs. Holschuh, who was a greenhorn that commerce [Higashi/Yokoyama] didn’t have faith in. Yokoyama says Herkes for mayor is Yokoyama’s only loss as a kingmaker. Of course, Scrub got so disgusted w/Holschuh’s greenhorn ways, Scrub jumped onto Herkes’ late bandwagon after Scrub published scathing repudiation of Holschuh’s leadership qualities. Herkes felt that Scrub was more minus than plus to Herkes’ campaign for Scrub’s sore loser publicity vs. Holschuh. Herkes didn’t want such drama from Scrub. Aloha, –Curt

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Our Pahoa immigrant Issei named the YBA hall in tribute to our 2nd generation Nisei because the Issei sacrificed their lives for the sake/betterment of their Nisei kids ["kodomo no tame ni" -- for the sake of the children]. Aloha, –Curt

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Bob Hughes & Bob Midkiff are 2 angels on our shoulders. Bob Hughes, on behalf of C. Brewer, gave Teruo Morigaki’s Papa’ikou Hongwanji church 2.5 acres, before Doc Buyers took over. Buyers’ aggressive personality & rubbernecking for the press story turned off most folks. Mits Tanaka, Scrub’s baby brother [Burns manpower chief here], once saw Buyers move from economy plane seat to first class after the jet took off [to avoid the first class seat price]. Buyers’ redemption was as a warm nose investor — Buyers tried to revive a dead industry, sugar, which was Buyers’ ID to Hawai’i acceptance. Like fellow warm nose Francis Morgan/Theo Davies, our sugar industry was anathema to cold nose investors & Buyers/Morgan were iced out in the end. –Curt

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Doc Says:

Love all of your stories, Curtis.
Its actually pretty funny, when local “leaders” with the greed gene bend over backwards to ok many more subdivisions with out infrastructure, rezones, etc. for their pals – bringing in so many newcomers who will quickly get up to speed on local politics and in the very near future, have more votes to throw the bums out, permanently. I enjoy watching them slit their own throats. Soon, Puna and Kona will rule the island.

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Hollywood-handsome, cheerfully engaging Harvey Tajiri born 1944, Hilo High ’62 grad, UH Manoa P.E. major, 1976-1980 Hawai’i County Councilor, 1984-1994 State Representative, only lost running for mayor 2000 to Harry Kim in the GOP primary. Harvey switched from Dem to GOP because Dem godfather Scrub Tanaka told Harvey that only a haole would win the 2000 mayor’s race, & because GOP chair Linda Lingle asked Harvey to run. Harry Kim threw Harry’s hat into the ring late but won going away vs. Harvey, then Dem Holschuh. Harry’s template was CD chief [macho man]. No matter how you look at Harvey Tajiri, Harvey is an ideas guy upon which you cannot put a price tag on. Harvey’s forte is fiscal/finance, but Harvey’s ideas run the full range from esthetics [promenade makai of makai bldgs. on Keawe St. from Ponahawai St. to Haili St., converting Furneaux Lane into a parking accessway -- the mall concept always is pleasing a la Fort St. Mall] to economic development [Hawai'i Island as Boston of the Pacific w/Parker Ranch donating 200 acres for university campuses --not to have Jack Burns' commuter college for Kona students to go to Waimea, but to develop Waimea itself via Parker Ranch. Parker Ranch will go from cash poor to bank rich via such development but still preserve its cattle industry's ID to the world. Jack Burns envisioned UH-Waimea as a commuter school for Kona kids --to avert room/board costs, while directly benefitting Kohala/Waimea/Hamakua families & infusing development to replace the dead sugar industry]. Harvey always says we should export knowledge, not import it — let us be the knowledge industry of the Pacific, which exponentially will generate byproduct economic development [clean industries--information techonology, not industrial coal industries]. Harvey acknowledges that solon Stan Hara’s Micronesian influx to UH-Hilo is a step in the right direction to have us be the wayfinders of wisdom via higher education in the Pacific/Oceania. Harvey sees Parker Ranch getting tax credits [not just a deduction, which is not a dollar for dollar decrease in taxes like a tax credit is]. Harvey also envisions Hawai’i as the mecca for health care, the so-called Mayo/Cleveland Clinic of the Pacific, esp. w/supplies from Asia. Multiplier plusses incl. high-end service industry [hotels/restaurants] for recession-proof patients’ families. Not to mention a whole industry of staffers from Hawai’i for our so-called Cleveland Clinic of the Pacific. Harvey also envisions Hawai’i as the Silver [Hair] City of the West a la Phoenix w/cartways/etc. Harvey also would curb land speculation via 3rd assessment rate [beside land/bldg.] on vacant residential/commercial land that stays vacant for an extended period of time [5 yrs. or more as a general gauge], w/rollback reduction if improvements are erected thereafter, conjoint w/speculation tax on quick flips [3 yrs. or less as a gauge]. Harvey agrees w/Gov. Lingle for furloughs [tough decision], instead of kowtowing to HGEA/HSTA/UPW/etc. for tax increases to spread the hurt to taxpayers in general. Harvey agrees w/Mayor Kenoi/County Council to raid the 2% land fund payment inasmuch public safety overrides future esthetics, though Harvey agrees w/editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt to reach a compromise that still ennobles/empowers the well-intentioned environmentalists. Coherent land use avatar Tom Gill would be so gratified because of our terrific foresighted/visionary environmentalists. Harvey rebukes ex-councilor Brian De Lima’s quip that Harvey did more partying than lobbying when Jimmy Arakaki had Harvey preserve Harvey’s grants-in-aid genesis so that our County can max monies given to us from the legislature. Harvey says proof positive is that Hawai’i’s share was preserved, despite De Lima’s marginalization of Harvey. Harvey rebukes Scrub Tanaka’s accusation that Harvey was a taisho/bonehead as County Council chair 1976, which Scrub said is why Harvey was kicked out as chair in 1977. Harvey says that Steve Yamashiro didn’t want to be finance chair, so Harvey elevated Steve to Council chair, & Harvey became finance chair. That Scrub/Toshi Serizawa got pissed off at Harvey because Harvey had Harry Takahashi pick Gerald Monden as auditor staffer instead of Scrub’s/Toshi’s choice Al Subica [half-japanee, great political ethnic fodder]. But in retrospect, Harvey laughs because to Harvey, Al might’ve been the wiser choice [proficient], though Scrub/Toshi were looking at ethnic/bloc voting. Scrub never spoke to Harvey again after Harvey rejected Scrub/Toshi, except to tell Harvey not to run in 2000 because only a haole could win [Holschuh]. Till this day, Yamashiro entrusts Harvey w/complete overview of personal matters when Yamashiro is away out of necessity. Contrary to what Scrub alleged, Yamashiro never kicked out Harvey as Council chair. But Yamashiro detested Scrub because Scrub tried to dictate to Yamashiro/Dems what to do. You never tell Yamashiro what to do, lest you get a socko [figuratively] in return. Steve is a rock-solid Uchinanchu/Okinawan [perseverance] whose dad is a legendary savior among Okinawans here & in Japan, literally saving lives via food aid to starving Okinawans post-WWII, just as Jesse Shima was a savior out of D.C. [Jesse our Hilo boy 1901-2002, Henry Shimabukuro's uncle]. Tajiri is Kumamoto prefecture origin, which is unreal in that Hiroshima/Yamaguchi prefectural progeny are the business people in Hawai’i, not samurai Kyushu Island Kumamoto/Fukuoka progeny. Harvey’s dad had a car repair shop which Harvey saved [dad was a body/fender pro, not a businessman] & continued to expand, but Harvey had the Ando Store [formerly Roy Nakamoto's wife's family store] Kawailani/Kino’ole Sts., Harvey’s uncle had the fish store on Kilauea Ave. Today Harvey is a mega-investor/developer, but Harvey does a lot of enablement manuahi/free, such as w/Kaneshiro to Okuyama sale of Food Fair site [Harvey wanted sale to outsider for way higher price/terms for Harvey's Kaneshiro, but this was an honor/"on" transaction which Harvey respected]. Harvey is the genesis of the UH Vulcan booster club, started in 1971 when Harvey was only 27 yrs. old. Harvey says AD McNally was a disaster, which is why Harvey disbanded the boosters. Talking about leadership, Harvey supported Ariyoshi for Gov., but when Yoshito Takamine told Harvey/Dem Councilors do this/do that, Harvey told Yoshito, “Hey, you don’t tell me/us what to do!! We not your slaves!!” Yikes!! Yoshito hurriedly gathered himself, apologized & muttered, “No, I meant to ask you, not to tell you.” Harvey’s fiscal acumen was so prized at the legislature that bigwigs Souki/Cal Say/Donna Ikeda/Kihano/Kobayashi/etc. counted on Harvey’s expertise/instincts. Boy, as to Roland Higashi born 1940, see gang, everybody equates Roland w/Harvey because these 2 hombres are the handsomest japaneez you gonna see. But other than their “strong/silent type” Gary Cooper persona, they are as different as night & day. Harvey knows that Roland’s antipathy vs. Harvey goes back to their days as young Jaycees, w/Roland on top [4 yrs. older than Harvey] & Harvey bringing up the rear. For reasons inexplicable to the public, these 2 mega-developers today were Cain [Higashi] & Abel [Tajiri]. Only God knows what happened . Sheez, how old feuds linger, heh, brah’ Aloha, –Curt

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Okay, 99 & 9/10th % of the public wonder what da hell does it matter, reprising old farts Higashi/Tajiri [Tajiri's Mercury body/looks put 20 yr. old hunks to shame even today!!], or even worse, museum mummy/petrified relic Yoshito Takamine born 1926??!! Well, for all of John Burnett’s brutally honest opinions that sting/hurt like the dickens, “JB” gave me the most comforting compliment yesterday, when he told me in reaction to my telling him that I asked retired police CID sage Teruo Morigaki what was Morigaki’s grisliest/most horrifying case [Morigaki said it was the Kokubun killings in Volcano over 3 decades ago -- no relation to solon Russ], “You know, you’re somethin’ else, I tell you — God bless for a simple guy like you — no one would rise to ask such a macabre question — but you know, it’s clearly the most important question of all, to ask this of a wise old fella like Morigaki!!” So for all of my irrelevancies/eccentricities, yes, you won’t find a handsomer guy than Harvey Tajiri!! Love eternal, –Curt

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Yes, a comment on another topic alluded to creative reserve/rainy day fund. Of course, we cannot have a rainy day fund. But HHA had such over 2 decades ago, so that Hurricane Iniki’s devastation partially was addressed by such rainy day fund. Of course, such fund was exposed, & then done away w/. Do you know that solons Donna Ikeda/Ann Kobayashi/Virginia Isbell were GOP, then switched to Dem? There’re no GOP to tiff against anymore today, just Dems fighting among themselves. Ironically, a rainy day fund would have to be hidden from public scrutiny, which just won’t happen today, so our fiscal crisis has no quick fix. Problem-solver?? Russ Kokubun, but he’s no miracle maker, no one is today. Back in Kauhane’s/Carvalho’s/Wakatsuki’s days, even more recently in Tajiri’s days, strict scrutiny over finances was non-existent, so rainy day fund was solace for acute crises like Hurricane Iniki. Not so today. Aloha, –Curt

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Harvey Tajiri is a born-again Christian, wrought by tragedy/hardship over the years [e.g. son was dastardly assaulted], so that Harvey feels that there is a higher power, so to speak. Harvey went to Buddhist Hongwanji as a child, but never really connected. Scrub Tanaka/Teruo Morigaki are Hongwanji [Honoka'a/Papa'ikou respectively], as is Isamu Kanekuni of Hilo. Aloha, –Curt

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Do you know that Hilo’s Kiyo Hamakawa born 1929 was the NCAA point man to get wrestler Rocky Aoki to resume Rocky’s college bid to garner the no. 1 spot for Rocky’s weight division? Samurai Rocky felt so ashamed that Rocky dishonored his parents by coming in #2, that Rocky was unmovable in choosing to give up wrestling, despite Kiyo’s exhortation. Nonetheless, as Rocky’s parents in Tokyo had named their tiny eatery Benihana after the red benihana flowers in their neighborhood, so did Rocky open up his 4 table hole in the wall eatery in NYC called Benihana. And the rest is history, w/Benihana being the most successful Japanese restaurant in the world. Imagine, if our own Kiyo Hamakawa of Villa Franca [across our only native-born NBAer Red Rocha] had been successful in dissuading Rocky from quitting college, Rocky would’ve ended up being a college professor in physical education or the like. Yikes!! Kiyo also babysat Hollywood’s Kurt Russell when Kurt was an infant, inasmuch Kurt’s dad Bing Russell, Kiyo’s fellow hoopster at Springfield College MA, was Kiyo’s best friend. Yikes!! Aloha, –Curt

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Do you know that Ramon Goya born 1941 is the inspiration for our Vulcan sports program, & that Harvey Tajiri born 1944 is the booster club leader who bankrolled it? Anyway, it’s not about Ramon or Harvey. It’s about Ramon’s mom May Goya, who was shimpai’d [arranged] to marry Ramon’s dad Square Goya. Uchinanchu/Okinawan pairing that turned out beautifully. Point is that May put together a filling/hearty dish that May called “cowboy plate” at her May’s Fountain on Kam Ave. where Bishop St. leads straight to our Kamehameha Statue in the heart of Shinmachi, at WWII’s end. May’s cowboy plate consisted of rice topped w/a hamburger patty, one egg, & gravy. May’s bowls only were used for saimin/soup. The Waiakea Pirates frequented May’s Fountain, which is why traditional Lincoln Wrecker “Boyz in da Hood” Square became a Waiakea Pirate boy, though Lincoln Park/Wrecker boys also frequented May’s Fountain. Nonetheless, Lincoln Grill’s Nancy Inouye across the Central Fire Station on Kino’ole St. soon thereafter concocted Nancy’s bowl of rice topped w/a hamburger patty, one egg, & gravy, urged upon her by the same boys who frequented May’s Fountain. The only difference was that Nancy used a bowl [to avoid food spilling onto the floor]. Rudy Legaspi’s Lincoln Wrecker boyz coined it loco moco, though the only difference between Nancy’s bowl & May Goya’s plate was the container the loco moco was in. Sigh, Rudy Legaspi being the geo-centric Wrecker boy, always extolled Nancy Inouye as the genesis of today’s ubiquitous loco moco. Yes, perhaps because of Nancy’s use of the bowl for the loco moco, but the idea of it really began w/May Goya’s cowboy plate. Aloha, –Curt

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Yes, our local polyglots are reminiscent of Gospel Enemy #1, self-righteous defenders of our turf who are our own worst enemies, as you see in Romans 3:9-20 & John 13:14-15. To use the colloquial expression, our local polyglots’ worst sin is being two-faced/hyprocrisy/self-concealment. Last week Saturday loving editor Tiffany Edwards Hunt got a mean taste of Jap prejudice by being condemned for going up to the YBA luncheon meeting buffet line, even after being urged to do so by fellow YBA members [the buffet boss who haranged Tiff didn't know that Tiff was a guest speaker on racial inclusion/integration, of all topics!! The buffet boss thought that Tiff was an interloper who ambled in just for free kaukau/food -- yikes!!]. Just this week kama’aina Trib scribe Jason Armstrong gives Tiff an earful of rage. Yesterday Emily Naeole rails vs. Tiff. Notwithstanding such affronts/hurt, no way Tiff suffered as much as Jesus on the cross. Love everlasting, –Curt

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On our elected County Atty [fusion of corp counsel/prosecutor] of 8 decades ago, boy, County Atty Beers would make the MMA/Extreme Fighting Main Event today. His name screamed across the Trib’s main page every day a la Charles Marsland [who beat even-handed Togo Nakagawa].

