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November 2006

Pacific Northwest News

Warren Arakaki Inducted into
Pacific University’s Athletic Hall of Fame

By Karen Maedo

Left to right: Terence Lendio (Maui), Warren, Kelly Gonzales (Las Vegas) and Michael Chun (Honolulu). Terence and Kelly were the co-presenters of the award.
Michael is a good friend and former teammate.
Photo by Deane Arakaki

Forest Grove, Oregon - Warren Arakaki, Physical Therapist from Hilo, Hawai`i, was inducted into Pacific University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on October 14, 2006. A baseball standout, Arakaki earned NAIA All-American honors (First Team) as a second baseman in 1980 after leading the Northwest Conference with a then-school record .456 batting average. That same year, he was a nominee for the prestigious Baseball Federation’s Golden Spikes Award for the top collegiate baseball player in the United States. Arakaki was named to the Academic All-American (First) Team in 1982 with a batting average of .403. A three-time All-Northwest Conference First Team selection (1980, 1981, and 1982), Arakaki was twice named Pacific’s most valuable player.

Warren and his mom who also traveled from Hilo to Oregon.
Photo by Deane Arakaki

A graduate from Hilo High School, Arakaki excelled both on and off the field. A dedicated student and athlete, he chose Pacific because of its excellent School of Physical Therapy. Fellow baseball players from Maui, Honolulu, Idaho, Nevada and Pennsylvania surprised him with their presence at the induction ceremony. Also joining these players was his high school coach, Dennis Maedo. In the audience was Mrs. Jackie Bafaro, widow of Coach Chuck Bafaro, and staunch supporter of Pacific baseball. Sharing the honor of introducing him during the ceremony were former teammates, Terence Lendio and Kelly Gonzales. The day after the ceremony, physical therapy buddies living in the area surprised him at a gathering in Hillsboro.

Arakaki’s family, including wife Deane and sons Anson and Sean, were joined by his mother, Sachiko Arakaki from Hilo. Also present was brother, Darren, and his family from Seattle. The sizable cadre of Warren Arakaki followers was also treated to the beauty of Oregon’s fall foliage, an added attraction to an already memorable weekend.

Karen Goya Maedo graduated from Hilo High School and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  She taught elementary school in Beaverton and Hilo and was an administrator before retiring.  She has a second career as a financial advisor associated with Linsco Private Ledger.  Karen is married to Dennis Maedo, who was Warren's baseball coach at Hilo High School.  Karen and Dennis accompanied the Arakaki family to Oregon to celebrate Warren 's induction into the Hall of Fame.


Hawaiian Culture Awareness & Education

By Dorothy Bryant

Na Hawai`i's float in the Portland Rose Festival's
Grand Floral Parade. Built entirely by members and friends,
Na Hawai`i won an award for the "Best Use of Flowers."
Photo from Na Hawai`i

Approximately 15 years ago, a small group of local Hawaiians met in an Aloha, Oregon home to discuss ways in which they might retain their island culture and traditions on the mainland. These Hawaiians had, for the most part, come to the Pacific Northwest to attend school and had stayed to work. As they married and established families, they realized that their children had no tangible sense of their Hawaiian roots, and so, Na Hawai’i was born.

Today, Na Hawa’ii regularly attracts between 30 and 40 Hawaiians and Hawaiians’-at-heart to its monthly hui, held the second Sunday of each month, 2:00 pm, at the Sunset Firehall in West Linn, Oregon. Often, there is a cultural presentation, such as lei-making, a food demonstration, hula by one of three local hālau (whose kumu are members), and always kanikapila! The club’s business is conducted by an elected board of nine members, convened by current president Leihua Basso.

Our mission statement states that we “seek to bring together people of Hawaiian ancestry with others who share a deep interest in Hawaiian history and culture, for the purposes of presenting cultural opportunities for ourselves, our children and others; promoting Hawaiian arts, language and history; sustaining a network of mutual support; and providing a model for our communities through our unique multi-ethnic heritage.”

In order to do this, we create and participate in a variety of community activities, including lū’au, membership picnics, yard/huli huli chicken sales, Polynesian holiday bazaars, PBS TV fund-raisers, and have twice presented floats in Rose Festival parades. We annually award from three to five college scholarships and make smaller grants to persons involved in continuing education in fields relating to Hawaiian culture. In addition we serve as mentors for local college clubs, help promote our local hula hālau, and often sponsor and promote Hawaiian entertainers appearing in the area.

An idea that we are currently trying to grow is a monthly kūpuna social. This group is the brainchild of the Na Hawai’i board, and while still in its infancy, it is attracting area kūpuna for the sole purposes of eating, talking story and making music.

