Back in the joyful fold of oldtime lore

From our greatest and most ubiquitous historian Tom Coffman born 1943 — [Curt’s notes in brackets] Hi Curtis, You’ve got a couple of really tasty ones here.  Jack Wakayama said that Dillingham was communicating directly with FDR? Very credible in light of D’ham’s contacts in Washington and his support of nisei [2nd generation AJAs], but how do I document it?  [WWII AJA’s ESC records]  Second, I didn’t know Rev. Bill Westerfelt was married to a Castle. [Westervelt was the scourge/scoundrel of the Castle barons, because Westervelt was Robin Hood who gave back to the teeming masses the monies which feudal titans Castle plundered from them][Westervelt was the butt of inside scorn among the Castle scions]   John Young rated him the most supportive person among the haoles. Young had a very short list. The other was Frank Atherton. * Thanks, * Tom * * Curtis Narimatsu wrote  — * * Dillingham had direct line to FDR & told FDR that the Japanese problem in Hawaii was under control, per Jack Wakayama [public administration backdrop].   Dillingham not able to avert internment of prodigy/fisherman Mats Otani, but made it up to Mats post-WWII [virtually gifted land/monies for Mats’ contempo baron fishing agency].   Mabel Wilcox’ ohana by marriage –Galen & son Gerald Fisher, were altruists like Ted/Mary Atherton Richards, & Bill Westervelt, esp. Westervelt who really went the extra mile for buddaheads. Yes, Westervelt spent all his wife’s Castle largesse previously salted away — for the downtrodden of society. Need more tidbits? * * * _____________________________________________ * * * Similar names — Galen Weaver was the longtime Church of the Crossroads pastor who came here in 1924 on the same boat w/Scot John Young. Galen Fisher was the great internationalist/historian 1920s. Gerald Fisher of the Wilcox family Galen Fisher’s son & was the great altruist who helped us buddaheads amid the hysteria of WWII. Mobster Roy Ryder said there’re only 2 guys he won’t snitch on — Alema Leota 1928-2008/Larry Mehau born 1929 [both treated him w/respect][Ryder had nothing criminal on Larry — just association-relationships]. * * * _________________________________________________ * * * from KL Ching — * Curtis, The 100th/442nd RCT as stellar examples for our identical Israeli brethren  —  * I have been corresponding with Larry Derfner who writes a column for the “Jerusalem Post”, a  liberal Israeli publication.  I have been greatly disturbed by the treatment of Arab and Palestinian Israelis (Israel born) as 2nd class citizens which is a tragedy in this day and age. This dialog led me into using the VVVs, 100th/442nd as an example of allowing minorities of color who are the offspring of enemy aliens [immigrant/Issei Japanese to America] to VOLUNTEER for combat to prove their loyalty.  Derfner, although a progressive liberal, takes the stereotypical view vs. Israeli Arabs or Israeli Palestinians claiming that they are not suitable to join the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) because they would not kill fellow Arabs or Palestinians.  My point to Derfner is that AJAs were faced with the same issue but came through with incredible flying colors. Derfner says the circumstances are different and I say that the US faced more of a threat from Japan than the Israelis do from the foreign born Arabs or Palestinians.   * * This then got me thinking about HWs role and his insights/vision of Jeffersonian principles and Old Testament justice and his native rambunctious self and belief in the American dream to aggressively promote his vision all the way to the top.  We three come at this from different perspectives but I now see an amazing historical significance that has global ramifications.  So who was this man Hung Wai Ching?   What impact did he have on Barack Obama’s thinking since Obama was born and raised in Hawaii?  [Curt’s note:  There would be no Barack Obama without Hung Wai — Hung Wai opened up banking via Rudy Peterson — Rudy brought Barack’s tutu/Toots to be escrow staffer/etc.]   What impact could he be making on the Middle East in terms of civil rights for Arab Israelis? How is history being written and by whom?   * * *                                      *********** * Tom,  Curtis,   Re: My “Lecture ” to Larry Derfner of the Jerusalem Times.   We Hawai’i people have the insight and experience to share with the rest of the world the rights of minorities. We have more insight, knowledge and wisdom to make valid observations.  Hung Wai‘s vision was inspiring and unique and set an example for the world to see and judge.  Why HW?  That is for Tom to figure out, in that Curtis’ raison d’etre is Christ’s Way being Hung Wai’s way.  * * * * ********

To: Larry Derfner Subject: RE: [New post] Obama just lost the Palestinians

Larry,   One has to understand Obama’s background, upbringing in Hawaii under adversity, strong moral compass and thought process to understand why he takes various public positions. Obama is unique in history as a thinker and decision maker. He tries to avoid media induced hysteria for controversial news to sell media.  Without controversy, media goes out of business.  Thoughtful well researched reports never sell.  My favorite is “Foreign Affairs” which is quarterly. They did an outstanding article on Obama and why he thinks the way he does.  It was superb but not widely read or circulated.  Do you want to see a copy of the article?  It stresses Obama’s education at Punahou School in Honolulu  (which is also my school)  founded by Congregationalist missionaries from New England (the original Puritans off the Mayflower).  Obama espouses the New England vision of the world and aggressively pursues this view.   Obama takes the long view.  This results in his maintaining the status quo so as not to cause unnecessary disruptions before he is able to be properly advised and  given accurate information and analysis of key national and international issues.    My interpretation of Obama’s take are given below ****. 

Subject: [New post] Obama just lost the Palestinians

Obama just lost the Palestinians

Larry Derfner | May 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

In his speech on the Middle East, Obama gave the Palestinians nothing and gave Israel a lot, which means he strengthened the status quo, which Israel is perfectly happy with and only the Palestinians want to change. ****THIS IS MY POINT ABOVE. By saying the Israeli-Palestinian border should be based on the ’67 line, he just repeated what Clinton said publicly about a year ago (and what her husband said in the White House a decade ago). ****MANY OF US FEEL THAT THIS IS THE LEAST CONTROVERSIAL AND FAIREST POSITION ON A COMPLEX ISSUE What was new, or at least newer, was his endorsement of Netanyahu’s call for a “non-militarized” Palestine – which is a contradiction to a sovereign Palestine, something Obama claimed also to support. ****THIS IS HIS PRAGMATIC RESPONSE TO ISRAELI PARANOIA (rightfully) ABOUT SECURITY.   HE KNOWS HE CAN GET THE PALESTINIANS TO AGREE BECAUSE OBAMA CAN DELIVER INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION FOR THE PALESTINIANS. OBAMA SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED “SECURITY” IN HIS SPEECH TODAY. And by mentioning the need to stop the smuggling of weapons into Palestine, he might have been giving a nod to Netanyahu’s demand to keep the Israeli army on the Jordan Valley. ****BIBI NEEDS TO MAINTAIN PEACE FOR A WHILE ON THE WEST BANK SINCE MOST OF THE ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS ARE ISOLATED.  THESE SETTLEMENTS DO NOT INFRINGE ON PALESTINIAN LAND REQUIREMENTS. Also, he repeated his opposition to the Palestinians’ plan to seek recognition from the UN in September. In all, a very, very good day for the occupation. But I think Obama just lost the Palestinians. Abbas cannot go along with this prescription, none of them can. OBAMA KNOWS THAT THE PALESTINIANS WILL GAIN U.N. RECOGNITION AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE IN SEPTEMBER.   HE IS GIVING BIBI THIS UNUSUAL SUPPORT TO SHOW BIBI THAT THE U.S. IS BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO RESOLVE THIS COMPLEX ISSUE FOR ISRAEL.  THIS WILL ENABLE OBAMA TO “HAMMER” BIBI AS HE SEES FIT.  WE ALL KNOW THAT OBAMA WILL DETERMINE ISRAEL’S FUTURE AS HE DETERMINES WHAT IS FAIR AND IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF AMERICA. HE ALONE WILL DECIDE ISRAEL’S FATE. They have to go to the UN, they have to go ahead with the popular resistance, to go out into the street en masse – to the settlements, to the army outposts, to the fence, and hope for the Tahrir effect – to win the world to their side – and for this, they must remain non-violent – and shame Israel in the eyes of the world and force Obama and the other timid Western leaders to force Israel to end the occupation. ****OF COURSE, WE ALL KNOW THIS WILL HAPPEN AND OBAMA WILL LET NATURE TAKE IS COURSE.  THERE WILL BE VIOLENCE BUT AN ACCEPTABLE AMOUNT AS I PREDICTED FOR NAQBA.  NON VIOLENT OR VIOLENT, OBAMA WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED; HE WILL DO WHAT IS FAIR AND JUST; HE HAS THAT EXTRAORDINARY MORAL COMPASS. OBAMA IS NOT TIMID AS WE SAW BY HIS SUCESSFUL ASSASSINATION OF BIN LADEN. There’s just no other way. I’d thought that maybe after killing Bin Laden, Obama would have the political capital to pressure Israel. Whether he has it or not, he’s too timid, or too election-minded, to use it. To the cause of peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, he just became a write-off. ****YOU HAVE THE WRONG UNDERSTANDING OF OBAMA. HE CERTAINLY IS SENSITIVE TO POLITICS BUT YOUR ACCUSATION THAT OBAMA IS NOT SEEKING AND ACTING TO THE CAUSE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE IS TOTALLY OFF BASE AND DISTORTED.  I AM HOPING THAT THIS IS A DERFNER TONGUE IN CHEEK BUT I DOUBT IT BECAUSE YOU ARE AN ISRAELI (is this a fair assessment?).   REGARDS,  KL * * * *                                     ************ * * * Curt & Tom, Larry Derfner writes a column for the Jerusalem Post.  * Naqba is the anniversary of the 1948 Jewish occupation of Palestine.  I quote “The View” to Larry on why America is special (American dream).   —KL* * * *

Subject: RE: Naqba

* Larry,  * I would like to clarify the WW II situation for AJA American Nisei because I see a very distinct parallel  with Arab Israelis or Arab Palestinians and AJAs in America.  In each case, there is the necessity to provide an opportunity for minorities to demonstrate patriotism and earn 1st class recognition and citizenship.  * The American war w/ Japan was as real and devastating a threat or war by any measure – American men committed and  killed and $ billions committed to war production.  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was a “Day in Infamy” to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The Battle of Midway against the Japanese was the greatest battle in naval history and  the Battle of Coral Sea was another epic naval battle. I don’t think that the U.S. needed to be “surrounded” by 200 times more Japanese to be threatened than what they faced with the Japanese Imperial Navy and Army traipsing all over China and South East Asia raping and massacring innocent helpless people. Hey, we had to drop 2 atomic bombs to beat the Japanese into submission [actually, to force Stalin to stop expanding to Japan and China].  * * Dual loyalty, or even simply loyalty WAS THE KEY ISSUE.  AJAs were thrown out of the Territorial Guard and the National Guard because they were the offspring of “enemy aliens.”  AJAs were thrown into internment camps surrounded with barbed wire and armed guards on the West Coast and in the Mountain States.   The AJAs’ civil rights were violated just as Arab and Palestinian Israelis’ civil rights are being violated today.  * * My position is that Israeli Arabs and Palestinians should be allowed to VOLUNTEER in the IDF,  NOT DRAFTED.  This is a pivotal point in my argument.  This is why I use the example of the AJAs during WW II.  My dad Hung Wai Ching was instrumental in convincing U.S. Authorities including FDR to allow AJAs to VOLUNTEER for combat. He started with a group called the VVVs (Hung Wai picked Ralph Yempuku and Ted Tsukiyama to lead the VVV) who volunteered to build defense barricades in the Islands.  The VVVs later became the iconic 442nd. Hung Wai was the Old Testament advocate of justice.  He was like Moses leading his people out of Egypt to the “Promised Land.”  * * Google Hung Wai Ching and you will see a more detailed description of his efforts.  People were amazed that a Chinese American would go to bat for Japanese Americans despite horrible events such as the Rape of Nanking.  Hung Wai did it because he was a Christian (Master of Divinity from Yale University) and founder of the Community Church of Honolulu. He was a man of color who saw and believed in the American dream and  American greatness as espoused by Thomas Jefferson that we all have the right to “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”   We need Jeffersonian Israelis and I am pinning my hopes on Larry Derfner! * * The 100th/442nd RCT went on to make military history as the most highly decorated group ever for its size and composition in our nation’s 235 years of existence to date with 21 Medals of Honor and 6 Presidential Unit Citations.  They fought in the great WW II battles of “Cassino” and “Lost Battalion.”   They cracked the Siegfred Line and were the first to liberate Dachau. They fought in the Pacific as the core of military intelligence (MIS) that hastened the end of the War in the Pacific by at least a year saving 1 million American soldier lives.  * There is no historic example of a minority in a country more discriminated against that did more to prove their loyalty as native born jus soli.   800+ AJAs made the supreme sacrifice and my dad had to complete the cycle of heroism (volunteering, fighting exceedingly bravely and dying for a magnificent cause) by burying the 800+ Biblical Stephens.  No other military unit for such size and composition suffered as many injuries and deaths.   And my dad, with not a tear to shed (Old Testament justice and foreordination), was to bury all of God’s Biblical Stephens.    My dad’s mission was to follow Christ the Savior and Redeemer.  * * Israel needs to make a SERIOUS effort to recognize what the human spirit and core soul can do to rise to the occasion if given the opportunity. Palestinians are capable people and if given equal educational and economic opportunities in their native land, they can be 1st class citizens. Most Israelis are immigrants including 900,000 Russian Jews who are secular and had not been circumcised. Ironic.   President Obama was born and raised in Hawaii so he KNOWS what fair play and the Aloha spirit are all about. He will make the right decisions in the Middle East which is his prerogative and duty since we, the U.S., are financing everyone.  Enough is enough of this silly quibbling.   I vote for Derfner to lead the way to an enlightened solution.  Regards,  –KL   P.S. I am a closet RADICAL    * * * *  

From: larry derfner Sent: May 19, 2011 To: KL Ching Subject: Re: Naqba
Dear KL – You keep trying to get me into politics – you sure you’re not working for my enemies? (Joke, joke, joke.) About Israeli Arabs and military service, I wouldn’t stop them from volunteering, but it’s really wrong to ever think about drafting them – and I think 99% of them would agree. About your parallel with the Nisei – America’s war w/Japan was a one-off, Japan and America weren’t perennial enemies [Curt’s note:  What???!!!   WTF??!!],  so the Nisei could be and can be 100% Americans without any issue of dual loyalty.  But imagine if America were in a region where everybody else was Japanese, 200 times more Japanese people than Americans, divided into different countries, and America had fought wars with many of them and remained enemies with most of them  – that’s the situation Israeli Arabs are in. Not to mention that they lost their country, Palestine, to that same Israeli army in 1948  [Curt’s note:  WTF??!!   Whites overpowered minorities by a zillion times over, not a trifle 200 times!!!].  So they cannot be FORCED to join the Israeli army and be prepared to go to war against other Arabs, especially other Palestinians. It’s simply not fair to them at all, and it’s not fair to the Israeli army either, because there’s no way it could bank on the loyalty of all Arab draftees. If I were an Israeli Arab, I guarantee nobody would draft me into the Israeli army, and if somehow they did, I would not be the most loyal, devoted soldier. Talk to you later, Larry

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Larry, I actually like Leonid Levin’s views the best.  I have to think that his international reputation for mastering algorithms is a major asset in his ability to conceptualize socio/cultural issues multi dimensionally.  Are you familiar with Levin’s specialty? He simplifies the issues clearly.  John Yorke confuses me. Thanks for describing your position as a progressive by describing those to your political right and left. I see the issues as more multi dimensional and 3D than linear. I see the issue of Palestinian “right of return” muted by time.  60 years have passed and made much of the issue moot.  I equate this issue to the utter rape of the rightful citizens of America, the American Indians.  The forced removal of the Cherokee Indians from North Carolina to Oklahoma (trail of Tears) with the many deaths (5,500 of 22,000) during the forced march is one of the world’s worst atrocities. But after 150 years,  it’s too late. My in law Bernie had a pamphlet discounting the right of return that I thought was superficial (Arabs voluntarily left their homes so their homes therefore belong to the Jews).  Bernie wouldn’t let me borrow his pamphlet but I took it anyway by “stealth.”  Funny guy –like there was something to hide. * * * I agree with the infamous speech given by President Obama’s former Congregational minister at the Chicago Trinity United Church, Jeremiah Wright, who is quoted by the media as saying “God damn America.”   What the media failed to include was that Jeremiah Wright was cursing America for  1) slavery, 2) extermination of the American Indians, 3) internment of Japanese Americans in WW II.  I heartily agree “God damn America” for these specific injustices.  Fortunately my father fought the internment of the Hawaii Japanese Americans and the right for Nisei to enter combat to prove their loyalty.  This is  why I believe in Arab Israelis being allowed to volunteer for the IMF to prove their loyalty. What’s the difference between the America Nisei and the Israeli Arabs?  [Curt’s note:  None — Muslims promote obedience to jus soli/nationhood of birth just as our Nisei do — to America] * * * * Israel is  fait accompli [an established nation].  Israel should determine their own immigration policies. 4.5 million Palestinians sitting in refugee camps for 60 years is stupid and they should have been re- settled on the West Bank.  This would create a social and economic boom if Israel would invest with Western countries in resettlement and industry.  There is much room for more agriculture as the Jewish settlers have demonstrated.  Let the Jewish settlers use Palestinian labor.  Let the industrious Palestinians rise to the top of commerce and trade in executive white collar positions, as we see elsewhere thruout the Free World.   So the major difference between Larry and KL is that KL believes in full citizenship for Arab Israelis and Palestinian Israelis (what is the difference between the two?   !!!).  I am told that some of the most intelligent people in the Middle East are Palestinians. They certainly have a large percentage of doctors and professionals.  In America,  we consider them Americans and treat them as equal citizens!!  Amazing and ironic and DISTRESSING that Israeli Jews consider them as less than equal. This Jewish State has certain odious limitations and the US should be sure that Israel does NOT include treating Israeli Arabs as second class citizens.  I hope that President Obama handles this issue adroitly since I am confident that he will have the final say if he is not a wimp (see the LA Times articles that I have sent you). * * I saw you in a video denouncing Avignon Lieberman. As I suspected, you have a charming and dynamic personality that should give you a major advantage in politics. You must have had a very active “social life” when you lived in Los Angeles.  Regards,  KL

From: larry derfner Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 To: KL Ching Subject: Re: Naqba
KL: To the right of me are people who think Israel’s rights of sovereignty over “Israel proper” – Israel within the pre-Six Day War borders – are superior to the Palestinins’ rights of sovereignty over the territories Israel conquered in that war – the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza, The people to the left of me think Israel should be a Western-style non-sectarian democracy instead of a Jewish state that gives non-Jews equal rights in every sphere except immigration, which is geared to maintain a Jewish majority, and equal responsibilities in every sphere except mandatory military service, which is waived for Arab citizens. Those to the left of me also think the 700,000 Palestinian refugees from the 1947-48 war, along with their descendants – numbering at least 4. 5 million in all – should have the right to return to their old homes in Israel proper. I don’t think they have that right because the Palestinians started the 1947-48 war and the Jewish refugees from that war and previous Arab attacks (who numbered only a few thousand) were never allowed by the Palestinians to return to their homes. Above all, though, I think that giving those millions of refugees the right to return to Israel proper would be the end of Israel – there would be civil war and a mass Jewish exodus. I would support the return of a few tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees to Israel proper as a gesture, not by right. The rest should be free to resettle in a Palestinian state in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza.       —Larry
KL to Larry   —
Larry, It looks like we will survive Naqba with minimum violence.  Now if we can have an agreement signed soon with the PLA, we will have made great progress.  I haven’t mentioned this previously but after reading your views on a Jewish State and all of the opinions on your esteemed blog, I disagree with you and agree with John Yorke.  I believe in the Jewish State but I believe in Israeli Arab rights.  I understand the security issues but hope for American style assimilation as a objective.  All Jews worldwide now-a-days have migration options besides Israel.  Palestine born Arabs have rights.  Cautious optimism should be the underlying theme and I like John Yorke’s views.  I am somewhat confused with your description of your views as being “Progressive.”    Who is to the right of you and who is to the left?  Regards,    –KL

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* Hey Curt, Auwe for sending the  missive. I am la-la with Betsy Bottle .  But it is a poignant message worth repeating.  No, not Betsy.  Yet Betsy is a form of celebration – better than getting laid, right Curt?  [not if you love getting laid, which I do!!]     —-Al * * * * *______________________________________________ * * * The Old is forgotten, the New is remembered. Okage sama de [we are Now because of who came Before]. Yes, free country, we all choose different interests. Buddy Azevedo, w/only his eyes as his watchtower, has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the past. Which is why he told fellow Luso/Portuguese Walt Dods Jr. [Kohala Perreira familia; Walt’s dad was orphan of Father Louis Boys Home — now Hilo Terrace Apt. site below Hilo Intermediate School] that Buddy should’ve quit high school 4 yrs. earlier [Buddy never finished high school] because he deprived himself of 4 important yrs. of life. Yikes! Yes, everyone is different. Thence, gene pool diversity ensures species survival. Maybe we seek something metaphysical, greater than our lot, so to speak. Which brought me back to my beloved Hilo High English literature teacher Elizabeth Hawea Waia`u, daughter of longest-serving Hawai`i County elected official/auditor Harry Kaina Brown [except for D.A. Billy Beers], who was honored by Issei/AJAs for his stand-up support for them in the throes of Pearl Harbor/WWII. Hawea’s tutu kane is Haili Church’s longest-serving pastor, Stephen Desha Sr. Why Hawea? For Hawea’s love for all, high & low, in and out. Love always, –Curt * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * *

Jesus makes clear that to forgive is to forget — propitiosity

* * “And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17 “God’s way of forgiving is thorough and hearty, -— both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.”   — Leighton * A fella couldn’t get over being double-crossed by his longtime football buddy. I tell him, “Brah’, you dwell in bitterness, not in Jesus’ redemption. Choose — be loved by Jesus or your football pal? Forgive yourself, don’t blame yourself for being a fool for redemption [of embracing fully life attendant w/risks of failure-rejection-derision-scorn]. You cannot control the destiny of your football friend, but you can master your attitude about yourself, of course with Jesus’ guidance/inspiration. Heavenly Father says that to forgive in our propiosity/divine revelation actually is to forget, brah’. Your failure, your hurt, your humiliation, visualize a box cupped in both hands, put all of your unbearable/unthinkable worlds in this little box — and give it to Jesus, brah’. Release yourself, distance yourself, from these worlds inside this box, and unburden yourself to Jesus. Give it to Jesus, brah’. And just as you forgive yourself, you gonna’ be shocked & amazed how easily it’ll be forgotten. All praise to Jesus, brah’, all praise!!” And this fella then let out a long-held sigh, and bowed his head, then raised his head, with a lovely glow and a handsome smile on his face. Faith, obedience, endure to the end, in Jesus — works wonders. Remember, faith is not outcome dependent. But Faith is about attitude, of the divine sort a la Revelation. Love for now and forever, –Curt * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * *

Furay and Salevouris (1988) define historiography as “the study of the way history has been and is written — the history of historical writing… When you study ‘historiography’ you do not study the events of the past directly, but the changing interpretations of those events in the works of individual historians.”
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According to Lawrence Stone, narrative has traditionally been the main rhetorical device used by historians. In 1979, at a time when the new Social History was demanding a social-science model of analysis, Stone detected a move back toward the narrative. Stone defined narrative as follows: it is organized chronologically; it is focused on a single coherent story; it is descriptive rather than analytical; it is concerned with people not abstract circumstances; and it deals with the particular and specific rather than the collective and statistical. He reported that, “More and more of the ‘new historians’ are now trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.”
Luso translator Edgar Knowlton Jr. says that “people looking for their roots now wish they knew more about their ancestors & how life was for them. If you find out what interested them creatively, this will give them further dimension for you.”
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Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 a unique biographer — Johnson is the most-quoted English writer after Shakespeare. High praise, considering that Shakespeare is the most important historymaker over the past millennia. Johnson used anecdotes/incidents selectively [“domestic privacies”] which revealed true character.  Johnson is the father of biography.  I use Johnson’s method to illustrate character change [such as Pastor Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 going from “buddahead” J*p-beater to J*p-lover].   Johnson also is known for his aphorisms.  Like Johnson, Henry Adams 1838-1919 revealed authentic character, not cheezy pop fluff pieces. Adams influenced modernist Art Schlesinger Jr. 1917-2007, as did Tocqueville 1805-1859. William James 1842-1910 [pragmatist] & David Hume 1711-1776 [utilitarian who also influenced William James] also influenced Schlesinger. Adams is from the famous U.S. Presidents’ Adams bloodline. * *
The fluid interpretations of our greatest moment-maker Pastor Hung Wai Ching and his destiny events [genesis of Jack Kawano and our ILWU via Hung Wai’s subscription to purity/ideals of communist “everybody’s equal” in society, until Hung Wai saw the unalterable horror of despots Stalin/Mao] intrigue me to no end, with 1930s right wing libertarian historians decrying Hung Wai’s FDR New Deal format, only to have them embrace Hung Wai post-WWII after Hung Wai became Stalin’s vehement foe — in retrospect, later libertarian historians softened up on the 1930s Hung Wai by dismissing Hung Wai’s youthful indiscretion as part of Hung Wai’s spiritual walk/evolution/metamorphosis.   Such changing interpretations of past events like the attraction of ideal/pure communism to 1930s reformers like Rev. Hung Wai Ching are what historiography is all about.   I use biography genesis Samuel Johnson’s personal sequential method of “domestic privacies”  to illustrate character change, just as incisive Lawrence Stone & Edgar Knowlton Jr. above discuss personal narrative as the historian’s expression.    In literature, stream of consciousness/free association emerged via Johnson’s method. * * *

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If indeed the Island will get another representative, Hilo boundary will shift. It’ll be interesting to see where the lines will be. Have a feel that Honokaa will be cut-off from the entire Hamakua as it is now, so Nakashima will probably go further into Waimea.
That maybe puts Chang into parts of where we all are, Wainaku, Papaikou could include up to Hakalau and he may have oponents, or go south into Tsuji’s. Tsuji lives in upper Waiakea.. Heard he’s not going to run and put up his son.
One tells me sons won’t come back to Hilo.
Senate district moving South puts Kahele into Sen District 1. Would he run against Lorraine if she does the right thing & run? He lives in Waiakea-Uka, Sen 2.
He has home also in Milolii.  Kahele Abercrombie shill, no record/accomplishment.
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Senate 1 should it move South will be great as it puts all of Hilo contiguous. Makes sense. Currently it’s split at Waiakea.
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keep Sen 1 in Honokaa so Nakashima can go to Senate.
But I think it won’t happen as the shift has to go south with Puna’s movement. So my prediction is that Puna will see lots of new candidates.
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From Val Saruwatari age 68 on hunk Arnold [old far* men, knowing Arnold’s fetish frenzy for hot Latina babes, would say “Way to go, guy!” had  this not been a long decade ago — viscerally reacting to Arnold’s old age today had he copulated/procreated today  — it’s a shame His Hunkness’ body is enjoyed only by one woman, his wife, say pervs    :- 0    ]   —
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you know, some of you men are sooooo stupid! talking about arnold! some women just love celebrities, doctors ,lawyers, & indian chiefs; oh, the woman who had his child is very much happy….’hey, i got him!! i got his child!! ‘  so now, you’re happy for arnold? yea, he may have been happy sleeping with that woman, but know this, that woman is much more happier than him….getting what she wanted!!!….
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* * Western culture — everybody’s equal Bks. of Daniel/Revelation show the metamorphosis of Christianity. Just as Old Testament’s David/Noah/Abraham emoted the God of Love, so did Peter/Paul transition from Old Testament fire/ brimstone to New Testament peace/goodwill to all. Thru such sequences, we come to know that everybody’s equal before God. Which is why the hegemonic pharisees persecuted Jesus. Fast forward to William of Normandy who became King of England in 1066 A.D., who ruled via feudalism, but such baron knight crusades bankrupted the monarchy, which resulted in the Magna Carta in 1215 A.D., that guaranteed the rights of freemen [but in fact limited the King’s power to protect the rights of barons]. The Anglican Church resulted from Henry VIII’s repudiation of the Pope’s refusal to allow Henry to divorce in 1540. Of course, the “divine right of kings” creed thereafter resulted in the outbreak of England’s Civil War in 1642 & divine king Charles I’s execution in 1649. Such liquidation of divinity stemmed from Elizabeth I’s Poor Law signalling government relief for the destitute in 1601, also fueling grassroot jury trial redux [intro’d by Normans in 1066 A.D.][1670 trial of Quakers William Penn/Mead known as jury foreman Bushell’s Case that established independent jury verdicts unmoved by abusive elitist judges]. Nonetheless, our American Revolution was caused by our colonial repudiation of Monarchal economic exploitation. France followed suit in 1789 via incendiary Voltaire/Rousseau [both of whom died in 1778, right after the American Revolution]. But Marx’ seeds of communism [public’s ownership of means of production–land/labor/capital– vs. feudalism’s control by landowners; vs. capitalism’s control by investors; vs. socialism’s control by laborers] resulted in 2 epochal genocides unmatched a century ago — Stalin’s purges/Mao’s “cultural revolution” — which did nothing but concentrate power in a supertyrant/despot, destroying each society’s social progress/aspirations. USSR disintegrated via economic collapse in 1991, & Red China has incorporated capitalism to shore up its economy. Communism as precept never fulfilled itself in reality. Everybody’s equal via the American Dream, rooted firmly in antiquity via Scripture. We are reminded via Matthew/Isaiah, & via Francis of Assisi/Erasmus of our Social Gospel. Alms-giving/Divine Grace a la King David/Jerusalem 1000 B.C. –Curt * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * M. Theodore Richards 1867-1948 great altruist Ted married Frank Atherton’s 1878-1945 older sister Mary 1869-1951. Ted’s son Atherton Richards 1894-1974 lost out to the 1st non-family member to head megalith C & C, Alex Budge. Like brother-in-law Frank [Amos Starr Cooke’s 1810-1871 grandson] & Castle in-law Bill Westervelt 1849-1939 [married Samuel Northrup Castle’s 1808-1894 daughter Caroline 1858-1941], Ted Richards was among our greatest altruists/benefactors w/wife Mary’s Friend Peace Scholarship Program that bankrolled East-West exchange students. Waimea Kahua Ranch’s Monty Richards is Ted’s grandson. Immense compassionate leaders all!! –Curt * * * _________________________________________________________________________

* * * Rev. William “Bill” Westervelt 1849-1939 Bill is our foremost authority on Hawaiian folklore as translated into the English language. Bill was born in Oberlin Ohio & got divinity degree from Oberlin College, which is the only top-ranked liberal arts college w/top-ranked music conservatory [Rev. Kwan Higuchi’s daughter Kame (Kunitomo) 1899-1989 piano virtuoso is Oberlin grad– legendary Hiro Higuchi is Kame’s baby brother]. Bill came to Hawai`i in 1899 & married Carol Castle of C & C lineage. Tongue-in-cheek laugh a century ago was that Bill spent the Castle fortune on preserving Hawaiian history, to the dismay of Merchant St. mogul Castle brothers/sibs of Carol. Bill also was greatest leader of Asian-Americans/immigrants, & bestowed asthmatic C & C altruist Frank Atherton 1878-1945 w/tremendous inner fire [reprise Philippians 3:8 materialism is dung — soul is treasure — in service to Jesus] to amp up our multi-ethnic YMCA [Frank’s dad J. Ballard Atherton 1837-1903 founded our YMCA here]. Bill was huge inspiration to fellow YMCA acolytes Lloyd R. Killam 1887-1970/Billy Goat Smith 1883-1967/Wilcox ohana/John Young 1902-1990 [Killam’s understudy/Hung Wai Ching’s 1905-2002 spiritual guru]. Scotman Young says that Bill Westervelt/Frank Atherton were the good haoles among the greedy haoles [other Big 5 Merchant St. moguls]. Killam/Heco angel Les Hicks from Missouri like Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain/Sen. John Henderson 13th Amdt. germinator. Great fearless haole apostles of altruism/compassion incl. Merchant St. lawyer Charles Hemenway/ Gregg Sinclair/Art Dean/Andrew Lind/John-Frank Midkiff from Illinois, heartland of pre-WWI era business service orgs/Les Deacon/Tom G.S. Walker/Hilo’s Myron Isherwood — married Muriel Lyman of Puna/Ted Trent-Dem Party Dick’s son/ONI’s Capt. I. Mayfield/Les Dunstan/ Gordy Bowles/Charles Loomis/Capts. Marsten & Blake. Today’s top pundits who happen to be haole are Dixie Kaetsu [though hearing-impaired society considers her pushy-autocratic]/ stoic Rick Castberg [buddaheads’ messiah for Rick’s more japanee dan japanee culture- character-carriage-mannerisms]/unbelievably humble but brilliant Bob Dye/Lingle policy pro Linda Smith [whom Lingle should adhere to]/ Ian Birnie/understated politico Ken Hupp/ubiquitous Dan Boylan/history sleuth Tom Coffman/St. John incarnate Bob Crudele/hermitage Steve Christensen/soulful Don Chapman/measured Bill O’Rear/Souza familia’s Vicki Freitas. Ningen samazama — everybody’s different — variety is the spice of life. All amazing/historic figures among us. –Curt * * * ___________________________________________________________________________

* * * Indignity as test Being ignored/isolated/snubbed are tests of faith in oneself. Because skin color is the visceral gauge for acceptance by the majority race, Blacks have it hardest Stateside, & Whites have it hardest in Hawai`i. The sole constant thru the vicissitudes of life is faith in oneself. For me, love for history is everything. Not the sugar-coated social climber history of the 442 hubris-makers, but the real deal facts. The 442 65th anniversary [1943 enlistment] booklet is given to silent disciple Denise Takashima [whose employer Territorial Savings gave mementos at an earlier/another Elks fete for the 442], & Denise evokes kansha/gratitude straight from her heart [as Billy Kenoi phrases such authenticity — no bells/whistles/rockets] – Denise is overcome by the separate Midweek photo w/442 State prexy Uncle Willy Thompson backdropped by the wall of honor’s KIAs. Now, hombres, this is providential rapture — Denise gets the point – as you often find in life, it’s what’s behind the frontage that counts. Pono/chugi/heart-stopper gratitude. Love, –Curt * * *

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Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 * From: Tom Coffman * Subject: Hung Wai Ching — JANM * Dear Curtis and all fans of Hung Wai Ching and Shigeo Yoshida, * Please help spread the word in Los Angeles that Japanese American National Museum is showing “First Battle” on Saturday Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in their theater. * PLEASE TELL KING LIT! I WANT TO INTRODUCE HIM. * I have been concentrating on other things and haven’t done what I should have to spread the word. Dr. Dick Kosaki, Mildred and I will be there (thanks to Hawaiian Airlines) to talk story. * Tom Coffman * —–Original Message—– * Subject: Curtis Narimatsu on Hung Wai Ching — modern Hawaii’s greatest historymaker * From: KingLit Ching To: Children Subject: Hung Wai Ching * Curtis Narimatsu of Hilo, Hawaii, is one of Hawaii’s most unique historians/geographers. Curtis has enabled me to understand what HW meant to the Hawaii AJAs (and Mainland AJAs) in its broadest, historical context and, as a consequence, HW’s greatness as a visionary, a Christian and a humanitarian. There is no one who truly understands HW’s contributions and motives better than Curtis. I am both grateful for and humbled by Curtis’ efforts to enlighten me. Curtis is referring below to “The First Battle” DVD on the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV’s) formed by HW who were the forerunners of the 100th/442nd (you all have seen this DVD). Dad * Hung Wai Ching’s legacy [100th/VVV/442nd/Statehood/Asia prosperity] * 1. Thank you, KL! Great DVD! Uncle Willy Thompson has Hung Wai’s speech video when the VVV honored him years ago. Hung Wai had irrepressible pizzaz!! He had his boys in stitches when he said that the best part of the gala event was the cocktail opener! What a people-person! Uncle Willy, like all the 100th/442nd boys, worships this remarkable Chinaman! When Jesus said let us drink by the water, Hung Wai took that to affirm the cocktail hour! [Hilo’s Willy Okino Thompson is State 442 prexy] 2. Hung Wai’s UH mentor Charles Hemenway knew that Charles’ finest protege/understudy Hung Wai was best suited as intermediary between military-law enforcement/civilian authorities, & sole civilian advisor to military Hemenway had FBI’s beneficent Bob Shivers handpick Hung Wai to lead the pre-WWII Council for Interracial Unity. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Shivers had Hung Wai lead the Morale Committee as the key link between military/civilian authorities. Irrefutably, Hung Wai had the people skills/persuasive- disarming-charmingly infectious personality to move mountains in a blink/wink of an eye. Hung Wai had the complete backing of Merchant St. boss Frank Atherton [Big 5 godfather], who adored/respected Hung Wai. As you know, Atherton’s Castle & Cooke ohana enabled Chinese upward mobility & supported Hawai`i-bred Sun Yat Sen, father of modern China. Charles Hemenway was nearly Atherton’s equal as Big 5 oligarch, though Hemenway is regarded as the template/genesis of UH Manoa. Hemenway’s only son died tragically, & Hemenway took in Hung Wai & Shigeo Yoshida as Hemenway’s spiritual sons. 3. Yes, Shigeo Yoshida Hilo High grad/prodigy is our greatest buddahead historymaker [averted buddahead mass internment], but Hung Wai Ching is our greatest AJA enabler, way more impact than Yoshida [Hung Wai is genesis of 100th/VVV/442nd/Statehood culmination]. Not only in public altruism, but also in personal beneficence. Hung Wai is the auspicious sugar daddy to innumerable suffering souls, among them his 100th boys, for whom he secured their Ala Wai club facility. Name any local joe/jane — in some sense, he/she has been bestowed w/grace/generosity by Hung Wai. That’s why Hung Wai, a bigtime baron in his era, died broke-okole — he gave it/others his all — he gave away everything he had. Unlike his rich peers/hoarded wealth/Christian miserliness–WASP austerity, Hung Wai was the complete opposite — a Jesus sans robe/donkey/cane. Look at Hung Wai’s baby brother Hung Wo Ching [Hung Wai 1905-2002][Hung Wo 1912-1996], millionaire investor/power broker [Dem godfather Jack Burns’ financier] — Hung Wo’s name immediately flashes owner Aloha Airlines [Kukuihaele’s Ruddy Tongg, Mike’s dad, was the original owner] — Hung Wo’s name stirs awe — whilst Hung Wai’s name is relegated to the dustbin of forgotten social/political history. But yet Hung Wo’s legacy falls far short of Hung Wai’s incomparable feats/historymaking events. Minor vs. major in impact/results. Japan/China trust us because of Hung Wai [restored faith that America is not condescending vs. Asians — LBJ/Sam Rayburn (Congress bosses) always thanked AJAs for the rescue of Texans LBJ/Rayburn’s Alamo lost battalion. President Truman opened up the colorblind military as a result of unity of service by diverse ethnicities (Negroes/Asians/Latinos/etc.)]. East Asian prosperity today is a direct result of Hung Wai Ching’s uplifting of down & out buddaheads here. Love, –Curt * * * * * * Scot John Young 1902-1990 was a self-made people person — though Young’s alma maters Springfield College MA./Columbia U./Union Theological Seminary instilled “everybody’s equal,” Young was not into studies but people, which is why he came to Hawai`i at the right time [literally pulled here by YMCA director Lloyd Killam 1885-1981, director 1912-1924. Young was disowned by his father for consorting w/Chinks [his mother died when Young was 8], & though Young’s old school Scot dad was wealthy w/furniture stores, Young was outcasted by his siblings because his dad’s will premised inheritance to Young’s sibs based on staying away from Young. Young’s favorite yrs. were w/the YMCA Orientals [Chinese/AJAs/Koreans] 1924-1928, though Young’s influence had greatest impact on the later pre-WWII kids [Inouye/Matsunaga/etc.]. Oren Long/Galen Weaver came along at the same time as Young & supplanted by request the pioneer requestors Lloyd R. Killam/Billy Goat Smith/Bill Westervelt/Frank Atherton/etc. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * YMCA avatar Lloyd R. Killam 1885-1981 Missouri flavor — Yes, like Sam Clemens [Mark Twain]/Jesse Shima’s John Henderson, race inclusionist/Harry Truman/Reinhold Niebuhr, John Young’s 1902-1990 mentor Lloyd R. Killam had Missouri roots, having come here in 1912. Shunzo Sakamaki’s brother George & Aiko Tokimasa Reinecke’s older brother Davidwere Killam’s devotees. Arthur Ozawa 1877-1917 parents are gannen-mono [1868 immigration], U Michigan Law 1910, 1st AJA lawyer here [brother Yotaro 1st AJA policeman here]. Attendees at Ozawa’s funeral incl. Gov. Pinkham/James Dole. As antiquity’sTacitus said, “The principal function of history is to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten.” Rassler Curtis I`aukea’s great-grandad Curtis I`aukea I should be credited w/Japanese emigrationto Hawai`i. I`aukea was our messiah [Japan suffered major economic depression]. Lloyd R. Killam revered both I`aukea/Ozawa. * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * Enigma — Justice Robert Jackson 1892-1954  — * Bob Jackson was the last U.S. S.Ct. Justice [1941-death in 1954] not to graduate from law school [high school too]. Bob was AJAs’ biggest hero for opposing internment WWII, but his vehement anti-communism & soft-peddling on racial segregation mark him as an enigma. In the AJAs Bob saw Horatio Alger, who, like Bob, picked himself up by the bootstraps amid tremendous economic adversity. But in Blacks Bob saw acceptable White complicity to long-standing custom to keep the White/Black racesseparate but equal. And Bob’s anti-communism compromised civil liberties vs. nonconformists. It was only because overpowering tower/consensus-builder Earl Warren arm-twisted Bob to go w/the unanimous decision in Brown v. Bd. of Education just before Bob’s death that Bob relented to outlaw such humiliating/odious segregation. Bob engaged in needless sociological tests to justify his rather unwieldy/cumbersome conclusions. His inferiority complex [not law school grad] displaced his reason/mental faculty. Nonetheless, Bob always will be AJAs’ greatest hero [opposed internment]. Bob is best known as Nuremberg prosecutor vs. Nazis, & Hilo provost marshal Mickey Marcus was on Bob’s legal team [Mickey also became Israel’s 1st General/Machal][Jew Kirk Douglas starred as Mickey in an all-star cast in Cast a Giant Shadow blockbuster movie][Mickey also prosecuted mobsters Lucky Luciano/etc. before combat military service][Recalcitrant youngster Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 pled guilty in front of Provost Marshal Mickey Marcus for violating blackout law — Isamu stayed out too late to watch a movie — really!! ]. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * Hung Wai Ching alter ego John Young 1902-1990 —Yes, John Young born 1902 is Springfield College grad [YMCA][Antioch College in Yellow Springs Ohio founded by father of American education Horace Mann –Mann’s successor John Dewey is Pastor Stephen Mark’sidol]. Young/Mark were buddahead wayfinders amid the anti-J_p hysteria WWII. Mark/Leigh Hooley [Aquinas devotee — everybody’s equal] are enshrined at Nu`uanu’s Community Church, buddaheads’ divine providence/sanctuary, though Chinese. Only in Hawai`i do you find “out of race” Chinamen restoring dignity to their graven demonic foes our Nipponese. History’s blended link again goes back to Henry Opukahaia 1792-1818 [whose death inspired tremendous racial tolerance/altruism — Congregational Central Union Church/etc.]. * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * From KingLit Ching born 1936 on oral history interview of KingLit’s Dad Rev. Hung Wai Ching’s baby sister Bessie born 1908 Hi Bonnie, Aunty Bessie, Thank you so much for the fine effort to produce meaningful details about the lives of the Ching Yei family in Hawaii at the turn of the Century.  We are so fortunate that Aunty Bessie is  lucid at 102 to give us a firsthand description of the life of the family which will be captured in Tom Coffman’s book.  The lives of the first immigrants to Hawaii are a landmark because they mark the transition from the old world to the new world.  All succeeding generations are American born and have assimilated.  We are no longer Chinese.  Put a sack over our heads and no one can tell we are of Chinese ancestry.  Look at my grandchildren and they are all “hapa” (mixed). These stories are a legacy for us and our children.  They tell us about our roots and who we are. History with its adversities and opportunities are true life lessons.  Hopefully these are lessons that set an example for us to emulate to become  better citizens of the world making meaningful contributions.  Fletcher, Philip, your mom has described your activities and she is rightfully proud of you. Thanks for helping on this project.  Regards,  King Lit * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * *

  • Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 — our greatest modern wayfinder

    KingLit Ching born 1936 is Hung Wai’s oldest child.   I am in touch with KingLit in Santa Monica.    Hung Wai is 2nd generation Chinese, whose roots are from Community Church
of Honolulu [Nu’uanu].    Hung Wai martyred for Christ partly because Hollywood handsome/tall Hung Wai [like 6 footer son KingLit] beat up the tallest Jap [excuse the epithet] on the block in Hung Wai’s native Emmaville tenement.   KingLit is our child angel of Christ.   Hung Wai turned Hung Wai’s life around via Leigh Hooley/Stephen Mark/John Scot Young of Congregational & YMCA roots [Nu’uanu YMCA a block away from Emmaville tenement].

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  • County Council removal of funding to prosecutor/police to comply with lowest law enforcement priority over small amount of mj possession??

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The 1857 Dred Scott case which held that Negroes were not citizens showed the judiciary’s erroneous political objective — to settle the status of slavery in the territories, and in effect reinforced the North’s fear of southern planters & riveted the case for aboliton.  Judges are not by nature good politicians, and judges’ views about what is politically expedient are often wrong, as history shows in Dred Scott’s case.

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Jesus comes to transform people into their whole and authentic selves — Pick up your Cross and Follow Me

* Ahh, to transform into something larger than our failed selves, such that Faith is not egocentric, not outcome dependent. So that when one listens to another regale of Jesus’ blessing, remember that nine times out of ten, outcomes are not what we desire, inasmuch such “blessing” may be among the rare 10% counted as positive results. Such failure/shortcoming are our test of Faith, that Faith is not outcome dependent, but contingent on our total complete surrender to Jesus, and obedience in Him, with Faith in Him to endure to the end.   Our unction/Holy Spirit directs our inner resolve quietly yet vigilantly. When John the Baptist sorrowed over Jesus’ failure to see John the Baptist in prison, John the Baptist being held captive to be beheaded/decapitated, John cried out why hath the Messiah forsaken John the Baptist??!! To which Jesus intoned via missive to John the Baptist, “Blessed are those who take no offense in Me.” Luke 7:24    And “blessed are those who hath patience in Me.” Matthew 19:14 The dearest phrase among devout Christians is that evoked by John the Baptist, “He must Increase, and I must decrease.” John 3:30 Of course, when John the Baptist was martyred, Jesus declared, “Hath no greater man walked the earth than John the Baptist.” Matthew 11:11 As brilliant sage Steven Kalas born 1958 says, Jesus comes to transform people into themselves. Their whole and authentic selves. Jesus doesn’t say, “Pick up my cross and follow me.” He doesn’t say, “Help me carry my cross and follow me.” He says, “Pick up your cross (the cross that is uniquely your own life) and follow me.”   Matthew 16:24 * * * ___________________________________________________________________________

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Go after true love — go for it!!

