Arnold T. Hiura
Reprinted from Nov. 1, 1985, Hawai‘i Herald

Editor’s note: Had he not died unexpectedly in 1996 at the still-young age of 60, you can be sure that actor Danny Kamekona would have joined his huge ‘ohana at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago of his family’s patriarch — and Kamekona’s paternal grandfather — Tokujiro Sasaki Sato, and his fellow Gannenmono.

In 1985, during production of the film “Karate Kid II” in Windward O‘ahu with actors Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, Ralph Macchio, Nobu McCarthy and Tamlyn Tomita, former Hawai‘i Herald editor Arnold Hiura had the opportunity to interview Danny Kamekona and learned of the actor’s connection to the “First-Year People.”

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