It’s a vital and active organization, and our aim is to be the local contact for Hawaiians living in the Portland area, and for Hawaiians-at-heart who want to delve more deeply into Hawaiian culture. If you are planning to be in the Portland area on a second Sunday (3 rd Sunday in May), please visit our website at www.nahawaii.com, email us at info@nahawaii.com, or call 1-503-677-7243 for information on how to find us. E komo mai!

Dorothy Bryant was turned on to Hawai`i by a grade school teacher who loved to share her islands with her students and has been hooked now for nearly 60 years!  Traveling to Hawaii regularly since 1965, she has been a member of Na Hawai'i since 1993 and served as a board member, secretary and president - the first haole president!  Professionally, Dorothy was a singer (Oregon & Seattle Symphonies) and hosted “Romper Room” a children’s TV show in Portland in the early '60s. She lives in Wilsonville , Oregon with her husband of 7 years. Their blended family includes 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson. 



From the Garden Isle to the Palm Springs of Washington?

By Duane Shimogawa

Most say your home is where you lay your hat.

And that’s how I’d like to think about my recent journey from Kaua`i to Yakima. Except instead of a Duane Shimogawa.  Photo by NWHIThat, it’s a microphone. It’s a pretty big change to say the least, but most of the time, following your dreams requires you to jump out of your comfort zone.

Yakima may seem like a whole new world, but not entirely to me. I graduated from Central Washington University a few years ago, so the region is fairly familiar. However, as I’ve told many local people in Yakima, I hardly traveled east down I-82 to make an appearance in the Palm Springs of Washington. Miner’s, a famous hamburger joint in Union Gap and several trips to Old Navy are the only instances I recollect making the drive down to the main city in Central Washington.

After graduating from CWU with a broadcast journalism degree, I scoured the region for TV jobs, but found no luck. So it was back home to the Garden Isle to visit with family and friends for a month.

Living with mom and dad was fun at first, but I began to understand that it’s only a high school or college stop. After a few weeks at home, I got a job offer at one of the local radio stations as the afternoon drive announcer. It was a great opportunity for me to gain broadcast experience, so I took the offer. After a year at FM97, I stumbled upon another great media job.

The Garden Island newspaper offered me the sports editor’s position. Sports broadcasting is where I want to end up, so it was another can’t-miss opportunity for me.

After a couple of years covering everything from rodeos to canoe paddling and surfing to football, I felt the urge to get into TV, so I began applying once again. Right at the same time, I received an e-mail from a former professor at CWU and that’s when the ball started rolling. He notified me of a reporter’s position at KNDO-TV in Yakima. I then rushed my demo tape and resumé to the station.

I heard back from the news director and he liked my tape, so we moved ahead with the process. Come to find out, a former classmate of mine at CWU, currently held the position but was moving on to be a photographer in Spokane. He put in a good word for me and so did my old professor. It must’ve helped because the news director offered me the job within a week.

It was a tough decision, but when it came down to staying or leaving, I knew deep down inside that I had to make the move in order to start my career in television. So here I am, all the way, deep in the heart of Central Washington. I’d like to think of it as sort of a homecoming. But more importantly, it’s the beginning of a dream that’s just about to get started. Also, it was the start of meeting new friends from the region and the 50th state.

After a couple of weeks on the job, I got a phone message at work from someone who said he lived in Selah, but was originally from Hawai`i. I immediately called him back and that’s when I began to realize that although I’m far away from home, I’m still close to my old stomping grounds.

The next morning I headed out to the Teriyaki Grille of Selah, where I met more people from Hawai`i . After having a few cups of coffee with the trio of Hawaiians and some `ono ribs, I decided to make the trip down to the “Blue Bridge Bash” in the Tri-Cities held that weekend.

It was comforting to see so many Hawaiians in the middle of nowhere. There were a few halaus and just a lot of singing and eating. and just like back home, I took home a hefty load of food, which made my breakfast, lunch and dinner menus throughout the week.

I’m glad to be here in Central Washington for many reasons and meeting Hawaiians in the area just created another reason why this is a place I call, “My home away from home.”

For more pictures of the BLUE BRIDGE BASH, Click HERE.