Go after true love, why be alone and lonesome? Go for it. Be real, be authentic and loving and intimate and nourishing. We are not meant to be alone, not when there are good people filled with positive hearts and souls. Look at the Parables, which take up one-third of our Bible. The Parables say that when you least expect it, God shows up!! Lookee here, Someone shows up!! Of course, one’s walk in Faith is paramount. This is a treacherous walk, because we sentients are broken.  But it’s a tragedy if we live out of our brokenness, instead of beyond it. We decide to have the courage to be loved and likewise, that we/I want to love and cherish, till eternity. This is the righteous path, to endure to the end. Wishing is easy but senseless.  I choose life.   And the boundless joy which comes with it. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * *

From tremendous sage Steven Kalas born 1958 –

Nope, I don’t help people be OK with being alone. I invite them to embrace their longing for matedness. To dig deeply into it. To feel every bit of the ache. To let that deep longing become a team of powerful horses, pulling their hearts and lives into the future with vitality, intention and authenticity. As to bracelets which read “What would Jesus Do?”   Steven states — Psychology, as a whole, is a lot friendlier to religiosity than widely thought. Both Freudian and Jungian psychology, for example, are useful models for inquiring after the measure of healthy religion. Or unhealthy. C.G. Jung especially was compelled by what he observed as the “religious instinct” — the drive inside every human heart for transformation and wholeness, the instinct to reach for some paradigm greater than self as the only real path for finding a whole self. Yes, Jung agreed, inside every human heart is a personal archetype of the divine. Jews might call this the Imago Dei (the image of God). Jung, reflecting his own Western culture, called it the Christ archetype. But Jung issued a stern warning: Thou shalt not ego-identify with the collective Christ archetype. That’s fancy psychoanalytic talk for “thou shalt remember thou is not God.” Next, the theology … In baptism, God does not call folks to be Jesus. Neither has God called a Christian’s best celebrity impersonation of Jesus. God calls the inititate. The unique person. What Christians imitate in Jesus is not Jesus. They imitate the way Jesus was willing to be wholly and authentically Jesus, even at the cost of reputation, family and eventually his own life. Jesus does not come into the life of a Christian pilgrim to transform him/her into himself. No, he comes to transform people into themselves. Their whole and authentic selves. *

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* Earthly agents’ greatest inspiration is Jesus, who leads in all ways, including but not limited to these Truths –  1)  Do not be ashamed of who you are, because God is not ashamed of you, inasmuch we are all children of God — no one ever  is forsaken;  2)  retribution is not part of our God, inasmuch our God is not a punishing God — our God suffuses Grace/Love evermore — thence, do not do the same thing to the abuser/perpetrator which wrongly was inflicted upon you by such abuser;  and most important  –   3)   no one has God on you — you have a direct line/link to God. Valeries  knows that God’s Grace canopies us all, and Grace is unmerited/unearned, so humble/submit ourselves to God’s love for us all.    Nothing is so unbearable so long as one submits to God, so that we are grateful for everything. Thence,  agents feel that anything is better, not worse, vis a vis the hand that is dealt, so that agents humble themselves and are grateful for everything.  Ultimate  blessings are that  Grace is God’s love, and we forgive as well as entreat/beseech for forgiveness from others in our helpless mortal/deficient condition. What’s the higher truth is time-tested resolution to mortal challenges, to make peace with oneself, and to submit to God, to the very end.   A true agent’s pulsating line is “What do I know?!”   The greatest of all spiritual leaders always keep check of their strengths/weaknesses via this query. Tabula rasa [no preconceived notions] mark one’s openness.   Christ agent 1) processes 2) integrates one’s experiences into the point of being here/in the Moment, so to speak.  Recount one’s legacy of sharing Joy.   Right now.   And be grateful!!!  Christ agents are so authentic/real.   Agents show up as no other mortal does!!  Christ agents surrender to Jesus in this  indifferent world.    They devotes their lives to such commitment.    What defines Christ agents  lie right here,  at this very instant, in their Faith in Jesus. We all fall short. Remember this. We all fall short. Most unfortunate.   Again,  most unfortunate. Grace is the key, per 1 Corinthians 10:13.      We are NEVER in a situation where we have NO other choice but to sin.    God does NOT tempt anyone.    We grow in His Holiness.     God allows Grace sufficient to endure and triumph over terrifying adversity. We abide by faith in Him, and trust in His Sustaining Grace.    Daunting adversities endured by mortals, strengthened by the Grace of God. Religion is terribly dangerous territory to tread, because our deepest sentiments, lovely and unlovely, reside here. Our deepest! Nonetheless, this uncertain journey, however seemingly fraught with terrifying peril at times, is our walk with God, in whom we submit to His Power, no matter the results here on earth. No matter, because Faith is not outcome dependent. God’s power is about eternal life and eternal happiness. These are God’s power. No matter what happens to us on earth. * As great sage Steven Kalas born 1957 intones,  choose a view of the world that matches the beauty and the power of your empathy.   An elderly husband chides his elderly wife incessantly in the supermarket about making sure to buy whole wheat bread, and not white bread.    Two aisles later, the husband looks at the list and notices aloud they’ve yet to find chewing gum. The wife, eyes feigning utter sincerity, says, “Maybe they have whole wheat gum.” Hubby makes as if to scold her, and walks away muttering with a smirk, then a smile. Truthfully, he’s flattered. He admires her moxie, that she won’t take crap from him, even when he’s technically right. He needs for her, to let him know he’s a little full of himself, a little pretentious.   Her intimate ironic comment keeps them close together. As always before and hereafter. Love conquers all [fear].    The power of love. Love never dies, now or hereafter! If you are given a choice, choose redemption over bitterness.    Pololei/righteous.    –Curt

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* * * Let’s look at a man who was nicknamed, “Barnabas.” His name means “Encourager,” “Son of Consolation.” His real name was Joses, or Joseph. * Barney means “Son of Encouragement — Son of Refreshment.” When people are around you, are they refreshed? * The Apostle Paul never forgot what Barnabas did for him. Paul knew what it was like to be received because he knew what it was like to be rejected. He wrote “Wherefore receive you one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). Barnabas was a load-lifter. A Friend-finder. Do you have a sacrificial friend (not based on cost)? A selfless friend (not based on condition)? A steadfast friend (not based on comfort)?    There’s fear. A mentor comes alongside and says, “Hey, I believe in you. I believe in the grace of God I see in you and through you.” Barnabas: Burden-bearer, Friend-finder, and Bridge-builder.    Life’s little things are the biggest rewards in God’s eyes. * God is the God of all consolation, and encouragement (2 Corinthians 1:3). You’re never more like God than when you are encouraging people. * * **************** * Credit Val Saruwatari age 68 for promoting Dr. Charles Stanley http://www.intouch.org/* * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * * * * * * Kay Yokoyama is classmate of Lily Chow born 1927.   George Yokoyama born 1926 HCEOC well-heeled gov’t trough baron is Kay’s brother.   Kay born w/silver spoon in mouth Kukuau St., mom Hongwanji nihon gakko teacher, dad among 1st Japanese realtor brokers in town.   Kay always felt herself regal/entitled, not a Mother Mary in the manger by any stretch of the imagination.   Brother George a habitual Vegas gambler.   Lingle goons Ching/Sam Aiona defrocked George of HCEOC reins before giving HCEOC $l million dollar surplus funds, but George on parttime payroll just the same.    George images as sullen dark Filipino revolutionary, but in fact is the opposite — Sophia U. Japan commerce degree/well-heeled career boss at HCEOC/etc. * * * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen rips into Bill Gates for Gates’ money is god greed/avarice. Remember, that iniquity/odious nature still is changeable to good, no matter the roots, so that conceited Gates still has a chance for redemption. Gates’/Buffett’s philanthropy are tax-driven, unmistakeably, so that Gates must transform in his deepest recesses of himself/his soul to get the point of love one, love all. **** Gates improves the quality of life via cyberspace/compu-chips. Warren Buffett deals in paper/stocks, loyal investor unlike corporate raider T Boone Pickens. Buffett redeeming as person, Gates ruthless [Sherman anti-trust vs. Gates’ Microsoft], though Gates’ high tech knowhow advances our quality of life. * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * Warren Buffett is a semi-warm nose investor [took on hedge fund younger pundit Todd Combs for succession, inasmuch Buffett’s family not successors — Buffett’s squeeze not a plus for intact family], & is knocked for buying railroads/McDonald’s, but Buffett sees resale value in real estate of railroads/McDonald’s. Thence, Buffett’s penchant for paper/hedge funds diversifies into real estate, esp. after fall of Wall St. 2008. Cold nose investors incl. unredemptive corporate raiders Pickens/Boesky/etc. [James Stewart’s book Den of Thieves][in contrast, credit/junk bonds-credit default swaps pro Milken’s prostate cancer drove his cancer research to benefit him/humanity; Keating national version of Ron Rewald]. Enron/Madoff/Rich purloiners.    But biggest thieves are legal self-enforcers Goldman Sachs & Wall St.’s supposed regulators [ask the fox to guard the chicken coop, which is totally insulting to foxes & chickens] ergo Geithner. * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNSF_Railway#History * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkshire_Hathaway#Succession_plans * Buffett, like Teddy Roosevelt, doesn’t believe in inherited wealth, which results in sloth. Hilo’s dentist Guy Rapoza a Creighton U acolyte of Omaha’s Buffett. Private megalith, as opposed to publicly traded gang, is San Francisco’s Bechtel [no need to accomodate shareholders even though publicly traded gang has more disposal money, but corporate raiders pillage public outfits], Bechtel’s politicos being Reagan’s gang [Shultz/Weinberger/Meese/etc.]. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * There was a time as recently as 20 yrs. ago, as finance whiz Harvey Tajiri born 1944 says, when our legislature could secret overbudgeted monies into a hidden special “rainy day” fund to counter subsequent budget shortfalls. Such sneaky/deceitful & treasonous bad accounting practice has since morphed in the past 12 yrs. into legal itemized department surpluses via overfunding which we see today — the name of the game still is to cover up lousy fiscal governance, whether on the State or County level [as you see with Mayor Kenoi’s voodoo economics shill fooling of our County taxpayers/constituents with many millions of dollars lost in a disappearing act which is designed to feign responsible budgeting]. * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * Richard Pablo Chinen 1919-1991 supported our 1st full-blooded AJA for mayor 1959, Democrat Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006, after Pablo’s GOP boss mayor Jimmy Kealoha 1908-1983 became our State’s 1st elected Lt. Governor. So when Kealoha’s boy Lofty Cook beat Tanaka, Chinen was out of a job at P & R & went to work for the Hawaii Islanders as PR man. Lofty wishy washy like Winkie Chong, & Lofty often sided with 3 Dems on old Bd. of Supervisors – Hale/Iku Hisaoka/Eppy Yadao, instead of 3 GOPs – Osorio/Chong/Greenwell. Democrat Bob Yamada tried to get Elroy Osorio born 1924 to run vs. Osorio’s hanai aunt GOP Margaret Kaaua for County Clerk Statehood, but Osorio considered it heresy & declined. Elroy is contrite about running vs. Lofty for mayor 1964. * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * *

Dedicated to Edmund K Hiram

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Dear Ed: Thank you very much for your wonderful kindness and expression. I now blog at Hawaii Net Daily.com for erudite and classy publisher Mike Aiello. I enjoyed immensely my time at Big Island Chronicle, but its editor banned me permanently along with incisive commenter Peter Frost for commenting on its editor’s hissy fit tantrums which pre-empted newsworthy reporting, such as when I commented on its editor’s coddling of a journalist who defamed Keoki Kai born 1965, incl. insinuating in a false light Kai as a serial litigant. Its editor earlier on the surface slammed me for using a racial epithet against my own race, even though my point is that Nikkei are not known for beneficence, compared with the Polynesian spirit of acceptance, love, and tolerance. The slam really was because I was accused by its editor of driving away advertisers. Sheez, political shibai/euphemism to induce advertisers via sugar-coated placebos, not to mention its editor’s political spoils system for fellow undeserving journalists/PR specialists. * *

Thank you again, Edmund K Hiram. I’m very grateful to you for your beautiful compliment.
Encouragement such as from Edmund K Hiram fires one’s imagination and creative innovation, which raises cultural awareness/level, instead of the usual fare of so-called know-it-all full-of-themselves journalists such as the one I commented on at Big island Chronicle who use their medium as a vehicle to accumulate status and power.
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Kazuo Miyamoto M.D. 1897-1988 Kaua’i native, WWI doughboy, interned WWII [Honolulu Sand Island] because of his professional articles published in Japan in the 1930s.   Maui natives Milton Murayama born 1923 and  Uchinanchu Jon Shirota born 1928 copied Miyamoto’s life story from birth to death sequence/ style.   I’m glad you’re reading Miyamoto, because he typifies the oldest 2nd generation [nisei] Japanese American creed imbued by the immigrant 1st generation [issei] of “giri ninjo” [serve humanity].   The post-1920 born 2nd generation nisei [the bulk of our 442nd riflemen] were inculcated w/the later creed from aging immigrant issei parents of “kuni no ta-may” [serve our country — U.S.],  more to the point about patriotism/nationalism to U.S. [to counter “Can’t ever trust a Jap!!” epithet]. Thanks for reduxing “Hawaii, End of Rainbow.”   It is a masterpiece by a fella/Stanford alum who really suffered during WWII [like Hilo engineer Futoshi Frank Arakawa 1891-1977 Stanford alumnus our public works dept. honcho who greeted Japan navy to take them to Volcano sightseeing 1930s, Arakawa locked away Stateside never to return to Hawai’i]. My method is father of biography Samuel Johnson’s approach centuries ago — domestic privacies which feature key incidents/events/epiphanies of a person’s life, such as Rev. Hung Wai Ching’s martyrdom to our buddaheads [genesis of 100th Batt./442nd riflemen], because he was haunted by his youthful testosterone beatings adminstered by him vs. the tallest Jap kid on the block in tenement/shantytown Emmaville [today’s Royal School district], Hung Wai being the Bruce Lee of his generation a century ago.
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But, watch what happens when you take your motives for fidelity and “rewire” them to self-respect. Suddenly, fidelity is not first a promise made to your mate; rather, a promise made to yourself. It’s not first a gift to your mate, but a gift to oneself. It makes you into the husband/wife you most respect. Suddenly, living your values becomes strangely mercenary, and, I would argue, eminently more powerful. ****A warning: there’s a downside, a real tricky balance in the work of self-respect. I have learned to nurture a healthy suspicion when I become too strident, too righteous about that value.**There’s a line between self-respect and simple, childish pride. It’s a fine line. Easy to cross. Way too easy for me, anyway. And I cross it at my own peril.* * * ** When the human ego conscripts the language, the work and the costume of self-respect, you start to feel really good and right about discarding people from your life. And then you can know that you were right, because you don’t have any friends at all. * * * ** Self-respect and self-importance — not the same at all. But they can feel the same. * * * * _______________________________________________ * * * * With my ex-girlfriend’s birthday behind me now, instead of my feeling depressed because I’m not able to celebrate her birthday with her [she dumped me], I rewire my love for her to embrace my selfless desire to want to celebrate her birthday — I embrace my loss as recognition that I love [someone] and desire to be loved still today, no matter life’s twists/losses/indifference. This is not egotism/narcissism, but recognition of loss in love, not loss of love [for another]. Nor is this a “hopeless romantic” downgrade, but hope and joy and eternal optimism in the fact that I love and I desire to be loved, no matter the loss [of the matedness of the person I desire to spend my life with]. These are how I change my feelings from despair/discouragement/ disappointment/depression/desolation — to repair/re-courage-ment/re-appointment with how my destiny unfolds-reveals itself ergo metaphysical fate/impression of finding positive meaning in life, no matter indifference abound/re-lation to connect with something finite or infinite to love and be loved in turn [in connecting with self-absorbed Ruth Fujimoto’s un-absorbed Nippon world travelers Megumi and Fumi, both single & a decade younger than me, my journey is in the asking — what is the meaning of life/what is your legacy if any — and the answer is in the sharing — the most beautiful gift of all — the sharing — of one’s deepest feelings and desires and choices and hopes and fears — just asking the right questions manifest the beauty of this walk in this life — the path and choices of comfort and connecting-networking-togetherness-matedness — even in a most stretched out way of one’s imagination-positive attitude-approach — the joy of being with another/sharing both friendship of the deepest degree and fear of the most uncertain future-sort-ambiguity-paradox]. The gift of sharing is climactic and joyful-enthralling!! Pololei/right-on. For me, my answer rests in our Polynesian-Hawaiian culture of welcoming/acceptance/adjustment which is NOT outcome-dependent, of a Faith indescribably mind-blowing which is not conditional/contingent, but instead loving and completely unconditional in its embrace-adaptation. This is my walk, my hunch is in the direction of our Polynesian/Hawaiian aloha, true but a cliche- euphemism to a casual look, but the spirit of our native culture — spirit of the islands, so to speak — not outcome-dependent Love for now and for always [thanks, Ronnie Milsap, for this figure of speech]. — aloha, — Curt * * * *** Per Maurice Tunnel, getting dumped/breakup is the death of possibilities, a future full of promises & plans during your happier days together, so that it’s crucial to mourn/bereave the death of possibilities. * * * * * * ______________________________________________ * * * * From erudite & wondrous Steven Kalas born 1957  — * Marital conflicts tend to break down into two categories. First, is The Authentic Grievance, some quid pro quo injustice, betrayal or otherwise dereliction in the relationship. If you’re milling about at a party, and you step out onto the back porch to see your spouse French-kissing another person, then you probably have an authentic grievance. * * ** The second category of marital conflict is lesser-known. Which is odd, because I’m convinced it’s the bigger of the two categories. I call it Failure to Respect and Negotiate Differences of Type and Temperament. Instead of respecting and negotiating inherent differences, we bicker about the “right” way to attack housecleaning. The “right” way to feel and think. The “right” way to express love and receive love. The “correct” definition of a fun vacation. The age-old feud regarding the installation of toilet paper rolls. (It’s installed with the paper coming over the top. I have spoken!) * * * ** Listen carefully to your marital arguments. They feel so righteous. They sound so righteous. You’re convinced that your confrontation of your mate ranks with Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington. You are taking a stand for all that is just and true in the universe. * * * ** Except that it’s not “the” universe you’re defending. It’s “your” universe. * * * ** There’s a sure “tell,” a way to know that you do not have an authentic grievance; rather, you have a failure to respect and negotiate differences of type and temperament. That’s because, if you really step back and pay attention to what you are saying to your mate, it comes down to this: “Why aren’t you … more like me!” * * * ** Go ahead. Imagine saying it out loud: “Why aren’t you … more like me!” Embarrassing, yes? Painfully arrogant and entitled. If you’re laughing right now, that’s a good sign. It means you can feel healthy shame, and that’s important for growth and healing. And three cheers for your mate if he/she looks you square in the eye and delivers the one and only correct response to your condescending confrontation, that being, “Because then one of us would be unnecessary!” (For bonus points, feel free to murmur “doofwad” under your breath at the end of this sentence.) * * * ** The decision to respect and negotiate differences in type and temperament loosens my grasp on my neat and tidy and generally blind-as-a-bat universe, and invites me out into a much more roomy and creative universe. Specifically, into the actual universe. The universe in which I belong. The universe in which you belong, too. And, thankfully, in truly belonging, it becomes a universe that does not have me at its center. Or you. * * * ** It’s not just marriage. These two types of conflict abide in all important human relationships — friendships, families, at work, in politics and in love affairs. We argue and fight and “dig in” to self-righteous positions like a puffed up toad under a rock … when we should be learning about ourselves, about others, and then negotiating respect, joy and freedom in the myriad differences of type and temperament. ** * * * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * What Billy Kenoi miscues is that journalists are not “impression management” PR specialists.   In fact, they’re opposite.  IM PR specialists push for the most advantaged image, contrary to journalists who sleuth for the FACTS.    IM PR specs don’t exist, because Billy overlooks that private sector folks far outnumber public sector folks, Billy ends public sector furloughs despite our bankrupt condition, Billy tries to sell Hamakua lands despite our lowest market conditions, Billy tries to give work/political spoils at the taxpayers’ expense via Billy’s no-tie in on bond floats w/project costs, among other things to enhance his re-election effort,  Billy engages in voodoo economics via his slush fund to amplify political spoils, etc.    And Billy & his Yes men blame Dominic Yagong for all of Billy’s ill-gotten spoils [bloated & shibai budget/taxpayer slush fund/favored friends avaricious gain].   Do Billy’s so-called PR team members stand up to Billy?   On pain of getting hung up on over the phone, NO! * * * * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * God never wants us to suffer, but Nature’s course/suffering is our growth in God’s Holiness as we draw closer to God. The experience of loss/pain/ suffering do not shape us, but instead our response to such loss/experience shape our fate/destiny. We don’t choose misfortune, and we have the agency/choice to decide how we react in turn to these sad circumstances/ events. Loss/crisis offer up our transformative change/catalyst to growth, as we impel beyond our ego limitation and then transcend our self- inflated vices. Our deepest loss/ suffering teleport us to a divine ‘aina where we shorn our illusion of our own power/egocentrism, and in this netherland we decide whether to condemn ourselves to misery/self-loathing, or to forgive ourselves for our failed human condition/hamartia [maybe well-intended but miscued just the same]. Yes, the death of the egotistic self conceives the birth of the new self of extraordinary beauty and sensuality, and we do not consume ourselves with the fear of loss as a cop-out to deny us and others our desire to love and to be loved. * * * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * Truman’s seizure of steel mill industry 1952 — Truman 1884-1972 disdained the Taft-Hartley Act [over his veto 1947], & did not invoke it to seize steel mills [essential for munitions Korean War], esp. since Truman’s gripe was vs. steel bosses, not unionmen. Neither did Truman use Conscript Act to seize mills [too cumbersome for “buck stops here” Harry]. Against Truman’s legal advisors/experts, Truman invoked executive power to seize mills. Executive power only granted in cases of great national emergency so long as Congress has not expressly denied such power, such inherent power derived from the aggregate of powers under the Constitution & necessity of compelling executive action in dire circumstances/emergencies. Key is that Korean War not declared by Congress [just as w/VNW-Iraq War]. In contrast, Presidential seizure/eminent domain of private property in wartime upheld under military powers [Art. II sec. 2]. In event of insurrection/invasion, President may deploy military vs. enemy, foreign or domestic, w/out waiting for Congress’ declaration of war per separation of powers doctrine [Prize cases 1863 upheld Lincoln’s seizure of vessels/cargo of foreign neutrals/southern planters per Lincoln’s EO to blockade southern ports during Civil War]. Korean War/VNW/Iraq War come under ambit of this amorphous distinction. Which is why most legal experts counter that Executive Power has wiped out any semblance of Congress’ War Power [via separation of powers doctrine — to keep in check the executive authority — to avert “king does no wrong” tyranny]. John Yoo Korean born 1967 amplifies nazi/Mengele mentality that king does no wrong — Yoo concocted excuses to ratify waterboarding [Guantanamo Bay]. Yoo’s imperialism triggered counterpoint to Bush’s tyranny. Yoo’s guru is German Nazi Carl Schmitt 1888- 1985, who promoted imperial exceptionalism [Hitler as commander in chief correctly heedless to legislative/international law-treaties]. Deadly mix of oppressed people [Korea subjugated colony, Yoo’s mentality] & master race [Nazi supremacy–Schmitt’s mentality], springing concoction of false god [above the law, in the name of der fuhrer] to save the teeming masses [Korean slaves]. Fasi bought 60 busses when Weinberg/Rutledge couldn’t break their impasse, via executive power authority, per advisor pundit Paul Devens, eventually upheld sans cost loss to Weinberg, not loss of profits. Far cry from Yoo’s/Schmitt’s waterboarding nazi tyranny. * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * *

“Is my heart too much for you to bear?”

To paraphrase palpable Emily Dickinson….

The mind is so near that it does not see distinctly.    But the heart sharpens vision with life.    Is my heart too much to bear?

