Karl and his wife Cindy McMillan at the Maria Clara ball

Karl working at a neighborhood cleanup in Palama

Pele Street ParkA

Gomes Park: with many of the neighbors, the Koizumis, Laulani Teale, Scott Truesdell, Johanna De Silva, Haroldyne Ho, Michael Kim, Holly Hackett & others, we turned a vacant lot into a park. It took 5 years, but we finally managed to get it done. I’m pretty proud I was able to help give the keiki a place to play.

While on vacation in Canada in 2013 with my family, I visited the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre near the village of New Denver, British Columbia. This is one of the sites where some 22,000 Canadians of Japanese ancestry were confined during WWII. In the same time period as many as 110,000 to 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were confined in camps in the US. Above is an old photograph showing the tents some lived in through the winter before wooden shacks were built. Also, an explanatory plaque at the entrance to the site.