proximity/familiarity are everything in relationships, both lovely [devotion] & unlovely [contempt]

No rock composers had greater bandmates than our ubiquitous Beatles, led by band genesis Lennon, whose surreal qualities transfixed our baby boomer counterculture in the 1960s, ergo song Across the Universe  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yEItbal4ac

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and matched in genius but superseded in songs by balladeer minstrel McCartney http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGnNQM_9q-w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AnVTc5v3aI

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yes, Lennon was murdered in 1980, whereas McCartney still composes today.

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Harrison’s cognition/talent subordinated below his mates Lennon/McCartney, but Harrison also was a master composer/creator    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMuT8PrIrlg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Smw33PKJA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6zd77VtipQ&feature=related

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our 3 titans as individual artists [beside as Liverpool Beatles mates] enshrined in Rock N Roll’s coveted Hall of Fame, unprecedented!    Only Ringo Starr remains to be enshrined, with newest member Ringo’s Octopus’ Garden his main creation.

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Unquestionably,  acerbic Lennon’s Type A personality dominated the Beatles.    Yet, while Lennon/McCartney were up front center stage yodeling away  — cogent Harrison saw physically closely situated former drummer Pete Best’s deficiency, and Harrison booted out Best in favor of Liverpool England’s best rock drummer Ringo Starr.    Yes, Harrison & Best were paired offscreen behind leading vocalists Lennon/McCartney.    But cogent Harrison was respected for Harrison’s art of music & business basics by Lennon/McCartney.

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You see how proximity/familiarity bred correct contempt [Pete Best’s drummer mediocrity] here in the dynamic between Harrison & Best??

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Proximity/familiarity are everything in relationships, both lovely [Lennon’s respect for McCartney’s prolific compositions] & unlovely [Harrison booting out Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr].   

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Yes, it’s also true that it’s harder to forgive familarity [ex-girlfriend/boyfriend] than to forgive a stranger [President Reagan forgiving attempted assassin Hinckley].

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Geopolitical power is nothing but proximity/familiarity [cliques/clans/gangs/clubs/etc.].

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Former President George Bush [39th President, not his son the 41st President] is very compassionate and not egotistical/jealous — in that former President Bush the father extends himself completely to the young man who took away his re-election — Bill Clinton.   Just the same, to a lesser degree the son Bush [41st President] also has been very compassionate with President Obama, who did not take away Bush’s re-election.

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Unquestionably, former Hawai’i Gov. Lingle [she is Jewish]  appointed more haoles to top flight posts than her Democratic Party predecessors.  Look at her candidate pool — GOPs, nominal or not, consisted of capitalist owners akin to our traditional Big 5 haole oligarchs.

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The big difference  is that our Big 5 had 2 Social Gospel/missionary-rooted outfits, C&C [Frank Atherton 1878-1945] & A & B [Henry Baldwin 1842-1911], and that our most powerful capitalist vis a vis FDR WWII/U.S. Navy was missionary descendant Walt Dillingham 1875-1963, Pearl Harbor contractor/RR-transport scion, who also led fellow Big 5 outfit AmFac [along w/Atherton], making Social Gospel haoles outnumber Greed Gospel haoles among our elite.

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Ill-hearted as these well-intentioned haoles seem in retrospect [benevolent paternalism/feudal serfdom], they [oligarch missionary social gospel haoles] are a vast improvement over today’s self-aggrandized money is god show-offs/effete snob GOP haoles.

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As the American-born children of Asian & European immigrants [ergo Luso/Latino] increased greatly in numbers, Thurstonite retrogrades [Lorrin A. Thurston, Lorrin P. Thurston, etc.] fretted that our public education system was not what it should be. Thurstonites slurred that the taxpayers should be relieved of the responsibility of a public school pupil after the child reaches the 6th grade, or at worst, the 8th grade, inasmuch the system of young people occupying a position, free of any thought of responsibility, up to the age when these young people should properly have some of their life’s problems settled is wrong. Of course, Thurstonites & Big 5 oligarchs have extreme tax breaks/write-offs to pewter/eliminate their taxes. Thurstonites exhort that a student who spends many years receiving a public school education is bound to get big-headed and hope to occupy positions reserved for others and would have to spend a long time unlearning what the student had learned in school, thus resulting in a disgruntled, dissatisfied, and disappointed class of people ready to follow any obsessed agitator. Instead, Thurstonite bigots promulgate it to be wiser and to the advantage of the taxpayer to put a boy or girl on such child’s own resources after the child has mastered sufficient learning for ordinary common lot living. Employment in the low rungs of the economy will give them actual experience in the world of hard knocks, which they are ideally suited for, having come from austere roots. Thurstonite bigots promoted the ideal of keeping non-Stateside immigrants’ kids on the same social standing/status as their immigrant parents. And, as in the case of Japanese American kids, who were shackled by Japan’s insane dual citizenship [to keep sojourner/settler monies flowing to the Imperial Palance of the Hito family, ergo Hirohito], Thurstonite bigots excluded kids of dual citizenship from attending public school advanced college track programs, effectively shutting out a buddahead with an ounce of brain who was born before 1920. The U.S. Attorney General declared in 1932 that enlightened public school educators, reared Stateside as acolytes of Horace Mann/John Dewey, grassroot avatars [Mann’s Antioch College is my alma mater], expressed utter disbelief at Thurstonites that any number of educated immigrant kids should ever go back to the plantations so as not to upset the status quo, ergo, Thurston’s Honolulu Advertiser control over the common lot of color and class. Immigrant parents were incensed that retrogrades like Thurston would calculate via public schooling to keep immigrants’ kids enslaved to the feudal plantation system. The U.S. Attorney General concluded after extensive study of conditions in territorial era Hawai’i, that immigrant “parents were anxious to get away from the plantations, both for themselves and their children. Curiously enough, labor itself does not seem the real objection. The fact is that such labor is looked on as menial and degrading, and the parents want none of it for their offspring.” U.S. Senate testimony 1932.

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Public high school diploma available only to post-1920 born local plantation kids, inasmuch pre-1920 born kids were discriminated against via unconscionable public school tuition fees after the 8th grade. Thence, Uncle Willy Thompson’s post-1920 born 442 brats hi maka maka pride vs. pre-1920 born 100th Batt. conscripts. Honomu’s Castle Kailimai proud like Uncle Willy, sh_t no stink, inasmuch Castle from high-rooted Honomu scion, but Castle’s mom Abbie the sweetest angel on earth, 97 yrs. young born 1915. Abbie’s hubby a Keamo [adopted by Abbie’s uncle] who was proud like Uncle Willy. Abbie’s dad the sweetest shepard on earth.

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Prejudice/discrimination?? From 1920 to 1933, as Asian progeny/U.S. citizens grew greatly in numbers, public school tuition fees were increased to exclude plantation kids after the 6th grade, and after much revolt by plantation laborers, to exclude kids after the 8th grade, which is why only post-1920 born plantation kids had the blessing of public school DPI/DOE chief & grassroot messiah Oren Long 1934-1946, a Kansas granger, to advance forward after the 8th grade, ergo after 1933. My dad 1913-1998 is a product of the pre-Oren Long era, never graduating past the 8th grade.