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The Status Quo is not bad by nature. Longest-serving elected official/Auditor Harry Kaina Brown 1924 to his death in office 1953 [opera diva/educator Elizabeth Hawea Waia'u's dad] was a man of tremendous equanimity/composure, a racially inclusive man who was honored by our Japanese community for his confidence in us as a people during the paroxysm of WWII, just as Harry’s fellow Haw’n & longest-serving elected chief executive [County Chairman/today's Mayor designation] Sam Mahuka Spencer served a distinguished career for 20 yrs. 1924-1944, steering us thru the abyss of the Great Depression & the shockwaves of WWII, ever our rock-solid practical leader who eschewed theatrical politics, a man of calm bearing & steady countenance, a leader for alltime. Love, –Curt

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kua ka’ana nu’u [compression of sacrifice] luakini/sacrificial heiau where today’s Coconut Island parking lot site is

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All praise to Don Pakele born 1944, who credits Clark/Kelsey for site name kua ka’ana nu’u, whose heiau stones still remain at an undisclosed site away from Banyan Drive. Of course, not Keli’ipi’o but Nape’ahi are the guardians of the kua ka’ana nu’u sacred stones. Kaipalaoa luakini heiau at today’s Armory site along Shipman St. downtown Hilo was significant especially because this is where Kamehameha the Great declared the Law of the Splintered Paddle Mamalahoe [not hoa] — the old/young/weak [women] were protected from abuse on our public pathways on pain of death, akin to our Social Gospel of Matthew 5/Isaiah 58 [blessed are the meek/oppressed, for they shall inherit the earth/Kingdom of Heaven]. Not to mention the Naha stone formerly at Kaipalaoa/etc. I thank gorgeous/gifted architect Taylor Cockerham for surmising based on intelligent investigation that Titus Coan’s doorstone slab now at our YWCA might be the only known remnant of our reknown Kaipalaoa heiau.

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Heiau Kaipalaoa’s Destruction

The Naha & Pinao Stones in front of Hilo’s Public Library Thrums Annual [1908] book says that the large boulder was part of the Heiau Kaipalaoa [where Liholiho/Kamehameha II had his navel cord cut ceremoniously in 1797, & where Keoua sacrificed Keawemauhili 1790, & from where Kamehameha the Great proclaimed his Mamalahoe law -- incident at Papa'i site 7 miles south of Hilo's King's Landing along the shoreline--law of the splintered paddle]. Bill Westervelt 1911 quotes Ku’oko’a newspaper that “Kamehameha went to the place where the stone was lying and tried his strength, putting his hands under the side of the stone and lifted it. Thus he showed that he could move all the islands.” Heiau Kaipalaoa is not the seashore site by Hilo’s lighthouse, but stood where today’s Hilo Armory is along the Wailuku River. The destruction of Heiau Kaipalaoa began in 1819, after the death of Kamehameha the Great, when Ka’ahumanu issued her edict for the destruction of the idols. When Haili Church was to be replaced by a stone bldg. in 1856, there was no stone quarry near today’s Haili Church because the 3 Halai Hills mauka of the church site blocked lava flows to the church site, meaning that the church site lay on deep volcanic ash/dirt.

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Thence stones/boulders from the Heiau Kaipalaoa were used for the Haili Church stone bldg. But because the heavy boulders sank into the soft ash/dirt, Haili Church was then built of lumber. Point is that the large boulder for sacrifice, known as Naha, lay on the old Kipi property, along with a small boulder known as Pinao, pretty much where they situate today, except that these 2 boulders were moved to the old library site [Kulana Na'auao] just mauka of their original location at Heiau Kaipalaoa in 1916, then moved back to their Kipi site in 1951, then in 1962 moved several yards toward Waianuenue Ave. to where they stand today in front of our Hilo Public Library. How these 2 boulders ended up in the first place on the old Kipi property where today’s library bldg. is builds on a guess that they were rolled up craggy foot trail now known as Waianuenue Ave. [Rainbow Falls destination], then left at the old Kipi property where today’s library bldg. is, instead of being rolled south along today’s Ululani St. [back then just a jungled foot path] to Haili Church site a thousand feet away, laid on Kipi’s property after it was determined that the ground was too soft to support a Haili Church stone bldg. — Curt

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Reader chafed that the arrival of the missionaries resulted in the destruction of Heiau Kaipalaoa. No. Kuhina nui [executive officer] Queen Ka’ahumanu ordered destruction of the idols/end of kapu a year before the missionaries arrived in 1820.

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Famous Na-ha Stone

From December 7, 1915 Star-Bulletin: Famous Na-Ha Stone was not used as sacrificial altar — authentic account discovered reveals part it played in testing of royal babes — At last something very definite has been learned about the historic Na-ha stone which, at present, is on the property of John Scott [current public library site]. The Rev. Stephen Desha has discovered the old Hawaiian paper that tells the history of the stone and he has given out a short translation of the screed. It is not a written translation, but merely a verbal synopsis of the old and interesting story.

The Na-ha stone turns out not to be a sacrificial stone at all. It was used in connection with certain ceremonies connected with the birth of a child of high degree among certain lines of chiefs of old Hawaii. The stone was originally located in the Waialu river, Kauai, and was brought to the island of Hawaii by a high chief, Makaliinuikuakawaiea (k). The stone was landed from a double canoe at Waiakea and from there transported to its present resting place shortly afterwards. The stone was supposedly endowed with great powers and when children of royal blood were delivered it was on the Na-ha stone that the kahuna deposited the newly born infant. Should the infant cry aloud, it was declared to be of the true Na-ha blood. When Kamehameha the Great was 20 years of age, he came from Kohala to Hilo in company with Kalaniwahine, a prophetess, in a canoe. The party landed at Waiakea and were met by Ululani (w), a Hilo chiefess. Ululani inquired as to the cause of the visit of Kamehameha and Kalaniwahine, and the king replied, “I come to visit the Na’ha stone.” The Hilo chiefess immediately retorted, “You are not entitled to visit the stone. You are of another branch and not of the Na-ha!” Kamehameha then declared that he had come to conquer the Na-ha pohaku. His words were, “I came to visit the Na-ha pohaku and try to conquer it. I will succeed in making friends with the Na-ha branch of the alii.” Kamehameha and his companion then went to the Na-ha stone and the king walked around the big rock, patting it and talking to it as if it were alive. “You are not only a stone, but a great mountain,” declared Kamehameha. “It will be very hard for me to move you, but I will try.” Kamehameha then strove with all his might to move the stone but for a time he could not. He strained and pushed until his eyes were bloodshot and his face was crimson but could not budge the big rock. Then the prophetess exclaimed, “E Kalani e, if you succeed in moving Na-ha pohaku, you will move the whole group of islands. If you change the foundations of Na-ha pohaku, you will conquer the whole group. You will prosper, your people will prosper and I too, will benefit.” Kamehameha then grunted and, making one final, great effort, rolled the stone from its resting place. The moving of the stone caused a shock like an earthquake and the land in the vicinity rocked and swayed. From the fact that he had moved the stone came the idea that he could conquer the whole group of Hawaiian Islands. Turning to the people, Kamehameha declared, “I have moved the Na-ha pohaku, and I have changed its foundations. I will conquer the whole group [of islands].” The paper goes on to say that whenever Kamehameha the Great was about to begin a battle he would always refer to the Na-ha stone and would repeat his statement about shifting it. He would, before starting in to fight, exclaim, “I will be victorious today — the gods are with me!” A written translation of the old document now in the possession of Senator Desha will be made at once and the paper will then be turned over to the committee from the Board of Trade which is in charge of the matter.

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Isaiah 2:6-18

In the vanity of our pride, we put our trust in material strengths. A sense of strength perverts our judgment, and soon we are in conflict with God and men. Twice in this brief section, God says He will bring low the haughtiness of men. Lucifer’s pride hardly endeared him to God—it eventually brought him into open conflict with Him! He was cast down (brought low) to earth, but because his pride is still influencing him, the worst is yet to come. And in the interim, he is infecting us with his most dangerous attribute. –John W. Ritenbaugh

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Meekness is the fruit of God by His Spirit working in us. Godly sorrow softens our stiff-necked rebellion and our hearts so that we are made receptive to the workings of the Creator to produce His image in us. Therefore meekness, along with the qualities already mentioned, also includes our becoming pliable, malleable, submissive, and teachable. A New Testament term for this condition might be “childlike.”
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Meekness enables a person to bear patiently those insults and injuries he receives at the hand of others. It makes him ready to accept instruction from the least of the saints. It allows him to endure provocation without being inflamed by it. He remains cool when others become heated. Meek people seek no private revenge; they leave that to God’s sense of justice while they seek to remain true in their calling and meet God’s standards.
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We will be like the confident Peter, who, boasting that unlike others he would never desert Christ, immediately fell flat on his face in spiritual failure. The secret of growth in Christian character largely lies in realizing our powerlessness and acknowledging it before God.
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The language of this meekness is that of the child Samuel: “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth;” and that of Joshua, who, when he was in that high post of honor, giving command to Israel, and bidding defiance to all their enemies—his breast filled with great and bold thoughts—yet, upon the intimation of a message from heaven, thus submits himself to it: “What saith my Lord unto his servant?” and that of Paul—and it was the first breath of the new man—”Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” and that of Cornelius: “And now we are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.”
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With Jonah likewise when he was so discontented: “Doest thou well to be angry?” This is represented, in the parable of the prodigal son, by the conduct of the father towards the elder brother, who was so angry that he would not come in. The father did not say, “Let him stay out then;” but he came himself and entreated him, when he might have interposed his authority and commanded him, saying, “Son, thou art ever with me.” When a passionate contest is begun, there is a plague broke out: the meek man, like Aaron, takes his censer with the incense of a soft answer, steps in seasonably, and stays it.
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It was Abraham’s meek management of his quarrel with Lot that secured both his own and his kinsman’s possessions, which otherwise would have been an easy prey to the Canaanite and the Perizzite that dwelt then in the land. And Isaac, whom I have sometimes thought to be the most quiet and calm of all the patriarchs, and that passed the days of his pilgrimage most silently, raised the greatest estate of any of them; he “grew until he became very great;”and his son Jacob lost nothing in the end by his meek and quiet carriage towards his uncle Laban. Revenge is costly. Haman bid largely for it, no less than ten thousand talents of silver. It is better to forgive, and save the charges.
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Another instance of Abraham’s meekness we have in the transactions between him and Abimelech his neighbor. He first enters into a covenant of friendship with him, which was confirmed by an oath, and then does not reproach him, but reproves him for a wrong that his servants had done him about a well of water; which gives us this rule of meekness, “Not to break friendship for a small matter of difference:” such and such occasions there are, which they that are disposed to it might quarrel about; but “what is that between me and thee?”
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David was a pattern of meekness, and it is promised that “the feeble shall be as David.” In this, as in other instances, he was a man after God’s own heart. When his own brother was so rough upon him without reason, “Why camest thou down hither?” how mild was his answer. “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” When his enemies reproached him, he was not at all disturbed at it. “I, as a deaf man, heard not.” When Saul persecuted him with such an unwearied malice, he did not take the advantage which Providence seemed to offer him, more than once, to revenge himself, but left it to God.
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Paul was a pattern of meekness. Though his natural temper seems to have been warm and eager, which made him eminently active and zealous, yet that temper was so rectified and sanctified, that he was no less eminently meek: he became all things to all men. He studied to please all with whom he had to do, and to render himself engaging to them, for their good to edification. How patiently did he bear the greatest injuries and indignities, not only from Jews and heathens, but from false brethren, that were so very industrious to abuse and undermine him.
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Many other examples of meekness might be adduced, but the time would fail me to tell of Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and Joshua; of Samuel also, and Job and Jeremiah, and all the prophets and apostles, martyrs and confessors, and eminent saints, who by meekness subdued, not kingdoms, but their own spirits; stopt the mouths, not of lions, but of more fierce and formidable enemies; quenched the violence, not of fire, but of intemperate and more ungovernable passions; and so wrought righteousness, obtained promises, escaped the edge of the sword, and out of weakness were made strong; and by all this obtained a good report. Heb. 11:32-34.

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Joshua: The Understudy
The Bible is filled with stories of mentors and protégés such as Samuel and David, Elijah and Elisha, and Paul and Timothy. For a young believer to have spiritual guidance from an older, more seasoned man or woman of God, is a very valuable asset. These wise veterans of the pathway of faith provide warnings against potential pitfalls, correction for mistakes, and encouraging words in times of distress. In his early days we find that Joshua was continually in the presence of Moses as his devoted helper. From companying with the meekest man on the earth, Joshua learned important lessons of patient restraint and decisive action. When Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God, Joshua accompanied him part way, and faithfully awaited his return. (Ex.24:13.) Already, Joshua was known as Moses’ “attendant” (or “servant” according to other translations.) While the nation below was reveling in their idolatry and other immoral celebrations, the Son of Nun was occupied with the spiritual activities on the mount. Although he could not ascend all the way with Moses, he was as near as possible.

