"I join the Japanese choir, they used to have Japanese choir [at] Japanese service. English one [for] young one...I used to sing...Mrs. Miyada...Good singer...She [was] just like the head."
Contributed by Mieko Kobayashi
"We used to go down to the classrooms...across from Kilauea Avenue...THey would tell stories...about how [it was in] Japan, how the children play, what they did, about how they help their parents. You call that oyakoko or whatever in Japanese."
Contributed by Seigo Nagao
The Way It Was…Preschool
“My mother said I begged and begged her that I wanted to go to school (age about age 5). So she sent me to Hongwanji. And my dad was at work, so she put me on a sampan bus...I guess the sampan bus brought me home because in those days they took you right to your home. I think it only used to cost 5 cents. We used to call it ‘5 cents bus’.”
Contributed by Sumie Miyasaki