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On haole Social Gospel enablement of our buddaheads,
http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft9290090n&chunk.id=d0e6584&toc.depth=100&brand=ucpress

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Christian Rev. Takie Okumura 1865-1951 had built the Makiki Church, an elaborate rendition of the donjon of the castle in Kochi , his hometown, in an expensive neighborhood of Honolulu. He also operated a dormitory for promising nisei from other islands who came to study in Honolulu, yet his own son was the first Japanese to go to Punahou School, attended by the children of kamaaina. What is more, this appeared to be due to Okumura’s close association with Frank C. Atherton, one of the powerful kamaaina sugar planters. Okumura was a frequent guest at the Atherton house, and through Atherton he had made connections with other members of the haole elite.

Reverend Okumura often went to Japan on what he called goodwill visits to improve U.S.-Japan relations. He departed on such a trip on July 14, 1920, shortly after the strike ended. “Adverse feelings between Japan and America being on the rise,” he recalled, “the situation was such that if things were left alone, anti-Japanese movements such as in California might erupt. After consultations with the Japanese Consul General and a few Americans [Atherton, Castle, and Cook among the Big Five], I went to Japan to obtain support from Hitoshi Asano to start a movement to prevent anti-Japanese actions.”

Three days after his arrival in Yokohama, Okumura visited Viscount Eiichi Shibusawa, with whom he was acquainted. Not only did Shibusawa arrange for Okumura to meet with Foreign Minister Uchida and other government officials, he also threw a banquet for the Japan-U.S. Friendship Committee, whose members included the top executives from major business conglomerates such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi, and Sumitomo so that Okumura could inform them about the conditions of Japanese in Hawaii. These economic leaders unanimously agreed with Okumura’s anti-Japanese movement prevention idea and promised financial support. Shibusawa twice sent to Okumura 1,000 yen as his personal contribution. It was such contributions from capitalists in Japan and Hawaii that funded his campaign to Americanize the Hawaiian nisei.

Reverend Okumura was one of the few Japanese who had been strongly opposed to the 1920 strike from the start. Throughout the strike he publicly criticized the Federation of Japanese Labor, and at every opportunity he spoke of Tsutsumi and the other federation leaders as being enemies of friendly relations between the United States and Japan and the Americanization movement.

At the Sakamaki dynamiting trial the prosecution claimed that the motive for the conspiracy of the federation leaders was to teach turncoats a lesson and to crush the anti-strike movement. If this was so, then the federation overlooked Okumura, a major figure in the Japanese community who denounced the federation head-on. But rather than deal with Okumura, which would have drawn the greatest attention, the federation had, according to the prosecution, plotted the assassination of Sakamaki, whose anti-strike activities were limited to distributing the anti-strike newspaper Kazan on a plantation where no strike was taking place.

Even after the strike ended, Okumura denounced it and the Federation of Japanese Labor that had led it. “It is true,” he said, “that the attitude of the Americans toward us had changed substantially due to the effect of the anti-Japanese movement in California reaching Hawaii as well as the occurrences of the Korean incident and the Shantung incident. But what clearly brought out the anti-Japanese feelings here has been the problem of the Japanese language schools and the strike.”

According to Okumura, both the aloha spirit and the Christian spirit of the missionaries’ descendants had put a brake on anti-Japanese feelings and preserved harmony in Hawaiian society, but the strike had destroyed this social balance. Just as “a cloud spread over U.S.-Japan relations” when the English-language press took up the anti-Japanese cry in the debate over the Japanese-language school problem, “the strike darkened the clouds. It is nature’s course that when clouds thicken rain will fall.” After the strike, he said, “even pro-Japanese Caucasians began to feel strong doubt and apprehension.” The surfacing of the movement to renew Chinese immigration and the enormous sums and great effort the territory expended on the issue, he pointed out, came in the main from the strike. The result of the strike was “loss of faith in Japanese laborers and the arousal of misgivings in Americans.”

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We all fall short somehow, our human condition — and, as with missionary progeny, you have exceptionally angelic ones like Frank Atherton [Merchant St. godfather, scion of C & C] & his Castle consort Rev. Bill Westervelt, along w/UH founder Charles Hemenway, and then you have the scum of the earth like the Thurstons. Yet, even in his race/class megalomania, scum emeritus Lorrin A. Thurston was our greatest conservationist/ecologist, ergo HVNP preservationism — thence elucidating the ambivalence/paradox of our human condition —  no one is perfect. Horace Mann/John Dewey, the Great Equalizers Via Public School Education, come from the same common stock [Pilgrims & Puritans] as repulsive Thurston, thus illustrating the irony of our human state — Mann’s/Dewey’s Stateside emigrate acolytes/devotees upended our race/class hegemony foisted by Mann’s/Dewey’s ancestral kin Thurston. In the end, one would hope that life balances out into moderation, somewhat equidistant between leftists like Jim Albertini, Italian conflagrationary, and right-wing despots/tyrants like Thurston, deranged ignoble infamous son of missionary stock.

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Chorimbo typecast as Hiroshima aspersion for person of poverty/impoverishment. Hoito vs. Hiroshima symbol as greedy. Warui is Kyushu typecast rascal/naughty. Midori Kunimitsu lent Tsukasa Ishii her photo of Rev. Shiro Sokabe, but never got it back from blowhard/braggart/arrogant Tsukasa, only to find later that Tsukasa claimed it as Tsukasa’s personal collection/archives. Honomu’s Shoji Okido KIA on SS Royal Frank Jan. 28 1942, and has Honomu school park banyan tree planted in his memory, just as the other banyan tree honors our haole messiah Chuck Skeen KIA Pacific Theater WWII. Two great lasting heroes from Honomu. Groan Yugawa had daughters & planted daikon [male phallus symbol] to get sons but sprouted only ma-may [mameya] beans [female cl_t], as in Punahoa Lane’s Mameya Row/Lane where today’s Shinmachi Kamehameha Statue is [Punahoa Mameya Lane had brothels White Picket Fence–Doc Hill’s venue–Green Roof/Mango Tree, & today’s Nihon Restaurant site had Red Light brothel, w/Hisa Hisanaga godfather/vice admiral, whereas Butcher Lane off Kumu St. makai of Volcano Arena had the Cottage, Puerto Rican/Pinoy johns serviced by haole gals]. Tut sirk pundot Luso for no butt, as in girls who have flat ass_s, referring to skinny girls.   Yikes!   :-0