Aloha always, –Curt

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* * ________________________________________________________________________ * * * BEAUTY OFTEN COMES FROM THE BROKEN PLACES STEVEN KALAS HUMAN MATTERS * “Pop, am I broken?” * I’m doing dishes, and the question catches me off-guard. Out of context. I turn, hands still in the sink, to see my eldest son, Jonathan, standing in the doorway. I offer him an expression of unknowing. He points at the huge bandage on his right eye. He is convalescing from his fifth eye surgery in three years. He asks again, “Am I broken?” * My boy has Marfan’s syndrome. Named after Antoine Marfan, a French pediatrician, Marfan’s syndrome is an inherited genetic disorder of the connective tissue. A dominant gene encoding a protein. It has deleterious effects on vascular smooth muscle development. Luck of the draw. A random outcome of throwing the genetic dice. It happens. People with Marfan’s are tall. Long arms. Long fingers. Long legs. Absurdly ectomorphic. Once I learned about the disease, it was obvious, in retrospect. When Jonathan was born, it was like unfolding a ventriloquist dummy out of a suitcase. All arms and legs, with a boy attached. I just thought he was skinny and tall. But, in the early spring of his eighth-grade year, he walked up to me one morning and simply announced that he could see out of only the bottom half of his right eye. This time of morning, I expect “Are we out of Pop-Tarts? … Have you seen my shoes? … Do you have my lunch money?” But not, “I’m blind in one-half of my eye.” Two doctors later, he was in surgery that night. His retina had spontaneously detached. It missed his optic nerve by a gnat’s whisker. The surgeon treated him like a man. Told him gently, clearly, but firmly, that this surgery might not save his sight. I have no idea where Jonathan found the grace and courage to absorb this news. His first lucid words upon awaking from anesthesia were simply, “Will I be able to see?” He spent two weeks horizontal, face down, on a massage table. And still, nobody knew what was really going on. The surgeon said that some people are just born with thin retinas. In the fall of Jonathan’s senior year, he underwent a routine physical for basketball. There was an irregularity in his EKG. Now a referral to a pediatric cardiologist. One echocardiogram later, and Jonathan’s days in contact sports were over. His aorta was dangerously enlarged. Now everything began to string together. Now it all made sense. He took it. He stood up to it and with it. He marched on. Grieving, yes, his dreams about basketball, but somehow managing it all. Tonight is the first real fracture in his noble armor: “Pop, am I broken?” * Now I understand his question. I move, wiping my hands on my pants, my heart breaking as I step toward him. And, you know, sometimes, for reasons I don’t understand, something takes over in the human heart. And just the right words pour out of your mouth. “Jonathan … everybody’s broken. Everything is broken on this side of the grave. Nothing is completely as it ought to be.” Indeed. Chaos relentlessly stalks the everyday sensibility of order and meaning and sanity, looking for a place to sneak in. This is the human condition. The nature of creation. Sometimes airplanes crash on your house while you’re barbecuing in the backyard. Sometimes tires blow, and cars, one moment speeding blithely toward a family vacation, are now upside-down in the median with broken and injured people inside. People die. Children are exploited and abused. Sometimes your most heroic efforts to love someone are not enough to make them stay. And sometimes one stupid protein sitting on the wrong helix makes your retinas fall off and enlarges your aorta. * And then the rest of the words come. They pour out of my mouth as if dictated from a source way wiser than me: “All I can promise you, boy, is that, if you’ll endure, the most beautiful things in life come from exactly those broken places.” * He stares for a moment, incredulous. And then he does something he hasn’t done since he fell off his bike when he was 7. He lays his head on my shoulder and cries. Heaves his grief. I feel like Atlas, holding up the Earth. * Jonathan exchanged his heroism for another, deeper heroism. He leaned into his grief, his brokenness, and surrendered. For you see, that is the only way to make a path for the beautiful things to emerge. The most beautiful things in life come from our brokenness. I promise you. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * On Presidential power, Guantanamo, & accountability, “executive imprisonment has been considered oppressive and lawless since John at Runnymede pledged that no free man should be imprisoned, dispossessed, outlawed, or exiled save by the judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.   The judges of England developed the writ of habeas corpus [produce the body] largely to preserve these immunities from executive restraint,” per Justice Robert Jackson over 65 yrs. ago.  Yet, in most cases historical backdrops are difficult to find.   “Just what our forefathers did envision, or would have envisioned had they foreseen modern conditions, must be divined from materials almost as enigmatic as the dreams of Joseph was called upon to interpret for Pharaoah,” per Jackson.  Thence, originalists/nazis Scalia/Thomas conjure up their own deluded bases.    As Justice Breyer explains, in ensuring core elements of procedural fairness, but also allowing the President to tailor enemy combatant proceedings to alleviate their uncommon potential to burden the President at a time of ongoing military conflict, “rather than leaving a future executive administration free to act as it wishes, as the Korematsu [WWII internment case] Court did, our [Guantanamo] cases counsel caution — the President must take account of the Constitution as interpreted independently by the Court — in this sense, in the Guantanamo cases — the law held [firm for liberty/freedom from oppression].  Appropriate to abide by our decision, no matter that unpopular minorities are protected by the Constitution, reflects 200 years of American history.  The public’s acceptance cannot be taken for granted.   It must be transmitted through custom and understanding from one generation to the next.  With Guantanamo, this hard-won custom of acceptance was strong enough for the Court at a time of crisis, to exercise its distinctive power of judicial review.  We defined liberty-protecting limits, and the law held [core elements of procedural fairness include the right of a citizen-detainee (classed as enemy combatant) to receive notice of the factual basis for his/her classification, & a fair opportunity to rebut the Government’s factual assertions before a neutral decisionmaker, albeit tailoring amid ongoing military conflict to use military tribunals/weakening hearsay rules/applying pro-government assumptions].”   A workable Constitution which hopefully entails a nation which has confidence in the Court, popular or not, rests on federalist Alexander Hamilton’s postulate that judges don’t make the wisest decisions — but because lodging such power elsewhere [President/Congress]  to execute on Constitutional requisites is even more dangerous!!   An omnipotent President [the sword] becomes totalitarian/an absolute dictator/perverted tyranny.   An omnipotent Congress becomes frenzied with popular impulse, especially with its purse on other branches of government. The judiciary has neither sword nor purse, thence being the weakest branch of government — but this very impotence/neutering allows our courts to ignore political pressure, not being answerable to the military [President][Obama’s hamartia weakness vs. Petraeus] or to sovereign bigotry [Congress vs. foreign nationals/aliens].     As Benjamin Franklin implored, when asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created,  “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * He kehau ho’oma’ema’e ke aloha  [love is a cleansing dew — love is what we live for] ‘Ukuli’i ka pua, onaona I ka Mau’u [tiny is the flower, but it scents the grasses around it ergo eveb an otherwise insignificant act of love can move mountains!] Ula ka hoi [the hoi vine grows ergo love has unlimited capacity for more love] Hahai no ka ua I ka Ulula ‘au [the rain follows after the forest ergo your destiny will reveal/unfold itself to you — enjoy & relish it!!] I Mohala no ka lehua I ke Ke’eke’ehi ‘ia e ka ua  [the lehua blossom unfolds when the rains kiss it — encourage/nurture/sustain others in love] Mai ‘ena I ke kanaka I laka aku [do not dismiss a person who is into you ergo kindness/humbleness/Grace — we all have fragile hearts — love one another as God loves you] * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * From my greatest inspirations and dearest loved ones, Keoni/Lukini Andrew born 1942/1943 Dear Curtis: Luedeen [Lukini] and I [John/Keoni] have been thinking about you a lot. We speak of you often as our great friend in the Hawaiian Islands. We teach a missionary sunday school class for our stake and rely often on our experiences and special times with you in proselyting throughout the area. We truly miss you and love you so much. It is our great honor and blessing to have you as a dear friend. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Forever Friends Luedeen & John Andrew (The missionaries) ***** Inasmuch my dearest sui generis incomparables Keoni/Lukini are back permanently in Salt Lake City, Utah, so has Destiny taken a hand in directing that we who have been so lucky to have experienced such impelling kindness and love suffused by our dearest Andrew inseparables, do in turn share their greatest gift, of God’s everlasting joy and compassion, with others. Heavenly Father’s Hand of Fate guides us with almighty Grace and comfort, just as I might add at the moment, a Sarah, reminiscent of original matriarch Sarah — gentle heart, soft touch, tender quiet sensuality — has a most treasured gift, the gift of sharing — of kindness and of hope, with everyone. ** This Sarah here and now is reposed and nuanced, and at the same time so blessed of care and compassion for others, reserved yet encouraging with an inescapable energy, while always modest to a remarkable degree. ** In this Sarah, I have laid eyes on Abraham’s unmistakeably authentic and pure exemplar of immeasurable love. ** I have witnessed Providence. ** Actually, I have had the greatest honor & pleasure in bearing testimony to two contempo Sarahs, one 7 months ago & the next 4 months ago — celestial & pure — of Pepe’ekeo, & of Volcano — north & south in site/geography, yet ubiquitous & extraordinary & unifying in love and soulful accomodation — love one, love all — manifest & wonderful exemplars of Universal Truths. Pray tell, incredulity to be so utterly lucky & fortunate to experience Divinity in incarnate Sarahs today. Amazing Grace. * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * From ohhh-so-loving Steven Kalas — Human beings are created for relationship. Without you, there is no meaningful “me.” How I experience my life is, in the end, inseparable from how I experience you. Or, said another way, the only me worth knowing is the me who is in relationship with you! ** Said yet another way: We’re here to learn to love and be loved. That’s it. Every other dimension of life — job, money, golf game, emptying the kitchen trash — is only important as it serves the end of how and why you are related to others. I know this because I spent years working for hospice. Dying people never revel in (or regret) how often they vacuumed. They revel in (or regret) who they became in meaningful relationships! ** I think about this every time I laugh wryly about the runaway train of narcissism that is my culture. Emerging in that too-often cultural cartoon known as the ’60s, and continuing to this present day, the driving question was a pursuit of identity: Who am I? Like most everyone, I rode that runaway train for years until it became obvious the train track was a spectacular dead end. Again, human beings are built for relationship! This is where meaningful identity is grounded. I changed my driving inquiry from “Who am I?” to “Whose am I?” And that changed everything. ** Not who I ought to be, how life should be or could be, and open myself to the experiential reality of who I am and how life is in this exact moment. Or, as a Gestalt therapist once said to me, “There are only two relevant questions: ‘Where am I? and, What time is it?’ And the correct answers to those questions are, respectively, ‘I’m Here, and it’s Now.’ ” ** An overstatement, yes, but I got her point. ** “Opening a gestalt.” We mean by this a spontaneous moment wherein the whole of a human being is radically open and present to the wholeness of a life experience. ** We can’t decide to open a gestalt. It happens apart from our will. It’s not a choice; rather, a happening. An in-breaking. Gestalts bend time and space. At once do gestalts frighten and fascinate. ** Falling in love is a gestalt. Acute grief is a gestalt. Profound awe is a gestalt. Comedy can open a gestalt. The wonder of nature. Authentic joy. Physical suffering. Religious experience. Terror. Great art form — music, dance, sculpture, paintings. Intense anger. Sex is a gestalt. Passionate oratory can open a gestalt, in individuals or sometimes entire nations, for better or worse (see the public addresses of Adolph Hitler). ** The ability to be radically open to the wholeness of the human experience has rich benefits. An open gestalt can generate vitality and more personal freedom. It invites greater authenticity. Some are keenly in need of a gestalt. One way to think about emotionally gridlocked marriages is to see the marriage as desperately in need of a gestalt. ** When gestalt happens, it feels like standing before an altar, but closure is just as important if not more important than opening it. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * God never wants us to suffer, but Nature’s course/suffering is our growth in God’s Holiness as we draw closer to God. The experience of loss/pain/ suffering do not shape us, but instead our response to such loss/experience shape our fate/destiny. We don’t choose misfortune, and we have the agency/choice to decide how we react in turn to these sad circumstances/ events. Loss/crisis offer up our transformative change/catalyst to growth, as we impel beyond our ego limitation and then transcend our self- inflated vices. Our deepest loss/ suffering teleport us to a divine ‘aina where we shorn our illusion of our own power/egocentrism, and in this netherland we decide whether to condemn ourselves to misery/self-loathing, or to forgive ourselves for our failed human condition/hamartia [maybe well-intended but miscued just the same]. Yes, the death of the egotistic self conceives the birth of the new self of extraordinary beauty and sensuality, and we do not consume ourselves with the fear of loss as a cop-out to deny us and others our desire to love and to be loved. * * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * Wu may be translated as not have or without; Wei may be translated as do, act, serve as, govern or effort. The literal meaning of Wu Wei is “without action” and is often included in the paradox wei wu wei: “action without action” or “effortless doing”. The practice of wu wei and the efficacy of wei wu wei are fundamental tenets in Chinese thought and have been mostly emphasized by the Taoist school. The aim of wu wei is to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium, or alignment with the Tao, and, as a result, obtain an irresistible form of “soft and invisible” power. The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose. Wu Wei has also been translated as “creative quietude,” or the art of letting-be. This does not mean a dulling of the mind; rather, it is an activity undertaken to be the Tao within all things and to cultivate oneself to its “way.” * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * ** Subdivisions in the Wai’alae, Kahala, and Hawai’i Kai areas were built on lands leased from Bishop Estate [today’s moniker/acronym Kamehameha Schools — KS]. ‘Aina Haina was leasehold under the Hind Estate. Niu was leased by the Pflueger-Cassiday interests. * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * Do you know that Pastor Hung Wai Ching’s right hand man for the UH ROTC boys who were shorn of their firearms because they were re-classified as enemy aliens by being Nisei/2nd generation AJAs WWII– was none other than Papa’ikou native son Ralph Yempuku 1914-2002, whose Hongwanji minister dad pre-WWII went back to Japan w/family in tow except for oldest child Ralph?? Ralph Yempuku is synonymous w/VVV [ROTC’s euphemism Varsity Victory Volunteers led by Hung Wai Ching’s Atherton Y acolyte Ted Tsukiyama born 1920, still razor sharp, Yale law grad but impudent/petulant/A-hole arrogant like his post-1920 born AJAs who got high school diplomas, thanks to DPI/DOE chief/savior Oren E. Long 1889-1965, Kansas Granger rebel], & Ralph Yempuku is synonymous w/A-hole Kinzaburo Fred Makino’s Hawaii Hochi newspaper. Aloha, –Curt * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * Hi KingLit — Masaji Marumoto’s legacies include that Masaji was the peacekeeper between the Nisei civilians & martial law authorities via Masaji’s role in leading the Nisei Emergency Service Committee, w/Masaji reporting directly to your dad Hung Wai. Masaji also was our 1st Nisei to be on a state level highest court & on a Big 5 board of directors. No, Shigeo Yoshida had little if any contact w/fellow INTROVERT Masaji, like you described as a psychoanalyst. :-) * * * _________________________________________________________________________ * * * From 1st buddahead merchant Kuni Suzuki’s grandson Harry Quini: Really enjoyed reading Curtis Narimatsu’s comments about Hilo-no-Kuni. I am the last surviving grandson of Suzuki Kuni (later called Quini). My grandmother was from Azores [Portugal]. Both my grandparents died before I was born, my grandmother in Hilo and grandfather Kuni in Tokyo. My father Joseph Quini, born in Hilo in 1891 came to Japan around 1915, experienced the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and became a Prisoner of War of the Japanese on Dec. 8, 1941 and managed to come out alive in August, 1945. The descendants of Suzuki Kuni’s first Hawaiian wife, have retained the KUNI name and live throughout the Hawaiian Islands, whereas the QUINIs all settled in Japan. Aloha! * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * 18:1-6 Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits. Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ——————————————————————————– Mark 10:15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” ——————————————————————————– Luke 18:17 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” * * * __________________________________________________________________________ * * * Of course, our missionaries were domineering/well-schooled/clannish [like our post-1920 born AJAs], who promulgated the Puritan doctrine that earthly wealth was a sign of God’s favor/blessing [like our latter-day AJAs]. Still, they differed from non-church capitalists [C. Brewer/Theo Davies] in that they retained a sense of Biblical duty to aid the social outcasts [unlike our status tripper AJAs], albeit negatively called benevolent paternalism. Our missionary progeny oligarchs C & C, A & B, AmFac [literal steal from German National Hackfeld confiscated as enemy property WWI], & Dillingham diversified, vs. pure capitalist C. Brewer/Theo Davies, which slid by being solely sugar industries. Brewer liquidated, & Davies was bought out by global giant Jardine [yes, Luso line]. Of course, plantation village sites were feudal in order of power priority, from the haole manager’s home at the top of a crest/rise, down to the Luso overseers, & descending in literal elevation to the ever-smaller homes of the non-haole immigrants by date of arrival — Chinese/Japanese/Puerto Ricans/Okinawans/Koreans/Filipinos. In Thurston’s Republic of Hawaii, the voting trinity consisted of the blocs Hawaiians, Portuguese [who were Occident/Iberian], & haoles. Still, for the GOP oligarchs who made up just 2% of our population, Hawai’i was a genteel outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture. And yet still, our Issei immigrants who came by Piehu Iaukea’s negotiations starting in 1885 apparently were inculcated w/Japan emperor Mutsuhito’s [Meiji dynasty, “Hito” reign, 1868 to now] 1890 edict on education, to-wit, a minimum 6th grade base standard required by Meiji Japan. Of course, in some instances such base was not met, being that most of our immigrants were parochial peasants from rural southern Japan, away from the northern industrial/modernized urban sites. Nonetheless, our Issei emphasis [till this day] on education stemmed from Mutsuhito’s edict [to modernize Nikkei]. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Contrary to conventional thinking, Alfred Mahan 1840-1914, genesis of our modern Navy/seapower evangelist, & Mahan’s disciple Teddy Roosevelt 1858-1919, actually respected Japan seapower, & never regarded Japan as inferior. But unlike polyglot Hawai’i leaders, Mahan/TR exhorted that Nikkei “virile qualities” [tenacity/never-say-die] made them incapable of assimilation in America. Our missionary progeny in Hawai’i promoted assimilation. Of course, today’s revisionists brand assimilation as cultural genocide. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Hung Wai Ching’s contacts w/military-industrial complex — Hung Wai’s relationship w/Northrop’s boss had Taiwan incessantly shouldering up to Hung Wai. Amazingly, like Scrub Tanaka, Hung Wai never profited off such power/patronage/control. By sharp elbowing away Taiwan’s enticement to riches, Hung Wai smartly rebuked making a “pact w/the devil [of being captive].” Like Scrub 1915-2006, Hung Wai 1905-2002 died austerely. But his heart was richest in altruism/bounty. BTW, just to let you know the magnitude of moolahs here, to date Northrop is the 3rd largest DoDefense contractor 16 billion dollars p/yr., exceeded only by Lockheed $22 bill./Boeing $21 bill., both top 2 also pals w/Hung Wai. Geostrategy — Camp Smith Pac nerve ctr., which was Hung Wai’s back yard. Like Jesus, Hung Wai had an unimaginable sense of disarming his “enemies” [ergo Gen. DeWitt/Gen. Delos Emmons/DoD John McCloy-Henry Stimson/etc.]. Hung Wai our winged angel from up above. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Hung Wai Ching had much more impact on society than Mike Masaoka — Hung Wai 1905-2002 catalyzed the conscript 100th as infantry attack unit instead of ancillary service unit. Hung Wai catalyzed the formation of the enlistee 442 on the template of the 100th. Mike Masaoka 1915-1991 advocated gestational idea of “suicide battalion” [bushido/honor] but it was crystalized by Hung Wai a year before via the 100th. Mike’s thrust was the draft/conscription, hence the loyalty oath. False revisionist Sogi got it all in reverse. Mike’s post-WWII victory was the 1952 Naturalization Act accepting Issei as U.S. citizens. Hung Wai’s post-WWII victories consisted of Truman’s military racial integration//penitent Earl Warren’s Brown v.Bd. of Education decision 1954/Ike’s nascent Civil Rights Act/Hawai`i Statehood/post-Statehood prosperity/restoration of U.S.-Japan relations/prosperity/genesis of U.S.-China relations culminated by Nixon’s visit to China [last year’s China Olympics vicariously was seeded by Hung Wai’s indescribable pathfinding in America] . Hung Wai’s proven record also far surpasses Jack Burns’ changing of the political/social order. Of course, “Moses” Mike Masaoka’s results pale vs. Hung Wai’s. Hung Wai’s economic impact in Hawai’i is surpassed only by Dan Inouye’s solon longevity as of 2009. Worldwide, candidly Hung Wai is the reason for Japan reconstruction/recovery. Japan restored trust in America via Hung Wai. Chou En Lai, extraordinary China internationalist [vs. despot Mao], reduxed Chou’s respect for America via Hung Wai’s unspeakable valor/destiny-making. “To serve others” is upbringing. Hung Wai’s poverty-stricken past turned out to be his positive life lesson. Hung Wai served others [Japs/Yobos/Pinoy/etc.]. Masaoka served AJAs. Hawai`i was melting pot, Masaoka’s Utah was white potato soup w/Japanese corn. Their childhood geography were their destinies. History is replete w/exemplars of supreme self-sacrifice. Civil War’s Boston 54th Regiment/our African-American Buffalo soldiers/Tuskegee airmen. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * From: KingLit Ching [Hung Wai Ching’s son, born 1936] Subject: Same drummer? [No, Masaoka for AJA/Hung Wai was internationalist] Curt, Could one make the case that Hung Wai and Mike Masaoka were listening to the same drummer by exhorting AJAs to go beyond the call of duty despite serious discrimination and violation of their civil rights to demonstrate patriotism by volunteering for combat in WWII? What is the basis of this mindset? What are the historical examples of similar efforts? Usually a minority group fighting for rights looks solely to its own interests; not to sacrifice their lives for a higher good (idealistic view). — KL * * * ________________________________________________ * * * 100th Batt. non-AJA Young Oak Kim [LA Korean] —- Young Oak Kim is our 100th Batt. Paul Bunyan, yet his men figured he dared death like Kazuo Masuda, always upping to go on mission/increasing the odds of his boys getting killed. Young Oak would personally recon w/out his helmet, just his winter cap. Yikes! When Young Oak was asked why he joined the samurai 100th, he figured they had something to prove, so why not? * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Look at the word bayau, Latin derivation for geography/lowland. Bishop Stephen Alencastre, our 1st local Catholic Bishop, born in Madeira, raised in Wainaku, is our greatest ancient Portuguese/Luso. His mother’s maiden name is Bayau. When Nel Doi disparaged Ben Menor as a “bayau,” Nel meant primitive/backward, supposedly denoting that coastal natives wear nothing but a leaf over their privates. Luso say mamod, not bayau. Strange twist. Boa noite, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Duresse oblige — bear the heavy cross of prejudice vs. Luso/Portuguese, is what Bishop Stephen Alencastre 1876-1940 had to endure, especially via immigrant Japanese folk songs about the abusive Luso Lunas. Ethnic prejudice follows immigrant arrival timelines, such that Luso oversaw Issei/Japan immigrants, inasmuch Luso came in 1878, & Issei came in 1885. Chinese immigrants came before the Luso, starting in 1850. Luso were the designated White Lunas/bad guys, so to speak, vs. the later arrivals Issei, not the Chinese. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * A way to cope w/adversity? When vagrants shuffled thru the center aisle in church to be blessed by the pastor, a young Roy Kim was aghast & wondered, “Who are these bums?!!” Of course, many years later Roy figured that Jesus was testing/challenging Roy via Jesus’ vassals, so to speak, namely the vagrants, to see if Roy was true to Matthew 5/Isaiah 58 [blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth]. So when an un-photogenic/unsightly person is ignored, or worse, given a baleful glare/stink eye, ask, “How do Jesus/Buddha/Muhammad have me overcome my ego/vanity?” By retaining self-worth via continued appreciation for life/making every moment count for something good, so to speak, whatever it may be — as Greer Garson said, to look toward the positive/cheerful — basically, to have a good attitude a la Norman Vincent Peale/Dale Carnegie. So that no matter how acute is the adversity, faith in yourself will pull you thru for the good, not for the bad [as in depression/hopelessness]. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Hopelessness/anomie?? Durkheim’s notion of suicide partly has to do w/loss of contact w/positive people in one’s life — an isolation into depression, so to speak. Which is why restoration of self-worth via proto-religion [“Jesus is testing me, challenging me to overcome my ego/vanity”] is a good way to keep faith in one’s virtues/self-image. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Which is why, when asked, a person who had none but Jesus, so to speak, to pull one thru an insurmountable conflict, such person’s fidelity to Jesus is unbreakable even by diamond-tipped tractor claws. Unbreakable. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * So let’s say you don’t get a response you hoped for, you got turned down, or ignored, or humiliated, ask, “this is Jesus’ oddball treasure/earthen vessel, testing/challenging me, how do I overcome my vanity/ego??” * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Eric Hoffer 1902-1983 was our longshoreman philosopher who chafed that our left wing kids/counterculture were living in extended adolescence/arrested development. Hoffer advocated 2 yr. compulsory national service [like Peace Corps] after high school to have these kids grow up, so to speak. UH pundit Rick Castberg born 1941 advocates the same thing. My niece’s hubby Jaime Nicholson reminds me of Eric Hoffer, a loner [like Maslow’s transcendent avatar] steeped in pragmatism. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * So when a person doesn’t say thank you when you open the door for the person, or doesn’t acknowledge you when you let the other driver proceed forward instead of you, a way to cope with such rudeness is to say to yourself rhetorically, “Okay, here’s Jesus testing me again!! How do I overcome my vanity/ego?” * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Yes, flowing Luso lingua/language of romance account for expressive Luso projection, which is why the classical Luso narrative is long & winding, as in road, via Beatles’ great song. Which is why you experience long drives by Frank De Luz/Wil Souza/unrelated to Wil J.R. Souza, the effusive Luso narrative part of their culture/storytelling heritage. Bom dia, –Curt * * * ________________________________________________ * * * I dedicate this inscription to G. A. & little Frank Calvomatta, who died in the arms of Father Louis at Father Louis’ home for orphans and indigents nearly a century ago [Frank is buried in our Catholic cemetery by where Hilo Terrace Apts. are today, site of Father Louis’ Home for the Blessed][when Father Louis embraced child Frank in Louis’ arms, little Frank opened Frank’s eyes & sighed, “I am happy to see you, Father,” smiled weakly, & closed his eyes for the last time on earth, at which point Jesus’ angels gently lifted child Frank from Louis’ embrace & placed little Frank in Jesus’ embrace] — “Always encouraging others, such an unspoken hero who served well humanity and God. ” * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Blowin’ in the Wind [Dylan]?? The answers are right there, in front of you, blowin’ in the wind. In epigrams, brevity is key. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Loyalty?? Angelo Dundee on his boxer Ali: “I was with Ali in the beginning. I’ve been with Ali in every circumstance and condition, and I want to be with him in the end.” * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Loyalty?? Joe Louis on Louis’ handler/coach Jack Chappie Blackburn: “Oh, they say I’ll forget Chappie’s death as time goes on, but I know different — and Chappie’s greatest teaching?? The trick of balance, and most important, of balance if I missed [striking the foe]. He spoke so plain in a simple way, and didn’t point out my mistakes like a show-off in the crowd. So he went downstairs away from the crowd and he put on the gloves to show me how to correct my mistakes. That was real teaching.” * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Inverse respect from the older mentor to the younger mentor [usually it’s from young to old]? Virgin Islands’ Pop Miller [boxing trainer of Tiger Flowers & Ray Robinson] on Charley Goldman [Marciano’s trainer]: “I spend hours teaching fighters how to block and slip a punch. Charley Goldman is the one trainer I see do de same t’ing. When I see that, I know he not just good cut and corner man. I know he knows his business.” * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Machiavelli 1467-1527 was a secular precursor to the Scientific Revolution, dispensing with the so-called divine right of kings, and like his fellow Renaissance peers, his views focused on political governance and power. Scuttlebutt is that Gov. Waihee appointed Ron Moon as S.Ct. CJ to get Waihee appointed as decadent-rich BE trustee. No religion here, just plain practical alleged political scheming. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Thomas More 1478-1535, Machiavelli’s peer, was an English humanist Christian, and like fellow peer Dutchman Erasmus 1466-1536, More was a happy hedonist who promoted all-around well-being of humanity as the highest Christian ideal. More’s book Utopia and Erasmus’ book In Praise of Folly were springboards to today’s Norman Vincent Peale 1898-1993 and Dale Carnegie 1888-1955 about the power of positive thinking/projection. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Jamestown Virginia 1607 was the 1st permanent English colony in what is now the U.S., Anglican mainstream English vs. our Mayflower separatist Pilgrims/Puritans 1620 at Plymouth Rock, which resulted in abolitionist New Englanders & pro-slavery Southerners [allied with the English trans-Atlantic slave trade triangle from England to Africa to America]. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * The propagation of the slave trade started with the West Indies sugar planters to provide sweetener to new-fashioned naturally bitter tea/coffee/chocolate some 400 yrs. ago. British slave merchants made up the bulk of Europe’s slave traders. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * The Divine Right of Kings was accepted as an article of faith, no pun intended, in Catholic countries [Holy Roman Empire], as a source of royal authority & power, but defied in Protestant countries. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Irony is that the British did not prohibit the inhumane treatment of slaves [e.g. breaking up of intact families], whereas the Spaniards did, owing to earlier slave trade experience by older colonial powers like Spain, which recognized that violent disruptions such as at slave markets, inhibit free trade. To the Brits’ credit, British abolitionists eventually persuaded Parliament to ban slavery in 1807. Of course, cotton exports to England from our southern planters, grounded in slave labor, continued unabated till our Civil War 1861-1865. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Slave trade provided cheaper goods/huge seller profits, backed by government mercantilism/imperialism for raw materials, & then by free trade markets [after Adam Smith], all plundering off free slave labor. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * The Plague actually sped the end to serfdom via peasants’ increased leverage as essential laborers because of their reduced numbers/population. But in the U.S. slavery [individuals as chattel/property, not even as peasants/serfs] flourished unabated by earlier Occident/European tragedies. The cotton gin & the seed drill, on top of the spinning frame/textile automation/steam engine, fueled demand for cheap cotton picked by American South slaves. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * John Wesley?? His decision to use lay preachers split his Methodists from the Church of England [Anglicans/Episcopalians]. Rousseau’s “Emile” about education as innate curiosity/freedom to think & not coercive lessons, & French laissez-faire theorists, along with the great Voltaire, all had a hand in the battle cry of liberty, equality, fraternity in the storming of the Bastille in 1789/overthrow of the French Monarchy. Of course, independent jury verdicts owe their virtue to English Quakers William Penn/William Mead in Bushell’s Case [for jury foreman Edward Bushell] 1670, George Fox founding his Quakers by rejecting formal church structure & emphasizing direct contact with God. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Audacity?? France lost its Alsace-Lorraine regions to Germany via the Franco-Prussian War. Revanchisme/revenge became the rallying cry among the proud French. So when famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt was asked to name her fee for her appearance by a Germany theatre manager, she telegrammed, “Alsace-Lorraine.” Yikes!! * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Oh, Tadao Okimoto 1919-1993 was Jack Burns’[1909-1975] closest friend/confidant, closer than so-called “sparrow” originator/predacious Bob Oshiro 1924-2008, closer than Mats Takabuki born 1923, closer than Bert Kobayashi 1916-2005, closer than Burns’ master strategist Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006, closer than Butch Castro antecedent Dan Aoki 1918-1986, closer than Gerald De Mello antecedent Mike Tokunaga 1920-2005. CLOSEST CONFIDANT. Why all buddaheads here? None other than Teddy Roosevelt 1858-1919 bought nearly 100 copies of the 1905 book “Bushido: The Soul of Japan,” after Japan beat Russia in the Japan-Russo War of 1905, Bushido evoking mind-blowing loyalty to one’s leader. This indescribable sense of devotion to our Great White Father Jack Burns is unparalleled in our social/political history. No one even comes close to Jack Burns in literal filial piety by the Nisei for him! He IS our Great White Father! Jack used to stay at Tadao’s sparse Onomea village home when Jack first organized the New Democratic Party in 1946 [Kanaka Johnny Wilson’s Old Democratic Party dismantled when Kanaka Johnny’s right hand man Dr. Ernie Mitsuo Kuwahara 1899-1983 was interned WWII]. 442 boys Lefty Kuniyoshi 1921-2007, Rusty Kamimura born 1923, & Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 were the quixotic 3-some who plowed thru the countryside for Burns/Okimoto. This is what Tadao Okimoto had to say about Gerald De Mello born 1943: “Clean, pure, always willing to listen and learn.” About Butch Castro: “Gerald’s friend, always there to protect Gerald.” About BJ Leithead Todd: “Strong roots, great learner, we [society] need female leaders like her, who can work with others, and not just be on her own [like Patsy Mink/Helene Hale/Jean King/GOP Pat Saiki].” * ***** * Okay, Tadao had his son Ken born 1952 & I attend President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration 1976 election, since both Ken/I went to separate schools in D.C. at that time. Tadao knew about BJ Leithead Todd via BJ’s older adopted brother Scotty born 1949, who was John Ushijima’s ace prodigy. Tadao was pro-labor & respectful of Ushijima, who was Najo Yoshinaga’s [born 1919] acolyte, Najo being Jack Burns’ ace campaigner from Maui. Tadao loved Scotty, who was not a wheeler-dealer like Ushijima. Neither was Najo prodigy Wayne Metcalf born 1952, Wayne also being Ushijima’s younger devotee. Tadao did not live to see BJ win elected office 1996. Tadao would’ve been ecstatic to see BJ as an elected official. Everything BJ did would’ve pleased Tadao to no end. In Tadao’s eyes, BJ would’ve been the pure solon vs. backroom dealers like Jimmy Arakaki/Steve Yamashiro/John Ushijima/Najo Yoshinaga. To Tadao, primarily they were businessmen [like Tadao himself post-WWII, who was rewarded by Great White Father/Oyabun Jack Burns with the patronage Wailoa Visitor Ctr. director position]. If Tadao were alive today, Tadao would be thrilled at BJ’s accomplishments as solon [major highway construction/altruism] & administrator [ergo, gated community foe in philosophy]. I knew Tadao from when I was a kid at Papa’ikou Kalaniana’ole School [Tadao’s son Ken’s classmate]. BJ got to know Tadao much later. Tadao would be so proud of BJ today. I should know. I knew Tadao like you neva’ see before. * **** * See, Tadao’s son Ken born 1952 sometimes got too talkative/loose-lipped among haole alter egos of Ken, who happened to be Jack Burns’ understudies/acolytes from Honolulu. I got disenchanted with the autocratic regime of these fellas, & felt more comfortable on my own. Tadao never understood why I wanted to be a loner, but it had to do w/his son Ken’s loose lips. Nonetheless, I was a good sport & helped Ken w/Ken’s book project about Hamakua Coast about 10 yrs. ago [Tadao’s aura lives on via King Sugar contacts, namely ibaru/conceited Scotch Kurisu’s son’s publishing connection]. Tadao titillated over the audacity of symbolized youth, which is why Tadao went bananas/ga-ga when Tadao found out that Judge John Sirica [Nixon Watergate tapes] talked stories [Joe Louis!] with my Latino classmate from Texas & me when we sauntered into Sirica’s offices amid the frenzy of news reporters covering Nixon’s tapes [which were there in Sirica’s safe]. Sirica just wanted respite from the world, is my opinion, as to why he motioned for us 2 kids to come into his personal chambers. No, Tadao’s son Ken was prepping for Georgetown Law in 1974, not there at Sirica’s offices, where my friend & I wanted to see what the ballyhoo was all about. So this is the Tadao who embraced BJ Leithead Todd 1986-1993, Tadao eternally a good joe. But again, the only 2 Burns stalwarts who NEVER made a penny off of patronage were Scrub Tanaka & Scrub’s baby brother in charge of manpower for Burns’ campaigns, Mits Tanaka 6 yrs. younger than Scrub who died just about the same time as Scrub. Both brothers died austere/as simpletons, so to speak, testament to their devotion to everyday folks/the teeming masses. I should know. Uncle Mits lived/died 200 feet from me. * * * _____________________________________________ * * * Oh, the island of Hawai’i makes or breaks the election results, which is why Jack Burns/George Ariyoshi/etc. were Governors. Which is why Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 organized the neighbor islands, primarily our most populated island of Hawai’i, for Wilson’s nascent/primordial Democratic Party, which came full bloom as Wilson went senile [though Wilson was O’ahu mayor till 1954 thru proxies Takaichi Miyamoto of Maui/Herb Kum here] post-WWII via ferocious Jack Burns 1909-1975 & devotees Tadao Okimoto 1919-1993/Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006. Aloha, –Curt * ** * Oh, Uncle Mitsuomi Tanaka 1921-2007 is the 442 color guard flag bearer in front of President Truman when our 442/100th came home, & Truman told our boys that our boys fought enemies on 2 fronts, Hitler/racial prejudice vs. U.S. Nikkei, & WON! Ask the kotonk/Stateside Nikkei who won respect for kotonks — the 442/100th, not the war resisters [no-no boys] who fought a losing cause vs. the just as tainted racist legal system. * * * ________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Hilo High football center Seikichi Miyashiro 1929-1992 was the 1st prepster from our Territory selected to the All-American prep squad, in 1947. Our Territorial prep hoops MVPs from Hilo High were Kojac Hayakawa 1931/baby brother Mullet Hayakawa 1934/Ah Chew Goo 1936 — all Froggie Yoneda 1907-1985 Lincoln Wreckers/Kazuma Hisanaga 1937/Wendell Rocha 1939 [not Red]/Hideo Yoshioka 1944/Minoru Yamane 1945/Herb Gunner Sumida 1947/Al Manliguis 1948/Louis Hao 1953. Of course, Red Rocha born 1921 was cut/eliminated from coach Beans Afook’s dynasty teams [Afook 1900-1991 coached 13 yrs. & won 10 Territorial titles, record of 192 wins/15 losses for .928 winning %, highest ever nationwide for career length, garnering Chicago’s Sports Trail Century Club Award 200% over its requisite baseline of 100 wins in 1950] because like Bill Russell of Oakland prep roots, Rocha grew 10 inches from 10th grade to 12th grade & “my body was going in all different directions” [clumsy], per Rocha’s own words! Still, till this day Rocha seethes under his breath that Beans cut him, to the point where Rocha refused to peck Beans’ sweet widow Liz Kuali’i Afook on the cheek when Rocha/Beans were honored a few yrs. back as sports immortals, even though Liz was wheelchair-bound from Hale Anuenue Care Home to accept the posthumous award for husband Beans. Rocha credits Walter C.K. Victor 1904-1975 as Rocha’s hoops inspiration [Rocha’s St. Mary’s middle school coach], & like St. Joseph High 1958 MVP Eddie Bento, Rocha went on to be a 2-time NCAA1 All-American [at Oregon State], Bento garnering fame at Loyola 1961/1962. Of course, Rocha/Bento were a stone’s throw away from each other in Hilo’s Villa Franca, & Rocha went on to be an NBA all-star/NBA titlist member/NBA coach of the year, all before he went on to coach our Fab Five of Bob Nash & co. ** Yes, Red Rocha’s mama’s baby brother is 1st NFLer [along w/teammates from St. Louis High/Dayton U./NFL Dayton Triangles] from Hawai’i Augie Cabrinha 1902-1979 [teammates Sneeze Achiu/Sam Hipa] 1926-1927. Red’s/Augie’s Cabrinha familia/ohana from Honomu. Thence, Honomu [lots of Portuguese like Honoka’a] produced our 1st NFLer/NBA’er from our Territory, & our 1st major leaguer from our island, Onan Masaoka. Masaoka’s kin is Honomu’s Rich De Sa, Japan pro baller. * * * ________________________________________________________________________________ * * Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 was Jack Burns’ numbers cruncher, who could predict election outcomes to the decimal point. Scrub knew every voter’s preference in every district. Scrub’s tabulations preceded cyberspace, & were more accurate because of Scrub’s personal knowledge of each voter, something a computer does not measure. After Scrub bowed out from active leadership when Burns died in 1975, Scrub’s fascimile Norm Tsuji 1924-2005 [Scrub was jealous of Norm because Norm gave Burns “diverse” feedback, something a great leader like Burns desired][Scrub derided Norm as the chauffeur/driver only, not a thinking man like Scrub][unbeknownst to Scrub/Scrub’s sounding board Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, Jack Burns had Norm Tsuji come to see Burns couple of times a year from Miller St., the backdoor to Washington Place, the Governor’s residence][unbeknownst to Scrub, GOP espanol Joe Garcia of Maui, then Hakalau, also would see Burns on legislative updates from the GOP end]. Scrub only knew that Scrub’s bosom buddy, Yasuki Arakaki 1917-2005, would see Burns often just as Scrub did. Of course, Tadao Okimoto 1919-1993 remained Burns’ closest friend, above & beyond politics/the strategic fray. This is the same Tadao Okimoto who would be stoked out today in everything BJ Leithead Todd has done!! Aloha, –Curt * ** * To complete the thought, after Scrub bowed out from active leadership when Burns died in 1975, Norm Tsuji succeeded Scrub as the numbers cruncher/soothsayer. No one has succeeded Norm Tsuji. Scrub/Norm knew each voter in each district. Norm/Ben Menor 1922-1986 trekked thru the plantation villages 1962 to garner Jack Burns’ inaugural win as Governor. Ben Menor was Burns’ 1959 Big Isle campaign chief, & Scrub always denigrated Menor as less than ferocious [Menor had tremendous equanimity/magnificent composure, something rival Eppy Yadao 1925-1966 would take issue with, both Yadao/Menor vied for judgeships]. Nel Doi born 1922 lambasted Menor as bayau. Doi is an ingrate, all ego, no heart. My dad, whom Doi coveted [Dad was 442 Silver Star], dismissed Doi as a 442 wanna-be. But Dad’s baby brother spiritually, 442 Skinny Hagiwara born 1921, was Dad’s bosom buddy, even though Skinny had the misfortune of being Doi’s campaign chief [both Doi/Skinny were Honoka’a childhood pals]. * * * ______________________________________ * * * Yes, I know, Ken Okimoto’s booklet on “Exploring the Hamakua Coast” was all about the Japanese/buddaheads, not the other ethnic groups. That’s Ken, not me [despite tongue lashes from “anonymous” about my racism vs. Portuguese/Butch Castro, so to speak]. Okay, BJ Leithead Todd, being the magnanimous/extraordinary stoutheart she is, might well come to Ken’s defense sooner or later. This exemplifies BJ’s love for all, as peacemaker/consensus builder. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * BJ Leithead Todd mentioned Megumi Kon in assisting BJ in 1996, her inaugural election [BJ never lost a race] as County Councilor. Hiroshi Scrub [for tiny buds, Scrub being horticulture guy, though Scrub huge size for Nisei] Tanaka 1915-2006 collaborated with exceptional leaders like Megumi Kon/Edgar Torigoe/Toshi Serizawa in formulating Scrub’s vision for society. Clearly, BJ Leithead Todd was part of Scrub’s vision, of upending what Scrub perceived to be Mayor Yamashiro’s star chamber consisting in part of Roland Higashi/Harvey Tajiri [though Roland/Harvey mortal enemies]/Jimmy Arakaki. Scrub instinctively knew that BJ born 1952 was not part of Yamashiro’s cabal, so to speak, though Yamashiro had offices w/Scotty Leithead’s [Scotty is BJ’s older adopted brother] mentor John Ushijima 1924-2006, leading all to feel that BJ too was part of Yamashiro’s “hood,” so to speak. Scrub knew such not to be the case. What disappointed Scrub about BJ’s tenure 1997-2003 [BJ resigned to be corp counsel when her hubby Steve lost his patronage job w/Lingle’s win as Governor] were 1) BJ’s oblivious & obvious oversight/overlooking of the most important events in her constituents’ lives, namely, death of a family member [BJ is one real no-care haole, in this sense], and 2) BJ’s unrestrained honesty in telling it like it is, so to speak, to her detriment vis a vis her colleagues/peers. Nonetheless, to Scrub [who is our Modern post-WWII Democratic Party godfather who built up our Party from the ground up, Tadao Okimoto 1919-1993 being more of a personal best friend to Jack Burns 1909-1975, & then our Party-builder as #2 priority], BJ had all the salient qualities Scrub desired in a solon — inexorable empathy for the teeming masses/measured intellect/courage-yamato damashii. Of course, Toshi Serizawa born 1916, fiercely independent, did benefit off the High Three [pension], actually deserved [like Jack Suwa][Herb Segawa’s not deserved], so only Scrub & Scrub’s quiet baby brother Mitsuomi 1921-2007 never made even a penny off patronage/political spoils. Let’s face it, even Yasuki Arakaki was “gimme” deputy county clerk [chief clerk Rudy Legaspi didn’t get along w/Yasuki]. GOP Mormon airport chief Ozzie Byrne hated backstabber subordinate patronage-job Democrat Norm Tsuji 1924-2005, who always tried to plant ruses to get Byrne canned. No, only Scrub & baby brother Mits lived ascetic lives, literally. All in all, Scrub was grateful that BJ did not sell out to the developers/special interest groups, and that BJ made a great positive mark on her Council Watch/Stint [major highway builder to alleviate traffic hazards/Volcanic risks; no conflicts of interest on money matters]. Scrub would be utterly gratified at BJ’s executive branch legacy as we speak [progressive Planning Dept. head]. Scrub couldn’t stand Harry Kim because Harry always was a grandstander who lived for the fans, not the best interests of the collective polity. Aside: Do you know that Scrub was a jock at heart, among our best-ever baseball catchers [for pitcher Joaquim Gabriel, Luso legend]?? What Scrub appreciated about Harry is that clumsy “tangled-leg” Harry Kim as a coach had empathy for the sports bench-warmers/subs. This is about it for Harry Kim. No, Scrub never held it against BJ Leithead Todd that she served under Harry. * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Okay, Toshi Serizawa is my in-law, but he wouldn’t know me if he saw me [we’re not chums/pals]. BJ is Toshi Serizawa incarnate. Toshi born 1916, still sharp mentally, had abiding reverence for upender of status quo Tom Gill 1922-2009, who, though haole [actually, Spanish], hated the Big Five oligarchy for its class/race hegemony. Toshi was pro-labor but saddened at ILWU’s autocratic ironhand [faladoo Eddie De Mello 1922-1974 was a live wire, no relation to Eddie’s sycophant Gerald De Mello born 1943]. Toshi was a real akamai confidant of Scrub Tanaka. Scrub worshipped Toshi for Toshi’s independence. It’s no surprise that Scrub was a believer in BJ Leithead-Todd & BJ’s vision for a society of parity/fair play. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Frank Sogi born 1923 of Keopu [just north of Holualoa] is incorrect in blasting Mike Masaoka 1915-1991 as a traitor to Masaoka’s Japanese race. 1) In November 1942 Masaoka urged the restoration of conscription so that Nisei/2nd generation Nikkei in the U.S. would be treated just like other Americans, & thereby spring out internees from detention camps. Masaoka did not urge conscription to betray his kotonks [same end result, internment, but the 1,500 Hawai’i buddaheads –out of our 160,000 buddahead population in Hawai’i — interned WWII were rounded up, however unjustified was such targeting, under Hawai’i martial law as suspect enemy aliens –incl. AJAs who were reclassified as enemy aliens despite our U.S. citizenship as native-born Americans — whereas, 120,000 kotonks/Stateside West Coast Nikkei were relocated & detained en masse via Executive Order 9066 as euphemism military evacuation from military zones –West Coast]. Masaoka desperately but valorously [inexplicable to ganko/boneheads like Sogi] tried to find ways to release the kotonk internees [Masaoka was born in Fresno but raised in non-military zone Utah]. 2) ONI’s Cecil Coggins’ loyalty questionnaire was to find kotonk candidates for the 442 enlistee infantry/combat team, & on April 22, 1944, with the 442 long waiting [almost a year] & ready to deploy [Masaoka & his brothers joined up patriotically], Masaoka urged the formation of a crack unit of 442 boys to spearhead the most dangerous missions, to quell the racist Caucasian agitators who exclaimed, “Once a Jap, always a Jap,” Coggins/Masaoka exhorting that U.S. Nikkei/AJAs are not Nipponese, to-wit, “A Nisei[2nd generation Nikkei] thinks like any other American.” If you hurt a Nipponese’s feelings, he’ll smile back. But if you hurt a Nisei American’s feelings, why — he’ll sock you one right on your kisser, like a good ole’ fashioned All-American boy!! As Coggins said, Coggins would command our AJAs [like Army’s Moses Pettigrew] & even defied America to let Coggins go “to hell and back” with Coggins’ all-Nisei warriors. Of course, among others, Coggins/Pettigrew/Hung Wai Ching/Charles Hemenway/Edwin Reischauer/Elmer Davis/Delos Emmons/Wooch Fielder/John J. McCloy deserve immense kudos for being the unsung forefathers of the 442 [& 100th Batt.]. * * * ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 couldn’t stand fellow 442 John Ushijima 1924-2006, whom Scrub knew so well to be a self-serving egomaniac/greedy person. Contrary to popular conception, Scrub couldn’t stand George Yokoyama born 1926, whom Scrub knew so well to be a power-hungry man who loved to intimidate George’s foes [anyone who defied George’s OEO Dan Akaka]. Scrub blasted Nelson Doi born 1922, whom Scrub knew so well to be a man deliriously in love with himself [Doi for Doi]. Scrub was ambivalent about Tom Gill 1922-2009, whom Scrub called a remarkable great leader [land use planning/ecology buff], but a brooding Spaniard who just couldn’t get along with anyone — why, if Gill saw Gill himself in the mirror, Gill would find something wrong with the image in the mirro & pick a fight vs. himself!! Scrub was a fan of BJ Leithead Todd, seeing correctly that BJ is pure/honest/loving/indulgent/open-minded/adaptable. As Gill was confrontational, BJ is accomodating/collaborative. Scrub saw great value in BJ’s consensus-building nature. Scrub hated George Ariyoshi, whom Scrub dismissed as a coat-tail Burns follower-whimp who is such a panty-ass that George has to suck up to self-promoting tough guy Larry Mehau for George himself to feel macho. Scrub, who saw hell & back of WWII, saw Ariyoshi born 1926 as a kid with no backbone. Scrub dismissed Bob Oshiro 1924-2008 as a 442 wanna-be glory hunter who loved to take all the credit for himself — but Scrub credited Oshiro for leaving Scrub alone to mastermind Burns’ phenomenal wins on the Big Island, which turned the tide to Burns’ wins overall. Scrub had to laugh when Oshiro came to Hilo’s KK Tei [today’s Coqui Restaurant shoji backroom] to beg Scrub on literal “bended” knees on the floor to be campaign chair for Governor candidate Ariyoshi, which Scrub obviously refused. Scrub always spoke of Ariyoshi coming to Hilo airport & waiting with thumbs twiddling so pathetically for Mehau to finish Mehau’s business/meal before Mehau would “greet” the presence of Ariyoshi. Scrub asked sarcastically, “Who’s the boss??” This is the Ariyoshi whom Scrub chafed at. No balls, in Scrub’s opinion. To Scrub, Mehau born 1929 [Ponahawai ahupua’a native] was a brazen opportunist who engaged in self-dealing, not community-building. Scrub was not even for a split second in awe of Mehau’s tough guy persona. Scrub saw hell & back WWII, & Mehau was nothing but a user, in Scrub’s way of looking at johnnie come lately Mehau. Scrub saw BJ Leithead Todd as above the fray, with no voracious need for self ego-building. * * * ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 saw Gerald De Mello as another George Ariyoshi [have to say George, because unrelated Koji Ariyoshi 1914-1976, for whom Labor Day really should be attributed, couldn’t stand George], rewarding gloriously with undeserved recognition De Mello’s cronies, among other minuses. Scrub always said that De Mello destroyed the Democratic Party, after Tadao Okimoto 1919-1993 had placed so much faith in De Mello’s mission to revitalize the Democratic Party with new blood. Where’s the new blood? Really, where’s the new blood?? Yes, the current Democratic Party is our one Party system, but in name only, because the “partisan” elected officials could care less about the Democratic Party, only about themselves. Scrub called Butch Castro — “Gerald’s boy.” To Scrub, Gerald destroyed the Democratic Party, not Butch, who was just a follower of De Mello. To Scrub, Butch could no more be blamed for being the bane of the Democrats than a car could be blamed for causing an accident instead of its driver. But Scrub touted BJ Leithead Todd born 1952, & since BJ could credit Gerald for getting BJ involved in elective politics/securing her victories, then such should be recognized. * * * ___________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Yes, Frank [Francis] Sogi is buddahead, not haole, nor kotonk [Stateside AJA]. Frank’s brother was not KIA, but served his country/U.S. patriotically, nonetheless, as did Frank/kazoku. Aloha, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________________________ * * * Actually, Ken Okimoto born 1952 has served well his peers, recognizing their plantation roots [Ken’s booklet on Hamakua’s King Sugar], Ken’s Onomea beginnings [Tadao’s/Ken’s village reunion], Ken’s Papa’ikou school reunions/etc. Tadao would be proud of Ken’s accomplishments to date. * * * __________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Yes, Uncle Mits Tanaka lived on the cane dirt road mauka of me, Trib editor Ray Yuen lived adjacent to where the dirt road meets the paved road, Mits’ in-law George Inouye 1917-1996 [Dan Inouye’s Big Isle liaison — not related to Dan; partner of Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 in Veterans Produce 1946 to date] lived a block away in the Hamakua direction, & across the street from George was Nelson Doi born 1922, along with great educator Henry Gouveia 1905-1966, & Hamakua direction of Henry were postmaster Jimmy Yabusaki & wife/educator Enid. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * John Sirica & Joe Louis? John Sirica 1904-1992 was Jack Dempsey’s pal [Dempsey 9 yrs. older than Sirica], & Dempsey was Sirica’s best man at Sirica’s wedding, Sirica himself being a prizefighter to defray his schooling costs. Sirica loved Joe Louis, no disrespect to Dempsey, for Joe Louis’ patriotism. Geez, even Jack Dempsey loved Joe Louis!! Anyway, Sirica praised Joe Louis as among our greatest American heroes, & said America is such a great nation for recognizing all races/ethnicities, all social classes both high & low. In my opinion, at Sirica’s age 70 back then, Sirica had just heard about Joe Louis’ “punch-drunk” syndrome, & must’ve felt very badly for Joe’s condition, Joe being 10 yrs. younger than Sirica. Which probably is why Sirica effusively praised Joe Louis. No, Sirica didn’t say whether Dempsey would beat Louis, both men considered to be the best heavyweight boxers of all time [Ali was still active as a boxer, so Ali’s career was not complete, in order to gauge Ali’s alltime standing/legacy back then]. * * * ____________________________________________________________ * * * On Pensacola St. adjacent to McKinley High School is the famous Makiki Christian Church, built by the greatest AJA assimilationist proponent, Rev. Takie Okumura 1865-1951 [died a year before INS allowed Issei immigrants to be U.S. citizens], after his ancient Kochi Japan temple where he was born/raised. As w/WWII War Secretary Henry Stimson 1867-1950 [virtually same age as Okumura, whom Stimson greatly admired/respected], Stimson’s exposure to Japan culture imbued Stimson w/appreciation for Japan’s teeming masses, despite Tojo’s warlocks who destroyed Japan’s equanimity as a people. Xenophobia/jingoism were not in Stimson’s vocabulary. Aptly, Stimson’s chief aide, undersecretary of war John J. McCloy 1895-1989, 1) ran circles around FDR/Navy Sec. Knox to avert FDR’s order to intern 15,000 Hawai’i buddaheads instead of the actual 1,500, FDR wanting to assuage J_p baiting adherents Stateside that military necessity [to avert J_p espionage/sabotage] was being carried out. McCloy’s ruse to stall the ten-fold increase in buddahead internment was to have the 15,000 buddaheads relocated via WRA [where habeas corpus was available, though not restored via the courts till 1945, after-the-fact, so to speak], FDR supposedly being reluctant to ban habeas corpus [banned in Hawai’i via martial law, Hawai’i being Imperial Japan Yamamoto’s stepping stone to the West Coast; West Coast internment was via “evacuation” authority as military zone per E.O. 9066, in theory not extreme like martial law in Hawai’i, though Stateside internment was en masse/barbaric, per NAACP, indescribably worse than Hawai’i internment], FDR being cognizant of court strictures vs. martial law. Thence, McCloy’s stall tactic to dissuade ten-fold increase in buddahead internment by making excuse [thankfully, for buddahead survival] that relocating buddaheads to the Mainland via WRA/E.O. 9066 would result in massive habeas corpus petitions [which would overwhelm the Stateside court system], actually worked — giving Hawai’i martial law authorities [Emmons/Fielder/Coggins] wiggle room to avert mass internment here 1942. Yes, the reverse is the case in Hawai’i — martial law authorities tried desperately to AVERT mass internment here, led by D.C. honcho McCloy. Of course, McCloy’s/top boss Stimson’s game plan was to carry out Hung Wai Ching’s postulate to revert our 4-C enemy alien reclassification [though we were AJAs/U.S. citizens born on American soil — jus soli — Americans by birthright] back to draft-eligible, giving us original/earlier parity w/other Americans [yes, draft eligible to die in battle, the irony of it all!], which turned out just as planned, though belated [1944, after our 100th Batt. conscripts from the 1940-41 draft suffered the most casualties in U.S. military history for their unit size 1943, & just as our 442 went into battle to supplant them]. Fittingly, McCloy ordered that McCloy’s own tombstone be inscribed, “I supported our Nisei [2nd generation–AJA] Soldier!” Underscoring this, educator turned solon Mits Kido 1906-1983 [Jack Burn’s Lt. Gov. candidate 1959] chastened, “In colonial possessions there is an axiom — the white man’s floor is the colored man’s ceiling!” McCloy’s mission was to eradicate this toxin/racism once & for all, white/black/yellow/brown, no matter! McCloy’s unspeakable courage under fire [like UH founder/Merchant St. baron Charles Hemenway 1875-1947], McCloy only needing so easily to play by elite society’s rules to embellish McCloy’s status, yet some kind of blown-mind urge to DO RIGHT gripped & grabbed unceasingly at McCloy, foisting him unwittingly to become among America’s greatest heroes ever! Immanuel Kant’s metaphysical imperative — unstoppable Providential dictate. 2) McCloy fell on “bended” knees after Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 took McCloy to Waianae quarry to show McCloy where Hung Wai’s defrocked ROTC boys [reclassified to 4-C enemy alien from draft eligible] were breaking boulders w/pick axes amid the dust & heat, to aid the war effort. Wooch Fielder directed McCloy to Hung Wai in 1942, & this seminal scene triggered McCloy’s insatiable urge to create the 442 enlistee combat team, thanks to Wooch/Hung Wai. I dedicate this lookback to my 442 dad Toshiyuki 1913-1998, who loved Primo beer & poker, in no particular order. Do you know that Dad was poker king of the 442?? And that Dad could outdrink his cocky younger boys/brothers in arm?? 442 Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 always chafed to his closest friend, Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, “This bladid kid [Curt], he don’t know shit!! Always asking me endless questions!! No mo’ end, this stinkin’ kid!!” And yet, Scrub always regaled to me about my dad, how much Scrub loved my dad — though Dad was only 5’2″ in shoes, to Scrub Dad was Scrub’s Rock of Gibraltar, Scrub’s big hero — yet Dad was GOP!! And Scrub was a physical marvel of an AJA — samurai handsome — extremely tall at 5’9″ — our Ken Watanabe of Tom Cruise’s movie “The Last Samurai” — and everytime Scrub came to visit baby brother Mits 1921-2007 in our neighborhood, Scrub would come over to greet Dad, who always had a beer in Dad’s hand. Scrub always melted in front of Dad — like a little kid seeing his Mickey Mantle hero. Scrub told me all the time how Dad was Scrub’s idol [Dad always fun-loving/every moment alive counts for something good]. As is Confucian Order, Scrub always respected Scrub’s Elders [Dad was older than Scrub], with authority flowing downward through the generations/birth order. Which is why Scrub was so hard on younger contempos/associates. Pecking order/totem pole. Like I tell you, post-1920 born buddaheads [thanks to DPI/DOE chief Oren E. Long 1889-1965, chief 1934-1946] like Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 are assholes because they got their high school diploma [from 1934 8th grade & up, thanks to Oren], so totally unlike pre-1920 born buddaheads like Dad/Scrub/Betty Shinae Miwa born 1919, who were “nigger-tom’d” to their 8th grade “ceiling,” so to speak, per Mits Kido’s axiom. Love everlasting, –Curt * *** * dr. shakahashi Says: good one, curt. Hey, are you free for lunch? give a call. — ken kudo * **** * It is propitious that though leadership was drawn exclusively from our governing elite WWII [Merchant St. godfather Frank Atherton 1878-1945/Merchant St. legal whiz/counsel Charles Hemenway 1875-1947, who founded UH & was UH’s Regent head 1907-1947 death], our leaders’ immense altruism turned out amazing phenomena of “everybody’s equal” results w/Asian immigrant progeny on equal footing w/their former Big 5 Oligarch “slave masters.” And because of our great “experiment” in race relations in the middle of the vast blue Pacific, it is no surprise that Hawai’i is the chief theatre of global affairs [East West Center as adjunct to Frank E. Midkiff’s Institute of Pacific Relations], where, as founder Alex Hume Ford 1868-1945 [peer of Takie Okumura/Henry Stimson][Ford’s 1911 Hands Around the Pacific original name] so gloriously resounded, “Honolulu is the central capital of the United States — halfway between Maine and Manila [U.S. possession a century ago], halfway between Alaska and Samoa [U.S. possession] — the spiritual capital of the world, a forum of nations, pan-Pacific and trans-world!!” * * * __________________________________________________________ * * * Frank Atherton, C & C head, in 1917 formed what may have been the 1st racially integrated YMCA in the U.S., our Nu’uanu Y, Frank’s dad J. Ballard Atherton having founded our local YMCA outfits in 1869. Frank also benefacted Kapi’olani Childrens Hospital & many kids who were not able to afford school, including Hung Wai Ching & Koji Ariyoshi [who worshipped Hung Wai for getting Atherton’s sponsorship — Atherton died before Koji could thank Atherton]. The Wilcox ohana of Kaua’i, Ted/Mary Atherton Richards’ East-West educational exchange, all missionary families who followed thru on Matthew 5/ Isaiah 58. * * _______________________________________________ * * * Hiroshi Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006, our Modern Democratic Party godfather/oyabun [Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 is our pre-WWII Democratic Party godfather/guru, w/Kanaka Johnny’s delegated leader here Dr. Ernie Mitsuo Kuwahara 1899-1983, who ludicrously was interned WWII, for being AJA leader who might instigate trouble among the teeming masses, Democrats seen as fools back then — give Ernie Kai 1905-1990 credit/Kai a courageous Democrat amid a sea of governing Oligarch GOPs] — Scrub [for young shoots for horticulture guy Scrub] loved Rick Castberg born 1941, Scrub saying, “This guy, a doctor [Ph.D], yet so humble, just like our Japanese from before. How can you imagine anyone like him [Castberg] being so humble and quiet??!! Plus, he married Eugene Eguchi’s daughter [Eguchi born 1919 is 100th Batt. replacement via 442/Eguchi is 100th Batt. prexy here]!! Way-ah you goin’ find somebody like him?? No, you [Curt] not goin’ write my biography — Castberg goin’ do it — he get the Ph.D. [in political science].” Rick is waiting on Scrub’s daughter to collaborate with about Scrub’s musing about Scrub’s own biography. Rick doesn’t have the passion/interest for hardwood run’ n’ gun’ politics at Scrub’s chiri/ground level. Rick into the courts/law enforcement, what Burns called “isolation chamber” [for Nelson Doi]. Nonetheless, Rick a stoic/quiet chap, ideal counterweight to Scrub’s abrasive nature. * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Bourgeois — Karl Marx defined bourgeois as capitalist ruling class, whereas conventional meaning was “middle class.” German Marx saw bourgeois as pejorative for materialism’s heyday, thence Marx’ unique designation. Over the long sweep of history, Marxism never won, evidenced by Soviet collapse/tyranny over the teeming masses by Mao. Mixed capitalism/regulatory oversight produced highest standard/quality of life worldwide, seen here in U.S./Thatcher’s Britain. Even in Hawai`i among local brahmins/elite, Christian Grace promulgated patron saints Charles Hemenway/Frank Atherton/Walt Dillingham along Merchant St. block. Of course, Puritan notions of thrift/frugality/toil expanded capitalist acquisitions, but thankfully our Social Gospel [Matthew 5/Isaiah 58] averted terminal avarice/greed. Unquestionably, Hemenway/Atherton evoked the best of altruism/selfless giving. Today’s AJAs Matsy Takabuki/Dan Inouye/George Ariyoshi/Hilo’s Rob Kiyosaki-Isamu Kanekuni hora fuku/blowhards tout about self-reliance/economy/material worth, but actually they are what Karl Marx postulated as decadent wanna-bees [sycophants of nouveaux rich/new aristocrats], who in the end will be adjudged as vain men who self-glorified amid their acquisitions. * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Age chronology/respect for elders/pecking order — pre-WWII Navy at Pearl Harbor enabled contractor Walter Dillingham 1875-1963 to be the most powerful link to the military, & thence Walter’s direct access to George Marshall’s unity of command in the Pacific headed by Adm. Nimitz w/Gen. Delos Emmons heading the Hawai`i region. FBI’s Bob Shivers 1894-1950 came to Hawai`i in August 1939 to determine what to do w/AJAs if Japan is at war w/the U.S. Shivers was given the cold shoulder by Merchant St., which coattailed Naval power/presence. But UH godfather Charley Hemenway born 1875-1947 [same age as Walter Dillingham], albeit a Merchant St. icon, became Shivers’ confidant & assured Shivers of AJA loyalty to the U.S., & Charley eventually became the top local civilian link to the military/internal security. Hemenway produced proteges Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 & Shigeo Yoshida 1907-1986 [Hilo High’s greatest alumnus 1926 grad, though no one in Hilo knows this], who helped avert mass internment of buddaheads here. Compassionate Frank Atherton 1877-1945, missionary descendant, a sickly child [always had empathy for society’s have-nots], Merchant St./Big 5 godfather [Walter was not Merchant St., but harbor/rail line/transport boss-overlord & thus the most powerful local civilian WWII-martial law], embraced Hemenway’s racial diversity egalitarianism & became Hung Wai’s biggest financial backer, just as Hemenway was Hung Wai’s combo spiritual/financial backer. Educator Yoshida became Hemenway’s virtual father figure clone. But other than Dillingham’s Navy link, Hung Wai became the most powerful teambuilder among the working class folks/grassroots, even though Hung Wai thought himself a patrician/elitist, which is why ironically Hung Wai couldn’t stand samurai talk/mentality, because aristocrat Hung Wai felt such “low class” hegemonic topic beneath his dignity. Yet, Hung Wai was the greatest of samurai, as it turned out! Yes, we’re all Jekyll/Hyde, & Hung Wai was no different. What set him apart from everyone else was his irrevocable inner desire to see others get a fair shake in life, albeit almost subconscious on his part. Like Hung Wai, Jack Burns 1909-1975 wanted fair play, Burns emerging from tough Kalihi, Hung Wai from shantytown Emmaville [where Dan Inouye born 1924 lived]. While Hung Wai advised GOP kingpin Joe Farrington 1897-1954, Burns replaced the Old Order [after Joe’s death from a massive heart attack in 1954 while at the height of Joe’s power] GOP oligarchs w/non-haole new breed solons like kingmaker Dan Inouye, who himself is today’s crown king. Burns resented Shivers’ oversight/authority WWII internal security [Burns was police espionage head], because Shivers was an older mirror image of stoneface/stoic Burns. Yes, Burns was defiant [Burns’ dad deserted Burns/Mom/sibs when Burns was 9 yrs. old]. Great friends of AJAs: Big Five/C&C Frank Midkiff born 1887 [son Bob born 1920]/protege sib John Midkiff born 1893]; indomitable educator Miles Cary born 1895 [mentored McKinley High pupils such as Hung Wai’s Class of 1924]; Ted Trent born 1905 [Haw’n Trust boss which was earlier directed by Hemenway][Ted’s dad Dick Trent was the 1st elected finance head for O`ahu County/earliest Dem Party leader]. * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Yes, Joe Itagaki 1906-1963 was Mike Masaoka’s 1915-1991 best friend in the 442, Masaoka getting Itagaki a Bronze Star. Itagaki did not have a hobbled walk, Sam Oka did. Itagaki an amazing cook — made stuffed celery for 442 boys, something unknown to the boys. Made pickled audurbs from watermelon rinds. –Curt * * __________ * * Yes, Toisan along Pearl River typecast laborers in Frisco. Canton business entrepreneurs here. Follow the money [Hong Kong materialism] typecast outlying rural residents migrate to become cooks in Hong Kong. Nearly all Chinese in the U.S. are descended from Guangdong [including Canton] genesis. –Curt * * ____________ * * Okay, Akira Hamamoto apparently was rejected by Shizue Kobatake as suitor, she latching on to Herb Isonaga, her eventual hubby, all set up by matchmaker Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002!! –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Minoru Shinoda 1915-2006 — Minoru’s dad Yoshio was Hilo Dokuritsu/Independent Japanese School principal, mom Ima embroidery expert. Yoshio interned WWII, but because Minoru was provost martial interpreter, Yoshio was released [to Yoshio’s dismay, inasmuch Yoshio’s peers continued to be locked up for war’s duration — Yoshio didn’t want special treatment]. Wakabayashi was martial law investigator/informant who continuously harassed Frank Arakawa’s wife/kids for the one yr. they continued to live in Hilo while Frank was interned at Sand Island. Frank’s daughters Marion/Eva Arakawa [born 1922/1924] still bristle at the mention of his name, & revulsed at his coming into their Haili St. home all the time to snoop around. Behemoth Frank 5’9″ would’ve punched out this snitch if he had his druthers. Frank a great baseball pitcher a century ago [1st Hilo High grad class 1909], catcher was Kazuma Hisanaga’s dad Hisakichi [Sam Boyd’s oyabun/godfather right here in Hilo along Mameya-pleasure lane-Punahoa St.]. Boy, you mention Wakabayashi/Kiyo Okubo/Minoru Shinoda to internee progeny, you get the baleful stare/glare — if looks could kill, these “FBI” snitches would be pushing up daisies. BTW, Okubo/Shinoda were later given highest accolades by Japan, so these hombres played it both ways, w/us on the hot seat. Shinoda is UH Nippon studies pundit/icon. Yikes! –Curt * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Scott Ritter born 1961 — Scott was chief UN inspector Iraq 1991-1998, resigned over lack of enforcement. Irony is that Scott opposed our Iraq war & said that no WMDs existed to justify our invasion. Scott opposed deposing Hussein [described Hussein as defanged tiger] & advocated diplomacy via U.N. to clean up Iraq [of being international threat]. Scott became Bush’s biggest anti-war critic, calling Bush [but also Bush I/Clinton] trigger-happy. Scott’s parents lived in Volcano, & Scott spoke at 2 of Richard Uejo’s KMC sermons. Scott’s dad had told Scott about Uejo’s “pacifism” [anti-Iraq war sentiments — Uejo also calls Bush trigger-happy]. Uejo also knew Billy Graham & gleaned “stick to God’s Word” as punch-proof testament, no matter the politics/temper of the times. Uejo also admired Carter [carpenter like Jesus/Habitat for Humanity][Camp David Accord] & Truman [no-nonsense guy — race integration/Communist containment via Korea]. Boy, Ritter got nailed w/sex accusations — blowback from gov’t?? –Curt * * * __________ * * Plain dealing is home-spun morality [Saul-Doc Buyers] — Reprise Matthew 13:31-32 — the mustard seed is the smallest seed, but it produces the largest plant. Doc Buyers symbolizes Babel — monument to human pride/power/arrogance/self-idolatry/ debauchery. Uncle Mits Tanaka 1921-2007 [Scrub’s brother/Jack Burns’ manpower chief here], my neighbor, revulsed when Uncle Mits, seated behind Doc Buyers in the airline coach section, saw Buyers creep up to first class open seat & sat there to enjoy the amenities. Sadly, Mufi chose “blind lead the blind” in following Buyers’ lead w/impetuous Buyers as Mufi’s alter ego. Buyers bought friendship/Mufi’s adoration. Nonetheless, despot Frank Fasi born 1920 is a visionary [public transit- Da Bus/home rule satellite city halls (Johnny Wilson’s baby self-actualized via Fasi)]. Mufi is a visionary [rail — urban development proves that unpopular rail eventually becomes necessary/heaviest use/mode of commute]. –Curt * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Burns hatchetman Dan Aoki/dockworker Jack Kawano – Do you know that Burns hatchetman Dan Aoki was born in Kealakekua Kona 1918 & moved to Maui in 1926 [father was congregational minister]? He was among the pre-WWII UH neighbor island students who were inspired by Nu`uanu Apt./dorm landlord Takaichi Miyamoto [most powerful AJA via leadership helm w/ubiquitous mayor/Dem Party boss Kanaka Johnny Wilson]. Short of money at UH, Aoki worked the docks w/fellow Mauian Tadao Beppu & Honoka`a boxer James Koba [baseball pitcher Yuki Maeno’s uncle], who was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. At the docks Aoki was inspired by former ‘Ophikao boy Jack Kawano to organize laborers. But WWII broke out & Aoki/Beppu enlisted w/the 442nd. Kawano was the antecedent strident Dem before fellow Keau’au boy Yasuki Arakaki. Kawano was stigmatized by Jack Hall for refusing to endorse Hall’s bipartisan solon slate, incl. ILWU endorsement of many GOPs such as Statehood Joe Farrington over Jack Burns. Which is why courageous Kawano was marginalized into obscurity by Hall after losing to Hall as regional director. “Take no prisoners” Hall incensed Kawano so much that Kawano made a big mistake by retaliating vs. Hall by spilling the beans on Hall’s communist ties [Kawano was a Communist Party member from 1937-1949] which resulted in the Hawai`i Seven Smith Act redbaiting convictions. Chuck Mau’s support of Kawano also caused Mau’s demise. BTW, Hall’s wife is fellow Kea’au native Yoshiko Ogawa [cop Jerry’s sister]. Do you know who loaned my idol Henry Oshiro the 45 calibre sidearm for Henry to defend himself from Fascists while on R&R? Eventual Burns cellman [Burns civil defense office at city hall nicknamed the “cell”][closest confidants] Shigeto Kanemoto, Lt. 442nd. –Curt * * * ____________ * * * Racial caste system — yes, customary profiling stigmatized Blacks — a White woman can give birth to a “Black” child, but a Black woman cannot give birth to a “White” child. Up the social ladder for Whites, down the social ladder for Blacks. As sage Jere Krischel points out, customary profiling stigmatizes Hawaiians — a White woman can give birth to a “Hawaiian” child, but a Hawaiian woman cannot give birth to a “White” child. Up the social ladder for Whites, down the social ladder for Hawaiians. Correlation vs. causality? Hawaiians are at the bottom of the social ladder because of their customary profiling, which lumps one drop blood Hawaiians w/all other Hawaiians. Lump one drop blood Blacks w/all other Blacks, & Blacks are at the bottom too. Whites ascend, Blacks descend. Non-Hawaiians ascend, Hawaiians descend. Just as OHA/Stender wish these to be. The racial inferiority money entitlement tag. Reap billions of dollars by displaying the tag. The tag itself is an illusion, conjured up by racial identity promoters. Real life one drop blood Hawaiians make up our large middle class, just as real life one drop blood Blacks make up our large middle class. And yes, our middle classers are very conservative!! Not like race caste system promoters OHA/Stender. Yes, mixed ethnicities [race equalizers] & low blood quantum [race refutation] make the race card all but obsolete today. Like Al Pacino chastens, Italian Americans as Italians? No, all mixed races today — Italian Americans as Americans! –Curt * * * __________ * * Sun Yat Sen — Hung Wai Ching’s ancient archetype — Hung Wai Ching’s assimilation/faith in American democracy had ancient touchstones in positive role model Sun Yat Sen 1866-1925, father of modern China, whose incendiary ideals of American democracy were fueled during Sun’s residence here in Hawai`i. Among Sun’s devotees here were Hung Wai’s parents. Not coincidentally, like many time-tested leaders [PI’s Jose Mercado Rizal whom Sun Yat Sen modeled himself after], Sun trained as a medical doctor in Hong Kong & grew into a revolutionary after his appeals to reform China were vanquished by the Old Order/caste rulers. Unlike today’s highly stratified M.D.s, Sun’s genre were the only flickering hope for positive social change. Yes, Hung Wai Ching’s indomitable inner strength was derived in part from the tremendous positive legacy of ancient forebearer Sun Yat Sen, both men of Punti/Zhongshan/working-class–cultural tradition beginnings. –Curt * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Altruistic orgs — believe it or not, Chicago/Midwest stand among the 10 most influential metro sites in the world [founded in 1833 as boat transport Great Lakes to Mississippi, then as rail hub to Western frontier — drew European/Irish immigrants — labor issues/urban blight (Haymarket Riot 1886) — green park system/sewer system/skyscraper/meat packer dominance are focal points]. And out of this social roil emerged our most energetic/altruistic orgs 1905-1915 — Rotary [so-called elite membership — professionals]; Lions [grassroots membership]; Exchange [grassroots]; 4-H [head/heart/hands/health]; Kiwanis; Arbor Society; etc. Rotary focuses on Easter Seal/disabled children; Lions on Helen Keller’s blindness prevention; Exchange on child abuse prevention; Kiwanis on youth leadership/etc. Shriners are masons which predate the Midwest orgs by 50 yrs. out of NYC. Thence, Shriners/Kapi`olani Children’s Hospital [ergo, Builders, not treaters such as Easter Seal]. Inimitable sportsman/entrepreneur Alex Hume Ford started our Lions Club here & among its earliest members was great educator Ernest B. De Silva. Bill Lyman [Rufus’ progeny] is Alex Ford incarnate. Community-oriented Frank Lafita is Exchange Club here/Rick Castberg is Rotarian. Paul Mannen & Harvey Hoffman are transplanted Stateside Lions here — loving/caring/compassionate folks all!! Super humanitarians/peacemakers! Aloha, -Curt * * * __________ * * * Why Hawai`i AJAs outnumbered Stateside Kotonks 10 to 1 in the 442nd — the original 100th Batt. was comprised of 1940-1941 conscripts from the 298th/299th Hawai`i National Guard who were segregated into an all-AJA unit after 12/7/41. The 100th later merged into the 442nd as its 1st Batt. Stateside Kotonks [slang meaning hard-heads/stubborn in our buddahead opinions] were locked up/imprisoned by order of FDR, & patriotism was vanquished. Would you volunteer for the 442nd if everything you had was taken away –if everyone you knew was exiled to wastelands via national hysteria vs. us J_ps? Thus, for the single Kotonk who enlisted in relation to the 10 buddaheads who enlisted, that one Kotonk is a greater hero than the 10 buddaheads in my opinion. And to a man, no one, not even one buddahead, felt differently about the utter turnabout of the Kotonk enlistee — valor immeasurably demonstrated. Utah’s Mike Masaoka is my Moses, Pi`ihonua’s/D.C.’s Jesse Shima[bukuro] my shepherd. Thanks to civilian leaders Hung Wai Ching/Shigeo Yoshida/Charles Hemenway/Bob Shivers, & to magnanimous military leaders Delos Emmons [credited for winning the Battle of Midway], Kendall Fielder, & Chester Nimitz, mass imprisonment of Hawai`i buddaheads was averted. Thanks also to peacemakers/enablers of equanimity Miles E. Cary, Masa Katagiri, Ernie Murai, Kats Kometani, Charles Loomis, Billy Jarrett Jr., George Aikau, Tommy Kaulukukui, Richard Lum, Frank Judd, Albert Lyman, Leslie Hicks, Riley Allen, Frank Atherton, Garner Anthony, Walter Dillingham, John H. Midkiff, Oren E. Long, Jack Burns, Les Deacon, Thomas G.S. Walker, Gregg Sinclair, Arthur Dean, Galen Weaver, Andrew Lind, Mas Marumoto, Mits Kido, Baron Goto, Ted Trent, Frank Midkiff, Les Dunstan, I.H. Mayfield, Gordon Bowles, N.C. Villanueva, Gerald Fisher, Walt Mihata, Bob Komenaka, Katsuro Miho, Iwao Miyake, Stan Miyamoto, Ernie Furukawa, Bob Murakami, Tad Haga, Bob Ishikawa, Shigeo Mikami, Kaji Suzuki, Shiz Onishi, Yosh Matsusaka, Mas Kanemaru, Mas Watanabe, Shig Hirotsu, Shimeiji Kanazawa, George Higa, George Bicknell, Walter Short, Husband Kimmel, Moses Pettigrew, Cecil Coggins, Kenneth Ringle, Galen Fisher, MW Marsten, Frank Blake. Hattiesburg editor posted Not Welcome when the 442nd was assigned to Camp Shelby, Miss. Hung Wai Ching braintrusted w/its editor & police chief, and thereafter no more negative signs appeared. Hung Wai was more AJA than us AJAs! –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Sheriff’s posse/home rule — Territorial Hawai`i had no elected governor, no choice over judicial/high level appointments, and its only elected official on a national level had no vote in Congress. We were politically impotent. One of our few home rule politicos was our elected sheriff [police chief], the most powerful official next to the mayor/county chairman. Ex-baseball star Pat Gleason was an O`ahu sheriff icon after WWI, & Hilo’s ubiquitous Ernie Kai [Lt. Gov./”Territorial Secretary” appointed by the President/Wash. D.C.] first got his feet wet in politics by soldiering for Gleason. Of course, Dem Kai blames Jack Burns for scuttling Kai’s expected appointment as Territorial Gov. in 1951. Burns replaced Kai’s nomination w/Dem Oren Long’s name at the Interior Dept. in D.C. Nonetheless, Kai barely lost to Bill Richardson for elected Lt. Gov. in the 1962 Dem primary race, losing by less than a thousand votes. Kai never forgave Burns for sabotaging Kai’s 1951 Gov. appointment [because Kai didn’t promise patronage choices for Burns]. On the Big Island, auspicious Sam Pua, George Desha, & Henry Martin were nearly as powerful as the mayor/county chairman. Of course, cronyism ran rampant, off the books [beat/street cops were forced to co-signloans for superiors] & on [the hardest campaign workers got choice jobs/slots]. Which is why the elected sheriff office was abolished in favor of a police commission in 1943 [Martin out/Maui haole straight arrow George Larsen in]. –Curt * * * ________________________________________________ * * * Hawai`i — genteel outpost of haole superiority 1. Relationships often result in power/influence blocs, such as the Kennebec Maine Congregationals who missioned in Hawai`i, resulting in our Oligarchy/Republican Party. Yet, for every negative role model of high society snobbery [autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston], there are 3 positive progeny counterparts [Frank Atherton/William R. Castle/Henry Baldwin]. Along w/the 3 positive progeny exemplars stand another 2 non-progeny plusses [Wally Farrington/ Charles Hemenway]. 2. Yes, Farrington was governor 1921-1929, Star-Bulletin owner [thru Castle & Cooke], & has landmarks named after him [highway/school/etc.]. Most important, he is Statehood Joe Farrington’s dad — Joe got Joe’s compassion/altruism for the common lot of folks from dad Wally. Yes, Wally is from the same neck of Maine’s woods as imperial Lorrin A. Thurston’s ancestors. 3. Understated Charles Hemenway — now here was a Man!! Foreborn from the same roots– Vermont — Charles was a Big Five/oligarchy kingpin. Yet, Charles was the earthy U of Hawai`i for over 30 yrs. from UH’s inception in 1907, being a regent/trustee. Charles’ defining moment tragically occurred when his only son died in 1922. Thereafter, Charles would become the hanai/spiritual father to our biggest positive historymakers [Hung Wai Ching/ Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida/Mits Kido/etc.]. Do you know that Charles corresponded daily w/our all-AJA WWII soldiers on the blood-stained fields of Europe? No one loves Charles more than 100th/442nd/MIS guru Ted Tsukiyama, who was in the thick of the primal formation of the all-AJA units right there on UH grounds, Charles’ turf. This guy Charles, I know of no finer patriot/apostle than him! Incredulous, really, Charles’ evolution/metamorphosis. Love eternal, –Curt * * * __________ * * * Third party candidates — “spoilers”/pre-Statehood national party delegates 1. Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 split the vote w/President Taft, allowing Woodrow Wilson to win. 2. Even if Ross Perot had not entered the 1992 race, President Bush still would have lost to Bill Clinton. 3. Frank Fasi split the vote w/Patricia Saiki in 1994, allowing Ben Cayetano to win. 4. Keiko Bonk’s runs for mayor in 1996 & 2000 eased wins for Steve Yamashiro/Harry Kim. 5. Before Hawai`i Statehood/1959, national party conventions were the only way Hawai`i citizens could get Wash. D.C.’s ear/attention. Though limited to 4 or 6 votes among hundreds of delegates, our votes counted in the determination of national party policy and the nomination of the next U.S. President. Our votes could be exchanged for national party pledges to endorse our platform. Because our 1900 inaugural Home Rule Party had no national counterpart, it had zero power in D.C., & today all that reminds us of it is its obscure namesake street in Kalihi. 6. When Hawai`i Democrat John Wise cast the deciding vote at the 1900 Democratic Party national convention to favor rural America’s proposed silver standard vs. east coast urban’s gold standard, this demonstrated the importance of national party conventions to give us some semblance of home rule/participatory democracy in exchange for our votes on national issues. Thence, the media focus on our party delegates to national conventions pre-Statehood. Aloha, –Curt * * * _________ * * * Hawai`i GOP/Republicans 1. The anti-slavery party of Abraham Lincoln ruled the White House until Dem FDR took it back via the Great Depression. The GOP [Grand Ole’ Party moniker used before the turn of the last century] took back the White House w/Eisenhower, only to lose it during the 1960s & 1990s. 2. Northern anti-slavery Whigs [Scot for rebel] included our New England Congregational missionaries who settled in Hawai`i. Progeny included autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston & Negro race apostle/Civil War hero Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Maui [founded Virginia’s Hampton Institute; mentored Booker T. Washington, who was chosen recently by respected Atlantic Magazine as among the 100 greatest-ever Americans], Armstrong a Punahou grad like O’ahu Elbert Tuttle, greatest southern federal judge who broke open Civil Rights 1960s/WWII war hero. 3. Our evolving GOP eventually included our major industrialists/Big Five [A&B, C&C, Brewer, Davies, AmFac], the rich/powerful high society aristocrats, & included ali`i [powerful Hawaiians]. 4. Our GOP Delegate to Congress Kuhio [1902-1922], earthy/grassroots, longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, was the exemplar/template for our 2nd longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, GOP Joe Farrington [1942-1954], both of whom died in office. Both men brought back the GOP to the party of Abraham Lincoln — everybody’s equal –the matchless singularity/flashpoint which was lost on several Merchant St./Big Five bosses. Not surprisingly, Congregational progeny A&B and C&C [interlocked w/non-missionary industrialists], though accused of benevolent paternalism, were altruists/egalitarians in their personal endeavors [charitable hospital/housing/school/YMCA support]. Non-missionary Scot engineers, backdropped by austere European economic conditions, also were loving/compassionate benefactors, still worshipped today, mythic mentors like sugar industry bosses CC Kennedy/John M. Ross/John Moir/James Henderson/A.J. Watt. 5. Current GOP Gov. Linda Lingle is only slightly reminiscent of Kuhio/Joe Farrington, not as passionate as them about society’s underclass/outcasts, not as reassuring as them a la “fireside/BBQ chats,” but a centrist/moderate who caters to majority rule. Remember that if GOP Joe Farrington had not died of a massive heart attack in 1954 while still in office in D.C., there would not have been a Jack Burns Dem dynasty. Joe trounced Jack in the head-on delegate race in 1948; Joe was ILWU-backed in 1946/etc. Look at Joe’s trinity kitchen cabinet: 100th Batt. genesis Hung Wai Ching [YMCA pastor]; 100th Batt. oyabun/godfather Kats Kometani; & MIS [all-Nisei boys which incl. Scrub Tanaka] stalwart Mas Marumoto. Yes, AJAs born before 1920 were GOP [like my Dad], not Dem. The later ones like Dan Inouye repudiated the old order & were militant. Though grizzled Scrub was born in 1915, his flashover to Jack Burns’ Dem Party came from Scrub’s brother’s shooting of an agitator during a Honoka`a sugar labor dispute. Yes, Scrub was part of his Honoka`a hometown’s owner/management faction before Scrub’s conversion to the worker/labor faction. 6. Our Nippon immigrants lamented over WWII’s cancellation of our Confucian-style shushin [moral precepts]. To reprise one in Americanized fashion, I am reminded of Dem-turned-GOP noisebox Frank De Luz, who comes from Dem Scrub Tanaka’s home district Honoka`a. Like current talking heads Gerald De Mello/etc. who lord over our island Dem Party, De Luz’ allegory is apt/timely — I walked a mile w/Selfisha, she chattered [about herself] all the way; none was I the wiser, for the tons she had to say. I walk this mile w/Selflessa, not a word utters she; yet I am all the wiser, for stoicism walks with me. Aloha, –Curt * * _______ * * Engineer E. L. Wung’s progeny [E. L. known for Kea`au Ha`ena public access] — E.L., like brother E.K., was a great athlete WWI era. E.L.’s son is rancher Alex, faithful caretaker of E.L.’s Puna/Volcano pastures. E.L.’s peer is fellow Chinese/benevolent C.L. Chow [Elaine’s vuvu/grandpa]. E.L.’s other son Les is the supposed kin bane who served w/Kona’s Goro Inaba as Jack Burns’ land use commish. Les’ wife & daughter are opined as high-nosed, though long-faced daughter’s hubby Tom Yeh [developers’ atty.] is the nicest/sweetest guy in the world. But E.L.’s legacy is secure — earthy yet no-nonsense. E.L., per excellent mentorship succession, is protege Bill “Cappy” Chun’s alter ego. Cappy is ex-HawTel ace Kenny Wong’s overstudy. Great lineage. Aloha, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Electoral vote winner was popular vote loser for U.S. President — 1876 [Hayes over Tilden]/1888 [Harrison over Cleveland]/2000 [Bush over Gore]. Electoral vote winner can win 11 largest states by tiniest margin, yet lose by large popular vote margins in the remaining states. U.S. S.Ct. stoppedFlorida recount in 2000, sealing electoral victory by popular vote loser [nationally] George W. Bush. Texas is GOP/NY-CA Dem/PA-Ohio-Florida swing states, which get major press/ink. –Curt * * * ____________ * * * Biblical Joseph bowed in servitude to Pharoah/Daniel to Babylonians. Servitude as one’s fate & perhaps bearable if one enjoys the labor of his hands & worships God, per Fundamentalist worshippers, which today’s urban Japan lacks [pressure cooker homogeneity is survival mode — no solace]. Materialism’s Nebuchadnezzar was highest in status yet lowest in character/retrograde, per Fundamentalist worshippers. Biblical Solomon is wisest in earthly realms, & he wrote Ecclesiastes — break vanity of self-glorification by worshipping God, because God foreknows & predestines. But free will/choice is attainable — whilst having a good attitude being servile, look for salvation via the Social Gospel, & whether one finds material comfort on earth, one is guaranteed salvation in heaven. Serve God, not materialism, per Fundamentalists. Metaphor, better to be servile [millstone over one’s head] than to betray Jesus as Judas did [Judas later hanged himself]. Like Jesus, Gautama Buddha was accessible to all, his 4 Truths being that we suffer on this earth/vain obsessions [money-power-fame] are the causes/such shallow crutches can be erased/the 8-fold path releases us from vanity [right views/intentions/speech/action/livelihood/effort/ focus/gratification]. Buddha’s dharma texts/instructs such path of righteousness. Agnostic Kiyo would’ve been better served via Buddha/Jesus than blowhard alter ego Fred Kinzaburo Makino, Mr. I Love Myself. Pono/shin yu, –Curt * * * _____________________________________________ * * * Take advice from the labor movement — ethnicity divides us — ook at our immense labor struggles — ethnic strikes divide us, a la the Japanese 1909 strike, the 1920 & 1924 Filipino strikes. Advocacy directed at economic conditions without reference to ethnicity is what impelled the forward movement of the ILWU behind seasoned warriors Louis Goldblatt/Harry Bridges/Jack Hall [though Bridges repulsed vs. Hall’s egomania]. This remains a portention of failure to come for sovereignty promoters Osorio/Trask/ill wind Kekuni Blaisdell via the guise of so-called ethnic separatism. –Curt * * * ____________________________________________ * * * Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame’s Rich Sakakida — Maui-born, O`ahu-raised Rich Sakakida 1920-1996 is MIS’ greatest hero. Plucked straight out of McKinley High 1939 by Gen. MacArthur, Rich posthumously was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal 10+ yrs. ago. Rich preceded the 100th Batt./442 by 3+ yrs. Which is why his story only gathers dust among our AJA soldiers. Rich’s timeline reads like all adventure epics thrown into one lifetime. Rich goes undercover for MacArthur, gives up his seat to buddahead civie when MacArthur orders Rich to evacuate after Fall of Bataan. Rich gets tortured by infamous Jap Kempei Tai secret police, commandeers prison breakout of 500 PI guerrilla soliders, gets shot & goes into hiding in jungle till rescued by fellow U.S. soldiers. Suffers incredible war wounds, but goes on to live till 1996. Rich’s superhuman heroics stayed secret until 1978 [Army classified]. He gets enshrined in MIC HoF in 1988. He’s posthumously awarded DSM in 1998. What an amazing/death-defying bio. Thru it all, he credited his mother for his stoic resolve. His dad died when he was 7, leaving his mom to care for her whole tribe of kids. –Curt * * * __________________________________________ * * * What distinguishes purist Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 from Yoichi Hata’s son Frank born 1922? Frank fed off Frank’s Data House contracts w/State’s George Ariyoshi. Like Najo Yoshinaga/John Ushijima/Pundy Yokouchi, Hilo boy Frank enriched himself via his auspicious political connections. Scrub never fell for such capitalism/antics. Jack Burns always delegated duties fully, but when Scrub protested Kaz Abe’s appointment to Supreme Court [Hilo’s Kaz wheeler-dealer/land speculator], Burns told Scrub, “Bruddah, dis one mine, okay? I owe Kazu — he stayed out of running against Kenny Brown [for Lt. Gov. primary race] & he neva’ make trouble for John [Ushijima][reapportionment contraction of Senate seats]. So let me have dis one.” Scrub acceded to Burns’ one/only favor/request. Burns’ cabinet appointees submitted resignation letters before appointment [if they fell down/out of favor w/Burns]. [ergo Luso Jim Ferry[eira] — Land Bd. head born 1928 — conflict of interest on developments]. –Curt * * * _____________________________________________ * * * Hung Wai Ching despised samurai mystique–beneath HW’s class level [Hung Wai an elitist/patrician in his head — but his heart was grassroot, no matter how he tamped it] — Hung Wai 1905-2002 displaced his own sense of inferiority [not master race-haole] onto the even lower class J_ps. Thence his disdain for stoic bushido [way of the warrior]. The paradox is that Hung Wai is our greatest oyabun/warrior of all [saved our whole Nikkei people from cultural ruin/opened up military to Blacks via Truman/forced S.Ct. CJ Earl Warren’s make-up call Brown v. Bd.of Education 1954/got Hawai`i Statehood via LBJ/Rayburn (Alamo Lost Battalion)/enabled LBJ’s Civil Rights legacy/facilitated Japan’s faith in America/etc.]. In Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai’s final scene, young emperor Hito asks Cruise how samurai Kusumoto died. Cruise replies, “I shall tell you how he lived.” Lao-tzu 2,500 yrs. ago said that “one w/outward courage dares to die, but one w/inward courage dares to live.” Kusumoto lived w/unrequited love for all, heartily choosing love over fear, & acted w/total abandon when facing the moment of truth. Like Tennyson, Kusumoto lived to risk & fail, & risk again, as self-mastery. When self-sacrifice/delaying tactic [Thermopylae/Alamo/Wake Island] are imperative, do not capitulate, but fight to the death, as though a fire burns in your heart, as bodhisattva [devoted to lifelong service to help others] samurai Kikushi was chastened by his master. Daidoji primes us that a true warrior considers every day of life as the last day, vital & essential — heart & more heart, inexorably molting. As such, Hung Wai’s hero William James resonates the moral equivalent of war — the undying love for family/village/nation to serve others. Of course, WWII combat veteran Glenn Gray says that “no human force can atone for the suffering & degradation of spirit of a single day of warfare.” Beat swords into plowshares our goal, or as strategist Sun Tzu said 2,500 yrs. ago, the best way to win is w/out fighting. –Curt * * * ___________ * * * Yuri Kochiyama born 1921/Malcolm X 1925-1965 influenced Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940 — Malcolm X/Yuri Mary Kochiyama worked astride each other after Malcolm X & Elijah Muhammad split up. Yuri cradles Malcolm in her arms after he is mortally wounded [Life Mag]. Yuri’s husband Bill is 442 veteran out of internment camps. Bill cried & cried w/tears of joy/elation when Bill met 100th/442 avatar Hung Wai Ching’s son KingLit Ching born 1936, just as audacious as dad Hung Wai in KingLit’s own valorous way. Malcolm saw people of color as the world’s majority & went directly into the heart of the urban ghettos to uplift them. Contrariwise, Martin Luther King focused on narrow civil rights [vs. Malcolm’s internationalist human rights] as a minority race struggle which needed collaboration from middle class Whites/working people. Many Black households have both MX/MLK pix on their living room walls. Ron favors MX over MLK’s collaborationist bent. Ron was inspired by Union Theol. alumnus Archie Hargraves [Black preacher who spoke at Church of Crossroads] to go to Chicago Theol. Seminary. Paul Waterhouse at Kalihi Union Church inspired Ron’s dad Donald 1906-2004 to go to USC Divinity. There dad met mom Lily Satow 1907-2005 [Phi Beta Kappa], whose brother-in-law is Dan Inouye. Jesse Jackson was Ron’s good friend & a year below Ron at Chicago Theol. Sem. Ron also was inspired by CoCrossroads pastor Delwyn Raison, who was the inspiration for sanctuary to draft dodgers Vietnam War. Raison ended up a gardener & died recently. Ron also was inspired by Saul Alinsky, who told Ron’s peer from South Africa, Wandile Ku Se [Miriam Makeba’s tribe], “When the boss’ thugs shot at me, I had to shoot my six-shooter — you’ll fight for your very life — good luck!” Iao Church’s Mineo Katagiri also inspired Ron to engage in social works/serving others. Genro/sempai mentorship on Maui — baseballer Iron Maehara’s dad was Ron’s dad Donald’s mentor. Donald in turn mentored Iron [Iron was homerun hitter Donald’s batboy]. Iron’s baby brother Angel [Rusty Blaisdell’s chief advisor] in turn mentored Ron. –Curt * * * __________________________________________ * * * Hung Wai Ching’s earliest role models YMCA’s John Young & Leigh Hooley — Hung Wai Ching’s parents immigrated to Hawai`i from Zhongshan [same region as Sun Yat Sen] outside Canton in the early 1890s. Hung Wai’s dad was a merchant seaman who always was on the open sea, never at home in Nu`uanu across Queen Emma Elem. School. Hung Wai’s mom raised her 6 kids along w/her widower brother’s 5 kids. Geography is a huge influence on a person’s fate. Hung Wai’s positive figures were Nu`uanu YMCA/Congregational leaders John Young/”Lee Houley.” Hung Wai got so caught up in his heroes’ altruism that he wanted to be a youth leader like them. And via their outreach to the eventual Chinese Community Church at Emma St., he wanted to be a faithfinder like them. These were Hung Wai’s formative influences. Absent father [work duties], overwhelmed child caregiver mother, Hung Wai hero worshipped his conveniently located leaders Young/Houley on his block. Top alter ego propagation/successorship, from Young/Houley down to impressionable/hungry heathen Hung Wai. Aloha, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Representative democracy vs. participatory democracy 1. Hawai`i’s electoral college advantage — small States have greater say as opposed to popular [citizens’ votes] elections, twice as much. Such weighted formula are premised on levelling the playing field between the haves [traditional urban hubs] & the have-nots [rural regions]. Thence the notions of representative [electoral college] democracy vs. participatory [direct citizen vote] democracy. 2. Which bring us to current GOP vs. Dem Party thinking. GOP started as the party of anti-slavery’s Abraham Lincoln, which caused post-Civil War Southern solons to turn Dem. Thence the Southern Bloc of the Dem Party, which caused huge rifts between liberal Northern Dems vs. the right-wing Southern Bloc [post-Civil War Reconstruction/etc.]. Today’s Southern Bloc ID — the Dems switched party labels to GOP over a decade ago in conformity w/current GOP conservative bent — and lost in the recent changeover to Dem majority Congress, after previous 12 yrs. of GOP rule. The South shall rise again now hinges on GOP fate. Aloha, –Curt * * * ____________________________________________ * * * Style over substance — So Jesus gets railed for blasphemy by healing a paralytic on the Sabbath [Jewish Holy Day]. It’s about heart/substance, not form/ritual [Matthew 9:3]. Joshua conquers Jericho because of prostitute Rahab, who gives sanctuary to Joshua’s 2 spies. Memorialized as a great leader, Joshua places substance [Rahab] over form [intolerance/ritual vs. unclean of society]. Joshua dismisses self-idolatry & positively recognizes Rahab as a person of redemption/great character, despite her unfortunate predicament. Jesus tells Peter, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will bind in Heaven. Whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in Heaven.” [Matthew 14-18]. Catholics see this declaration as the basis for the office & ministry of the bishops of Rome/Popes. Form. Isaac’s half-brother Ishmael is the son of Abraham & maidservant Hagar. Islam claims its connection to Abraham through Ishmael, whereas Judaism flows from the line of Abraham & Isaac. Forms. The woman anoints Jesus w/perfumed salve. Disciples question this. Jesus says, “She has done a beautiful thing. What she has done will be told in memory of her.” Compassion/substance over utility/form [Mark 14:1-16:8]. Jesus’ crucifixion deters sedition. Yet the Roman centurion stands in front of Jesus on the Cross & cries out, “Surely, this man is the Son of God!” [Mark 15:39] A stout-hearted Roman warrior/substance proclaims Jesus’ Divinity over the crucifixion/form of deterrence. Love, –Curt * * * ____________________________________________ * * * Stare decisis/stand by that which was decided – Stare decisis compels following precedent/do not repudiate established cases [custom/tradition/stability]. Brown v. Bd. of Education revoked separate but equal precedent 1954, finding that separate was not equal, but caused inequality b/n Whites/Blacks. Local C.J. S.Ct. Ron Moon, nominal GOP Korean ethnicity, evoking his own sense of self-inflicted guilt vs. Haw’ns, leaped to the Apology Resolution to restrain our State gov’t from disposing of ceded lands. Sovereign immunity confers power in the legislative branch of gov’t, not Moon’s misguided S.Ct., to deal w/ceded lands. Haw’ns per se/OHA have no ownership over ceded lands. Ceded lands belong to all of Hawai`i people, entrusted via the Organic Act/Statehood Act. Haw’ns per se have no inviolable/singular/solitary claim to ceded lands. On the other hand, bankruptcy judge Lloyd R. King, knowing that sale of Aloha Airlines name was inevitable, asked the parties to reconsider their pact, amid goodwill/self-sacrifice by former employees of Aloha Air who gave the carrier its charm. King correctly tried to be sensitive to former employees, who obviously don’t own the name legally. Different from Ron Moon’s ruling, because what Moon did flies in the face of all established law, w/no sound basis in fact, opposite from Brown v. Bd. of Education. Remember Dred Scott v. Sanford race supremacy 1856, that started our Civil War [Blacks barred from citizenship, even though born free in the U.S.]