Monthly Archives: November 2012
This morning, wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., I was in Honolulu Criminal Court, Courtroom 7D tracking an Assault 3 case because the defendant in that case is a co-defendant for my Assault 3 case that has been continued. The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney calling the calendar for the courtroom and a supervising Deputy Prosecuting Attorney went to trial on a Harassment by Physical Contact case and the witness who had to take the stand had a young baby. When the baby cried, I took her out of the courtroom and rocked her until she was relaxed. Thanks to my baby niece Elyse, I got some practice for this emergency situation. The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney won her first criminal trial today! I was very proud of her!
Today, Wednesday, November 27, 2012, I attended a Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Association (HPAA) meeting at the Attorney General’s office in Honolulu, Hawaii.
On the evening of Tuesday, November 26, 2012, I had dinner with friends: Jolene Lau, Representative Clift Tsuji, Representative Kyle Yamashita, Mr. & Mrs. Ho, Neal Ho, and Shin Ho at Shokudo Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Last night on Saturday, November 24, 2012, I attended the wedding for Shawn and Sheehan Ueda at Pacific Beach Hotel. Shawn is my second cousin.
I was about to go to trial on an Assault 3 case today, November 21, 2012, but I got the conviction when last minute, defense pled “no contest.” The witnesses and I were pleased with the result.
On the evening of Sunday, November 18, 2012, I had dinner with my mom, dad, and younger sister Lara. After, we video-called my younger sister Mia and baby Elyse who are in San Mateo, California.
I had a good time with members of the 100th Battalion and friends today, November 15, 2012 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Club 100. 100th Battalion Veteran Paul Watanabe told me stories of his good friend and battalion colleague, Goro Sumida.
I dedicate this song “Asadoya Yunta” to Goro Sumida who passed away on October 25, 2012 at the age of 92. One of my favorite moments with him was hanging out at Hanagasa Inn right before one of their 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team annual luncheons at a hotel in Waikiki. That night, I sang “Shimauta” by The Boom, and Goro and his veteran colleagues rocked that night, with 100th Battalion President Robert Arakaki and others dancing katashi with a couple of the waitresses. I can still picture Goro smiling that evening.
Attached is a short film on Goro Sumida, a 100th Battalion veteran created by my friend Stacey Hayashi. Stacey did a wonderful job on another film on Goro at his funeral on November 12, 2012, 5:30 P.M. at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu, Hawaii. Goodbye Goro . . . until I see you again.
I am saddened by the passing of my friend Leighton Goro Sumida, a 100th Battalion veteran of World War II who was known by many as “Goro.” I attended his funeral tonight, November 12, 2012 from 5:30 P.M. at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu, Hawaii. Goro was born on March 19, 1920 and died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 92. I was fortunate to have become friends with him in the mid-2000s. I drank with him and the other 100th Battalion veterans at Club 100 and Hanagasa Inn. Goro also invited me to drink with him and his other friends at the Ala Wai Golf Course. I will always cherish the stories he shared with me. He was always laughing, telling jokes, and full of life. With Goro, you just bond with him the moment you meet him. Like many of his family and friends, I will miss him.
I attended service for Honolulu Jodo Mission at 10:00 A.M. and chaired the Honolulu Jodo Mission board of directors meeting at 11:45 A.M. on SUnday, November 11, 2012.
I attended the Haleiwa Jodo Mission 100th Anniversary service at the Haleiwa temple on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. and the dinner at Tukiji Restaurant at 5:00 P.M.
I want to thank my former colleague in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz for taking me out to lunch at Cafe Julia in downtown Honolulu today, November 9, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. I look forward to working with him on future projects.
On Friday, November 9, 2012, from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., I along with our legislative team: Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu and Victim Witness Director Dennis Dunn met with Hawaii State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland and representatives of human trafficking advocacy organizations, and attorneys from the Hawaii State Attorney General regarding human trafficking at the Hawaii State Capitol. Dennis and Tricia have become my good friends. I am so honored to be able to work with them day in and day out!
Dinner with Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji, Jolene Lau of the USDA and her daughter, and Shin Ho of Ho Farms
At about 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 8, 2012, I met my former colleague – Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji, Jolene Lau of the USDA and her daughter, and Shin Ho of Ho Farms at P.F. Chang’s Restaurant in Kaka’ako. I am wishing Rep. Tsuji a quick recovery from the injuries he got from his fall.
On Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 11:30 A.M., I attended the blessing of Ala Kuola in Honolulu that services people who need temporary restraining orders and other services. I am with Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu and Executive Director of Ala Kuola, Ed Flores.
I attended the Gonzaga University Hawaii Chapter Alumni Reception with President Thayne M. McCulloh at the Plaza Club in downtown Honolulu on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 6:00 P.M.
On the evening of Wednesday, October 31, 2012, I attended the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Convention reception at Alan Wong’s Restaurant in Ala Moana Shopping Center.
Thank you for your support of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro. I am pictured with Keith at his headquarters in Honolulu on November 6, 2012, election night. We will do all we can to protect the community from crime.
On Friday, October 9, 2012, Law Clerk L.O. and I observed some of the problems occurring in Waikiki with Honolulu Police Department Sergeant Melvin Andres. Sergeant Andres has been following the peddling cases and has sat in on three of my trials. I am undefeated in peddling trials.
I won a peddling in Waikiki trial, which is a violation on October 31, 2012 in Honolulu District Court. However, I felt bad because I convicted my friend’s friend.