new host [to handle increased views — over 32,000 in past 4 weeks on Tom Burnett’s article alone]

Tom Burnett’s Fukushima meltdown article has over 30,000 views over the past 3 weeks,  thence a new host to handle the increased  hits.

 

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Contrary to popular opinion, lower class taverns 3 centuries ago were the 1st racially integrated public facilities in America, not to mention sexually liberated w/female tavern owners [genteel men sites banned non-rich whites/women].   “Animal passions” ergo hormonal liberties presaged our American revolution as well as our Civil War.    “Amalgamation” [mixed breed progeny] nearly won the White House but for VP Richard Johnson’s [under President Martin Van Buren] refusal to deny the “monstrous rumor” about his mullatto mistress w/whom he had 2 children.   Never mind Strom Thurmond’s collossal hypocrisy in the last century.    Drunken workers created our weekend, prostitutes started women’s lib [long before proper lady Gloria Steinem]  & gave us birth control w/their “barbaric savages” [unassimilated immigrants],  just as liberated drag queens engaged in redemptive suffering to give us Gay Liberation.    Sainted Madiba [tribal reverence] Nelson Mandela’s immense legacies are exemplified in the context of his natural nature/character — “I came out mature” is Mandela’s epiphany after 27 yrs. in prison [age 44 to 71], & this senior citizen went on to defy that aging is a death sentence.    President Obama’s “propeller heads”  economic team  of treasury looters Summers/Geithner et al get upended by today’s Lincoln Steffens Gonzo Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Steffens    I didn’t know that Irish teague is derogatory, in that we have Irish Teague ohana here.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taig

Our greatest First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt refrained her husband’s funeral in impelling his legacy — When FDR died in 1945 a crowd surged down Constitution Ave. to view his funeral cortege — a man collapsed to the ground in grief.    After helping the man up, the samaritan asked him, “Did you know the President?”    As the fallen man regained his composure, he intoned, “No, but he knew me.”    Wow!!   Populist referendum!

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Calvin Enoki born 1949 is Honomu reunion organizer, who describes Honomu’s Main St. [old Mamalahoa Hgwy] as the town of Bethlehem [for its churches lined like pearls on a string — Mormon/Odaishisan Shin/Hongwanji/Catholic/Rev. Shiro Sokabe’s UCC].    I’ve written a lot about Honomu.   Calvin didn’t know that the 2 banyan trees at Honomu park are memorials for Honomu’s KIAs WWII [buddahead & haole].    The Kalani estate has everything to do w/Main St.’s look, mainly because of Kalani’s cornwall [liquor] — thence today’s temperance society motif.    Calvin grew up Buddhist Hongwanji, dad was carpenter supervisor w/buddaheads Patch Horio/Kazuki Okura [dad & Okura didn’t get along — 2 taishos in my opinion], dad Yamaguchi ken like Alex Akita, mom Hiroshima ken Funai of Pa’auilo [annual grave visits hakamaide], aunt is Hilo’s Helen’s Fabric Shop [spread out garments at Carvalho Park w/help of Luso-Portuguese in wake of 1960 tsunami since Helen’s shop was on Kamehameha Ave.][like Lynn Kagawa’s Kolekole Park garment drying for Y. Hata fabrics].    Cal describes Larry Balberde born 1939 [half Luso Tavares] as driven — Larry Luso/Espanyol figure of Honomu.    I’ve written before about Balberde  [political hack].

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Aaron Chung born 1958 was our prescient Council member who wanted to settle maligned police officers’ case vs. County [Guy Paul rigged promotions], but was overruled by majority who staked out a jury trial result — which resulted in the largest ever jury award vs. Hawai’i County, Michael Green atty for plaintiffs [Michael also represents Keoki Kai’s Uncle Mikey’s Establishment vs. County et al for [including but not limited to] closing down our most popular entertainment venue in the history of Hawai’i County, based on among other things, ineptness/selective enforcement/favoritism/etc.].

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From KingLit Ching born 1936 on our greatest WWII 100th Batt./442nd/MIS military historian Ted Tsukiyama born 1920 [going on 91 yrs. of age but looks/acts 70 yrs. old] —

April 23, 2011 12:56 p.m.

Curtis,

Ted Tsukiyama has been asking what you’re up to and expressed some very complimentary things that you should be aware of.    Give him a break.   He’s not radical like you.   Regard, –KL

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From Ted Tsukiyama:

KL,

I haven’t presided in an arbitration case in Hilo for over two years now so I don’t get a chance to engage in history on the deepest personal level with Curt during all this time…………. He has a great mind and amazing social connections ………. His courageous frankness in expressing his convictions is admirable, even against me (he loathes eggheads like me with Yale credentials, though I did tell Curt I’d rather have yogo-ray/dirt face Barney Hajiro cover my back in combat than a fellow Yale alumnus (Eichi Oki)].     Please remember me well to him in your next contact with Curt and convey my best wishes and aloha.

Ted

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From Curt in 2008 on Ted Tsukiyama —

Ted’s greatest strength consists of Ted’s social connections/relationships.     Scot John Young is Ted’s interview of a lifetime, where among other matters,

Young extols on Young’s peer Leigh Hooley, who chastised Henry Baldwin [Jr.] for cutting in line at the plantation barber shop.    The Baldwins virtually

own Maui even today.   Ted is Hung Wai’s kozo/ace in the hole kid VVV, inasmuch Ted served Hung Wai at our Atherton Y.    Hilo native Yempuku was Ted’s

VVV chain of command sempai/older leader.    Ted was Charles Hemenway’s “grandkid” mo’opuna prodigy, Ted’s idol Hung Wai being Charles’ hanai son

[Charles’ only child/son was killed in 1922 as a Punahou prepster, same age as Hung Wai].    Ted knew Statehood Joe Farrington, as well as Jack Burns.

Ted knew Kanaka Johnny Wilson and Wilson’s hacks Takaichi Miyamoto/Hilo’s Herb Kum.   Ted knew Vince Esposito/Charles Kauhane/unrelated angel on

our shoulder Noble Kauhane — Noble’s darling daughter is sweetie pie Eileen Lota, City Clerk.   Ted knew Tom Gill/Shigeto Kanemoto.    Ted is our bridge

to the past.   I know of no one greater than Ted in Ted’s exposure to our greatest wayfinders in history.

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Wondrous angel Amy Aihara describes amazing Christ agent Valerie Saruwatari as emblematic of Galatians 5:22-23  —

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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Amy’s strength derives from “His Grace is sufficient for thee, for His Power is made great in my weakness.”   2 Corinthians 12:9

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My redux of Amy & Valerie rest w/Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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Abraham was among the wealthiest of all in the Bible.   Tammy Faye Bakker Messner was among the wealthiest of contempo Christians.   God does not show partiality.   Here is the essence of my dearest Tammy Faye —

During the PTL shows, she provided a sentimental touch to stories and loved to sing. In a move that sharply distinguished her from other televangelists, she showed a more tolerant attitude when it came to homosexuality, and she featured people suffering from AIDS on PTL, urging her viewers to follow Christ and show sympathy and pray for the sick.

Legacy

Tammy Faye has developed a devoted fan base in the gay and drag queen communities. According to CNN‘s obituary, “Tammy Faye Messner has also been known as one of the few evangelical Christians who had the support of the gay community. She was one of the first televangelists to reach out to those with AIDS when it was a little-known and much-feared disease. In return, she told Larry King in July 2007, “When I went – when we lost everything, here were the gay people that came to my rescue, and I will always love them for that!”

On July 19, 2007, Tammy Faye made another appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live in what turned out to be her final interview (she died the following day, after the broadcast). At the time, she weighed 65 pounds and was unable to eat solid food. Messner’s husband would later say that he believed that she chose to do the interview to say a final goodbye to her followers. During the interview, Messner had this message:

I’d like to say that I genuinely love you, and I genuinely care, and I genuinely want to see you in heaven someday. I want you to find peace. I want you to find joy.

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

The Charlotte Observer ran exposes of PTL’s finances and management practices. PTL went bankrupt after being taken over by controversial Lynchburg, Virginia-based Baptist televangelist Jerry Falwell, who offered to step in following the scandals in 1988. Charges surfaced that Falwell’s interest in PTL and Heritage USA was solely an attempt to gain control of its profitable cable television network, something which Falwell was unsuccessful in establishing for his own ministry despite numerous requests to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to obtain a satellite license. Tammy Faye later forgave Falwell regarding these tactics before Falwell’s death in 2007, two months before Tammy Faye’s own death.

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God does not show partiality.

John Bunyan’s 1678 classic, Pilgrim’s Progress:

“… you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward with the muck-rake in his hands; Who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor.”

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Two visions of the future:     1)  Kaku’s science and my desired

template of    2)  Christian inclusion

1)   Kaku’s science —-

Two experiences shaped astrophysicist Nisei 3rd generation Japanese American Michio Kaku born 1947 [Michio’s dad is Kibei — went back to Japan/schooling/came back to U.S. — thence Michio’s 2nd generation Nisei japaneezee inflection/mannerisms]–   when Michio was 8 yrs. old, Einstein died, leaving behind Einstein’s unfinished manuscript/magnum opus masterpiece [theory of everything which unlocks the secrets of the universe — to read the mind of God, so to speak] — why couldn’t the greatest scientist of our time find it so difficult to finish his paper, so to speak?    Thence Michio vows now to finish Michio’s paper!  🙂     Second,   Michio was intoxicated w/Pu’u’eo native Buster Crabbe [mama was Hilo Union teacher/stepdad was Hilo mayor Clem Akina]spaceship retinue in TV’s Flash Gordon series.     Michio’s DNA traces back to Nepal, home of Buddha.   Michio predicts that by 2100 [89 yrs. from now] we will control computers via tiny brain sensors, & move objects around with the power of our minds.   Cyber-enabled contact lenses will access to our pupils the world’s information bank/wikipedia in the blink of our eye.   Cars will cushion/coast along on air magnetic fields if room temperature superconductors are discovered, every organ will be grown & genetic diseases will be cured via molecular medicine [DNA sensors/nanoparticles will scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, via our bloodstream], our aging will be slowed down/reversed, nanotechnology will give us the fabled space elevator, which will take us hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the click of the key, we’ll have emotional robots/antimatter rockets/x-ray vision, creation of new life forms via science.

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2)    Christian inclusion   —-

I desire to believe in repentance after death/growth in God’s Holiness even after death,  so that Hell as we know it is reserved only for those rarest few who
continue to turn their back on God.    Valerie Saruwatari born 1943 & Amy Aihara born 1936 from my brother’s church shall end up in the top of God’s
Tower  [penthouse  😉   ] along with purest soul of the Bible Outcast on to Egypt Joseph, martyr Stephen, Peter’s baby brother Andrew, Joshua, Gideon, Nathan,

Lydia, Rahab, &  other transformative figures of Scripture.    David will end up several floors below Valerie/Amy, because David can’t bring back Uriah’s life [David

cold-bloodedly masterminded Uriah’s murder/assassination], David’s son Solomon a floor or so above David [Solomon decadent opulence negative
exemplar].    My greatest sentient heroes Keoni & Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 shall lead the way at the top of God’s Tower, & among their sine qua
non brethren shall be KingLit Ching born 1936 and Denise Takashima born 1953, along with Sanford Okura born 1948 and Janice Nakagawa Thomas Kekauoha born 1937 of Waipi’o Valley.
I’ll be swimming fine outside the ground floor in the blue lagoon, & KingLit will be scoping down w/his binoculars from God’s Penthouse to make sure that
I’m not copulating in public  ;-), which then demotes me down into the dark chamber of Hell’s subterranean neverland.   😉     KingLit’s dad Hung Wai
1905-2002 won’t need binoculars to peek at me — Hung Wai will be on the 3rd floor attempting to jump into the lagoon to join me.   Of course, KingLit’s
mom will be in  God’s Penthouse being served by dutiful son KingLit.  P.S. Hell is not a fiery inferno, but instead a cold dark chamber which does
not see the light of day — I’ll let you know how lonely/desolate/forsaken/mind-killing it is if I copulate in public & end up down there!

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On the transforming effect of divine grace [repentance/judgment/salvation/atonement]

2 Peter 1:4 explicitly speaks of becoming “partakers of the Divine nature.”  Closely allied are the teachings of Paul the Apostle that through the Spirit we are sons of God (as in chapter 8 of his Epistle to the Romans) and of the Gospel according to John on the indwelling of the Trinity (as in chapters 14-17).  

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosis

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinitarian_Universalism#Core_Trinitarian_doctrine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_Hell#Divine_mercy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_soteriology#Comparison_between_Protestants

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

Reconciliation & Christian salvation — i.e.,  salvation from spiritual and physical death —

the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ constitute the mechanism that provides redemption for all humanity and atonement for all sins.
The concept of “restore” or “return” in the Hebrew Bible is the common Hebrew verb שׁוּב (shuwb/shuv), as used in Malachi 4:2, the only use of the verb form of apocatastasis in the Septuagint. This is used in the “restoring” of the fortunes of Job, and is also used in the sense of rescue or return of captives, and in the restoration of Jerusalem.

The word, apokatastasis, only appears once in the Bible in Acts 3:21.  Peter heals a handicapped beggar and then addresses the astonished onlookers. His sermon sets Jesus in the Jewish context, the fulfiller of the Abrahamic Covenant, and says:


“{Jesus] whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring (apocatastasis) all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago”  —  or in a less literal translation:
“He [Jesus] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore (apocatastasis) everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”

Both these translations use “time” (singular) to translate “χρόνων” (“of times”). A strictly literal translation of the whole verse is:

“whom it behoveth heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a restitution of all things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age.”


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From Ted Tsukiyama April 24, 2011  9:50 p.m.

Curt:
Thanks for your cyber resurrection (Its Easter today, you know!)  Good to know you are still surfing the cyber waves!
My computer illiteracy precludes me from scanning or cut/
pasting the Hung Wai story, and I don’t know where the orginal draft is, so I will snail-mail you the Hawaii Pacific Press article.
I didn’t know Tom was interested in John Young, but I will send him a copy of the interview, if I can remember where it is filed.
Yeah, I keep getting called for arbitration assignments (which I think is a good sign, don’t you think?) so I keep responding.  But I am not so keen on these multiple-day hearings on the outside islands, getting up at 4:30 a.m., driving in the dark to the airport, taking off my shoes for security, and the whole bit, but I do miss those Hilo lunch meetings and responding to your cross-exam questions on your endless array of historical subjects!  Will let you know when Hilo calls again.
Ted

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April  24, 2011  9:30 p.m.