Duane Shimogawa Jr. was born and raised in Lihu`e, Kauai and currently resides in Yakima, Washington, where he is a news reporter/photographer for KNDO-TV. After graduating from Kauai High School in 1998, he went off to college at Graceland University in Iowa. After a short two-year stint, Duane transferred to Central Washington University and graduated with a broadcast journalism degree in 2003. He then returned home to Kauai and worked as a radio announcer and the sports editor for The Garden Island newspaper before heading back to the Mainland. He is the proud son of Duane Sr. and Cynthia. He has one sister, Shantelle, a brother-in-law, Eugemar and a 2-year-old nephew, Cody. When Duane’s not on TV, he’s doing anything that deals with the outdoors, especially golf!


Da Pidgin Connekshun
“Doktah Fred”

by Lonnie Wiig

Eighteen pahcent!! Eighteen pahcent ov da undagradz at Pacific University een Foress Grove ah from Hawai’i. Godda have wan story dere. How u figgah? Eighteen pahcent means dat errywea u turn, goeen hia da kine, an goeen bomp eento loco peepo. How da heck wen from zero pahcent to eighteen pahcent?

“Back een 1960, da firs luau wuz een da ol jeem at da university. Neva had chair o table o notteen. Us guys wen spread bootcha pepa on top da floa an we wen kaukau an watch da show sitteen on top da bootcha pepa. Afta dat, da Foress Grove Faiya Chief come huhu an he tell – ‘Eh, u guys, no mo luau een dat jeem. Too ol, bot, da jeem, an dangerous eef get so many peepo. Goeen catch faiya o sumpteen.’” “U no, an dat same yia we wen make haupia by crackeen open da coconuts. Ho, da hombug but. Dass da lass time we wen crack coconuts fo make haupia.”

“Doktah Fred” Scheller eez wan kind and friendly haole man weet one contagious smile. Da buggah get choke stories about Hawai’i, an about da Hawai’i connekshun at Pacific University (25 mile wess of Poatlan). Doktah an Misses Fred wuz dea fo da firs luau on da floa weet da bootcha pepa back een 1960, an dey wuz dea dees spring fo da 46 th Annual Luau – da beegess student-run luau on da Wes Cose.

Wen us guys wen meet Doktah Fred een Augess, he tell “Ovah da yiaz I teenk I been to erry high school een Hawai’i accep Lanai High.” How many peepo can say somteeng ladat? Even da govanah ov Hawaii probly nevah wen veezeet erry high school – how can?

Doktah Fred wuz wan professah ov Speech wen he wen take da Pacific University Debate Team to O’ahu back een 1959. Da school wen ax heem fo help recruit some studenz from Hawai’i while da team wuz dea. Dat time, he wen to Waipahu High. Den he kept recruiteen erry yia. Cuppla yiaz latah, he veezeeted Kalani High an wen recruit Edna Doar (Gehring). Now “Auntie Edna,” da Directah of Multicultural Services at Pacific, eez da main force behind da eminently successful Na Haumana O Hawai’i and da club’s huge (2,200 peepo) annual luau.

At PU, us guys wen tok to Ryan Moore, one Pacific University senior from Moanalua High. Ryan wen tell, “Erry class I took at PU get planny loco peepo from Hawai’i.” Ryan’s moddah, Allyson Ogi, wuz recruited by Doctah Fred at da Ambassador Hotel een Waikiki back een da 70’s. She remembahz Doktah Fred wuz alweez accessible to da Hawai’i keedz wen dey wuz up da mainland. Doktah Fred’s home een Aloha, Oregon, hosteed countless Hawai’i parties weet da shoes outside da doa, teriyaki on da greel, an musubi on da plate.

Doktah Fred’s keys to Hawai’i recruiting success? 1) Da Congregational Church (like Central Union on Beretania Street een Honolulu ) an da United Church of Christ wuz wan continual source ov suppoht and networkeen on all da islanz. 2) Da parenz of PU’s Hawaii studenz and alums continually wen help Doktah Fred recruit other Hawai’i studenz. (Da parenz also geev tremendous suppoht to da PU luau.) 3) PU has all kindz graduate health profession training dat eez not offered een Hawai’i: Dental Health Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, an Professional Psychology. Een noddah wurz, Pacific University provides eempoatant ejukashonal service to Hawai’i een da health area – so een Hawai’i easy fo meet P.U. gradz.

So, da nex time you grindeen on yua kalua peeg at da PU luau, chai luke aroun fo da man weet da smile an chai ax heem about da firs luau sitteen on da bootcha pepa een da ol ol jeem.

Tanks fo erryteeng you done, Doktah Fred. Mahalo nui loa.

Readers who remember Dr. Fred may contact him at fschel@comcast.net.

Lonnie Wiig, Oregon-based writer/trainer/entrepreneur, can be reached at lw@cre8communic8.com.

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