?! Forget Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 overturned by Brown v. Bd. of Education 1954. We’re talking what caused our Civil War 1856 [half million died in Civil War]. This is what happens when you get a Moon. Invoke common sense a la Thomas Paine/Sam Clemens. –Curt * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Waiakea lore — Capt. Matson monopolized shipping. His 1st facility was his warehouse on the bank of Wailoa River [across Suisan]. The Waiakea Christian church bell which was swept ringing in the throes of the 1877 tsunami now hangs as the courtyard centerpiece at Hilo’s YMCA. Coconut Island’s Mokuola Rock [healing] sits in the middle of the shallow bay inlet west of the diving tower. The 1903 metal trestle RR bridge at the entrance to Wailoa harbor was dismantled in 1921 [RR wharf/Isles Landing was closed down after today’s Hilo Harbor was built][RR bridge abutment was shaved down to 2 ft. above water level — still existent today at river’s mouth], & used as “siding”/RR bridge across Pepe`ekeo’s Kaupaku`ea stream. Of course, the phenom 800 ft. long RR wharf wood pier parallel to the Banyan Drive/Lili’u Park shoreline also was torn down & its lumber used for scrap wood. Heiau where Suisan parking lot is [makai bank-Japanese cultural park berm is manmade/artificial rise to service 1903 Mamane St. buggy/vehicle bridge & oceanside RR bridge– buggy bridge abutment still existent as 10 ft. tall lava rock/mortar “tower” — trough/chasm b/n RR & buggy rd. where Dr. Pete Okumoto’s home was, got filled w/dirt after RR wharf closed down 1919], along w/heiaus where Mokuola parking lot is & where new Rotary Club clearing is oceanside of Harrington’s Restaurant, were stripped for road building. As recently as 1970, embedded rock still surfaced at the entrance/Keli`ipi`o Way to Mokuola parking lot. Ancient Hawaiians would dry their ancestral bones on the Mokuola islet off the shore [rancid smell/fumes/flies]. Central Japan’s Yamaguchi [Suisan/IK Motors] & Hiroshima [KTA] districters inhabited Waiakea a century ago, just about when Hawaiian athletic forebearers [Herman/Jimmy Clark’s tutu][Herm Wedemeyer’s ohana][Tommy Kaulukukui’s kin] were leaving the area. My in-laws Namahoe had century-old feuds over both sides of Kam Ave. w/n their Mahoe family. Which is why one branch, Hoe, became ubiquitous Hoe/Kapena for Henry Hoe Lane [where KTA got its start across Suisan on Lihiwai St.]. Legend has it that the twin warriors on our State seal impelled the Mahoe family to pull together, inasmuch the twins were the Mahoes! Yikes! Lore from hither & ‘yon! As to current [1960 tsunami] site recall of residents/commerce, contempos Rich Nakamura born 1921 ph. 959-7450/ Tomoe Nagahisa Nishi born 1923 ph. 959-8615 pm 934-9611 am are Waiakea’s aces. I refer Sanborn/TMK map IDs to them, not to me. Love, –Curt * * * ______________ * * * Honoka`a’s Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006/Skinny Hagiwara born 1921/Nel Doi born 1922 — Hiram Skinny Hagiwara avoided Scrub because Scrub verbally abused/mistreated those who were younger than Scrub. Yes, Skinny could’ve punched out Scrub [Skinny was a Japanese Charles Atlas; Skinny’s fraternal twin was nicknamed Fat for being husky], but Skinny would’ve died from guilt by punching out old fart/curmudgeon Scrub. Skinny didn’t respect/trust tenno heika [self-professed sacred emperor] Scrub. Nelson Doi himself wanted to be tenno heika, & wasn’t about to share the throne of power/governorship w/Scrub or Jack Burns. Contrariwise, Nelson/Skinny were hanna batta/schoolkid pals, which is why Skinny tolerated Nelson’s Scrub-identical egomania. But Nelson was for Nelson, whereas Scrub was for the polity/people, which is why Skinny wasted Skinny’s time propping up Nelson. Yet, Nelson’s wife is the sweetest/most gracious lady. Of course, we all lived in the same neighborhood, & Nelson was very loving to us hanna batta kids, inasmuch Nelson’s kids David/Kathy were our school/classmates. Redeeming thing about Nelson — like Holland Smith [Camp Smith], Nelson loved to dig his hands into the rich garden soil — Nelson’s serenity/peace was his gardening avocation. Just a stone’s throw from Nelson, Scrub Tanaka’s manpower chief/brother Mits Tanaka 1921-2007 also loved gardening. Mits worked for his oldest brother’s Harders outfit [wholesaler], located next door to Isamu Kanekuni/George Inouye [Dan’s campaign mgr.] Veterans Produce. Mits’ son married George’s niece. George lived across Nelson’s home. I live across Mits’ home, as did Trib editor Ray Yuen. Luso educator/principal Henry Gouveia lived next to Nelson. FDR postmaster Jimmy Yabusaki [wife Enid is Dr. Kutsunai’s sister] lived next to the Gouveias. Ad infinita/so forth-so on. Nelson tried recruiting neighbor Toshi [my Dad], to no avail. Actually, Scrub liked/respected my Dad 1913-1998, GOP man, 442 poker player champ, came off the homecoming 442 ship w/winnings in Dad’s pockets, & of all things, Dad’s boys choose Dad as the 1st 442 club prexy 1946. Yikes! Yes, this is the Dad Skinny described to Nelson — go for broke [literally — as in poker]. Dad/Skinny were great friends — no age gap/trust issues here. Dad loved Skinny’s Fugu fish dish. Which shows you the trust factor. Uncle Mits Tanaka/Dad were great friends. But to the man, Tanaka/Inouye/Dad folks marginalized Nelson Doi as a yakamashii tenno heika wanna-be. Remember that all were battle-tested combat veterans — except Nelson, who went to school instead of the 442. The Great Divide. But still, Skinny sided w/Nelson instead of Scrub because Skinny didn’t respect/trust Scrub. And this Skinny/Nelson Doi partnership did more harm to Skinny than good — Nelson the megalomaniac didn’t even ask for Skinny’s blessing to run vs. Fasi for mayor in Nelson’s death knell 1976 rPredictably, populist Fasi pulverized carpet-bagger/neighbor islander Nelson. Incredulously, Nelson didn’t even ask for O`ahu confidant Royce Higa’s blessing to run vs. Fasi. Till this day, Nelson regrets Nelson’s self-inflated ego. Nelson gets iced out of Ariyoshi’s cabinet mtgs [Nel was Lt. Gov. 1974-1978], so Nelson self-titillates vs. Gov. rival/candidate Fasi??!! Upside down thinking/logic, this from a “brilliant” man who is too brilliant/impatient for his own good! So Skinny/Royce feel like worthless vassals!! This is Nelson, this is Tom Gill [who dumped Nelson because Nelson wanted guaranteed patronage appointments as Gill’s Lt. gov. running mate]. –Curt * * * _____________________________________________ * * * Current Pope Benedict — Predecessor Pope John Paul lived thru the dual specter of Nazi & Communist tyranny. Jesus was here to be among the untouchables, & so felt John Paul amid secular autocracy. Thence John Paul’s intrepid odyssey thru the world’s inhospitable venues. Spiritual salvation breaks secular one-man iron-fisted rulership. Canon governance by committee pretty much sums up Pope Benedict’s reign today. No way is Benedict accorded arbitrary authority/life span-long rulership as w/his predecessors. Benedict’s gaffe is when he self-glorifies by narcissizing to his German brethren “I never knew how many people look up to me. It is dizzying. I am so honored by my authority.” Like when a priest chafes, please don’t lay your hand against the wall — I don’t want to clean it. Turf-touchy/self-serving possessive behavior — me/me/me. Selfish. Committee oversight infuses checks/balances. So that if the Pope, who has the supposed final say/word/authority, suddenly wakes up one morning & edicts that clergy shall be allowed to have spouses, he will be constrained by council from “going off the deep end.” We shall not see for the next 2 decades absolute Canonical one-man rulership of long tenure. Rule by committee is the advisory precept. Erasmus was a reformist, Luther was a revolutionary. Luther was more into I/Me — Erasmus was into We/Team-first. Unity of Christianity, not 2 separate churches! And certainly not capricious leadership! Current councillors promote balance/harmony, not risk of one-man absolute rulership. Such rule by committee averts handicap of age senility [evident w/predecessor tenures such as recent John Paul] — & averts administrative stagnation — & averts radical change/edicts. During the last decade of John Paul’s rule, idle governance stymied mission strategy/outreach. Catholic propagation actually receded into loss of parishioners, not gains in number of devotees. Thence rule by commitee/Benedict’s advanced age in his appointment — ensure a relatively satisfactory & short tenure. Jesus became an untouchable himself by touching the deformed/lepers. So did our Father Damien. So did Mother Teresa. Joan of Ark was burned at the stake because she defied church hypocrisy. Recent John Paul defied staid protocol by reaching out to untouchables a la Jesus, in conformity w/open-minded/welcome sign Vatican II. Our Bishop Stephen Alencastre, Luso/Portuguese [1st ever native Bishop], was spurned by the Vatican for mission support, & in turn worked w/the Maryknoll Fathers/Brothers to spread the Word/Canon. Strategist/starter/outreach virtuoso, our Stephen Alencastre was a wunderkind. Current Bishop Silva, Luso, is an introvert to Bishop Alencastre’s people skills/deftness. Different eras, different calibre. Alencastre was beyond compare. He was a young John Paul! But he did not suffer long decline like sad decrepit John Paul. To see exemplars of anti-rigid Catholic church hierarchy, bio-up on Martin Luther protege Phillip Melanchthon 1497-1560 & Marcus Aurelius stoic protege Jeanne Marie Guyon aka Madame Guyon 1684-1717. Muito obrigad/abencoe, –Curt * * * ______________________________________________ * * * Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 a great leader — Scrub Tanaka rebuilt Hilo from the ground up after the 1960 tsunami, yet his name appears nowhere in official titles. On the other hand, Richard Jitchaku 1913-2007 looked to benefit himself, & was merciless in Rich’s exclusion of old man Wence, fumigator. If you didn’t kowtow to Rich, you were “history.” Whatever Scrub did, Scrub did for the public good [rehabbed tsunami-destroyed small businesses, which is how Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 got to know Scrub well]. And Scrub never made a penny off Scrub’s enablement of small businesses/displaced residents. Which is why Scrub disdained “me-first” solons like Kaz Abe/Stan Hara/John Ushijima. Scrub respected Toshi Serizawa born 1916 [still sharp tack] because Serizawa did not exploit/self-gain like the other solons. –Curt * __________ * Edwin O. Reischauer 1910-1990 — Reischauer was born/raised in Japan, & was our U.S. greatest Japan expert. Reischauer advocated U.S. all-Nisei combat unit in September 1942, on grounds that such patriotic unit would dispel Imperial Japan’s propaganda that Japan’s war vs. U.S. was a racial war to counter White supremacy. Reischauer went on to become ambassador to Japan under JFK/LBJ. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 [internal economic collapse], current Japan expert Chalmers Johnson born 1931 was radicalized when U.S. policy was to accelerate U.S. military expansion, an alternative to old U.S. imperialism of establishing more colonies [Naval godfather Al Mahan/expansionist Teddy Roosevelt]. By doing so, Johnson says that we created a greater crisis in the volatile triangle of China/Japan/Korea, where China always distrusts U.S. motives. Better that we keep Japan unarmed except for self-defense, something that Reischauer deviated from when Reischauer went to work for JFK/LBJ. –Curt * __________ * Eichi Oki born January 1, 1925, just about the youngest of the original 442 enlistees, of mega-esteemed K Co., is a James Michener with Eichi’s powerful narratives, evoking themes/symbols/metaphors by use of characters/people, which is how Dan Boylan’s bio of Jack Burns reads — the life and times of Jack Burns. Eichi is a rarity like Pastor Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, with a providential sense of idealism [everybody’s equal] which outdoes everything else done by Eichi. It’s no surprise that Eichi’s greatest heroes are men of Faith like Eichi’s “amazing 3 chaplains” of the 442 — Yost/Higuchi/Yamada of respective 1st/2nd/3rd Battalions, & like Eichi’s renaissance man Albert Schweitzer. Eichi also reveres Tom Dooley [not Kingston Trio song about folklore ancient Dooley], Catholic “good works” Dooley in S.E. Asia. In the same breath, Eichi also respects Oliver Cromwell, old Ironside [citizen soldier], & Eichi references Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” in discussing the “fortune/misfortune of circumstance” per VVV/2nd Batt. anti-tank’s Herb Isonaga 1921-2009 — that most earth-shattering historic events are accidents/coincidences, such as the segregated 442 [isolated unit used to displace anti-J_p sentiments]. Eichi extols the KIAs/WIAs for preserving our liberty/freedom. Love, –Curt * _____________ * Original Chinese Hospital 1896 — Frank Atherton/Theodore Richards [great Japan Christian benefactors] bankrolled the Chinese Hospital, morphed into today’s Palolo Chinese Home [Sun Yet Sen’s ancestral gang]. Haole WWII veteran/C & C boss Henry Clark born 1915 served on Palolo’s board w/Hiram Fong. Inclusionist Henry got Liberty Bank’s Kee Fook Zane & Servco’s Peter Fukunaga on Honolulu Gas Co. Board, & opened up the Pacific Club to all ethnic groups after Masaji Marumoto was turned down for membership in 1969. –Curt * ____________ * Proto-biographer Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 did not follow a blow by blow chronological narration of the subject’s life. I follow Samuel Johnson by using particular events, so-called “domestic privacies,” which reveal the nature of the person such as a Hiroshi Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006, whose life forever was changed when Scrub laid down Scrub’s plantation management-provided firearm, as a result of Scrub’s brother justifiably killing a laborer intruder. Scrub went from management/high culture to laborer/grassroot folks after this incident some 75 yrs. ago. Family/friendship network relationships/idiosyncratic dynamics — so-called “connections,” often make/unfold history/events. Power relationships fuel history-making, which literally have nothing to do w/individual/collective merit. In this sense, Truman Capote’s admixture of “domestic privacies” with historic events resulted in history as personification instead of obtuse abstraction. This life-and-times approach follows Samuel Johnson’s intimate embodiments of historic events. Exemplar here — Kengo “Kenneth” Otagaki 1917-2009, Laupahoehoe native, 100th Batt. WIA [mortar wounds — lost his leg/2 fingers/use of one eye], was new Gov. Jack Burns’ Dept. of Ag head 1963, Ken exponent of diversified ag. While recovering in hospital WWII from mortar blast, Ken laid his head to ample bosom of nurse, who exclaimed, “You must be feeling better, young man!!” Ken’s audacity still was evident just before he died, when I asked him about his brother in D.C. who was greatly benefacted by fellow Laupahoehoe boy Shokan “Jesse” Shima[bukuro] 1901-2002 centenarian, our greatest Nikkei in America, and Ken’s response was, “You not asking about me?? I don’t know about Shimabukuro, he got nothing to do with me!!” Audacity. Love, –Curt * _____________ * Capitalism — Warren Buffett is small town grassroot like Obama, where concern for another bedrocks relationships. Hawai`i provides the unthinkable rural class-ethnic mix/”local concern” absent in Stateside urban centers Bill Gates is Mickey Rooney’s pimpled teen characters, urbanized/hegemonic class/race walls. Thence Buffett’s demonstrative public stands [vs. Wall St.’s CDS –credit default swaps concocted via JP Morgan Co. 1994/Goldman Sachs bailout]. Of course, altruist Buffett flubs bigtime many times over [like us all in everyday life], w/bad investments. Hung Wai Ching’s inimitable son KL’s [born 1936] take on Wall St. a year ago: “While I was in [Ivy League] Business School, courses in character building and enlightened organizational development were dismissed as wastes of time (even criticized on the hall floors as ripoff of tuition). Today, “cunning” investment managers mouth off the ultimate tactic of “using other people’s money” instead of putting their personal assets at risk (to prove their integrity). Many if not most in business circles value cleverness, shrewdness, and deviousness to make money –as ends in themselves instead of being more holistic to enhance overall standards of living (zero sum to them). Unfortunately, lots of folks, due to class adversity/obsession to overdo materially, develop a culture of exploiting commercial opportunities at any cost (notice how individualist wealthy Chinamen will quarrel over a nickel “on principle?!”). Polynesians and local everyday folks have a different altruistic culture. There is a definite lack of beneficence as the salutary value in our American form of capitalism or democracy. We are a young nation, spoiled by our good fortune, and imbued with a sense of entitlement. We lack humility. Europe, as an older, enlightened society, could teach us much.” * ___________ * Not hindered by points of origin — Goso’s vision exceeds reach — YMCA’s team-first motto had big influence on Koji Ariyoshi pre-1940 [yes, John Young/Leigh Hooley’s gang], but biggest impact was maligned Jack Kawano 1911-1984 [unionism], who is a better guy than his final epitaph [traitor to the working man]. Kawano’s obsessed hurt/rejection vs. Jack Hall 1915-1971 ruined Kawano’s rep among the masses. Blessings seem to roll in 3s. YMCA’s triangle [mind/body/spirit]. Goso Yoneda’s first name means one man w/the strength of 3 men. Which is why I saw universal audacity in Yoneda/Koji/Jesse Shima. Their point of place origins did not deter them from “seeing the world”/eyeballing personally historic places/people/practices. –Curt *
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From: KingLit Ching [Hung Wai Ching’s son] Many of these far-reaching accomplishments had roots in congregationalism and the YMCA or other denominations. Curt wrote: ILWU holy grail kotonk Goso Karl Marx Yoneda 1906-1999 was Koji Ariyoshi’s 1914-1976 Stateside alter ego/sempai. Gang, look at the big picture/evaluate-find common characteristics– fearless audacity unearthed via enormous hardship marks the historic trinity of Yoneda/Koji Ariyoshi/Hilo uchinanchu Jesse Shima 1901-2002 centenarian [greatest Nikkei in U.S. via D.C.legacies — ameliorated internment conditions; Japan/U.S. post-WWII success; Okinawan sovereignty instead of U.S. commonwealth; Issei naturalization/etc.]. Geopolitics on international scale, this trinity not deterred by roots/points of origin — Yoneda seeks out marxist messiah all the way to China; Ariyoshi [no relation to panty-ass George; why do you think opportunist Larry Mehau born 1929 lorded over tough guy wanna-be George born 1926?] dives into “radical” unionism Stateside & is taught those ropes by Yoneda [thanks to Atherton/Hung Wai Ching, Koji mentored at Georgia U by Erskine Caldwell ohana (“Tobacco Road” plight of southern sharecroppers vs. landed gentry); Shima [Shokan Shimabukuro, Pi`ihonua’s Henry’s dearest uncle] breaks Big 5 yoke & pickbacks via military transport to D.C., surviving as street urchin (anti-Asian repression in D.C.)until hanai’d into D.C. scion John Henderson’s 1826-1913 family–Henderson genesis of 13th Amdt. 1865 which eradicates slavery, which then frees greatest Black assimilationist Booker T. Washington 1856-1915, who is mentored by Maui boy/haole Sam Chapman Armstrong; Henderson was orphaned White son of deceased sharecropper parents–sold unto slave master–which is why Henderson ohana embraced orphan Jesse]. Yes, geographic mobility globalized this unprecedented trinity. This is the big picture, & I thank Pastor Roy Kim born 1946 for globalizing my myopic mindset. Chou En Lai opposed Mao’s horrific slaughter/Cultural Revolution. Internationalist Chou En Lai [like the trinity above & my pragmatic guru Hung Wai Ching] was head/shoulders above other world leaders –Khrushchev was jealous of Chou En Lai’s cosmopolitan polish/chivalrous perfection/mannered savvy, so Khruschev sarcastically tells Chou, “Interesting isn’t it, that I’m of peasant origin, & you’re (Chou) of landlord origin?” To which witty Chou quipped, “Yes, & we each betrayed his class!” Yes, Yoneda/Ariyoshi were 442nd RCT [out of internment camps–Koji stuck on Mainland 12/7/41]. Jesse Issei/too old for enlistment. Love, –Curt Working class messiah Koji Ariyoshi 1914-1976 — Kona boy Koji [grew up w/my Mom’s kazoku/villagers] practical atheist/self-made man, religion is opiate. Koji’s symbolic headstone reads “He served humanity.” Humanity’s tribute — “Well done, my faithful & loyal servant.” I met Koji — Koji ethnic studies icon, Koji a bear like Mao in Koji’s younger days. Koji’s indulgent son Roger born 1949, tour operator, says that Koji always took flowers to Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, in appreciation of Hung Wai’s scholarship for Koji to U Georgia journalism [Yale of the South — our greatest leaders are Georgia alums][James Oglethorpe outlawed slavery in his original Georgia colony]. Roger doesn’t know about Georgia’s calibre of schooling, or of buddahead apostle Frank Atherton’s bankroll of Koji’s scholarship [Frank 1878-1945 Merchant St. oyabun/top mogul-godfather — spiritual son Frank Atherton Chong 1944-2008 named after him]. That Koji annually made pilgrimage to Hung Wai brings me to my feet — what class/dignity!! You gotta love Koji for Koji’s inexorable loads of heart!! Roger doesn’t know about Atherton because fearless Frank died 4 yrs. before Roger was born. Give kudos to loving son Roger, grassroot like Koji. Hey, Kona gold, baby!! [my Mama is Hanato girl from the steep coffee lands] Koji learned his longshore licks/unionism from Kapoho’s Jack Kawano, whom Roger dismisses as the ingrate snitch [vs. nemesis (haole control via Frisco) Jack Hall]. I emoted to Roger that quicksilver readers discredit Koji [radical noisebox] the same way that Roger feels about Kawano [coward/traitor to the working man]. Had Kawano beat out egomaniac Hall, Hawai’i would’ve seen greater/more expansive/ speedier labor reforms a la CIO’s John Lewis over AFL’s Sam Gompers. Kawano molded successors [Koji/Dan Aoki/Tadao Beppu/etc.], Hall glorified himself, although Hall married police detective Jerry Ogawa’s Ola`a sister Yoshiko. Kawano’s fatal flaw was his sad decision to retaliate vs. arch- enemy Hall via HUAC confessions [Hall & Kawano as crimson-red Commies], hence Roger’s antipathy vs. scorned snitch Kawano. Decision/decision, Kawano’s terminal mistake to stoop down vs. Hall. Same could be ascribed to Koji, duped by Mao/Gang of 4/not Chou, despite history’s major malevolent event, demented/paranoid aging Mao’s murderous Cultural Revolution. Actually, Hall is more Mao as Kawano is more Koji. “All are not what meet the eyes.” Roger’s sis passed away, & Roger is the only one left to give clarity to Koji’s life as the working class messiah. Yes, Koji had unmistakeable presence as a bear of a man in size/mystique/destiny. –Curt *
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Scripture was Hung Wai Ching’s strength — Irascible [noble fire] HW’s idealism was steeped in Scripture. What he risked is incomprehensible. A Chinaman who gives up a charmed life for oppressed Japs. I utter what Jesus evoked upon Jesus’ crucifixion, “Father, they know not what they do.” [Jesus’ naysayers] HW is Jesus incarnate. 442nd RCT Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 put it viscerally, “Hung Wai is like a God.” Chou En Lai was wary of HW’s fulfillment of the American Dream, & Chou accordingly respected U.S. culture/psyche. HW 1905-2002. Mahalo, –Curt *
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Johnny Bellinger only had high school diploma — Bellinger was hard-knocks old school [Roosevelt, not Punahou], mentored commoner Portuguese/Luso Walt Dods born 1941, in whom Bellinger saw himself [not privileged class, but grassroot]. Thence Bellinger’s pidgin English, but Dods the marketeer was smooth as silk [fluent in English]. Actually, Bellinger vicariously copied rival/national banking pioneer Rudy Peterson, who rescued Bank of Hawai’i out of the doldrums 1955-1961 vs. Bellinger’s 1st Haw’n Bank. –Curt *
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Yes, Eichi Oki’s hero Tom Dooley was JFK’s inspiration for the Peace Corps. Eichi’s point about “Of Mice and Men” is that we stumble into luck, good or bad, via life’s vicissitudes, never ordaining, “Okay, I’ll go & be a hero today!” –Curt * * * __________________________________________________ * * * * http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/opinion/20krugman.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman&gwh=0CC78BE03F5747F8E4F45484632F8576 * * __________________________________________________ * *
Revisionist Jon Van Dyke details our Hawai’i Supreme Court decision in 1864 transmoded into statute 1865 — declaring that our Crown lands were inalienable [incapable of transfer] & that these lands belonged to the office, not the person, of the monarchy. These same lands of a million acres have since been owned in succession by our Territory, the U.S., and via Admission Act by our Strate. Lili’u lost on claim to Crown lands in the U.S. Court of Claims. *
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Just saw a sa-ke bottle at Glass From the Past antique store, supposedly from our Hilo sa-ke brewery some 70+ yrs. ago, said brewery a combine of our Issei leaders [esp. Yamaguchi ken from Waiakea], w/facilities at today’s Suisan by the old airport, the same structures still standing. *
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Koshiro Tofukuji? 1876-1966, born Nagano, Japan, among earliest M.D.s here w/Dr. Iga Mori, 12 yrs. older than Tofukuji, Japanese Hospital cornerstone, later known as Kuakini Medical Ctr. *
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Inspirer of youngsters who shape our future. Always encouraging, upbeat, other-directed, was our incomparable Walter Victor Sr. A Father Flanagan of Hilo. *
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Acolyte Randy Farias and the Patten legacy [banker Harold Patten’s mansion corner Pu’u’eo/Kauila Sts. — now BJ Penn’s ohana home] High society, au cul-toor to da max, see how the rich lived amid the Hawaiian ali’i confluence. A look-see of a far-away lifestyle/social class stratification-standing. Randy not my salt of the earth joe, but sour ling hi mui. Faladoo/waha/boastful like Frank De Luz/Rod Cambra. *
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George Bennett, Hilo Sugar Co. exec, macho muscle disciple of Teddy Roosevelt? Credit Bennett for keeping a whole bunch of rowdies out of trouble. Bennett single-handedly kept testosterone-heavy kids off the streets & in the athletic clubs to box/etc. Bennett is but another word for messiah post-WWI social history. *
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An old warehouse across today’s Cronies restaurant facing the ocean/old railroad tracks served as a Roarin’ Twenties training facility for Wainaku stouthearts like Sambo Shioshita/George Y. Bennett, with the salty ocean breeze cleansing their lungs [Bull Durham-congested]. We had word pictures back then, no radio/TV — w/colorful names like Sleeping Beauty Paulino/Shuffling Tsuda/Bulldog Emilio/Battling Bolo/Kohala Lion Modesto Cabuag/Heavy Hand Bill Sproat. Yes, you could say that later rasslers Gorgeous George/Freddie Blassie [you pencil-necked geek!] were old enough to retain the vaudeville of the oldtime studs!! *
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Kansas farmboy Charley Will was our major contractor/builder, built everything like a huge barn [look at the home off Hualalai St. mauka of Burger King], built the Volcano Arena, a huge warehouse along the Waiolama [Kukae] Canal off Kumu St. [makai of today’s soccer field bathrooms/tent], rear of Volcano Garage. Volcano Arena 1920s/1930s staged all of promoter George Bennett’s boxing matches, where riots occurred when ethnic favorites got jobbed [especially Sakadas who ended up on the short end of the turnstile receipts]. A century & more ago, our roofed halls included St. Albans [today’s Methodist Church site mauka of our public library], considered upcountry along muddy horse trail Waianuenue wagon road, Spreckels [today’s Cronies site], Mo’oheau Beckley Hall [grandstand], Fireman’s Hall [below Haw’n Tel bldg. on Kalakaua St.], Osorio Hall [SE corner Kam/Waianuenue, old Hackfeld bldg. kitty-cornered to become Osorio Hall]/etc. The good ole’ days. *
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Yes, centenarian Bill Sproat was the father of master vocalist/instrumentalist Kindy Sproat. Bill’s baby brother Gus also was a crowd favorite, a KO puncher. It didn’t help our Temperance Society [First Foreign haole church] that Roughrider Teddy Roosevelt espoused boxing. Sadly, promoter RC Luna’s son Hideo [half Filipino] was among the first KIA 442nd RCT WWII. Hideo a comer, Hilo High solon/scholar/athlete. The good die young, at least in this instance. * * * __________________________________________________ * * * * * * http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/pride_quotes.html High Intelligence plus pride always equals destruction. Gary Amirault Pride goes before the fall. The bible “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. The Bible, Proverbs 13:10 A soldier will fight hard and long for a bit of colored ribbon. Napoleon No one ever choked swallowing his pride. “Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.” There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself. George Elliot Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. T.S. Elliot Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. Carl Jung Pride is the mask of one’s own faults. Jewish Proverb Pride sullies the noblest character. Claudianius “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.” Jane Austen quotes (British Novelist and Writer, 1775-1817) “The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell” Simone Weil “Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself” Samuel Johnson “Pride is the mask we make of our faults” Hebrew Proverb Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. Fulton John Sheen What is pride? A whizzing rocket that would emulate a star. William Wadsworth Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages. Samuel Johnson There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought. Elbert Hubbard The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. Voltaire The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. George Santayana Many men nourish a pride which urges them to conceal their struggles and show themselves only as conquerors. – Honore de Balzac When a man’s pride is subdued it’s like the sides of Mount Aetna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top. – Henry Ward Beecher It is pride which fills the world with so much harshness and severity. We are rigorous to offenses as if we had never offended. – Hugh Blair Pride is like the beautiful acacia, that lifts its head proudly above its neighbor plants–forgetting that it too, like them, has its roots in the dirt. – Christian Nestell Bovee Snobbery is the pride of those who are not sure of their position. – Berton Braley Pride is a vice not only dreadfully mischievous in human society, but perhaps of all others, the most insuperable bar to real inward improvement. – Elizabeth Carter As for environments, the kingliest being ever born in the flesh lay in a manger. – Edwin Hubbell Chapin Men very rarely put off the trappings of pride till they who are about them put on their winding-sheet. – Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde The disesteem and contempt of others is inseparable from pride. It is hardly possible to overvalue ourselves but by undervaluing our neighbors. – Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde Pride, like the magnet, constantly points to one object, self; but, unlike the magnet, it has no attractive pole, but at all points repels. – Charles Caleb Colton As soon as there was two there was pride. – Dr. John Donne n reality, there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as you please, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself. – Benjamin Franklin Pride is founded not on the sense of happiness, but on the sense of power. – William Hazlitt Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself. – Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) (“The Great Cham of Literature”) It seems that nature, which has so wisely disposed our bodily organs with a view to our happiness, has also bestowed on us pride, to spare us the pain of being aware of our imperfections. – Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld He whose pride oppresses the humble may perhaps be humbled, but will never be humble. – Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater) Where pride begins, love ceases. – Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater) If he could only see how small a vacancy his death would leave, the proud man would think less of the place he occupies in his lifetime. – Ernest Wilfrid LeGouve Pride and weakness are Siamese twins. – James Russell Lowell Charity feeds the poor, so does pride; charity builds an hospital, so does pride. In this they differ: charity gives her glory to God; pride takes her glory from man. – Francis Quarles All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong. – John Ruskin Pride seems to be equally distributed; the man who owns the carriage and the man who drives it seem to have it just alike. – Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek) When a proud man thinks best of himself, then God and man think worst of him. – Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield) Pride is of such intimate connection with ingratitude that the actions of ingratitude seem directly resolvable into pride as the principal reason of them. – Bishop Robert South Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil’s sin, and the devil’s ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil’s stratagem, who, like an expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives him a throw. – Bishop Robert South Deep is the sea, and deep is hell, but pride mineth deeper; it is coiled as a poisonous worm about the foundations of the soul. – Martin Farquhar Tupper What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness of pride! The Egyptian kings had their embalmed bodies preserved in massive pyramids, to obtain an earthly immortality. In the seventeenth century they were sold as quack medicines, and now they are burnt for fuel! The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise. – Edwin Percy Whipple Earthly pride is like the passing flower, that springs to fall, and blossoms but to die. – Henry Kirke White * * * __________________________________________________ * * *
Jesus intones it’s not what we have, it’s not what we know, it’s who we are that matters. So that selfish pride and vanity [overly concerned about how others see us] get in the way of the message of salvation, which is why God calls on the meekest of the meek like Moses & Gideon to lead humanity. http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/CGG/ID/624/Meekness.htm Meekness is the fruit of God by His Spirit working in us. Godly sorrow softens our stiff-necked rebellion and our hearts so that we are made receptive to the workings of the Creator to produce His image in us. Therefore meekness, along with the qualities already mentioned, also includes our becoming pliable, malleable, submissive, and teachable. A New Testament term for this condition might be “childlike.” Meekness enables a person to bear patiently those insults and injuries he receives at the hand of others. It makes him ready to accept instruction from the least of the saints. It allows him to endure provocation without being inflamed by it. He remains cool when others become heated. Meek people seek no private revenge; they leave that to God’s sense of justice while they seek to remain true in their calling and meet God’s standards. We will be like the confident Peter, who, boasting that unlike others he would never desert Christ, immediately fell flat on his face in spiritual failure. The secret of growth in Christian character largely lies in realizing our powerlessness and acknowledging it before God. http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/Henry_on_Meekness.html The language of this meekness is that of the child Samuel: “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth;” and that of Joshua, who, when he was in that high post of honor, giving command to Israel, and bidding defiance to all their enemies—his breast filled with great and bold thoughts—yet, upon the intimation of a message from heaven, thus submits himself to it: “What saith my Lord unto his servant?” and that of Paul—and it was the first breath of the new man—”Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” and that of Cornelius: “And now we are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.” With Jonah likewise when he was so discontented: “Doest thou well to be angry?” This is represented, in the parable of the prodigal son, by the conduct of the father towards the elder brother, who was so angry that he would not come in. The father did not say, “Let him stay out then;” but he came himself and entreated him, when he might have interposed his authority and commanded him, saying, “Son, thou art ever with me.” When a passionate contest is begun, there is a plague broke out: the meek man, like Aaron, takes his censer with the incense of a soft answer, steps in seasonably, and stays it. It was Abraham’s meek management of his quarrel with Lot that secured both his own and his kinsman’s possessions, which otherwise would have been an easy prey to the Canaanite and the Perizzite that dwelt then in the land. And Isaac, whom I have sometimes thought to be the most quiet and calm of all the patriarchs, and that passed the days of his pilgrimage most silently, raised the greatest estate of any of them; he “grew until he became very great;”and his son Jacob lost nothing in the end by his meek and quiet carriage towards his uncle Laban. Revenge is costly. Haman bid largely for it, no less than ten thousand talents of silver. It is better to forgive, and save the charges. Another instance of Abraham’s meekness we have in the transactions between him and Abimelech his neighbor. He first enters into a covenant of friendship with him, which was confirmed by an oath, and then does not reproach him, but reproves him for a wrong that his servants had done him about a well of water; which gives us this rule of meekness, “Not to break friendship for a small matter of difference:” such and such occasions there are, which they that are disposed to it might quarrel about; but “what is that between me and thee?” David was a pattern of meekness, and it is promised that “the feeble shall be as David.” In this, as in other instances, he was a man after God’s own heart. When his own brother was so rough upon him without reason, “Why camest thou down hither?” how mild was his answer. “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” When his enemies reproached him, he was not at all disturbed at it. “I, as a deaf man, heard not.” When Saul persecuted him with such an unwearied malice, he did not take the advantage which Providence seemed to offer him, more than once, to revenge himself, but left it to God. Paul was a pattern of meekness. Though his natural temper seems to have been warm and eager, which made him eminently active and zealous, yet that temper was so rectified and sanctified, that he was no less eminently meek: he became all things to all men. He studied to please all with whom he had to do, and to render himself engaging to them, for their good to edification. How patiently did he bear the greatest injuries and indignities, not only from Jews and heathens, but from false brethren, that were so very industrious to abuse and undermine him. Many other examples of meekness might be adduced, but the time would fail me to tell of Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and Joshua; of Samuel also, and Job and Jeremiah, and all the prophets and apostles, martyrs and confessors, and eminent saints, who by meekness subdued, not kingdoms, but their own spirits; stopt the mouths, not of lions, but of more fierce and formidable enemies; quenched the violence, not of fire, but of intemperate and more ungovernable passions; and so wrought righteousness, obtained promises, escaped the edge of the sword, and out of weakness were made strong; and by all this obtained a good report. Heb. 11:32-34. * * * ___________________________________________________________ * * * http://goodwordsandworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/the-rise-of-joshua.pdf Joshua: The Understudy The Bible is filled with stories of mentors and protégés such as Samuel and David, Elijah and Elisha, and Paul and Timothy. For a young believer to have spiritual guidance from an older, more seasoned man or woman of God, is a very valuable asset. These wise veterans of the pathway of faith provide warnings against potential pitfalls, correction for mistakes, and encouraging words in times of distress. In his early days we find that Joshua was continually in the presence of Moses as his devoted helper. From companying with the meekest man on the earth, Joshua learned important lessons of patient restraint and decisive action. When Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God, Joshua accompanied him part way, and faithfully awaited his return. (Ex.24:13.) Already, Joshua was known as Moses’ “attendant” (or “servant” according to other translations.) While the nation below was reveling in their idolatry and other immoral celebrations, the Son of Nun was occupied with the spiritual activities on the mount. Although he could not ascend all the way with Moses, he was as near as possible. * * * _________________________________________________ * * * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satori Satori From Wikipedia Satori (悟り?) (Chinese: 悟; pinyin: wù; Korean 오) is a Japanese Buddhist term for “enlightenment.” The word literally means “understanding.” “Satori” translates as a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment, and while satori is from the Zen Buddhist tradition, enlightenment can be simultaneously considered “the first step” or embarkation toward nirvana. Satori is typically juxtaposed with a related term known as kensho, which translates as “seeing one’s nature.” Kensho experiences tend to be briefer glimpses, while satori is considered to be a deeper spiritual experience. Satori is as well an intuitive experience and has been described as being similar to awakening one day with an additional pair of arms, and only later learning how to use them. Nirvana From Wikipedia Nirvana (Sanskrit: निर्वाण; Pali: निब्बान; Prakrit: णिव्वाण) is the state of being free from suffering (or dukkha) in sramanic thought. In Pāli, “Nibbāna” means “blowing out” — that is, blowing out the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion. The word refers to central concepts in both Buddhism and Jainism. The Buddha described Nirvāṇa as the perfect peace of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger and other afflictive states (kilesas). It is also the “end of the world”; there is no identity left, and no boundaries for the mind. The subject is at peace with the world, has compassion for all and gives up obsessions and fixations. This peace is achieved when the existing volitional formations are pacified, and the conditions for the production of new ones are eradicated. In Nirvāṇa the root causes of craving and aversion have been extinguished, so that one is no longer subject to human suffering (Pali: dukkha) or further rebirth in Samsara. The Pali Canon also contains other perspectives on Nirvāṇa; for one, it is linked to seeing the empty nature of phenomena. It is also presented as a radical reordering of consciousness and unleashing of awareness. Scholar Herbert Guenther states that with Nirvāṇa “the ideal personality, the true human being” becomes reality. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha says of Nirvāṇa that it is “the highest happiness”. This happiness is an enduring, transcendental happiness integral to the calmness attained through enlightenment or bodhi, rather than the happiness derived from impermanent things. The knowledge accompanying Nirvāṇa is expressed through the word [bodhi]. The Buddha explains Nirvāṇa as “the unconditioned” (asankhata) mind, a mind that has come to a point of perfect lucidity and clarity due to the cessation of the production of volitional formations. This is described by the Buddha as “deathlessness” (Pali: amata or amaravati) and as the highest spiritual attainment, the natural result that accrues to one who lives a life of virtuous conduct and practice in accordance with the Noble Eightfold Path. Such a life engenders increasing control over the generation of karma (Skt; Pali, kamma). It produces wholesome karma with positive results and finally allows the cessation of the origination of karma altogether with the attainment of Nibbana. Otherwise, beings forever wander through the impermanent and suffering-generating realms of desire, form, and formlessness, collectively termed Samsara. Each liberated individual produces no new karma, but preserves a particular individual personality which is the result of the traces of his or her karmic heritage. The very fact that there is a psycho-physical substrate during the remainder of an arahant’s lifetime shows the continuing effect of karma. Rebirth (Buddhism) From Wikipedia Rebirth in Buddhism is the doctrine that the evolving consciousness (Pali: samvattanika-viññana) or stream of consciousness (Pali: viññana-sotam, Sanskrit: vijñāna-srotām, vijñāna-santāna, or citta-santāna) upon death (or “the dissolution of the aggregates” (P. khandhas, S. skandhas)), becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new aggregation. The consciousness in the new person is neither identical to nor entirely different from that in the deceased but the two form a causal continuum or stream. In traditional Buddhist cosmology these lives can be in any of a large number of states of being including the human, any kind of animal and several types of supernatural being (see Six realms). Rebirth is conditioned by the karmas (actions of body, speech and mind) of previous lives; good karmas will yield a happier rebirth, bad karmas will produce one which is more unhappy. The basic cause for this is the abiding of consciousness in ignorance (Pali: avijja, Sanskrit: avidya): when ignorance is uprooted, rebirth ceases. One of the analogies used to describe what happens then is that of a ray of light that never lands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_in_Buddhism Karma & Nirvana There is a further distinction between worldly, wholesome karma that leads to samsāric happiness (like birth in higher realms), and path-consciousness which leads to enlightenment and nirvana. Therefore, there is samsāric good karma, which leads to worldly happiness, and there is liberating karma—which is supremely good, as it ends suffering forever. Once one has attained liberation one does not generate any further kamma, and the corresponding states of mind are called in Pali Kiriya. Nonetheless, the Buddha advocated the practice of wholesome actions: “Refrain from unwholesome actions/Perform only wholesome ones/Purify the mind/This is the teaching of the Enlightened Ones” (Dhp v.183). In Buddhism, the term karma refers only to samsāric actions, the workings of which are modeled by the twelve nidanas of dependent origination, not actions committed by Arhats and Buddhas. Karma theory & social justice Since the exposure of the West to Buddhism, some western commentators and Buddhists have taken exception to aspects of karma theory, and have proposed revisions of various kinds. These proposals fall under the rubric of Buddhist modernism. As one scholar writes, “Some modern Buddhist thinkers appear largely to have abandoned traditional views of karma and rebirth in light of the contemporary transformation of the conception of interdependence,” preferring instead to align karma purely with contemporary ideas of causality. One scholar writes, “it is perhaps possible to say that both Buddhism and Buddhist ethics may be better off without the karmic-rebirth factor to deal with.” Often these critical writers have backgrounds in Zen and/or Engaged Buddhism. The “primary critique” of the Buddhist doctrine of karma is that some feel “karma may be socially and politically disempowering in its cultural effect, that without intending to do this, karma may in fact support social passivity or acquiescence in the face of oppression of various kinds.” Dale S. Wright, a scholar specializing in Zen Buddhism, has proposed that the doctrine be reformulated for modern people, “separated from elements of supernatural thinking,” so that karma is asserted to condition only personal qualities and dispositions rather than rebirth and external occurrences. One scholar and Zen practitioner, David Loy, echoes these remarks. He writes, “what are we going to do about karma? There’s no point in pretending that karma hasn’t become a problem for contemporary Buddhism . .Buddhism can fit quite nicely into modern ways of understanding. But not traditional views of karma.” Loy argues that the traditional view of karma is “fundamentalism” which Buddhism must “outgrow.” Loy argues that the idea of accumulating merit too easily becomes “spirtitual materialism,” a view echoed by other Buddhist modernists, and further that Karma has been used to rationalize racism, caste, economic oppression, birth handicaps and everything else. Taken literally, karma justifies the authority of political elites, who therefore must deserve their wealth and power, and the subordination of those who have neither. It provides the perfect theodicy: if there is an infallible cause-and-effect relationship between one’s actions and one’s fate, there is no need to work toward social justice, because it’s already built into the moral fabric of the universe. In fact, if there is no undeserved suffering, there is really no evil that we need to struggle against. It will all balance out in the end. While some strands of later Buddhist thought did attribute all experience to past karma, the early texts explicitly did not, and in particular state that caste is not determined by karma. Loy goes on to argue that the view that suffering such as that undergone by Holocaust victims could be attributed in part to the karmic ripenings of those victims is “fundamentalism, which blames the victims and rationalizes their horrific fate,” and that this is “something no longer to be tolerated quietly. It is time for modern Buddhists and modern Buddhism to outgrow it” by revising or discarding the teachings on karma. Loy is mistaken, however, insofar as the teachings on karma do not anywhere encourage judgment and blame, and furthermore the victims were not the same people who committed the acts, they were just part of the same mindstream-continuum with the past actors. The question of the Holocaust also occurs in the Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Re-Discovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India, which describes a group of Jewish religious leaders who meet with the Dalai Lama. They ask one of the Dalai Lama’s party, a Buddhist scholar named Geshe Sonam Rinchen, if the Holocaust would be attributed to past karma in the traditional Buddhist view, and he affirms that it would. The author is “shocked and a little outraged,” because, like Loy, he felt it “sounded like blaming the victim.” Many modern Buddhists such as Thich Naht Hanh prefer to suggest the “dispersion of karmic responsibility into the social system,” such that “moral responsibility is decentered from the solitary individual and spread throughout the entire social system,” reflecting the left-wing politics of Engaged Buddhism. ____ * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching Symbolism The flag of South Korea, with Taegeuk in the centre with four trigrams representing Heaven, Water, Earth, and Fire (beginning top left and proceeding clockwise). Flag of the Empire of Vietnam used Trigram Li – Fire The Flag of South Korea contains the Taiji symbol, or tàijítú, (yin and yang in dynamic balance, called taegeuk in Korean), representing the origin of all things in the universe. The taegeuk is surrounded by four of the eight trigrams, starting from top left and going clockwise: Heaven, Water, Earth, Fire. In addition, the Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft roundel incorporates the Taiji in conjunction with the trigrams representing Heaven. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching%27s_influence See also Ba gua Yin and yang Feng Shui Qi Men Dun Jia Da Liu Ren Tai Chi Chuan **** * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_philosophy#Taoism Taoism (or Daoism) is the traditional foil of Confucianism in China. Taoism’s central books are the Dao De Jing (Tao-Te-Ching), traditionally attributed to Laozi (Lao Tzu), and the Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism Taoism (also spelled Daoism; see below) refers to a variety of related philosophical and religious traditions that have influenced all people Eastern Asia for more than two millennia. They also notably influenced the Western world, particularly since the 19th century. The word 道, Tao (or Dao, depending on the romanization scheme), roughly translates as “path” or “way”. It carries more abstract, spiritual meanings in folk religion and Chinese philosophy. Taoist propriety and ethics emphasize the Three Jewels of the Tao: compassion, moderation, and humility, while Taoist thought generally focuses on nature, the relationship between humanity and the cosmos (天人相应); health and longevity; and wu wei (action through inaction). Harmony with the Universe, or the source thereof (Tao), is the intended result of many Taoist rules and practices. Reverence for ancestor spirits and immortals is common in popular Taoism. Organized Taoism distinguishes its ritual activity from that of the folk religion, which some professional Taoists (Dàoshi) view as debased. Chinese alchemy (including Neidan), astrology, cuisine, Zen Buddhism, several Chinese martial arts, Chinese traditional medicine, feng shui, and many styles of qigong have been intertwined with Taoism throughout history. *** * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism#Sexuality In the Taoist view of sexuality the body is viewed as a positive asset, and mind and body are not set in contrast or opposition with each other. Sex is treated as a vital component to romantic love; however, Taoism emphasizes the need for self-control and moderation. In Taoism, sex was encouraged. Complete abstinence is frequently treated as equally dangerous as excessive sexual indulgence. Taoists believe that a man may increase and nourish his own vitality by bringing a woman to orgasm. The female’s orgasm activates and strengthens her jing, which has a nourishing and balancing effect on that of the male. The energy released during either one’s orgasm can be harnessed and led up the Governor vessel/channel to nourish the brain, for additional benefit to the longevity of that partner. * ___________________________________________________________ * * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirth_(Buddhism) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation Reincarnation From Wikipedia Reincarnation is believed to occur when the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, comes back to Earth in a newborn body. This phenomenon is also known as transmigration of the soul. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; the Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to as reincarnation. The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers and religions as well as other religions, such as Druidism. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia. Recently a significant number of people in the West have been shown to accept the idea of reincarnation including certain contemporary Christians, modern Neopagans, followers of Spiritism, Theosophists and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity as well as of Indian religions. A small number of parapsychologists in academia have claimed evidence that they believe supports reincarnation, however this evidence has been largely ignored or dismissed by mainstream scientists. Modern Christian teachings A few modern churches indirectly address the subject through teachings about death or consider the matter open to individual interpretation due to the few biblical references that survive. Among modern Christian-oriented teachings, the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner describes the human soul as gaining new experiences in every epoch and in a variety of races or nations, searching for and even preparing a familial lineage supportive of its future life. Some events are determined by our past, others are ordained to prepare us for the future, and between these is space for human free will. Steiner wrote on the karma of historical individuals from Karl Marx to Julian the Apostate and developed exercises intended to develop a capacity to discern past lives. The American mystic Edgar Cayce promoted reincarnation and karma as instruments of a loving God as well as natural laws – the purpose being to teach us certain spiritual lessons. Animals are said to have undifferentiated, “group” souls rather than individuality and consciousness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_mate A soulmate is a person with whom one has a feeling of deep and natural affinity, love, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, and/or compatibility. A related concept is that of the twin flame or twin soul – which is thought to be the ultimate soulmate, the one and only other half of one’s soul, for which all souls are driven to find and join. However, not everyone who uses these terms intends them to carry such mystical connotations. * ___________________________________________________________ * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana * _________________________________________________ * * *