From Ted Tsukiyama born 1920 will be 91 yrs. old, mind sharp as razor   —

Hi Curt!
Where have you been all these months?   Knowing you have a solid relationship with King Lit, I asked King Lit about your whereabouts and howabouts, so he must have contacted you right away.
Boy, you know more about the past people in my life better than I do!  But I do feel deeply privileged to have crossed the paths of so many great people who shaped Hawaii’s history. I still try to tell the people of today about those great people. King Lit wrote me because I had sent him the 2-page article on Hung Wai that was printed in the Hawaii Pacific Press last month(did you see it?).  And this coming Wednesday the UH wants to videotape an interview on the life of Charles Hemenway, one of the greatest men to live in Hawaii in my opinion. Some day I would like to find the time and resources to do a decent job of telling John Young’s story and the profound impact he had on hundreds of immigrant kids through the Nuuanu Y and Christian churches in Hawaii who grew up to be some of the biggest names in Hawaii. Yes,I am an incurable bug on history, which is to be preserved and told to today’s and future generations to guide and inspire them to a better life. So I’ll keep hanging in there!  I have not been getting any arbitration cases to preside over on the Big Island lately, but will look you up when I get the next Hilo assignment.  Meanwhile, keep busy and hang tough!
Ted

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April 25, 2011
From Tom Coffman —
Curtis,Thank you for the info. We’re on pretty much the same wave length with regard to the balancing point between Hung Wai and Shigeo.Tom

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April 24, 2011  from Curt to Tom Coffman  —

Hi Tom:   Get Ted Tsukiyama’s typed interview with Scot John Young, where Young regales about Hooley’s dressing down of Henry Baldwin the son of the A&B founder.   As you know, the son owned Maui like his dad did, so to speak.   Hooley pulled Hung Wai’s boys over to Nu’uanu to start the new church, not Young.    Hooley was the decisive do-er a la Fasi, Young our Gay Blade.    Hooley had tremendous impact on Hung Wai because Hooley had more contact with Hung Wai, not because Hooley was authoritative.   What’s Shigeo’s impact on Hung Wai?   Hung Wai clearly led, Shigeo being the oppressed J*p, so to speak, Shigeo studiously composing Hung Wai’s taxonomy of the Social Gospel, which Hung Wai then ran with [being our happy warrior].    Perfect match.   But I do not regard Shigeo as Biblical Nathan [correcting David].   Shigeo was Biblical Andrew, the strength behind older brother Peter.

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From Tom Coffman

April 24, 2011

Subject: Leigh Hooley

Hi Curtis,

I’m working on Hung Wai’s biography, along with Shigeo. From Diane Mark’s book on the Chinese churches, I’m thinking Leigh Hooley must have been an important influence on Hung Wai. I was interested in your barbershop story. Source? More insight on Leigh Hooley? Your opinion about his relationship with Hung Wai?

Best,

Tom

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From Curt:

For Tom Coffman, hyper-idealistic Eichi Oki born January 1 1925 worships John Young.   In  another life, Eichi is our Gay Blade.   Ask Eichi about the French Revolution, & Eichi becomes an orbital satellite [sky high emotion, never mind our American Revolution!].   Eichi’s daughter is airhead Susan Oki Mollway.

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From KingLit Ching born 1936, oldest son/child of our greatest wayfinder Rev. Hung Wai Ching  —

To Ted Tsukiyama [Ted our greatest 100th Batt./442nd/MIS resident historian, Ted an original 442 but shifted to MIS because of Ted’s interpreter schooling]  —

Ted,

You had sent me your files on Dad and some of the material  will find its way back into Tom’s book —  e.g.  Dad’s handwritten letters about his  goals and purpose of his trip to meet with Eleanor and FDR.  “Handwritten” is the key.   I know almost nothing about Dad. What I’ve read from you and Franklin Odo and Tom Coffman and others is that Eleanor took a liking to Dad’s cheerful personality and that Eleanor had made it her mission to free the interned Japanese.

I never cease to be amazed at Dad’s reflex response to help ANYONE who asked him for help (except that Dad never told me what a basketball was for).   Bobby Moore (Kam School football star) laughingly used to tell people to “go see the Chinaman.”   Don Ho stood in the back of our Nu’uanu Community Church during Dad’s funeral partly because of the scholarship he obtained through Dad, and partly because Dad was such a cut-up to kids like Don Ho.   Don Ho is not related to Dad’s pal Chinn Ho.  So I guess that Dad’s efforts went beyond his own gang to include anyone who needed help, or typically the underdog or forsaken ones.   Now if Dad only could have spent more time at home …..  hmmmm.

Dad was a great friend of the Catholics and was very close to Sister Maureen (?), St. Francis Hospital,  and Monsignor Deavers,  with Dad’s access to funding from Howard Hughes for East West Philosopher’s Conference, etc.    Dad was Howard Hughes’ pal, partly because of Dad’s friendship with Stateside reporters.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/making-peace-with-worst-case-scenario-provides-clarity-120563409.html

Your loved one dies, and you feel responsible for his/her death  —

Your heart would be forever broken, yes, but could you bear that broken heart without the added hell of self-recrimination? Without saying that you were to blame for his/her suffering?

It might sound like a terrible, insensitive question to ask. But I ask it because I think the question forces an important clarity, and from that clarity, choices and hope. Yes, hope. Authentic hope is not the same as wishful thinking. The only authentic hope comes from embracing life as life is. The only hope worth having emerges from an abject surrender to immutable reality. And surely one such reality is that no one, in the end, can be responsible for another’s life choices. Not the good ones, or the bad. Said another way, I can’t be useful to anyone until and unless I’m clear about that which I’m helpless. Being clear about what I can’t do sets me free to turn my energies to what I can do.

Let’s say you’re in a terrible fight with a loved one — friend, family, mate. You’re not on speaking terms. It feels right to shun the loved one. It feels like justice, not to mention self-protection. So, imagine: The last conversation you had with this person is the last one you’ll ever have. See how a clarity of values suddenly sharpens focus? However painful is this conflict, would it be worth that? It better be, because forever is a long, long time.

When I can make peace with the worst case scenario, it seems more likely I have done what needed to be done. And perhaps more likely that I might have even done the right thing.

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http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4149/Inouye-Ed-Case-will-not-be-allowed-to-Crucify-Me.aspx

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http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/04/24/local_news/local01.txt

Big Isle redistricting to begin

by Nancy Cook Lauer
Stephens Media
Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hilo among slowest-growing areas in Hawaii County

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My Dad’s baby sister Chiyoko was scion Herb Shipman’s domestic down at Haena Beach, and her husband Solomon “Kona” [from Kona] Kauinui, 100% Hawaiian blood, was Papa Herb’s ranch supervisor.    Their only and baby daughter Leilani was hula student of Nona Beamer.   Here is Nona’s hanai ohana —

E Curtis ē, aloha kāua.

This is Kaliko Beamer-Trapp here (hānai son of late Aunty Nona Beamer). We had a brief email exchange last year around this time. I hope you are well!
What are you up to on May 8th? Would you be willing to do a little something with me at Palace Theatre for their May Day/Mothers Day? I’m not sure what we cook up, but you are just so full of Hilo town lore, I’d love to have you do a presentation of some sort.
Anyway, maybe we could meet sometime. My wife Joy works at Short & Sweet on Kinoʻole St; maybe we could meet for lunch one day. Even if it’s just to say “hi”, since I have admired your work for many years.
aloha nui, a mahalo hoʻi
Kaliko

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from legendary Pat Brown’s granddaughter  [Pat Brown 12/31/98-4/14/51 is our Knute Rockne of Ponahawai/Lincoln Park tenements Flapper era — buddahead godfather/oyabun Shigeto Froggie Yoneda worshipped Pat Brown][Pat’s baby girl Sheila Clark born 1934 always sported Connie Stevens sexiness & a fine pair of legs, my kind of gal  😉  ]  —

Lisa Hinkley Twigg-Smith
Comment:  [subject of Kimo Henderson 1876-1965 legacy — Kimo our greatest philanthropist next to CC Kennedy]
Hi Curtis. I am amazed at this site!  [I Curt formerly was at Big Island Chronicle until I got sick & tired of its editor’s blindly backing up its  scribe thug vs. me]  Thrilled, as I am writing for my four children, the story of my Hilo grandparents, John “Pat” and Irene “Duckie” Brown, whom I did not know growing up, as they passed away in 1951 and ʻ52, before I was born. My Aunt Sheila Brown Clark of Mt. View is my only living relative on this side of the family, and the source for much of my info, other than my late mother Patriciaʻs recollections I have. Sheila has mentioned your name as well as she gave me a copy of a HTH Urban Allen sports column from 1928, which you gave to her. I am glad that I found your blog. I would greatly appreciate any perspective on the Browns that you might have as well. I am interested in the friendship my grandfather had with a “Froggy” Yoneda. BTW, I am named “Lei” by my mother Patricia, who was given the name “Lei” by Lydia “Auntie Lei” Henderson, dear friends of my grandparents. Aloha from Holualoa!
.  🙂

T

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Red China tightens its noose around the U.S.

 

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******* *  Music is my whole life   ********

Alto Janice Kekauoha born 1937 is our devout Christ agent & blessed with immense patience and love for all and everything.  Her sweetest nectar daughter Iwalani’s son is the incredibly talented vocalist Kaniala Masoe age 26.   Kaniala is a prodigy of my late friend Kindy Sproat of North Kohala.   Here are beautiful examples of Kaniala’s & his ohana’s songs of love.    Willie K and the late martyr George Helm are super-mythic figures whose metaphysical gifts come to mind as I stoke out/enthrall in Kaniala Masoe’s amazing vocals & charisma.    Enjoy.

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGdVs0ALhN3U4Av6pXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDUCMyMTQyMzU3MDg5BF9yAzIEYW8DMQRmcgN5ZnAtdC03MDEEZnIyA3NidG4EaG9zdHB2aWQDVnVMNGQwb0dkVERxNXVNZFRXTDMzZ1VhUXpHNTdFMjRBRFFBQThKegRuX2dwcwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzcnAEcXVlcnkDeW91IHR1YmUgIGthbmlhbGEgbWFzb2UEc2FvAzEEdnRlc3RpZANINjA0?p=you+tube++kaniala+masoe&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-701&type_param=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&feature=related&hl=iw&v=ggwPB1W7DCE

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGdVs0ALhN3U4Av6pXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDUCMyMTQyMzU3MDg5BF9yAzIEYW8DMQRmcgN5ZnAtdC03MDEEZnIyA3NidG4EaG9zdHB2aWQDVnVMNGQwb0dkVERxNXVNZFRXTDMzZ1VhUXpHNTdFMjRBRFFBQThKegRuX2dwcwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzcnAEcXVlcnkDeW91IHR1YmUgIGthbmlhbGEgbWFzb2UEc2FvAzEEdnRlc3RpZANINjA0?p=you+tube++kaniala+masoe&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-701&type_param=

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I’ve featured fast pattern Sheryl Crow in previous posts.   Here again is consummate rocker & versatile artist Sheryl Crow now age 49  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kum4O_fh0_E

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In tribute to the incomparable Janis Joplin [featured with Tom Jones]  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ib2b4BOZIQ

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In praise of unsung belting betsy Ann Wilson of Heart  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCDwTe0vJTk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JhlC5OLXUo

& Ann’s inexplicable instigator Led Zeppelin’s Lemon Song  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tHHRpAzGcM

Led Zeppelin’s & heavy metal’s Black Sabbath’s progenitor and rock supergroup Cream [Eric Clapton/drummer Ginger Baker/Jack Bruce]  —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKfxVONxR0k

And I present our LA rendition, Canned Heat —

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GPzXUROj0U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPDKmPjIDQo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_-lkUJfHSQ&feature=fvsr

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Lennon’s surreal flow — Across the Universe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc5Pkbf2IkE

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Lee Woofenden on eternal bliss in marriage & family  —

No marriage in heaven is based on a misunderstanding of a single statement of Jesus recorded in the Gospels of Matthew [22:30], Mark [12:25], and Luke [20:35]: “In the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” These passages are not talking about the state of being married, but about the act of getting married. Those who think these sayings of Jesus apply to the state of being married aren’t paying attention to what Jesus said a little earlier in Matthew, at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let humans not separate. [Matthew 19:4-6] Now, the things that God does are not temporary, but eternal [Ecclesiastes 3:14]. So if God created male and female, and joined them together into one, then marriage is not merely a temporary joining that lasts for our lifetime here on earth only, but an eternal union that lasts forever in heaven. This is assuming, of course, that a particular marriage is a relationship that was truly made by God, and not a mismatch made by human beings.  In the Bible heaven is often compared to a marriage. And of course, this refers to the marriage of the Lord with the church. But we humans, created in the image and likeness of God, also have in our own individual relationships a likeness of that eternal union of Christ and his bride, the church: we have the marriage relationship of a man and a woman. And like the marriage of Christ and the church, the marriage of man and woman is also eternal.  Being “like the angels in heaven” means being married, since in heaven, a married couple is not called two angels, but one angel. As taught throughout the Scriptures, the whole atmosphere of heaven is an atmosphere of marriage! And this teaching that we will spend eternity with the person we love most in a heavenly, God-given marriage  — indeed is one of the precious gems of genuine Christianity.  Marriage Love, marriage as an eternal, spiritual union.

The believer whom God granted with happiness and eternal living in Paradise  — will find all whom he/she loved — who also were granted with eternal Paradise —  around him/her in heaven —  spouse, children, parents, etc.    In Paradise there is no sorrow nor grief.

 

 

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Angels are not a separate race of created beings – they are simply people who have lived in this life previously and have chosen to love God and to love their neighbor.   Every time we engage in an act of kindness for another individual, without selfish regard to our own interest, we are being an “angel-in-training.”




The spiritual bonding is the true connection.   In heaven re-marriages in spiritual bonding are recognized as to each bond and true connection.   This is not polyandry/polygyny but divine recognition of two perfect beings in heaven in a spiritual bond, separate and apart from the other marriages in such perfect state of Grace.


   

I desire that gays too will unite with the one of each’s heart’s desire and enjoy a true connection.  It is the joining of inner, spiritual bonds that make a true marriage/conjugal metaphysic of the Divine.   A divine choice is my soulmate, not a false idol of the profane/sentient statement of marriage by a prejudiced reactionary right winger.   That bond never died and can never die for we were spiritually married and continue that relationship into eternity.   Pray tell for you to

embrace comfort and peace, as such couples verily and truly suffuse and breathe permanence, and their eternal happiness is based on this conjugal metaphysic of the Divine.   For all these reasons they no longer are two but one person, that is, one flesh.   And in heaven and to all spiritual eyes it is crystal clear that they shall not be torn apart by either one’s death, and such spirit shall reunite with the other and love each other more tenderly than before because they are in a state of perfect union in heaven.    Such perfect union invokes ecumenical refrain and is inclusive and welcoming in Providence’s perfect state.   


 

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St. Louis prep 1967 basketball team the greatest ever from the Hawaiian Islands.   Hilo High 1967 the best ever from the Big Island.

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St. Louis ’67 our 1st ever squad to play outside Hawai`i, losing to national powerhouse Oakland Bishop
O’Dowd, still the talk of Bay Area scribes to date. That is St. Louis’ only hardwood loss from 1966-1968.
St. Louis coach Walter Wong’s deliberate/measured
slow-down game overcame the Big Island’s best-ever
prep hoopsters, Hilo High ’67.  Hilo High ’74 Alan Tanabe was flown by Alan’s devoted dad to Maui to watch St. Louis defeat Hilo. Though Alan was only 10 yrs. old at that time, Alan reflects back now by saying that had Alan been in high school in 1967, Alan would’ve run all night around/past St. Louis’
stationary post men to make high backboard shots,
just as Alan did in vanquishing UNLV’s All-Americans in 1976. Essentially, Alan would’ve done what O’Dowd
did to win vs. St. Louis, running different patterns
to flex around St. Louis’ postmen, who didn’t lateralize to stymie national calibre talent.  O’Dowd’s squad dribbled-penetrated/passed well a la
Alan for easy baskets.  To St. Louis’ credit, its
starters had just returned from football & had not even acclimated to hardwood habits when it played O’Dowd– Christmas tourney 1966, vs. O’Dowd’s year-round hoops play.  Fearless/superhuman Alan Tanabe says that Alan would’ve run right at St. Louis’ postmen the way O’Dowd did for easy baskets.