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http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/psinger53/English

The Quality of Mercy
Peter Singer
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PRINCETON – The recent release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, sparked outrage. Around the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles, an American football team, offered a second chance to former star Michael Vick, who was convicted of running a dog-fighting operation in which unsuccessful fighters were tortured and killed. And William Calley, who commanded the platoon that massacred hundreds of Vietnamese civilians at the village of My Lai in 1968, has now broken his media silence and apologized for his actions.
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When should we forgive or show mercy to wrongdoers? Many societies treat crimes involving cruelty to animals far too lightly, but Vick’s penalty – 23 months in prison – was substantial. In addition to imprisonment, he missed two years of his playing career, and millions of dollars in earnings. If Vick were never to play football again, he would suffer punishment well beyond that imposed by the court.
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Vick has expressed remorse. Perhaps more importantly, he has turned words into deeds, volunteering at an animal shelter and working with the Humane Society of the United States to oppose dog fighting. It is hard to see what good would come from not allowing him to complete his rehabilitation and return to doing what he does best.
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Megrahi was convicted of murdering 270 people, and sentenced to life imprisonment. He had served only seven years when Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister, released him on compassionate grounds, based on a medical report that Megrahi has terminal cancer, and only three months to live. The question of remorse has not arisen, because Megrahi has never admitted guilt, and did not drop an appeal against his conviction until just before his release.
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Doubts have been raised about whether Megrahi is really near death. Only the prison doctor, it seems, was prepared to say that he did not have more than three months to live, while four specialists refused to say how long he might have. There has also been speculation that Megrahi’s release was related to negotiations over oil contracts between Britain and Libya. Finally, some question whether Megrahi really was the perpetrator of the crime, and this may have played a role in MacAskill’s decision (although, if so, that would have been better left to the courts to resolve).
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But let us leave such questions aside for the moment. Assuming that Megrahi was guilty, and that he was released because he has only a short time to live, does a prisoner’s terminal illness justify compassionate release?
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The answer might depend on the nature of the crime, the length of the sentence, and the proportion of it that remains to be served. For a pickpocket who has served half of a two-year sentence, it would be excessively harsh to insist on the sentence being served in full if that meant that he would die in prison, rather than with his family. But to release a man who served only seven years of a life sentence for mass murder is a very different matter. As the victims’ relatives point out, in planning his crime, Megrahi showed no compassion. Why, they ask, should we show compassion to him?
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MacAskill, in a statement to the Scottish Parliament defending his decision, refrained from quoting from the best-known speech on mercy in the English language – that of Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – but Portia’s words would have fitted the core of his statement. Portia acknowledges that Shylock is under no obligation to show mercy to Antonio, who is in breach of his agreement to him.
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“The quality of mercy is not strained” – that is, constrained, or obligatory – she tells Shylock, but rather something that falls freely, like rain. MacAskill acknowledged that Megrahi himself showed no compassion, but rightly points out that this alone is not a reason to deny him compassion in his final days. He then appeals to the values of humanity, compassion, and mercy as “the beliefs we seek to live by” and frames his decision as being true to Scottish values.
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We can reasonably disagree with MacAskill’s decision, but we should acknowledge that – unless there is more going on than appears on the surface – he was motivated by some of the finest values we are capable of exercising. And, if we believe that Megrahi was not sufficiently punished for his crime, what are we to make of the treatment of former Lieutenant William Calley?
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In 1971, Calley was convicted of the murder of “no less than 22 Vietnamese civilians of undetermined age and sex.” He was also convicted of assault with intent to murder a Vietnamese child. Yet three days – yes, days – after his conviction, President Richard Nixon ordered that he be released from prison and allowed to serve his sentence in a comfortable two-bedroom house. There he lived with a female companion and a staff to assist him. After three years, he was released even from this form of detention.
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Calley always claimed that he was following orders. Captain Ernest Medina, his commanding officer, ordered him to burn the village down and pollute its wells, but there is no clear evidence that the order included killing non-combatants – and of course if such an order were issued, it should not have been obeyed. (Medina was acquitted of murder.)
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After decades of refusing to speak publicly, Calley, who is now 66, recently said that “not a day goes by” when he does not feel remorse “for what happened that day in My Lai.” One wonders if the relatives of those murdered at My Lai are more ready to forgive Calley than the relatives of those killed at Lockerbie are to forgive Megrahi.

Copyright: Project Syndicate

http://www.project-syndicate.org

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/650196709/Learning-to-forgive.html?pg=3

Learning to forgive

There are different kinds and different paths for different people

By Carrie A. Moore

Deseret News
Published: Friday, Oct. 6, 2006

The man who killed or wounded 10 Amish girls earlier this week has become the devil incarnate for some observers but an object of forgiveness for those he hurt the most deeply.

How does that happen?

It’s a question many Americans have asked themselves, as images of horse-drawn buggies and their sad-but-peaceful-looking occupants rolled across our TV screens while reporters and commentators struggled to understand the dichotomy of such senseless violence — without the predictable rage.

After nearly a week of what one Amish bishop called “our 9/11,” an author who knows the community told The Associated Press: “They know their children are going to heaven. They know their children are innocent … and they know that they will join them in death,” said Gertrude Huntington, a Michigan researcher who has written a book about children in Amish society.

“The hurt is very great,” Huntington said. “But they don’t balance the hurt with hate.”

Does that response come simply from self-control or community expectation, or is it something deeper in their religious mandate that extends mercy without justice before the deep grieving process has even begun?

Fred Luskin, director and co-founder of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, said in studying forgiveness over time, “I think there has to be some processing of the grief response before one can come to a genuine experience of forgiveness. On some level what you are forgiving is your own outrage,” which those who have been through such trauma know can often come much later, after the initial shock has worn off.

But that said, “parts of what they are doing are so laudatory and separate from even forgiveness, which is that they are not punishing this person’s family,” he told the Deseret Morning News. In reaching out to killer Charles Roberts’ family and even inviting them to the victims’ funerals, the Amish are more in keeping with “what Jesus would do” than most.

Yet he wonders about “the inner quality of that forgiveness. I don’t know how you can do that without feeling some of the pain and struggling with your own loss and woundedness,” though he said that processing such feelings “doesn’t have to take as long as most people do.
“They are telling us that (their) entire belief system and orientation is to God’s word and a sense that (humans) don’t assign justice — that God does that. It’s almost like playing a game of Monopoly,” where players acknowledge that “we don’t set the rules but God does. And his rules are that things happen to us that we don’t understand. Our job is to be kind. They’re showing the value and power of that kind of conditioning,” while those more concerned about justice or even vengeance “are showing the value and power of our secular conditioning.”

Luskin said he’s not implying that it’s right to resent or hold a grudge, “but we assume that as a default. People who have this seamless religious experience have a different response to it.” The Amish reaction “would not be what I would teach. In the world I live in, people have to go through some level of grieving and suffering to find the place in themselves that transcends that.

“The Amish have a ready mechanism for that in a deep and absolute faith. It seems like a better choice if you are going to have to pick one — but it’s never the way I go out and teach.”

In his book, “Forgive for Good,” Luskin delineates the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation, saying one does not prescribe the other. “You do not have to forget what happened. Forgiveness does not mean you lie down and become a doormat when you are hurt.”

Rather, it means people find peace despite pain and mistreatment, and take responsibility for how they feel. In forgiving, people learn to take painful events less personally, to make better decisions for the future and to feel better — both physically and spiritually.

Luskin has conducted four different studies that show people who are taught to forgive become “less angry, more hopeful, less depressed, less anxious and less stressed,” which led to greater physical well-being. Those who forgive are also “more confident, and they learn to like themselves more.”

There is no evidence the Amish are extending forgiveness for such reasons, but Luskin doesn’t think their expressions of forgiveness come simply out of being in a temporary state of shock, either. “The only thing I would wonder is if it belies some of the discomfort some community members are feeling.”

Kristina Coop Gordon, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Tennessee, agrees. She’s done research on the tendency of religious women to be more forgiving toward their partners in domestic violence cases than secular women.

“Those who are religious do have much more of a mandate or feel more pressure to forgive than those who are not. I have data showing those who endorse high levels of religious attendance and consider themselves very religious are more willing to forgive.” That conclusion comes out of a simple measure of forgiveness, but when more complex measures are applied, religious women “don’t always score higher,” she said.

“What that suggests is that when they feel the pressure to forgive, they may say they did, but they may not have gone through the process that those who study it think they need to go through.”

She has no data on the Amish community in particular, so Gordon said she has been scratching her head as she considers their expressions of forgiveness. “The only thing I could think of was they are such a different society from the rest of us, and could this possibly be that they could have these feelings?”

In the normal population, “I would be very skeptical of it. But they have a very communal approach to the world, it seems, and they’re not so individualistic as most of us are. So part of me wonders if they are not better able to do this than the rest of us because they have more of a communal spirit.”

Because it’s such a different society and their faith commitment runs so deep, “I wonder if there is not something operating here that’s different from most of our responses. The more I study forgiveness, there are different kinds and different paths for different people.”

Elaine Emmi, a local Quaker and president of the state’s Interfaith Roundtable, said she sees quite a bit of similarity between the Amish and the Quakers in dealing with injustice and forgiveness. She watched a father she knew personally forgive his adopted son for killing their wife and mother.

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The man worked with the legal system to avoid the death penalty for the killer and to seek healing. “It was an amazing case where you can’t bring those back who are gone, but hopefully you can heal the people who are here. It was that sense of ‘Let’s work through the issue and not just lock him up and throw away the key,’ which doesn’t provide rehabilitation or allow for change.”

The concept of “restorative justice” goes to healing beyond retribution. “You have to embrace that person and draw them back into the community … . We really do feel much like the Amish in restorative justice and creating harmony within a community,” she said, acknowledging that healing “just takes a very long time. You have to know that you are going to suffer through bouts of pain.”

Quakers practice mentally “holding in the light” a person or problem, praying for resolution and healing. She hopes tragedies like the Amish have experienced — and their reaction — will help bring about questions and discussion.

And there seem to be plenty of questions when it comes to forgiveness. A discussion about the topic at the University of Utah a few weeks before the school shooting drew dozens of people eager to understand how to forgive and whether it’s really possible.

Gordon believes the “proof is in the pudding” with the Amish — what the outcome over time will be for that community in terms of mental health and how they feel long-term rather than right now. “That’s where you would know if it’s genuine rather than forced.”

Luskin said humans don’t have to want vengeance. “I wish we were all that kind of Christian,” but with the Amish, “it’s the inner experience of some in their community that I just don’t know. For some or many people, they can seamlessly do this. I’m not convinced that everyone can, even if they don’t want revenge.”

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http://www.gmu.edu/depts/crdc/docs/forgivenessincultures.html

Forgiveness must be a critical adjunct to rational negotiations and justice seeking, because in virtually every long-standing conflict that I have ever seen, from families all the way to genocides, there is never complete justice, no way to recover the lost lives, the lost time, and the emotional scars of torture and murder. And there is rarely the possibility of achieving everything each group envisioned at the height of struggle and battle. Thus, in the context of mourning what can not be restored, forgiveness and the creation of new bonds with those who one fought is a vital form of comfort for irrecoverable losses. It offers the possibility of a new matrix, a new cognitive and emotive structure of reality that can not replace the losses but does create a surprisingly new reason to live nonviolently and believe that such a life can be worth living. People recovering from genocide and guilty over their survival, people who have been forfeiting their sons’ lives for generations, often need a jolt, an unexpected reason that they may be able to live normally, a reason to believe that a new way of life is not only possible but will actually be better than continuing to mourn their losses and punish those who inflicted those losses. Forgiveness processes can be the soul that animates this new vision of reality in the heart of those who have suffered for so long.

http://orderofsaintpatrick.org/teachings/beatitudes%20wk%205.htm

To be merciful has two slightly different connotations. First, we are to be merciful to those who are in need, like the victim in the parable of the Good Samaritan. We are to look out for those who are hungry, sick, outcast, unpopular or lonely, and we are to have mercy on them – our mercy will lead naturally to practical help.

Secondly, we are to be merciful to those who have wronged us, even where justice cries out for punishment. This is the opposite to what we see happening all around us in the world, where ‘tit for tat’ and revenge are the order of the day.

Mercy is a divine quality. It is a characteristic of God himself. Portia described the quality in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice:

“The quality of mercy it not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown. . .
It is an attribute to God himself.”

Jesus stressed time and again, as he does here, that it is those who show mercy who will receive mercy. It is not that we can earn God’s mercy. Rather, the fact that we forgive is evidence that we have been forgiven by God (Luke 7:47). It is not a bargain with God, but a virtuous circle. When we see how much God has forgiven us we cannot fail to have mercy on others (Matthew 18:23-35).

Those who fall into the category of the first four Beatitudes realize how much they need God’s mercy. This is the opposite attitude to that of the fault-finder, who is constantly looking for and dwelling on the faults of others. As we have mercy on others we will become increasingly aware of the mercy of God.

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The phrase “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle” is a paraphrase.

Corinthians 10:13 –

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

The orchestra members on the Titanic ship demonstrated courage under such seige, and
their unflinching Faith as children of God
gave pause to the ensuing panic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Hartley

Sinking of the Titanic

After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Wallace Hartley and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. None of the band members survived the sinking and the story of them playing to the end became a popular legend (but sometimes mocked in popular culture). One survivor who clambered aboard Collapsible A claimed to have seen Hartley and his band standing just behind the first funnel, by the Grand Staircase. He went on to say that he saw three of them washed off while the other two held on to the railing on top the Grand Staircase’s deckhouse, only to be dragged down with the bow, just before Hartley exclaimed, “Gentlemen, I bid you farewell!” A newspaper at the time reported “the part played by the orchestra on board the Titanic in her last dreadful moments will rank among the noblest in the annals of heroism at sea.”
A memorial to the Titanic’s musicians in Southampton, featuring Wallace Hartley’s name

The final song played by the band is unknown, “Nearer, My God, to Thee” has gained popular acceptance. Former bandmates claimed that Hartley said he would either play “Nearer, My God, to Thee” or “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” if he was ever on a sinking ship, but Walter Lord’s book A Night to Remember popularized wireless officer Harold Bride’s account of hearing the song “Autumn”. It is believed Bride meant either the hymn called “Autumn” or “Songe d’Automne,” a popular song at the time.

Hartley’s body was recovered by the Mackay–Bennet as body number 224 almost two weeks after the sinking. He was transferred to the Arabic and sent to England. One thousand people attended his funeral, while 40,000 lined the route of his funeral procession. He is buried in Colne where a 10-foot monument, containing a carved violin at its base, was erected in his honour. Hartley’s large Victorian terraced house in West Park Street, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, bears a blue plaque to remind passers-by that this was the bandleader’s home. As of 2001, Hartley’s name was still being used when naming new streets and housing in the town of Colne.