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On geopolitical “power relationships,” ergo proximity/familiarity, do you know that our local gangs nearly a century ago were products of “conspired” [actually, beautifully collaborative] outcomes by leaders of city blocks??     So that baseball teammates WWI Nobu Maruyama of our Yashijima/Waiakea Pirates and Froggie Yoneda of our Lincoln Park/Wreckers made sure that their neighborhood kids were kept active/busy instead of being lawbreaker juvenile delinquents.    Same with leaders a generation later such as M.D.s Francis Fonkie Wong [Wanderers]  & his medical practice building partner Richard Yamanoha [Wreckers].    So I discuss these matters with Rich’s son Bill, & Bill is in disbelief when I tell Bill to talk to later leader Johnny Yuen about Bill’s dad Richard Yamanoha [died at age 37]  —  Johnny is Fonkie’s ace protege — yet Johnny knows about Richard of the rival Wreckers gang because our greatest block leaders always collaborate with one another.    Of course, when you have tough as nails Wreckers like Spud Kuratsu beat the living daylights out of rival Waiakea Pirates, this should not have happened.    And Spud got a tongue lashing from Spud’s peers Froggie & Nobu.
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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/proximity-dearest-petunia/

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Uncle Willy Okino Thompson born 1924 of Yashijima/Waiakea is longtime/repeat 442nd RCT State President, and his 442 org/boys oppose the proposed Postal commemorative stamp of the crane monument entangled in barb wire because it omits the 442 feats. The balance opposed by our post-1920 born 442 brats/ibaru as well as the victimization promotional kotonks/Statesiders of the internment camps is to feature both the barbed wired crane AND the Go For Broke torch, inasmuch both paradoxical happenings explain our anomaly/ambivalence as U.S. Nikkei [U.S. Japanese]. On the other hand, read Alamo Lost Battalion’s Bill Hardwick’s daughters Janet/Susan Hardwick, as they emote about our 100th Batt./442 rescue of their dad’s unit — In the winter of 1944, our father, Sgt. William Hardwick, was fighting in the vast foothills of the Vosges Mountains in eastern France. His unit would be ordered to follow the fleeing Germans and “chase them all the way back to Germany,” but his officers pleaded that not waiting for the rest of the Battalion would cut off these troops [insane Gen. Dahlquist at his megalomaniac worst] and, as predicted, Dad’s troops were cut off. Dad’s Lost Battalion repelled repeated assaults by German soldiers who were ordered personally by Hitler to take no prisoners. Being out of ammo, rations, and supplies, Dad’s troops waited for a rescue, as unit after unit of American soldiers tried unsuccessfully to rescue Dad’s troops. Our father would later talk about how suddenly, from out of nowhere, Dad could see AND HEAR FIERCE FIGHTING — Dad could catch glimpses of men battling to reach him and the Lost Battalion — days after days of indescribably vicious combat, even hand-to-hand, these amazing rescuers stepped across the threshold of his parameter and finally, Dad was overpowered by the incredible realization that the certain and imminent death of the men of the Lost Battalion had been averted by these awesome courageous men — of the Go for Broke Regimental Combat Team [the 100th Batt. was the lead and greatest battalion as the First Batt. of the 442 RCT]. These “little Iron Men” had done what no one else could do — these remarkable soldiers successfully rescued the Lost Battalion. The depth and totality of these little Iron Men is beyond comprehension. Thus began a journey which my sister and I undertook to thank these men for the gift of our father’s safe return and those of his battalion, the enormity of which still is difficult to put into words. And yet the only thing which these soldiers from far away [in Hawai’i with a few from the Stateside internment camps] asked for was to be treated as loyal Americans. In proving their loyalty to America, these extraordinary and exceptional soldiers saved the lives of many brothers-in-arms, and liberated countless villages throughout Europe.

The 442 RCT was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, thanks to supporters like the Bill Hardwick family.

Lest Uncle Willy and his boys forget the elders who got them to glory, fate was kind/beneficent in the form of Gen. Walter Short [who was persecuted for being unprepared for 12/7/41], G-2 Wooch Fielder, Heco’s Les Hicks, UH-Merchant St. godfather/baron Charles Hemenway, FDR War Secretary 2nd in command John J. McCloy, and Gen. George Marshall, who personally studied our boys at Camp Shelby Miss. Imagine, gang, in January 1944 the War Dept. announced that owing to the “excellent showing” of the 442nd in training and the 100th in battle on the blood-stained fields of Europe, racial segregation no longer would be enforced in the military service, and that all Japanese-Americans would be called to military service through the draft. These men faced down German machine gunfire with prodigal abandon — incredulous and unthinkably valorous.

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Yes, Hawaii Herald [Japanese American] buddahead writers have airs about themselves, and such are the effects of celebrity status, so to speak, in the buddahead ranks. On the other hand, Franklin Odo born 1939, our most esteemed buddahead chronicler, is earthy/accessible, though Odo is a single tasker guy, w/his mind on immigrant field songs. Yes, Odo does not multi-task, to the chagrin of diverse thinkers like internationalist peer KingLit Ching born 1936, son of our greatest historymaker Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002. Odo’s mention of John Young/Pastor Stephen Mark seminal to the coalescence of the VVV [progenitors of 442nd RCT WWII] is not correct, in that Young had nothing to do w/VVV, & Mark’s contact was minimal w/VVV. Both Young/Mark were pillars of the newly formed breakaway [from conservative First/2nd Chinese Church of Honolulu] Community Church [Chinese enabled by Leigh Hooley/Chinese pastor Stephen Mark], but were not linked w/Rev. Hung Wai Ching, godfather/genesis of the VVV, Hung Wai a fellow pillar of the Community Church. Odo’s lumping together of Community Church Social Gospel catalysts for purposes of the formation of the VVV is incorrect.

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Altruist/beneficent haole scions/barons?? — Loaded, baby — go to Kaua’i and see the Wilcox ohana. On Maui we had godfather/oyabun Henry Baldwin. Here in Kea’au we had Papa Herb Shipman. At Waialua we had the Midkiffs/Paty. So forth and so on. Loaded w/pure angels, baby. Roots? Missionary. No kidding. Thank you, great blessings.

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Dave Shoji’s roots in Hawai’i? Kobe and Chiz are VB Dave’s otosan-dad/okasan-mom. Kobe was a star athlete at UCLA. Kobe coached the Aina Haina little league team which had Dave as pitcher/SS, w/Cal Lee catcher/Vince Goo CF.  Dave named to AVCA HoF, Kawika Nation’s top player [also was good hoopster as island prep], Eric All-American. Yeah, jock stuff, for you sportsters.

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Yes, gal power, hoopsters Kaui Wakita, Keisha Kanekoa, Vicky Tagalicod, could’ve outplayed boy prepsters. Their progenitors? None other than Dotty/Eleanor Soares [Thompson/Conner], who outplayed boys every day of the week. My mom was Kona High Hanato antecedent hoopster even before Dotty’s gang emerged, and Mom was capt. of island titlist as soph, and Mom’s progeny incl. her grand-niece Bobbi Hanato Awa, Bobbi’s daughter, Bobbi’s nieces, etc.

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Japan’s best/brightest studied in Germany a century ago, which is why original Big 5 Hackfeld was beneficent to our Issei immigrants, especially Kona coffee farmers.