Faladoo is pidgin Portuguese for “talk too much,” derived from Luso/Portuguese falar [to speak], variant of Latin fabulari [to chat]. Yakamashii is Japanese for “talk too much.” Wil Souza & his earlier-mentioned Honoka’a namesake/ilk among Luso are numerous, partially because Luso are the Romance/expressive peoples [hot Italians/Spanish/etc.]. Jimmy Kawamoto, swim/sports legend Sparky’s son, is yakamashii — doesn’t know what humility means, doesn’t want to know any better. Like Wil Souza. Trans-ethnic, every geographical/cultural group has its talking heads, like everything else in life. Among Pinoy, Mac Villaverde is an expressive fella, full-on assimilated aggressive American. Stan Roehrig–haole/Hung Wo Ching–Chinese/Jon Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio–Hawaiian/Herb Minn–Korean/Pachi Samuels–Puerto Rican —- all colorful/expressive personalities. * * * ___________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Keoki Kai born 1965 asks: Is Jimmy Kawamoto related to the Kawamoto okazuya take out place on Kilauea? Curtis Narimatsu says: Temooj? Or tamooj? Pidgin Luso for stubborn/one-track mind, conversely, to fear [a bonehead person]. Temooj cuts both plus/minus. Plus in that single-minded competitors like Toody Souza ascended via their FOCUS. Minus in that a Lefty Perreira always will think himself loftier than others. No, Kawamoto okazuya [in name only] was Japanese. Your hanai grand-uncle Sparky [Tong Ai Yee spiritual progeny] was Hawaiian, biologically from Laupahoehoe. Sonny Kaukali’s wife Jessie was Sparky’s sis. Son Eddie is adopted [Japanese/haole]. Sonny from Honoli’i Pali. Aloha, –Curt * * *
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Economist Paul Krugman born 1953 is as deserving of the Nobel Prize as any other recipient, an aspirational choice. Symbolism/personification [of Mother Liberty, of Lazarus himself — blessed are the powerless/meek, for they shall inherit the earth]. Love, –Curt * * __________________________________________________ * * * Hilo Mainichi newspaper owner Nobuji Tokushiro [interned WWII, sadly, Nobuji being our greatest assimilationist] was born in 1880, not 1890 like Noboru Tsutsumi, 1920 sugar strike pro-labor leader. Tokushiro came to Hawai’i in 1903 w/his wife Sueko. They had one son, Nobuo. Tokushiro, who worked for Tokyo’s Nippon Shinbun newspaper, then worked for the Hilo Shinbun 1903-1906, then started the O’ahu Hawaii Daily Shinbun, then in 1909 came back to head the Hilo Shinbun, then in 1911 opened his Tokushiro Printing Co. In 1914 he purchased the Hawaii Mainichi Sha, our Hilo daily bilingual newspaper & published it until his internment WWII. He was the earliest Nikkei in the Hilo Bd. of Trade [Hilo Chamber of Commerce], an avid sportsman who promoted sumo/tennis/softball/chess, & our earliest Nikkei assimilationist here, like Rev. Takie Okumura 1865-1951 of O’ahu. His Mainichi newspaper was in Lee Chau’s Kwong See Wo bldg. [Chau is Lt. Gov. Jimmy Kealoha’s 1908-1983 dad], then when he built the Shin Yu Kai bldg. [today’s dentist Wally Ching’s bldg.] on Ponahawai St. equidistant from Punahoa/Kilauea Ave.] 1915, he later moved his Mainichi 2 bldgs. mauka of the Shin Yu Kai, still standing today as a narrow 2 story strip-width bldg. His Shin Yu Kai bldg. was our Issei centerpiece of ancient Japan martial arts, where founder of jujitsu/judo in Western Culture Kichimatsu Tanaka 1875-1954 relocated Tanaka’s jujitsu dojo to, from Tanaka’s dojo on Kilauea Ave. a block away from Ponahawai St., & where Tanaka’s prodigy/acolyte/shunshuu Seiichiro “Henry” Okazaki 1890-1951 developed Okazaki’s danzan ryu [amalgam of Hawai’i/et al & Japan martial arts] jujitsu. Aloha, –Curt * * ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * Roosevelt High radical left teacher Ms. Setsu Okubo 1913-2008 [never married] is older sister of VVV Yugo Okubo 1924-1988, who lived at Jim Albertini’s Malu ‘Aina Mt. View farm spread in his final days. Okubo kazoku/family no relation to shin/new Issei scriber Kiyo Okubo 1905-2001, right winger [Japan 1st]. Okubo kazoku leftists because their parents were educated & felt sting of prejudice more acutely than us peons/peasants, Okubo parents feeling entitled to fair play [like the Stateside kotonks, who were Americanized as “entitlement” folks — equal opportunity mantra, especially being Stateside distinct minority amid Caucasian majority race — on O’ahu, the Okubos were majority Issei/Nisei race but were sensitized via their schooling/”entitlements”]. Aloha, –Curt * * Here is Leftie Jim Albertini’s [born 1946] eulogy to Setsu Okubo 1913-2008 [Jim had the singular honor & privilege of paying homage to Setsu at her overflowing-attended funeral services]:“Remembering Setsu Okubo: Died Dec. l0, 2008 at the age of 95. The last surviving of eight Okubo children.What a remarkable family — a real tribute to good parents. Radical politics that broke the mold.l. I first met Setsu as part of the anti-Vietnam war movement. At meetings right here at Church of the Crossroads. Back in the early l970s when I was fired from my teaching job for antiwar protest, Setsu was one of the first people to come forward to offer support. Throughout the rest of the ’70s I was a regular invited guest speaker in her classroom at Roosevelt High. Her classroom was quite “the sight.” Posters of Che, Mao, Fidel, Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh etc. all over her walls. Her desk piled five feet high with magazines and books. It was clear to me that her classroom was a sovereign classroom. No administrator was going to try to tell Ms. Okubo what to teach, or who she could invite as a guest speaker.2. Setsu was always the committed teacher and forever a student — always taking a wide range of classes at the University, not just monitoring /auditing classes, but taking them for grades, doing term papers, taking mid term and final exams into her 70s, maybe 80s. Setsu had hundreds of hours of course credit beyond master degrees. And OH did she read!! Anyone who ever visited her apartment on Matlock Ave. can testify to her book treasures. She had a real hunger for knowledge but her shining skill was in teaching critical thinking. She detested lazy, obedient drones as students or fellow citizens.3. Setsu was a true spirit. Many people I’ve talked to about Setsu’s passing said to me — she was always there: anti-war protests and marches, resistance trials, legislative hearings, Hawaiian solidarity, Kalama Valley, Ethnic Studies, Save our Surf, Waiahole/Waikane, Chinatown, Hale Mohalu, Wao kele O Puna rainforest, anti-nuclear marches to West Loch, Waikele, Camp Smith. Setsu, please forgive me if I’ve missed some struggles.4. In the early days of our Malu ‘Aina peace farm, during the summer of l98l when we lived in tents, Setsu, and her dog –Lei, came to the Big Island for 2 weeks and stayed with a friend in Hilo. Yet every day Setsu drove to Kurtistown to introduce me to families she had come to know when she taught at Kea’au and Kurtistown schools in her first years of teaching. Her introductions were invaluable in building community bonds and getting us a Post Office Box too that had a long waiting list.5. A lasting image I have of Setsu is her kneeling on the floor painting banners and picket signs. Now I’ve made quite a few signs in my day, but I couldn’t hold a candle to Setsu. Her banners and signs were works of art. In all the marches, the best signs were always Okubo originals. At a particular march, Setsu made a great banner but the tradewinds were strong and Gigi the Italian, was having a hard time carrying the banner so he cut holes in it to let the air through. Well did he ever get his okole chewed out by Setsu. I particularly remember Setsu’s line — “would you cut holes in the Mona Lisa?”6. During the years of the Hale Mohalu struggle, I once had the honor of doing team presentations with Setsu to a church groups and University classes on human rights and justice issues involved with Hale Mohalu. Setsu began the presentation in classic school teacher fashion. She very calmly wrote on the chalkboard the word Hale and asked the students the meaning of the word (house). Then she wrote Mohalu and again calmly asked the meaning (comfort). That was it for the calmness. Setsu then went into a 20 minute blistering tirade against Gov. George Ariyoshi and his despicable treatment of Hanson Disease patients and the students all had shell shock looks on their faces!! I never had to say a word. To say that Setsu was passionate in her concerns is an understatement. Setsu had the fire of Pele, and the passion that broke the mold of being a sedate professional.7. Setsu at times used some rather earthy language. Now this is a house of worship and I want to be respectful, so let me just say that one of her favorite words began with the letters “bas” and ended with the letters “tards”. If I named names of all the people she labeled such, I may have some additional court cases on my hands. One story. I was walking with Setsu in downtown Honolulu on Bishop street, when we heard a booming voice call out from the other side of the street. “Miss Okubo, Miss Okubo, do you remember me?” And there was a young man about 20 years old waving his arms. The man boomed out, “You used to call me bastard?!” Setsu waved back and said to me, “I have no idea who he is. I used to call them all bastards!!”8. Setsu, you have enriched our lives beyond measure. We have been blessed by all the lives you have touched inside and outside of the classroom. We have been blessed by your vision for justice and peace. By your steadfastness. By the way you lived the meaning of solidarity. Your life has been a work of art, full of color and passion. We have even been blessed by your curses. You have taught us one of the most important lessons in life: Make a difference in this world. At least try. Stand for something, damn it. Stand for Something.Mahalo Setsu. You made a difference in our lives. Mahalo and aloha.Jim Albertini l/24/09–Jim AlbertiniMalu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & ActionP.O.Box ABKurtistown, Hawai’i 96760phone: 808-966-7622email: JA@interpac.netVisit us on the web at: http://www.malu-aina.org”Thank you, Brother Jim. Love always, –your fan Curt * * * ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * Pastor Wally Fukunaga [Community Church Chinese along Nu’uanu Ave.] VNW generation leftist, Sansei/3rd generation Nikkei/Japanese here, peacenik/pacifist like Hilo’s Pastor Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940. Question is, “Who ensures the right to pacifism?” Our military!! Love everlasting, –Curt * ** * Rev. Gene Bridges 1929-2008 actually was an attorney who went into the ministry. He & Rev. Delwyin Rayson 1918-2008 [died within 3 months of each other] so boldly provided sanctuary for VNW draft dodgers. Longtime Unitarian pastor Mike Young once welcomed a toddler Barack Obama into the fold of peace-making. Such diversity from Barack’s tutu kane WWII stand-up soldier to dove symbol Mike Young served well Barack’s open-minded attitude. * ** * Yes, our greatest AJA historian Franklin Odo born 1939, Kaimuki High ’57 [1st Kaimuki High alumnus to Ivy League –Princeton, though a jock], a closet leftie like literal left-handed Barack Obama. Odo open-minded, always searching for new ways of looking at things, engaging/adaptive/instructive/indulgent/appreciative/loving/generous. Ron Takaki 1939-2009 [same middle name as my dad’s name, Toshiyuki] polar opposite of Odo — local boy Takaki, though mirror image of Odo in age/background/credentials, an angry man/contentious/prototype aggressive Type A guy like our post-1920 born buddaheads [bulk of 442 enlistees WWII], a guy who enamored his creds/accomplishments like our 442 boys [Uncle Willy Okino Thompson, 442 State prexy, mails me the gala tributes to the 442 from around the world, just like Isamu Kanekuni gives me assorted plaudits to the 442 — sheez….]. Aloha, –Curt * * __________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * From our greatest AJA historian Franklin Odo born 1939, ’57 Kaimuki High grad, 1st alumnus to Ivy League Princeton:“Ralph Yempuku (1914-2002) thought I spent much too much ink on Yugo Okubo (1924-1988)[leftist older sis Setsu’s leftist brother]. But Curt, you read what I wrote [Odo’s magnum opus/work of art book “No Sword to Bury” –Varsity Victory Volunteers who promulgated our 442nd RCT][so little written on VVV/442 stout-heart Okubo]. But yes, I do think racial and other sleights get sharpened for youngsters who are sensitive and educated. I was sensitive but relatively uneducated – until the 1960s with some help from a wife who had gone through the civil rights 1950s as a youngster in a Quaker family, exposed to protests, and an adopted Black professor father. The ‘progressive’ or ‘radical’ part came through a combination of reading and experiences in the late 1960s and into the 1970s when I sort of reflected on my own past – from Koko Head farm roots [my very rough but (in retrospect) cherished upbringing] through Princeton. But I have to say, my parents were quite educated even though we were hard-scrabble farmers. My dad was born on Kaua’i, educated through one year of college in Japan – fairly elite university – before returning to run a mom-pop grocery store in Liliha. Aloha, –Franklin” * ** * Franklin Odo has seen all hues/shades of life, from left to right and back. He is former West Hawai’i Today columnnist Bobby Command’s [born 1958] professor/ethnic studies guru, along with many other devotees who appreciate till this day Odo’s sincerity/love for all/open-minded nature. Love everlasting, –Curt * ** * Hilo’s Wayne “Ko” Hayashi got radicalized via the Vietnam War, which smacked of imperialism. Of course, Elly Chong is Rev. Frank Chong’s sis, whose father was Mid-Pac chaplain Rev. Kim On Chong [Hakka family from Kohala][economist Anson Chong’s dad was Kim On’s brother], & Elly’s sis is Joy Chong-Stannard. Aloha, –Curt * * * ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Yes, ethnic Hawaiians constituted a majority of the electorate up thru the 1930s, which gave them a lock on government jobs, especially patronage. In 1893, some 20% of native-born children were NOT ethnic Hawaiian. The U.S. & Japan were mirror images of each other in their jingoism/xenophobia, especially after Japan defeated China in 1895 and Russia in 1905, w/the U.S.’ Hawai’i Organic Act/Territory sandwiched between in 1900. Teddy Roosevelt’s peace treaty w/Japan ensured our overlooking Japan’s takeover of Korea 1905/Taiwan in return for Japan’s overlooking our occupation of the Philippines/Guam/Samoa. Mutually symbiotic imperialism. But by 1924, w/the U.S. banning shin Issei immigration to the U.S. via the Japanese Exclusion Act, internationalist/peacemaker Eiichi Shibusawa 1840-1931 lamented, “By passage of this Bill, Japan lost face.” This deep friction set the stage for Pearl Harbor 17 yrs. later. Not even ubiquitous reviver of surfing/Lions club Hawai’i starter Alex Hume Ford 1868-1945 could restore peace via Ford’s “Hands Around the Pacific” group [later called Pan Pacific Union, then the Institute of Pacific Relations][ably run by Frank Atherton/William Castle Sr./Tasuku Harada/Eiichi Shibusawa/Yasutaro Soga/Takie Okumura]. Aloha, –Curt * * * ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * * * Harvey Tajiri born 1944 left the Democratic Party of Gerald De Mello [still very much alive, born 1943] & Butchie Castro [deceased] when GOP chair Linda Lingle asked Harvey to help restore the 2 party system in 2000, vs. Dem candidate for mayor [Holschuh/Herkes]. Harvey had no good reason to stay w/Butchie’s autocratic gang. So what really is your beef w/Harvey, Ivan Tatum?? Butchie Castro was Holschuh’s campaign official/backer. Howard Mimaki is an Ariyoshi sycophant, both men still very much alive. What’s your beef w/Mimaki? Mimaki has nothing to do w/the Democratic Party of Tadao Okimoto. Thanks for your invectives, but your backdrop is incorrect. Aloha, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * North/South??? The Divide in our mind — Japan is notorious for this, just as is the U.S.. Japan does not regard itself as Asian per Malcolm X’ precept. To Japan, its people are the Whites of Asia, vs. the backward barbaric South Asians [Cambodia/Indonesia/etc., the “coloreds” of Southeast Asia]. Just as northern Yankees regarded as rednecks/White underclass our southern confederates/rebels, which is where Blacks migrated from to go North, Blacks/African Americans being the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. Look at Washington D.C.’s geography/demographic, antiquity’s South, yet Northern D.C. is elite upper class [“NW”], southern D.C. is suffering underclass [“SE”]. Punchline, north denotes figuratively White complexion, away from the equator, south denotes swarthy/dusky look, closer to the equator. Of course, to Japan/U.S./northern Europe, even south of the Equator peoples/ethnicities living within 30 degrees latitude of the Equator are not desirable in social standing/perceived attractiveness. Aloha, –Curt * * * __________________________________________________ * * *
Wally Fukunaga was radicalized as the off-center coffee house joe, Bob Nakata as the ex-ROTC farmer — heroes all!! Of course, it takes a Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940, same age as Hugh Clark/Roland Higashi/Lorraine Rodero Inouye/Jimmy Arakaki, to say that if Rev. Bob is not a participant for Hawaiian sovereignty, can Rev. Bob be all this holy??? So the same with Rev. Wally Fukunaga?? So rhetorically, I laughingly pose the question to holier-than-thou [but I love him tons load anyway] Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi: “A, Ron, who ensures your right to pacifism??” Yes, our military!! Ron was radicalized at Americus, Georgia [Pacifist haven], this buddahead boy being all-American track star/top ROTC officer/Mid-Pac “destined to succeed” honoree — now, as I lovingly say, my oddball treasure in an earthen vessel [Scripture 2 Cor. 4:7]. Ahhhh…. Unspoken originals all!! Love always, –Curt *
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Rev. Ron Fujiyoshi chuckles at Elly Chong, saying, “Hey, she worked for Big 5, how is she a radical??” Rev. Ron lucky because 1) Ron comes from well-heeled roots/highly educated parents [dad a touted schooled minister/mom is Satow, whose baby brother was Japan cabal advisor/liaison, married to Maggie Awamura Inouye’s baby sister, Maggie is Dan Inouye’s late wife]; 2) Ron married Hisakichi Hisanaga’s [1890-1978] daughter’s daughter [Shigeoka], by no means austere in financial standing [Hisakichi our legendary “mameya” beans, twist on tw_t, lane oyabun/godfather, ergo, titillating Punahoa St. “wares,” Hisakichi the genro/sempai/mentor of Sam Boyd, who actually worked under Hisa right here in Hilo w/benign Palace Amusement –bingo/”old ladies’ games”]. Simply, Ron is comfortable financially, no need worry about Ron’s water-electricity/essentials getting turned off & bill collectors. No worries, brah’, this is Ron. Ron at his core a self-centered guy who crusades for the sake of crusading. Love always, –Curt *
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Do you know that JFK 1917-1963 was Nelson Doi’s born 1922 big hero? JFK’s New Frontier was Doi’s inspiration. Of course, Doi was no JFK, Doi’s limitation as a self-serving narcissist dooming Doi’s impact on history. Nonetheless, JFK always sang praises of Hawai’i & its multiracial society, suffusing “Hawai’i is what the rest of the United States strives to be!” Remember that JFK penned Profiles in Courage & also named Kentucky abolitionist Henry Clay [Abraham Lincoln’s hero] as among the 5 greatest-ever U.S. Senators. Undeniably, JFK meant what he said about Jack Burns’ New Hawai’i, so to speak. Hawai’i as JFK’s Utopia was not a promotion, but an Idea/Ideal. In this respect, Jerry Carr is correct that homogenous Japan, ever intolerant of outsiders [Japanese as the master race, so to speak], still musters the folly that the U.S. is the bad guy for dropping the A-bomb on Japan. Aloha, –Curt *
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The Issei/Japanese immigrant experience in Hawai’i is different from its Stateside/Mainland experience only in terms of its exposure to outside forces, the sojourner idea being the same, then of course the settler/Horatio Alger ideas of upwardly mobility also being the same. Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, East vs. West also has its class/racial connotations. Old political district East O’ahu being the rich/haole, West O’ahu being the poor/non-haole, so to speak. East of the Mississippi being cultured/White, West being uncultured/pejorative colored, so to speak. Aloha, –Curt *
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Keoki Kai says — I read Ted Kennedy’s “True Compass”, the only autobiography written by a 2nd generation Kennedy member. Fascinating read and Kennedy was very humble about his accomplishments in the legistlature (civil rights, health care, immigration, same sex rights, gun control) but spoke eloquently but so briefly about the tragedies (lost 3 brothers and a sister in tragedies in the service of our nation, three nephews, and two children afflicted with cancer) that have affect his families lives. Ted, for his legistlative abilities, will also go down as one of the five greatest senator’s of all-time. *
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DPI/DOE chief Oren Long 1889-1965 [chief 1934-1946], defiant Kansas Granger, proclaimed that equal opportunity requires that “all children have access, without discrimination, to tax-supported schools.” Long targeted 3 odious Big 5 hurdles to non-haole kids’ access to public schooling: 1) public school tuition as onerous as private school tuition which “increases the difficulty for children from poorer homes to continue in school” by impacting unfairly on those least able to pay; 2) “the practice of eliminating from further schooling, by administrative decree, an indefinite percentage of the graduates of each eighth grade class”; 3) the students who were compelled to travel up to 10 miles or more to school at their own expense, a burden which affected the health/safety of the student as well as limiting such schooling opportunity. Long’s unabashed crusade led to radical changes in our public school system. No longer would the Betty Shinae Miwas [Dr. Paul Miwa’s wife, Paul ex-UH chancellor 1969-1975] born 1919 [& before like Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 & my dad Toshiyuki 1913-1998] be “nigger tom’d” to the “colored man’s ceiling” [8th grade], being the White man’s floor [Big 5 repression vs. non-haoles & “White Trash” like Jack Burns]. Aloha, –Curt *
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What’s significant here is the converse notion that Dan Inouye, right up there in Senate longevity w/Ted, will be recognized negatively a la longest ever senior Senators Byrd/Thurmond — as a Senator who padded his home State’s pocketbooks/earmarks, but did nothing outstanding outside his home State — though Byrd’s highpoint was Byrd’s vehement opposition to the current Iraq War. Aloha, –Curt *
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Just as Rudy Peterson was our banking egalitarian, so was his Big Island rep Jim Evans [hoopster Jim Jr.’s dad] a great inclusionist/polyglot proponent, as was Jim’s Hilo rep Sam Wong [Kukuihaele native, brother Archie was Ruddy Tongg’s bosom buddy]. On the other hand, rival Bishop/1st Haw’n Bank’s GS Wong was highly educated, & mingled among the governing elite, not homespun/folksy like Bank of Hawaii’s Sam Wong. Aloha, –Curt *
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Relationship knowledge is like how Urban Allen of the Roarin’ Twenties [Urban married Luso gal] & Bert Nakaji of the Thirties to Seventies Decades, both Trib scribes, were in all their glory in the past century. Yes, Scrub Tanaka [R.I.P.], you [Scrub] are correct, you came to see me because I featured you as alltime baseball catcher [for Luso legend Joaquim Gabriel/Kohala ace Flash Naito, Herb’s loving dad] — translated, our jocks/sports buffs are gurus on family-social relationships-connections, because 1) sports generically are collective/group events, not individualist in operation; 2) sports scribes generically are earthier/folksier than other scribes — retired Trib editor Gene Tao doesn’t know half the everyday folks whom sports editor Bill O’Rear knows — yes, it’s about constituents/focus groups. Now, I’m not saying O’Rear is a better person than Tao. Tao is a great guy. But Tao is not rooted to the teeming masses like O’Rear is. Of course, O’Rear’s wife is Pinoy Fred Orio’s daughter [but Fred was a borot/”proud” Filipino]. “Anonymous” is another Urban Allen/Bert Nakaji/Bill O’Rear, & astute/oh-so-brilliantly knowledgeable like current guru Don Pakele born 1944. “Anonymous,” what you have is a gift, not from you, but Providence if I may say. Consider yourself lucky/fortunate to have been exposed to so many people & so many events. Consider yourself lucky, & your gift, brah’, is to share. A gift is to share. Love always, –Curt * * * _____________________________________________ * * *
Boston Blackie Nakasato born 1942 takes me to his fav eat out Kozmic Cones [not my fav by a stretch], where we sit across Buddy Serrao/wife, retired high level Maui P.Dept. I don’t intro Blackie to Buddy/wife, who greet me as we sit. In comes Catholic stalwart/retired Rob De Motta [lives w/daughter Mt. View], who sits in the booth adjacent to Buddy/wife. I go bananas, & it doesn’t matter that Rob doesn’t know me, Rob comes to greet Blackie, & Blackie intros me to Rob, whom I worked with 40 yrs. ago at the Naniloa Hotel’s various restaurants. I exude to Rob, “You are an amazing soul — you have such tremendous class and character — always, always, you are loving and compassionate!!” Rob is startled, & Rob asks me how I know Rob. Well, Rob was the gentleman dishwasher, I was a teenage busboy for our waiters/waitresses. Easily, Rob is a gentle-man, literally, because of Rob’s faith in Rob’s Bible. I am in awe of Rob because here is a man, a very simple man, who demonstrates unfathomable empathy & respect for everyone. Blackie laughs and laughs w/tickled emotion, that I know Rob from antiquity, so to speak, that we share a moment in time so lasting & beautiful. Punchline: Social standing means nothing in reality. It’s about heart. Love eternal, –Curt *
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Luso heritage– When asked to name the 10 most important Democrats from the Hawaiian Islands in 1932, Dem Party godfather Kanaka Johnny Wilson included Luso Manuel Pacheco & Henry Freitas. Luso who were courageous enough to join up w/the “Party of the Unwashed” — considered fools by ironclad GOP governed Hawai’i, did so because the Big 5 was Anglo-exclusive, not open to our so-called swarthy southern Europeans/Iberians. Gary Cooper-handsome George Souza 1913-1989 died exactly 20 yrs. ago, before the internet age. But ole’ mellow George would reminisce about King Sugar’s heyday along the Hamakua coast. His treasured remembrances evoked resplendent detail/heartlines of plantation life. This bygone era rekindles our noble sense of community/cooperation, especially among Luso. George’s oral history is an enduring tribute to what Mary Evans expressed a long time ago — “We can never give up longing & wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful & good, & we must hunger after them.” Yes, Jesus’ angels lifted George to Heaven w/special embrace. Um sabio espiritual, –Curt *
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Luso Joe Pao 1916-1977 Esteemed former solon Toshi Serizawa born 1916 marginalizes Joe Pao as a major influence peddler. Pao was a Luso among our earliest non-haole developers in large-scale land projects [primarily older Chinese Ruddy Tongg/Chinn Ho/Hung Wo Ching/KJ Luke/Clarence Ching] & became the largest homebuilder post-WWII, haoles included. Pao personified the changing of the guard from Big 5 Hawai`i to working class empowerment, Pao coming from Kaua`i modest beginnings [Serizawa both Kaua’i/Hilo native], but having gone to St. Louis College, vs. Punahou haole elite — over control of land. Fellow Luso allies Jack Burns/Rusty Blaisdell/Herm Lemke/George Houghtailing/Herb Keppeler — all held reins of power from top to bottom — & all facilitated Pao’s developments. Pao even joint-ventured w/AmFac to develop Manoa/Halawa/Waiawa/Waiau. Urban sprawl? Joe Pao. Visionary? No way. Single out Joe Pao? No way. Holualoa’s Norman Inaba 1914-2003 [Carrie’s ojisan/grandpa] rationalized that he made land purchase affordable. Never mind that he made no site improvements/infrastructure. And when his Great Haw’n Financial Corp. went bankrupt in 1983, his insider status via over-reliance on real estate investments [which bottomed out while interest rates on loans stayed high] resulted in his company’s demise. In fact, messiah Ray Suefuji, Shun Kimura’s planning director, said 40+ yrs. ago that it would be cheaper for the County to buy up the vacant lots than to service them, courtesy of Norman Inaba, who was honored by the State Japanese Chamber of Commerce as a legacymaker/wayfinder in 1970. Suefuji revised the County subdivision code to avert speculative developments. Norman’s son Rodney worked for Ariyoshi in the legislature. No, Suefuji was not enshrined in a 1603 Kochi Castle a la replica Makiki Christian Church, though Norman/Rodney seem to be to this day among status tripping buddaheads. Aloha, –Curt *
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Names from 50 years ago —Kenny Wong was Helco engineer/businessman. Slim Holt was U-drive/ tour operator. Henry Gouveia was tour guide & the 1st franchisee for drive in [Dairy Queen]. Mizuguchi had her sushi store in Shinmachi, then on Kilauea by Kawamoto sushi store. Shindo had soda works in Shinmachi [at end of Punahoa wide lane today where Kam Statue is, toward Hilo Iron Works]. Shindo software today [incl. Mehana Brewery] is same family. Bom noite, –Curt * * * _______________________________________________ * * * Luso/Portuguese enablement of our Chinese residents today — Yes, David Benz 1920-2008 was born in Shanghai, northern China, the world’s busiest cargo port along the Yangtze River. China’s other 2 blockbuster richest port cities/leading financial capitals are along its southern coast — Hong Kong founded by Portugal mariner Jorge Alvares [Alves in Hawai`i] in 1513, & Macao [Luso ascription of Chinese word for matsu–sea god–in Japan pine cone trees along sea cliffs] founded by Luso seafarers same time as Alvares’ discoveries. Chinese Confucian industry/thrift/toil akin to Mayflower Puritan work ethic, w/added plus/positive element of alms/”gift is to share, not hoard” from Luso creed. Macao is the 1st & last European colony in China. Says loads about Luso ingenuity/beneficence, opposite of Hawai`i slurs/bigotry vs. Luso here [based on outdated luna mentality]. As w/northern China’s/world’s busiest cargo port Shanghai of Luso influence, Luso enabled southern Chinese to acquire material wealth/upward mobility. Look at ALL of our Hawai`i Chinese descendants today — measurement of assimilation/value is HONG KONG, ergo, Luso derivation!! The closer in geography that Chinese are to Hong Kong, the more assimilative/upwardly mobile they are [Canton]. Let’s face it, founder of modern China Sun Yet Sen is not from commie Beijing [Mao Tze Tung/Chou En Lai], but from Luso suffusion in southern China. Unquestionably, coastal/port roots conducive to Western thought/trade/economy. No greater influence early on originated than our Luso seafarers/traders/financiers. Jardines is among world’s leading international conglomerates, w/direct facilitation of Shanghai/Japan 1858, not to mention its origination of Hong Kong/Macao. Jardines gobbled up our Big 5 quarter century ago. Of course, Jardines virtually owns Singapore. Enough said?? Romantic/ethereal novelist James Clavell’s exceptional “Tai-Pan,” “Gai-Jin,” & “Noble House” are based on Jardines’ wayfinding. After all, what is more surreal than a mysterious place at the mouth of southern China’s Pearl River 90 miles from Canton?? Hong Kong is synonymous w/Lusitania [Portuguese]. Amor y bansa dirj, –Curt *
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Luso is Lusitana for modern day Portugal — Paul F. Hooper’s “Elusive Destiny: The Internationalist Movement in Modern Hawaii” 1980 about expansive altruism among planter haoles here, spurred by leaders like Frank Atherton 1878-1945 & Bill Westervelt 1849-1939. I saw tremendous inclusion by Catholic [ergo Luso] schools toward buddaheads. Issei immigrants were a strange breed w/topknots, so instinctively HUMAN NATURE isolated Issei from society. Luso lunas [blue collar substitutes for absent middle class] were direct overlords vs. Issei, so instinctively friction ensued. Haole planters lorded over Luso lunas, but stress was mental [vs. haole mgrs.], not physical [vs. Issei]. Let’s face it, friction not over race but class, as in class hierarchy [rich vs. poor]. Luso regarded by recruiter Hillebrand as docile white people willing to do laborious/tedious work that other whites refrain from doing. Thence, hard friction b/n Luso laborer lunas-Issei laborers. Haole mgrs. insulated from shock-contact b/n most recent immigrants [1878 Luso vs. 1885 Issei]. Once Luso tore the foil laid by haole planters [obedient “hatchet men”], Luso self-actualized into the loving ethnic gang which they were — typified by cousin Dennis Freitas’ grand-uncle Henry Freitas 1884-1944, St. Louis alumnus who was leading bldg. contractor & endowed philanthropy on St. Louis/Chaminade–also solon like John Kai Jr. St. Louis major stepping stone for Nisei who boarded from afar/work-study toward diplomas [like Kalihi’s Dick Mamiya]. In contrast, haole Punahou had 10% Asian race quota till 1966. Of course, benevolent Congregationalists incl. Damon/Mills MPI. Episcopal `Iolani also inclusive to AJAs. I earlier mentioned sequences on Luso beneficence/altruism. Candidly, the time period/epoch dictate the character of the ethnic group. Naturally, Issei had it hard vs. Luso lunas — this is the honest truth. But look at the big picture — once Luso broke the yoke of repression [from haole planters], they self-actualized as inclusive/compassionate ethnic group. Do you realize how many Luso love japanee songs? How many Luso love japanee tv shows? Do you know that legendary educator Ernie B. De Silva was the kindest inclusionist/bestowed greatest respect to AJA school painters, not to mention Ernie’s enablement of AJA kids? The stories are endless of Luso enablement of AJAs [& all other ethnic groups]. Obrigado/kansha, –Curt > From: Franklin Odo > > Hi Curtis, > Always a pleasure to read your stuff. I think I mentioned once before that I’m translating a bunch of “holehole bushi” or Jpn immigrant folk songs from sugar plantations – roughly 1890s to 1930s. They were supposed to die out with the issei but made a recovery in the 1960s and then became kinda fashionable in this millenium, including in Japan. Of course, several make reference to the “hated” lunas. And many historians link lunas to the Porturguese. Some of the issei explicitly cite Portuguese lunas as especially cruel. So, I’m sure some of this is true, since being cruel was how the plantations got the most work out of the laborers. However, I do want to be able to use some of your wisdom about countering the stereotypes most of us have had about the Portuguese. I would really appreciate your putting some of this together that I could quote from [and, of course, properly note you as source] to make sure that I don’t simply reinforce old stereotypes. This doesn’t need to be in a hurry since I work at a snail’s pace. But some good examples and real stories – at which you are a master – would add greatly to this book. Many thanks, for considering!! — Franklin *
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The strength behind the leader — When Peter spoke to the teeming masses, there among them was baby brother Andrew proudly listening to Peter. Jesus chose fishermen from backwater Galilee [like Peter/Andrew] as his apostles. Andrew was the solid rock upon which Peter stood afoot, lofted by Messiah Jesus. Yet never do you read or hear about untold kindred saint Andrew. Life’s ironies — Gov. Jack Burns’ 1909-1975 baby brother Ed was Jack’s sensible/pragmatic/steadying influence [Ed was Jack’s State tax head]. Digress — Harry Kim’s team nixed Steve Todd’s appointment to Kim’s team out of fear for overtone of nepotism [Bobbie Todd was Kim’s solid waste chief]. If Harry Kim had spent more time saving our money instead of worrying about Kim’s image, we’d be better off as a community. The Todd mistake by Kim was no problem for visionary Jack Burns on Ed Burns [GOP Ed took Big 5 to the mat by wresting overlooked taxes from the Big 5]. Symbolically, JFK’s mythic armor [Ephesians] passed hands to Obama via terminally-ill [just occurred] Teddy Kennedy. The spiritual strength behind Obama is JFK via Teddy. The sane/secure strength behind Steve Yamashiro is wife Della, just as Nancy Reagan/Roz Carter are the strengths behind their husbands. And the unseen hand of stability/strength behind UH/AJA godfather Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 was his devoted wife Jane. Yes, the strength behind hoops guru Ah Chew Goo is his rock-solid/lovely wife Clara. –Curt *
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Yes, Joyce Kono Fasi [Frank’s wife, Frank born 1920] is Na’alehu roots. Her uncle Gunji Kono was Shinmachi oyabun/godfather [Gunji moved to Shinmachi from Na’alehu], employing many of Shinmachi’s residents at Gunji’s mega Hilo Transportation Co. [site between Hilo Iron Works parking lot north to Emma St., which is today’s cobblestone lane leading to DLNR Matson containers along Kam Ave.]. Gunji’s son Russell was 442 MIS/younger son Hiroaki was married to DOE administrator Elaine Kurisu Kono [Margaret Oda’s sis, Margaret wife of Glenn Oda, son of contractor SK Oda]. Gunji was swept away by the 1946 tsunami as Gunji ran up his back stairwell to retrieve his cash [April 1 payday for workers] — Gabriel Manning was shivering w/fright in the Hilo Iron Works factory rafters when Gabriel saw the 3rd wave splinter into matchsticks the huge 2 story Hilo Trans bldg. while Gunji was running up the stairwell in the rear of the bldg. –Curt *
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Sanzo Kawasaki was HPM prexy till 1954, when he was replaced by Fujimoto kazoku/family members, inasmuch Sanzo/Kametaro Fujimoto [who died over 20+ yrs. before Sanzo’s bow-out] founded HPM 1921, after which Kame’s son Barney succeeded Kame, after which Barney’s son Bobby succeeded Barney, & today Bobby’s son Mike is in charge. GOP/Gov. Quinn ace Bobby Fujimoto born 1927 was messiah to HPM/IK Motors/other tsunami victims when Bobby quick-silvered relocation to current Maka’ala/Holomua industrial area tract. Credit to Bobby, the only outfit which met the specs for today’s IK site was IK itself [gas station-repair-retail parts/car dealership all in one!]. Bobby’s instant restoration of merchants saved the economy 1960-1962. –Curt *
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Yes, our only top haole Buddhist Ernest Hunt actually was an infantry soldier for England in the Boer War [Ernie born 1876], which turned him into a Pacifist, & Ernie actually was Wainaku sugar luna in 1915. Ernie was among Patton’s gotcha’ list 1937 for internment if Japan warred vs. U.S. Yes, George Houghtailing/Herm Lemke/etc. all St. Louis grads, which is why relationships lord over us all — St. Louis grad Joe Pao’s friends in high/low places were fellow St. Louis grads. Yes, Albert Yoshito Inaba was Norman’s older brother 1914-2003, Al a Moloka’i icon/educator, 12 yrs. older than Norman. Norman is Hollywood’s Carrie Inaba’s ojisan/grandpa. WWII 442 soul-keeper Joe Itagaki was w/Wahiawa’s Kemo’o Farms 1924, then owned Kewalo Inn w/fellow GOP/gorgeous single dame Mary Noonan 1950. Hawai’i Delegate to Congress Kanaka Billy Jarrett’s son Jr. was VVV soul to kids Ted Tsukiyama/Herb Isonaga. Al Karasick was a Russian ballet trooper 1912 who stayed here & became a wrestler/promoter. Shiro Kashiwa is not Maui but Kohala [Shiro/baby brother Genro were AJA icons]. Give Lee Chau [Kwong See Wo owner] credit — he acknowledged Jimmy Kealoha 1908-1983 as his son — from single woman Alice Makanui Kealoha of Pahoa. Yes, TV personality Napua Stevens was from Waiakea town, Hilo High ’36 grad [born 1918]. Reppun of O’ahu is Russian, Shaheen is Lebanese. George Y. Bennett, great altruist from Hilo Sugar, was never heard from after 1935 because he was transferred to Waimanalo Sugar Co., George being 44 yrs. old at the time. Bennett, as befits Georgia founder James Oglethorpe, was Gainesville GA native. Honoka’a icon Manuel Botelho was Azores native born 1878, came to Hawai’i 1880. Antone Correa born 1871 in Funchal Madeira, came here 1879, was actual Ferreira surname adopted by Correa, learned ropes under colorful atty Paul Neumann. Correa spawned iconic Correa familia/progeny [not Jimmy’s Waiakea familia]. Oren Long 1889-1965 came to Hawai’i 1917, was seminary grad [though non-minister degree, but social work]. Charles Loomis born 1887 Minneapolis native who came to work for Atherton’s YMCA 1911. Contractor EJ Lord a century ago from Canada, born 1868. Monsarrat is French, came to Hawai’i 1849. Yamashiro Hotel River/Beretania St. was respite for 1909 strikers [1st buddahead pro baseballer 1917 Andy Yamashiro’s dad’s hotel]. Goo Sun Wong born 1875 Kwantung was Liberty Bank pioneer. Henry Walker Sr. AmFac born 1885 is the blowhard who insulted Jack Burns which triggered Burns’ running for Governor 1959, not Henry Walker Jr., an adaptable chap. Shinn is Korean, as icon M.D. born 1906 who was Boy Scout leader. Ted Richards born 1867 was atty/pastor who married Mary Atherton, Frank’s older sis. Ted’s/Mary’s daughter married altruist Frank Midkiff, John Midkiff’s older brother. Henry Schwartz of Cincinnati was Methodist minister in Japan & came to Hawai’i in 1920 amid our J_p sugar strike, so to speak. Henry was our savior. Earl Nishimura born 1906 was older Nisei icon agronomist/atty. Charles Pietsch born 1888 Brooklyn came to O’ahu 1918 as architect/realtor/developer. Guido Giacometti was born in Italy 1877, was Ola’a Sugar suptd., owned Island Motors corner Kam/Kumu St., married Emma Porter 2nd marriage, wife was educator. Arioli engineer/contractor is Italian. Kenji Goto born 1904 was Baron’s baby brother [Kuakini hospital exec]. Herb Gomez born 1911, 1st Spanish plantation mgr., was Celeste Santos’ dad [obnoxious Bob’s sweet as sugar wife]. James Glover was actual merchant, born 1904. Doug Freeth of Frisco born 1906 married Evelyn Clark, Doug icon architect, Evelyn health rehab catalyst. John Fox born 1906 came to Punahou 1944, was shown beauty of female form by Hung Wai Ching. Walt Ecklund born 1892 VHY boss, looks exactly like David Figueira born 1957, Honoka’a Souza-Ferreira familia/ohana. Webley Edwards Hawai’i Calls born 1902 was college football quarterback who came to islands to play football. John Dykes of Scotland is Jim Dykes’ dad, was influenced by Scotchie Henderson’s parents to welcome Doc Hill. Les Deacon of C & C was born 1896, Frisco native. Maui’s Dan case’s grandkids are Jim/Dan Case [Ed’s dad is Jim]. Daisy Yamaguchi Conquest born 1913 was Hilo Commercial College registrar. Herb Camp born 1892 Nebraska was Bob Midkiff’s former boss at Haw’n Trust. Gavien Bush was born O’ahu 1901. George Bicknell born 1893 Springfield MA., savior of AJAs WWII, became Veterans Affairs head here post-WWII. Maude Beers born 1880 Michigan, hubby Kanaka Billy longest-serving elected DA in Territory/State history here [Billy died 1946], was Kapi’olani Elem. School principal. Carolina Brasao Andrade’s 2nd husband was Joaquin Jose Andrade, whose progeny are Willy Andrade/Mary Nachbar/etc. Lina’s lst hubby Vieira died young, leaving kids Mary [married Antone Souza Jr.] & Roberto Vieira. Of course, Lina’s/Jose’s son Dr. James Andrade born 1899 was a centenarian. Engineer Art Akinaka born 1909 was AJA icon, as was Hilo educator Keith Abe born 1913. Roy Blackshear Jr. looked exactly like his dad Sr. Dick Devine born 1907 Illinois married Lei McLean. –Curt *
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Reminiscences — Remember Uchinanchu/Okinawan Gushikens’ Smile Inn next to Modern Appliance on Kilauea/Wilson Sts. 1950s? Where today’s Big Island Pizza is was Kobatas’ former KKs Place/Kilauea Inn . Of course, Roy Yoshioka had his little Roy’s Place [later Roy’s Gourmet]. Hiroaki Kono [Hilo Trans’ Gunji Kono’s son] always used to go to Smile Inn to vent w/Sus Hata [Y. Hata wholesaler/Primo beer] in a very cordial/friendly way. Hiroaki’s dad’s baby brother is Joyce Kono Fasi’s dad. Hiroaki married Elaine Kurisu from Hakalau [not Scotch’s kin]. Hiroaki’s dad Gunji ran up the back stairway to Hilo Trans Bldg. next to Hilo Iron Works [Hilo Trans looked like “Kawamoto” block across today’s Ben Franklin craft store on Kilauea Ave.] 4/1/46, didn’t see the 30 foot wall of black [black sand] water rush in from Sand Beach [today’s regatta facility], & was killed instantly as the water pulverized/obliterated the huge 2 story wood frame Hilo Trans bldg. Gabriel Manning watched in horror as this scene unfolded before his very eyes as Gabriel clung for dear life in the rafters of the 50 ft. high Hilo Iron Works factory, which shook violently as if the whole bldg. were going to fall down amid the roiling black water [from black sand]. Elaine Kono’s baby sister Margaret married Glenn Oda [SK’s son]. Elaine/Margaret became top DOE officials, & especially Elaine’s physical beauty was like Audrey Hepburn’s. Apparently DOE’s Harry Chuck took a liking to Elaine’s beauty. Hiroaki/Elaine’s only son Larry died before Elaine, & she was very lonesome toward the end of her life. Larry was a good athlete. Hiroaki’s brother Russ was judge under Burns/Ariyoshi. –Curt *
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Rumsfeld/Cheney had all the experiences in the world, having served under Presidents Ford/Bush Sr., but did depth of experience count for anything? No. On the other hand, Reagan had no foreign policy experience [was CA. governor], but had great character/common sense, & is largely attributed as triggering downfall of the Soviet Union. Reagan correctly is McCain’s idol, yet McCain knocked Obama for lack of foreign policy experience [like hero Reagan], & yet McCain picks unthinkable VP Palin. Sheez. –Curt *
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Slurs — Sen. John B. Henderson 1826-1913, Great Emancipator, said that if it’s not one slur [racial epithet], it’s another [class condescension]. John was born “White trash” like Jack Burns 1909-1975 & never saw life in black/white race singularity. Slurs diffuse afar [gender/disability/photogeneity/etc.]. A century after 13th Amdt. crafter Henderson [outlawed slavery once & for all], Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 chastened son KingLit born 1936, “Be proud you’re Chinese! Don’t be afraid of anything!” Great pep talk! Still, KingLit knows that power relationships always revolve around trust/”who you know,” not what you know. Such is the tumble in life. Slurs are overcome by love, not fear. Hung Wai is right. Why are Hung Wai’s maxims still alive today? Because of Hung Wai’s power of Love. Nothing beats the power of Love. Kohala’s KJ Luke [genesis non-haole developer — Salt Lake — w/Kukuihaele native Ruddy Tonng; KJ also founded Hawaii National Bank] always told his UH students — “Don’t be a conformist!! Be yourself!!” –Curt *
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Reflections — oroku [Okinawan thrift][Oroku a district in Okinawa]. Former Food Fair Supermarket patriarch Uchinanchu Eijiro Kaneshiro’s daughter Jan never heard of oroku [Okinawan thrift/frugality], geo-pecuniary origins Oroku-chu sector [famed Uchinanchu genesis/roots] which dominates today’s food store/service/restaurant industry, of which Jan’s otosan/papa proudly emerges from [learned trade under oroku Times Supermarket fellow Big Islanders Teruya kazoku/family]. Why Uchinanchu/Okinawan moguls? Vertical integration, w/production lines owned by oroku kazoku/families [Uchinanchu pig & chicken farmers/egg wholesalers/dairymen/slaughterhouses/retailers]. “Oroku promotes/advocates oroku — expansion of wealth.” Or, as military analysts denote, “small unit cohesion” from top to bottom. Extraordinary phenomena born of literal starvation/disease/pestilence. Though Jan’s otosan was not regarded as heavily philanthropic [vs. Waiakea/Yashijima kumiai Yamaguchi/Hiroshima/Naichi ken Taniguchi/Okuyama KTA/Sure Save kazoku community benefactors], nonetheless Jan’s otosan was respected among oroku. –Curt *
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Narcissus — self-important Richard Uejo’s [born 1925] concocted mayor’s prayer breakfast looms over its 16th annual horizon come May. I told Richard to stop amplifying its importance [in his opinion] because it’s merely a tool of publicity for the standing mayor, contrary to Rich’s claim that the mayor serves Richard. Ridiculous hubris/verbosity by self-titillated Rich. Conceit is a creepy human flaw, sadly denoted via Rich’s pontification of his mayor’s breakfast. Steve Yamashiro born 1941, fellow Uchinanchu/Rich’s cousin, collaborated w/Rich to have Rich sponsor the mayor’s breakfast when Steve was mayor. Geez, Rich is a tremendous/positive legacymaker [church builder/internationalist/innovator–child & elderly care/Japanese language school/etc.], but his obsession w/his mayor’s breakfast is his Hyde side, not his Jekyll side. Rich turned over the reins to Frank Lafita’s Exchange Club this past year. Richard wanted me to keynote Henry Opukahaia’s legacy as Hawai`i greatest community influence. I agree on Henry’s pathfind, but I got magnanimous Kaloa Robinson born 1965 [HMSA liaison] [Kaloa’s tutu is Popolo/part-Haw’n Kaloa is Damien-Whittier U grad–clerked for Sen. Akaka in D.C. — Kaloa is utterly steeped in life experience] to do the honors [ain’t right for a non-Haw’n to keynote Henry]. Thankfully, Kaloa kindly accepted the invite/keynote. Aloha, –Curt *
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Unsung hero Henry Opukahaia 1792-1818 — Henry Opukahaia was orphaned upon the deaths of his parents in a carnage/battle over territorial control [Kamehameha’s conquests]. Henry sailed the high seas for in 1808 & ended up in New England, where he was schooled by Congregationalists. Henry changed the face of America by demonstrating that everybody’s equal according to Scripture. He became a martyr to his devotion & inspired the greatest political leaders of the time like Henry Clay 1777-1852, the great Emancipator who was Abraham Lincoln’s biggest hero. Destiny revealed itself for this little boy from our Ka`u District [called “split belly” in Hawaiian when his baby brother was speared & killed while Henry carried his brother on Henry’s back to escape from Kamehameha’s forces in 1802 vs. Kaiana, at which time Henry’s parents were killed], who eventually succumbed to typhoid, & Henry’s death inspired the arrival of our missionaries in 1820, the same time kuhina nui [real power behind throne] Kaahumanu via ruler Liholiho [Kamehameha II] abolished the kapu system. The fullness of time — Opukahaia’s missionaries helped fill the moral & spiritual vacuum that resulted from the breakdown of their ancient pagan faith, so to speak, from the missionaries’ viewpoint. Our social service organizations today are a direct outgrowth of Opukahaia’s martyrdom — our YMCAs which uplifted immigrant shantytowns/tenements Waiakea [furyoshonen — AJA hooligans — were inspired by guardian angel Jean Hartley]/Shinmachi [“New Town” in Japanese] — serviced by John Beukema’s Hilo Center [where our former Texaco Service Station is on Kam/Pauahi Sts.], not to mention our old town Hilo Hawaiians [via Haili Church-Hilo Boarding School where Boys-Girls Club is today–YWCA still at today’s site]. Essentially, modern Hilo is built upon the moral & spiritual groundwork laid by Opukahaia’s missionaries. Hence, Henry Opukahaia is our unsung/untold hero, the sine qua non of societal fulfillment and happiness, per assimilation vantage point [naysayers call this cultural genocide]. And looking at each ethnic group, Opukahaia’s peacemakers filled the need — the Chinese had Rev. Tsui’s social hall across Lincoln Park [today’s church is on Mohouli-Kino`ole Sts.], the Portuguese had Rev. De Silva’s mission on Haili St. [today’s Central Christian Church], the Japanese had Rev. Kwan Higuchi’s hall at Lincoln Park, the Filipinos had their church in Papaikou, the Koreans had their church on Haili St. Aloha, –Curt *
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Red China — alter ego Mao — Yes, age mentorship. Mao 1893-1976 the bear clawed/swooshed his way to power, ably aided by urbane Chou En-Lai 1898-1976. Deng Xiaoping 1904-1997 infused capitalism after titans Mao/Chou died. Deng’s protege` Zhao Ziyang 1919-2005 went too far democratic for Deng’s slow moderation via Zhao’s empathy w/student rebels Tiananmen Square 1989. Zhao was purged/banished to obscurity/house arrest till his dying day. It is obvious that a dictatorship does not stay in power unless it appeases the middle class, or prevents it from emerging via brutal tyranny a la Stalin/Mao. But w/Red China’s failed agrarian reforms, it was time for Deng to discard Mao’s retro communism & get up to speed w/the rest of the industrialized world powers. In Hawai`i, Queen Lili`u 1838-1917 just did not have the temperament/moxy to get up to speed w/internationalism. Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 & Kuhio 1871-1922 were better suited for pluralism/statesmanship, despite their own flaws [Wilson’s nepotism/Kuhio’s decadent self-aggrandizement]. As w/today’s Trask/Osorio, Lili`u was a retrograde who fed on fear/hate, not love/tolerance. Auld lang syne, –Curt *