Hartley was portrayed by Jonathan Evans-Jones in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

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http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/The_Empty_Mind.html

The “kara”, translated as empty, is …explained through the term “mushin” or empty mind. At the lowest level, this simply means that a cluttered mind is not conducive to responding to any problem in a timely and effective manner. In the beginning, the karate student learns to train the body to react to specific attacks in predetermined ways. To make this strategy effective, one needs to be able to flip a mental switch when engaged in a physical encounter, letting the body react reflexively to the stimulus without thought. Like a computer that has too many programs running at once, the body reacts quicker when the mind is not concentrating on a variety of things in the heat of battle.

The problem with this strategy, however, is if you train your body to react predictably, then it allows for an opponent to set you up more easily. Therefore, the next step of mushin is simply to become unattached to your thoughts and learn to flow from one tactic to another without any preconceived thoughts or biases. To be able to approach a situation without previous biases allows a martial artist to come to the table with an open mind and have a greater range of resources at his disposal. This mind set also allows the warrior to remain unattached to one method or style beyond the life of its functionality. This is necessary in a rapidly changing process like self-defense.

On the physical level, having the ability to go with the flow, yield to the strong and attack when opportunities present themselves are easy to see. Having the same flexible and pliable mind is equally as important. This is the real meaning behind the “kara” in karate-do.

One of the best explanations of this concept was a short story I read many years ago about two Shaolin monks who were on a journey to a distant temple. As they came across a small river, they notice a young lady standing by the edge. When they addressed the young lady, she informed them that although the stream was not deep she was afraid to cross the stream. At this point, the senior monk picked up the young lady and carried her across the stream. At this point the two monks continued on their journey. After some time, the younger monk, not able to contain himself anymore, spoke up to the senior monk asking him why he had picked up the lady when they were forbidden to touch a woman. After a brief pause, the senior monk responded to his junior that indeed he had picked up the young lady and put had put her down on the other side, but pointed out that he, the junior monk, was, still carrying her. Like the senior monk, it is important for us all to learn how to put things down when we reach the other side.

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Yes, Tom Cruise’s character in blockbuster movie “The Last Samurai” is taught kara/empty mind:

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-4582.html

I’m mindful of the scene in THE LAST SAMURAI where the main actor is struggling to learn boken kata or sword fighting- someone says to him, “Mind too busy, mind village, mind people – no mind, no mind…”
I find when I’m clear I can do muso shinden ryu easier than when I’ve got other issues bouncing around in my head. My Sensei has seen me struggle with my head on at least one occasion, and remonstrated- “No mind, don’t think — just do…”

Malie has learned well kara/empty mind via her martial arts training and hands-on experiences
thruout Asia. She especially is grateful to Honda
Sensei here who, among other gifts of sharing with
her, shared Kigong [chikung]– Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_gong
In Chinese it means “energy cultivation” or “working with the life energy.” It is an ancient Chinese system of postures.

http://www.prostaderm.com/glossary.asp

http://www.shaolin-wahnam.org/chikung.html

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http://www.feeltheqi.com/articles/rc-languaging.htm

There are literally thousands of kinds of Qigong (Ch’i Kung). Taiji (T’ai Chi) is only one kind. All kinds of Qigong (Ch’i Kung), including Taiji (T’ai Chi), help an individual to develop strong and enduring health which is called big vitality or Tai Qi (T’ai Ch’i). Taijiquan or T’ai Chi Ch’uan means Supreme Ultimate Fist or Grand Absolute boxing. In this solo practice one fights (boxes) with one’s ego to attain the highest refinement of self. In both the West and in China the ego is like the shadow of one’s supreme self. The Chinese often call Taijiquan shadow boxing. The individual Taiji practitioner is in a battle with his or her own shadow, the ego.

Both kigong & tai chi can be done w/eyes open. Kigong places ball of foot to rear, whereas tai chi shifts front.

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You can use ki/energy to heal yourself and others or you can direct it to kill only if you or others do so in self-defense to avoid being killed or seriously injured/maimed by the perpetrator. Yikes!

The Gift of Self:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Love-Language-Part-3—Receiving-Gifts&id=800246

There is an intangible gift that sometimes speaks more loudly than a gift that can be held in one’s hand. This is the gift of self or the gift of presence. Offer the gift of presence. Say to your spouse: “I want to offer the gift of my presence at any event or on any occasion you would like this month. You tell me when, and I will make every effort to be there.” Get ready! Be positive! Who knows, you may enjoy the symphony or the hockey game.

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I like Stephen Hawking’s words, “Each point of light is an entire galaxy. That makes it difficult to believe we are alone, so to my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. Science can be more exciting when it invokes the sense of curiosity and wonder we have as children.” Wow!! Masayuki [means welcome snow] Ishii [means stone well] born 1926 is leadership & class galore, who extends his hand in peace & frienship, no relation to ibaru/blowhard Tsukasa. Masa my hero from Honomu whom I observe and learn from.

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Oren E. Long 1889-1965 would lop off three-quarters of our top-heavy DOE administration, defy our HGEA governance over DOE bureaucrats, and give our public educators on the line, not staff, more discretion/freedom to invoke the sense of curiosity and wonder we have as children, to paraphrase Stephen Hawking. Long would infuse excitement in the teacher ranks by providing honor awards for innovation and hands-on learning, such as student field trip evaluations. Long the egalitarian and leader of peasant stock, so to speak, would have students themselves operate in reflected glory via role re-enactments of actual events/persons that changed the course of history. Bottom line is that Long would beseech of pupils, “be yourself,” but appreciate the roles of those who came before us, thence role re-enactments. For example, Elizabeth Hawea Desha Brown Waia’u born 1925 has a Columbia U. D.Ed. [President Obama's alma mater], but ended up teaching illustriously at Hilo High [English literature/etc.] because 1) her heart lay w/those students under 18 yrs. of age who still were teachable/not yet exposed to outside prejudice; 2) male chauvinism and racial prejudice prevented her rise up as a higher education pundit; 3) her immense cultural value as a Hawaiian pundit channeled itself into her Haili church choir being the greatest music-makers in all Hawai’i nei, Hawea herself being an operatic diva [Hawea's Aunt Helen Desha Beamer 1882-1952 also was an operatic diva/Hawea's twin brother Kihei Brown was our falsetto virtuoso]; 4) Hawea was cross-cultural in exposure/sensibility, her greatest recognition coming from those from all walks of life, namely being a “woman for all seasons,” w/Japanese [Hawea's dad Harry Kaina Brown 1891-1953 was our buddahead legend, commanding our WWI all-buddahead outfit, averting mass internment WWII, w/Hawea being her dad's youth leader, twin brother Kihei being reticent-withdrawn type so Hawea was designated as youth point person/scout], w/Luso [great music leaders had Luso DNA, such as Johnny Almeida 1897-1985], w/Koreans-Okinawans-Puerto Ricans-Pinoy [Hawea's dad Harry K. Brown our longest-serving elected official in all of Hawai'i nei 1924-1953 died in office, enabling all immigrant groups to reach the American Dream, Hawea being Dad's youth leader]. Essentially, Hawea, like “Whale Rider,” was our prejudice-buster. “Whale Rider” Maori actress Keisha Castle-Hughes born 1990 herself is Hawea incarnate, positively authentic/true to herself, as Oren E. Long would ordain, & as is exemplified by great role model locally Malie. Keisha intones, “[on her Whale Rider character] ‘I think we’re both strong willed and independent, and Pai has a great unique quality about her. She’s an 11-year-old girl who’s confident about who she is and knows exactly who she is. Not many 11-year-old girls are like that. She’s a great role model for young girls. I think I’m like that too.’” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1095720/bio

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http://www.rsrevision.com/GCSE/christianity/stepbystep/biblequotes.htm

Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. `Look after him,’ he said, `and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10 v 25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us to help anyone in need, regardless of their race or religious group. This story shows us that it is wrong to use stereotypes, and that we should treat all people equally. [Samaritan of Samaria was ostracized as being inferior/"sub-human"]

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I give credit, to say the least, to immeasurably positive role models/exemplars Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 respectively, for staying grounded/grassroot, no matter the high social standing of others/glittering social setting of the event. We all attended a reception at the Uka district Mormon leader’s fabulous mansion, maybe second finest only to mogul Harvey Tajiri’s topper castle in Hilo, and with tremendous equanimity/humbleness, Mormon Brother/Sister Andrew were not blinded by its opulence/grandeur, but stayed sensible/magnanimous thruout the presentation. As I left this castle on the hill, I sincerely and joyfully thanked the hosts for their hospitality, and I thought of worthy Biblical David in thanking these hosts, and I closed w/even if we partook ceremony in a simple one room abode, the love suffused therein would enrich us all beyond compare, just as was the aloha demonstrated by the hosts of this castle. All thruout this pleasant evening, my heroes the Andrews stood tall as the most modest and submissive of guests. Shin yu/loving regards. Wow, the Andrews never cease to amaze and enlighten us all via their respectful/deferential approach.

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A kōan (pronounced /ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/; Chinese: 公案; pinyin: gōng-àn; Korean: gong’an; Vietnamese: công án) is a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism. It consists of a story, dialogue, question, or statement; the meaning of which cannot be understood by rational thinking, yet it may be accessible by intuition. One widely known kōan is “Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dan

The sound of one hand

Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?
— Hakuin Ekaku

“…in the beginning a monk first thinks a kōan is an inert object upon which to focus attention; after a long period of consecutive repetition, one realizes that the kōan is also a dynamic activity, the very activity of seeking an answer to the kōan. The kōan is both the object being sought and the relentless seeking itself. In a kōan, the self sees the self not directly but under the guise of the kōan…When one realizes (“makes real”) this identity, then two hands have become one. The practitioner becomes the kōan that he or she is trying to understand. That is the sound of one hand.” — G. Victor Sogen Hori, Translating the Zen Phrase Book

Mu (Japanese/Korean), and Wu (Chinese traditional: 無, simplified: 无 pinyin: wú Jyutping: mou2), is a word which has been roughly translated as “no”, “none”, “null”, “without”, and “no meaning”. While used in Japanese and Chinese mainly as a prefix to indicate the absence of something (e.g., 無線/无线 musen or wúxiàn for “wireless”), in English it is better known as a response to certain koans and other questions in Zen Buddhism, intending to indicate that the question itself was meaningless. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu_%28negative%29

* In his 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig translated mu as “no thing”, saying that it meant “unask the question”. He offered the example of a computer circuit using the binary numeral system, in effect using mu to represent high impedance:

For example, it’s stated over and over again that computer circuits exhibit only two states, a voltage for “one” and a voltage for “zero.” That’s silly! Any computer-electronics technician knows otherwise. Try to find a voltage representing one or zero when the power is off! The circuits are in a mu state.

* According to the Jargon File, a collection of hacker jargon and culture, mu is considered by Discordians to be the correct answer to the classic logical fallacy of the loaded question, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Assuming that you have no wife or you have never beaten your wife, the answer “yes” is wrong because it implies that you used to beat your wife and then stopped, but “no” is worse because it suggests that you have one and are still beating her. As a result, some Discordians proposed “mu” as the correct answer, which to them means, “Your question cannot be answered because it depends on incorrect assumptions.”

* The word features prominently in Douglas Hofstadter’s 1979 book, Gödel, Escher, Bach, where it is used fancifully in discussions of symbolic logic, particularly Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.

* The idea, more often called “Null”, is often an essential component of ternary logic systems, which, unlike classical bivalent systems (e.g. Boolean logic), often use the third value to represent the idea of a meaningless question. Some implementations of SQL, notable Oracle’s, implement a full ternary logic set, and many expressions evaluate to Null instead of True or False. The initial value of an unassigned variable, for example, is Null.

I thank sagacious/erudite Zen observer, Malie, for
the above abstractions.

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Magnanimous Malie puts up her open hand in front of her face, alternately switching her palm in the direction of her face, then in the direction away from her face w/the back of her hand facing her, her palm symbolizing a mirror [to reflect her actions/to reflect the actions of the other person away from her]. Example: When Malie’s palm faces her, Malie chooses her action. When Malie’s palm faces away from her, leaving the back of her hand facing her, the other person chooses his action. So that Malie does not govern what I do or not do, symbolized by her palm facing me, w/the back of her hand facing her, but she does choose what she does or does not do with herself, w/her palm facing her. And as often is the case w/a victim of abuse, the victim mistakenly has one’s palm facing oneself, internalizing abuse as one’s own fault, not switching the palm to face the abuser, the other person in reality being the one who is at fault. Malie and I had a great nonverbal go at role-playing simply by using one’s open hand in front of one’s face, palm to face or back of hand to face. Deep deep revelation/stroke of wisdom from Malie.

Metaphorically, http://www.kheper.net/topics/Buddhism/mudras.html

Mudras of the Great Buddha: Symbolic Gestures and Postures

Lama Gyaltsab JeMudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self-expression, consisting of hand gestures and finger-postures. They are symbolic sign based finger patterns taking the place, but retaining the efficacy of the spoken word, and are used to evoke in the mind ideas symbolizing divine powers or the deities themselves. The composition of a mudra is based on certain movements of the fingers; in other words, they constitute a highly stylized form of gestureal communication. It is an external expression of ‘inner resolve’, suggesting that such non-verbal communications are more powerful than the spoken word.

Many such hand positions were used in the Buddhist sculpture and painting of India, Tibet, China, Korea and Japan. They indicate to the faithful in a simple way the nature and the function of the deities represented. Mudras are thus gestures which symbolize divine manifestation. They are also used by monks in their spiritual exercises of ritual meditation and concentration, and are believed to generate forces that invoke the deity.

Bharatnatyam Mudra

But a mudra is used not only to illustrate and emphasize the meaning of an esoteric ritual. It also gives significance to a sculptural image, a dance movement, or a meditative pose, intensifying their potency. In its highest form, it is a magical art of symbolical gestures through which the invisible forces may operate on the earthly sphere. It is believed that the sequence itself of such ritual hand postures may have eventually contributed to the development of the mudras of Indian Classical dance.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirth_(Buddhism)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation

Reincarnation
From Wikipedia

Reincarnation is believed to occur when the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, comes back to Earth in a newborn body. This phenomenon is also known as transmigration of the soul. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; the Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to as reincarnation. The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers and religions as well as other religions, such as Druidism. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.