Because of Germany’s prominence in medical science and Japan’s preference for the German medical system, Uchimura among many young Japanese medical scientists, travelled to the institutes of German-speaking Europe for training. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a921279945

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1294688/pdf/jrsocmed00082-0031.pdf

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http://www.javadc.org/Press%20release%2007-07-07%20Different%20Perceptions%20of%20the%20Loyalty%20Oath.htm

DIFFERENT PERCEPTIONS OF THE LOYALTY OATH, QUESTIONS 27 AND 28. HAWAII MILITARY GOVERNOR DISPLAYED UNCOMMON COURAGE

Nisei in Hawaii and the Mainland had a different perception of the Loyalty Oath, questions 27 and 28, they were required to sign to volunteer for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WW II. This paper discusses the differences.

Military documents recovered from the National Archives indicate that one of the basic conditions to the formation of the Japanese American Combat Team was that all volunteers would be required to sign a loyalty oath (DSS Form 304A). A confidential memorandum from General Hayes A. Kroner, Chief, Military Intelligence Service on the organization of the combat team provided in part: Selective Service is directed to call 4,500 men with approximately 1,500 to come from Hawaii. All will be general service and speak English. Arrangements have been made with the Selective Service system to require the execution of a DSS Form 304A for each male of military age who desires to make application for voluntary induction.

DSS Form 304A was actually a questionnaire innocuously titled Statement of United States Citizen of Japanese Ancestry consisting of 28 questions related to genealogy, family relations and personal life, organizations, affiliations and activities, connections with Japan, and culminating with the key questions #27 and #28 which read:
27. Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty, wherever ordered?
28. Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any form of allegiance or obedience to the Japanese emperor, or any other foreign government, power, or organization?

For all of us volunteers from Hawaii, the first 26 items were hastily filled out and then questions 27 and 28 were treated as no brainers and the Yes answers were checked off without hesitation. This was exactly what we volunteered for! We would have signed any paper they put in front of us, so eager were we to volunteer. Almost 10,000 volunteered in a few days swamping the Draft Boards. This was the chance we had been waiting for.

But on the mainland, the so-called loyalty oath was met with an entirely different response. The mainland reaction was traumatic and chaotic because all detainees in the ten relocation camps over 17 years in age including Issei and women were required to register by signing the loyalty questionnaire. First of all, they must have carefully read questions 27 and 28 because they found meanings and implications which were totally overlooked by the Hawaii volunteers. They could only view the document, submitted to them by a government that had taken everything away and deprived them of their liberty, with suspicion, distrust, cynicism and bitterness.

Issei and women who were ineligible for military service were required to answer question 27 regarding their willingness to go to combat with the U.S. armed forces. If the non-citizen Issei who was legally barred from U.S. citizenship answered question 28 affirmatively forswearing any allegiance to the Emperor, would they then be left stateless, without citizenship of either Japan or the United States? Families feared or would be threatened with separation or breakup if the Nisei responded affirmatively as against the negative response of their Issei parents, forcing many Nisei to unwillingly respond no to the questionnaire.

Many Nisei suspiciously viewed question 27 as an involuntary draft into military service if they answered yes and with question 28 they hesitated to forswear allegiance to the Japanese Emperor” to whom they never held any loyalty or allegiance to in the first place and thought this was a trap question. Conditional or qualified answers (Yes if you release my family from camp) were disregarded or treated as No responses. And finally, there were many basically loyal Nisei who answered no and no to both questions out of sheer anger, bitterness and protest against the deprivation and violation of their civil rights.

That such starkly contrasting reactive responses could be triggered by the same loyalty oath in Hawaii and the mainland can only be explained by the simple fact that in the latter case the loyalty screening was involuntarily imposed behind barbed wire enclosures in a liberty-deprived environment whereas in Hawaii it was not. The origins can be traced to the contrasting tale of two general where General Delos C. Emmons of the Pacific Command and General John L. DeWitt of the Western Defense Command were both vested with the same authority to use Executive Order 9066 to address the Japanese problem but General DeWitt invoked that authority to forcefully evacuate 110,000 Japanese from the three Western states and incarcerate them in ten concentration camps in America’s wastelands, while on the other hand, General Emmons repeatedly deflected or ignored President Roosevelt’s orders to incarcerate them.

General Emmons’ actions and policies were guided and advised by local leaders like FBI Hawaii Chief Robert Shivers, G-2 COL Kendall Fielder, Honolulu Police Captain John Burns, Charles Hemenway, Leslie Hicks and Hung Wai Ching vouching for the loyalty of Hawaii’s Japanese and averting any plan of their incaceration. The Japanese on the West Coast unfortunately had no such community leaders to support them. So looking back at this strange twist of fate, all of Hawaii’s Japanese can thankfully say:  Lucky we live in Hawaii!

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http://uhalumni.org/s/1220/index.aspx?sid=1220&gid=1&pgid=439

Distinguished Alumni by Graduation Year

Key
FA UH Founders Alumni Association Award
DAA UHAA Distinguished Alumni Award
LA UH Founders Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award
* Deceased

Degrees are from UH Mānoa unless otherwise listed.

1910s

Leslie A. Hicks (BS ’17)* President, Hawaiian Electric Co., former UH regent. FA ’52.

William H. Meinecke (BS ’13)* UH registrar. FA ’51

1920s

Daniel K. ‘Ainoa (BS ’27)* Co-founder of Hawai‘i Government Employees Association. FA ’52

Gwenfread E. Allen (BA ’24)* Historian and author. FA ’67

Neal S. Blaisdell (Attended ’21-’23, ’27-’28)* Honolulu mayor. FA ’63

Laura P. Bowers (BA ’25)* Punahou School administrator. FA ’53

Hung Wai Ching (BS ’28)* Real estate developer, co-founder of Aloha Airlines, UH regent. FA ’54, LA ’89

Quan Lun Ching (BA ’28)* Insurance executive and schoolteacher. FA ’78

Ezra J. Crane (attended ’19-’21)* Editor, Maui News. Headed military intelligence on Maui during World War II. FA ’61

Carl Farden Sr. (BS ’25)* Hawai’i Sugar Planters Association chemist, UH regent. FA ’72

May K. Gay (BA ’23)* UH associate professor of health and physical education. Composed the UH alma mater. FA ’52

Baron Goto (BS ’24)* Agriculturist, UH professor and emeritus vice chancellor of East-West Center. FA ’53

Bernhard L. Hormann (BA ’27, MA ’31)* UH emeritus professor of sociology. FA ’58.

