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Last Update:  3/28/24

Roland Leong' s Celelbration of Life - Honolulu





Roland Leong, R.I.P.  (12/29/23)




Milton Soo, R.I.P. (7/4/23)







• E-mail from Dickie Lau:  ... 


You’ve got a new RSVP

Dickie Lau replied  No.
“Because I'm undergoing chemotherapy for my cancer, I am very susceptible to infections like colds, flu or covid, so I have to avoid groups of people even though I would otherwise love to attend. You can share this message with everyone there and give them my warmest Aloha, Dick Lau”



Local news primarily for those living off-island:






• E-mail from Mike Miyamoto: " ... Mahalo, and I hope all is well with you guys too. I see you've been busy working hard at the Fair—good for you. We've been helping out here with the local food bank, meals-on-wheels, soup kitchen, and campus ministry.....until we can't anymore (we've gone past our "best if used by" date.


Mike ..."



• Email from From Reed Taylor:: .. ".   OMG You folks look so young!!

I have just moved to my retirement community's Assisted Living facility.  My new mailing address is  

Reed Taylor 

725 Renaissance Drive, Apt. 210

Williamsville, NY 14221

My phone number stays the same, (716) 631-5565.

Thanks for staying in touch!


Reed ..."



• The Class of 1962 now has the distinction of being  "the oldest participating Alumni" at the Iolani Family Fair, an honor previously held by the class of 1960.  

• Congratulation to Miles Kawatachi, who is now "signed-on" to our website. He's excited about being able to now, stay current with the goings-on with his fellow Classmates. He has a lot to catch-up,



New $10M Student Center announced: 



E-mail from Richard Ho:

" ... Indeed there were so much to be thankful.

Yesterday, I joined my hk old classmates for lunch where we had goose instead of thurkey. Twelve of us added up to close to 1000 years old, ranging from 78 to 84. The big difference was due to WW2, which disrupted a few s education. Attached  pictures of  a couple of dishes we had.😄

Richard Ho..."





E-mail from REED TAYLOR:

"... To all in the Class of '62!  

At 87, I'm still up and running--well, at least limping around on my walker.  I swim a mile each morning, and "teach" three classes using dvd lectures in the "Great Courses" series--American Lit. (of course--remember "Shreds of Moss"), History of China, and Understanding Russia (or at least trying to).  Each weekly class has 12-32 fellow residents of my retirement community.  I enjoy leading the spirited discussion after showing the lecture.  

O how I wish I could be enjoying Hawaiian life instead of 7-foot Buffalo snow!  Actually, I am visiting my daughter's family in Cincinnati for Thanksgiving, together with my other daughter's family who came down from Hartford CT.   Good fun, good food, and good FAMILY!  Yesterday we did an "escape room" (a submarine adventure!), followed by seeing "Wakanda Forever," sequel to The Black Panther.  Amazing!!

With grateful hearts let us enjoy the life given to us, and do what we can to make life better for others.

Aloha pumehana,

Reed ..."








October 2022


‘Iolani School’s accomplishments last year were made possible thanks to the tremendous support from our many donors, alumni, families and friends. This Report of Giving for the 2021–22 school year shares our gratitude for every gift we received and the many ways you have contributed to our mission.

Whether it was continuing a legacy, creating an impact, or as an expression of gratitude, thousands of supporters gave to our school so that students, faculty and families could thrive. We are thankful for every gift and proud to recognize and honor all who helped sustain ‘Iolani’s excellence in this Report of Giving, now available online here.



‘Iolani School | 563 Kamoku Street | Honolulu, HI 96826 | Ph: (808) 949-5355 | Email: info@iolani.org
Copyright © 2022 'Iolani School, All rights reserved.





Reconnected today with Mark Kennedy. He's  presently the Organist at St Clement's Episcopal Church on Wilder Ave. We had fun reminiscing those Grade 1-6 years at Iolani. 
If you're in the Maliki area, you can find him doing his thing every Sunday at both 8:00 am and 10:15 am worship services. I'm sure he would love to see you  

      Colin Leong.                                                                                           Mark Kennedy 




e-mail from Reed Taylor:

"... Thanks for sharing.  You all look great!

