|Sadao “Tubs” Honda
Birthplace: Wahiawa, Hawai`i
Photographer: Dana Okuma, Age 16 ~ Leilehua High School
|Dr. Honda was born and raised in Wahiawa and is one of nine siblings. His father came to Wahiawa as a contract laborer following the Russo-Japanese War. Dr. Honda is married to Jean Sekiya Honda and has one child. He served for three years in the Army and was considered a pillar in the Wahiawa community for his lengthy career in dentistry. Dr. Honda’s extensive career also includes work as an electrician, construction laborer, and a tofu maker at Honda Tofu in Wahiawa that recently closed its doors after 98 years.
|When I was younger, I use to walk around barefoot in the park and play football and softball with my siblings, and each day we would walk home to eat lunch rather than spend 5 cents on school lunches. We would swim in Lake Wilson and steal pineapples from the fields! In 1940, the Wahiawa Amusement Center opened with an outside roller-skating rink. A year later, Dot’s Drive Inn opened which became a popular place to hang out! Those were fun days!
|I am very passionate about the history of Leilehua High School and would like the younger generation to know the true story of the how the mule became its mascot. A former Leilehua football coach, Mr. Harry Scott, who was a University of Central Missouri Mules alumnus, adopted it as our mascot.
|When I was young, I was carefree and spirited. I wish the younger generation could experience more of this type of lifestyle and be encouraged to attend Japanese language school like I did for an hour every day after school.
|One of the greatest gifts of life is the gift of equality.
When I was young, I was carefree and spirited. I wish the younger generation could experience more of this type of lifestyle and be encouraged to attend Japanese language school like I did for an hour every day after school.