Doris K. M. Keppeler (BA ’24)* Pioneer instructor of Hawaiian culture, McKinley High School educator. FA ’54

Herbert A. Keppeler (BS ’24)* Civil engineer, Kamehameha Schools trustee, UH regent. FA ’69

Beatrice Krauss (BS ’26, MS ’30)* Ethnobotanist, educator author. FA ’56, DAA ’98

Richard K. C. Lee (attended ’27-’29)* UH dean and professor of public health. FA ’68

Richard Lyman Jr. (BS ’25)* Territorial and state senator, Kamehameha Schools trustee. FA ’75

Iwao Miyake (BS ’26, MS ’29)* UH emeritus professor of physics, acoustics authority. FA ’53

Jen Fui Moo (BA ’22)* Senior vice president/director of American Security Bank. FA ’57

Richard Penhallow (BS ’26)* Parker Ranch manager, UH regent. Helped establish Hawai’i Preparatory Academy and Parker School. FA ’59, DAA ’89

Richard H. Rice (BS ’28)* Vice president, Cooke Trust Co. FA ’64

Shunzo Sakamaki (BA ’27, MA ’28)* UH chair/professor of history. FA ’55

Theodore Pump Searle (BS  ’26)* UH athletics director, Honolulu Stadium promotion manager. FA ’55

Toma Tasaki (BS ’29) Public school administrator. FA ’70, FA ’83

Fortunato Teho (BS ’27)* UH emeritus specialist in agricultural publications and information. FA ’77

Masayuki Tokioka (BA ’25)* Businessman and philanthropist. Founded Island Insurance Companies. FA ’81, FA ’86

Masao Yamada (BA ’29)* Minister. Worked with community leaders to establish UH Hilo. FA ’80

Ah Hee Young (BA ’25)* Actress. Appeared in Hollywood productions as Soo Yong. FA ’62

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Wilfred Oka 1912-2009 was among our most auspicious rebels mid-century.

Ichiro Izuka 1911-2002, brainwashed by Ed Berman, was sour grapes vs. Jack Hall 1915-1971, whom Berman lost to in a leadership/power struggle. So Izuka disclosed communist party members in 1947, because Hall supported GOP Joe Farrington, Izuka falsely saying that Hall/ILWU were Soviet agents who sought to overthrow democratic entities here. Izuka’s disclosure via Izuka’s pamphlet resulted in DOE dismissal of John/Aiko Tokimasa Reinecke/Reluctant 39 vs. HUAC/Hawai’i 7 including Wilfred Oka 1912-2009 as defendant, later overturned on appeal. Oka was a dedicated labor leader, former YMCA instructor/swim coach, & later hired by Fasi born 1920 to P&R. Oka & Jack Kawano 1911-1984 organized laborers/longshoremen for ILWU long before Jack Hall came here. ‘Opihikao Kawano is the pivotal labor organizer. Like Izuka, Kawano retaliated vs. Hall for Frisco’s pick of Hall over Kawano to head ILWU, via anti-Jap hysteria. Kawano/Izuka were pariahs/outcasts because they retaliated vs. Hall by snitching to red baiters. Ichiro Izuka 1911-2002, Kaua’i ILWU/CIO mainstay, got mad at Jack Hall because johnny come lately Hall 1915-1970 stole the thunder away from Izuka & Izuka’s senpai/mentor Ed Berman, labor lawyer, who was defeated by Hall for leadership of the ILWU. Izuka’s mistake is that Izuka named Communist Party members in Izuka’s pamphlet 1937, just blowback vs. Hall. Jack Kawano 1912-1984 made the same mistake to blowback vs. Hall for taking the top post away from Kawano.

Here is Oka from 16 yrs. ago:

WILFRED OKA

Democratic Party Pioneer Puts His Unique Spin on the ’54 ‘Revolution

In late 1993 82-year-old Wilfred Oka fell ill for the first time in his life. After returning home from an operation, Oka passed out and had to be rushed back to the hospital. He remained unconscious for three days. When he awoke, he looked around and joked.  “Hey, where the hell am I anyway? And who are you?” he mugged, making the attending nurse laugh.  At least I still had my sense of humor,” Oka recalls with a kolohe grin. Me, I gotta’ laugh-at myself, at others. That’s the only way I can live. Besides, I can get away with murder by doing this.

For practically all his life, Oka has gotten away with murder with murder, using his quick wit and sharp tongue to poke at and to prod the assumptions of the pompous and narrow-minded. While still in the hospital, he gave a young doctor a quick attitude adjustment. “Eh Doc,” Oka called in his best pidgin English, “I can ask you something? You local boy, you Japanese, you third generation, you went to Burns School (of Medicine), yeah? Come, I tell you something. Take a good look at me. My name is Oka,” he began, drawing the doctor’s close attention. “If wasn’t for guys like us, no more this kind Burns school, you know? You guys would be hoe hana, digging ditches on the plantation. But I gonna’ tell you something else, too. As a doctor, you not there. There’s plenty old guys like us, we over the hill. Why don’t you give each one of us at least five minutes of your time. Give us counseling and guidance.

You treating me just like I’m one old fut. Yeah, I am an old fut. But, c’mon, give us a little more credit. We lived through all of this, you know. Guys our generation, we made the University of Hawai`i, we made the Richardson School (of law) and the Burns School.

You lucky you can go over there. So I’m gonna’ tell you something,” he concluded, leaning forward for emphasis. “I think I’m in good shape. I can turn around and I can kick your ass.”

The nurses who were within earshot of the exchange burst out in cheers.

Oka describes himself as an educator and self-styled satirist. His life has been dedicated to fighting a litany of liberal causes, and includes a longtime commitment to the Democratic Party. Oka’s life story, like his mercurial personality, would be impossible to capture, but a few vignettes may help to provide a glimpse into this feisty, yet engagingly whimsical, party pioneer.

As the head swim coach at the Nuuanu YMCA in 1939, Oka took his talent-laden team to the national championships on the Mainland. When his team and other teams comprised largely of ethnic minorities were only granted night access to the pool to train, Oka hit the roof.

He threatened to call a press conference and lead a boycott of the competition on the basis of discrimination. The organizers quickly caved in, afraid of the negative backlash. “Even more than winning the national championship, I viewed that as the major victory for us,” he reflects. “It opened the doors not only for Japanese Americans, but to Blacks and Mexican Americans as well.

The following year, Oka was chosen to represent the YMCA staff before the national board to argue for equal rights. He implored the YMCA to adopt the same standards as the YWCA, which he said had earlier instituted equal opportunity and equal pay for equal work politics.

Oka admits that his outspoken nature has not always served his own best interest.

While attending classes at Columbia University in 1940, for example, Oka believes the speeches he delivered denouncing the Japanese military probably cost him a fellowship to study at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Later, during the war, Oka worked for the federal government to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act. At the construction site of a bridge near Honolulu Airport, he discovered that Japanese workers were being paid only half as much as Caucasian workers. To dramatically make his point, Oka told one of the senior workers to gather 20 other AJAs on the crew together. He then confronted the contractor.  I told him to get 20 haole guys, and we’d challenge them to build this bridge.

We would have won hands down,” he scoffs. The case ultimately was decided through a hearing. The firm was cited and the laborers won their case.

Oka is best remembered for his role as the director of adult education for Nuuanu YMCA.

He worked out of an office located near the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Vineyard Boulevard. The building was owned by Takaichi Miyamoto. Next door, John A. Burns and Mitsuyuki Kido organized the work of the Emergency Service Committee during the war. That same office would later serve as Burns’ campaign headquarters.

Takaichi Miyamoto 1897-1981 was a true Democrat,” Oka states. Miyamoto was an early Japanese entrepreneur who managed to amass a respectable fortune through such enterprises as Pacific Liquors and by trading in Japanese goods. Oka would later run Miyamoto’s Bethel Street liquor store for him, and eventually bought the operation from him. He was a brilliant guy.