At 87, I swim a mile each morning and teach classes three days a week (actually I play the "Great Courses" dvd for a half hour and then lead the discussion).  Still driving--esp. a half hour to downtown Buffalo Sundays for church.  Had a week with a Covid "breakthrough" despite double vaxxing and double boosting, with no lingering after-effects.

Real da kine Hawai'ian weather here--83 degrees and just a bit of "liquid sunshine" to keep my geraniums alive.  Below is a press photo of our retirement community's patio homes.  Mine is two or three houses to the right, outside the photo.

With fond memories,

Reed ..."  8/6/22


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Congratulations to Robynne Maii, daughter of Jennie & Alan Maii ('62), for winning the 2022 JAMES BEARD AWARD FOR BEST CHESF: NORTHWEST & PACIFIC. What an amazing accomplishment!



https://www.midweek.com/robynne-maii/        (7/13/22)





Received the following email from Mr. Molison's daughter:

" Hello Friends of Dr. Robert Molison, 

This is his daughter, Laura Olmedo, writing to you.   I'm sorry to announce that Dad passed away on Jan 9th at his home.  His obituary is found online if you google Robert Molison obituary Dignity Memorial.  I tried to copy/paste the link but it wasn't working for some reason.   He was very well loved and respected by so many.  My email is trilaura2001@yahoo.com  and my Mom is at amolison@comcast.net.  Or you can write to her at Ann Molison, c/o The Winslow, 909 Centre Ave, Ft Collins, CO 80526.    Services are TBD but sometime in the spring or summer in Fort Collins, CO

Again, I'm sorry to pass along this sad news.  Dad spoke so highly of the Iolani School and his time there.   He has a clarinet in his closet and I am under the assumption it's the same one from that time.  He treasured it.


Laura "




Congratulations to John Ishikawa on completing the Sacramento Marathon aka the 38th ANNUALCALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON on December 5, 2021.

Well done, John. What an acoomplishment!



Condolences and Expressions of Sympathy can be communicated toTamami (Walt's widow) via TEXT or E-MAIL:

(808) 497-0029

• lanisachi55@gmail.com



Creighton Kudo & Milton Tsuda shared the following e-mail from Tamami Muraoka...

Dear Creighton (Milton)

Hi,I’m Tamami Muraoka. 

It's been a month since walter passed away on October 20th. He came back yesterday in ashes.

I apologize for the delay in informing you.

We were to have celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on December 8.

We were reminded of that day when his dearest friend was present.

We wanted to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary this year by having the members of that day get together and spend some time together over dinner.

He talked, laughed, ate, and drank wine until midnight the day before he died.

I thought he had a little more time left in him.

I had hoped to meet you all while he was still alive and well.

I'm so sorry that it didn't happen and that I couldn't meet you guys. I wanted to give him one last chance to see and talk to you guys.

I think he had a very happy life at Iolani School, where he met some of his most treasured friends. I always looked forward to seeing all of his classmates. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always taking care of him and me. 

I deeply thank you for your lasting friendship with Walter and would like to send my best wishes to you and your family.


Tamami Muraoka




Just received the following email from Joe Davis


1070 Albion Street

San Diego, CA 92106

Aloha Colin, 
I am reaching out to the ‘Iolani ‘Ohana to let you know my wife of 50 years Linda passed Sunday evening. All three children were here at home. The cancer was too much to handle. She died with dignity and grace. There is no way to describe her loss to me, and I will cherish our time together forever. My aloha, Joe
Sent from my (Joe) iPad 




With a heavy heart, I am sorry to inform you all of the passing of Steve Shibuya. Steve peacefully passed away at home with all of his family members present at the age of 77 on August 6, 2021.