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If one reads the periodicals of St.
Louis’ era 1960s, where St. Louis pulverized everyone
except Hilo High [that had the richest winning tradition w/most territorial titles under Hilo High disciplinarian coach Beans Afook], no one touted anything to beat St. Louis [Honoka`a native/Radford High’s Jim Alegre lamented that St. Louis overcame anything one threw at St. Louis; similar sentiments echoed by Bud Scott/etc.].  In contrast, 10 yr. old Alan Tanabe, watching St. Louis beat Hilo High for
State title 1967, having flown over from Hilo to Maui w/Alan’s totally devoted dad, reflects back at
age 52 today & says that Alan would’ve run all night
vs. St. Louis, & taken St. Louis to the hole for easy
buckets the way Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High did via diverse patterns [every starter could dribble/pass/
flex proficiently for O’Dowd–all were D1 calibre,
though the tallest player was 6’4″].  Ambivalence projected by me because Alan Tanabe solved St. Louis’
riddle.  Bottom line is that St. Louis ’67 is the unprecedented pulverizer, but that O’Dowd ’67 [like Tanabe in 1976] solved St. Louis’ puzzle.  No one had the audacity to do that in the 1960s.  St. Louis’
reign was invincible a la Bill Russell’s Celtics 1960s.  Totally unbeatable locally.

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No one team in the Hawaiian Islands ever matched St. Louis High ’67.
Yes, an all-star amalgam could match St. Louis ’67
[prepsters Fletcher at center/Sensley & Ed Bento at forwards/Ah Chew Goo & Ia Saipaia at guards, w/1929
all-around athlete Kanaka Red Raymond & `Iolani’s Low
coming off the bench], but no one singular intact team
could beat St. Louis locally.  Alan Tanabe is my lifelong neighbor [we older kids roughed up Alan & by
reason of this, Alan played fearlessly vs. grown men]
& in-law.  I don’t promote Alan because of my affinities w/Alan.  I just share my observations from
fan-friendly hoopsdom Hilo.  BTW, I’m Ah Chew Goo’s
acolyte/devotee, not Alan Tanabe’s fan-atic.  No way
one can compare sentient/mortal Alan w/Providential
Ah Chew, whose passing skills have never been matched, not even by Pistol Pete [Ah Chew’s acolyte],
nor by Magic Johnson/Rick Barry/Larry Bird/Chris Paul/current NBA crop.

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`Iolani’s Low comes off the bench as a prepster, not as an NCAA cager.  You are correct,
Low starts on an alltime Hawai`i native-born-raised team
[shooting guard/Ah Chew Goo point guard/6’8″ Red Rocha
center/6’6″ Ed Bento & Sensley at forwards].

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Prep alltime Haw’n Islands squad includes Ah Chew Goo as point guard, Ia Saipaia as
shooting guard, Ed Bento or Julian Sensley as roving forward, Leroy Lutu as power forward, & Francis Fletcher or Jim Nicholson as pivot.  Red Rocha was cut from Hilo High squad [tangled feet] & didn’t play high school ball.  Our holy trinity of NCAA Div. 1 All-Americans consists of Rocha/Rocha’s neighbor Ed Bento [Loyola]/Low.  Obviously, Low starts on our best-ever Haw’n Islands squad that includes NCAA Div. 1 All-Americans Rocha/Bento, along w/the greatest-ever passer in hoops history,
the indomitable Ah Chew Goo [of the unprecedented 90
degree cut cross-leg dribble that breaks ankles unless
practiced to perfection–not even Ah Chew’s acolyte/
devotee Pistol Pete ever mastered it.  Candidly, only
Fernee Hardaway attempted a diluted version of it —
45 degree cut.  Again, renowned writer Kriegel is
incorrect on Pistol Pete’s mastery of genesis Goo-invented moves.  Pistol Pete never executed the cross-leg dribble, nor the duck walk dribble [that also breaks ankles — only contortionists master such moves]. This is why Ah Chew Goo correctly is called the “Mandarin Magician” by luminaries like Naismith HoF’s John Bunn/Hank Luisetti/Meadowlark Lemon/Marques Haynes/Abe Saperstein [who tried to recruit Goo but Goo didn’t want to deal w/White racists who denied equal accomodations to the Globetrotters]/John Wooden/Pete Newell.  Sensley is the final 5th starter on the alltime Haw’n Islands
squad. Thank you, HoopFanatic, for your inquiry. Of course, college cagers George Puou/John Sabas/Martin Hess/Rich Haenisch also join our alltime squad.

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Difference b/n Alan Tanabe as our greatest-ever
native-born-raised scoring guard [penetration/shot
selection/6th sense anticipation]& Low as our greatest-ever shooting guard.  Strictly as shooter
[outside shots], Low is our best-ever.  But Low cannot
match Tanabe for scoring a la Tiny Archibald.  Thence
Low makes starting tandem w/playmaker Ah Chew Goo
instead of hybrid [in/out] masterpiece Alan Tanabe,
who really spiked up into Tanabe’s peak form in college instead of high school.  Strictly on an explosive game-changer fuse [higher % shot per player as result of Tanabe’s in/out supremacy to open the lane/teammate], Tanabe tops Low.  Low not creative/
imaginative like superhuman Tanabe.  But again, on
conventional position/role alone, obviously Low
complements Goo as backcourt tandem [like bread/butter].

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In the year 2040
backpick might defend the quantum radiance of NCAA1
All-American Derrick Low, & deservedly so. Backpick is
correct, basketball evolves & everyone/everything gets
better [inexorable progress/march of time].  Look at
LeBron James as a stronger/bigger version of Michael
Jordan, who was a bigger version of Elgin Baylor [Chinese acolyte of Ah Chew Goo is Allen Young, who
employed a diluted version of Goo’s cross-leg dribble
vs. an astonished/heartstopped Baylor, Young a Roosevelt/UH star for coach Goo. Young was the only
local player for the ABL Hawaii Chiefs.].  Backpick
correctly demonstrates the recurrent/undiminished point of successive leadership, from an older generation down to a younger generation, a la Hawaiian Moo Alii. Backpick will advocate Backpick’s Era/Age while recognizing current leaders/stars in the year 2040.
Plaudits to Backpick for transforming then-contemporary
talk into the expanse/breadth of history, the Old as well
as the New.  Yes, younger folks repudiate the past as
irrelevant and non-recurrent.  No young stud wants to
hear drivel from an old fart.  This is Nature’s way of
upending the status quo to ensure adaptation/survival
of a species, whether genealogical or sociological
[such as sports].  But to know a little about our
forebearers perhaps gives us a greater perspective
on where we are today.  What Derrick Low bestows
to hoopsters in the year 2040 is field intelligence,
Derrick’s ability to grasp the flow/terrain of the
game & utilize such momentum for his team’s benefit.
If Derrick is so disposed, Derrick will make a fine
coach because of Derrick’s field intelligence.  Certainly, Derrick’s early mentors deserve credit for
Derrick’s evolution/progress, most of all Derrick’s
unquenchably loving father.

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Derrick Low
correctly refrained from being a high points whole-cheeser shooter.  Derrick always was team-first.
Yes, Derrick’s stats are unmatched.  Based on such
stats, Derrick is #1.  Ia Saipaia was bigger/quicker
than Derrick, just as St. Louis’ Jim Nicholson was
bigger/quicker than any post player you might name.
Big Nick got injured at Michigan State & was but a
phantom of his former zip-quick self when he hobbled into the NFL [KC Chiefs].  Of course, fellow St. Louis
’67 teammate Howie Dunnam had tremendous agility/scoring ability & still stands among our
greatest-ever point producers. Dunnam later left college to farm on Moloka`i [his daughter died in a
tragic plane crash on Moloka`i years later]. Fellow forward Larry Frank went on to a stellar football career at UH,
as did bench relief Glenn Hookano [sub George Helm
became our greatest falsetto vocalist but drowned
at the cusp of Hawaiian renaissance 1977].  Peer/fine
shooting guard Ray Lum broke his ankle in his frosh
season at then-ubiquitous Santa Clara [Ogden bros./
Dennis Awtrey] & never recovered from such injury
[dramatically slowed him down a la Nick’s injuries].

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Brew, thank you very much for
your observations of Alan Tanabe.  Suffice to say that
Alan did to #1 ranked UNLV 1976 what no other homegrown player ever did, and that is score at will vs. UNLV’s All-Americans.  Alan’s points came on unheard of top of the backboard shots [Alan born w/innate geometry of the backboard] to make up for Alan’s 5’11” short height.  Essentially, Alan is reminiscent of Naismith HoF 5’11” Slater Martin but w/today’s Iverson’s smack your mouth aggression.  When
you see Iverson’s do AND die epiphany, this is Alan
Tanabe.

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Teruko “Ruth” Hanato 1916-1998 started the Hanato hoops tradition in Kona & captained the Konawaena High girls
basketball team in 1932.  As you know, Bobbie Hanato Awa is the current Konawaena High girls hoops coach.
Jessica Hanato is the current UH-Hilo Vulcan forward.
The current prepsters Hanato-Smith/Awa all are descended from our Hanato geneses, starting with my
mother.  Thank you again for your interest in basketball.

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Reminiscence on defensive aces: Hisao Sato [Laupahoehoe ’57/NAIA all-star], Cal Manliguis [Hilo ’64/didn’t go college], Paul Lee [Hilo ’91/UH-Hilo star], Sean Francisco [Kohala ’83/UH-Hilo playmaker], Sam Wilson [Hilo ’67/no outside shot-cut from Air Force Acdemy tryouts].  Unquestionably, Onomea 7 miles north of Hilo produced our greatest coaches [plantation resilience]:  Jimmy Yagi [Mr. Small College Basketball] of Kainole [mauka Onomea] & the Manliguis brothers [Al & Larry].  Of course, the original golden boy  of coaches is Asoy “Beans” [ace at growing stringbeans in elem. Ag class] Afook 1901-1991, whose Hilo territorial titlist reign still is unmatched today.  But Beans loathed revolutionary playmaker Ah Chew Goo born 1918 [still sharp as tack today], even to the point of rebuking Ah Chew by refusing to shake Ah Chew’s hand/congratulate Ah Chew when Ah Chew was awarded Terr. Titlist MVP, even though Ah Chew WAS BEANS’ PLAYER/TEAM CAPT.!!  Beans was old school like Beans’ protege Walter Wong, who repulsed vs. fancy dan moves that are today’s NBA requisites [ambidextrous offense/between-the-leg wraparounds to escape the defender-find the open mate-get the higher % shot].  Ah Chew Goo’s coaching inspiration is Roy Roberts [Hilo ’34 as Ah Chew’s favorite coach].  Ah Chew also a defensive stopper but had to work right out of high school, no college education, thence no Olympic medal [college recruits], & NBA didn’t exist in Ah Chew’s era.  Ah Chew is father of our winningest D1 coach here [for # of games played] Vince Goo, whose players’ graduation rate also is
unmatched.  Ah Chew/Vince knew the value of schooling, inasmuch Ah Chew had no higher education.
As an example of old school vs. today’s game, Beans Afook was the master at blocking [a la later HoF Pete Newell], typified by exemplar Bill Russell of the dynasty Celtics.  Whereas later coaches Yagi/Manliguis brothers emphasized passing/penetration/diverse offensive schemes.  Hilo scribe Bill O’Rear
born 1955 [original UH-Hilo Fab 5 star] is our best game-breaker analyst/historian today.

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Do you know that Calipari’s penetration scheme was devised by schoolkid play/games?  That the key to unlock St. Louis’imperial reign in the 1960s lay in the then-tiny hand of 10 yr. old Alan Tanabe, who grew into manhood by pulverizing whose who marginalized his heart/instincts, including later NBA stars like Theus?  That Ah Chew Goo born 1918 clutched his unprecedented [till this
day] 90 degree cut cross-leg dribble from the behavior of cats/felines [flit/milli-second quickness]?  And Ah Chew’s next ankle-breaker duck walk obviously templated lateralizing alternatives,
so that the defenders fell apart from confusion, the
duck walk never duplicated to date?  Unalterable/
crucial line:  Never handle/dribble the ball for
more than 5 seconds, because if you do, you haven’t
figured out the defenders.  Yes, you can get back the
dribble to rotate again, but never ever whole-cheese
the ball.  Which is why dribbler Bobby Kau never was internationally recognized like indubitably original/ nonpareil Ah Chew Goo.  Chinese immigrants came to Hawai`i starting in 1850, which gave them a leg up on
later newcomers like the Portuguese/Japanese in the
1880s, the Okinawans/Puerto Ricans in 1900, the Koreans in 1903, & the Filipinos in 1906.  Meaning that Chinese descendants like Ah Chew/Asoy [as in soybeans] Beans Afook/Walter Wong/etc. had genealogical leisure time to pursue non-sustenance “nonsense” like hoops, while peers [children of immigrants, vs. Ah Chew’s 3rd generation status] toiled in the fields to catch up to earlier immigrants’ assimilation.  It’s all about life’s timeline/”fortune of circumstance,” as 442nd RCT
WWII veteran Herb Isonaga intones.  And by all means, read Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” where
valorous soldiers are destined to do AND die a la Alan Tanabe’s unconquerable fighting spirit.  No, martyrdom per Al Queda extremists is but another word for COWARD, the difference being that Al Queda [Bin Laden] kills innocent defenseless civilians, unlike Tennyson’s memorialized warriors.  Yes, Alan Tanabe gave his last ounce of devotion to WIN FOR HIS TEAM, notwithstanding his symbolic crucifixion by today’s communicants, who forget that the greatest destiny-makers upend the status quo, foreordaining things to come, just as Ah Chew signalled today’s passing/penetration zip-quick NBA, just as Alan Tanabe portended today’s geometric floor/scoring rotation.

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This is Frankie Gonzales, playmaker for the 1967 St. Louis Varsity Basketball team.  The success of our team is attributed to our Coach Walter Wong who instilled in us teamwork.  The individual works towards contributing his skills, whether or not its ballhandling, shooting, passing, screening, boxing out, and etc. towards the betterment of the team.  This came through sound fundamentals as each individual worked diligently at it so he could contribute at his maximum.  So it meant being in top condition from stretching, to pushups, situps, duckwalks, to weightlifting, shadow boxing, long distance running, sprints and, etc.  When these skills are put into play, we coordinate our entire being from mind, body, heart, and soul as a team at all the same level.  We need to be in sync and know each other’s habits and mannerisms.  Coach Walter Wong taught all of this and that’s why we were successful.  We all could shoot from anywhere on the court, but we always gave it up unselfishly to the man that was open.  We also had a high percentage from the free throw line.  All five of us ran down on defense, not just one, two, or three.  I hope this sheds light to the success of the 1967 St. Louis Baskeball team.