Miyamoto was closely involved with the Democratic Party at a very early stage, and enjoyed an especially close relationship with Honolulu Mayor John H. Wilson. One day Miyamoto called Oka over to his office and asked him to “go help Johnny Wilson. It was Oka’s first major political project. His first objective was to open up the Honolulu Fire Department to men of Japanese ancestry, so they cut a deal. If Wilson got elected, he would hire seven AJA firefighters. You’ve got to understand, back then we had to fight for things that are taken for granted these days.

Oka’s involvement in the labor movement and Mayor Wilson’s campaign preceded the rise of the so-called Burns Machine in the Democratic Party politics. “In my view, the guys who were the original organizers of the Democratic Party were people like (former Supreme Court Chief Justice ) Bill Richardson’s father, Chuck Mau, Mits Kido, Takaichi Miyamoto, Charlie Kauhane, Noble Kauhane,” he says. They were before the Burns guys. Oka also points out that the significance of the Hawaiian Homerule Party, which essentially merged with the Democratic Party, is too often overlooked. The other key element, Oka adds, is, “The real old-timers of the Democratic Party were motivated by the labor movement.” Although he was never employed by the union, Oka always maintained a close relationship with labor activists of his day. He worked to sign up Democrats from within the ranks of the ILWU, and helped to ghost write speeches and other materials for the union’s cause.

As a writer, Oka also penned a regular column for Koji Ariyoshi’s pro-labor weekly, The Honolulu Record, from its inception to its closure. Even in the genre of its writing a sports column, Oka says he sought out subjects affecting discrimination and economic hardships.

For example, he wrote about boxers getting killed and maimed in the ring, but who had no insurance. He interviewed Black pitcher Satchel Paige when he was in Hawai`i, when the general public did not even know who Satchel Paige was.

Oka believes he naturally developed his strong affinity for labor issues while he was growing up, simply by seeing the way Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Hawaiian workers were mistreated. As a youngster, he remembers taking food to strikers camped in tents at Aala Park. ” My father had an aku boat. My mother made musubi. Father made aku, and they used me to help deliver the food. That was my first impression– circumstances created me,” he reflects.

Later, Oka remembers going to Aala Park to listen to charismatic Filipino labor leader Pablo Manlapit speak.   I was a great follower of Pablo Manlapit,” he adds. But the main lesson to be learned through the early Filipino and Japanese strikes was that individual ethnic groups could not successfully organize separately. The ILWU created the greatest amalgamation, intercourse between ethnic groups, Oka insists.

In time, however, it seemed Oka’s fortunes moved in reverse order with the rise of the Burns group in the early ’50s. “The members of that so-called veterans group were like super patriots in those days; and they really let us have it. Anybody with labor connections was classified as a radical and a left-winger.” Although he long maintained precinct and district leadership roles within the party; Oka became a victim in the party’s move to rid its self of any labor affiliations. I got dumped by Dan Inouye as secretary for the Democratic Party by two votes. “I’ll never forget that. They went up and waved an American flag at the Democratic County Convention on Oahu. That was a key election, because Democratic Committee was controlled by Honolulu.”

Still, Oka smiles and say, “They (the Burns group, aided in large part by nisei veterans) did a good job. We (organized labor) still continued to help. I wouldn’t really call it a rift,” he says.

During the Statehood hearings, however, it seems as though the Democratic Party wished it had a broad, gaping rift between itself and labor. Oka remembers being put on the stand and asked over 100 questions, each attempting, somehow, to link the Democratic Party with labor activists. Oka refused to succumb to the Red-baiting tactics employed during the hearings by refusing to answer.

Most of Oka’s political life has been spent as an insider’s-outsider. In the landmark primary battle between Tom Gill and Kenny Brown for lieutenant governor, Oka again found himself squarely in the ranks of the dissident group.”I could understand what Burns wanted,” he reflects. He wanted to get the support of the so-called moderates, the bankers and the Big Five.

I saw Brown as a Republican, and I said so. I was right on the s-it list.

Oka recently stepped back into active Democratic Party politics. “I went to meeting recently was too intellectual for me,” said the learned gentlemen. “I couldn’t follow them.” As usual, a measure of sarcasm may have lurked below the surface of his demeanor. “Hey, I’m a pragmatist. You know what I believe? I believe we gotta’ go after the 18- to 35-year-old group, that’s what we really need to do. Not only Japanese, but the newer immigrant group like the Vietnamese, Laotians, the Thai, the Hmong  we gotta’ get those guys into the Democratic Party. The intellectual approach won’t work. We gotta’ do all over again what we used to do. Start with a small group, assign one guy to get five to 10 guys. Utilize the principle of concentric circles. One starts and then it ripples out. That’s what I’m after.”

http://www.scottfoster.org/40_Years_After.htm

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Inimitable upender of status quo nearly a century ago –Billy Bassett, Kanaka Johnny Wilson’s great speechwriter/aide de camp — Kanaka Johnny 1871-1956 is the first Hawaiian Democrat, per Bob Krauss 1924-2006

William K. Bassett, administrative assistant to the mayor of Hono-
lulu, falls into the category of those liberals who have aided and
abetted the Communists’ front publication, the Honolulu Record.
By serving as a columnist for the Record, he has imparted an aura
of respectability which the subversive publication does not deserve.
This definitely was not in the best interests of the people of Hawaii
or the Government of which he is an official. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/united-states-congress-house-committee-on-un-am/report-on-the-honolulu-record-tin/page-2-report-on-the-honolulu-record-tin.shtml

Koji Ariyoshi 1914-1976, editor of common laborer’s Honolulu Record, and Wilfred Oka were great admirers of firebrand William K. Bassett, their progenitor from a generation before.