Thank you,

Faith (Shibuya)




Remembering Ken .. 

from Hawaii Retail Grocer - Winter 2020

by trademediahui

from 'Hawaii Retail Grocer - Winter 2020'


This fall our industry lost another great leader. Ken Okimoto was a valued friend to Dick Botti. I know they had great times together at HFIA’s conventions, and they worked together tirelessly to promote the food industry in our great state. Ken was one of the vanguard leaders who helped guide our industry and our association to where we are today. The Waianae store was started by Ken’s parents, David and Betty Okimoto, in 1949. The story remains a great example of a local family businesses that has not just survived but thrived. Doing business in Waianae has some unique challenges, including competition of all sizes. Ken overcame those challenges with innovation, hard work, lots of industry knowledge, and strong relationships with fellow leaders. Ken’s sons have built on that legacy and have grown Okimoto Corp to include multiple businesses on Oahu and Molokai. Stan Brown of Acosta has a long history of working with the Okimoto family and deeply respects Ken and his legacy. In his words, “I’ve known Ken ever since the early days, he was kind of an industry pioneer. He was known for being gruf and outspoken with a good heart, and he was a good businessman. I’m happy to see that he was able to be as successful as he was. I know that his family was important to him, and I’m happy he was able to pass the store on down to his sons, who have done a great job with it.” Another HFIA Member Kevin Misaki expressed how much Ken will be missed, “All I can say is that he was a good man, a great father, a smart businessman, and a generous community contributor. I had many great fishing trips with him. I will certainly miss his companionship. Aloha, my friend.” The Okimoto family is an integral part of HFIA and has been since its inception. We are so grateful for the leadership, friendship, and values that Ken brought to HFIA. We are saddened by the loss of another great food industry legend but so proud of the legacy that Kit, Kyle, and Kris Okimoto continue into the future.






Melvin Kwock Ping Ho

FEBRUARY 3, 1944 – MAY 28, 2021

Obituary of Melvin Kwock Ping Ho

Melvin K. P. Ho, a pediatrician and longtime Oakland resident who was devoted to his beloved family, his patients, his faith and to the ocean, passed away on May 28, 2021 after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 77 years old. 

Born in Honolulu, Melvin graduated from ‘Iolani High School, Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the University of Cincinnati Medical School. He served in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander stationed in Pensacola, Florida. Afterwards he was a chief resident at Oakland Children’s Hospital, and then acquired his Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley. 

Melvin was a pediatrician/dermatologist with Kaiser in Martinez and Walnut Creek for 28 years. He also was an attending physician at UCSF as a clinical professor of pediatrics. 

During his working career Melvin provided international mission service with Christian organizations. As a Board member of ERRC he made several trips throughout China. He was also a Board member of Interserve and went to Nepal and India with an international team. 

After he retired Melvin volunteered in Oakland as part of his ongoing service to others. He gave classes throughout neighborhoods in Oakland as part of the CORE team, and worked as a physician at Oakland’s City Team (homeless shelter), and at Oakland’s Malta Free Health Care Clinic. He provided flu shots at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley annually. 

Melvin’s Christian journey was a contemplative spiritual one. It began with his 10 years of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), serving as a group leader his last 5 years. It included affiliation with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for over 40 years and recent affiliation with St. Mark’s Episcopalian Church in Berkeley. After retirement Melvin became an Oblate with the Order of St. Benedictine (Big Sur and Berkeley). Highlights of Melvin’s spiritual journey included many pilgrimages - to El Camino de Santiago De Compostela in Spain, to Jerusalem, to Veselez, Chartes, and Taizé in France, and to Assisi and the Benedictine Hermitage (Enemo di Camaldoli) in Italy. 

Melvin loved sailing on the Bay on his boat Karana with friends and family, especially taking his grandchildren out to sea. He also loved returning to the “islands,” having his condo in Waikiki, seeing friends and family, swimming out to the turtles, and eating the “food.” He had a lifelong passion for music, especially classical, opera, and contemplative. 