Aloha, Frankie

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Hi Curt,

I can understand why Coach Walter Wong was adamant about his players like myself in not dribbling between the legs and wraparounds.  For him, it was too much waste of energy.  He always kept things simple for us.  The pass is always faster than the dribble.  This is sound fundamental basketball.  However, one year during my Junior year while playing at the Blaisdell Center against Kamehameha then called the HIC, I was cornered at half court and happened to do a wraparound dribble, and thought I was going to get chewed out, but he let it pass.  I never made that mistake again.  That is why our fast break was successful due to the quick, efficient passing of our team.  We scored a lot of points that way.  The less dribbling, the better.  I also think that dribbling has a time and a place for it such as when you pass the half court and setting up plays.  I guess we all see it differently and hope someone comes along and make the game better like legendary Ah Chew Goo.  Aloha, Frankie

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Hey Curt,

Did you know that the 1964 and 1965 Kamehameha Varsity Basketball team had a starting five with 6’4″ and above.  Those years they had John Sabas (6’4″), Ray Gurzinski (6’6″), Rockne Freitas (6’7″), Martin Hess (6’7″), and Clay Cockett (6’5″).  I remember watching them as a freshman at Kamehameha gym and played against them again in 1965 as a sophomore.  Boy they were giants.  At that time, Jim Nicholson, Larry Frank, and Howard Dunnam on the Junior Varsity along with this one guy named, Robin Cambra(5’8″)who could jump out of the gym.  He would have at least one goal tending each game.   Aloha, Frankie

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Aloha Shaka,

No.  I believe it was the 1958-59 team that was involved in that scandal.  The class of 1967 was a clean cut team that never got involved in gambling.  I was the playmaker and I had control of the game and was directed by Coach Wong to be honest and always do fair play, win or lose.  Also as to the 3 forfeited losses in 1966,that was due to one of our players who was ineligible due his age. That year we had to beat Kamehameha twice and I believe Punahou to get back into contention for the ILH championship.  We were fortunate then.   He was a great basketball player, very competitive, and he would have made a greater difference with him on the team.  He was a great outside shooter and my close friend.  He always pushed me to the limit.  When we played at the Jayvee level, we would challenge each other who could do the most situps, pushups, chinups, etc.  But in the sprints, he was always faster than I was but not as shifty.  His name is Given Goo, Jr.  and he later played on at Chaminade College and did really well.  I owe  a lot to him in helping me develop to who I became in 1966 and 1967.  Aloha, Frankie

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Catholics [inspired by first local Bishop, Stephen Alencastre, Portuguese raised in Wainaku sugar mill village outside Hilo] are Asian progeny’s greatest societal enablers, which is why you see Clarence Ching foundation underwrite St. Louis/Chaminade/St. Francis Hospital/etc. Asian progeny who went to private schools, especially Chinese, largely went to Catholic schools.  Punahou had a 10% Asian quota on enrollment until the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.  Essentially, Protestant Punahou alumni packed Merchant St., whereas Catholic St. Louis alumni carried the teeming masses on their backs toward a better society, typified by earthy/grassroot Rusty Blaisdell [Honolulu’s most popular bipartisan supported mayor]/Governor Jack Burns [both Rusty/
Burns were sport icons].  Yes, St. Louis’ alumni are Hawaii’s greatest enablers, not Punahou’s Merchant St. aristocrats.  The point is to see why Chinese like mythic coach Walter Wong [McKinley alumnus] had such devotion to St. Louis.  Walter knew that St. Louis upended the status quo of Merchant St. hegemony. Walter was common folk, not elite.  So when you see Chinese fidelity to St. Louis, think grassroot/to the core [altruism/equal opportunities].

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Hi Curt,

In response to your request as to what St. Louis High means to me, here is the following: What St. Louis High mean to me today (years spent there in mid-1960s):

During my 9th grade (1963-64), it was one of the most exciting time of my life transitioning from grade school to high school.  It was the year that the Froshmen beat the Seniors in intraschool competition in basketball.  It was the year when gyms were packed at all the Jayvee games, standing room only.  That year we had Given Goo , Jr. , Ray Lum, Rudy Reese, Joe Toledo, and Frankie Gonzales.  However, we lost to Damien in their inaugural year where I played against a lot of my grade school teammates.  I remember playing against Farrington with such great athletes as Dennis Agena, Stan Cadiente, and Vernon Branco that year too.  On the other hand, it was also a tough year financially, sometimes missing lunches.  I was ready to leave St. Louis High since my mom said we could not afford to pay the tuition for the next year.

During 10th grade (1964-65), I was able to come back to St. Louis because Coach Walter Wong found me a sponsor to pay my tuition.  It happened to be Coach Red Rocha’s brother from Boston, named Damien Rocha.  He used to have a furniture store at the corner of Beretania St. before the current Foodland and the side street before the 76 Service Station on  Keeaumoku Street.  He was very adamant on diet before a game such as no heavy starches, a lot of leafy vegetables, and etc. He taught me how to shoot the Bob Cousey’ s running set shot with one knee raised.  That year was learning year for me as I sat on the bench most of the time, until we played against Kamehameha High.  I was called off the bench with 5 minutes to play.  I was so pumped up that I stole the ball about 3-5 times all from John Sabas who was the guard at that time who could not inbounds the ball due to my feinting and fake movements.  I was dubbed by the Star-Bulletin with name, “Speedy Gonzales” as a result of my performance that night.  The rest of the year was spent learning from my upper classmen.  I also had the Measles that year which impacted my academics and I barely passed with a C average.  Again, another sad thing happened as  sponsor and Coach Damien Rocha had to return to the mainland and that left me without any financial help to come back to St. Louis High.  But as always with the help of God, things turned out for the best.  Coach Wong approached the Marianist brothers who decided to provide financial aid for coming next two years.  I was so grateful and decided to work even harder in school and in athletics. During the 11th grade (1965-66), it a growth year for me as I still sat on the bench and being the 6th man with Art Jeffers as the 5th starter with other starters Jim Nicholson, Howard Dunnam, Larry Frank, and Ray Lum.  It was not until a preseason game against the University of Hawaii, Manoa’s Jayvee team who was packed with tall players ranging from 6’2” to 6’10”.  We losing by 15 points going into the 3rd quarter and I came off the bench again and we rallied to beat them by 7 points.   Henceforward, I became a starter.  When we went to play mainland teams that Winter, we played against Riordan, Washington State, and Bishop O’Dowd (whom we lost to).  That year we had to forfeit three games due to one of our players was over the age limit and already played games beyond his eligibility.  He was my close friend to whom I owe a lot for helping me become the player I was later to become.  He was pushed and challenged me.  He was a great leaper, shooter, and ball handler.  Anyways, we were able to beat Kamehameha twice and Punahou once to win the ILH championship and qualify for States.   However, I was not able to play in States because I had the Chicken Pox and just listened to the game. Art Jeffers came through for us and we won the States.

My Senior year, Coach Walter Wong stressed at the get-go to focus on just bringing the ball down and passing the ball in to the post men, Jim Nicholson and Howie Dunnam or, pass off to the shooters, Ray Lum and Larry Frank.  We did that the entire season until the States. The week prior to the States, Coach Walter Wong ask me to start shooting behind the 3-point line(of today) and I had to work with Jimmy Naneole to help me hone my shooting.  I never questioned Coach Wong and just did as he told me so.  Then when we played our first game in Maui against Punahou, they played a tight zone and keyed in blocking out the post men, Jim Nicholson and Howie Dunnam.    I scored 5 baskets in a row and then Coach Wong took me out to rest for the game against Maui High the next evening.  We beat Maui High next and then played great Hilo High team consisting of Sam Wilson, Herman Manalili, Jay Cruze, Tim DeSilva, and John Kalama.  I was ready for this game and trained really hard running with weights before and after practice.  Coach Wong would scold me for running with the weights around my ankles after practice.  I wanted to run and stay in shape.  When game time came, I felt light as a feather and so balanced.  I was able to shut down Sam Wilson the first half and who ended up with 8 points for the game.  We won and it took a total team effort and four hard years of work and prayers to accomplish this.   I thank my Lord Jesus, my family, my coaches, and fans who supported me all these years.  God bless you all and watch over you.  Aloha, Frankie

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Frankie Gonzales’ memoirs reveal tremendous depth of character, faith in God, & providential fortune/luck. “”Beyond compare.”  St. Louis High ’67 was the most dominant team in prep hoops history of the Haw’n Islands.  Frankie’s memoirs are akin to LeBron James’ oral history/diary, with nuances only a Frankie evokes so well [Frankie pushed himself to exhaustion/potential injury-harm by running w/ankle weights AFTER practice]. Which shows you Hilo High ’67’s unreal calibre/team chemistry.  Hilo High ’67 was a pint-size version of giant-killer Oakland Bishop O’Dowd [that handily beat St. Louis ’67 for St. Louis’ only on-floor loss in Nicholson/Dunnam’s 3 yr. career 1966-1968].  Yes, Hilo High ’67 [Jay Cruz, who later quarterbacked Cal-Berkeley up the road from Oakland O’Dowd, Dennis Kagawa, Sam Wilson, Tim De Silva, Herman Manalili, later Willamette U baseball pitching ace, Ed Kalima, later BYU-Hi V-ball star] is the greatest prep hoops team from the Big Island, better than Territorial titlist St. Joseph ’58 with later NCAA1 All-American Easy Ed Bento/Hilo High State titlists ’91 [Shon Malani/Paul Lee]/’2000 [Kimo Keiter Charles/Jason Mandaquit]/’64 [Cal Manliguis/Leroy Binyan/Rafael Tomas].

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For our young studs/readers, there was a time when precocious youngsters played against grown men in pre-season games.  Lew Alcindor’s frosh beat national powerhouse varsity UCLA in the most titillating of young-old matchups.  Please glean here the significance of erudite participant Frankie Gonzales’ memoirs.  At least on 2 counts, 1) Frankie’s frosh beat the seniors at St. Louis [David vs. Goliath], unthinkable!  2) St. Louis’ megalith prepsters BEAT UH jayvees, unspeakable! For those of us who grew up at the cusp of Statehood, infusion of Stateside college talent increased dramatically after Statehood, & our only native-born/raised son in the NBA Red Rocha of Hilo born 1921 had everything to do w/such inflow of talent.  Red was NBA all-star, NBA titlist, NBA coach of the year — everything one can imagine in top recognition.  Red later came home to coach UH.  Thence, when auspicious Frankie Gonzales’ Crusader prep squad BEAT the UH jayvees, it truly was David felling Goliath.  Remember how later Mr. Small College Basketball legendary coach Jimmy Yagi said that even at the jayvee level, UH hoopsters took tremendous pride in their team-first attitude/esprit de corps?!  Jimmy captained the UH jayvees in the mid-1950s.  By the time Frankie’s squad beat the UH jayvees a decade later, the UH talent level had taken a huge spike up!  An aside, Red gets Ah Chew Goo born 1918 to welcome Stateside prodigy Lucky Smith to play for UH. AC spends some $700+ of AC’s own dough to fly in/accomodate Smith.  No, NOT bribe, but out-of-pocket expenses because UH was [& still is] dead broke!  Well, since everything AC touches turns to Chinese gold, thankfully Smith did come & play for UH.  But AC was out $700+ & never got reimbursed by UH/Red Rocha.  Till this day AC still fumes over it. Just like when so-called Democratic Party Governor Jack Burns hotshots Dan Aoki/Bob Oshiro & ex-Hilo native Frank Hata [Y. Hata wholesaler] stiffed Ah Chew for $2,000 in campaign mementos that Ah Chew never got paid a penny for [Ah Chew memento vendor/Balfour Co. sales].  No, Lucky Smith had nothing to do with Ah Chew as vendor/sales.  Back to indomitable Frankie Gonzales.  Do young studs/readers here absorb the significance of what Frankie imparts?  You have 2 different age groups of top athletes who challenge each other, & the youngsters prevail, a la David over Goliath.  Incredulous match-up that actually is outlawed today because of the unfair age difference/inherent lack of parity-equity!  Incomprehensible upset/loser beats favored
older squad a la Alcindor’s frosh vs. varsity, & more inconceivably a la Frankie’s prepsters vs. UH jayvee cagers!!  Read between the lines/digest the import of what Frankie so casually recites — untold history/unmistakeable phenomena!   Much aloha & thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for your exceptional/incredible memoirs!

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For those of us who followed State titlist Kam High 1965 as it matriculated its stars to D1 college play, John Sabas [remember later college star Barry Sabas?] & Martin Hess led Colorado State U. [e.g., Alcindor’s Bruins shaded CSU 84-74 1967 season, one of only a handful of hard-fought tiffs for Alcindor during his UCLA varsity career 1967-1969], both Sabas/Hess KS leaders 1965.  Thence, as one peruses starlight Frankie Gonzales’ revealing memoirs, 10th grader Frankie discombobulates 12th grader John Sabas, who can’t even inbound the ball!!  Analogously, one legend bestows recognition upon a later legend when oldster Magic Johnson says of Michael Jordan’s emergence as NBA titlist, “Michael says, ‘Give me the ball! It’s MY TIME!!’ Man, I gave HIM the ball!!”  Much mahalo, and thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for your beautiful recounts of nearly half a century ago!!

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Frankie, your memoirs are “for the ages” [absolutely essential] because different age group matchups are prohibited today [unfair age/maturity/size advantage], as when your ’66 Crusaders beat the UH jayvees, meaning that sophs Dunnam/Nicholson/Frank beat adults who were between 18 to 22 yrs. of age!!  Unreal!!   Frankie, disregard naysayers who know NOTHING about the historical significance of what you have shared.  Please, I urge you to continue commenting, as Brew & several others have exhorted you to do.  Thank you, Frankie, aloha forever, –Curt

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I care.  How many high school teams get to play a Division I Jayvee team and beat them?  Don’t you think that counts for something?  Of course, today, prep teams and college teams are banned from playing against each other.  Have you played against a college team as a prep player?  — Frankie [responding to a teen cynic]

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Hi Curt,

If you were to ask me if Bishop O’Dowd would be of the same caliber in beating a Jayvee college team. My answer to that is yes.  They had very skilled offensive players and played excellent defense.  When we beat the UH jayvee team, it’s not that they were a bad team nor mediocre one. They just let their guards down and we were fortunate to do all the right things and play fundamental basketball and win.  Aloha, Frankie

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Ah Chew Goo’s behind the head pass is based on subterfuge/distraction/illusion, where Ah Chew ostensibly looks in the direction that he wants the defender(s) to collapse/contract to, yet w/his deceptive peripheral vision [a 1 degree turn gives Ah Chew the target Ah Chew looks for] Ah Chew spins the ball out toward his extended palm down, swatting the reverse spin behind his head to the receiver on the weak side of the defender(s).  I apologize for snoozing you to death.  Yes, this is very B-O-R-I-N-G, so much so that Ah Chew’s winningest-ever high school coach Beans Afook refused to congratulate Ah Chew Goo/shake Ah Chew’s hand when Ah Chew received the territorial titlist MVP trophy.  Beans couldn’t stand Ah Chew’s utterly boring humor on the hardwood that made Beans choke to death from apnea.  Remember Hank Luisetti of the modern jump shot?  Somehow, misery loves company, because Hank played w/Ah Chew & said that Ah Chew was not from this planet!!  Yes, this is how boring Ah Chew was — he was incomprehensible/incapable of being grasped by sentients.