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No, auspicious Rev. John Young 1902-1990 is Scot, not Chinese. Young was disinherited from wealth by his NYC Scot father because Young served the unwashed/unclean Chinese of society, per Social Gospel. It is no secret that Young’s effeminate manners/ways turned off his nail-tough papa. Post-1920 born plantation kids had the blessing of a high school diploma, unlike pre-1920 born kids who were shackled by Big 5 exclusion from further public schooling after the 6th grade [for kids born pre-1912] & after the 8th grade [for kids born between 1912-1919], of yogore/dirty-feet kids. Which is why our 442 boys, 9 out of 10 of our 442 enlistees born 1920 & after [such as Ted Tsukiyama born 1920, & Isamu Kanekuni born 1921, both still razor sharp], armed with the all-powerful/ultra-potent high school diploma [comparable to college degree 70 yrs. ago], are full-on snotballs/snobs, unlike their spiritually resurgent antecedents, namely our 100th Batt. conscripts, ergo buddaheads born 1918 & before [conscripts had to be at least 23 yrs. old in the draft 1940-1941], blue collar boys who were deprived of a high school diploma. Of course, the 100th Batt., attached as the 1st Batt. of the later 442 RCT [enlistees made up 2nd/3rd Batt. of 3 batt. 442 RCT], was the greatest fighting unit in the 442, & the 100th was the backup in the rescue of the Alamo Lost Battalion. Look at our 442 boys, especially our rubber necker current leaders/exemplars like Tsukiyama/Kanekuni above, and like longtime State Prexy & Waiakea Houselot native Uncle Willy Okino Thompson born 1924, & Uncle Willy’s boys in the ‘hood like Ed Ichiyama/Tsukasa Ishii/Moriso Teraoka — all punks/snotts — it’s amazing how a high school diploma generates self-congratulatory behavior/egomania. Contrast such self-indulgent ego-stroking mania among our post-1920 born snobs with our pre-1920 born humble pies, incredibly magnanimous chaps like LA’s Jack Wakamatsu 1918-2002 & braggart John Ushijima’s [John 1924-2006] older brah/100th veteran Shigeru Ushijima 1918-2009. Night/day, brah’. Our social climber/status tripper Hawaii Herald buddahead publication sadly fast patterns itself after our Tsukiyamas/Ichiyamas of the post-1920 born brats/snobs. Look at great haoles like Heco’s Leslie Hicks/UH founder Charles Hemenway — Hicks grew up here among the unwashed/unclean of society & went to all-local McKinley High, among the tiniest few haoles at an all-local school, & Hicks went to Hemenway’s UH, Hicks 20 yrs. younger than Hemenway [Charles 1875-1947 is guru of Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002]. Hemenway’s only child Charley died tragically in 1922, and Hemenway [born of the same Pilgrim roots like our missionaries, & like Star Bulletin’s Walter Farrington/C&C-Merchant St. godfather Frank Atherton/Naval bastion Walt Dillingham] hanai’d [spiritually took in] Hung Wai Ching as his own prodigal son. All of which explain why Hicks/Hemenway [our dynamic He-Men] were willing to die for the unwashed/unclean of society, the typecast scoundrels of the poor/tenements such as our Asian immigrant progeny so villified by the Mr. Hydes of the rich/powerful [like Lorrin A. & Lorrin P. Thurston].

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Buddhism eliminates suffering, Christianity eliminates sin, Islam eliminates selfish pride [bow down to the ground]. Buddhism nails abject poverty, Christianity nails lifestyle, and Islam nails abuse. Poverty ameliorated via Eastern meditation, sin averted via 10 Commandments/code of behavior, abuse averted via proper instruction. Thence, patience an Eastern ideal, abstinence from vice a Western ideal, harmony a Muslim ideal.

Christian backslides of personal narcissism/amplified guilt, form over function, judging a book by its cover, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorian_Gray_syndrome

Dorian Gray Syndrome (DGS) denotes a cultural and societal phenomenon characterized by an excessive preoccupation with the individual’s own appearance accompanied by difficulties coping with the aging process and with the requirements of maturation. Sufferers of Dorian Gray Syndrome are heavy users of cosmetic medical procedures and products in an attempt to preserve their youth. Dorian Gray Syndrome is not recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

The name alludes to Oscar Wilde’s famous novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Elmer Davis 1890-1958 was among the great reporters of the 20th century, astride Edward R. Murrow 1908-1965. Davis ID’d w/the down & outers of society, namely, Jack Dempsey, Billy Sunday, David [vs. Goliath], & of all improbables, the 442 RCT, who regard Davis as the messiah who lockstepped w/Hung Wai Ching for combat formation of the 100th/442, & who revulsed at re-classifying Nisei/2nd generation U.S. citizens as “enemy aliens.

Ike’s youngest brother Milt Eisenhower 1899-1985 & Dillon Myer 1891-1982 as internment heads WWII actually were beneficent to Nikkei internees, both empathetic because of their agriculture backdrops/specialties [kotonks were farmers, relegated to rural expanses by social/racial stratification].

Ellis Zacharias 1890-1961 was Japan-phile who taught Cecil Coggins ONI WWII counter-espionage that Nikkei here were loyal Americans. Zacharias was instrumental in forming the 442 RCT for combat duty.

Army G-2 counter-espionage Moses Pettigrew/Rufus Bratton were great supporters of our Nikkei as loyal Americans. Moses had commanded Nisei here in 1938, before WWII, just as Wooch Fielder did w/our 298th National Guard pre-WWII. Moses & Wooch were our greatest proponents for combat formation of Nisei soldiers, Moses being the first military man to propose this, in early 1942, on top of Hung Wai Ching’s exhortation to military leaders immediately after the Pearl Harbor bombing for combat formation of our Nisei soldiers.

Yes, Zacharias was southern Jew like Advertiser’s George Chaplin. Zacharias was isolated from his contempos because of his stance vs. Admiral Kimmel Pearl Harbor incident.

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Walter Victor’s magnanimity: Our greatest-ever youth enabler Walter Victor paid for tuition for his St. Joseph School athletes. Contrary to public opinion, as current guru Don Pakele born 1944 clarifies, St. Joseph School started giving tuition waivers only during Don Pakele’s era & after, ergo long after Walter Victor died.

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No, Don Pakele’s era as coach 3 decades ago, not Don’s era as outstanding athlete 1962. Don is among the rarest few of our prepsters who converted from hoops center at 6’3″ St. Joseph High to point guard in college ball. Don a legend amongst us, both in sports and life.

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Castle & Cooke boss Joseph Ballard Atherton 1837-1903 started Springfield MA’s YMCA here, expanded by his son Frank Atherton 1878-1945, who integrated our YMCA/is messiah to Asian immigrant progeny/was Merchant St. godfather WWI-WWII eras. Frank had Lloyd R. Killam 1885-1981 integrate our YMCA starting in 1912, Lloyd had Leigh Hooley 1898-1982 & Scot John Young 1902-1990 replace Lloyd in 1924. Curtis Iaukea, 30 yrs. Lloyd’s senior, was our walking Jesus among the teeming masses & a remarkable inspiration to us all. Leigh Hooley quipped once about Maui’s Harry Baldwin [A&B founder Henry’s son], 27 yrs. Leigh’s senior, cutting in line at the plantation barber shop to cut his hair, pissing off all the plantation laborers waiting in line to cut their hair. Leigh vowed to help the powerless brown-yellow complexioned laborers attain some semblance of dignity, & brusquely called Harry to the mat on it. Harry, a Jesus-fearer at heart [missionary roots], promised that Harry would be more sensitive to the plight of the powerless. Leigh used some vim/vigor afflict the comfortable/comfort the afflicted. Old Testament ingredients to reform Harry Baldwin.