In his last days his immediate family were by his side and prayed with him – Bonnie his wife of 50 years, his daughter Jennifer, his son Jonathan, his son-in-law Daniel and his grandchildren Nathan, Lani, Damien, and Benjamin. He is also survived by his older brother Ernest. 

In lieu of flowers, memory donations may be given to: 

• City Team Oakland (722 Washington St., Oakland CA 94607) 

• Doctors Without Borders 

• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 

Micah 6: 8 God has shown you what is good, and what He requires of you, ” to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.




•  Sharing an email from Alan Maii, who recently celebrated his 77th birthday ...

"... On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:11 AM, Maii Alan <asm808321@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Colin,

Thanks for the greeting, these events appears to be arriving at an alarming rate now-a-days.  Thanks also for keeping everyone informed and up to date on goings on.  Nate had an awesome remembrance for Sandee.  Only encountered Nils and Paul C there as we had to leave immediately after the ceremony.  We have been pretty much holed up here at the house but am itching to get out and back to some semblance of normalcy in the foreseeable future.  Am hoping to get back to golf as I have been away for about two years now.  Family is doing well, my two grand kids just finished 7th grade at Iolani, these are kids of oldest daughter Christine '87 and son-in-law Mike Sakuda '87 (dentist practicing in Kailua).  Second daughter  Robynne '92 continues her enterprise at Fête, which has weathered the pandemic storm fairly well and continues to be patronized to capacity, albeit in accord with safety regs, on a regular basis.  Son Mike '95 just completed 20 years with investment bank Morgan Stanley in NYC, currently a Managing Director in the Wealth Management functional area (in the financial world, a Managing Director is like being a full colonel in the military).  Jenny is now heavy into her crafts, getting ready, hopefully, to hold he annual craft fair after having to revert to a virtual fair last year.  Current plan is to have both live and virtual events this year, God (and Ige) willing allowing  for both.  Am already anxious about preparation as the designated (by default and not voluntary) facilities and accounting manager.  Current challenge is a prohibition on ladder climbing, so tent construction for the live event has to be reliant on younger, more nimble folks than moi. Guess it means that I have to dig up the dormant managing experience, e.g. telling folks what and how to do things as opposed to doing stuff by one's self which.;BG/.  b.  is my preference.  Anyway, trust that all is well. 

Thanks again for all that you do. Please extend my aloha to Pammy.


Alan Maii

5228 Apo Drive

Honolulu, HI 96821

808-377-5005 (Res)

808-351-7535 (Cell) ..."




•  A link to Sandee Wong's Obituary printed in the 5/10/21 Honolulu Star Advertiser.



• It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Sandra Wong the wife of our classmate Dr. Nathan Wong. 

Sandee passed away on January 29, 2021.

We are not aware of any planned service at this time. If and when we receive any additional information we will let you know.  



•  It is with a heavy heart that I share the attached e-mail from Kenneal Chun ...

“...On Oct 28, 2020, at 6:20 PM, lucy <everydaytaichi@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Friends.

This is to inform you that my Lucy passed yesterday evening after a valiant struggle against insurmountable odds.   After being on life support systems for 5 days with fairly stable responses but no significant neurologic change for the better the first post op MRI was done to compare with her physical progress. This showed extensive irreparable injury to many parts of her brain which was not compatible with any meaningful life and probably a vegetative state.  The family jointly concurred that weloop should withdraw life support measures and let the injury take its course to its end.  She passed last evening 10/27 with her youngest physician son present to the end.  We had all said our goodbyes physically but of course it is not good bye in our hearts and minds.  

I wish to again thank you for being her students.  You meant a lot to her and helped her to fulfill her wish to contribute to the community as a teacher of an art which has provided much benefit to us as a couple.  It helped her validate to herself that she was a good teacher, but I myself had the opinion that she was more than good in all phases as a teacher.  In some ways her skills approached gifted in my opinion.

In parting I would urge you to continue on your individual tai chi journeys.  It is something she would have liked to continue to see.   It would be a fitting tribute to her and may be a means of remembrance of her.  As in the Chinese proverb: "When you drink water, remember the source.”

