S: Kongo & Sue Kimura
FC: KONGO & SUE
1: KONGO & SUE KIMURA MEMORIES by Lari Yasui 2012
2: Kongo Kimura grew up in Kona on the Big Island and graduated from Konawaena High School in 1937. Sueko Hokada grew up in Waimea on Kauai and graduated from Waimea High School in 1938. | Kongo and Sue met at University of Hawaii and got married on April 17, 1942 at the Church of the Crossroads.
3: After graduating from UH Manoa, Kongo got his first teaching assignment at Pahoa High School on the Big Island. The newlyweds settled into married life in the teachers' cottage on the school campus and started their family. In 1943 Laraine Sue was born and Karen Mina in 1945
4: Bruce Kongo was born in 1949 Christine Tome in 1951.
5: Kongo built a house for the growing family
7: Sue decided to pursue her teaching degree. In 1957 she left the family in Pahoa and went to UH Manoa to finish college and graduated with honors in 1959. Lari became the "Little Mama" in 8th grade and along with Kongo, both were able to run the household while Sue was on Oahu attending college.
8: For 32 years, Kongo taught agriculture, math and science at Pahoa High and advised the FFA and Young Farmers. He retired in 1974 and became a Japanese-speaking tour bus driver. He took up golf and loved it! Sue started teaching at Pahoa and eventually ended up teaching at Waiakea Elementary. She was active in Aikido and collected Japanese antiques.
10: They traveled extensively to Europe and Asia. They especially loved Japan, where they have many friends and a few relatives whom they visited regularly.
11: Sue retired in 1984 from Waiakea Elementary. | Yumi graduated from Hawaii Prep Academy
12: In 1988 they sold their Pahoa house lot and moved to Hilo. They hosted Thanksgiving dinners for their children's families from Honolulu.
14: In 1992 they celebrated their 50th Anniversary at the historic Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach. They were surprised with a wedding reception that they never had 50 years ago.
15: In 2001 they decided to leave the big island and move to Oahu. They sold their home in Hilo and rented an apartment in Pearl Ridge. Kongo golfed 3 times a week at Makalena Golf Course. They happily enjoyed their grandchildren and great grandchildren at family gatherings. In 2002 they celebrated their 60th Anniversary at Natsunoya Teahouse.
16: Kongo was instrumental in having the H3 tunnels renamed Tetsuo Harano after Gov. Cayetano removed Harano's name and put Gov. John Burns name on the H3 tunnels. Linda Lingle promised she would restore Harano's name, and after she was elected Governor, Kongo was invited to Washington Place and to the sign changing at H3.
18: 2008 Hokada Family Reunion on Kauai
19: In 2009 they moved to Pohai Nani in Kaneohe. Kongo was thrilled because he no longer had to cook 3 meals a day. They enjoy delicious meals in the dining room and go to daily exercise classes.
21: They now have 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
22: In 2011 Yumi, Kenzo & Ami came to visit from Tokyo.
24: Kongo and Sue are still in love after 70 years of marriage. They epitomize true love and devotion.