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Hi Curt,
In response to your request on how St. Louis would’ve fared again O’Dowd if we played teams regularly as the same calibre of UH Manoa Jayvees, I think it would have been close.  Winning is not based solely on caliber but also on coaching and discipline of the players.  The coaches are constantly trying to find ways to motivate the players to be up for a game.  Players also need to get themselves pumped up for a game.  I guess the more you know the opponent, the more you get use to their style of playing.  Coaching involves the element of surprise and not allowing your opponents what you are going to do next.  Bishop O’Dowd was well coached and the players were very disciplined.  We played them preseason, but knowing after losing to them, and if we had the opportunity to play them again, I believe it could either way and who ever was on top at the end of the game would be the best team.  I believe we would have put Larry Frank to guard Mike Caruso their top playmaker and   scorer.  Larry is about the same height and better defender than I was.  In fact, he was the best defensive player on the team.  With Larry on him, we would win.  That’s my opinion.  Aloha, Frankie

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Hi Frankie:  Magnanimous confession/utter honesty by you about Larry Frank being more suited to guard later NCAAD1 star Mike Caruso, playmaker for Oakland O’Dowd. Thank you for your unselfish attitude!!  O’Dowd scorer Kohles told me that had your St. Louis team acclimated to O’Dowd’s Stateside level of competition, your St. Louis squad would’ve fared much better.  O’Dowd was besieged about your St. Louis reputation as world-beaters [after all, your squad beat grown men at UH when Nicholson/Dunnam/Frank were just high school sophomores], & O’Dowd played the game of its squad’s lives vs. your St. Louis team of destiny, per Kohles.  Believe me, O’Dowd was wary of your squad just as your St. Louis squad was wary of the pint-size version of O’Dowd, namely Hilo High ’67.  O’Dowd, St. Louis, Hilo High, all teams of legendary folklore in their respective geographical universes.  Frankie, what you have shared are “for the ages”/timeless & treasured memoirs of events that never will recur [such as St. Louis High vs. UH men — such games today are prohibited because of the unfair differences in age/maturity/size/strength]. Thank you everlasting!   Aloha, –Curt

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How fitting that Honolulu’s Luther Gulick Jr., 3rd generation missionary descendant [Kalihi’s Gulick Ave. ohana], invented the YMCA triangle [spirit/mind/body] & instructed former student Jim Naismith to create an indoor P.E. activity during the winter months up at Springfield College Mass., that resulted in hoops as we know it today.  Later football legend Amos Alonzo Stagg, Naismith’s student, nailed down the half bushel veggie baskets for coach Naismith.  Naismith later switched to peach baskets.  Gulick also inspired the invention of volleyball, & he/wife Charlotte created the Camp Fire Girls, & he also co-founded the Boy Scouts.  Gulick 1865-1918 was pioneer enshrinee in the Naismith HoFame.  It’s no coincidence that Honolulu pride Gulick is hoops daddy & Honolulu pride Alex Joy Cartwright [kanaka Barney Joy our 1st big leaguer 1907 but booted out by color line, Barney kin of Alex] is baseball founder.  Honolulu is the “City of Life!!” Diversity/imagination/vigor!! Honolulu inspired expansive/inclusive creativity!! Thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for doing proudly what Luther Gulick visualized — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts–teamwork/community-enablement.  Do you know that Honolulu’s Charles Brewer would’ve been among only 5 four-time college football All-Americans if he had not broken his ankle in his final year?  Yes, he was football’s wayfinder 1892-1896 & pioneer enshrinee in the College football HoFame.  Honolulu, The City of Life!!  God bless Frankie Gonzales for giving us pride & life!!  Aloha always, –Curt

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Ia Saipaia had an okole like a junior aircraft carrier, vs. fellow Samoan Jim Nicholson’s okole.  Imagine, a shooting guard [playmaker too] with the body of Hercules, but the key was Ia’s quickness– like watching Jesus walking on water — amazing!  Yes, Ia was bigger-quicker than Derrick Low, but Derrick’s mission to maximize Derrick’s potential is unsurpassed! Ia never fulfilled expectations of him [D1 recruit/later led UH-Hilo Vulcans] because Ia wasn’t really a demented jock at heart.  Where Derrick would run for miles [cardio-vascular endurance], Ia would spend the day w/family.  Thence, hoopsters never really got to see the Stateside D1 potential of Ia Saipaia.  Ia caused such grief for legendary Vulcan coach Jimmy Yagi, who never saw Ia maximize Ia’s God-given athleticism/talent [quickness/speed/jumping jack/incredible super-human strength].  But how can you take anything away from Ia?  In God’s green acres, Ia is Jesus’ shepherd, so loving/generous/kind-hearted.  Even at half-speed, Ia still outsprinted his contempos.  Yes, Ia was that good!   Aloha, –Curt

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Hi Curt, In response to your question why my squad was a amalgam of superhuman athletes, here it is: Opinion on St. Louis ’67 seemed to be an amalgam of superhuman athletes

In my opinion, our St. Louis High Hoops team was not an amalgam of superhuman athletes, but people like you and I who worked hard in becoming what they were such as lifting weights, running the extra mile, eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep, and taking care of their health as well as the training received by the coaches.  For example, Jim Nicholson became a great hook shot artist due to the time spent during his 9th grade summer with Jayvee coach, Given Goo, Sr. going over repetitions banking shots from either side of the backboard until reaching perfection during his sophomore year.  The same was done for Howie Dunnam, although he was a better jump shot artist.  The Mahi brothers also worked hard at it.  Don Mahi was a weightlifting freak just like Glenn Hookano who spend hours in the weight room working on legs, wrists, and forearms to get stronger every day.  I don’t know about their running regimen, but they were always in shape.  As for myself, I worked on my farm almost my entire life especially on weekends.  Larry Frank was the best kept secret.  We never knew how he was so gifted and how he trained. Anyway, that’s my opinion.  Aloha, Frankie

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Hi Frankie:  Thank you very much for your immense revelations about what made St. Louis ’67 so superior to its peers.  Magnificent credit to Given Goo Sr. on Big Nick’s hook shots.  Actually, John Havlicek incarnate Larry Frank was primed physically from football, though Larry had to convert to finesse on the hardwood, which is why Larry says that taking on Oakland Bishop O’Dowd just after football season ended was a mistake, in that Larry/Big Nick/Hookano/Mahi didn’t have have their hoops legs under them when your squad faced O’Dowd in the title game of O’Dowd’s Christmas tourney.  On the other hand, O’Dowd played hoops continuously, unlike St. Louis High.  Thank you for your beautiful history backdrop, Frankie!!  I hope that communicant KonaStyle eventually appreciates that our great Bishop Stephen Alencastre of Wainaku plantation village outside of Hilo enabled tremendous social progress among everyday folks, especially on the Kona/West side of Hawai’i Island, via schooling opportunities in the 1920s & 1930s, when our traditional Big 5 oligarchy enslaved schoolkids to the plantations by preventing advancement beyond the 8th grade.  My Dad, like most plantation kids, never went beyond the 8th grade.  Thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for your tremendous insights & wisdom!  Aloha always, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales’ online memoir is very informative & revealing, demonstrating St. Louis High coach Walter Wong’s emphasis on fundamentals.  Had Walter been more adaptative/open to the transition game with flexible choices as to his defenders/stoppers a la Calipari, his Crusaders would’ve been in better position to counter Oakland O’Dowd’s various offensive attack patterns. Thank you, –Curt

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No, not a knock vs. coach Walter Wong.  Just a matter of adapting to quicker/bigger/stronger Stateside competition on a regular basis, as was evident when St. Louis’ soph-laden toddlers beat grown men ergo UH D1 jayvee team 1965 for ’66 season.  Such mismatches/over-matches today are prohibited.  But this is the kind of superior prep team St. Louis was!!  Which is why dearest Jesus acolyte Frankie Gonzales’ revelations are unimaginably titillating!!  Literally, we oldsters are hung in utter disbelief!!
Thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for the wild maelstrom of remembrances of our best-ever prep team from the Hawaiian Islands!!  I’m still paralyzed with deliria over your most informative memoir!!   Much aloha-Curt

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Do you redux the notion that ‘Iolani Classic’s Stateside
prep teams match up well vs. our island small college teams?  Yes, this is the fantasy matchup w/St. Louis High ’67 vs. our senior open league adult titlists. St. Louis was above/beyond its prep foes.  Aloha, –Curt

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Hilo High ’67 Herman Manalili says that Hilo’s 6-ft.-
under squad could handle one great big man, but not
2 as you see with Nicholson 6’7half” 250 lbs. & Dunnam
6’6″ 200 lbs.  On top of that, both bookends had unreal strong mobile John Havlicek incarnate Larry Frank 6’0″ 185 lbs. to shore up both ends of the floor.  Of course, the backcourt had deadeye sharpshooter Ray Lum 6’0″ & flit-quick playmaker Frankie Gonzales.  Off the bench came super-naturals Glenn Hookano/Don Mahi.  As Hilo’s Herman Manalili says, Hilo stayed w/St. Louis thruout the whole ballgame, but just couldn’t match St. Louis’ lead.  Considering Hilo’s lilliputian size deficit, what Hilo did was beyond imagination, like David vs. Goliath.  As Big Nick says, Hilo High was a tiny version of Oakland Bishop O’Dowd.  If one can visualize Hilo High’s man-eaters, just redux Boston Celtics 1960s!!  Tremendous team chemistry, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Aloha, –Curt

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Given Goo had repeated the 9th grade, & new AD Ron Marciel born 1933 [family of great athletes] was not aware of it, thence St. Louis’ 3 paper forfeits in 1966. Ron says that Walter Wong was a simple fundamentalist & was not going to change Walter’s basic game to AAASA/dribble drive motion offense just to deal vs. O’Dowd. But that if forward Larry Frank, great defender, could’ve guarded O’Dowd’s playmaker Mike Caruso, who stood 7 inches taller than Crusader guard Frankie Gonzales, St. Louis might’ve pulled off a win vs. O’Dowd.  Ron says that O’Dowd’s coach was an astute guy who went on to college coaching.  Jimmy Yagi says that O’Dowd’s coach was a prima donna, & Yagi relished beating him at the college level.  Marciel says that Hilo High ’67 was a great team even though it fielded a 6 ft.-under squad, but that O’Dowd would’ve had too much height/firepower & would’ve easily beaten Hilo High.  Mismatch, like fielding a college team vs. a high school team.  Aloha, –Curt

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Point is that you don’t lord over the hearts & minds of your fellow residents.  If so, then why are there  suffrage/free elections?   You hark back to Nazi tyranny [“King” as in Hitler “does no wrong”].  You don’t weaken me.  You ennoble me by your intoxication of power and authority.  You are the literal justification for the notions of free will and liberty for all, including a minority of one.  Remind yourselves that your lust for power only strengthens the repressed who have no voice in humanity’s affairs.  Lest you forget, the power of love conquers all, & for this reason I apologize for offending you & your sensibilities.  Why don’t you start your own NEW [as opposed to OLD] MINDS website, inasmuch I certainly am not going to cower under your sense of
decadent entitlement.  Socioeconomic measure of “success” is a recipe for disaster, if you continue to degrade individuals who for whatever reason do not go to schools of your academic standing requisite.  John Yu most recently, JFK’s “whiz kids” kitchen cabinet half a century ago, Mengele under Hitler — all geniuses by your depraved measure of entitlement — yet society’s bane.  May I also reflect that Harry S. Truman & Ike’s confidant Jim Hagerty were but mere high school graduates.  That Mickey Marcus [Hilo provost marshal WWII– went on to become Israel’s Ben Gurion’s greatest foreign soldier]/Robert Jackson [both Marcus/Jackson were Nuremberg prosecutors] were but college alumni, not law school elite.  Jesus was an itinerant handyman, not class pharisee/sanhedrin.  By your standard of qualification, Jesus is an abject failure for being an ascetic hippie.  Thank you for your criticisms.  Much aloha & best wishes on your wayfinds thru life.  Your minds are rich but your hearts are wanting.  Love,  -Curt

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I would be reflecting back on our magnificent hoops legacy in Hawai’i.  Luther Gulick is
the destiny-maker enshrinee in the Naismith Hall of Fame, who instructed Gulick’s pupil Naismith to create an indoor game known today as basketball.  Gulick 1865-1918 is 3rd generation Hawai’i ohana[Gulick Ave. kin]. Gulick also invented the YMCA triangle [mind/body/spirit], co-founded our Boy Scouts/Camp Fire Girls/early member U.S. Olympic Committee.  Gulick’s Springfield progeny Amos Alonzo
Stagg went on to be Mr. Football.  McKinley High coach Rusty Blaisdell [O’ahu’s most popular mayor] led his squads to 5 straight territorial titles, thanks to Gulick’s Social Gospel [grassroot enablement via former multi-sport Adonis Blaisdell], including his greatest squad 1928 led by Kanaka Red Raymond & Ah Chew Goo’s wife Clara’s older brother Soo Sun Kim [supernatural Korean mythic].  Rusty was
succeeded by fellow Paul Bunyanesque coach Frank Hluboky.  Of course, after watching Ah Chew Goo dominate hoops thruout the 1930s, Hluboky/Rusty came away deliriously enthralled over Goo’s celestial magic, with Rusty declaring Goo even better than Rusty’s ace Kanaka Red Raymond.

