John Ushijima 1924-2006: Among our best-ever solons, but beset as our most flagrant self-gainer

 

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John Ushijima 1924-2006 (family here from Shinmachi, then Ponahawai St. makai of today’s Salvation Army — Lili’uokalani Lane extension)

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2010/11/09/dispatches-from-curt-%e2%80%94-kenoi-versus-the-hawaii-county-council/#comment-51456

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The sad state of our inherent human condition [jealousy/greed/avarice] —  John Ushijima was 1922-born Nel Doi’s campaign chair, but when John chose to run for State Sen. upon Statehood 1959, Doi went ballistic at John’s come-uppance vs. elder/leader Doi.  As it turns out, Ushijima also upended Doi in legislative legacy to become among our best-ever solons (though in lockstep with alter ego Najo Yoshinaga 1919-2009), though the ignominious distinction for Ushijima is that Ushijima also is our most egregious self-profiting solon.

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Paradox is that Ushijima has no kids/no bills-debts, so why be our worst profiteer in the legislative history of the Hawaiian Islands?   Life is a contradiction, and Ushijima is its poster boy.   Ushijima’s wife Marge is high-nosed like ruffian John, both salt of the earth who self-imaged as sh*t no stink, so to speak.   Sad exemplification of our human lot.

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Wayne Metcalf born July 1952 is among our greatest House Reps [Maui’s Elmer Cravalho born 1926 the greatest — Maui leads the way because of its independence & not gang mentality], Wayne is Ushijima’s protege, but Wayne himself is a gangsta’ who excludes instead of includes [the common lot].  Exclusive as in Beverly Hills.   Wayne tore into GOP Merle Nishimura Lam where she felt her life was in danger/at risk.   The underbelly of politics, mind you.   Mindful/heartful — Tadao Beppu the big bear, former House Speaker 1968-1974, loving and full-on lovable.

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2010/11/09/dispatches-from-curt-%e2%80%94-kenoi-versus-the-hawaii-county-council/#comment-51556

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John Ushijima 1924-2006 was Jekyll/Hyde like us all.  He was my dearest Dad’s “baby bruddah” in the 442, John a good soldier [highest accolade albeit its simplicity], John from Cannon Co. under Najo Yoshinaga’s steerage, Najo 1919-2009.  You ever met John’s actual older brother Shigeru 1918-2009?  John ever the A-hole wagamama ibaru [self-serving blowhard], humblest Shigeru a great warrior [original 100th Batt. conscript, youngest of original gang, our famed Purple Heart Batt. WWII].   And into old age, John never intimated/talked w/dearest older bruddah’ Shigeru.  Yet Shigeru Buddha’s/Jesus’ alltime hero, not greaseball/Standard Oil bigtime leakage John the Abhorrent.   But in the 442, John was a good soldier/boy, deferential to the chain of command/chronological wisdom.   You ever spoke w/Mac Villaverde 1929-2010, a greaseball prodigy of John?   To Mac, John was God.   And yet, Galahad/Egalitarian Emeritus Ray Suefuji 1928-2004 was John’s buddy, though wheeler dealer self-profiting solon/gambler Rich Jitchaku 1913-2007 also was John’s compad/tomodachi/ pal (but Rich benefactor to Rich’s baby bro’ pool shark Houseman Jitchaku & Lincoln Wreckers furyoshonen/teen toughies of Lincoln Park tenement area).   John’s acolytes incl. the Leitheads [altruists Scotty born 1949/Bobby Jean Todd born 1952]/Ewa Beach’s Wayne Metcalf born 1952.   John’s salt of the earth wife Marge from Laupahoehoe high-nosed like former hard scrabble John.   Yeah, they forgot where they came from,  John from tenement Shinmachi/Osorio tract area, Marge from the rural boonies.   Like despot Weinberg, they are posthumous heroes via tax break philanthropy [they had no kids, no bills][Weinberg disinherited his only son].    And yet, John Ushijima is the most self-profiting solon in the history of the Hawaiian Islands.    Leithead’s adopted kids Scotty/baby sis Bobby Jean [half-Nippon] not saturated w/avarice/caprice like John.

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