Curtis is a lifelong resident of Hilo [Wainaku sugar plantation Mill Camp’s Ha’aheo Elem. School product] who writes about the old plantation days and bygone era of village life.
Dear Mr. Narimatsu
Your name came up in some research that I have been doing,in regards to William Doc Hill.He is a great-uncle of mine and I have been interested in his life stories.I had read that you have written about him and the old days and thought maybe you would have some stories about him,or if you knew if anyone had done a book about his life on the island.I had an aunt who lived in Moscow Idaho many years ago,who showed me a Time magazine article on the orchids that were flown to Macy’s in New York and I became interested in his life.
If there is anyone who could help me,or someplace to look I would appreciate your help. Thank you for your time. Monty Hill
I came across some of your writings regarding Hawaiian martial artists Okazaki Seishiro & Tanaka Yoshimatsu/Kichimatsu via the Big Island Chronicle. I’ve been a student of Danzan-ryu in Oakland, CA for the last 15 or so years, and I’ve got a bit of a historical bent. I’m always in search of any new tidbits about Okazaki’s & Danzan-ryu’s history–I was actually doing some preliminary research about Okazaki’s residencies to help me find him in the newly-released 1940 Census records.
I was really surprised to see you mention Tanaka–I’ve always been somewhat fascinated with him–as you put it–“the man who created Okazaki.” If you have any further notes or other data you’d care to share, I’d be very grateful to learn anything new about Tanaka.
You also mentioned Wo Chong–another of Okazaki’s very influential, yet little-known teachers. To this day it’s debated in the DZR community which art he may have taught Okazaki. In fact, I don’t think anything is really known about him other than his name, though even that basic fact is in dispute. Anything you might know regarding him would be very welcome–even a direction in which to search would be far more than I have now.
Either way, I know this is a lot to ask, so no worries if you don’t have the time or inclination to share any of this stuff, especially with a complete, out-of-the-blue stranger. But again, if you do have anything to share, I would appreciate it very much!
Thanks for your time in reading this,
A little bit of everything here, for thought.
I’ll be back.
Hi Curtis – Very Interesting stuff. You’ve written a couple times on here and on another site about my grandfather Amos Ignacio. I’m intrigued by what I’m reading and would like to know more if you are willing.
Mr. Narimatsu, enjoyed your summary on Steinbeck. Thank You.
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