Practice your tai chi no matter at what level of skill you are functioning.  Any tai chi is better than no tai chi. Continue to practice together if you can and foster the socializing element which is at times a less emphasized benefit of tai chi for health. It nurtures the need for social interaction that is basic to the human nature.

Love and Aloha,


The above e-mail is printed with the permission of Kenneal. You may send your personal expressions of sympathy to:

a).  <everydaytaichi@gmail.com>

b). 5992 Haleola St. 

      Honolulu, HI  96821




• Check out this video on "One Team" ...




• Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame Introduces Ben Aipa, Egan Inoue and Roland Leong as the Class of 2020

KHON web staff

JAN 2020

Ben Aipa, Egan Inoue and Roland Leong will officially join the ranks of the Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020. These three new members will be enshrined into the Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in May at the Honolulu Country Club. 

Following is a brief bio on each new inductee: 

 Ben Aipa 

Category: Contributor 

Sport: Surfing 

Ben Aipa didn’t start surfing until his early 20s, when an ankle injury sidelined the 5’8”, 240-lb. linebacker’s semi-pro football career. Shortly after taking up the sport, Aipa was competing at surfing’s highest levels: a finalist at the 1965 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Contest at Sunset Beach as well as finishing fourth at 1967 Makaha International and competing in the 1968 World Surfing Championships. However, it was behind the scenes as a surfboard shaper that Aipa made his impact on the sport. He made the board that Fred Hemmings used to win the 1968 World Championship. Two years later, he founded Aipa Surfboards, and in 1972, Aipa invented the swallow tail, a double-edged notch at the end of the board, which enabled surfers to execute quick turns on the face of the wave. He also added a wing along the board’s rail ahead of the tail to increase the board’s speed. The design innovations helped revolutionize the sport. 

Aipa is also credited with contributing to the modernization of the longboard, applying new materials to innovative designs. The resulting lightweight yet stable platform opened the sport to a wider population and enabled older surfers to extend their surfing careers. 


Egan Inoue 

Category: World Champion 

Sport: Racquetball 

Egan Inoue is an entrepreneur. He owns a fitness company, with three gyms on O‘ahu, as well as a cryotherapy business. Inoue is also an author and a motivational speaker, who used to be a mixed martial arts fighter. However, before any of that, the multi-talented and multi-faceted Inoue was a two-time world champion in racquetball.

Inoue discovered racquetball as a 16-year-old, becoming Hawai‘i state champ by the time he graduated from high school in 1983. Just three years later, he won the men’s singles title at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Orlando, Fl. A year later, he won the men’s singles title at the 1987 Pan American Championships. Inoue won his second world title in in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990, the same year he started his own racquet company, E-force, which quickly grew to be one of the leading racquetball manufacturing companies in the world.

In 1993, Inoue suffered a serious knee injury, which forced him to retire from racquetball but left him plenty of time to take up other pursuits. 

Roland Leong 

Category: Contributor 

Sport: Car Racing 

Roland Leong’s drag racing career was brief, just 8.01 seconds to be exact. That’s the time it took the then-20-year-old to speed down a Los Angeles-area drag strip at 191 miles per hour and crash when he couldn’t find the parachute release. The accident convinced the Hawai‘i-born Leong that his proper place in the high-speed sport wasn’t behind the wheel but as a member of the pit crew as an engine tuner and car owner. He soon teamed with another youngster, drag racing legend-to-be Don Prudhomme to win both the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Winternationals and the U.S. Nationals in 1965. Leong repeated the double win a year later, taking the prestigious races again in 1966, this time with driver Mike Sinvely behind the wheel. 

In the early 1970s, Leong started racing funny cars, dragsters with tilt-up fiberglass or carbon fiber automotive bodies, which were starting to dominate the drag racing scene at the time. His cars, with “Hawaiian” prominently spelled out in bamboo-styled letters on their sides, became a standard to strive for in the sport, as Leong became known as a fierce competitor and perfectionist who left nothing to chance. 