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Recently a significant number of people in the West have been shown to accept the idea of reincarnation including certain contemporary Christians, modern Neopagans, followers of Spiritism, Theosophists and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity as well as of Indian religions. A small number of parapsychologists in academia have claimed evidence that they believe supports reincarnation, however this evidence has been largely ignored or dismissed by mainstream scientists.

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Modern Christian teachings

A few modern churches indirectly address the subject through teachings about death or consider the matter open to individual interpretation due to the few biblical references that survive. Among modern Christian-oriented teachings, the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner describes the human soul as gaining new experiences in every epoch and in a variety of races or nations, searching for and even preparing a familial lineage supportive of its future life. Some events are determined by our past, others are ordained to prepare us for the future, and between these is space for human free will. Steiner wrote on the karma of historical individuals from Karl Marx to Julian the Apostate and developed exercises intended to develop a capacity to discern past lives. The American mystic Edgar Cayce promoted reincarnation and karma as instruments of a loving God as well as natural laws – the purpose being to teach us certain spiritual lessons. Animals are said to have undifferentiated, “group” souls rather than individuality and consciousness.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_mate

A soulmate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep and natural affinity, love, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, and/or compatibility. A related concept is that of the twin flame or twin soul – which is thought to be the ultimate soulmate, the one and only other half of one’s soul, for which all souls are driven to find and join. However, not everyone who uses these terms intends them to carry such mystical connotations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana

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From esteemed retired lender Mert Lau born 1931–
KL [Ching] and Curtis,
I just read Curtis’ most interesting synopsis of early Chinese bankers. He had called just prior to my departing on a trip to Australia, asking if I had knowledge about reasons for the formation of a second or competing Chinese bank. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge, and being a pake “nisei” [2nd generation resident] did not help as most of my pake classmates or friends were of the “sansei” [3rd] generation. I did not realize it at the time but my parents were still in the process of learning English while the parents of my associates already had a normal exposure to English. So having any knowledge or familiarity with the banking community was too remote for them or for me, as they probably had difficulty borrowing from any banks, haole or Chinese.

So Curtis, your questions were most interesting and I’d like to know someday, how or why.

Best,

Mert

Subject: Synopsis of early Chinese bankers [age chronology]

William Kwai Fong Yap was born in Honolulu in 1873, son of Hakka Chinese immigrants who became Christians in China. Schooled at Damon’s Fort St. Mission School [later 'Iolani] like CK Ai/Ho Fon, Kwai worked at a tailor shop from age 13, & mentored as interpreter/clerk under atty. Charles L. Carter. From 1894-1899 he was a postal clerk for the Republic of Hawai’i. Then he became a banker w/Bank of Hawaii 1900-1928, & became a baron in real estate/insurance. But like his Hakka forebearer banker Ho Fon 1861-1931 of Damon’s Bishop Bank 1897-1929 [Liberty Bank founder KT Ho's dad], Kwai could not supplicate the burgeoning Chinese commercial businesses of his time, thence CK Ai’s Chinese-American Bank 1916 [1865-1962] & KT Ho’s Liberty Bank 1922 [KT Ho 1888-1952 our 1st Chinese Democrat, mentored by our most popular-ever Democrat, Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956].

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American Security Bank 1935 was re-org of fledgling Chinese-American Bank. KT Ho is our Chinese Paul Bunyan. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 is our greatest modern historymaker from the Hawaiian Islands, far more impact than antecedent/fellow Chinese-American KT Ho. Chinese intermediaries such as KT Ho’s father Ho Fon 1861-1931 bridged relations between our haole overlords & the Chinese community. Ho Fon’s uncle became a labor agent in Hawai’i in the 1870s, receiving a bonus of $25 from our Hawai’i gov’t for each Chinese brought in for plantation labor. In 1876, at age 15 Ho Fon came from Chung Shan to Hawai’i to be w/his uncle. Ho graduated from our Ft. St. Mission School [later 'Iolani], numbering among his classmates later Gov. George R. Carter 1903-1907, later Chief Justice/Luso Antonio Perry, later judge AGM Robertson, later Sen. W.M. McInerny. Ho Fon lived w/the hapa-haole Crabbes [Buster's kin] & in 1883 headed our 1st Chinese newspaper, Tan Shan Sun Bo [Hawaii News]. He was a pillar in the Ft. St./Beretania Chinese Congregational church enabled by the Damons. Ho then was hired by Damon’s Bishop Bank in charge of the Chinese dept., & authorized to make loans up to $600 w/no collateral. When Ho retired in 1929 after 33 yrs. of faithful service, Bishop Bank VP George S. Waterhouse & asst. cashier JO Carter praised Ho Fon as “a man of sterling worth, whose honesty and integrity are of the highest quality.” Ho died in 1931 at age 70. As w/Ho [no relation to Chinn Ho or Don Ho] & all other non-haole ethnics, employment by a haole was a great start toward becoming an independent entrepreneur. CK Ai at age 14 in 1879 was brought from Sai San village in Chung Shan China to Kailua-Kona to work at his father Ako’s store. He then went to Ho’s Fort St. Mission school for 2 yrs & to Ho’s Beretania St. church, all enabled by the Damons. Ai became James I. Dowsett’s bookkeeper from 1887 until Dowsett’s death in 1898. At this time Ai started City Mill, thanks to Dowsett’s beneficence. Early-born Hawai’i Chinese incl. William Kwai Fong Yap born 1873 also were enabled by beneficent haoles, such as Charles L. Carter. Chong Park Shun came to Hawai’i in 1900 to be principal at our Anglo-Chinese Academy, & in 1909 he taught Chinese at Mills Congregational school near Chinatown [later MPI]. Young Anin came from Chung Shan in 1873 & eventually started the Oahu Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Hawai’i. Ironically, Chinese who became individualist professionals/modest income earners [doctors/engineers/scholars/etc.] did not gain as much prestige early on as Chinese business moguls, who profited immensely vs. the professionals who did not have a ready Chinese market/pool to cater to, there being hardly any middle class Chinese at the turn of the last century. CK Ai’s Chinese-American Bank started in 1916 but collapsed by 1932, it not having help from Mainland China like Japan’s Sumitomo/Yokohama branches in Honolulu. Of course, American Security Bank 1935 was the re-organized version of our Chinese-American Bank. Ho Fon’s banking influence was not enough to service our burgeoning Chinese entrepreneurs, so his son KT Ho 1888-1952 started our Chinese Liberty Bank in 1922, after gaining experience early on via his dad Ho Fon.

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The 1st bridge across the 100 ft. wide Wailoa river at Waiakea was built in 1865, & this wood bridge was held up on iron piles, & replaced the native canoes to cross the river from central Hilo to Waiakea. The May 10, 1877 Chile 16 ft. high tsunami uprooted this bridge & swept it 300 yards upstream, leaving on the iron piles. The 1938 concrete bridge over the same spot had a span of 88 ft., w/clearance of 9 ft. at the top of the arch at high tide, but the increased size and weight of modern trucks and buses did it in. It didn’t help that the 1946 Aleutian tsunami crashed over it, & per eyewitness Alex Riviera, actually lifted it off its Hilo-side abutment, nor that the 1960 Chile tsunami was even more ferocious, sweeping gawkers clear off the bridge to their deaths upstream, incl. a media photog. The current 1993 bridge has a 150 ft. span w/increased clearance 14 ft. above water, still below the reach of huge tsunamis. Hilo’s breakwater was built in stages starting in 1908 to protect ships from winter storms, not vs. tsunamis. The 1946 tsunami bore huge gaps in the breakwater, rolling 16,000 lb. boulders as if they were mere play marbles. Of course, w/the advent of larger equipment, our breakwater held well vs. the 1960 Chile tsunami, though this tsunami simply careened right over the breakwater, the breakwater having no effect/blunting vs. the tsunami.

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Early Hilo street names reflected their geography, so that Water st. was the original trail along Hilo bay’s shoreline [today's bayfront hwy.]. During the whaling era, Water st. evolved to be Front St. Volcano St. became Kilauea. In 1916 an ordinance renamed streets to Hawaiian names. Bridge St. became Keawe St., for Keawe Mauhili, original king of Hawai’i Island. Church St. became Haili St., for a famous forest in Panaewa, from which came timber to construct Haili church. Pitman St. became Kino’ole St., for Mrs. Pitman’s Hawaiian name. Austin, then Pleasant St., became Ululani St. for our governess Mrs. John Baker. Richardson St. for entrepreneur Charles E. Richardson became Mamo St. for a famous Hawaiian bird. School St. leading to Lyman Boarding School became Kapi’olani St. for Queen Kapi’olani. Ruth St. was changed to Ke’elikolani St. for Princess Ruth K. Mud lane became Pi’opi’o St.. Wharf St. [lighthouse astride Wailuku river] became Mamane St. for a Hawaiian wood. Coconut Island St. became Kainehe St. for a murmuring/whispering sea. Kekaulike St. was named for the Maui king. William Irwin’s st. became Kanoa St., site of heiau. John A. Scott’s st. became Kauila St, a Hawaiian wood to make spears. CC Kennedy’s st. became Iliahi St., the Hawaiian sandalwood tree. Dog Lane became Kou Lane for a rare Haw’n wood. Monkey Lane for a famous monkey became Nawahi lane. The original King Kamehameha statue had Grecian sandals [ex-communicated Mormon Walter Murray Gibson, Kalakaua's premier, ordered it sight unseen, not Gibson's fault], but was lost at sea, only to be salvaged & brought back to Kohala. In the meantime, the replacement statue was erected at today’s King St. location. Our early Chinese sugar mill was started in 1839 by Lau Fai ergo A.L. Hapai/Zane Shang Hsien ergo John Ena Sr./Tang Chow ergo Akau, sponsored by chief Kuakini, along Alenaio stream by today’s Hilo Central Fire Station. Zane Moi ergo Amoi had the plantation producing 20,000 lbs. of sugar by 1851, which included insect parts for good measure. But this mill burned down in 1855. Our Portuguese-Luso constructed a new mill on this site before the turn of the last century, then Kimo Henderson’s mill took it over. Henderson closed his mill in 1922 when he sold his plantation to Hilo sugar Co., after our Governor turned down Kimo’s request to build Kimo’s new mill where today’s Hospice facility is [running streams to transport/clean the cane] & after Lyman Boarding School ended Kimo’s ditch/flume water rights to his mill. Hilo Hotel’s old palace, used as a cottage & still bearing the Koa Crest of Kalakaua, was bound for the city dump in 1955, but the Koa Crest was salvaged & stays safekept today. The original TB Pu’umaile home was at today’s tree nursery area off Kilauea Ave., then relocated to the end of Kalaniana’ole St. 1939, then relocated to NAS site/old Hilo airport 1946, then relocated to what became the new Hilo hospital 1951 above Rainbow Falls. The original Jail St./Pitman-now Kino’ole St. is for the old jail at what is now Lincoln Park NE sector [pavilion site]. Jailer Severance dug ditch to lead 1881 lava to Alenaio stream, but the lava flow stopped mauka/above junction of Komohana/Ponahawai Sts. off Sunrise Ridge [Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani offered gifts to Pele]. Yes, the tanker ship Dearborn’s power plant provided Helco power to Hilo via the Waiakea plant until recently. The story behind the wrecked airplane near the Saddle Rd. in Pohakuloa is Ed Sturm’s 1948 flight to O’ahu, but he got lost at nite, ran out of fuel, & crash-landed his plane. He recovered from his injuries. Glenwood got its name for the forests along the road to Volcano. Kurtistown got its name for its early entrepreneur. Yes, the telephone was invented before we got electricity, such that martyr Goto was hanged from telephone pole on Mamane/Main St. in Honoka’a town 1889, just 5 yrs. after our Japan contract laborers came to Hawai’i. Goto was a leader/schooled & presented a threat to Overend’s sugar mill thugs. Hilo’s railroad wharf opened in 1903 primarily to service our burgeoning sugar industry, the nearest plantation being upstream where today’s Island Chevrolet is corner Kekuanaoa/Kilauea Sts. The old government wharf [today's jut of land by Lili'uokalani park] 1899-1902 was in a bad location where ships were subject to tossing about from wave action. The 800 ft. long railroad wharf was dismantled in 1920, long after it fell into disuse via Kuhio Wharf’s erection a decade before. Do you know that EK Fernandez & John Kai Jr., both buffed former great athletes, literally fought on the floor of the old Gaiety theater [today's Caravan town/now Salvation Army relocated site downtown Kam Ave.] for possession of the premises in 1914? Doc Hill demolished the site in 1929 & built the current bldg. over it. Of course the old Gaiety site extended all the way mauka/to the rear astride the later Palace theater 1925, Gaiety 1909-1928 [Gaiety expanded in 1916 to seat 1,000 people]. Hilo kerosene street lanterns were replaced by electric lamps in 1897.

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The Reed’s Island bridge on Kaiulani St. is the oldest original bridge along the Wailuku river course, though this 1899 bridge crosses Waikapu stream, not Wailuku river. And yes, Reed’s Island is an island, surrounded by both the Waikapu & Wailuku rivers, though originally it was part of the surrounding land mass. In 1914 the rock quarry at Waipi’o Valley was opened to assist the building of the Hilo breakwater. A new barge ran aground & was destroyed during the construction of a small breakwater at Waipi’o, 400 ft. long/100 ft. from the cliff face. In January 1916 a new tug was wrecked at Waipi’o, and a year later a barge was lost at Maulua gulch. Kea’au is not Ola’a [sacred sanctuary for rare bird feathers on inland side of Belt Rd. from Kurtistown up by Glenwood on way to Volcano]. In 1882 a hui/joint venture composed of William H. Shipman & his wife Mary, Samuel Damon & his wife Harriet, and Capt. J.E. Elderts & his wife Ka’ai, purchased 64,000+ acres from the Lunalilo Estate [sold for charitable purpose to fund Lunalilo Old Folks Home on O'ahu]. In 1883 Elderts sold out and in 1884 Damon sold out, leaving the Shipmans as sole owner(s) of Kea’au. In 1889 the Olaa Sugar Co. was formed by Ben Dillingham/Lorrin Thurston/JB Castle/AW Carter. Lorrin married a Shipman. But Mary Shipman, later scion Herbert’s mama, objected to the Olaa, being a sacred name, Mary being Hawaiian. She feared the plantation would fail for taking a sacred name in vain. She signed the lease on condition that Kea’au village remain such name, as well as the plantation store. The post office was known by its name Olaa, over her protests. She died in 1931. Her son Herbert successfully changed names to Kea’au, not sacred Ola’a. In 1889 our Issei Japanese immigrants [came to Hawai'i in 1885/kanyaku imin--contract laborers] built their own hospital on the ocean side of Kam Ave, 8 yrs. before Hilo hospital was built. By 1910 our local Japanese/buddaheads secured a lot across today’s Mo’oheau park parking lot on its Keaukaha end, inland side of Kam Ave., where Dr. K. Kuramoto was head of this new hospital. Dr. Chirin Uesu in 1913 followed up from Naha, Okinawa, by building his new hospital at 59 Hoku St, today’s Dr. Matayoshi complex. Dr. Uesu’s childhood friend Dr. Zenko Matayoshi came to Hilo in 1924 to tend to Dr. Uesu, who was dying of myelitis. Dr. Matayoshi took over Dr. Uesu’s hospital after his death. A larger bldg. was built in 1936 at 41 Hoku St., & the original Uesu hospital was converted into the Matayoshi home. The new hospital contained 24 rooms, w/4 rooms larger than the rest, each room w/2 beds, one for the patient, the other for the family member who took care of the sick patient. Until the hospital was closed in 1961, Dr. Matayoshi charged $2 a day for the smaller rooms/$3 for the larger rooms, which included treament/medicine/meals, and despite such low rates, many patients could not pay, so Mrs. Midori Matayoshi, Dr. Matayoshi’s wife, often forgave these debts.