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ILWU’s Stateside haole transplant Eddie Tangen [pronounced Tan-Jen] 1921-1992 — in return for supporting Gov. Burns, ILWU nerve center Eddie Tangen made the Land Use Commission his personal fiefdom 1969-1977. As its chairman 1973-1977, Tangen was the dealmaker for developers/labor force. Tangen was Jack Hall’s buddy, & succeeded Hall as braintrust after Hall died 1971. Hall had many detractors [vs. Hall’s impudent/arrogant bearing], among them Hall’s boss Harry Bridges of Frisco Central, along w/local rep Newton Miyagi. Of course, Hall ruined Kapoho longshoreman Jack Kawano after Kawano refuted Hall’s takeover of the ILWU in 1944. Tangen always felt that Bridges was jealous of Hall’s political legacy [coalition w/Burns Dems], something which Frisco’s Bridges had no opportunity to achieve. Bridges repulsed vs. Hall’s autocratic/megalomaniac ways, not to mention Hall’s inability to groom able islander successors/Hall’s prolific drinking-coarse crude vocabulary. Papaikou’s famous Luso George Martin 1924-2009 treaded gingerly b/n antagonists Bridges/Hall. After Hall died unexpectedly, Martin threw his hat in w/respectable Bridges, serving as Central VP until Bridges told Martin that Bridges wanted a longshoreman [not a plantation boy like Martin] to succeed Bridges as Prexy. Of course, all that Hall wanted was to be respected, not respectable!! Hilo police detective Jerry Ogawa’s sister Yoshiko [Ogawas from Kea`au] is Jack Hall’s wife. Like Bridges, Martin was a union man all the way, not a politician like Hall. Kea’au girl Mitsue Shinchi married local ILWU leader David Thompson, not Frisco’s Frank Thompson. Which are why ILWU hater Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 [ILWU endorsed GOPs over Dem Scrub when Scrub was solon 50-55 yrs. ago] detested Kea’au buddahead girls [for marrying topshelf ILWUers], along w/Pepe’ekeo buddahead girls for the same reason. Male Chauvnist. Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, Carrie Inaba is Norman Inaba’s granddaughter. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” —Times come & go, as do people/relationships. Koehnen was Doc Hill’s bookkeeper & bought Doc Hill’s optical/eyeglass sales business 1928, where Doc Hill’s bldg. still stands 1917 [Doc came here 1913]. Doc’s bldg. is where today’s Basically bkstore is next to the former National Dollar Store, also built same time [Hilo Emporium, which originally was today’s Toyama bldg. 1909]. Fred Koehnen born 1924 is esteemed retired businessman/Army reserve officer [non-combat veteran]/Shun Kimura’s managing director. Koehnen’s was our aristocrat shop before Liberty House came to Kuhio Plaza 1985 & pulled the rug right out from under Koehnen’s [jewelry/keepsakes]. Koehnen’s [now furniture] has struggled till this day. Akin to Tanimoto Store [where today’s Filipino TNT seafoods is] getting overrun by Kress Store 1932, & Kress Store getting its last breath before falling to Kuhio Plaza 1985. The times they are a changing. Aloha, –Curt * *
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Sherwood Greenwell 1919-2004 — Henry Greenwell left England/immigrated here 1850. His coffee quality was world-rated the best in 1873. Missionary Sam Ruggles intro’d coffee to Kona 1828 [started Hilo mission w/Joe Goodrich 1824], Guatemala strain replaced Ruggles seed 1892. Sherwood is Henry’s grandson, & Kona’s greatest philanthropist. Sherwood always prided [correctly] his company on allowing coffee tenants [buddaheads/etc.] to sell to anyone, not lockstep to landlord Sherwood. But immigrant Henry Greenwell’s other descendant Norman [Sherwood’s cousin], unlike Sherwood/Norman’s older brothers Henry-Jack, was very abusive/ruthlessly cruel to non-haoles. Yin/yang, Jekyll/Hyde. Norman a cattle rancher/dairyman/coffee planter/etc. –Curt * * __________________________________________ * *
No re-nationalization — reforms needed, including curb on land trusts via many smaller private landowners, not re-nationalization of land [ergo sovereignty]. Pi`ihonua’s lease-to-fee conversion is an excellent example for egalitarians to follow. Yes, government’s invisible hand of moderation ennobles the smalltime tenant, and such trickle-down reality is validated by judicial fiat [no taking via gov’t occurs; economic regs subject to rational basis test, not strict scrutiny applicable to suspect classifications/fundamental rights such as race/suffrage/etc.; no impairment of contract]. The current en masse lease-to-fee conversions on O`ahu can be realized via government subsidies to tenants/tax breaks to owners, all w/the goal of breaking up land trusts/cabals — utilitarianism – the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Of course, land ownership down to the simplest joe/jane entails penalties on land/bldg. speculation adverse to the public good/interest. W/such widespread “semi-socialist” impact comes the urban village efficiency of concentrating communities closer/accessing vital services via short distances. Or would we rather force our progeny to live elsewhere [ergo Vegas/etc.]? Hard choices, but deeper social good/realization. –Curt * *
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Merle K. Lai, preserver of history & heritage — Kamehameha School alumnus Merle K. Lai, born 1944, is among our longest-serving County solons [before term limits]. Nurtured by Shun Kimura & Ikuo Hisaoka, Merle always brokered compromises as the Hawai`i County Council’s leading consensus-builder thruout the 1970s & 1980s. Merle actually was urged to run vs. good friend Mayor Dante Carpenter in 1988, by supporters including Bernard Akana. When Merle declined [Merle is not avaricious/opportunist], Akana stepped in [Merle’s Mom is an Akana], & the rest is history [upset of the century]! I spoke w/Dante 2 decades after his mayoralship [one term mayor 1984-1988]. Dante has several misgivings/regrets, among them the taint of self-dealing via lovely wife Olan’s consultant fees, & of course Dante’s run-in vs. Nakasone [Jippy Mattos cronyism]. Dante has no regrets about siding w/militant solons Wong/Cayetano/etc. in ousting Senate Prexy John Ushijima in 1978, Dante’s maiden year as a state senator. Grumpy Ushijima never forgave Dante for Dante’s betrayal of the neighbor island bloc. Do you know that Dickie Wong asked humble apostle Stanley Hara to chair the most powerful Ways/Means Committee in the reorganization? And that Stanley declined, being team-first to the neighbor island bloc? Ask anyone, Stanley Hara is a friend to everyone!! Even the Dickie Wongs utterly respected equanimous/even-keeled Stanley Hara. No kidding. Olan could chew out the Japanese race in her unguarded moments. Merle Lai is our gal who inspired everlasting remembrances of past heroes, her shining credit being Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium’s namesake. So too is Merle’s touch evident on every major facility — Kawamoto Olympic Pool/Wong & Victor Stadiums/Afook-Chinen. Merle’s deepest moment is enabling the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial/eternal flame next to the Wailoa Visitor Center. Aptly, the eternal flame is protected by none other than the great King Kamehameha I, whose statue stands proudly makai of it. Beautiful historymakers!! I take my hat off to preserver of history & heritage, our own Merle K. Lai. Whenever you see her, the eternal optimist, please cheerfully greet her w/”Merle Lai, consecrated hero!” Love, –Curt * *
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Japanese yoshi [husband takes wife’s last name — servile to wife] — Tsutae Murashige of Kawailani/Kino`ole St. Homestead married genesis Isojiro Kitagawa’s daughter, & took her last name because Iso had no sons [Tsutae not Pancho Murashige’s family]. Tsutae’s son Iwao married out of race [German gal] & Tsutae/wife got upset w/Iwao [Iwao’s wife a grumbler]. Nonetheless, Iwao took over Kitagawa Motors because Tsutae not flesh/blood. Eddie Fukuda of Kawailani service station lived across Tsutae. Eddie sponsored Jack Matsui’s sports. Matsui tried to get Eddie Fukuda [no relation to P&R Bob Fukuda] enshrined in Matsui’s sports HoF, but Eddie refused. Eddie’s parents used to fill gas for cars frenetically, while young Eddie would practice Eddie’s golf swing in full view of the customers at the parents’ service station. –Curt * *
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Bill Buckley 1925-2008 is Irish Catholic, not WASP — Buckley is conservative because of his aristocratic upbringing, vs. Kennedy’s populist earthy politics. Yes, Buckley defends slavery/McCarthy’s red-baiting. Obama confided in Ted Kennedy & was told to “go for it” for President, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On military readiness, it’s honest to say that our forces are ill-supplied, as Obama said, but actually Obama’s target should not be Bush, but the Pentagon [internal priority]. Charley Rangel supported Hillary 2008, not surprising, because Bill/Hillary carpetbagged via Rangel [symbolic Harlem]. Ga. Black Rep. John Lewis who switched from Hillary to Obama did so because his constituents were calling out for his demise had he bypassed public will. One solon’s power collapses if the constituents vote otherwise. Michigan/Florida try to be first in Dem primary to garner power/stature at Party convention. Scrub Tanaka was critical of establishment types, & certainly would’ve voted for Obama, as would racial pluralist Jack Burns. Yes, Inouye has favors that are called on, so he has to vote for Hillary. LBJ didn’t know what to do about the Vietnam War, which resulted in his retirement from office, & the Vietnam War agonized him so much, it hastened his death. When Scrub asked Jack Burns why Burns appointed eccentric egotist Kaz Abe to the Supreme Court, Burns said that Kaz’ love for constitutional law [Kaz advocated Buddhist Day to counter Christmas Day] was needed. Sheez! Kaz was rewarded for being a good team player for Burns. Vim/vigor/vitality — look at Biblical David, a la Obama, who was sent out to take food for his older brothers. But David had the solemn commitment to “fell” Goliath. Yes, Obama is David, as McCain is Bible’s old stoutheartCaleb [“Give me that mountain!”]. Sure, Yoshito Takamine gerrymandered to take sugar’s Kohala, & to omit haoles’ Waimea. Do you know that Isamu Kanekuni’s Int. School English teacher Sarah Rudd had Isamu’s class memorize Shakespeare [“Albertini, so full of sound & fury, signifying nothing” –as Isamu scowls about Jim], which Isamu remembers till this day?! And that Isamu’s high school Chinese typing teacher Ah Kiong Chong spent a whole hr. each week teaching/preaching the phrase “common sense?!” Thomas Paine reduxed. Isamu, not modest to upend anyone, asked blowhard Kawika Lovell’s consultant if she knew what conjugation meant [Isamu credits his Int. School English teacher Margaret Watt], to which her query was, “What is that?” Old vs. New. Inouye was the moral force behind Shinseki’s march up the chain of command, for which Shinseki is grateful always. –Curt * *
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Representative democracy vs. participatory democracy 1. 3/31/07 Star-Bulletin editorial emphasizes Hawai`i’s electoral college advantage — small States have greater say as opposed to popular [citizens’ votes] elections, twice as much. Such weighted formula are premised on levelling the playing field between the haves [traditional urban hubs] & the have-nots [rural regions]. Thence the notions of representative [electoral college] democracy vs. participatory [direct citizen vote] democracy. 2. Which bring us to current GOP vs. Dem Party thinking. GOP started as the party of anti-slavery’s Abraham Lincoln, which caused post-Civil War Southern solons to turn Dem. Thence the Southern Bloc of the Dem Party, which caused huge rifts between liberal Northern Dems vs. the right-wing Southern Bloc. Today’s Southern Bloc ID — the Dems switched party labels to GOP over a decade ago in conformity w/current GOP conservative bent — and lost in the recent changeover to Dem majority Congress, after previous 12 yrs. of GOP rule. The South shall rise again now hinges on GOP fate. –Curt *
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Mt. Rushmore [ends justify the means] 1. President Clinton’s perjury charge was too grave for purely private behavior [fellatio]. 2. President Bush is not delusional to believe his own lie [WMDs in Iraq]. He took us to war. Impeachable offense. 3. LBJ’s lie [Ho Chi Minh’s patrol boat attack on U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin] to take us to war — impeachable offense. 4. Yet, rushing to judgment often causes more harm than good. FDR lied about his congestive heart failure — to prevent Hitler from getting the mental edge. Thomas Jefferson lied about his Presidential authority to purchase Louisiana [which doubled our Nation’s geographical size as a virtual freebie from then-myasmic France — why do you think the French resent us? They supported our 1776 Colonial Revolution.]. He had no legal power to purchase Louisiana. And President Nixon lied about the Communist threat while in China, of all places! As “Honest Abe” Lincoln bellowed, “If my esteemed opponent, candidate Stephen Douglas, says I am two-faced, do you think I’d wear this one??!!” 5. Yes, the end result is what the long sweep of history judges by. Never mind that Tough Teddy Roosevelt was last century’s ruthless imperialist/colonialist — Roughrider Teddy advanced freedom, he kept our Nation safe, he saved the world [from despotism/tyranny]. Why, he even busted our domestic cartels/trusts, emoting that inherited wealth is anathema to our frontier spirit [Teddy was an ill child & ostracized by his aristocratic peers, & he lost his biggest hero — his Dad — while still young]. Never mind that George Washington never cut that cherry tree [George’s biographer made up that story]. Never mind that Honest Abe Lincoln opposed slavery partly for pragmatic, not moral, reasons [2-tiered North-South labor costs gave slave owners a wholly conclusive win over non-slave owners]. The ends justify the means. These are the reality. Only in sanitized ivory tower classrooms do the ends not justify the means. Apreciar, –Curt *
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The greatest lead by action, not words — The greatest leaders do not articulate their mission. Hung Wai Ching is such a leader. He knew not his destiny. All he knew was to help those less able/fortunate than Hung Wai — Hung Wai grew up in poverty & lived thru deprivation of material comforts. Hung Wai — now here was a Man!! Founder of our all-AJA WWII soldiers/principal catalyst to Statehood! Kansha/immense gratitude, –Curt 1. Hung Wai told Tsukiyama’s Territorial Guard [ROTC] buddaheads, “If you can’t be trusted with firearms, then prove you’re trustworthy w/farm implements [manual labor — hoe/spade/shovel].” Reverse psychology like no other!! Americanism dug into deepest/richest soil. Yes, Hilo’s Ralph Yempuku is the VVV organizer [knew ROTC boys as UH asst. AD — yes, sports buff], but Hung Wai is the Mother Lode/inspiration behind the VVV, not Ralph. 2. I gotta acknowledge untold enabler Joe Itagaki [Kewalo Inn], the most prolific 442nd correspondent w/Wilsonian internationalist Charles Hemenway & pragmatic Whig/racial pluralist Joe Farrington. Later GOP solon Itagaki visualized a post-WWII Hawai`i free of rich/poor stratification. Hemenway/Farrington believed in & followed thru on Itagaki’s idealism. Later GOP solon Kaua`i native Jack Mizuha also wrote home on his post-WWII vision. Patriots all! Itagaki/Mizuha were heavily influenced by Statehood Joe’s kitchen cabinet of Hung Wai Ching/Kats Kometani/Mas Marumoto. These local Oriental boys far surpassed later GOP king Bill Quinn’s key advisors, who were like fish out of water/naive. Quinn did not seek out Joe’s trinity’s wisdom/vast experiences. Quinn’s loss, Dem Jack Burns’ gain. Neither did Quinn co-opt hard scrabble Randolph Crossley, who, had Crossley elected to stay active as GOP party chief, would have been Ike’s appointed Gov. in 1957, not Quinn. Crossley was bypassed for Gov. in 1953 by Ike, who appointed Taft/Farrington-endorsed Sam King Sr. to appease GOP Taft forces. Quinn solicited neither Taft nor Ike forces here. Quinn’s loss. Quinn the Irish Quixote. 3. Do you know that Hung Wai was the “Chinaman” [vs. pejorative of tight-ass “Pa-ke”] who gave his last quarter out of his pocket so that the UH boys/Nu`uanu Y kids would not starve? Yes, miserly/stingy he was not!! Son KingLit humorously says that Dad Hung Wai knew how to spend sponsorship Big 5 monies! Hey, nothing wrong with this — Hung Wai was a magnificent reformist [redistribution of wealth within the system — no bloodshed!!] w/charm/smarts like no other!! Like P.I. reformist/Father of Independence Jose Mercado Rizal [alter ego to Sun Yat Sen/Mahatma Gandhi/Syngman Rhee], Hung Wai was a brilliant peacemaker!! 4. Hilo GOP solon Tasaku Oka [1st AJA solon w/GOP Andy Yamashiro 1930 — Oka is Bill Thompson’s father- in-law], pathfinder a la Hung Wai Ching & our other heroes all! Love, –Curt *
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Do you know that our 1st ever native Catholic Bishop here was Madeira Luso roots Stephen Alencastre of Wainaku, and that his mother’s maiden name was Bayau? Bayau is a pejorative Nel Doi allegedly used to demean Ben Menor — meaning, backward Filipino. Bayau is Latin, meaning low ground, as we know bayou to be. Low is key, as w/aspersion. –Curt *
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Low-income Lanakila Homes originally were destined for today’s Banyan Golf Course site‏ — imagine if our 1st low income housing project Lanakila Homes were located on Banyan Drive as originally planned in 1945? The 4/1/46 tsunami would’ve caused utter havoc/loss of lives. As it turned out, Mother Nature drove us to higher ground at today’s site off Kapi’olani St. by St. Joseph School. –Curt * *
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Steere Noda 1892-1986 Hongwanji church linked Steere to Fred Makino 1877-1953 — Steere took his name after trust co./real estate exec Fred Steere Sr., who helped Steere be accepted by Big 5 haoles. Gigaku Steere Noda, born at `Ewa plantation of Kumamoto extraction, was the 1st scholarship student of Prince Fushimi endowment [Fushimi was arranged by Kalakaua to marry Ka`iulani but Mutsuhito turned it down — pure blood rule] & graduated as Hongwanji’s inaugural student. While Steere was building his Asahi baseball dynasty [started club in 1905 at age 13, just as innate leader Francis Wong started Hilo’s Wanderers Club at age 14 in 1933], son of England trading merchant Fred Makino successfully stopped assembly line/conveyor belt Christian ceremonies forced on Issei/Japan immigrant picture brides at our immigration compound, which were violation of religious liberty, being that brides were Buddhist. Noda went to work for the IRS in 1915, the 1st Nisei/2nd generation Fed Gov’t employee. Thanks to Makino’s fellow English brew/kin Joe Lightfoot, Noda was mentored by Jap-hater Lightfoot as a court clerk/interpreter/district court practitioner, all because Noda wholly backed up Makino’s crusade to stop forced Christian marriages on incoming Japan picture brides, along w/Makino’s crusade to save our Nihon gakko/Japanese language schools [haole oligarchy/Big 5 sought to eliminate coercively such bi-lingual mode to defeat “Tokyo-inizing” Hawai`i kids], a crusade that Hongwanji chief Yemyo Imamura 1867-1932 fully sponsored [immigrants mostly Hongwanji Buddhists, not Christian]. Of course, Noda was a made man by Imamura himself a la Brando’s Godfather cinema. Christian leader Takie Okumura 1865-1951 vehemently opposed Makino/Imamura on grounds that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do, ergo do unto Caesar as secular currency emblems Caesar’s inscription.” Makino’s chief rival publisher Yasutaro Soga of Nippu Jiji 1873-1957, though Makino’s compadre/spiritual kazoku in the unified Nikkei Sugar Strike 1909, sided w/assimilationist/ accomodationist Okumura. Ironically, Soga was imprisoned/interned WWII, not White man Makino the provocateur/instigator. That Noda also was the 1st National Guard volunteer pleasantly aroused esteemed attorney Lightfoot’s cackles [Lightfoot’s progeny C. Joseph Lightfoot 1917-1944 Navy KIA WWII]. In other words, power relationship cemented Noda’s legacy [Englishmen Makino-Lightfoot][Noda’s unfailing allegiance to Hongwanji protector Makino]. Irony is that Hirohito’s/Tojo’s Imperial Japan persecuted Christians/Catholics, but worked w/Hawai`i Christians to promote language schools so long as Big 5 would permit such endeavors — yet tolerated Buddhists in Japan despite forced State Shinto [not Buddhist, but “paganism”], but undercut Imamura in Hawai`i [Imamura protested Tojo’s forced takeover of Buddhist churches]. So Makino tried to “Tokyo-inize” Nikkei here, despite being wholly at odds w/Hito-Tojo vicariously via Imamura, & Okumura/Soga tried to Americanize Nikkei here, despite being supported by Hito/Tojo [vs. blowback from Buddhist Imamura]. Man oh man, manifold prism, huh??!! Odd alliances!! Love, –Curt * *** * My apology. Fred Steere Jr.’s wife just passed away — Fred Jr. 1907-1988 was a great Punahou athlete & Big 5 exec, but it was his dad who Steere Noda named Noda himself after, not Jr. here. Steere Sr. was Noda’s alter ego/role model/mentor. Aloha, –Curt *
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The point about the Federal Constitutional Amendment is that this is the only guaranteed way to elevate native Hawaiians to a political class which sets them apart from others, like how American Indians are grandfathered in via our Federal Constitution. Obviously, approval of native Hawaiians as a separate political class is a tall order nationally, yet harks back to odious [for Hawaiians] quid pro quo of our 1875 Reciprocity Treaty which allowed Hawai’i duty-free import of sugar to the Mainland, in return for the U.S. getting Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor resulted in the U.S. winning the Pacific theater WWII vs. Japan & in containing the Communist threat post-WWII — so rhetorically, “Give us Hawaiians our sovereignty because we gave you/U.S. Pearl Harbor, which saved all of our asses WWII!” –Curt * *
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So when you see an unadorned fisherman/woman/child, think Jesus’ apostles [backwater Galilieans]. Social standing not relevant to salvation. Love, –Curt *
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Communicant Gary Dalton is correct that our U.S. is not above the fray. Our gravest weaknesses are our xenophobia/jingoism [Vietnam/Iraq/etc.]. Love, –Curt *
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Chinese pioneer sugar planters — Aiko, a Chinese “sugar-master,” 1799-1895, was brought over from southern China by William French in 1835 to start Lihue mill in Waimea [Big Isle] 1835/Ponahawai 1839 [today’s Hilo Central Fire Station & makai of it–artifacts still buried in ground]/Kuakini 1839 [N. Kohala]/`Amau’ulu 1840. An unknown Chinese started the 1st sugar mill on Lana`i in 1802. Atai started the Hungtai sugar mill in Wailuku Maui 1828. Apung started the Kam III mill in Wailuku Maui in 1839. Akina started the Pu`u`eo mill in 1840 just down the road from Aiko’s `Amau’ulu mill. Aina started the Pi`ihonua mill in 1843 [where Kimo Henderson started working in Camp 3 in 1910 for later Hawai`i Mill]. Ahpong started the Ahpong mills in Waimea & N. Kohala in 1843, & in Lahaina also in 1843. Asing started the Makahanaloa mill in Pepe`ekeo 1847, though publ. report it as being in Papa`ikou. Akau took over from Julius Reinhardt the Pauka`a mill in 1857. Samsing started the Alenai`o/Hilo mill above today’s fire station in 1856. Utai started the other Alenai`o/Hilo mill in 1857 below Samsing [former site of Aiko’s mill]. Aiko’s `Amau’ulu mill was among the few successful operations. In 1867 seafarer Tom Spencer bought Aiko’s `Amau’ulu mill w/Aiko managing it. But by 1880, after Aiko was long retired, Spencer’s mill was ruined by arson/labor disputes, & his mill was sold to MacFarlane that same year. MacFarlane hired Julius Reinhardt as mgr. [Reinhardt first started the Pauka`a mill 1850 before Akau][Reinhardt estate is where today’s Rotary park is by Harrington’s/Ice Pond][Walter C.K. Victor’s wife Lena was a Reinhardt, this family being married w/the Macy family/Hilo Drug bldg. — today’s Cronies Rest.], but the final inferno destroyed the mill in 1883, after which MacFarlane sold it to Irwin & Claus Spreckels, who then formed the Hilo Sugar Co. in 1884. –Curt *
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Chinese migration to Hawai`i [from southern China — nearly all Chinese in Hawai’i/U.S. ancestrally are from Guangdong province] — “Ah” or “A” as in the A-letter Chinese surnames below signify respect as in “Sir/Mr.” Thence, Hung Wai Ching would’ve been called Ah Wai a century ago, his baby brother Hung Wo “Ah Wo.” Most Chinese in America came from Guangdong province in southern China. Chongsan in Guangdong is source of most Chinese in Hawai`i [incl. Sun Yat Sen]. Guangjo/Canton in Guangdong produced most of our restauranteurs/entrepreneurs. Laborer Toisan along Pearl River source of many Frisco Chinese. In class hegemony, Canton on top, followed by Chongsan, then by Toisan. But even then, because all 3 status groups were exposed to Western trade via port cities, all “FOLLOW THE MONEY!” In contrast, Japan peasant farmers not exposed to free trade/mercantilism [Japan closed door policy up until Commodore Perry’s black ships/Yokohama Bay 1854], so peasant class not inspired to be individualist entrepreneurs like Chinese. Of our Japan immigrants, Hiroshima ken/district main source of our buddahead business community [Bobby Fujimoto-HPM/Barry Taniguchi KTA stores]. Fukuoka blue collar/masons, Kumamoto laborers/samurai, Yamaguchi [Waiakea town] fishermen/entrepreneurs. Okinawa piggeries/chicken farms/etc. Hong Kong follows the money & its cooks are Cantonese. Shanghai westernized port a la Macao/Luso. –Curt *
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Hamakua Coast sugar mill history – Chinese mill on Lana`i started 1802, followed by spate of sojourners dominated by Chinese [Aiko/Aiyi/Ahfong/Ahpong/Asing/Aina/Akau/Akina/Atai][“Ah” connotes respect, so Hung Wai Ching would be Awai, baby brother Hung Wo Ching would be Ah Wo], w/sprinking of European immigrants [Reinhardt/Asegut/Marin/Wilkinson] & local haoles [Judd/Wilder/Lydgate]. Early sojourners went broke because of lack of money/financing. Chinese sojourners married Haw’n girls, thence the creole. Individualists came before Hung Wai Ching’s parents 120 yrs. ago — migration period of 1852-1910, just as a few Luso/Portuguese individualists came before Luso mass migration 1878-1900 [Chief Justice Antonio Perry(Perreira) 1871-1944 born here, whose father came here 1861]. Timeline migration foreordains timeline assimilation. Chinese first to be merchants, followed by Luso, then Issei 1885-1900, then others. Luso migration was much more hazardous/expensive [around Cape Horn South America], thence the lower numbers. But Luso, being whiter than other S. Europeans, were planters’ desired “race” & thus the only ethnic group brought in as whole intact family units. –Curt From: KingLit Ching [buddahead/Chinese messiah Hung Wai Ching’s son, born 1936] Subject: Hamakua Coast Sugar History Curt, You have quite an in depth knowledge about the sugar industry on the Hamakua Coast. [captions herein are Curt’s notes] There must have been a few fortunes made on these plantations although eventually all merged or were closed. I wonder who financed these capital intensive ventures [originally, Chinese themselves]. Some were founded in the 1850s and were tiny but most seem to have started in the 1880s when the industry was flourishing [via 1875 Reciprocity Treaty which infused haole capital/money via eventual Big 5/etc.]. You mention an Akau company. Was that Chinese Hawaiian? [No] What’s the background of that family? [today’s famous Akau solons/gov’t leaders/capitalists] You also mention Asing/AhFong. Who were they? [millionaires Ah Sing/Chun Afong] How many Chinese were brought in as sugar plantation laborers and when and where? [46,000 immigrants, most came between 1875-1898, to seed the primoridal plantations like Overend/Purvis in Honoka’a/Kukuihaele, antecedents to the eventual Big 5] Did any stay on and settle permanently or did they move on? [Some moved on to California before the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act; most settled permanently — married Haw’n women][Akau pure Chinese-married Haw’n–progeny incl. longtime educator Hannah Akau Bowman][AhFong Chun is the 1st Chinese millionaire–lorded over Pepe`ekeo/Kaupakuea/Makahanaloa plantations–owned most of Chinatown–today’s progeny incl. Advertiser columnist Bob Dye’s deceased wife] More Japanese immigrants/Issei moved on to the West Coast than remained in Hawaii [not true — at time of WWII internment, 160K buddaheads in Hawai’i/120K kotonks Stateside] indicating that many did not put down roots –in favor of better wages Stateside. [300,000 Chinese to U.S. Gold Rush 1849/Trans-Con RR 1859 — half went back to China, some defeated by anti-Chink slave masters] It would be interesting to compare the immigrant communities in each island to determine similarities and differences. You have described the Luso icons on the Big Island but we know there were communities on Maui and Kauai. Why weren’t more Luso recruited to Hawaii vs. the Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos? [too expensive to come from Europe] I like your Big Island history. –KL * __________ *
Austere as in good person — look at Jack Burns 1909-1975. When he died of cancer, he had a mortage to pay, which was extinguished via sale of his home. Look at Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006. Never made even a penny out of politics. Both men died austere/ broke-okole. No problem. They’re silent disciples/untold heroes in society’s eyes. Love, –Curt * *
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Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 a great leader — Scrub Tanaka rebuilt Hilo from the ground up after the 1960 tsunami, yet his name appears nowhere in official titles. On the other hand, Richard Jitchaku 1913-2007 looked to benefit himself, & was merciless in Rich’s exclusion of old man Wence, fumigator. If you didn’t kowtow to Rich, you were “history.” Whatever Scrub did, Scrub did for the public good [rehabbed tsunami-destroyed small businesses, which is how Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 got to know Scrub well]. And Scrub never made a penny off Scrub’s enablement of small businesses/displaced residents. Which is why Scrub disdained “me-first” solons like Kaz Abe/Stan Hara/John Ushijima. Scrub respected Toshi Serizawa born 1916 [still sharp tack] because Serizawa did not exploit/self-gain like the other solons. –Curt * * ______________________________________________ * *
Empathy — Army G-2 intelligence chief Moses Pettigrew lived among the buddaheads while stationed here pre-WWII, & was the 1st military officer to advocate all-Nisei infantry battalion, even imploring high command to have Moses lead them [no pun intended]. Moses expounded enlistees [later 442]. It was Hung Wai Ching who goaded the 298th-299th National Guard conscripts to be given the right to fight for America, & Hung Wai made his point to military brass via informal dialogue [Hung Wai headed Morale Committee as liaison b/n civilians-military]. Historians overlook the symbolism of the eventual 100th Batt. in the chaotic days after the Pearl Harbor attack, all because our local Nat’l Guard 298/299 conscripts were true grunts/no high school degrees except for city boys, where high schools were existent, only handful of whom ascended to loftiest reaches of power [via advanced schooling] in later Statehood era [unlike the prolific younger 442 boys like Dan Inouye]. And in the haze of bypassing the conscripts at the outbreak of WWII, also overlooked is the immense figure of Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, right there in the thick of the internal battle to give our conscripts the right to fight/combat duty. Which is why in 2009, WWII pundits regret overlooking the role of Hung Wai Ching in advocating infantry use of our eventual 100th Batt. [later incorporated as 1st Batt. in overall 442 RCT]. Love, –Curt * *
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Liberty [Thomas Jefferson/Abraham Lincoln] — Inspired by Englishman John Locke, Jefferson intoned that all members of society are entitled to the fair measure of judgment, & to participate fully in public affairs. The pursuit of happiness means the right to own property/safeguard it, & to strive for the good/comfort of all people, not just for one’s personal needs. And that generation after generation of patriots pledge their very lives to fight tyranny over the hearts & minds of humanity. Though Abraham Lincoln was inspired by abolitionist Henry Clay, Lincoln thrust Jefferson’s essence via Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, closing w/”And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.” –Curt * *
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Richard Jitchaku 1913-2007 [brother Tommy 1914-1999 was super nice] — Ex-solon Jitchaku, Kainole/Onomea Okinawan, wanted Doc Hill’s former leasehold at Waiakea Camp 2 [area below Waiakea Elem. School off Puainako St. owned by DLNR]. Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006 averted Rich/averted displacing the original Camp 2 residents. These are the unspoken acts of valor which the world never knew about from Scrub Tanaka. Of course, Davies sold its fee simple to Camp 1 [today’s Hilo Shopping Ctr. site] to Doc Hill, who sold it to the individual tenants. Original Waiakea Sugar Mill stood where the Hawaii Motors lot is today. –Curt *
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Hiroshima/Yamaguchi districts-”ken” — money is god – Typecasting, but one discerns bent/bias by ancestral backdrop, typified by taisho/”proud” Isamu Kanekuni born 1921. Isamu dismisses Ben Menor 1922-1986 as a failure/loser because Ben went broke in Ben’s law practice. Isamu says that Ben shouldn’t have been benefacting/umpiring youth baseball if Ben couldn’t pay Ben’s bills. To Isamu, money is god. Which is why Isamu by nature is miserly/Scrooge personified. Sycophant/suck up for favors-repress those lower on the social ladder/scale typical of Hiroshima/Yamaguchi types [Waiakea/Kanoelehua industrial area buddaheads]. Hiroshima/Yamaguchi prefectures commercial/merchants, look down at farmers/laborers such as from Kyushu Island [southern Japan] Kumamoto. Yet Kyushu the heartland of martial arts, whose samurai saved the capitalists’ arses. –Curt *
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Presidential pardons — Granted by the Constitution, pardons are to forgive [rooted in Christianity]. Clinton pardoned financier Marc Rich on Clinton’s last day in office, being that Rich donated mega-bucks to Clinton’s library/Dem Party coffers. Self-greed on Clinton’s part. Today’s George Bush Jr. commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence, per power of Cheney over Bush [Bush thinks it’s Bush over Cheney — tweedle-dum, tweedle-dee]. Again, self-dealing/greed. But still the same, I totally agree w/Ford’s pardon of Nixon, who had not yet been prosecuted [Marc Rich never came back to U.S. — fugitive outlaw at hands of Giuliani’s indictment] — it was time for our Nation to move on w/rebuilding our generation gap b/n moderate WWII bunch & college radical kids, & to put Nixon/Watergate behind us. –Curt *
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Upward mobility — Buddaheads [Hawai`i japanees] had greater upward mobility than Stateside kotonks [Mainland japanees] because there were no haole middle class/well-earning laborers. Kotonk/Nisei asks of son-in-law, “Why did you become a lawyer?” Ergo, circa 1960 there was no clientele base for Sansei/3rd generation lawyers on the Mainland. Those japanees who could afford lawyers went to haole lawyers anyway. A+ & A students became M.D./A- & B+ students became D.D.S. dentists. No work for japanee lawyers Stateside half a century ago. Upward mobility here in Hawai`i mirrored immigration timeline. Chinese/Luso/Japanese/Puerto Rican/Korean/Filipino in chronological order of ascension. Because Stateside labor market saturated w/workers from all classes of society, new ethnics formed insular societies, esp. Asian ethnics, who were non-white/repressed by Whites. Upward mobility a problem, so ethnics stayed in protective/sheltered enclaves/cocoons. In Hawai`i office work–bookkeeping/clerical — was the ladder up, vs. outside hard labor. From office tedium a person could rise higher into mgmt. position. This is how Kaua`i Nisei Charley Ishii became the son which Charley Rice never had. Ishii went from office errand boy to being Rice’s trusted aide/confidant. Ishii’s kids went Ivy League schools, daughters married M.D.s, son died in plane crash. At 15 yrs. of age in 1908 or so, Charley Ishii rose up the ladder like no other. –Curt Ambivalence triggers righteousness? Per Pastor Roy Kim, Gov. Jack Burns was correct in not signing the Abortion Act [strong Catholic], but per oath to serve constituents, not Catholic Church, Gov. Burns had Act become law over his non-endorsement. Per Pastor Roy, if one succumbed before to temptation/self-serving act, that person’s “make-up call” [sport phrase] upon maturation is to act righteously that another person will not succumb the same way. Earl Warren’s classic make-up call to Nikkei [Warren so-called rapacious CA. AG WWII internment] was greatest case in U.S. history — Warren’s C.J. S.Ct. Brown v. Bd. of Education 1954. –Curt * * ___________________________________________ * *
Remember the inexplicably amazing martyrs/musical band of the Titanic a century ago? With nowhere to go, and doing the one thing they were proficient at, this greatest band of humanity “played on,” the violinist in all humbleness and piety, intoning, “Gentlemen, it’s been a privilege playing with you tonight.” Amazing Grace!! Do we bestow the same highest honor upon our deserving fraternity of sentients and living organisms without the finality of imminent death??? Don’t we find life too short in the end, and eventually learn of death as imminent anyway??? Truth be told, we wrestle with life’s paradoxes day in and day out, trying to find meaning/sense in our mortal existence. Why not bestow another with — “It’s been a pleasure and the highest honor to have met your acquaintance this evening. Thank you for sharing.” *** The heart immeasurably has the capacity for love and even more love, boundless in dimension. Our selfish ego impedes our compassion/outreach to others. We all are spiritual seekers, intuitively sensing that there is more to life than what we experience. 1 Corinthians 13 imparts that “Love doesn’t rage or bear grudge, but instead rejoices, that love hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” ** So the same, Chris Wordsworth’s “Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost” 2 centuries ago evokes, “Faith will vanish into sight, Hope be emptied in delight, Love in Heaven will shine more bright, Therefore give us Love.” ** As Dale Allison Jr. says, “Emotional necessity devotes of a lifetime to theology, and while I am a historian, I concede that history is not what matters most. If my deathbed finds me alert, I will be preoccupied with how I have witnessed and embodied faith, hope, and charity. I will not fret over the historicity of this or that part of the Bible.” * *
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I love Harry Truman, utterly devoted to his wife Bess, who said that real gentlemen prefer gray ;-) *
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Hey, if our medal popper top military brass felt that President Obama’s scaling back on Afghanistan presented a clear/present danger to our troops, our military chiefs could’ve resigned. *
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No U.S. President was Jewish. Of course, a Greenspan caused the fall of Wall St. *
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Our greatest modern way-finder is Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002, our ancient analog is Kamehameha the Great. Hung Wai’s tremendous sense of idealism [respect for all, irrespective of color/class/national origin] sprang from his “I-Ching” [just joking ;-) ] WANDERLUST ;-) Marco Polo/John Glenn/navigators/migrations/etc. — immense audacity/ sense of adventure. As w/all major life events/inverse being man-made apocalypse [ergo Fukushima nuclear fallout], everything is a make-up call [Christians like Hung Wai’s wanderlust son KingLit born 1936 say guilt/atonement], so that Hollywood tall Hung Wai’s beating up of tiny Jap [excuse the crudeness] kids in shanty Emmaville haunted Hung Wai till Hung Wai’s last breath — so that the ghosts of Hung Wai’s abusive past triggered Hung Wai’s life or death martyrdom for us buddaheads. Equality/fair play — make-up call was Hung Wai’s epiphany. Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida constructed a taxonomy to put words to Hung Wai’s remarkable acts of sacrifice/courage, but Shigeo was no Hung Wai. No one was like Hung Wai, till this day. How did Hung Wai Ching come to be the historical figure he became? Sun Yat Sen’s fervent postulate of “everybody’s equal” rubbed off on Hung Wai via our missionary ideal of Damon/etc., & such self-confidence was Hung Wai’s emotional magnum opus to fuel concepts of dignity/equality/fair play. * ** * The Damon Heritage The many influences of the Damon family on Hawaii began as far back as 1842 when The American Seamen’s Friend Society sent Frank’s great grandfather Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon to Honolulu to take charge of the Oahu Bethel Church – the first church organization for foreign seamen. And with the same warm, caring charm and spirit that has continued through each succeeding generation, the Damon family has fostered Christian values, community service, education and interracial harmony. Beginning with Rev. Samuel Damon, those influences are seen in an unbroken Damon succession of four generations of Punahou School Trustees; creation of the “The Friend” publication; and the founding of what are now known as the First Chinese Church of Christ, Mid-Pacific Institute, Kindergarten Children’s Aid Association, Chinese Palolo Home, East-West Center and the Richardson School of Law. http://www.hawaiilawyer.com/index.php/about/a_tribute_to_our_founders_-_part_1/ *
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Russ Cades hanged out w/Ernie Kai/Kai’s mentor William Heen/Hiram Fong/Chinn Ho at Wo Fat restaurant for lunch when it was taboo for haoles to mingle w/locals. Cades an internationalist like the Damons. J. Russell Cades C’25, L’28, GL’30 (1905-2002) J. Russell Cades, an attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii who helped establish, and greatly influenced, the legal profession in Hawaii, died in February at the age of 97. After graduating from Penn Law School Mr. Cades moved to Hawaii to join the firm Smith & Wild where he specialized in corporate and tax law. A Philadelphia native, he practiced at Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright up until his death. In 1969, Mr. Cades, with his brother Milton Cades W’24, GL’37, established the Ida Russell Cades Memorial Faculty Research Fund in memory of their mother. The Cades brothers indicated that the fund should support scholarship in the area of constitutional law, specifically First Amendment rights, and pay special attention to the growing internationalization of the world and the importance of comparative law and international communication. The Law School has been fortunate to have a long relationship with the Cades family with several graduates having come through the school: Stewart Russell Cades W’64, L’67; Julian David Waldman C’71, L’88; and Susan Kate Levenson Carroll L’73. His widow, Charlotte McLean Cades, passed away only days after his death. http://www.law.upenn.edu/alumni/alumnijournal/Spring2002/department7/index.html Link to Russ Cades – Cyril Francis Damon, Jr. was born in Honolulu in 1926. Growing up as “Frank” just as his grandfather was called before him, he recalls spending a lot of time with his grandmother, Mary Happer Damon, at her Moanalua house, which resembled a house in China. Mary often sang lullabies in Chinese to the Damon grandchildren. She was the daughter of a well-known American medical missionary in China who grew up in the Canton (now Guangzhou) area of China. Both Frank’s grandfather and grandmother spoke Cantonese fluently. Frank’s grandmother spent a lot of time with Asians who joined their family in celebrations in the Moanalua area. While the Damon family was Caucasian and in the upper economic class, it didn’t phase any of them that they were socially interracially mixed and spending time together. Having heard about his grandfather’s life mottos, Frank eventually made them a part of his own. “Tackle the Dread,” inspired him to do his best and make things better for everyone. And the second motto was: “Within the Four Seas, all Men are Brothers.” From Yale, Frank moved westward to the University of Colorado Law School. After graduating, he returned home and passed the Hawai‘i bar exam in 1954. His first job was with the large Honolulu law firm of Smith, Wild, Beebe & Cades. Frank practiced law there for five years. When Hawaii became a state in 1959, one of its new U.S. Senators Hiram L. Fong asked Frank to serve as his administrative assistant in Washington, D.C. The opportunity was a difficult choice for Frank. He had recently married and his wife was pregnant with their first child. But, they concluded this was an opportunity of a lifetime, “So, off we went to Washington. We had two children there.” Senator Fong got Frank admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Working with Senator Fong was an exciting time for Frank, and he became more engaged in politics and the changing of people’s attitudes of interracial relationships. Soon after arriving in Washington D.C., Senator Fong gave his first speech in the Senate chambers on immigration. Being an administrative assistant, Frank was able to stand in the back of the Senate chambers and observe the activities of the meeting — a practice not allowed today. He remembers the room where the Democrats sat on the left side, and the Republicans on the right side, with an aisle between the two parties. Senator Fong was a Republican. He spoke about immigration with a strength and passion that inspired others. He was not just a Chinese person from Hawaii, but the first Asian Senator. Other Senators were so moved that some Democrats left from their seats, crossed the aisle and sat on the Republican side. Eventually half a dozen more Democrats joined their fellow Senators on the Republican side. Old timers told Frank they had never seen this happen before. Frank remembers that moment as it represented the growing acceptance in the U.S. Mainland of Asians and other people of different backgrounds. Senator Fong, together with his friend, Senator Oren E. Long, a Democrat and former Governor of Hawaii, helped to create the East-West Center which represented the world and Asia building relationships to work together. Frank worked closely with Bob Kamins, a University of Hawaii professor and administrative assistant to Senator Long. The two would go to the different senatorial offices to get support for the East-West Center. A strong bill was created with the support of both Republicans and Democrats. Taking the time to deliberate over what he wanted to do next, Frank talked with old friends and prominent lawyers Dudley Pratt and Russell Cades. Despite his deep respect for both men, he turned down offers to join their respective firms. With his experience in Washington D.C. and the changing times of bringing races and cultures together, Frank wanted to try something different. He did not want to remain a part of the establishment. He wanted to be independent and to strike out on his own. Both Frank and Henry were at a time in their lives when they weren’t sure what they were going to do. At that time, major law firms in Hawaii had few, if any, Asian or woman lawyers and none as partners. Frank had an idea and contacted Henry, “Why don’t we start a law firm together?” Henry a Hilo boy. http://www.hawaiilawyer.com/index.php/about/a_tribute_to_our_founders_-_part_1/ * *
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Our island culture [Hawaiian/Polynesian] recognizes finite resources [surrounded by ocean, land not infinite]. We recognize limits [geographically], thence our folkways of accomodation-compromise, interdependence, acceptance-adjustment. Barack Obama grew up amid our finite nature, and Barack is so different from Stateside folks, both White/Black! But I disagree w/Jerry Burris’ account of our melting pot, in that Barack would’ve been a junkie off Houghtailing St./Puerto Rican community because of his kinky hair/black skin, in that Punahou & Hawai’i are extremely class conscious, that the darker you are, the lower class you are. Not ethnic per se, because Luso-Portuguese are White but dismissed as dimwits. Sweetest nectar we are not — instead, we see-creet forbidden fruit of class discrimination [Bible analogy –fruit of the poisonous tree]. Carpenters/blacksmiths/ machinists/plumbers a century ago were high class blue collar workers. Infinite love we are not steeped in. Nippon anshu [anxiety/grief] should be about our Nippon race superiority [homogenous Japan], even though Nipponese scholars confess pluralistic convergence [katana sword really derives from Luso word catanya-sickle/pandoro is Luso ponduce-flour-bread/etc.]. Pedantic/lecturesome-judgmental are our Nippon master race discriminators — boorish like Dan Aoki’s behavior. Eureka moment for Ruth Fujimoto born 1917 when Dan Aoki manhandled her. Honeycomb Nipponese are not– catacomb in imperiousness/haga-ee. Somehow, Shinto got twisted into master race superiority — actually, religion offers survival/reproductive advantages over non-religion — our health care system including social support is religion — small group cohesion/togetherness-cohesiveness ensure competitive edge over non-religious folks & do trigger conquest/ eventual imperialism-expansionism-jingoism-xenophobia. Yes, I provoke/disturb/get a rise to remind my Nipponese that it’s so easy to cross over from self-respect to self-inflation/egocentrism/ ethnocentrism. Paul Farmer I do espouse, peace thru strength a la William James [moral equivalent of war] or a la Soren Kierkegaard [on the concept of irony — gift/creation/ love — gift of sharing, creation as in procreation-love one-love all, & love for family-village-nation]. Do you know that Keoki Kai’s genesis Tang Hung Sin is named for Sandalwood Mountains [Tan Heong Shan]? * *
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My opinion is that Lee Harvey Oswald was set up by Jack Ruby & the Mob, which retaliated vs. JFK for sicking Bobby Kennedy on the Mob, being that the Mob enabled JFK’s dad Joe in bootlegging during Prohibition, and the Mob enabled JFK vs. Castro. * ________________________ *
Crap tables/gambling engender addiction from all age groups, esp. older folks on fixed income. Lottery less destructive for Hawai’i. *
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Mob’s Frank Irish Sheehan shot/killed best friend Jimmy Hoffa w/2 shots behind the ear, because Hoffa defied the Mob when Hoffa tried to reclaim his Teamsters from Mob hack Fitzsimmons [Mob fleeced Teamster union member funds]. Sheehan cremated Hoffa so that nothing remained of Hoffa. Read Charles Brandt’s “I Heard you Paint Houses” [paint over blood stains] 2004. I do my own Carpentry refers to getting rid of the body. Sheehan would note that John Dean’s fingering John Ehrlichman as the mastermind/genesis of the Watergate break-in 10 yrs. after Ehrlichman died is not because Dean falsely points at a dead man Ehrlichman who can’t defend himself, but because Dean didn’t want to disturb Ehrlichman while Ehrlichman still was alive [Ehrlichman suffered from diabetes]. * __________________________________________________ * Playboy magazine is respected enough that Jimmy Carter spilled his guts to it, correctly noting Biblically that lust is in the heart, not the binkie. A Heidi Fleiss doesn’t get asked to pose nude, but a Biddle Mayflower Madam is asked. * __________________________________________________________ * Japanese are ultra-clannish because of our Meiji Nordic superiority exceptionalism a la Hitler/Burgess’ Lorrin Thurston-Teddy Roosevelt. *
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PR enhances truth/openness, not the opposite [deceit/cover-up]. Which is why Fukushima power plant/Japan nuclear officials/BP Oil England/Exxon Valdes Prince William Sound dig their own grave via snow job vs. the world. Tylenol cyanide crisis is the positive exemplar of PR success/openness-transparency-altruism- enlightened self-interest via boss James Burke. Burke lost millions to gain billions today. PR megalith Hill & Knowlton’s boss Dilenschneider’s arrogance/conceit is the negative exemplar. Carol Ann Hall nka Hackley PR pundit counts Keoki Kai born 1965 among her most astute acolytes [street smarts/great judge of human nature]. *
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From auspicious KingLit Ching born 1936, son of our greatest wayfinder Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 – Capitalism had allowed greed and the lack of public interest to create the huge crash that we experienced in 2007 -08. Absolutely no one with decent intelligence denies this including the Republicans and Wall St. The values inculcated by capitalism is self interest regardless of human consequences as long as you can outsmart the law. So we have shrewdness, cunning and deviousness as highly valued qualities. This is not to say that we do not have responsible businesses, corporations and individuals. Unfortunately, the general public is often not aware of the corruption and secret law breaking. Companies like GE, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, P & G, et al are world class business leaders and responsible citizens. Their CEOs are honorable men and women. My complaint is that there is insufficient EFFECTIVE government regulation and oversight. All of the major scandals were predicted (S&L, mortgages, commodity schemes). Look how the banks have pillaged credit card holders. The Republicans are to blame for their knee jerk reflex against common sense regulation. The Democrats are to blame for being absolute wimps about making the necessary changes. They are liberal, intellectual egghead naive guys. Obama is the first to have the capability of being ruthless where the end justify the means. In the final analysis, America is screwed up because there is a red and blue America and the 20% of the population that is red neck forces the Republican party to kowtow to them and the mantra becomes the reality. People forget that the RESOURCES available in this country enabled America to be great. Look who is successful. It’s a potpourri of different nationalities and ethnic groups. The Anglo Saxon WASP started the ball rolling but now every new immigrant group is making their mark. Our so called forefathers were just as flawed as other men from around the world. Who wrote the Constitution — the original WASP American born men. They could have been Irishmen, Poles, Chinamen, Koreans, Brazilians, Nigerians et al. So we ain’t special, just lucky. Chavez is kooky and has destroyed the economy of Venezuela. — KL http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110322/od_nm/us_venezuela_chavez_mars *