Leong eventually duplicated his back-to-back wins at Winternationals with two different drivers. In 1991, Leong and his driver, Jim White, had one of the most dominating performances in history when they won the “Big Bud Shootout” and the U.S. Nationals and became the first Funny Car to run over 290 miles per hour. 

These three inductees will bring the total number of Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame Members to 158. 

“The 2020 Induction Class covers a wide variety of pursuits, exemplifying Hawai‘i’s unique and profound impact on the sports world,” said Larry Price, Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame’s Chair. “It is our honor and privilege to welcome Ben Aipa, Egan Inoue and Roland Leong to the Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame family. We are excited to begin working with them as we gear up for the Induction Ceremony this May.” 



•  After 67 years, Like Like Drive Inn will officially close April 30


Posted:  / Updated: 

After 67 years of serving up local favorites, the iconic Like Like Drive Inn on Keeaumoku Street is closing its doors for good. It’s fallen victim to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all the other restaurants, the Coronavirus crisis closed their dining room. Owner Julie Tateyama says they tried doing take out and delivery orders but it didn’t go as well as they’d hoped.

“We were hoping to reopen later but with the extension of the closing of dining rooms and because we’re not a takeout order restaurant, it was rough but we had decided that we’re going to officially close on April 30.

Tateyama’s grandparents, James and Alice Nako, started the business in 1953 and it’s been run by the family ever since.

“We were located on the corner. It was a small restaurant with more car hop service,” she said.

It wasn’t just the food that brought customers back to this eatery but also the familiar faces. Easy to find considering some of the employees have been working here for decades. So telling about 50 of her workers the sad news, Tateyama says was the hardest part.

“It’s still hard because they’ve been working for us for so long,” Tateyama said. “A lot of them have been here for 40 some years or close to 50 years.”

But Tateyama is filled with appreciation to all of her customers and employees who were like family.

“You guys are the best. I don’t know what we would’ve done without all our customers and all our employees. We wouldn’t have been able to run the business this long for 67 years if it wasn’t for them.”





• Anyone interested in playing or LEARNING Mah Jong (Chinese), please call Colin, (808) 927-2325.    

If enough people are interested, we will schedule sessions on a regular basis.  A great way to “exercise” your brain and have fun, too.




• Tai Chi at Kilauea District Park by everydaytaichi by lucy chun (Kenneal Chun ‘62).

everydaytaichi lucy's tai chi calendar 

Come help celebrate our 6th Annual World Tai Chi Day at Kahala Mall
lucy and students will perform
Yang style tai chi in a one hour program in front of Starbucks and the Apple Store. 
A FREE event!
May 4, 2019
Lunch to follow

Spring 2019 Classes:
​15 week session
Level 1: Thursday, 9AM January 10-April 18
Level 2: Tuesday, 9AM January 8-April 16
Level 3: Thursday 10AM January 10-April 18


Please register the first day of your class.
Send me an email if you have missed registration

(online  lessons can be found here)

​Level 2 Yang 24 form 
Tuesday 9AM Class 

Level 1 Yang 10 form 
Thursday 9AM Class 

Level 3 Yang 16 form
Thursday 10AM Class 

FREE Non-Instructional session throughout the year.
ALL can participate. No registration needed.
Mondays 9-10AM Aina Koa Park
Fridays 9-10AM Kilauea District Park


• Anyone interested in playing or LEARNING Mah Jong (Chinese), please call Colin, (808) 927-2325.

If enough people are interested, we will schedule sessions on a regular basis.  A great way to “exercise” your brain and have fun, too.