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Yes, another Okinawan, Dr. Yamanoha [Dr. Richard's dad], took over the old hospital facility on Kam Ave. across the Keaukaha end of Mo’oheau Park parking lot area. Of course, Dr. Richard Yamanoha is our Lincoln Wrecker legend who tirelessly aided our youth, while his compadre, Dr. Fonkey Wong, out of the same Hualalai bldg. [parking lot is site of George Carter, dad of Toody Souza's mom & George Kai's wife], is Wanderer founder/legend. At 9:15 a.m. on May 24, 1956, a group of Onomea Sugar Co. field harvestmen — David Tavares/Tony Medeiros/Virgin Perreira — & harvesting supervisor Joseph Gomes — noticed a series of small landslides beginning on the Hamakua side of Onomea Arch, then spreading to both sides of the arch. These slides increased in magnitude and at 9:27 a.m. the arch cracked in the center and buckled upward, then collapsed into a heap onto the rocks & surf below. Hilo artist Mrs. R.W. Davenport, who was painting a picture of the arch just before it collapsed into the sea, & Mr./Mrs. Juan Villaverde, solon Mac’s parents, who were fishing at the time, also witnessed this amazing but expected event. The Dr. Gerrit Judd 1803-1873 rd. ran from Keolonahihi near Kamoa Point Kona up thru Kaumalumalu which crossed today’s old Mamalahoa hwy in Holualoa, up to Halea’au at 5,150 ft. elevation, just above the Ahua ‘Umi heiau, the Judd trail being 16 miles in length. Of course, the Judd trail never completed its destination to Hilo for financial reasons. In the 1930s our tourist bureau placed a sign on Kuakini hwy at the 250 ft. level where it crossed the Judd trail, but this sign, along w/the trial itself, faded into the forgotten pages of history. On March 26, 1959 Richard Lyman announced a development plan for Kapoho, & on April 30, 1959 a hui headed by James Kuwaye bought 900 acres to develop a Japanese-type hotel resort, the Kahonua beach lots, small 2.5 acre farm lots, & 1 acre homesites. Kuwaye’s hui/joint venture was composed of Norman Lyman/Kaz Abe/Stan Hara/Jack Suwa/Yoshio Yanagawa of HHA. Kuwaye held 52% of his hui Vacationland Associates, Abe/Hara 24% each. Ancient Haw’ns built their hale/homes on stilts so that high surf would pass under their homes, but the Vacationland developers did not foresee such events.

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Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Great question, titillates me to no end!! From Answerbag:

What pilots wore during WWII were not really helmets. They were canvas or leather hats that contained the headphones for their radios. They really were not meant to protect the head. They were used to help facilitate communications.

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Esteemed educator Clyde Crawford, born San Jacinto California 1895, married Catherine Bradshaw in 1917 at Orange CA. Catherine is the famous Bradshaw of Bradshaw/Nikku (middle) camp in Shinmachi [between gravel rd. (Emma St.) & driveway boulders (Ke'elikolani St.) along Kam Ave. Keaukaha direction of today's Kamehameha statue], utterly beneficent-soft of heart were Catherine/Clyde, truly angels on our shoulders. And contrary to popular myth, Shinmachi was not an ostracized tenement district — it was compact but its homes were clean-neat-spankling, w/redwood lumber from the Pacific NW, not slapped tar paper as w/later Kimiville [affordable tenement dwellings WWII thereafter]. Actually, Harry Kaina Brown is our longest-serving elected public official, because Kaina died in office [29 yrs. as County Auditor 1924-1953], whereas County Atty Billy Beers was voted out of office by vitriolic Martin Pence [29 yrs. at helm 1909-1938].
Yes, Norio Yamauchi was Joe Takao Yamauchi’s older brother. Hothead Lorrin Thurston married Margaret Shipman 1859-1891, daughter of immigrant Rev. William Shipman/wife Jane Stobie Shipman, Margaret baby sister of W.H. Shipman 1854-1943 [Herb's dad] & O.T. Shipman 1857-1942. Herb’s mama is Haw’n Mary 1852-1933. O.T.’s gorgeous daughter Jane is Lily Chow’s mentor in cosmetology, Lily is wife of Steamy Chow born 1922. Positive role model Wayne Kamitaki’s mom symbolizes humility, dad symbolizes altruism. Wayne born 1952 ‘Iolani grad ’70, owns Ben Franklin/Ace outfits here. Wayne is Maui roots, not Kamigaki store in Capt. Cook. Catholic Father Joseph Pouzot is buried in Catholic cemetery by Hilo Terrace Apts., died at age 76 in 1895. St. Joseph twin towered church was renovated in 1908, w/box tops replacing rounded top towers. Pauahi’s 1883 will is governed by the parol evidence rule, which means that prior or simultaneous motives are inadmissible to contradict or modify the will. Also inadmissible are posthumous interpretations as we see today w/KS’ misdirection. Pauahi’s will is crystal clear in its racial inclusion. Does one welcome strangers to modify a will after one dies?? No. Irrefutable. Our current County bldg. started 1966. Previous County executive heads [Chair/Mayor] are 1905-1908 John T. Moir/1909-1910 W.A. Todd/1911-1913 James D. Lewis/1914-1915 David Ewaliko/1916-1923 Samuel Kauhane/1924-1944 Sam Mahuka Spencer [proud man Arlen Bento's great grandpa]/1945-1948 Democrat Clem Akina/1949-1959 Jimmy Kealoha [became elected Lt. Gov. Statehood 1959/1959-1962 Lofty Cook/1963-1964 Helene Hale/1965-1974 Shun Kimura [became Circuit Ct. judge]/1974-1984 Herb Matayoshi [1st Uchinanchu-Okinawan chief; Steve Yamashiro is next Uchinanchu chief]/1984-1988 Dante Carpenter/1988-1990 Bernard Akana; Larry Tanimoto sub 1990/1990-1992 Lorraine Rodero Inouye/1992-2000 Steve Yamashiro/2000-2008 Harry Kim/2008-2012 Billy Kenoi. Nonpartisan mayor race started 2004. Hilo Trib editor Urban Allen [kin of Star-Bulletin's Riley Allen?] married Catherine Souza. Hans L’Orange married Mele Williams [Hawai'i 1st big leaguer Johnny Williams --Haw'n], son is Pete here. Bob Murakami born 1900 Kaua’i Chicago Law 1925 did Myles Fukunaga’s appeal from RR conviction [mental illness w/n 1 wk. of strangling of Punahou/Big 5 boy — Murakami lost all the way to U.S. S.Ct. via twisted logic to favor rich over poor — it wasn’t that Fukunaga killed the boy, it was that Fukunaga was deranged/insane when he did it. Fukunaga was hanged. Anti-J_p hysteria went wild, followed by the Massie case just after the Fukunaga melee. Tom Okino Harvard law 1932/Oberlin 1929, 1st Hilo buddahead from Harvard law, followed on heels of Kona’s Mas Marumoto 1930. Maui boy Rich Penhallow born 1906 a jock/ag icon. Leon Sterling Sr. born 1894 married Helen Paoa, as in Duke Paoa Kahanamoku/Buddy-Jimmy Paoa Clark, son Jr. born 1916 was Bobby Command’s born 1958 dear friend. Antone Tavares is Azores born 1875, progeny are Nils/Edna/etc. Lorrin P. Thurston born 1899, Advertiser chief until Twigg-Smith took over. Art Trask born 1910; Kaua’i David born 1890. Farrant Turner born 1895 100th oyabun-godfather from Lewers & Cooke outfit. Norberto C. Villanueva, Pinoy icon born 1900 Ilocos Sur, daughter Alohalinda married Ruddy Tongg Jr. Henry Walker Sr. Amfac born 1885 told off Judas Icariot haole Jack Burns; son Jr. born 1922 a great inclusionist, unlike dad [typified dad's haole superiority era]. Les Wishard Honoka’a icon is Punahou/Harvard law. EL Wung born 1893 Makapala Ka’u. Francis I’i Brown’s progeny Kenny still alive born 1919, Jack Burns’ lt. gov. choice 1966. Vince Esposito born 1914, son of Joe New Haven Conn. who came here 1931. Tom Gill’s wife is Lois, Tom’s brother is Lorrin [social worker]. M.D. Kenneth Ho born 1919, dad is 1st Chinese Democrat Kim Tong Ho. Ralph Honda born 1907 no relation to Maui’s Ed Honda. Shiro Kashiwa born 1912, older brother of Genro born 1923 [though Genro signifies old advisor]. Charles Kekumano born 1919 [Burns' priest]. Megumi Kon born 1920 engineer, Scrub Tanaka’s ace [along w/Edgar Torigoe-Toshi Serizawa-Isamu Kanekuni]. Solomon Lalakea’s son is Tom born 1926. Eileen Lota’s born 1929 mom’s maiden name is Reuter, Eileen’s dad is our greatest egalitarian/jock Noble Kauhane. Malcolm Love Shell oil mgr. born 1915, son is Jr. who sold tires. Bill Wilson of Shell facilitated Tommy Kaulukukui’s athletic ascension — angel on our shoulder Andy born 1946 is Wilson’s son. Clorinda Lucas born 1895 is Eben Low’s daughter –her daughter Laura is Pinky Thompson’s wife/Nainoa’s mom. Librada Luis born 1907 librarian vehement/vitriolic anti-J_p shouter, high-pouted wife like hubby Anastacio. KJ Luke born 1914, Tai On Chock’s uncle. Orlando Lyman born 1903, Levi’s son, allegedly must’ve had fetish for young men — liked to have male workers strip to supple nakedness. C&C Boyd MacNaughton born 1908, Malcolm born 1910. Frank Midkiff born 1887, brother John born 1893, Frank’s son is Bob born 1920. John’s son Jr. born 1923. Katsuro Miho born 1912, brother Katsugo born 1922. Dr. George Mills born Pepe’ekeo. James Morita born 1913 Kealakekua Mid-Pac grad 1932. Bina Mossman born 1893 is Sterling’s born 1920 mom. Kengo Nagasako born 1920 Papa’ikou. Yukio Naito born 1928 is Hilo boy. Bill Paty 101st Airborne Normandy, not Iwo Jima, born 1921, still kicking today. Anna Lindsey Perry Fiske mother is Rosenberg, Jewish [Otto Rose]. Grey Podorean’s dad was stockbroker born 1919. Jackie Liwai Pung born 1921. Korea’s Syngman Rhee born 1875 Hawai’i resident 1913-1945/1960-1965. Kohala’s Sakuichi Sakai 1894-1966 of Sakai Store on Bd. Sup. [Councilman] 1936-1954. Harold Sexton born 1914, son of Dr. Sexton. Paul Mannen great Rotary Club icon born 1909. Shelly Mark Chinese born 1922, no relation to Pastor Stephen Mark. Frank Serrao’s dad is Joe, mom is Emelia Souza Serrao. Ed Silva born 1925 is personnel director. Gregg Sinclair born 1890 Ontario Canada. Pat Putman born 1922, is Klein maiden name. Richard Smart born 1913, Nolle Smith born 1889, son Jr. born 1920 [football, African American]. Shigeo Soga born 1905 dad is Yasutaro. Andrew Spalding Scot not Spalding jock. Max Suderman boxn 1914 musician, not Ricky Suder’s ohana. Maurice Sullivan born 1909 from Ireland. Frank Sunn engineer born 1919 married Ruth Kobayashi 1944. Bob Taira born 1914, Rich Takasaki MPA Harvard born 1918. Francis Takemoto educator born 1912 Gen. National Guard. Paul Tallet born 1934. Chinese Eddie Tam born 1899, said “You can’t sell peanuts at the end of a parade!” Dick Tanabe born 1907 Mormon, our County treasurer, son is swimmer Sonny. Dr. Tokuso Taniguchi born 1915, Rich’s older brother. Hajime Tanaka born 1924 engineer, not surveyor Takata. Toma Tasaki born 1908 married buddahead 1950, former girlfriend was Tai On Chock’s older sis. Toma UH BA 1929 MIS Bronze Star McKinley High 1925. Emil Peters endorsed Kanaka Johnny Wilson vs. Nils Tavares ct. fite. Nils mom Haw’n. Hannibal Tavares born 1919 married Tanaka. Fortunato Teho 1908-1986 UH BS sugar tech 1927. Earl Thacker born 1900 Oakland is real estate/airline icon. Lorrin P. Thurston is Lorrin’s son, uncle of Twigg-Smith born 1921. Bert Tokairin born 1926, buddahead. Murray Towill engineer born 1902, son is Rich born 1929. Art Trask born 1910, dad was David. Frank Valenti born 1922 came here 1948. Jim Wakatsuki born 1929, Jack Wakayama born 1916 CPA U Chicago. Sam Walli’s mom is Kaua’i Rice; dad is M.D. M.D. Paul Withington born 1888, Buck Hung Wong born 1895 Canton, Liberty Bank 1930. Julian Yates Sr. born 1884 Kapapala Ka’u, GOP 1914. Wadsworth Yee born 1922 Grand Pacific Life Ins. Ed Yoshimasu born 1916, Nat’l Guard Gen. taisho. M.D. Rich You born 1916 proud Yobo. George Yuen engineer born 1920. Kee Fook Zane born Kohala 1899. Flora Hayes born 1893. Jimmy Kealoha’s mom is Alice K. Makanui, Jimmy’s wife is Miulan Young [Ah Chong's sis], Jimmy Terr. Rep. 1934-1938/Sen. 1938-39/Supervisor 1940-1946/Chair 1919-1959. Luso Antonio Perry was S.Ct. Justice 1900-1904/1909-1914/1922-1926/C.J. 1926-1934 [appointed initially by Teddy Roosevelt/went thru various administrations]. James Dole pineapple man cousin of Sanford B. Dole. 1908 photog Jerome Baker comes to Hawai’i. Fort Armstrong is for our Sam Chapman Armstrong. 1951 women can serve on jury here. 2/20/58 Hung Wo Ching is 1st AA to BoH Bd. 5/12/59 Kaiser tiffs vs. Dillingham cement plant. Chinn Ho 9/21/61 1st AA on Big 5 Bd. Pete Fithian born 1928 Conn. Walt Chuck born 1920/Wally Fujiyama born 1925 — 2 extroverts. Ed Hirata born 1933 Kea’au Hilo High ’51 engineer. Teruo Terry Ihara Ph.D. Ed born 1918, not Les’ dad. Andrew Ing born 1920. S. George Kanahele born 1930. Jean Sadako King born 1925. Megumi Kon from Pu’unene Maui. Sheridan Kobayashi born 1946, council candidate 1975-76/’80. Pete L’Orange born 1933. KJ’s son Warren Luke born 1944 Harvard MBA 1970. KJ Harvard MBA 1938. Edward Malapit 1st Pinoy mayor 1974 born 1933. Link McCandless’ daughter is Elizabeth Marks. Wes Park born 1937, Ed Pei born 1949 Hong Kong Punahou ’67. Fred Rohlfing born 1928 Punahou grad. Herb Segawa born 1929. Yosihiko Sinoto born 1924 Tokyo. Nolle Smith Sr. 1888-1982 African-American. Scott Stone born 1932 Tenn. Ruth Tabrah born 1921. Donnis Thompson born 1933. Frank Tokioka Island Ins. MBA Stanford 1960 born 1936. Eloise Tungpalan born 1945. Charles Ushijima born 1932 Hilo boy cuz of John. Our geographical isolation in the middle of the Pacific allowed our Asian progeny to flourish, unlike Stateside Asians. Also, we were the majority race & our haole overlords were just a tiny fraction of our population, inasmuch we also had NO haole middle class/redneck blue collars to keep the lid on our ascension, so to speak. Hiram Fong was eclectic -Dem Frank Serrao was Fong’s land advisor/AJA Katsuro Miho was Fong’s law partner. Dr. Saburo Hayashi 1867-1942 from Fukushima Japan. Shiro Sokabe 1865-1949 from Fukuoka [samurai]. M.D. Shigemoto Nakazawa had his Shinmachi Nakazawa camp astride today’s Hilo Iron Works parking lot area, where Peter Hayashi’s dad was Suisan’s founder, where imperious Peter grew up. A.S. Carvalho headed the Andrew Jackson Club of Hi, Democrat [Portuguese-Luso felt like 2nd class Whites vs. GOP haole Big 5]. Tagalog words: Kayumangi light-colored/fair-skinned; maharlika noble/royal; bayanihan to help-kokua; kababayan fellow/sister countrymen-women. Walter Victor died in 1973. Nobu Yamauchi [Piopio Bears] also should have a youth baseball structure named after Nobu. Joanne’s dress shop is Nobu Yamauchi’s daughter. Hawaii Garage was Jorgenson/Souza — Wil’s familia. Okazaki had concrete bridge along old Ponahawai plantation rd. to Okazaki’s home [800 ft. above junction of Komohana/Ponahawai St. today]. Paul Moffett of P&R grew up off Omao St. [Lyman ditch]. Tsuneo Koike/Kich Watanabe of Shimizu Hotel/Tommy Toguchi were beneficent Na’alehu buddaheads/sportsmen. Larry Capellas Jr. good footballer mid-1950s, educator Larry’s son. Gil Carvalho died from knee bone cancer, son Gary my age good hoopster died car accident. Dickie Furtado a great sportsman, should have structure named after him, as should Jack Matsui 1922-2010. Eleanor Soares Conner, baby sis of Dottie Thompson, great jock like Dottie. Angels on our shoulders WWII incl. Leslie Dunstan/Norberto C. Villanueva/Harry Kaina Brown/Gordon T. Bowles/Andrew W. Lind/Ted Trent/Gerald W. Fisher/Thoms G.S. Walker/Frank-John Midkiff/Capt. I.H. Mayfield of ONI/Oren E. Long our educator messiah/Riley Allen/E.B. De Silva [Paul's dad]/Leslie Hicks of Heco/Gregg M. Sinclair/Arthur Dean/Leslie Deacon/Miles Cary/Frank Judd/Rich Lum/Billy Jarrett/George Aikau/George Bicknell/Ellis Zacharias/Moses Pettigrew/Cecil Coggins/Kenneth Ringle/Baron Goto/Tom Okino/Ernie Murai/Mas Katagiri/Kats Kometani/Hung Wai Ching/Mas Marumoto/Walt Dillingham/Walter Short/George Marshall/Elmer Davis/John J. McCloy/Rufus Bratton/Milton Eisenhower/Edwin Reischauer/Ted Tsukiyama born 12/13/20, still 89 yrs. libido-strong, who typified youthful repudiation of a bygone era’s political paternalism, being a fully assimilated red-blooded American. Kiyo Okubo just a kozo/water boy to Kinsaburo Fred Makino half-English/half-Nippon, martial law propaganda rag via Hawaii Hochi/Herald. MIS George Joji Hiraoka tells me that when Kiyo saw a Nihon gakko teacher still in Hilo town, Kiyo confronted him & said “How come you still here??!!” Gakko-san was interned a week later. Yikes!!