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Nubile St. Louis High AD Ron Marciel [great ohana/familia Luso athletic heritage] all but 32 yrs. old 1965-1966 hoops season, is bewitched by claustrophobia of Oakland O’Dowd’s [Celtic Bill Russell from Adonis-rich Oakland] crowded matchbox gym with no out of bounds space.  Bottom line is that St. Louis got psyched out by the predator-friendly lion’s den, with O’Dowd’s rabid delirious fans at the ready lurched over the outside line to tear up Nick/Dunnam/Frank/Lum/Gonzales & feast heartily over them.  Yikes!  Aloha, –Curt

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Like St. Louis High ’67, the 1924 Crusader baseballers rank among the best-ever, coached by mythic En Sue Charley Pung [daughter-in-law is golfer Jackie Liwai Pung] 1880-1943, incl. Al Jacinth/Henry Freitas Jr./Carl Machado/Joe Cabrinha/George Medeiros/Patrick Henesey/Stan Espinda/Jim Markham/Charles Fernandez/George Freeland/Rob Swan/Rich Ulukou/Clem Wong/George Carey/Bill Costa/Joey Medeiros. Aloha, -Curt

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I could read an encyclopedia to you on En Sue Pung out of Ka’u on the Big Island [moved to O’ahu at age 5].  En Sue & Kanaka Barney Joy [Alex Joy Cartwright’s distant kin] were the 1st big league recruits from the Haw’n Islands 1906, but En Sue was barred by “No Yellows Allowed” [Yellow Peril].  But Barney Joy [whom En Sue named En Sue’s son after] played for PCL [West Coast big league equivalent], then was offered to play for East Coast big league, but then was barred because Barney was considered Negroid [Haw’n golden tan].  Kanaka Johnny Williams [First Haw’n Bank’s Bellinger’s uncle] went on to become our lst big leaguer 1914, but promptly was dispatched down [rumor has it that Ty Cobb kicked out all nigger colored players].  Irony is that En Sue named his other son Ty Cobb Pung, after the greatest baseballer in the history of the game, Tyrus Rex Cobb, who in no uncertain terms dictated “No Coloreds
Allowed” in the big league, which is why En Sue’s bosom buddy Barney Joy was barred from the big league 1907.  I could go on ad infinita, but I’ll end here with a prayer that you learn about the magnanimity of En Sue Pung, who by the way is the George Washington of baseballdom here in Hawai’i.  Much mahalo, –Curt

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When Kiyo Hamakawa born 1929 first went to Springfield College [HoFame coach John Bunn], coach Bunn asked Kiyo, “Son, are you from Hawaii?  Do you know Ah Chew Goo?”  Kiyo said that Kiyo grew up idolizing Ah Chew Goo born 1918.  To which coach Bunn exhorted, “Thanks to Ah Chew Goo, Hawaii players are the best ballhandlers & playmakers!!  They can dribble!!”  Wow!! Do you know that even Bob Cousy [who played vs. Kiyo & respects Kiyo] is in awe of Ah Chew Goo’s legacy [zip-quick transition game/unstoppable moves/unheard of physics defiance]?!
Kiyo presented Naismith’s Hawai’i section with Ah Chew’s world recognition, along with all-but-forgotten Hilo High coach Beans Afook’s 1901-1991 Chicago Century Club distinction [winningest coach for seasons/games coached].  Kiyo worships coach Beans Afook, Ah Chew Goo detests arbitrary/capricious favoritism-laden coach Afook [favored college track academicians like Kazuma Hisanaga, who was Ah Chew’s dear buddy].  Aloha, –Curt

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I laugh at my own absurdity/folly in the sense of being buried in the past.  For this, you provide tremendous levity & perspective.  I take great comfort & joy in your wondrous missives/flights of exceptional fancy!
Aloha forever, your undying fan Curt

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Dave Chappelle is among the greatest comedians of all time, because he engages in the rarest art of irony [nothing is black or white — always shades/nuances]. HoopFanatic has this rarest of gifts.  I read HoopFanatic’s spoofs on my absurdity [of burying myself in the past], & I come away incredulously struck by Chappelle topshelf quality of HoopFanatic.  This HoopFanatic is “for the ages.”  Irony is that HoopFanatic will go down in history as among our greatest raconteurs, only to be rebuked by future generations of HoopFanatic’s incarnations.  Dave Chappelle is an extraordinary comedian because he engages in the most difficult art of irony, just as legends did like Laurel & Hardy/Jackie Gleason.  Much aloha, –Curt

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En Sue Charley Pung 1880-1943 was selected as our greatest-ever centerfielder in the Haw’n Islands by our greatest pioneer baseball historian CP Goto in 1936. Pung was a marvel to see — Pung was our track/field virtuoso & outsprinted everyone in his era.  But Pung had the taut body of Shane Victorino & was a power hitter, not just a great defender.  Pung had the whole goods, which is why he was the 1st fielder recruited by the big league back in 1906, along w/the first pitcher recruited by the big league, Pung’s best friend Barney Joy Sr.  Pung’s prodigy Lang Akana was recruited in 1913 but like Pung/Joy, was denied entry by being non-White.  The 1st Chinese to play Farm ball was Vin Ayau 1917, speedy like Pung but not the all-around player/hitter Pung was.  The 1st buddahead to play Farm ball was Andy Yamashiro [called Andy Yim to hide his “Jap” ID, being that “Japs” were more stigmatized than Chinese], same call-up as Ayau, 1917, & Andy went on to be our 1st buddahead territorial solon [along w/Hilo’s Tasaku Oka] in 1930.  Tragically, Andy/Oka died from illnesses as young men.  To hoopsitiz, enjoy this interlude w/history about your kin En Sue Pung.  Aloha, –Curt

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Kiyo Hamakawa born 1929 [Springfield College playmaker] passes from his chest so that his wrist twist arcs the ball up or down instead of just straight ahead.  Pitchers say riser/floater or drop ball.  Kiyo’s protege Jimmy Yagi born 1935 [Mr. Small College Basketball in Hawai’i] was always awestruck by this pass.  Kiyo also analyzes the mechanics/physics of running/acceleration, postulating that had Ah Chew’s sprint titlist mate Hideo Suga run via today’s exact science, Hideo could’ve been even faster on the hardwood.  Kiyo’s older brother Fumio was our longtime sprint titlist, coming after Hideo Suga’s era.  Here again En Sue Charley Pung is super-natural, He-Man at the turn of the last century, whose touch turned golden any sport En Sue participated in.  En Sue is the best antecedent to current prototype Shane Victorino, also whose touch is magical.   Aloha, –Curt

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Fernee Hardaway, the only NBA’er to simulate Ah Chew Goo’s 90 degree cut cross leg dribble, via Fernee’s 45 degree cut, is St. Louis ’67 playmaker Frankie Gonzales’ analog.  The cross leg dribble is not Iverson’s crossover dribble.  The crossover dribble is easy, & Iverson capitalizes on Iverson’s quick shift to elude the defenders.  The cross leg dribble breaks ankles unless honed to perfection, a la contortionists & acrobats.  The cross leg dribble throws off the whole defense alignment, whereas the crossover dribble only trips the sole defender closest to the ball/playmaker.  Thank you, –Curt

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Please call Ah Chew Goo to meet him at the Hawai’i Kai McDonald’s for him to step thru the cross leg dribble.  His phone no. is 396-8285.  Let’s say you’re the ballhandler.  You dribble downcourt full blast toward the center of the court.  As you come to the 3 point line or even the foul line, you brake instantly with your leading outside of your foot [transfer the brake toward the heel], figuring you’re gonna do a 90 degree left with your right foot, or a 90 degree cut right with your left foot. To deflect the defenders in total, your 90 degree cut has to be done at full speed in one instant of a pivot [not with heel, but with outside of foot].  Only 2 men in hoops history accomplished a semblance of Ah Chew Goo’s cross-leg dribble.  Fellow Chinese acolyte Allen Young [Roosevelt/UH/ABL Hawaii Chiefs], 6’0″ zipper guard, vs. top-ranked Seattle U’s Elgin Baylor, who was left w/mouth agape [unnatural & unearthly physics], even though Young’s 90 degree cut was slow motion vs. Ah Chew’s cut [called the ankle breaker– Ah Chew’s acolyte Fran Villarmia of Pearl City High/UH didn’t dare try it for fear of breaking her ankles].  The other fella who dared doing the cross-leg dribble was Fernee Hardaway, NBA lithe Play-doe guard who did a slow 45 degree cut cross-leg dribble.  No, Kiyo Hamakawa/Jimmy Yagi, Ah Chew’s Hilo acolytes, dared not try it.  To them, the move is incomprehensible/suicidal/unthinkable/unspeakable!! Mahalo, poibagz!!  I can’t give you Ah Chew’s cell phone no. on this website.  Tell Ah Chew that Curt the historian sent you.  Brew knows me/Ah Chew.  We’re all from the same “hood.”  Best wishes! –Curt

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NBA’s best-ever passing guard Pistol Pete Maravich’s video playmaking drills are from Ah Chew Goo, who floored Pete’s dad coach Press [Press was hoopster WWII/later Pete’s LSU coach] even though Ah Chew was goners/passe’ by the time Press saw Ah Chew in Honolulu.  Do you know that even Abe Saperstein’s Globetrotter guards REFUSED to guard Ah Chew Goo??!! No sh_t, brah’!!  HF/KS/PV/BJ/etc. emailers can chortle all they want. The record speaks for itself. Ke aloha pumehana, –Curt

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1967 national powerhouse Oakland Bishop O’Dowd High’s great scorer Jim Kohles says that O’Dowd was wary of St. Louis High’s invincible persona in the Haw’n Islands. O’Dowd played its patented pressure offense/defense & easily beat St. Louis, which was not acclimated to the talent level of O’Dowd [NCAA D1 calibre]. As Frankie Gonzales intones, if St. Louis top defender Larry Frank had guarded O’Dowd playmaker Mike Caruso, who towered over St. Louis playmaker Gonzales, St. Louis could’ve beaten O’Dowd.  Thank you, –Curt

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Honolulu is the heartland of hoopsdom — home-grown Luther Gulick instructed former student Naismith to create an indoor winter game which we know today as basketball.  Honolulu is the break-away transition from the color/racial line, where Jackie Robinson first integrated sports before Cooperstown had even heard of LA free spirited Jackie.  And Honolulu is where Ah Chew Goo got immortalized thruout the world, when Abe Saperstein’s Globetrotters refused to play vs. Ah Chew, when Naismith Hall of Fame’s John Bunn regaled Bunn’s Springfield MA. heavies w/Ah Chew’s unparalleled hardwood moves.  And Honolulu is where Pistol Pete Maravich’s dad Press was floored completely by Ah Chew’s Mandarin Magic.  Press later drilled son Pistol Pete w/Ah Chew’s invented moves, that resulted in Pistol Pete’s drill patterns/instructional videos.  Thank you, –Curt

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I thank our greatest hoops pundit Bill O’Rear born 1955 for correcting me on Bill’s top prep guard picks for the Big Island in the past 32 yrs.  Bill’s letter reads: “In my opinion, Hilo’s Bruce Ferreira and Honokaa’s Austin Souza were the ‘best ball-handling point guards’ on the Big Island in the past 30-plus years that I’ve watched local hoops.  But when it comes to the best point guards overall for their accomplishments and abilities, I would rank Shon Malani No. 1, Jason Mandaquit No. 2, Bruce Ferreira No. 3, Hilo’s David Kaneshiro No. 4, and Austin Souza No. 5.”

“Malani actually played shooting guard for Hilo during the Vikings’ State title run in 1991.  But he played point guard at the State Tournament and was the best ‘point guard’ in the State that season, leading Hilo to the State title and being named the State Player of the Year.  He could do everything, and in the clutch he made the plays that could help almost any team win a championship.”

“Mandaquit, in 2000, was a true point guard who led the Vikings to the State title and was named the State Player of the Year.  He was an outstanding floor leader, a great defender, and one of the most competitive players ever to wear a BIIF uniform.  In a way, he was like former Hilo star Alan Tanabe in that it didn’t matter what you were playing..hoops, checkers, or whatever– he was in it to win, and if a little elbow or body bump might help, it happened.”

“I can think of no better individual performances at the State tournament by a BIIF player than either Malani in 1991 or Mandaquit in 2000.  They were simply the best in the State for their years.  Ferreira and Souza also had strong tournaments while the fundamentally solid Kaneshiro contributed to the Vikings’ team success but didn’t stand out head and shoulders above the rest like the aforementioned foursome.”

“You’ve also mentioned that Alan Tanabe, the best player to come from the Big Island in the past 40 years, is better than former ‘Iolani star Derrick Low.  Although I have tremendous respect for Alan and all that he could do, in my opinion Derrick was a better player and better athlete than Alan.  But what separated them both from other guards in Hawaii are their mental toughness, superb self-confidence, and the work ethic that honed their skills for years and later shone in high school and college.  I would be proud to have either one as a teammate, and although many people, especially the younger basketball fans on Oahu, don’t know about how great Tanabe was, his game and mention among the best ever is very deserving. Thanks and have a good day.  Ah Chew’s buddy, Bill O.”

To me, Bill O’Rear is among our greatest-ever college shooting guards in our Haw’n Islands.  Not only that, but Bill’s wrap-around drive to the rim was a heartstopper, even today!!  Thanks, Bill, –Curt

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Bill O’Rear 54 yrs. old born 1955, our greatest basketball analyst/evaluator, says, “Curt, you’ve also mentioned that Alan Tanabe, the best player to come from the Big Island in the past 40 years, is better than former ‘Iolani star Derrick Low.  Although I have tremendous respect for Alan and all that he could do, in my opinion, Derrick was a better player and better athlete than Alan….  I would be proud to have either one as a teammate, and although many people, especially the younger basketball fans on O’ahu, don’t know about how great Tanabe was, his game and mention among the best ever are very deserving.” Bill is a Vulcan legend/guard. Aloha, –Curt

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St. Louis High has tremendous mentors/character builders, going back to its formation.  Our Bishop Stephen Alencastre from my native Wainaku, emigrant as a child from Madeira, Portugal, believed in schooling, ergo St. Louis College, & in health care, ergo St. Francis Hospital.  His legacy is carried on via Chaminade & Damien High.  Happy Father’s Day to St. Louis alumni & all fathers around the world.  Live aloha, –Curt

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In 1846 missionary priests of the Sacred Hearts founded Ahuimanu College [means a gathering of birds] just north of Kaneohe for the education of Hawaiian boys.  In 1881, Catholic Bishop Louis Maigret had the Roman Catholic Society of Mary from Dayton Ohio come to Honolulu, whose population base had shifted from windward/verdant O’ahu.  In 1883 the Marianists came to run the school in its new location at Kamekela on the Ewa bank of Nu’uanu Stream & Beretania St.  The walkway to the school was called College Walk.  The school’s name was changed to St. Louis College to honor Bishop Louis Maigret, whose patron saint was St. Louis, ergo King Louis IX of France.  King Louis IX was born in 1214 & led 2 Crusades, & brought the Crown of Thorns of Christ from the Eastern Emperor in Constantinople & enshrined such sacred Crown of Thorns in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris.  King Louis IX died during the Second Crusade at age 56.  St. Louis Missouri is named after him.  In 1923 St. Louis College bought 204 acres in Kaimuki from the Bishop Estate.  And the rest is history.  Aloha, –Curt

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St. Louis High ’68 Howie Dunnam 6’6″ & Jim Nicholson 6’7″ rate among our best-ever front courters from Hawai’i.  Just on strength/agility alone, Nicholson was unstoppable.  UCLA’s John Wooden recruited Nick & even had Nick/family watch the epiphany UCLA vs. Houston 2nd game [Alcindor vs. Elvin Hayes] in box seats.  But Michigan State’s Duffy Daugherty offered a better deal & Nick opted for football.  But Nick suffered thru career-breaking injuries & eventually hobbled his way into the NFL [KC Chiefs] as an offensive lineman [Nick was projected as the next Dave Casper — fleet tight end — before Nick’s college injuries].  Aloha, –Curt

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Yes, the era makes the coach.  Jim Alegre of Honoka’a on the island of Hawai’i, a celebrated athlete in his time, was a wunderkind of a coach at Radford 40 yrs. ago, but he felt that he had no answer to invincible St. Louis.  Now, this is the Alegre who had his outstanding Radford squad the year after St. Louis relinquished its throne, 1969.