•  Congratulations to JOHN ISHIKAWA for completing the Honolulu Marathon this past weekend.  (12/12/18)




 • Welcome Home! ... to CLIFF TOKUMARU and his wife, Ruth, who moved backed to Honolulu after retiring from his dental practice on Maui  They reside at:

15 Craigside

15 Craigside Place

Apt. 607

Honolulu 96817  (11/29/18)




Reed Taylor writes: (11/26/18)

Hi guys--

Thought  you'd be interested in an award I am receiving tomorrow for my teaching and organizing efforts since 'Iolani.  The letter below was sent to my two daughters, Amy Nathan and Suzanne Bourdeaux (who was with me on my visit two years ago).




Dear Suzanne and Amy,

My name is Drew Beiter. I serve as the Executive Director of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, an organization that your amazing father Reed has supported and taken part in as a board member and participant. I write you today to share the great news that given your dad’s immense influence on our lives, our Board of Directors has approved the “Reed Taylor Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education”, which will be awarded annually to a teacher in the Buffalo area.  We’re delighted about this as we hope you are as well.

For the award’s first year, we’d like to present it to him as its first recipient at our annual Conference for Educators held on Tuesday, November 27thhere in Buffalo at the Erie 1 BOCES Conference Center, located at 355 Harlem in West Seneca.  Featuring a keynote address from the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, the event is designed to help educators approach the most pressing issues of our day. We expect to have roughly 150 teachers present, which will be a great audience to celebrate your dad’s incredible legacy. The event will also be highlighted by presentations by 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, Yemeni-American Activist Mokhtar Alkhanshali, as well as Artist Educator Shawn Harris.

The award will be presented to Reed in front of this audience from 11:30-11:45 AM that day by one of our staff and Mrs. Kennedy. Please feel free to be there as our guest for any or all of the day, for which the agenda and flyer are attached. After, we are looking forward to him giving a short acceptance speech. Likewise, if you are able, we’d also like to invite you and your dad to a dinner the night beforehand on Monday, November 26th for our speakers and the conference organizers, with a location and time TBA shortly.  Please know that your families are welcome to join us for either of these events as well.

I have cc'd your dad above, as well as our Associate Director Lori Raybold who will be introducing him and the award that day. 

Again, we think the world of your dad and are here because of him. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by my cell at 716-525-6058. We hope to see you then.

With friendship and warm regards,

Drew Andrew Beiter

Director, The Summer Institute for Human Rights & Genocide Studies of Buffalo


Training the next generation of concerned citizens and educators




• ‘Iolani Alumni are uniting to better their communities at the
9th Annual 'Iolani Community Action Network (ICAN) “One Day, One Team”
global day of alumni service.
 Register today to make a difference in your neighborhood!.




• Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to the Milton Soo Family ...


Posted On August 15th, 2018 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser Obituaries

Age 78, of Honolulu, passed away on August 8, 2018 in Honolulu. She was born on August 30, 1939 in Honolulu. She is survived by her husband, Milton Soo; son, Gregory (Mijung) Jay; daughter, Lisa Jay; brother, David Yee; grandchild, Jay Spendlove. Visitation from 9:30am on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Star of the Sea's Church. Mass at 10:30am. Arrangements Provided By: Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary LLC.




• Congratulations to John Ishikawa on finishing ANOTHER Marathon. This time in Diluth, MN. Wow!




Eddie Onouye writes:

... “Hey Colin, if you look at the attached article, you can see what I’ve been spending my time on for the past 9 years.  Do you think any of the classmates might be interested in checking out our presentation to help their kids learn what we do so that they can pay off mortgage debt or car loans faster thank normal.  Let me know your thoughts...”

Eddie asks, if you’re interested, contact him directly:  (808) 295-5000




• Check out the March 28th issue of Honolulu Star Advertiser  for an excellent article on Lucille & Kenneal Chun (‘62)  ...



• Check out the March issue of Honolulu Magazine for a very nice article on Robynne Mai’i ‘02), daughter of Jenny and Alan Mai’i (‘62) ...



• Don’t forget the Iolani Family Fair ... April 20-21. Our Class work shift is Saturday, April 21st,   10:30 am-4:30 pm. Stop by the Student Center and visit with the guys.  Better yet, contact Walter Muraoka  <whmmedarchitect@gmail.com> to LHK when you will be there to Pick Up your free T-shirt.