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GOP Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954 preceded GOP Neal Rusty Blaisdell 1902-1975 [our greatest GOP leaders — altruists all the way] 

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1. Ever-popular handsome Joe Farrington was our delegate to Congress 1942-1954 [died of massive heart attack in D.C. while in office]. Rusty Blaisdell was O`ahu mayor 1954-1968 [did not run for re-election; was burnt out at City Hall at age 65]. Hung Wai Ching’s older alter ego was Joe, not peer Rusty. Hung Wai was aligned w/Merchant St. oligarchs/
Congregational Punahou alumni. Rusty’s reference points were the Abe Lincoln GOP/St. Louis High alumni. Hung Wai’s haoles contrasted with Rusty’s locals. Different gangs. Joe Farrington had elite advisors Hung Wai [Yale divinity grad; Congregational pastor aligned w/powerful Union Theological Seminary in N.Y.]/Kats Kometani [dentist/sportsman]/Mas
Marumoto [legal scholar/Harvard grad]. Rusty had grassroots entrepreneur Angel Maehara of Maui [baby brother of baseball icon Iron Maehara].

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2. But heart-to-heart, Joe Farrington was egalitarian/altruistic like Rusty Blaisdell. Joe’s death presaged the rise of popular GOP successor leader, Rusty Blaisdell.

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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 but a micron reminiscent of Kuhio/Joe Farrington, nowhere
passionate as them about society’s underclass/outcasts, nowhere reassuring as them a la
fireside/BBQ chats, but a centrist/moderate who caters to majority rule, some say tyranny of the majority [dismiss individual rights/liberties]. 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 1905-2002 [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 Tanaka was born in 1915, his flashover to Jack Burns’ Dem Party came from Scrub’s brother’s shooting of an Iberian 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 Luso
noisebox/talking head Frank De Luz, who comes from Dem Scrub Tanaka’s home district Honoka`a. Like current talking heads Gerald De Mello/Larry Balberde/etc. & deceased tarantaran Butchie Castro who lord[ed] 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.

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Hawai`i Democrats
1. Thomas Jefferson/Andrew Jackson [Old Hickory/resilient] Dem philosophy birth 2 centuries
ago.
2. A century after, 1902, intriguing bent in Hawai`i, monarchs/brothers Kuhio/Kawananakoa split into 2 parties to perpetuate their Hawaiian culture, Kuhio w/GOP & Kawananakoa w/Dems. Kawananakoa understudies Kalapana/Hilo firebrand Joseph Nawahi [1842-1896] & Joe’s neighbor Henry West, & Kawananakoa becomes the symbolic father of our Hawai`i Democratic Party. Kuhio becomes our longest-serving Delegate to Congress, 1902-1922, via GOP banner. Kawananakoa dies in 1908, & fearless alter egos/kanaka maoli Joe Fern/Johnny Wilson/Billy Jarrett lead Dems thru the new century. GOP pariah-turned-Dem Link McCandless [not a team player] becomes
sweet Wilson’s arch-nemesis.
3. Hilo’s West gives life to our Dem Party, & O`ahu’s teddy bear Johnny Wilson oversees Hilo haole Gus Supe/kanaka Sarah Todd Cunningham & her Luso hubby Tom/Clem Akina [Buster Crabbe’s stepdad]/Luso Frank Serrao/retailer Milburn Gregory/buddaheads Dr. Ernest Kuwahara [1899-1982 father of AJA Dems, not Scrub Tanaka 1915-2006]/Seichi Morita/Rich Imai/Tetsuo Morinoue/Charles Otani/Hardy Shimizu/Tom Okino/also frontiersman late arrival -1930- atty. Martin Pence. Self-gloating Scrub is post-WWII primal Dem, not pre-WWII. Fellow inflated/ibaru Dem Yasuki Arakaki 1917-2005 [should’ve humbled himself a la Kea`au mentors Morita/Morinoue] is the ILWU Dem loyalist [remember that our ILWU was GOP, not Dem, pre-Statehood 1959].
4. Jack Burns [1909-1975] is genro/venerated statesman to our Dem buddaheads, & Burns steered Hawai`i to Statehood in 1959. Statehood resulted in exponential growth/affluence. Jack’s trinity strategy to Statehood consisted of letting Alaska become the 49th State, w/Hawai`i piggybacking as the 50th State, via Jack’s first two points that 1) once detached/non-contiguous State Alaska was accepted into the Union, mid-Pacific island State Hawai`i also would be accepted; 2) once labor union-heavy Alaska was accepted, so too would agitator-heavy [ergo, ILWU’s Jack Hall] Hawai`i be accepted. Jack’s third point rested on the feats of our 442nd/100th Batt. boys, that although Hawai`i was Asian-populated [aka J_ps], our buddahead boys proved our loyalty to
America. U.S. Senate judiciary chairman James Eastland of Miss. saw our matchless fidelity at Eastland’s Camp Shelby Miss., & was convinced of our worth, despite Eastland’s populist anti-J_p pronouncements. Congress bosses LBJ & LBJ’s mentor Sam Rayburn [Sen. prexy/House speaker] told Jack, “Johnny [Burns], your [AJA] boys rescued our Alamo Lost Battallion, among the greatest feats in military
history! We Texans will never forget how indebted we are to your boys. Welcome to our great Union [U.S.]!”

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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.

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Inspirations [William Jennings Bryan/Thomas Jefferson]

The 1925 Scopes trial capstone is that prosecutor Bryan railed vs. racial hegemony [white is
clean, black is dirty][social darwinism/master race]. Defense atty. Darrow extolled progressive
enlightenment, yet Bryan revoked the heresy that Negroes were monkeys.

Our Johnny Wilson’s hero was Bryan [Bryan College] [everybody’s equal — Matthew 26:28].

Bryan’s hero was Thomas Jefferson [Declaration of Independence –life, liberty, pursuit of
happiness]. Joe Farrington’s hero was Lincoln [with malice toward none; with charity for all].

Jack Burns’ hero was St. Thomas Aquinas [the common good of “order” is shared equally– all should have equal opportunity–Summa Theologica II-II q. 25 6 ad 2].

St. Thomas Aquinas’ secular references were Plato & Aristotle.

Pablo Manlapit’s heroes were Jose Mercado Rizal & Jefferson. Ben Menor’s heroes were Jefferson & Lincoln. Shigeo Yoshida’s was Charles Hemenway. Hilo assimilationist Kango Kawasaki’s was Marcus Aurelius. Manuel Pacheco’s was ubiquitous Johnny Wilson. Wilson was no Disraeli/Garibaldi/Cicero/Robespierre/Lili`uokalani. Wilson was down-home cooking, campfire comfy Andrew Jackson/noble savage Rousseau/courageous Voltaire.

Mentors/positive role models incredibly rich tradition of larger-than-life inspirations. Walt Dods’ is kanaka Johnny Bellinger. Kansas prairie boys Del Metzger/Martin Pence were inspired by Old Hickory Andrew Jackson, as was Missouri’s Harry Truman. Lincoln’s hero was Kentucky abolitionist/Whig Henry Clay.

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Great leader/statesman Fuchu Hara of Kapi’olani St. [by Kuku’au St.] born 1929 [older brothers were engineers, one of whom worked for titular Sunn/Low firm] was inspired by Beans Afook in hoops [organized/regimented scientifically] & Froggie Yoneda in football [managed players well — all players loved Froggie].    Afook & Yoneda were geniuses who devised their own plays in their charts in the wee hours of morning [get up like a lightning bolt with an idea at 1 or 2 a.m. to chart a play].

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