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Jim Alegre’s 1969 Radford squad had balance/effort.  Alegre didn’t figure what Alan Tanabe figured as a 10 yr. old kid whose loving dad flew Alan from Hilo to Maui to watch St. Louis overcome a Hilo High squad that had no 6 footer star in its lineup, vs. St. Louis with its gargantuan squad that had loads of 6 footers [Big Nick was 6’7″/Howie Dunnam was 6’6″].  Alan felt that the best way to beat St. Louis was to attack head on, blitzing from all angles, inasmuch St. Louis played a controlled conventional old style tempo game, based on zone defense.  Which is exactly how Bishop O’Dowd beat St. Louis in St. Louis’ only hardwood loss in its 3 yr. reign as the greatest ever prep squad from the Hawaiian Islands.  Alegre was much too conventional like Walter Wong.  Walter Wong 1912-2002 was Hilo High fellow Chinese Beans Afook’s acolyte [Beans 1901-1991], but Beans was more on the ball than Walter with creative yet sensible foot placement both on offense and defense.  Aloha, –Curt

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Larry Frank, 6’0″ football Adonis, was St. Louis ’67 best defensive stopper a la Hilo High’s Paul Lee ’91, vs. opposing small forwards/guards.  Shooting guard Ray Lum St. Louis ’67 was a solid scorer but broke his ankle at Santa Clara U ’68, the vaunted era of the Ogden brothers/Dennis Awtrey, which also had Ray’s respected Bishop O’Dowd foe Jim Kohles.  Ray was never the same after Ray broke his ankle.  Of course, footballers Larry Frank/Glenn Hookano/Mahi  were superhuman athletes who went on to later college stardom.  Aloha, –Curt

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Our Hawai’i Island just lost one of 3 modern drafted NFLers to a tragic car accident, Mr. Mahelona R.I.P.  Mr. Noa/Mr. Unger are the other 2 draftees.  Had Herm Wedemeyer of Hilo’s Keaukaha not been injured as a pro, Herm would’ve had a dazzling career.  Honomu/Akaka Falls native son Augie Cabrinha of the Big Island played for the NFL Dayton Triangles 1927 [along with our 1st NFLer Sneeze Achiu/Moloka’i native Sam Hipa, all 3 of this holy trinity from St. Louis High/Catholic Dayton U.].  Aloha, –Curt

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St. Louis High’s Larry Frank ’68 was a man among boys, its best defensive ace, ferocious heart.  Larry went on to a stellar college football career, along with teammate Glenn Hookano ’68, a reserve behind Frankie Gonzales at St. Louis High ’67.  Aloha, –Curt

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St. Louis High is the only prep squad to meet & beat a college squad, UH jayvees.  Such disparity is prohibited today as a mismatch.

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Sadly, no film exists of Ah Chew Goo & Alan Tanabe.  But you may call Ah Chew on O’ahu at 396-8285, Hawai’i Kai, born 1918, whose mind/body are still sharp as a razor. Ah Chew can demonstrate for you his cross leg dribble, which only his former UH player Allen Young ever executed [once, not twice], vs. Seattle U’s Elgin Baylor.  Of course, Alan Tanabe is in Keaukaha, next to Arnott’s Lodge.

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St. Louis High 1966-1968 is the only prep squad to beat a D1 college JV squad, our UH JV team.  Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s UCLA frosh squad beat its nationally ranked [& national titlist 2 yrs. before] varsity squad, a la St. Louis High.

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Hi Curt. I am Frankie Gonzales.  I had to quit my basketball college career not from a detected heart murmur but from a birth defect in my lower back in the sacro-iliac area.  My back would not hold up due to not being in shape and not working hard to keep my back strong.  I enjoy your comments and wished I could have seen Alan Tanabe play.

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Hi Frankie:  As with your brilliant career [you’re the Chris Paul of your generation], Alan Tanabe’s era preceded camcorder gadgets.  My apology to you & the readers on my error in reciting your health risks if you had continued to play basketball.  In closing, imagine, prescient/foreordained Alan Tanabe, all of 10 yrs. of age, declaring your St. Louis 1967 prep hoops team as the greatest ever from the Hawaiian Islands!!  Even Jim Kohles of national powerhouse O’Dowd in the 1960s says that O’Dowd won over your St. Louis squad in O’Dowd’s teeny weeny matchbox of a gym — home court advantage — and if your St. Louis squad had acclimated to Stateside play, the outcome might’ve been different.  Now, Frankie, this is high praise [coming from the very top of the talent totem pole].  Much aloha from your everlasting fan, –Curt
P.S.  I’m gonna get nailed for this, but today’s hoops pundits are under the impression that the Derrick Low-led Iolani squads are unprecedented/unmatched in calibre.  In record-setting stats, yes, but not in calibre.  These kids probably never even heard of you, Frankie, much less strong Ray Lum & Larry Frank [men among boys].  Howie Dunnam still topper in most points in a game.  Samoan behemoth Jim Nicholson still the biggest/strongest/quickest brute who ever enjoyed having the rim net tickle his back.  Do our kids today know that John Wooden [Ah Chew Goo's pal] gave Big Nick the red carpet treatment at UCLA, that Wooden recruited Nick amid the greatest college dynasty in hoops history [backdropped by one surly boy named Alcindor]??  Recruited even by having Nick watch live the seminal UCLA/Houston game of the century?  Of course, Nick opted for football at Michigan State, but later kids only remember the hobbling Nick/sidelined Frankie/unrecoverable mean broken ankle of Ray Lum -- hapapa injuries that decimated our greatest amalgam of gifted athletes.  Of course, Dunnam opted for farming on Molokai, foregoing a budding college career.  Frank & sub Hookano went on to stellar football careers.  Yikes!!  What great talent/team chemistry!!  Iolani??Auwae.

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When I could not play for UH Division I basketball my sophomore year, the Advertiser or Star-Bulletin printed that I had 1 leg shorter than the other.  It was very confusing.  Nevertheless, I appreciate your nice comments about my team and I.  As to when we played Bishop O’Dowd, we just lost to a better team that day.  There is no shame in losing to a great team as Bishop O’Dowd.
Aloha, Frankie

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Frankie Gonzales was the John Stockton playmaker to feed Karl Malone big men Howie Dunnam/Jim Nicholson/Larry Frank, with strong Ray Lum’s fine shooting in the backcourt with Frankie.  National powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd beat St. Louis High 66-50 in host O’Dowd’s Christmas tourney, the only on-court loss in Dunnam/Nicholson/Frank’s entire varsity career 1966-1968.  O’Dowd controlled both backboards despite St. Louis’ best-ever performance at 45% shooting vs. O’Dowd’s 41% shooting.  O’Dowd’s tight zone defense was exceeded by O’Dowd’s varied attack schemes, with all starters being excellent ball handlers & scorers that made for easy shots.  All of O’Dowd’s starters went on to higher ball, just as St. Louis’ starters did.  Frankie Gonzales was the spark to St. Louis’ high % shot accuracy.  Bay area scribes still emote to this day about the 1966-1967 O’Dowd squad from Oakland CA.  Thank you, Frankie, for the wonderful memories of the greatest prep hoops squad from the Hawaiian Islands.  Aloha, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales is the most unselfish leader you will ever find.  Of Filipino ethnicity, Frankie grew up with his tribe of siblings at A`ala, raised by widowed Mom,
a seamstress. Frankie went on to St. Louis on the invite of buddy Joe Toledo.  Frankie never self-aggrandized.  Frankie was fulfilled passing the ball to big men Dunnam/Nick/Frank, or letting shooting guard Ray Lum swish the net.  But when called on to shoot from outside to open up the middle, Frankie did so in brilliant fashion, especially vs. Punahou.  Frankie was a great defender, very quick and agile.  Randy Canencia of Leroy Lutu’s U High days 30 years ago is a more recent version of Frankie Gonzales.  The only defender who stole the ball from wizard Frankie is Oakland Bishop O’Dowd’s Mike Caruso, later NCAA1 star playmaker.  Frankie respects High High ’67 and is well aware of its flitting playmaker Sam Wilson, whom Frankie shut down in the ’67 State title tiff.  Two zip-quick guards playing the game of their lives. –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales is Maryknoll School religion teacher. There is no finer exemplar of the power of positive thinking than providential Frankie Gonzales.  You will not eyeball a greater man than common saint Frankie.  He is humanity’s silent disciple.  Aloha, –Curt

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Pundit Bobby Command born 1958 brought up a unique topic: Kam/Kahuku title tiff 2009 was the first all-Polynesian scrap for the big marbles.  Do you know that Kahuku was a former sugar plantation community with many Filipino residents?  Of course, among our most famous Filipino ballhandlers/playmakers is Frankie Gonzales St. Louis ’67 of A’ala, not Kahuku.  Like Kahuku’s national AAU boxing titlist Pinoy Johnny Manalo 1940 [our first native-born AAU titlist was Naalehu’s Pinoy Jose Mercado 1939] Frankie Gonzales represents nobly his Filipino heritage, but Frankie, like Manalo/Mercado, a man for all seasons & for all ethnicities.  Thanks, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales’ greatest gift is that he is a man who believes in God.  Born into humble beginnings among 9 siblings who could field a baseball squad, whose loving papa died when Frankie was 7 yrs. old, Frankie Gonzales’ seamstress resolute mama worked and worked to support her huge brood of kids.  After all, Frankie’s papa Juanito Gonzales, Pinoy immigrant, 1902-1956, worked at 4 to 5 jobs just to make ends meet.  A’ala district’s Frankie Gonzales went on to lead St. Louis High ’67 to its greatest distinction as the best-ever prep hoops team from the Hawaiian Islands.  I’m sorry, but Derrick Low’s teams would not be able to overcome St. Louis High ’67.  St. Louis High ’67 just was too fast/big/strong/deep in bench strength for ‘Iolani to beat.  In a 10 game series, ‘Iolani would be lucky even to win one game. Thank you, –Curt

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Ask ‘Iolani’s Young/Mugiishi for their personal opinions of St. Louis ’67.  Young’s outreach across the Pacific in part began with St. Louis ’67’s solitary singular foray “beyond the sea.”  Tremendous legacy and heritage are what St. Louis ’67 brought to Young/Mugiishi.  Thank you, poibagz, for your kindness.
Aloha always, –Curt

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Hi 2Dhoop:  Frankie Gonzales is quicker than Alan Tanabe & can throttle Tanabe on the perimeter.  Problem for Frankie is that Tanabe neutralizes foe’s quickness with pinpoint passing to open Tanabe for slashing drive to the hoop by receiving pass back from original receiver.  Once Tanabe gets into the paint, Frankie needs onside help to deter a high % shot.  Problem for St. Louis ’67 Nicholson/Dunnam/Larry Frank low posts is Tanabe’s indescribable array of backboard shots high off the glass, where Tanabe does the most damage [high % shots].  UNLV’s All-Americans 1976 [#1 team in the nation] were paralyzed by Tanabe’s god-forsaken accuracy — as if a providential divining rod willed the spin of the ball into the hole.  Ask so-called hot shot D1 stars who played vs. Tanabe for their take on Tanabe.  I’m talking about genuine observations.  Tanabe is unreal. Yes, for all of Frankie Gonzales’ divine talents, Frankie would need onside help vs. Tanabe. In terms of character, you won’t find 2 nicer fellas than Frankie & Alan Tanabe.  Great great positive role models, though Alan not as expressive as Frankie, inasmuch Frankie is a time-tested schoolteacher, whereas Alan is a very quiet businessman. Thank you, –Curt

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Alan Tanabe is a man of few words, as is Frankie Gonzales, though angel-on-our-shoulder Frankie is more poetic [Catholic scholasticism].  At least in figure of speech [articulation], Alan Tanabe is crisp-
spoken John Stockton, while Frankie Gonzales is Dr. Julius Erving.  Alan is extremely lucky that Alan has such an understanding and compassionate wife.  Of course, Alan himself is a good man with no cardinal sins.  Aloha always, –Curt

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from Bruce Ferreira:  I remember Alan Tanabe’s last competitive basketball game on the Big Island.  He played in a 6ft and under league that was as competitive a league as any on the Big Island.  We lost in the championship game to Hawaiian Magic, a really good game.  After the game we were outside getting ready to have a few, and Alan said “well boys its been fun but, I;m done”.  So, we all looked at him and laughed.  We laughed because we knew the league was done.  But, he didn’t mean he was done with the league, he meant he was done playing basketball competitively, period.  We all said, “yea right”.  I didn’t think that was his last game because he could still out play most everybody on the island and he just had a championship game with, 23 pts, 6 assist, and 6 steals.  Well, he actually meant it when he made that statement.  I have never seen Alan play another game.  I guess he wanted to go out on top.

What Alan decided to do next was pick up a tennis racket and become one of the best tennis players on the Island.  Alan proved to everyone that he was a great athlete, and could play pretty much any sport that he put his mind to.

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Bruce Ferreira born 1969, Hilo High grad 1987, all-State prep hoops/baseball, went on to stellar careers in hoops/baseball at UH-Hilo [hoops starter as soph.][forsook UH Manoa baseball scholarship].  Bruce even starred in his sole season as Hilo High football running back, not to mention VBall/later boxing headliner.  Amazing athlete with all-around skills. Yes, Bruce is part-Filipino, which explains in typecast Bruce’s quickness and agility.  Bruce’s Hawaiian and Portuguese ethnicities in typecast give him superhuman strength.  Bruce has the whole DNA package of a great athlete.  Bruce is not as quick as St. Louis ’67 ballhandler/playmaker Frankie Gonzales, but Bruce is stronger & built like a mac truck, meaning that Bruce has more versatility vs. taller foes on both ends of the floor a la Dwayne Wade. Thank you, –Curt

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Hi Curt,

I am humbled by being listed among such great players as Alan Tanabe and Bruce Ferreira.  You are probably right that I would need inside/onside help from my teammates to neutralize the great Alan Tanabe.  We would always ask for help from each other regardless of whether we are defending on the weak side or strong side.  I am overwhelmed by the nice comments you have said so far.  Aloha, Frankie

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Today’s Tony Parker reminds me of Frankie Gonzales.  Parker plays heads-up ball all the time, is quick/nifty/shifty/elusive like Frankie Gonzales.  It’s too bad that Frankie never got to fulfill Frankie’s potential in college.  Frankie’s playground reference points are a Who’s Who of local basketball [A’ala Park was graced with Don Snyder/Ronnie Kakuda/etc.], that made Frankie into a superior playmaker/ball-handler.  Given Goo Jr. [no relation to Ah Chew Goo] had turbo-chargers for legs at Frankie’s St. Louis High.  Given Goo Jr. played at the ’65 State tourney [Joe Toledo intro’d Frankie Gonzales to St. Louis High].  Frankie’s “alarming friends” [:-)  great competitors!!   Aloha always, -Curt

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Frankie Gonzales & Derrick Low, you ask??  Derrick the consummate team player like Frankie, great field vision/
leader like Frankie.  But Frankie shiftier/quicker/more elusive than Derrick.  Frankie’s problem is being outsized/overpowered by cat-quick [like Frankie] guards like Tony Parker/Chris Paul.  Thank you, –Curt

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Filipino immgration to Hawai’i came in several waves, starting in 1906, then again in 1946.  Fil-Am Frankie Gonzales born 1949 is progeny of the earlier wave of immigration.  Because Filipinos were at the bottom of the plantation/social ladder, rarely did you find Fil-Ams with leisure/luxury time to play hoops.  On the other hand, because Chinese were the 2nd immigrant group to Hawai’i [after the Caucasians][so-called host culture Haw’ns are a misnomer because there was no aboriginal/indigenous “host culture” — thence Chinese are the 3rd immigrant group after the Haw’ns/haoles], you find replete among early hoops stars Chinese w/luxury time like Chew Chong Ching/Beans Afook/Walter Wong/Ah Chew Goo.  Imagine, winningest prep coach [for seasons coached] Beans Afook despised thunder stealer Ah Chew Goo, who was Beans’ player leader [Beans 1901-1991/Ah Chew born 1918 still razor sharp in mind/body], even though Beans’ tinsmith dad & Ah Chew’s tailor dad worked in the same bldg. on Hilo’s Kam Ave. that was pulverized by the 1946 tsunami.  Back to Pinoys/Fil-Ams.  Only a few Fil-Ams came out for hoops, including Pete Velasco [V-Ball HoFame][son of great boxer Joe Velasco], Frankie Gonzales,& Honoka’a shooter Domingo “Sunday” Marcellino, later Willamette U. playmaker.  Thank you, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales is among the best-ever ballhandling point guards.  Frankie did everything with the ball except make it talk back to him [original quip attributed to divine phenom/unparalleled Ah Chew Goo], & Frankie was superior in beating a defender, finding an open teammate for the pass, and clutch shooting/scoring.  Above all, Frankie was the most unselfish of all leaders in hoops, always deflecting praise to his teammates, who in themselves utterly were superhuman.  Frankie was among the most athletic of playmakers, & among the best all-around guards.  It would be difficult to think of ballhandling point guards who came in an all-purpose package any better/finer than Frankie Gonzales.  Thank you, Frankie Gonzales, for the beautiful reduxes of our bygone era, St. Louis High mid-1960s.  Aloha, –Curt