• E-mail from Walt Muraoka:

“...Last Friday, February 2,  I attended a dinner at the Waialae Country Club that the school held to honor Eddie Hamada.  It was a fund raiser for a statue that will be created in Mr. Hamada's image as well as a scholarship.  The statue will be placed on Hamada Field.

I was hoping to see some classmates, but to my dismay, none were there.  I did see, however, Vince Goshi and Ken Okimoto's names in the program as donors.

If I recall, those two plus the following played football under Coach Hamada from our class:
Steve Shibuya, Clifford Tokumaru, Dennis Brewster, Urban Nishiki, Dwight Kealoha, Art Koga, Billy Thomas, Lee Longacre, Mark Hanna and me.  If I miss someone's name, please forgive me.

There were several speakers who talked about how Mr. Hamada touched or influenced their lives, how he invoked the "One Team" spirit.

Surprisingly, I didn't see anyone from Class of '61, like Milton Oshiro, Jimmy Miyashiro, Miles Ono.  They may have been there but ....

Didn't see Class of '63 guys like Earl Hedani...Dick Kenney, Dickie Yokogawa, Walter Nagasako are gone, Lawson Wakuzawa lives on the mainland, Norman Chun is on Maui.
Ephraim Ho (someone told me was a cop in LA)

It was a very nice event.

Other happenings:  some of the old apartment buildings between Date and Laau Street are demolished.  The school will putting up a dormitory for international students.

Take care 

Aloha to all

Sent from my iPad  ...”  2/7/18


• Check out the current Iolani Bulletin - Fall/Winter 2017.  


• Campus Expansion:



Roland Chun is back on the golf course (with wife, Janis), after traveling and taking care of cataract surgery.

• Still on “leave”: Walter Muraoka, Dave Shiraishi, Jimmy Hayakawa, Rodney Asada, Alan Maii, Get well soon, guys!

• Congratulations to John Ishikawa for finishing ANOTHER marathon race. That’s over 35 marathons, and still counting. The latest being the Honolulu Marathon this past weekend.

• Have A Great Thanksgiving & Happy Holidays To All!

• Much Mahalos to John Ishikawa for renewing our subscription for this website. 

• Interested in Aquaponics?  Grow your own vegetables and herbs at home. Contact Kenneal Chun.

• Congratulations to Walter Muraoka on his marriage (Tamami) Dec  2016

• Check out the current Iolani Bulletin - Fall 2016. Congratulations to Walter Muraoka.

• Remember Miss (Sally) Akers?   ...  Check out her profile on this website  

• Ever thought about learning to play the Ukulele?   ...   Dennis (Atlas) Ching, Retired from DOE-Hawaii and now teaches beginning Ukulele at The First Chinese Church on King Street, every Friday morning.  No  experience necessary..

• Interested in learning Tai Chi?  ... Retired Dr.Kenneal Chun, ENT, teaches at Kilauea Park in Kaimuki along with his wife Lucille.     < http://www.everydaytaichi.org/>

•Interested in orchids?  ...  Contact Alan Maii, Treasurer, Kaimuki Orchid Society  <http://www.kaimukiorchidsociety.org/Documents/KOS%20August%20%202016%20Newsletter.pdf>

• There several avenues of communicating with Iolani Alumni:

1. <ClassNotes@iolani.org>    ...  Address your communique to this address, if you wish to communicate with Friends & Family of Iolani School. Your information will be published under Class Notes-1962 of the Iolani Bulletin, which is published three times a year, 

2. <http://www.iolaniclassof62.com/>   ... Go to this website to post your information. Only registered Users associated with the Class of 1962 will be able to view your posts. This website has been provided through the generosity of John Ishikawa, Leighton Liu and Miles Kawatachi. 

3. <Colin.Leong@me.com>   ...  Send any/all information to this address.  Your information will be distributed via be a list of 1962 Classmates with current email addresses.