Grant Kagimoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Most people who know me through my company, Cane Haul Road, would probably assume I was born and raised in Hawai‘i. In response to the often-asked local question, “What high school you went?” my answer is “Kubasaki High School, Department of Defense, Sukiran (today Zukeran), Okinawa.” It’s a surprise to most people.

Do my 12 years in Okinawa, from first grade to high school graduation while my father was a construction supervisor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, make Okinawa my home? If you ask me where I call home, my answer is Hilo, my birthplace, and Okinawa, where I lived the longest with my parents and siblings — not Honolulu, where I’ve resided for 50 years. The answer is more emotional than rational. Hilo, because I’m a fourth-generation Kagimoto from there. My father was born there, and my mother in ‘Öla‘a, so their Big Island values are what defined our home life. While growing up, we would return to Hilo every other summer to spend about a month there with family and family friends.

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