Saturday, March 8, 2014

Greater Alumni News

The Iolani Alumni Association welcomed all alumni back to campus for the Spring Pau Hana in the recently opened Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. After an inspiring welcome from Head of School Timothy R. Cottrell, PH.D,  alumni were provided the opportunity to  tour the new Sullivan Center, learn what's new at Iolani and reconnect and network with fellow alumni. Complimentary beverages and pupus were the highlight of the event. 

Pictured above are Rag Scanlon '59, Francis Wong, Thomas Wong, Mike Young '64 (Iolani Alumni Association 60's Decade Director), Bob Mumper and Warren Ho.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Keeping You In the Loop

1-16-2014 via Mo Lai
Honored for donating more than 100 pints of blood, Howard Lee and Mo Lai got to pose with Crystal Lee, Miss Hawaii, and a young boy, who was a recipient of blood donations.
 1-31-14 via Emmett Yoshioka
In the current Diamond Head Theatre’s production of “Stepping Out”, My wife, Judy plays an opinionated curmudgeon of a piano player who accompanies a group of people wanting to learn tap dancing in England. She steals the show with her prowess on the piano and as an actress. The play needed a jazzy finale, so I volunteered to compose one for the show. So I composed an original piece with my lyricist from Los Angeles and got program credit as well. The piece is called “Steppin’ Out”.

9/12/2013 via Milt OshiroJust got back from a short trip to Portland and San Francisco. Took a ride down to Half Moon Bay and visited Allen Nako's gift shop there called the Quail Run. He was not in the shop but Maddie and I got to talk to his sweet wife Susan who was at the shop. I did talk to him on the phone and had a nice chat with him.
2-24-14 via Milt Oshiro
Maddie and I went on Norwegian Cruise Lines inter-island cruise on it's "Pride of America" ship during the week of Feb. 1st  --  8th.  On Kauai we had a wonderful two hour breakfast with Creighton Fujii, our classmate whom I had not seen since graduation 1961.  That was 53 and 1/2 years ago.  We had a great time catching up on news about each other.  Creighton was so hospitable and generous.  I encouraged him to keep in touch with us.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Getting The Word Out! Via Dr. Morris Lai

Here is a link to the web video on the College of Ed CRDG produced book Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy:

Please post wherever possible and share with as many people as possible via email and social media as soon as possible. The book has just been released.
The story is also posted on the UH System homepage
Thank you to Helen Au of CRDG for bringing the book to our attention after I spoke at last week Thursdayʻs UH Mānoa communicators meeting. The production of this video would not have been possible without her drive, guidance and timely responses.

Also, please take the time to view the video. It was a very unique project. The Media Production office has produced 147 videos since video operations started 18 months ago and this is probably our proudest achievement.
Thank you and Happy Holidays,

Daniel Meisenzahl
Director of Media Production
External Affairs and University Relations
University of Hawaii System
2444 Dole Street, Bachman Annex 2
Honolulu, HI  96822
Phone:  (808) 956-5941
Cell: (808) 348-4936
Fax:  (808) 956-3441
“It’s the story about how one man, could do so much, despite the very trying circumstances,” said Morris Lai, principal investigator for the book, published by the Curriculum Research and Development Group of the UH Mānoa College of Education. Reflections of Honor is based on Komori’s hand written journal, an oral history interview and declassified army documents.

Arthur Komori, a Nisei from Hawai‘i, was one of two Japanese Americans recruited to the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) to pose as Japanese sympathizers and spy on Japan’s activities in Manila in the months leading up to World War II. When the war started, this Nisei served his country as a translator and undercover agent both on the front lines and behind the scenes in General MacArthur’s headquarters, even while at home over 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned in relocation camps.

More than just a spy, Komori’s varied responsibilities also included interrogating prisoners of war and helping to train new linguist recruits and prepare them for work in the Pacific. Komori was also with MacArthur when he retook the Philippines and was in Tokyo Bay to witness the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Powers. Fortunately, Komori recorded his story in journals, reports, and even poetry. This long overdue account of a decorated Military Intelligence Hall of Fame inductee reveals an important chapter in the history of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Way to go Francis Wong!

It was reported in the '61 Classnotes Section of the Fall 2013 Iolani School Bulletin, that Francis Wong ('61) and other members of his team Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii won the Oahu District Tennis Championships for Men's 7.0 Over 55 and advanced to the to the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Sectional Playoffs   which were to be held in September where teams from the neighbor islands would compete. 

The team which included Francis and  two other Iolani connected members, Walter Fo ('64) and Worldster Lee won the tennis Sectional championships and will go on to represent the Pacific Section of the United States Tennis Association at the National Championships in April 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. Not a small accomplishment with a team with an average age of 70 years old hanging in there and beating teams with much younger players.

This is huge in this blogger's opinion. Many of us with old knees can go forward but this  quick side to side stuff, backward and forward hustling , stop and go movements plus the skill of swinging a racket places these guys in a special fitness category all their own. If I were the owner of a  company that made Glucosamine/Chrondroitin tablets for joint, I would definitely sign these guys up to do my commercials.

Worldster is not an Iolani alumnus but he is a member of the Iolani Philantropists Circle and along with  Francis, and Walter has had a youngster who graduated  with the Iolani Class of 1998.

Worldster Lee is back row-left end; Walter Fo ('64) is back row-right end; Francis Wong is front row  second from right.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Milton and Maddie Oshiro stepped up for the second year in a row to organize an  Iolani Class of ’61 presence at Diamond Head Theatre’s production of Cabaret on Sunday Oct 6, 2013.

The show itself was outstanding . However, an entertaining show in itself was watching the all female band and the musical director '61 classmate Emmett Yoshioka dressed in drag conducting the band like a field commander ....keeping the show moving with the music....conducting with his right hand and simultaneously playing on the keyboard with his left hand.. Throughout the performance Emmett also played the sax, flute and clarinet. Judy Yoshioka also performed with the band. 

Attending were Ken and Jennifer Lee, Morris and Lorna Lai, Warren and Anita Ho, Steve and Ginny Sato, Mike and Lorrie Chun, Steve and Kathy Takaki, Ken and Lynn Nakasone, Bob Mumper and Becky Rosenberg, Jim and Sue Miyashiro, Milt and Maddie Oshiro and Cliff Uejio. 

The group gathered at Happy Day on Waialae Avenue  afterwards for  fabulous Chinese cuisine, conversation and fellowship. 

Sitting: Lynn Nakasone, Mo Lai, Lorna Lai
Standing: Ken Nakasome, Warren Ho Lorrie Chun, Mike Chun, Bob Mumper, Becky Rosenberg

1st row: Lorrie Chun, Steve Takaki, Kathy Takaki, Maddie Oshiro, Sue Miyashiro, Judy Yoshioka
2d row: Warrren Ho, Jim Miyashiro, Emmett Yoshioka, Milton Oshiro, Bob Mumper, Ken Lee, Jennifer Lee

Front: Anita Ho, Clifford Uejio, Steve Sato, Ginny Sato
Back: Emmett Yoshioka, Judy Yoshioka, Warren Ho

Sitting: Steve Takaki, Kathy Takaki, Maddie Oshiro, Sue Miyashiro, Jennifer Lee
Standing: Lorrie Chun, Warren Ho, Jim Miyashiro, Milton Oshiro, Bob Mumper, Ken Lee

Emmett Yoshioka  participating in a question and answer session at the end of the performance

Judy Yoshioka

Judy and Emmett Yoshioka

All photos except for the last  are via Mike Chun.

Monday, September 16, 2013