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Charles Hemenway 1875-1947, UH founder/Merchant St. baron, from Congregational New England [back to Mayflower/Pilgrims], great enabler of Christian Grace/beneficence, whose son Charley died tragically as a Punahou student, & from 1922 thereon dad Charles went on a mission to have the underclass of society arise to inherit the earth, so to speak, which is why dad Charles took in Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 as Charles’ own spiritual son. Herb Isonaga 1921-2009 was a spiritual leader of the 442, Hung Wai’s acolyte, 2nd batt. anti-tank, who stated dryly that the 442 was a fortune of circumstance, or to use Biblical Joseph’s example, what set out for segregation/exclusion [segregated 442 a la excluded Joseph] turned out well for humanity [442 resulted in the 1952 INS Naturalization Act allowing Japanese aliens to become U.S. citizens; Joseph became Egyptian leader who never forgot the downtrodden]. Kamehameha the Great’s uncle is Kalani o pu’u. Sorry for the misplaced okina. Aloha always, –Curt *
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Kamehameha Ave. was called Motomachi [main street] by Japanese immigrants a century ago. Issei/immigrant merchants sold rice/noodles/shoyu, but most of all, fish. Our wholesale fish market was today’s Suisan. Our Issei/immigrant inns were the Matano/Yamato/Koizumi/Okino hotels, w/eateries Baigetsu/Anegawa/Nomura/Daikoku/Seaside. Our theaters incl. Yuraku-Kwan [the largest Nippon house in the territory][today’s Mamo theater]/Yamatoza/Kaisui/Teikoku Gekijo [Imperial]/Mooheau-za/Kilauea-za. Our temples incl. Yamato shinto shrine [Daijingu Manono/Kuawa Sts.]/Hongwanji/Jodo Meishoin/Hooganji-Odaishisan/Shinmachi Taishoji/Christian church at Lincoln Park. Our 3 Issei dailies/newspapers were Mainichi [Nobuji Tokushiro, exemplar-assimilationist]/Asahi/Shinpo. Our weekly was the Kazan. Our 7 Hilo Japanese schools were the Hongwanji middle school-girls’ school-elementary school/Jodo sect girls’ school/3 independent elementary schools. Aloha, –Curt *
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Nippon Seijitsu [faithful/sincere/honest] mark Eiichi Shibusawa and Tasaku Harada, great internationalists. Seijitsu not as principle/ boorishness but as heartfelt passion/love for all. Shibusawa/ Harada above all else were passionate guys who loved everyone — love one, love all, no matter color/class/ethnicity. Ryo ushin — good hearts. ** In Buddhism, humility is equivalent to a concern of how to be liberated from the sufferings of life and the vexations of the human mind. When one experiences the ultimate Emptiness (Shunyata) and non-self (Anatta), one is free from suffering, vexations, and all illusions of self-deception. Humility, compassion, and wisdom characterize this state of enlightenment. ** Chan (Zen) Master Li Yuansong states that enlightenment can come only after humility – the wisdom of realizing one’s own ignorance, insignificance, and lowliness, without which one cannot see the truth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humility#Humility_in_Buddhism ** Emptiness/shunyata does not connote nihilism. In the English language the word “emptiness” suggests the absence of spiritual meaning or a personal feeling of alienation, but in Buddhism the emptiness of phenomena, at a basic level, enables one to realize that the things which ultimately have no independent substance cannot be subject to any irreconcilable conflicts or antagonisms. Ultimately, true realisation of the doctrine can bring liberation from the limitations of the cycle of uncontrollably recurring rebirth. One potent metaphor for the Void, often used in Tibetan art, is the sky. As the sky is the emptiness that offers clouds to our perception, so the Void is the space in which objects appear to us in response to our attachments and longings. The Japanese use the Chinese character signifying emptiness also for sky or air. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunyata#Exegesis ** In Buddhism, anattā (Pāli) or anātman (Sanskrit: अनात्मन्) refers to the notion of “not-self.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta * * __________________________________________________________ * * from Alvin Leighton on my article on Elmer Richards as telephone genesis here along w/being solon/Richards St. by ‘Iolani Palace. As you know, Elmer’s home was spared by the conflagration of 1904 which vanquished our most beautiful home in Hilo, of banker boss Phil Peck [where today’s Gordon Granger home murder site is next to Lorraine Shin’s mansion fka as Harold Patten estate] on today’s corner of Kauila/Pu’u’eo St. Aloha Curtis, What a great treat to find an item on your page that really got the family pumped up. In researching ancestry for the Webb,Richards,Schoen lines we found where my sons GGG grand father Elmer Richards had a rather cool outline of his building the Hilo Telephone and Telegraph. I would like to add that he also was elected/selected (whatever) to the Hawaii State legislature for two terms and has a street in Honolulu by Iolani Palace named for him. We lived Big Island for over 20 years and I have grand children and great grand children all over the islands. I get to be back on the Big Island in April then over to Molokai for Grand daughter’s wedding. Will be good to be back !!!!!!!!!!!!!! * * ___________________________________________________________ * *
Corinthians 13 — hell is not eternal damnation, only love is eternal, so that unlike Jonathan Edwards’ postulate, hell is not about cardinal sinners who suffer with no hope of reconciliation with God, but of hope of reconciliation with God after repentance/judgment. God’s wrath does not burn a fire eternally, just as God’s love purifies eternally like cleansing water. We discern Edwards’ hyperbole to be extreme. *** Atonement is at one meant, theosis or unity of our whole person with God. Lisa Oz our great proponent of self-esteem via her book “Us” 2010. **** To me, the Bible is our greatest read/book, in part because of its inexplicably counter-intuitive maxims/parables, e.g., what kind of neighbor are you, not who is your neighbor — But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29 Some religious leaders once asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus proceeded to tell the story of “The Good Samaritan,” capping the tale with “So I ask you, which of these was a neighbor to the man?” Wow. Jesus’ story doesn’t answer their question; rather, the story challenges their question, changes it from “Who is my neighbor” to “To whom are you a neighbor?” And just like that their universe was an expanded place. The right question derails old ways of seeing self and the world. If you want to change your life, then change your question. http://www.lvrj.com/living/asking-right-question-often-reveals-new-interpretations-117005138.html *
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Kam Sam Nida is Korean for thanks. Yobo Se Yo is hello. Anyon Yee ka Ship Shee Yo is bye bye, informal use is chagara for bye bye. Chinese sam hap fei [3 team union] is illegal businessmen/mafia, so to speak, esp. who traded in opium/morphine a century ago. *
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Grooming successors the key to continuity of great leadership. Eichi Oki born 1925 442nd RCT is not a groomer because he doesn’t regard himself an icon, yet he is 442 Chaplain Hiro Higuchi 1907-1981 incarnate [Eichi’s amazing 3 men in the 442 are Chaplains Israel Yost/Hiro Higuchi/Masao Chicken Yamada; Eichi’s alltime hero is Albert Schweitzer, renaissance man]. Quiet heroes Wayne Kamitaki born 1952 [owner Ben Franklin/Ace Hardware] & Les Seto born 1949 [HCEOC prodigy to oyabun/godfather George Yokoyama born 1926, whose earlier acolyte Larry Manliguis died of cancer] typify renaissance exemplar Grif Frost’s born 1957 “Life Quality” philosophy [balance/harmony in all facets of life]. Irony is that Kamitaki/Seto/Frost, the holy trinity/consecrated mortals, are self-made men, so to speak. Aloha, –Curt *
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No, a person doesn’t have to taste depths of despair to ascend providentially. Look at Pastor Roy Kim born 1946, clean/pure from day one on this earth. But it helps that a Les Seto was pure/ordained Lutheran minister to steady the rough ride thru life. Of course, Wayne/Grif experienced tremendous despair/failure & are better [metaphysically] today for them. Aloha, –Curt *
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To answer our County’s question of Statehood at our half century mark for posterity another half century from now, bottom line is that Statehood brought us tremendous prosperity w/Wall St./Stateside investments in our secure/stable Statehood status, coupled incredulously with inaugural commercial jet travel 1959 which cut flying time in half, & which eventually allowed middle class folks to fly affordably to Hawai’i, which made our tourist industry our dominant income producer, after which military spending picked up the rear [especially during the Vietnam War]. Helene Hale born 1918 touted commonwealth status in Helene’s summer 1954 run for non-voting Delegate to Congress [like Puerto Rico, no need to pay federal income tax, vs. our territorial status which charged a federal income tax], only because Helene, being an FDR African-American from the deep South, didn’t think that the Eastlands/Southern Bloc Dems ever would allow Hawai’i Statehood [Hawai’i non-contiguous/too Oriental/too left wing]. After GOP Statehood Joe Farrington’s death June 1954, Helene even more didn’t think we had a chance to get Statehood. But we got Statehood thru the incredible machinations of non-voting Delegate to Congress Jack Burns 1956-1959. Of course, little does the public know that Helene’s greatest legacy is that she cleaned up 50 yrs. of Hawaiian-only ethnic cronyism at the highest levels of County government when she beat GOP Lofty Cook for County Chair[mayor] 1962. Yes, her Merry Monarch genesis 1963 via George Naope/Gene Wilhelm revived Hawaiian culture/heritage & set in motion our Hawaiian Renaissance, but Helene’s untold strength is her 1962 upending of the Hawaiian-only status quo. Aloha, –Curt * *
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Life Quality? Grif Frost’s original paradigm, about pono/balance, the exemplars being Wayne Kamitaki/Les Seto. Grif’s strength is that Grif sees that money is not everything, & it’s not the only thing [Lombardi euphemism]. Family life/empathy for others/generous spirit/indulgent nature-compassion/agape love are more important than material wealth/status-tripping/social climbing. Others who have come & left wonderful legacies as transcendent avatars a la Kamitaki/Seto include Galen Fisher & his son Gerald [Wilcox kin]/Rev. Albert W. Palmer of Central Union Church/Curtis Piehu Iaukea/Charles Hemenway/Pastor Hung Wai Ching & his son KingLit Ching/Kanaka Johnny Wilson/Walter C.K. Victor/Richard Pablo Chinen/Richard Nigga Tong/etc. Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, sportsters/altruists include Nobu Yamauchi/George Okino Thompson [Uncle Willy’s older brother]/Dottie Soares Thompson [George’s ex-wife]/Harpo Saiki [Dottie’s ex-husband]/Dickie Furtado/Doc Wong/Richard Yamanoha/Nobu Maruyama/CT Nakamura/Don Pakele/etc. Aloha, –Curt *
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Eleanor Soares Conner, Dottie Thompson’s sister, was a great athlete like Dottie. Eleanor/Dottie as athletes beat boys 2 on 2 hoops or whatever other sport you put them in. Aloha, –Curt *
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Educator Raymond Sekimura 1909-2005 is alter ego/hero to Kiyo Hamakawa born 1929.
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Julian Yates/Minoru Gabby Inaba were great Kona altruists. Sakuichi Sakai Dem turned GOP of Kohala an integrationist, not a Japanese master race promoter. Tsuneo Koike a Ka’u altruist. Aloha, –Curt *
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Wow, Melissa Fletcher is an incredibly sensible person. Her contemplative nature is to behold!! She is the reincarnation of extraordinary peacemakers Curtis Piehu Iaukea & Rev. Albert W. Palmer. Aloha, –Curt *
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Melissa Fletcher says – Curtis, I can’t tell you how much your comment touched my heart. Thank you for your humbling words, I will try to learn more about these people you speak of. Aloha~ *
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Ironically, Ho Chi Minh 1890-1969 used Jefferson’s 1776 Declaration of Independence’s “life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness” in breaking away from colonial France. Each time WWI/WWII eras, Ho Chi Minh beseeched our U.S. to intercede to endorse Vietnam independence from France, to no avail. Our Seattle polyglot Miles Cary 1895-1959 is McKinley High School’s greatest educator 1924-1948, being the spiritual guru via Cary’s hero John Dewey’s progressive education to untold students, including Gladys Brandt. Riley Allen 1884-1966 is a Southwestern Texan who revolutionized the Star-Bulletin 1912-1960 to vow that for the meek of the earth, theirs is the kingdom of heaven, so to speak, like George Chaplin 1914-2003, Southern Jew who upended the Advertiser by going grassroot all the way, such as endorsing Dan Inouye over Advertiser board chair Walt Dillingham’s son Ben II for U.S. Senate 1962, after which Walt promptly resigned in protest. Walt died broken-hearted a year later. The world was a changin’. Scribe Bud Smyser from York PA. 1920-2001 also was a Dewey progressive activator. Aloha, –Curt * *
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Transcendent leaders per Abraham Maslow’s paradigm [Grif Frost born 1957 has Grif’s own Life Quality paradigm a la Maslow which blows one’s mind in a beautiful way] include Hawai’i forgotten heroes Charles M. Hyde/Ted Richards/Elsie Wilcox/Horace Vaughan/Andrew Lind/Les Hicks/Gil & Minnie Bowles/Gustav Olson/Blake Clark/August Vollmer/Ted Trent/James Chamberlain Baker/Newton E. Moats/Robert A. Millikan/Ray Lyman Wilbur, & Statesiders Dillon S. Myer/Milton Eisenhower/Pearl S. Buck/John J. McCloy. Aloha, –Curt *
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When one looks at the Shinmachi photos [Shinmachi kumiai/org photo collection], one can see the name Crescent City Cracker Co. on the false front of the 2nd story woodframe bldg. between Emma St. [DLNR structures today] and Ke’elikolani St. [by where the Shinmachi wood post is today along Kamehameha Ave.]. These old photos were taken in the 1930s. Of course, the 1946 tsunami scoured out this whole area along Kam Ave. & to the rear along Wailoa pond. Thence my moniker “the Lost City of Atlantis,” or the “city which sunk beneath the sea.” Aloha, –Curt *
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Gen. Matthew Ridgway 1895-1993 argued against our involvement in Vietnam, stating that Vietnam was not vital to our national security, contrary to John Foster Dulles’ domino theory. Ridgway’s prescience/foresight foretold the later Weinberger doctrine about limited objectives instead of widespread imperialism. Aloha, –Curt Curtis Narimatsu Says: September 26th, 2009 at 4:54 pmI dedicate the following excerpt from Suzanne Case, archivist-historian for Central Union Church, who happens to be the mother of Nature Conservancy’s local executive director Suzanne Case, to transcendent souls Melissa Fletcher/Don O’Reilly: “Dr. Albert W. Palmer was born May 18, 1879, in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent his early years in California. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1901, and from Yale Divinity School in 1909. He served two California churches before coming to Central Union, most notably Plymouth Church in Oakland, from which he was called to Central Union. He was pastor of Central Union from December 5, 1918 until June 1, 1924, and then accepted a call from First Congregational Church in Oak Park, Illinois, which he served until 1930. On January 1, 1930 he became the President of Chicago Theological Seminary, serving there 16 years until he retired on December 21, 1945. He returned to California, and served the First Church of Los Angeles, 1946-1949. Dr. Palmer died December 16, 1954 in Altadena, California, a Los Angeles suburb. He wrote 12 books, from 1911 to 1949” Do you know that irascible Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 followed in Dr. Palmer’s footsteps, going from Union Theological Seminary, to Chicago Theological Seminary, & finally to Yale Divinity?? Frank Atherton & Charles Hemenway made it possible for footloose Hung Wai to ascend up the seminary ladder. Suzi Case above, thank you, & much aloha for your wisdom & information!! Yes, Suzi Case is Ed Case’s mom. Ed’s dad Jim is an intellectual guru, Jim’s baby brother Dan a gregarious disarming chap. *
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When Bill Blanchette was denied entry into the only game in town, the AJA baseball league, it reminded Earl Nakasato of ex-ILWU head Bobo Lapenia being denied entry to the Pepe’ekeo AJA team. So when Nel Okino came to Hilo 2 days ago on behalf of the Japanese Cultural Ctr. to interview AJA stalwart member Richard Nakamura, I asked Nel if Nel was on the wrong team. Yikes!! Love everlasting, –Curt *
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Of course, in the Japan baseball major league, outsiders/gaijin were limited to 2 players per team, or something like that. Which is why guys like Honomu’s Rich De Sa didn’t last long, inasmuch the Japan teams picked up ex-major leaguers in the U.S. Of course, local buddaheads/kotonks weren’t considered outsiders/gaijin for roster purposes. Yes, Nelson Okino is Hilo High ’64 grad, retired as NEA West Region director, was on the ’63 Big Isle American Legion baseball team w/Tommy Ishigo-Clayton Fujie-Fred Entilla which fared well in the West Regionals. Nel says that the eventual titlist had roster calibre akin to having every starter equal to or better than our 3 best starters/#s 2-3-4 in our batting order. Tommy Ishigo, though regarded as a blazer/fastballer here, would be like a Shane Komine today or a Kenso Nushida 1900-1983 a century ago of downtown Hilo across Mo’oheau Park — just too small to pitch big league ball, being 5’8″ 145 lbs. Of course, Nushida is the 1st AJA [not Nikkei overall, whose Japanese Nationals played Triple A ball long before Nushida] to play Triple A ball, as a novelty to draw Kotonk fans amid the Great Depression, Sacramento Senators 1932, Nushida only 5’0″ 100 lbs. per actual Kotonk scribes [Kotonk enabler Zenimura of O’ahu was small like Nushida]. Kotonk enabler Zenimura in 1923 or so had 3 of our best Hilo buddaheads play Kotonk bush league ball for a season in California, led by former YMI pitcher Yasu Nakamura, 5’8″ fastballer, who eventually was deported back to Japan Prohibition. Windmill windup pitcher Ironman Morimoto 1900-1977 was unable to go to California because of family commitments. Ironman was Kenso Nushida’s brother in law. No pitcher back then was accomplished like Derek Tatsuno, who was Triple A calibre, per baseball pundit Richard Kiyota [Helene Hale’s deceased husband]. Today’s baseball guru Nelson Okino born 1946 of Waiakea [not related to conceited Fat Okino of Okino Hotel][Tom Okino/Uncle Willy Okino Thompson & Willy’s older brother George are Nelson’s kin] succeeds yesterday’s guru Richard Kiyota. Aloha, –Curt Curtis Narimatsu Says: September 27th, 2009 at 8:57 amObviously, big league AJAs Kurt Suzuki & Shane Victorino of Maui far exceed our buddahead/kotonk stars of yesteryear. Heard that Mike Lum is AJA, don’t know for a fact. If Lum is AJA, then Lum is the 1st AJA big leaguer, not Kalani High’s Ryan Kurosaki [Lenny Sakata’s teammate pitcher]. Onomea’s Hisashi Koshimoto is in the Japan baseball hall of fame as a coach, Koshimoto playing ball in Japan long before Wahiawa’s Bozo Wakabayashi or Kaiser Tanaka/Jim Horio. Of course, Pa’ahau outfielder Jack Ladra played Japan pro ball post-WWII. Jack is in my mythic outfield of our Big Island’s best-ever squad, along w/En Sue Charley Pung [a speed burner a la Shane Victorino] & Al Toody Souza [“Anonymous” communicant’s uncle, I take “Anonymous” to be a Carter-Kai family member in his 40s age group]. My infield consists of Blondie Hiraishi/Bob Ota [retired Bank of Hawaii/Ag Dept. exec]/haughty Stan Costales/Henry Lai Hipp [Anna Perry Fiske’s ex hubby], w/Kolten Wong as catcher [major league prospect per Toody Souza’s nephew “Anonymous” commentator & per current baseball pundit-guru Nelson Okino], & Swede Desha as lead pitcher [our only major leaguer Onan Masaoka born 1977 is right behind Swede, Swede having been recruited as an 18 yr. old by the Big League in 1913]. Aloha, –Curt *
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Our most underrated U.S. military General Matthew B. Ridgway 1895-1993 felt that our United Nations forces could have gotten to Korea’s Yalu River, but that our U.S. leaders would not have committed the manpower to hold that line or to cross it. Ridgway’s unusual awareness of limited war/objectives, & his stragic grasp & battlefield leadership, are unmatched in U.S. military history. Of course, WWII German Generals feared Patton more than any other Allied General because of Patton’s boldness & instinct for war strategy a la Genghis Khan 1162-1227 A.D./Saladin 1138-1193 A.D./Nobunaga Oda 1534-1582/William Slim 1891-1970 British commander]. The greatest siege? Jericho by the Israelites 1350 B.C. Vietnam War’s Gen. William Westmoreland was constrained by numbers cruncher/”systems analyst” Bob McNamara’s civilian-imposed limits on operations in fighting a limited war on difficult terrain to contain communism. Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, Alexander the Great 356-323 B.C./Hannibal 247-182 B.C./Napoleon 1769-1821 A.D./Helmuth von Moltke 1800-1891 A.D./William Sherman 1820-1891 A.D. also were great military Generals. Aloha, –Curt *
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The greatest war movie? Probably the greatest anti-war movie “All Quiet on the Western Front” 1930 about WWI trench warfare directed by Lewis Milestone based on Erich Remarque’s novel. Aloha, –Curt *
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A war memoir? “With the old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” 1981 by E.B. Sledge. Aloha, –Curt *
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Military innovations? Gunpowder China 1000 A.D. Steam power/propulsion 1800 A.D. Rifled musket 1850 A.D. stretched lethal range from 250 ft. to 900 ft. Quick-firing artillery & internal combustion engine 1900 A.D. Radar 1940 A.D. Nuclear weapons/nuclear power 1945/1960 A.D. Aloha, –Curt *
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Kazuma Hisanaga 1918-1998 never lived down his AJA dad Hisakichi Hisanaga’s 1890-1978 alleged run of vice activities/wealth. Kazuma was a multi-sport athlete/442 Silver Star recipient/longtime educator known as a disciplinarian-tough heel, alter ego for Kiyo Hamakawa born 1929, another tough hombre but opposite of Kazuma via Kiyo’s soft touch/gentle nature, Kiyo also a longtime educator. Aloha, –Curt *
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Wally Yonamine/Andy Miyamoto/Kurt Suzuki/Shane Victorino all Maui boys. Angel Maehara/Island Movers’ Don Takaki sports enablers from Maui. Old Maui took sports seriously. For others, sports are just recreation. Old Maui more plantation era/rigid code of behavior a la bushido. Aloha, –Curt *
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Masuo “Monjou” [moniker from his French teacher for beloved, not Nippon manju] Masutani 1909-1993 was a renegade drunk whom Richard Nakamura born 1921 couldn’t stand, per Rich. Rich says that Monjou never did anything for the Waiakea Pirates other than play/coach the Pirates squads. Yet Manjou’s wife/kids are scholars. Nobu Maruyama 1903-1996 was the quintessential philanthropist/altruist, per Rich. Rich is not related to C.T. Nakamura, who worked w/Nobu & Monjou at Davies. C.T. assisted Nobu for the Pirates. Big 5 commercial giants took in our athletes for their sports teams, the elite senior leagues. Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, our greatest Hawaiian leader Curtis Piehu Iaukea 1855-1940 was born in Waimea on Hawai’i Island, whose mother was Lahapa Nalanipo. Mythic names Liloa/’Umi must’ve resonated w/Iaukea. Irony is that Iaukea’s great-grandson Curtis “the Bull” Iaukea III of rasslin’ fame [Iaukea’s son was not named Curtis] in projection is the sheer opposite of our greatest statesman/internationalist Iaukea. Aloha, –Curt *
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Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, impetuous militant A-hole typical of post-1920 born aggressive AJAs armed w/high school diplomas, thanks to magnanimous DPI chief Oren Long 1934-1946, is not Hawaiian, though the name Kanekuni might mean man on fire/fiery person in Hawaiian. Aloha, –Curt *
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Daruma daishi cup, where 400 A.D. bodhidharma has a mosquito flying around him, whilst he’s enveloped in clothes w/no arms to swat away the mosquito, point being that perseverance/devotion to meditation/task at hand help one achieve Nirvana/enlightenment. Sheez, meditating in a cave, though arguably ego-less, does nothing for humanity. Aloha, –Curt * *
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Why is AJA baseball the only game in town?? Go back to the source/origin. AJA baseball started because “J_ps” were excluded/outcasted from main fare ball/play, so we started our own leagues [such as immigrant Issei ball] over a century ago. Our very security/protection from outside ethnicities [haoles/Luso-Portuguese] ensured our perpetuation as self-reliant baseballers. Thence, our J_p only policy still survives today, remnant of oldtime prejudice directed vs. our buddaheads by mainstream ethnicities. But thankfully in Hilo, because of polyglot Richard Nakamura born 1921, our major baseballers are non-AJA. Sadly, on O’ahu, the Billy Blanchette rule still reigns [Billy wanted to play AJA ball, the only game in town, but was denied entry because he was non-AJA, & was told that for the sake of perpetuating AJA ball, don’t sue, just walk away quietly, which apparently he did, to his dismay]. “Self-reliant” is the vocab to describe AJA ball today, but since Stan Taguchi/Yasu Iwasaki died, our long-serving AJA league also will fold up, unless jocks like Harvey Tajiri [pals w/Island Movers loner Don Takaki] can preserve our AJA ball tradition. Aloha, –Curt *
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Congregational Pastor Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was enabled by UH founder Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 & Merchant St. godfather Frank Atherton 1878-1945 to ascend up the seminary ladder, attending Union Theological, the most amazing nerve center of learning/inspiration, positively exposed to Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971, Missouri-born German [Serenity Prayer author], & German-born Paul Tillich 1886-1965 [acolyte of Denmark’s Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855, father of existentialism–concrete human experiences/free will–who postulated the “leap to Faith” as all or nothing supplanting of cognitive thought], then to Chicago Theological Seminary [Hawai’i Albert Palmer’s fold/grounds], then to Yale Divinity [like alter egos Niebuhr/Palmer]. Aloha, –Curt *
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In early 1942 when Ted Tsukiyama’s ROTC gang revulsed at being disbanded because of being reclassified as “enemy aliens” even though these were U.S. citizens born here, Pastor Hung Wai Ching told these forsaken boys to turn the other cheek & go the 2nd mile, to show their patriotism with shovels as a labor batallion. Hung Wai’s sage Scripture quotes calmed down these boys, who eventually resulted in the formation of our 442 RCT. Cicero said that “poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember them.” Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was the son of southern Chinese farm immigrants, & grew up in rough tenement Emma tract. Hung Wai gave up all he had for the sake of our boys. Hung Wai was enabled to fame and modest fortune by UH founder Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 & Merchant St. godfather Frank Atherton 1878-1945. Lionized for Hung Wai’s Divinity degree from Yale, for Hung Wai’s in-crowd connections with the Big 5, for Hung Wai’s social position and political clout, Hung Wai graced our society pages among our wealthy kamaaina. Yet here was an ancient foe of the Nippon race, a chinaman who gave up everything for our forsaken people. And as befits Pastor Hung Wai Ching, Hung Wai fought the good fight and kept the faith, per Timothy 2 4:7, the faith in everybody’s equal. Love everlasting, –Curt *
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Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 typifies Shakespeare’s Henry the 5th, who, on the eve of the last great battle of the One Hundred Years War, suffused to his beleaguered and outnumbered soldiers, “We few, we band of brothers, for he who sheds his blood with me this day until the ending of the world is my brother.” Hung Wai instinctively led his boys to fight the good fight, to finish the task at hand, however daunting it was, & to keep the faith in America/humanity’s nobleness. Amazing leader for all eternity, Hung Wai Ching. You remember the black badges which Nikkei/Japanese/AJAs had to wear to federal work sites WWII martial law?? And the immigrant Issei mothers who silently/stoicly hung gold stars in their windows to symbolize/remember their sons who died fighting for the Issei immigrants’ adopted country, the U.S.?? For these boys’ motherland, our U.S.?? Love everlasting, –Curt *
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What sets apart our soldiers from everyone else in our society is their willingness to sacrifice their lives to preserve our democratic way of life. These veterans constitute 5% of our population, a most cherished exclusive fraternity for the sake of humanity. Their numbers may be small, but their shoulders of inspiration are as wide as the sky. Love everlasting, –Curt *
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The obscene face of war dispels any romantic notion a soldier has about combat. There is no glory in the carnage of a minefield which numbs you with fear. And when you want to give up and die, you somehow remember that in a previous war, some soldier before you had it even tougher, and didn’t quit and die. Now this is revelation/Providence. Love everlasting, –Curt * *
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Hung Wai Ching’s parents came to Hawai’i from southern China in 1892, the difference being that Hung Wai’s dad became a merchant seaman, not a shopkeeper/farmer, which gave a sense of internationalism, not insularity, to the burgeoning Ching family. Lore is that Hung Wai’s irascible dad went overboard from opuku/opium smoking, but not true, Hung Wai’s dad lived to a ripe old age. Amazingly, Hung Wai’s eldest child [just 2 sons & an adopted daughter] KingLit Ching born 1936 nonchalantly says that KingLit’s dad did what Hung Wai’s 1905-2002 job entailed — to help anyone w/n reach of Hung Wai’s Atherton YMCA across UH campus grounds. No, KingLit doesn’t diminish his dad, nor is KingLit disrespectful of us buddaheads. KingLit simply has no ego nor mouth to brag about anything, including his dad!! This is the rarity/equanimity of KingLit Ching!! Of course, KingLit still has issues about his roustabout playboy dad Hung Wai, who was more a stranger than a dad to eldest son KingLit/youngest son SaiLit. Hung Wai was a prodigious athlete in his time, 5’11″ giant in Hung Wai’s era, hoops/track-field/etc. So when youngster KingLit couldn’t catch a baseball in KingLit’s foreign-feeling glove/mitt, Hung Wai shook Hung Wai’s head as if to say, “Sheez, my boy is hopeless!!” KingLit resents this till today. Nonetheless, KingLit proved his father wrong & went on to be a 6’1″ Adonis jock. Baby brother SaiLit was even better, winning track/field honors as among our fleetest sprinters/runners. And KingLit resents that dad Hung Wai never even watched SaiLit gain top medals.You see, Hilo’s John K. Kai was born to an earlier generation of immigrants, so John K. Kai had a full generation head of steam before Hung Wai. John K. Kai not only was born a generation before Hung Wai, John K. Kai’s genesis here was nearly half a century before Hung Wai’s genesis here. Which is why John K. Kai’s mantra, like Richard Kimi’s 1925-2008 [Rich Dad in materialist-obsessed Rob Kiyosaki’s book] mantra, was money talks & b.s. walks. Contrarily, being that Hung Wai’s dad was a merchant seaman, Hung Wai was imbued with internationalism/worldliness foreign to insular local kids. Which is why Hung Wai, with not a drop of Hawaiian blood in him, readily connected with any segment of society, whereas at that point in time nearly a century ago, only Haw’ns had inroads to the elite money/power/influence structure. Hung Wai’s pragmatic Chinese DNA in him [like Scot Coast sugar techs/mgrs. Hilo to Kohala] trained him as a civil engineer bachelor degree UH, thanks to UH founder Charles Hemenway 1875-1947, & Hung Wai’s internationalism/agape love for all races enabled sponsorship of Hung Wai by Merchant St. godfather/missionary stock descendant Frank Atherton 1878-1945 for Hung Wai to go to the best schools in the world [seminary degrees via NYC Union Theological/Chicago Theol./Yale Divinity]. Hung Wai’s Chinese DNA [make a dollar out of 50 cents] got the better of him post-WWII, when Hung Wai became a multi-millionaire via his residential developments [Hung Wai’s alter egos Hemenway/Atherton died end of WWII], on his heels being baby brother Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996, degenerate braggart, who also made millions as a real estate/commercial developer. Hung Wo was Jack Burns’ key financier, w/distant ancestral cuz Clarence Ching [today’s Ching Foundation which endows St. Francis/Chaminade/St. Louis/UH/etc.] handling Burns’ campaign treasury books. Of course, it’s sad that Hung Wo’s former bldg. tenant Bill S. Richardson chose crony Hung Wo over Rusty Blaisdell for BE trustee 1968, when Bill S. Richardson was S.Ct. CJ. Cronyism. Needless to say, Hung Wai’s adhesion to Trinity Matthew 5/Isaiah 58/Micah 6:8 sets Hung Wai apart from John K. Kai/Rich Kimi/Rob Kiyosaki/Hung Wo Ching. Everything Hung Wai made [enabled post-WWII by our greatest banker, former destitute Swede Rudy Peterson], Hung Wai gave away to the teeming masses, everything. When Hung Wai died of Alzheimers, Hung Wai had only the clothes on his back. A Jesus walked our ‘aina. Love everlasting, –Curt
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Yes, in reference to the untold legacy of Helene Hale born 1918, mind on the past still sharp as if it were this morning [though 50 yrs. ago], query is what’s the big deal about cleaning house in 1962 when Helene topped incumbent Lofty Cook for County Chair/mayor?? Well, for one, do you know that the Fire Dept. was HAWAIIAN, and the Police Dept. was PORTUGUESE???!! Helene envisioned a race-free society unencumbered by nationality. After all, though Helene was drop-dead Hollywood gorgeous/body beautiful haole-looking, her southern roots were biracial African-American. But unlike her southern Dems, Helene was an FDR Dem!! Meaning, everybody’s equal!! You know, I call Helene, & she touts Gene Wilhelm/George Naope as the genesis of today’s Merrie Monarch. I tell Helene has she forgotten why she ran for County Chair/mayor in the first place??!! Yes, to accord everyone fair opportunity for ascension up the socio-economic ladder!! Boy, was she stunned by this redux of nearly half a century ago!! Stunned!! Yes, she pronounced, yes!! Fire Dept.’s Ed Bento was Sam Mahuka Spencer’s grandson, and Bento’s lordship as ali’i over the fire dept. entailed a vise grip incapable of being loosened. So what did Helene do? She got rid of Bento, & promptly lost re-election. But the winner was Shun Kimura, a new power bloc/AJAs, thereby disintegrating even more the earlier Haw’n-only lordship of gov’t. Shun got proxies from Helene’s fellow DOE teachers [Shun on Bd. of Education] to beat Helene in her own nest, so to speak. Love everlasting, –Curt
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So when you look at Helene Hale, you’re looking at Barack Obama, minus Helene’s strident idealism which spelled political suicide for her. BTW, as w/Luso Jim Ferry[eira], Police chiefs Anthony “Tony” Paul/son Guy Paul are Luso, not northern European haole!! Going offline for now, see you soon. Paulino/Paul. Love, –Curt Curtis Narimatsu Says: September 29th, 2009 at 2:24 pmJapan’s ancient swordsmith Masamune translates to superior quality, as in sa-ke. An implacable compelling person a la Masamune is KingLit Ching born 1936, son of Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002. KingLit Harvard MBA, but grassrooter like Labor Dept. hearings officer George Kai 1913-1988, who is paternal grandpa/tutu kane of Keoki Kai born 1965. No matter how high up KingLit was in Big Five A & B’s command structure, KingLit always was for the little guy/gal. Which is why KingLit is for the one drop blood rule at Kamehameha School/OHA. KingLit knows the irony of all the buddaheads picking KingLit’s dad Hung Wai Ching to lead our buddaheads, even sending Hung Wai off to supervise our 442 boys from Hawai’i to Camp Shelby Miss. 1943 — a Chinaman as our messiah/savior???!!! “No make sense, brah!!” But irony is a part of life. Just as well, KingLit is informal advisor to U.S. Nikkei’s greatest historian, Franklin Odo of Smithsonian Museum D.C., Franklin born 1939, Roosevelt Standard English School reject, Kaimuki High jock 1957, 1st entry from Kaimuki to Ivy League college. Franklin is graced by KingLit’s unique perspectives/answers via queries. Franklin dares not betray the still-formidable legacy of Hung Wai Ching vicariously via chutzpah son KingLit, an original thinker/do-er in KingLit’s own right/footing. Yes, KingLit stands on his own despite being overarching mythic action hero Hung Wai’s son. In a sense, KingLit still wonders, “Is this the Dad I remember?? The man who is lionized by everyone yet in my most private moments demonized by me [for not being a doting dad]??” Yes, ambivalence. Human nature. Love always, –Curt
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Chutzpah?? Jewish character trait of utter audacity. Insular result. On the outside, anti-Jew by way of jealousy of Jewish immense cognition/intellect — Having Torah backdrop is like possessing several Ph.D. You can’t have the New Testament/Christian without the Old Testament/Judaism. For Jesus to query the pharisees & to reform from within, instead of revolting from without/outside the system, is not anti-Jew, for Jesus himself was a Jew. But politically, as goes Israel so goes the U.S.?? Not so, because religion & politics are separate spheres. Politically, we’re not Israel’s keeper. Aloha, –Curt
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Think-tanked eyeball to eyeball w/erudite religious scholar Evyn Adams born 1920 & acolyte Boston Blackie Nakasato born 1942. Evyn/BB refute Harry Fosdick 1878-1969, Union Theol. Sem. grad like Hung Wai Ching & a great influence on Hung Wai in NYC, on grounds that Fosdick’s Modernist view of Scripture as the unfolding evolution of God’s Will, & not the literal carved-in-stone Word of God, as apostasy/sacrilege/renunciation/heresy. To Boston Blackie, Holy Cross’ Sus Yamane/Methodist Church’s Shig Tanabe are apostasists like Fosdick. That Evyn’s dear friend/minister Hideo Aoki [not Mits Aoki] was closer to home, so to speak. Wow, divergent views, heh, brah’?? Love everlasting, –Curt
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Yes, pastors Sus Yamane/Shig Tanabe [102 yrs. old] evoke Ralph Waldo Emerson/Age of Enlightenment in their sermons, which tick off Boston Blackie to no end. How divergent are we!! Love always, –Curt Curtis
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You want to see pure as gold-heart versions of KingLit Ching [who lives in Santa Monica, CA.] here in Hawai’i??? Look at Wayne Kamitaki born 1952 of Ben Franklin/Ace Hardware & Les Seto born 1949 of HCEOC [prodigy of George Yokoyama born 1926]. Truer versions of Biblical Andrew [the strength behind the leader, brother Peter], cannot be found. Love everlasting, –Curt
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Tom Gill 1922-2009 is the father of land use planning. He turned off Nelson Doi born 1922 when Doi wanted patronage appointments if Doi ran as a team w/Gill 1974, Gill as Gov./Doi as Lt. Gov. Gill lost to Ariyoshi, but Doi beat Akaka. Doi was a mirror image of Gill in intellectual conceit, thence their falling out 1974. Doi, like Al Shim, was into Erhard’s “self-realization” so-called Erhard Seminar Traning EST. Gill refuted such gimmick as a lobotomy, thereby enraging Doi/Shim even more. Truly, with Gill/Doi, “like charges” repel each other as w/electrical charges. Aloha, –Curt *
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Modern/post-WWII Dem Party godfather Jack Burns 1909-1975 [Kanaka Johnny Wilson 1871-1956 was pre-WWII Dem Party godfather] gave up everything to help society’s underclass, incl. Jack’s buddaheads [whom Jack knew intimately as anti-spy police head WWII]. Jack brainstormed w/leading buddahead do-er Jack Kawano 1911-1984 of ‘Opihikao [Kawano organized ILWU before being booted out as J_p by Frisco’s Goldblatt/Bridges, in favor of Jack Hall 1915-1971]/Maui boy Mits Kido 1906-1983/dentist Ernie Murai 1900-1981/atty Chuck Mau 1907-1990, who was told by Burns’ GOP pal Kats Kometani to enlighten Burns’ gang, Mau being worldly/educated. When Kido’s UH mentor Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 found out that Kido turned Dem, away from Hemenway’s GOP acolytes Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002/Joe Itagaki 1906-1963/Kaua’i native Jack Mizuha 1913-1986, Hemenway lamented, “Oh my, what have I done??” Aloha, –Curt *
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Chuck Mau 1907-1990 & Ernie Kai 1905-1990 were Dems amid GOP dominance. Credit them for bucking the system. Actually, Chuck tried to join Roy Vitousek’s GOP, the party of the status quo, but was told by Vitousek that there was no room for Chuck. So Chuck was asked by Ernie Heen [Walt’s dad] to join the party of change, the Dems, which Chuck did. Irony is that Chuck, as Jack Kawano’s dearest friend, told Kawano to spill the beans on communism in Hawai’i, namely, to sink Kawano’s nemesis Jack Hall, who supplanted Kawano as ILWU head here, which led to Chuck/Kawano being persona non grata forever in Hawai’i. Of course, Burns gifted Chuck a judgeship, but Kawano ended up in obscurity in L.A. Our ILWU longshoreman Bert Nakano defected from the ILWU & ended up nondescript, this being the Bert who was severely injured in the Hilo/Kuhio harbor maelstrom 71 yrs. ago as a 27 yr. old. Aloha, –Curt *
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Harry Kamoku 1905-1957 grew up in Waiakea & left school as a teen to be a seafarer. Harry organized the 1st dockworkers/longshoremen 1935. Isaac Chicken Kamoku/Elvin/Israel are all ohana to Harry Kamoku. Aloha, –Curt *
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Irony about Sam King Jr. & George Ariyoshi is that State Sen. Ariyoshi born 1926 was the deciding vote to approve obstreperous GOP King as judge amid GOP Gov. Bill Quinn’s tenure 1959-1962, & yet King coopted angelheart DOE State chief Ralph Kiyosaki [betrayer son Rob’s so-called “Poor Dad”] as GOP Gov./Lt. Gov. slate vs. Burns/Ariyoshi 1970. Of course, Burns/Ariyoshi swamped A-hole King [who ridiculously chided Burns for causing Sen. Larry Kuriyama’s murder]. Aloha, –Curt *
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Richard Kiyota 1921-1993 was a raconteur/live wire character whom Helene Hale was attracted to & eventually married. Richard was a surrogate dad to many of us jocks, and like Pablo Chinen 1919-1991, gave up his entire life for our youth, though on a smaller scale. Richard’s oldest son [out of wedlock, Rich an itchy boritchi as a kid] was a prep all-star footballer 1950s, which is how Rich immersed himself in sports, despite Rich’s fulltime chores as a koko/pickle maker. Talking about itchy, my cuz Naomi married Itchy Lum Ho [Johnny’s brother], among the 1st recognized prep All-American footballers. Aloha, –Curt *
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Francis Bo Saiki [Harpo’s/Dottie’s son] is so foul-mouthed, but this is part of his nature/character. Bo’s wife Millie is a great person/magnanimous. Bo is a win at all costs kind of coach. Contrarily, my Wainaku youth baseball coach Clayton Fujie born 1946 was a great leader/inspirer, exuded quiet confidence, evoked compassion/empathy — just a tremendous coach. Wardell Baba Lancaster, whose dad Mouth was a great athlete, is among our greatest athletes here, peer of power hitter Kaha Wong [who is DH on my alltime Big Isle baseball squad]. Deceased Raymond Rowe was a great inspiration among Keaukaha kids, Rowe/Richard Kiyota original O’ahu boys. Korean Tai Sun Suka [for fighter plane] Chung & son Aaron [former solon/Aaron’s mom is Honomu Nakaoka family] were great fistfighters. Of course, our Yobo/Korean legacy is of our rooming house Korean female owners, a la Suka’s mom [Ponahawai St. apts.]/Johnny Ko’s mom [Kilauea Ave. apts.]/Joe Park’s mom [Keawe St. apts.]/etc. Widows/necessity is the mother of invention!! Aloha, –Curt Curtis Narimatsu Says: September 30th, 2009 at 11:05 amSuka’s baby brother Youngie [Tai Young] is a Korean War Silver Star recipient/hero, though Youngie a tormented man [what longtime combat veteran isn’t?]. Do you know that George Okino Thompson [whom Doc Wong baseball stadium should’ve been named after, if we’re gonna name it after a person, which we really shouldn’t!] stayed at Suka’s detached carport mini-dwelling as George got older/ill?? George was our baseball angelheart, Suka his keeper of the flame [of compassion/devotion]. Love always, –Curt *
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Doc Wong 1919-1971 got immortalized [deservedly] on a sympathy vote, from his Wanderers [Suka’s gang] club of the Mamo/Keawe St. triangle/diamond, polyglot but typecasted as Chinese/Korean [Doc is Chinese/Japanese, “weird” because Chinese/Japanese full-on hate each other, a la ancient jealousies]. Problem is that Doc’s only link to the baseball stadium is Doc’s short-lived Wanderers baseball team. Doc’s parents had their hole-in-the-wall restaurant SW corner Mamo/Kilauea Ave. where Sig Zane’s old shop used to be. Doc grew up in the 2 story woodframe Hale Nani apt. bldg. along Butcher Lane [porinki/Flip-Pinoy knifings] area mauka side of Kam Ave. across from Mo’oheau Park, where baseballer Kenso Nushida 1900-1983 also grew up. Actually, the Mamo/Keawe/Kilauea interchange is really the Doc Wong Block, so to speak!! Love always, –Curt *
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Beans Afook?? Beans 1900-1991 [died at age 90] had nothing to do w/the Civic Auditorium 1957, inasmuch Beans coached his dynasty teams at the Hilo Armory. But as Beans’ acolyte Kiyo Hamakawa says, the site has nothing to do w/the person — it’s the person’s name that should be perpetuated, not the site!! Pablo Chinen 1919-1991 was Civic Auditorium paid mgr., but Pablo did so much for youth, unlike phlegmatic Beans. Everything beneficent Pablo was, Beans was not. Beans an A-hole, though Beans a discerning/analytical/brilliant coach. But Beans’ wife Liz Kuali’i Afook a gracious person/drop-dead gorgeous [they had no kids, so Tai On Chock/Kiyo Hamakawa became their hanai spiritual kids], though full-on tightwad like Rich Imai/Isamu Kanekuni/other J_ps/Chinese too numerous to mention. Aloha, –Curt *
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If you’re gonna name a structure/site after a person [to me, only KIAs/combat veterans like Isaac Hale deserve immortality like this], our Civic Auditorium should be named after Walter C.K. Victor, not Chinen or Afook, inasmuch Victor’s name renown is hoops. Of course, Chinen’s name can be linked to current Victor youth complex. Irony is that Jimmy Correa had ready-made all-star players, whereas Nobu Yamauchi coached the lemons/scrubs from scratch. George Ota same thing — all-star players, not scrubs like those whom Nigga Tong coached. Big diff. Love always, –Curt *
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Actually, Hawaiians cultivated sugar cane along today’s Ponahawai St. corridor before Chinese planters like Tong Ai Yee started their mill at the Alenaio streambed mauka of today’s Hilo Central fire station. After the Chinese planters gave up their unprofitable small-scale operations, J.G. Serrao’s Portuguese started their sugar mill in 1894, with company headquarters at Pi’ihonua Camp 3 by the fork in the Waianuenue roadway leading to James Kimo Henderson’s mansion. By 1898, a new office bldg. was built by the downtown sugar mill, along with a new blacksmith shop & stable. In 1899 Jose Canario headed the Portuguese mill, after which the mill was sold to German National Hackfeld, who renamed it the Hawaii Mill Co. in 1899. In 1906 headquarters again moved back to Pi’ihonua Camp 3, where most of the cane was grown, at which time Scot native James Kimo Henderson joined the mill, becoming its manager by 1912. Henderson 1876-1965 vastly improved the operation, also building camps 3 to 5 in the heartland of cane cultivation [mill camp was along today’s Kuku’au St. corridor/camp 2 was on the Puna side of Waianuenue St./Manaolana Place –KPUA tower — junction in Pi’ihonua]. Henderson also built his mansion, Moani Ke ‘Ala, above the camp 3 complex, which his wife Lydia [after Queen Lili’u] Lei landscaped into Hilo’s premier greenbelt. Henderson [no relation to Sen. Richard Henderson] purchased Hawaii Mill Co. from Hackfeld in 1915, after which Henderson sought to relocate mill operations to the 11 acre site where today’s Hospice/Adult Vocational Rehab complexes are, being that today’s Central fire station site was too small to expand mill operations. In 1921, after Gov. Farrington turned down the new site for Henderson’s expanded mill, Henderson sold his plantation to adjacent Hilo Sugar Co. end of December 1922. Amazingly, Henderson actually gave away Henderson’s properties at Camp 3 to his millhands, such was his beneficent nature. Aloha, –Curt *
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The missionaries to early Hawai’i self-assuredly pronounced their Puritan/Pilgrim preface that acquired wealth was a great sign of God’s favor. And so did they acquire! And yet, unlike nonreligious capitalists, missionary descendants enabled long-standing leadership development among society’s underclass, such as Charles Hemenway/Frank Atherton did with Hung Wai Ching. And even among non-missionary government leaders, you find a Judge James Banks nurturing a budding tenement kid Chuck Mau 1907-1990 to greatness, before which missionary progeny Rev. Ted Richards got Vineyard shanty tract Mau to Mid-Pac/Mills School. Tremendous leadership development all the way around!! Aloha, –Curt *
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Yes, as to James Kimo Henderson’s pragmatic fairness, Tetsuo Kunihiro born 1923 is living testament to Henderson’s compassion. Kunihiro’s father was graced by Henderson’s generosity in the laborers’ acquisition of their houselots, not limited to buddaheads but to other ethnicities who worked for Henderson [Ventura/Keli’i/etc.]. Aloha, –Curt *
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Unquestionably, non-Oligarchy kids had terribly hard-scrabble lives [including haole tenement kids like Jack Burns 1909-1975, from broken home], yet the transforming power of their utterly dedicated public school teachers dominated/overcame their socio-economic shortfalls, newcomer messiahs like McKinley School’s Miles Cary 1895-1959/etc. Incredible public schoolteachers who levelled the playing field for society’s underclass!! Aloha, –Curt *
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Jack Burns 1909-1975?? Jack’s alter ego who supplanted Jack’s father who absconded the family was Father Alphonsus, the Catholic Belgian priest of Kalihi, where Jack grew up. Aloha, –Curt *
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Do you know that Eichi Oki’s [born 1925, enlisted in 442 as among youngest original members, from high school] K Co. had Ehren Watada as its featured speaker when Ehren was here? And that Eichi asked Yuri Kochiyama [whose late husband kotonk was fabled K Co. w/Eichi], Malcolm X’s dear friend/confidant, to speak to K Co.’s D.C. unit? Aloha, –Curt *
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Eichi Oki’s big hero is Soichi Sakamoto 1906-1997, fellow Maui boy, not Maui political heavies Takaichi Miyamoto 1897-1981/Najo Yoshinaga born 1919. Eichi is a renaissance man who looks to non-politicians for inspiration [such as Albert Schweitzer/Leigh Hooley/John Young]. Eichi is a Church of the Crossroads fella who reveres Rev. Delwyn Rayson 1918-2008, who provided sanctuary/safe haven per Scripture to political refugees [AWOL]. Rev. Gene Bridges of the Unitarian Church also stuck out his neck for the political refugees, so to speak. Aloha, –Curt *
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St. Joseph alumni are outnumbered by public school alumni, thence the oversight re Walter C.K. Victor/Jimmy Correa. Lena Victor is Reinhardt, which is Hilo Drug Co.[Macy/Reinhardt][new park by Ice Pond/Harrington’s restaurant is Reinhardt Estate], thence Lena’s employment at Hilo Drug Co. Macy Wessel’s mom is a Reinhardt. The Macy family [Macy Wessel, no relation to Keaukaha Val Wessel] is the same Macy Dept. Store family NYC, the same Lydia Lei Macy who married James Kimo Henderson 1876-1965, Lydia [named after Lili’u] whose sister was banker Harold Patten’s wife [the home corner Pu’u’eo/Kauila Sts. now owned by BJ Penn’s family]. Wil Hussey is not Val Wessel. Aloha, –Curt * ______________ * UCC Pastor Delwyn Rayson 1918-2008 was KingLit Ching’s hero. From looking at Hollywood-handsome Rayson, you’d think he was too conservative to pastor at Church of the Crossroads. But Delwyn was the most composed/calmest leftie character a la Randy Kehler, whose life exemplar of going to prison to protest the Vietnam War convinced Dan Ellsberg to release the Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg looked at youngster Kehler as a patriotic/stand-up American who made a deliberate choice to go to prison because it was the right thing to do. Aloha, –Curt * _______________ * Yes, Ellsberg spoke on behalf of Ehren Watada. MLK was for middle America/silent majority acceptance of civil rights, Malcolm X was for human rights vs. class/race oppression worldwide. By the time MLK came around to Malcolm X’s position, MLK had been marginalized by White America via MLK’s opposition to the Vietnam War. MLK was assassinated 3 yrs. after Malcolm X. No better observer of both men exists than Hilo leftie Ron Fujiyoshi born 1940, grassroot Chicago Theol. Seminary [not U Chicago like Albert Palmer/Hung Wai Ching], classmate of Jesse Jackson. Moonbat Ron a hypocrite, all mouth, no heart. Aloha, –Curt ____
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5 Responses to Back in the joyful fold of oldtime lore

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  4. Elliott Naito says:

    Do you have more history on Hideo Naito?

    • Hideo “Flash” Naito was a very helpful & encouraging person who inspired the best of love and empathy in us all. Flash also was the baseball “oyabun” of his era a la later wayfinder Bill Nishita. Honoka’a star & later Gov. Jack Burns confidant Scrub Tanaka praised to no end the magnanimity on and off the ballfield of our alltime hero Flash.

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