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Here is our greatest hoops analyst Bill O’Rear, born 1955, original Fab Five Vulcan coached by Mr. Small College Basketball’s Jimmy Yagi, born 1935.  Jimmy considers Bill as Jimmy’s finest prodigy/cognition of Einstein/heart of Jesus.  Bill exudes as follows:  “To put Ah Chew Goo’s legendary ballhandling skills into perspective, consider that in the 1930s/1940s the game still didn’t have Hank Luisetti’s “modern” jump shot & featured the one-handed set shots — & ballhandling was mostly limited to one side, with right-handers sticking with that strong suit almost all the time.  The Harlem Globetrotters featured the best ballhandlers, well-skilled from years of repetitive practice & taking advantage of a creative playing atmosphere that fueled “fancy” passing & ballhandling.  Even the “Houdini of the Hardwood” Bob Cousy was limited in his dribbling skills with his left hand [Cousy was right-handed].  Cousy often dribbled behind his back with his right hand, then continued the dribble with his same right hand — certainly unlike the deft ballhandlers of today a la Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, etc., who go behind the back with either hand and continue the dribble with the opposite and more effective hand in that move.  Ah Chew [ambidextrous like today’s NBA stars] was 40 years ahead of his time with his ballhandling skills, the same ones that inspired Press Maravich [Pistol Pete’s dad] to follow and devise “homework” basketball drills for Press’ young son Pete, to improve as a player [Press saw Ah Chew play WWII, though Ah Chew by then had dropsy/herniated abdomen & was but a phantom of his former self at his peak pre-WWII.  Ubiquitous book author Mark Kriegel is wrong on Pistol Pete’s accession to Ah Chew’s skill level, Kriegel being award-winning biographer of Pistol/Dollar Joe Namath. Pistol never mastered Ah Chew’s ankle-breaking 90 degree cross-leg dribble cut–not Iverson’s crossover dribble that merely rotates the ball by hand , not ankles, on either side of the dribbler — nor Ah Chew’s full speed duck juke dribble — Ah Chew has been featured in the most prestigious NY Times Bk. Review as the exemplar of today’s zip-quick NBA].  Pistol Pete’s ballhandling and passing skills in college and in the NBA took basketball to a new level.  Thanks to pioneers like Ah Chew Goo, who inspired Pistol Pete, today’s best ballhandling guards can dribble with either hand, go between the legs and behind the back, and these higher skill levels add to their ability to see better and to make better passes.  I like the nickname that [broadcaster] Kenny Smith gave to Chris Paul — “Pocket Magic” — a smaller version of Magic Johnson, a super passer in his own right.  But in my opinion, still today the best passer ever is Pistol Pete Maravich, by far [there was no NBA in Goo’s era 1930s].  If you study the game fully over the long course of time, the greatest ballhandlers of all time have to top off with Goo and Pistol Pete.  Also give the Globetrotters credit for inspiring younger players to be creative, via role models Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes, & Curly Neal.”  End of quote from our best-ever hoops analyst Bill O’Rear.   Of course, Bill never saw Frankie Gonzales pick up a basketball, inasmuch Frankie was forced to quit hoops due to congenital back problem nearly a decade before Bill came to Hawaii 33 yrs. ago.  BTW, Ah Chew Goo born 1918 [still sharp as tack] happens to be former hoops star Jimmy Yagi’s biggest hero!!   Thank you.  –Curt

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Read best-selling author Mark Kriegel’s biography of Pistol Pete Maravich, that describes Maravich’s immersion in a whole new way of playing hoops, ergo, via Ah Chew Goo’s template.  Had Kriegel bothered to call me [he spoke w/Ah Chew Goo himself], I would’ve sent Kriegel the same newsclips that I sent to the Naismith Hall of Fame.  May I ask for your regular mail address so that I may have the honor of mailing you Ah Chew’s newsclip collection?  Thank you for the opportunity to demonstrate Ah Chew’s new mastery of hoops.  Aloha, –Curt

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I just recited Honolulu as the genesis of our major spectator sports at thread/topic titled “St. Louis High ’67 our best-ever hoops squad.”  Honolulu, diverse/pluralistic/inclusive, is imbued with the creativity/imagination to upend the status quo, as you see with bi-racial President Obama [who can thank pioneer immigrant Rudy Peterson for grandma Toots’ ascension at Bank of Hawai’i].  Blessings to Frankie Gonzales for making hoops daddy Luther Gulick Jr.’s dreams come true [basketball as ambassador of goodwill].  Aloha pumehana, –Curt

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Rudy Peterson was a national banking pioneer who laid the foundation for rival Johnny Bellinger to emerge. Kanaka Johnny [nephew of our 2nd big league baseballer
Johnny Williams 1914, kanaka Barney Joy, Alex Joy Cartwright’s kin, being our 1st big leaguer 1907 but booted out because of the color line] decorated with high school diploma [big deal in antiquity], nurtured Luso/Portuguese commoner Walt Dods, today’s monied icon. Dods actually has Peterson to thank, who molded by example rival Bellinger, Dods’ mentor. Rudy Peterson busted free our traditional outcasts like wahine/minorities at Cooke aristocratic Bank of Hawai’i.  Bishop/1st Haw’n Bank’s Bellinger followed suit a decade later.  Blessings to Frankie Gonzales “after God’s heart.” [Biblical]  –Curt

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Hi Curt,

Thank you for your gracious comments and blessings.  I did meet Walter Dods at St. Louis High during my Sophomore year and also had the opportunity to teach his niece at Sacred Hearts for one year in the 8th grade in 1990.  Small world in making connections.  Aloha and God bless you.  Frankie

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St. Louis mythic hero Frankie Gonzales born 1949 just had lunch the other day with hoops star 1950s Bill Souza.  Dialogue/discourse make the world go ’round. Of course, Bill’s parallel universe has Ronnie Kakuda as Bill’s favorite guard, although the universe we live in saw Roosevelt’s Chinese celestial Allen Young as our only native-born son on Red Rocha’s pro ABL Chiefs.  Ah Chew Goo coached both Kakuda & Young, & says that Young was much better than Kakuda.  What Kakuda had that Young doesn’t have is utter grassroot humility, which is why Kakuda so generously showed our generation’s Steve Nash, ergo Frankie Gonzales, some hoop pointers at A’ala park grounds.  Walt Dods’ dad was a reserve on Ah Chew Goo’s dynasty Hilo High hoops squads.  Walt Dods Sr. & Jr. revere Ah Chew Goo.  Walt Dods Jr. born 1941 is Perreira familia/kin.  Walt Dods Sr. was orphaned at Hilo’s Father Louis’ Boys Home.  So when Jr. came a calling to donate downtown Hilo’s First Haw’n Bank Bldg. [architectural monument by Dickey] to our Tsunami Museum, what did Jr. ask?   “Do you have any materials on Father Louis’ Boys Home?  My Dad lived there.”  No, Jr. did not boast about Jr.’s millions of $$$ salted away beneficently for humanity’s sake, nor about Jr.’s stature in world $$ megapoly.  Jr. asked about Father Louis’ Boys Home, a la Mickey Rooney.  Now this is humility!  Frankie Gonzales is no borot/braggart.  Frankie is richest among us all, even more than Dods,  because Frankie is a devout man of God.  “What good is a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?” [Biblical] Corporate raiders T. Boone Pickens/Harry Weinberg immortalize their names via their philanthropy [to avert IRS from taking their fortunes via estate taxes], but they get turned away at Peter’s Pearly Gates because they lost their souls to the all-mighty dollar.  Peter’s wide welcome avenue awaits Frankie Gonzales, & maybe Dods [if Dods stays true to Dods’ Catholicism of alms/Social Gospel].  Aloha always, –Curt

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Yes, on Haw’n Telcom, big clout Walt Dods Jr. is a banker, not a tel-communications whiz.  Walt’s venture capitalist [buy incubator org, fix it up, sell for profit] Carlyle Group saw opportunity to profit off DSL broadband, but Walt’s boys didn’t execute due diligence to amp up Haw’n Telcom for profitable DSL, got overrun by contempo roadrunner, & now languish in Bankruptcy Court. Aloha, –Curt

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You’re blessed to have an earthy uncle like Walt Dods.  Lest I forget, we live in freedom’s cause U.S.A.  Thank you for your feedback. Frankie Gonzales personifies what our great nation is all about — service to humanity.  Much aloha, –Curt

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Jim Nicholson was so respectful of Hilo High ’67 that Jim deliberately tipped in the last basket for Hilo High when Hilo High lost to St. Louis for the State title 1967.  Amazingly, St. Louis coach Walter Wong 1912-2002 did not scold Jim, inasmuch Walter also respected Hilo High’s lilliputians.  Thanks, –Curt

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Since you’re not part of the past, then why are you Black and why are you Jesus? Isn’t your moniker buried in antiquity?  I happen to love your moniker.  It’s powerful because it is Antiquity! Much aloha, your moniker’s fan Curt

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Strangeness is what upends the status quo, just as Ah Chew Goo heralded in the transition game 40 years ahead of his time.  Just as you lead the way to educate today’s readers on hoops nuances. Thank you for your contribution to hoops’ evolution.  Much aloha, –Curt

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I sincerely mean it when I say that your feedback/opinions greatly advance hoops knowhow.  Even as recently as 10 yrs. ago, the tremendous exchange of ideas/information that we find on this website just was a pipedream!  This is how advanced your communications are today!  Aloha always, –Curt

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Our greatest Sakada/oldtime Pinoy immigrant is Pablo Manlapit, labor organizer who was deported for his
radical views nearly a century ago.  Our most recent Pinoy enabler is solon/jurist Ben Menor, who was utterly grassroot [youth baseball umpire/coach/sponsor/official/etc.].  Yes, Ben Cayetano thinks himself more a Solomon than he really is.  No Ben Menor is he, Cayetano the narcissist.  Thankfully, we hoopsters have the greatest action hero in Frankie Gonzales born 1949, 2nd generation Fil-Am, today’s Paul Bunyan who brings the dusty pages of lore back to life in 2009!!  Eternally, for what Frankie has shared with us all, hoopsdom is grateful/more learned than ever.  Much aloha, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales was enabled via our greatest hoopsters of all time at Frankie’s “hood” A’ala Park.  Ronnie Kakuda/Don Snyder/etc. akin to today’s Iverson/Carmelo Anthony/etc.   Amazing athletes all!!  Aloha, –Curt

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When Frankie Gonzales tamped down mirror image Sam Wilson of Hilo High in the ’67 State title tiff, Frankie did to Sammy Wilson what no one had done before. Frankie’s extra training/pliometrics w/ankle weights/getting cramps during the game–going to the sidelines for 10 seconds — then coming back into the game again — attest to the immense battle/pride at stake between 2 of the greatest prep teams in the history of the Haw’n Islands.  Unbeknownst to fans today, St. Louis & Hilo High had the 2 richest hoops tradition/heritage of all time — neither team knew what losing meant — neither team knew how to lose!! Like how Derrick Low’s teams expected to win, w/that unmatched winner’s attitude.  Thank you, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales is our quiet/humble sacred kin who blends into the tapestry of life.  You find no other finer common saint than sweet Frankie Gonzales.  It is hard to imagine that Frankie led our greatest prep hoop squad from the Haw’n Islands, St. Louis High 1967, which was so indestructible that even as sophomores, Dunnam/Nick’s St. Louis High [in 1965-1966] beat UH D1 jayvees.  Incredulous!!  Not seen before or since [prohibited today as unfair matchup]!!  Thank you, -Curt

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Like the great Central American baseballers, Ah Chew’s intimate hoop mate was the nearest implement.  As with sticks for bats/pebbles for balls, Ah Chew’s receiver was the telephone pole, his linear guide was the road’s center stripe, his defenders were the falling leaves during a windy turn/etc.   Thank you, –Curt

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Bill O’Rear born 1955 would be so gratified with Frankie Gonzales’ style/level of play, team-first, never me-first.  Whatever Frankie did, Frankie always did for the betterment of his Crusader team.  Bill could get an inkling of Gonzales’ calibre because Bill played in pickup games with Gonzales’ Hilo analog, Sam Wilson, whom Gonzales shut down in the 1967 State High School title game [St. Louis vs. Hilo High].  The only player who ever stole the ball from Gonzales was Oakland Bishop O’Dowd’s point guard Mike Caruso, who later starred at Creighton U., & who today is a well-known coach/pundit.  Aloha, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales reminds me so much of Father Damien/Mother Marianne Cope — Frankie has given his whole life for the betterment of others.  Happy Father’s Day, Frankie, & to all fathers around the world.  Live aloha, –Curt

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The great Frankie Gonzales born 1949 once did an around the back dribble to throw off the defender, & amazingly, conservative coach Walter Wong 1912-2002 didn’t chastise Frankie for it.  Aloha, –Curt

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Walter Wong was a fundamentals kind of coach.  No fancy dan stuff.  Today’s coaches have the blessing of worldwide interaction to better the strategy/logistics of the game.  Frankie Gonzales would excel in today’s game.  Frankie’s greatest gift was quickness, & wow, was he quick!!  Between the leg dribble to evade the defender, behind the back dribble to pass off to the open mate — wow, these are Frankie’s strengths.  Aloha, –Curt

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Had Frankie Gonzales born 1949 played in today’s game/style, Frankie would be a Spud Webb, quicksilver. Aloha, –Curt

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Between the leg dribble was a no-no for St. Louis coach Walter Wong 1912-2002.  Such dribble today is strategic & commonplace.  This one move shows you the evolution of basketball over the past 45 yrs.  Aloha, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales would excel in today’s zip-quick game, speed-agility being Frankie’s greatest assets.  Walter Wong 1912-2002 was good friends with Big Island’s greatest sports enabler Walter C.K. Victor 1904-1975.  Both men were fundamentalists, no fancy dan stuff which are requisite in today’s much more complex geometry game.  Aloha, –Curt

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Frankie Gonzales is among our greatest guards and was our quicksilver ace on our greatest ever prep squad, St. Louis High ’67.    U High’s Randy Canencia/NBA’s Mugsy Bogues are reminiscent of Frankie Gonzales.

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AC Carter was the 6 ft. version of great playmaker & ballhandler Frankie Gonsales.

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Jimmy Arakaki heralds status quo gerrymander  -- Japanese monolith. http://bit.ly/fXsUUs?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4db11e82aa925b82%2C0

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