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I love Denise Takashima’s writing style, whose stream of consciousness/free association are unique, which evoke great art/beauty. Denise writes to the world of her family, & her breadth of creation is quite apparent, w/fine artistic edge, yet she still retains the original texture of her sensitive private moments. Emily Dickinson’s Secret Spring has been touched by Denise, liberating us from convention, because, as Emily said, a Denise is
“destined for immortality.” Dickinson “angst” [used here as verb past tense] to a literary reviewer who defied her to “charge up your style with life,” so Dickinson emoted, “Are you too deeply occupied to say if my verse is alive? The mind is so near itself, it cannot see distinctly — should you think it breathed, and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude!” Gatz, Denise’s lines breathe, baby!!

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Or, put directly, if I have touched your “Secret Spring” [Dickinson's words] and liberated you from conventional thought, these are because you were “destined for immortality [Dickinson's words].”

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Valerie Saruwatari asked about Japan baseballer Wally Yonamine of Maui. Yonamine introduced aggressive vicious ball play to Japan, such as pounding the 2nd baseman if he stood in the way of Yonamine the runner. Wally’s do-or-die attitude deviated from earlier settlers from Hawai’i in Japan baseball, such as Japan Hall of Famer Hisashi Koshimoto of Onomea half a century before Yonamine’s sojourn to Japan, Koshimoto considered as the grand-daddy of Japan college baseball, insmuch Japan did not start a professional major league until 1936. Of course, Wahiawa ace Bozo Wakabayashi initiated Japan pro ball, & was followed by a spate of Hawai’i buddaheads like Horio/Tanaka/etc.

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You see, Wally tried out for pro football but was cut for being too slow. Actually, Wally followed Lanihuli St. bully Kazuma Hisanaga into football, Kazuma being the 1st ever AJA college football star on the Mainland, at Pomona College California. WWII interrupted Hisanaga’s jockdom.

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Sadly, Wally never gave his forebearers their due, because Wally was not into history/tradition, but simply was a bully like Hisanaga. Nonetheless, as age crept up to Wally, Wally became more respectful of the fellas who paved the way for Wally to kickstart Wally’s jockdom, in crossing over from football [where Wally failed for being too slow] to baseball [Japan baseball was mediocre & Wally became a big fish in a very small pond]. Hilo boys who played Japan pro ball included Dopey Morita [who was before his time in perfect placement of assorted pitches -- like how Derek Tatsuno was screwed by inept Japan baseball coaches]/Rich De Sa [Honomu]/Jack Ladra [Pa'ahau], & eventual Honoka’a transplant Tomo Kai. Imagine Curtis da Bull Iaukea & his rasslin’ persona/image. This was Wally, patterned after Hisanaga, in Japan.

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The Jewish diaspora (or simply the Diaspora) is the English term used to describe the Galut גלות (Yiddish: ‘Galus’), or ‘exile’, that encompassed several forced expulsions of Israelites from what is now the states of Israel, Jordan and parts of Lebanon. The modern Hebrew term of Tefutzot תפוצות, “scattered”, was introduced in the 1930s by the American academic Simon Rawidowicz, who to some degree argued for the acceptance of the Jewish presence outside of the Land of Israel as a modern reality and an inevitability.

The diaspora is commonly accepted to have begun with the 8th–6th century BC conquests of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, destruction of the First Temple (c.586 BC), and expulsion of the population, and is also associated with the destruction of the Second Temple and aftermath of the Bar Kokhba revolt during the Roman occupation of Judea in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

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A number of Jewish communities were then established in the Middle East as a result of tolerant policies and remained notable centers of Torah life and Judaism for centuries to come. The defeat of the Great Jewish Revolt in the year 70 AD and of Bar Kokhba’s revolt against the Roman Empire in 135 AD notably contributed to the diaspora as many Jews were scattered after losing control over Judea or were sold into slavery throughout the empire. After the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the term Jewish diaspora came to refer to all Jews living outside Israel.

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According to Eliezer Schweid, the rejection of life in the Diaspora is a central assumption in all currents of Zionism. Underlying this attitude was the feeling that the Diaspora restricted the full growth of Jewish national life. For instance the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik wrote:

And my heart weeps for my unhappy people …
How burned, how blasted must our portion be,
If seed like this is withered in its soil. …
According to Schweid, Bialik meant that the “seed” was the potential of the Jewish people. Preserved in the Diaspora, this seed could only give rise to deformed results; however, once conditions changed the seed could still provide a plentiful harvest.

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In this matter Sternhell distinguishes two schools of thought in Zionism. One was the liberal or utilitarian school of Herzl and Nordau. Especially after the Dreyfus Affair, they held that anti-Semitism would never disappear and saw Zionism as a rational solution for Jewish individuals.

The other was the organic nationalist school. It was prevalent among the Zionists in Palestine and saw the movement as a project to rescue the Jewish nation rather than as a project to rescue Jewish individuals. For them Zionism was the “Rebirth of the Nation”.

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Contrary to the Israel-centric Zionist view, acceptance of the Jewish communities outside of Israel was postulated by those, like Simon Rawidowicz (also a Zionist), who viewed the Jews as a culture evolved into a new ‘worldly’ entity that had no reason to seek a return, either physical, emotional or spiritual to its ancient Land, and could remain a one people even in dispersion.

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It was argued that the dynamics of the diaspora which were affected by persecution, numerous subsequent exiles, as well as political and economic conditions created a new Jewish awareness of the World, and a new awareness of the Jews by the World.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_diaspora#The_Diaspora_in_Contemporary_Jewish_life

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Islam and Anti-Jewish relates to Islamic theologicial teaching against Jews and Judaism and the treatment of Jews in Muslim countries.

With the origin of Islam in the 7th century AD and its rapid spread in the Arabian peninsula and beyond, Jews (and many other peoples) came to be subject to the rule of Muslim rulers. The quality of the rule varied considerably in different periods, as did the attitudes of the rulers, government officials, clergy and general population to various subject peoples from time to time, which was reflected in their treatment of these subjects. Reuven Firestone notes that, ‘negative assessments and even condemnation of prior religions and their adherents occur in all three scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_antisemitism

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Antisemitism in the Arab world refers to discrimination against Jews in Arab countries. While Arabs are also a Semitic people, the modern meaning of the English term “antisemitism” refers primarily to discrimination against Jews.

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Arab antisemitism is believed to have expanded since the 19th century. Jews, like other minority groups within the Muslim world, were subject to various restrictions long before that. However, despite its restrictive nature, dhimmi status also afforded the “People of the Book” relative security against persecution and welfare most of the time — a protection that was missing for non-Christians in most of Europe until the institutionalization of equality under a secular idea of citizenship after the French Revolution – and allowed them to enjoy their respective religious laws and ways of life.

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Antisemitism in the Arab world has increased greatly in modern times, for many reasons: the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire and traditional Islamic society; European influence, brought about by Western imperialism and Christian Arabs; Nazi propaganda; and the rise of Arab nationalism. In addition, there was resentment of disproportionate influence Jews had gained under colonialism, and of the Zionist movement. The rise of political Islam during the 1980s and afterwards provided a new mutation of Islamic anti-Semitism, which gave the hatred of Jews a religious component.

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For most of the past fourteen hundred years, according to Bernard Lewis, Arabs have not been antisemitic as the word is used in the West. In his view this is because, for the most part, Arabs are not Christians brought up on stories of Jewish deicide. In Islam, such stories are rejected by the Qur’an as a blasphemous absurdity. Since Muslims do not consider themselves as the “true Israel”, they do not feel threatened by the survival of Jews. Because Islam did not retain the Old Testament, no clash of interpretations between the two faiths can therefore arise. There is, says Lewis, no Muslim theological dispute between their religious institutions and the Jews.

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While there were antisemitic incidents in the early twentieth century, antisemitism has certainly been heightened by the Arab-Israeli conflict. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Palestinian exodus, the creation of the state of Israel, Israeli victories during the wars of 1956 and 1967 served a severe shock to the Arabs. The situation of the Middle Eastern Jews worsened and almost all fled or were expelled from their native countries. By the 1980s, according to Bernard Lewis, the volume of antisemitic literature published in the Arab world, and the authority of its sponsors, seemed to suggest that classical antisemitism had become an essential part of Arab intellectual life, considerably more than in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, and to a degree that has been compared to Nazi Germany.

