1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

49  Pure Michigan
50  Ah, Youth
51  Unlikely Friend
52  Golfballogy
54  Before/After Squared
55  Hawaiiana 1
56  Hawaiiana 2
57  Hawaiiana 3
58  A New Outlook
59  Hawaiiana 4
60  Crash Dummy
61  Dogs, Boards, Kids...
62  Photographic Treasures
63  Hawaiiana 5
64  My Comb is Crooked
65  Call Me A Doctor
66  Hawaiiana 6
67  Home for Christmas
68  Led By Words
69  Pono Bowls
70  Poppy Tour
71  An Invitation
72  Wunderkammer I




1949, Pono was in high school, WW II was over but the memory lingered on, and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary had an essay contest.  The winning essay was carried in a 3-column front page spread in the local newspaper.  Donít try to read it in this form Ė itís enlarged below.

The essay - My Part in America's Future
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The essay - My Part in America's Future

The author - Pono     VFW Auxiliary essay medal
The author ~1949                                          The prize   

Front of award   Back of award

Front                                                               Back

Essay column 1












Essay column 2











Essay column 3



More than sixty years have gone by since this was written.  I have read it several times since finding it and I donít know what to think.  The writer was immature, innocent and naÔve.  I wonder if he was writing to win a prize.  I wonder if he was writing what he thought the judges wanted to hear.  I wonder if he saw a bright horizon and a better day.  I wonder if he felt the pressure of the responsibilities he described.  I wonder if he would be proud or disappointed about the way he lived those sixty years.

Even more than usual, I look forward to hearing what you think about all this!