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In their 2008 report on contemporary Arab-Muslim antisemitism, the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center dates the beginning of this phenomenon to the spread of classic European Christian antisemitism into the Arab world starting in the late 19th century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_and_antisemitism

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Arthur stopped Bonaparte Napoleon on land at Waterloo in 1815, as Nelson stopped Napoleon at sea, Arthur born in 1769 to a Protestant family in Catholic Ireland, the same year a boy of uncommon destiny named Napoleon was born in Corsica. Of Arthur’s brogue Irish blood, he said that being born in a stable does not make one a horse, alluding to Christ. Arthur’s never losing a major battle, a French marshal said that Arthur had maneuvered his men “like Frederick the Great.” Of course, Napoleon was taken to the desolate island of Helena off the coast of West Africa, where Napoleon died 6 years after losing at Waterloo. After all, Napoleon’s scorched earth policy demanded the complete subjugation and destruction of British freedoms. In blowback, Arthur’s daring-do is reminiscent of Tennyson’s poem Ulysses — “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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Fittingly, the British tomb of the Unknown Warrior inlays the Second Book of Chronicles 24:16 — “for the
sacred cause of justice and the freedom of the world, they buried him among the kings because he had done good toward God and toward His House.” Four other texts border this inscription — “The Lord Knoweth them that are His”; “Greater Love Hath no man than this”; “In Christ shall all be made alive”; “Unknown and yet well known — dying and behold we live.” This tomb is the only grave in the floors of Westminster Abbey that is never walked on — by anyone — in any service. Coronations, weddings, baptisms, funerals — all proceed around it, not over it.

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The Asian Indian civilizations of 5,000 B.C. traded slaves. Classical Greek civilization, our Cradle of
Democracy, was based on slavery. The Roman empire was built on slavery. The 1600s and 1700s were the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, esp. in England & Scotland, where Newton, Robert Boyle, Hobbes, Hume, Hans Sloane, Locke, Paine [symbol of American Revolution], Priestly, & former slave captain John Newton questioned, challenged, and changed the accepted order of science, society, government, and liberty. Newton in particular had undergone a spiritual conversion and composed today’s famous hymn “Amazing
Grace” about his redemption — Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see. In turn, a nondescript William Wilberforce became Newton’s and the Abolitionists’ brilliant advocate in Parliament, whist Thomas Clarkson sounded their passionate refrain in the countryside, and Granville Sharp wrote and devised strategy in huddle, and Thomas Buxton carried on his forebearers’ fight, such that 7 thousand yrs. of slavery were turned on their head in just half a century by English/Scot abolitionists.

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As motor mouth/noisebox/talking head as Jesse Jackson is, Jackson was w/MLK at that hotel when MLK was shot in 1968 , and Jackson wept as Obama swept into office as the most powerful man in the world. Horatio Nelson of lore was succeeded by a Black man of today, President Obama. Irony is that in nearly all instances, earth-shattering accomplishments come because an individual is trying to atone for some sin, real or imagined, in the past. It is true that when one solitary voice in the wilderness speaks up to stop mistreatment, others often join in, desperately relieved that, at last, someone said something. Fear paralyzes us, agape love liberates us from our bondage of our human condition. For all of our flaws and mishaps, whist we doubt our every action to the point where we freeze stiff, we also have greatness in our blood, to love one and to love all, even if we lose our lives in the process of expressing our love.

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The parable of today’s Huck Finn & Wilt Chamberlain the Big Dipper [for dipping under doorways] –

True story, Chocolate St. Hershey PA. Huck Finn 14 yr. old kid on a whim steals the basketball which Wilt the Stilt just put in for Wilt’s unprecedented 100th point in 1962

at Hershey auditorium vs. Richie Guerin’s NY Knicks. Finn kid goes home a few blocks away from the auditorium w/ball, but Mom tells son to return it immediately. Son

does so, but is told by Wilt to keep it, because Wilt has no use for it. Kid, blue collar salt of the earth, wears out the ball in hoops play because no one but him has a

basketball. Anyway, when Wilt dies in 1999, kid’s friends, now 51 yrs. old like the kid, tell him to auction it. Money is god. Kid auctions it for over half a million

dollars, but a few days later is refuted for such award because in essence Wilt’s actual game ball purportedly is preserved for all eternity, and the ball which the kid

stole 37 yrs. earlier was the immediate replacement ball for the original which was safekept as soon as Wilt put in Wilt’s 100th point w/14 seconds to go in the game.

Of course, all of this made Wilt’s foe former Marine Sgt. Richie Guerin made like hell w/red-beet face, in that Guerin felt that Wilt violated the gentleman’s code not

to grandstand vs. outmatched opponents like Guein’s NY Knicks. Nontheless, Guerin ended up w/the last laugh providentially vs. the kid, because the kid then was

forced to sell the ball for $50,000, only one-tenth its original fetchin’ value. The moral of the story is that the kid, my peer, should’ve donated the ball to the Springfield

MA HoFame w/no regard for its auction value. Never mind money. Perpetuate love for all by sharing one’s gift w/the world — in this case the ball — which as it turned

out, ended up being mud in the kid’s face [for the kid's stigma of trying to make big bucks off a bogus ball]. I overheard this ball tale [though true] while mindfully

trying to tune in to a sensible radio station while driving — the only AM radio station is 670 KPUA Hilo, and its shows are mindless, but just as I was about to turn

the dial, this ball tale came on. I listened intently, hoping for a noblesse oblige [good for society] — that the kid gave to the world the ball in memory of Wilt and

of basketball — & I was “mighty” surprised that this tale turned out to be about how the kid made $50,000 instead of nothing. Sad recitation, but for my mac nuts,

a deeper truth — honor the man Wilt/the game which Wilt played, and rewards are indescribable, though not monetary/materialism. But greedily/selfishly honor

thyself by enriching oneself w/dough-bread-green moola, & your moment of pride becomes the noose around your neck [embarassment of bogus ball]. The

ultimate disguised blessing is that Wilt’s life metaphysically is more profound/expansive via Wilt’s martyrdom [Wilt the antecedent of today's Charlie Sheen born 1965],

because thru this story I learn that Wilt & his conjoined at the hip foe Bill Russell were good friends, that Wilt would eat at Russ’ parents home/etc.

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Silent dying –

Arms extended flapped forward over a chair back rest, top torso lying prone over the chair back rest whilst sitting reversed in such chair, knife stuck in the open exposed back — dying silently. The price of loving, and getting knifed in return. Universal truth — love entails the risk of sorrow/loss, even my own/pain/suffering. Such is the nature of love. Nonetheless, I love no matter what comes, and no matter that love is not what comes, because the purity/beauty of love in itself are the right attitude/stand/line drawn in the sand — the so-called scratch/quick, so to speak, no matter my love who sticks the knife into my back. Do not put up w/mental-physical abuse. This tale is a metaphor/symbol/parable.

Love what may. God Willing — Thine Will, be done — If [one has faith in and is obedient/humblest to God] — all are well which end well — love one, love all, no matter what

comes. Love for now & for always.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unrequited_love

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_heart

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_heart#Feelings_associated

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emptiness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-esteem

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life#20th_century_philosophy

Life is full of absurdity, and one must make his and her own values in an indifferent world. One can live meaningfully (free of despair and anxiety) in an unconditional commitment to something finite, and devotes that meaningful life to the commitment, despite the vulnerability inherent to doing so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism#Suicide

For some, suicide is a solution when confronted with the futility of living a life devoid of all purpose, as it is only a means to quicken the resolution of one’s ultimate fate. For Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus, suicide is not a worthwhile solution, because if life is veritably absurd, it is therefore even more absurd to counteract it; instead, we should engage in living, and reconcile the fact that we live in a world without purpose. Suicide, according to Camus, is merely avoiding the Absurd, instead of living in spite of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_superiority#Self-esteem

Those with low self-esteem appear to engage in far less illusory superiority, showing more realism in their self rating.
These results go against a basic humanistic principle within psychology. In particular, Carl Rogers, a pioneer of humanistic psychology, claims that those with low self-esteem will be far more likely to attempt to belittle others, with the aim of strengthening their fragile self view. On the other hand, Rogers hypothesizes that those with high self-esteem will have no need to put others down or below themselves; and therefore, would be unlikely to exhibit illusory superiority.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egotism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egocentrism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selfishness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enlightened_self-interest#Deferred_gratification

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_hand

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helping_behavior#Rural_vs_Urban_area

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misanthropy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_acts_of_kindness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_of_Mercy#Spiritual_works_of_mercy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looking-glass_self

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_intelligence

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand-yard_stare

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend_zone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_guy

http://www.practicalhappiness.com/avoid-friend-zone-with-women/

http://www.practicalhappiness.com/how-to-deal-with-cockbloker-jealous-friends/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_frustrated_chump

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Involuntary_celibacy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_theory

http://www.practicalhappiness.com/we-are-just-friends/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihilism#Existential_nihilism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihilism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(existential)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_crisis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-evaluation_maintenance_theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispositional_affect

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumption_trap#Hang-Ups

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_numbing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_image

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_detachment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_expression#Ventilation_hypothesis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_guy#The_.22nice_guys_finish_last.22_view

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_frustration

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirsig’s_metaphysics_of_quality

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality_(philosophy)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_emotion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_commons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%E2%80%94

If— (1910)
by Rudyard Kipling
If— is a notable poem by Rudyard Kipling. It was written in 1895; the poem was first published in the Brother Square Toes chapter of Rewards and Fairies, Kipling’s 1910 collection of short stories and poems. Like William Ernest Henley’s Invictus, it is a memorable evocation of Victorian stoicism and the “stiff upper lip” that popular culture has made into a traditional British virtue. Its status is both confirmed by the number of parodies it has inspired, and by the widespread popularity it still draws amongst Britons (it was voted Britain’s favourite poem in a 1995 BBC opinion poll).
According to Kipling in his autobiography Something of Myself (1937), the poem was inspired by Dr Leander Starr Jameson, who in 1895 led a raid by British forces against the Boers in South Africa, subsequently called the Jameson Raid. This defeat increased the tensions that ultimately led to the Second Boer War. The British press, however, portrayed Jameson as a hero in the middle of the disaster, and the actual defeat as a British victory. Like William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus,” it is a memorable evocation of Victorian stoicism and the “stiff upper lip” that popular culture has made into a traditional British virtue.

— Excerpted from If— on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/If%E2%80%94

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ego_death

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Night_of_the_Soul

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_effect

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_complex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damsel_in_distress

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerence

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostalgia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_(mythology)

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Credit to architect Taylor Cockerham — “hi curtis, titus coan had 2 houses. one came down for the foreign church (sac k-n-save) and the other is where ululani ywca is.”

Coan’s doorstone is at today’s YWCA, going from Coan to Wetmore 1917. The doorstone might be from the Kaipalaoa heiau where today’s Armory is on Shipman St.

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“That man may consider himself born to no common destiny who has conquered the Bonaparte of the West.” –Santa Ana, of Sam Houston, or should I proffer Mayor Kenoi of Council Chair Yagong?

Santa Ana had forgotten that Napoleon Bonaparte ultimately was defeated by the Duke of Wellington.

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“Born to no common destiny” measures meta-meters on Council Chair Dominic Yagong born 1959, whose common sense approach

to legislation, especially amid our worst fiscal crisis in the 106 yr. history of Hawai’i County government, is “for the ages,” esp. in

upending conventional practices such as forfeiture of real property in lieu of unpaid taxes, & of re-negotiating leases w/landowners

who rent out office space to our County agencies, a function of the mayor, but w/total-pathetic inaction by Mayor Kenoi [doesn't want to bite

the hands which feed him politically], Council Chair Yagong

has taken the lead over executive privilege/function to reduce County debt. Desperate times especially call for desperate measures,

at least according to government standards, although in the private sector cost-cutting as promulgated by Council Chair Dominic

Yagong is the only sensible thing to do — or else private industry goes belly up/bankrupt. The differences in public sector vs.

private sector with Mayor Kenoi born 1968/Council Chair Yagong include but are not limited to factors such as that Mayor Kenoi never

engaged in entrepreneurship/capitalism/

private industry & has never managed an office, whereas Council Chair Yagong, with only a high school diploma, always has been in private

industry & has vast experience in lean mean private industry management as manager, with

austerity/belt tightening an absolute/dire necessity [e.g. http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/02/20/local_news/local01.txt http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2010/10/23/local/local01.txt

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/03/02/local_news/local01.txt

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2009/11/17/local/local03.txt

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2010/06/02/local//local01.txt ]

– Council Chair Yagong’s high school diploma would not advance him far

via our antiquated civil service system, which rewards inefficiency-seniority-lethargy-complacency, not merit.

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Essentially, ego-inflated Mayor Kenoi is Santa Ana, who trumps himself invincible, whereas underdog Council

Chair Yagong is Sam Houston, who rises from the ashes a la Phoenix — to triumph over decadent opulence/self-glorification a la Santa

Ana. And like Santa Ana, Mayor Kenoi has forgotten that Napoleon lost at Waterloo, just as every candidate endorsed

or supported by Mayor Kenoi in 2008 lost, including Mufi for Governor. In contrast, Council Chair Yagong’s support of

fellow candidates resulted in their election wins, including Neil Abercrombie for Governor. Today’s minority majority ethnic

haoles far outnumber buddaheads by a factor of 3, far outnumber Filipinos by the same factor of 3, and far outnumber Hawaiians

by the same factor of 3. Inasmuch ironically haoles are the most vulnerable bloc via their newcomer status, & get pushed

around for being imperialist interlopers, so to speak, and because Council Chair Yagong’s special focus is on the maligned/

scorned upon in society, incl. newbie haoles, Council Chair Yagong’s Social Gospel especially appeals to our malihini/

newscomers. And with Mayor Kenoi’s hocus pocus voodoo economics/2011-2012 fiscal year budget unveiled yesterday,

our ethnic haoles will have a field day vs. shibai/imposter sensei Kenoi. This time around, in contrast w/2008 when Kenoi got a

free pass for being a jolly Hawaiian, no tender hooks abate Kenoi’s utter incompetence/failure to address our fiscal crisis.

Mayor Kenoi’s idealized buddahead backing of 12% of overall population demographics, just as Hawaiian 12% of overall

population demographics, just won’t cut/translate to a win for him. Voodoo economics eventually come crashing down

to reality, as you will see shortly vs. Mayor Kenoi. Mayor Kenoi’s sleight of hand/misdirection will be exposed in the next

3 months as Council members address the real issues of cost containment and revenue building, unlike Mayor Kenoi’s

bamboozle smoke/mirror dramatics.

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