Category Archives: LACA Members

Grandmaster Robert Garcia Bandalan Doce Pares

Eskrima (also spelled Escrima) a Filipinization of the Spanish word for fencing.

Robert Garcia Martial Arts:
9th Degree Black Belt in Bandalan Doce Pares
One of 12 Grandmasters in the World in the Doce Pares System
Practicing in the Martial Arts for 51 years

Other Experience:
Boxing, Wing Chun, Chinese Kung Fu, Karate, Taoism and Tae Kwon Do

Former Accomplishments:
World Champion, single stick
National & Regional Champion
National Team & World Champion in single stick & double sticks
USA Eskrima Coach for the Hawaii Team
2010 Black Belt Magazine
Voted Sportsman of the Year
Double Stick National Championship
Sportsman Year Award, Voted by the United Filipino Council

Grandmaster Robert trained under Supreme Grandmaster Alfredo Bandalan, Sr. and Supreme Grandmaster Dione Carnete.

The 15th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Tournament To Be Held In Maui 

The 15th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Tournament
To Be Held In Maui
By Donna Reyes Ching

Here’s some exciting news!  The World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) Tournament will be held for the first time in the State of Hawaii July 18–23, 2018, at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.  Eskrima is the traditional martial art of the Philippines that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed and various improvised weapons.  The popularity of the sport has risen to international recognition holding 13 world championships, the first being in 1989 in Cebu City, Philippines.

Spearheading the event are former Lanaians Alfredo Bandalan, Sr. and Robert Garcia, James Dalde Reponte, Jr. and Donna Reyes Ching.  Alfredo, Robert and James are Directors of the event and are also Eskrima Grandmasters.  Donna is the Treasurer and is a beginner in the sport. 

Please come and support WEKAF by attending the event.  Tickets can either be purchased at the door or online at www.wekafhawaii.com

To raise funds to assist some of the participants with travel and other expenses, a WEKAF World Championships Fundraiser Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 27th at Ewa Beach Golf Club on Oahu. It is a four-person team scramble format offering many outstanding prizes, a bento lunch, post tournament buffet and lots of fun and camaraderie.  Check in is at 10:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:00 p.m.  Entry forms for participants, donors and sponsors may be found at www.wekafhawaii.com (see Events).

Your support would be much appreciated at the Eskrima event, golf fundraiser or as a donor or volunteer.  We need all the help we can get and are asking for volunteers to assist with ticket sales, event check-in, souvenir and concession sales, and other areas.  Contact Donna at wekafhawaii@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Anyone interested in Eskrima and joining Grandmaster Robert Garcia’s school at the Filipino Community Center (FILCOM) in Waipahu, can call (808) 224-2551 or email bdphawaii@gmail.com.  Classes are on Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Monday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Save the dates and look forward to seeing you at these exhilarating, fun-filled events!

IN MEMORIAM

LACA Members 
Who Have Passed on 2017

Sally Montecillo
Ernie Barroga, Sr.
Sally Herologa
Gustancia Connie Amoncio Roach
Magdalena Ballesteros Talon
Patrick Viela
Takeo Yamato
Josephine Suetos Haupu
Elizabeth Jean Piena
Mitsuko Kurashige Matsuda
Domingo Alboro, Sr.
Ted Arsenio Perez
Adeline Viduya Uyeda
William D. Wilkinson

Congratulations, Patrick Obado and Billye Cashman!

Congratulations! are in order for Patrick Obado and his wife Billye Cashman. Both retired at the same time in October. Patrick retired from Mid Pacific Steel, Inc. and Billye retired from Kamehameha Schools. I asked my brother if he will be traveling now… he said he does his traveling via The Discovery Channel. Sorry, Lance Nobui… although retired, still not going to be easy to get him to even attend LACA. Patrick thanks three teachers that laid the foundation toward his successful career: Mrs. Helen Fujii (Math), Mr. Stanley Oshima (Science), and Mrs. Molly Sakamoto.

Submitted by Gloria Obado Reyes

In Memoriam

Naha ke kanaka, ka hale o ke aloha.

Broken is man, the house of love.

One is grieved by the death of a beloved. 
(‘Olelo Noeau 2210)

Keenan Kim

Sinaide Pascua Dugay

Augustina Acoba

Royalene Mamo Fernandez

Lionel Mano Sr.

Randy Piena

Liberato Viduya, Jr.

Donna Shin

Frank Sarocam

Michael Del Rosario

Class of 1968 Bids Aloha to Michael Del Rosario

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In August, the Class of 1968 bid Aloha and Rest In Peace to classmate Michael Del Rosario.  Michael was one of the class “kolohe” guys who always had a ready smile and story to share.  He gave instructions that he didn’t want a sad service, thus his family and friends did their best to laugh and smile.  Despite being an average student in high school, Michael earned all of his educational degrees in education after the age of 50.  He found his passion in teaching subjects like math to science to computers at several Honolulu schools including the Argosy University.  About a dozen fellow classmates gathered at his service to recall his basketball playing years for Lana’i High and his love of sharing jokes and pranks.  A hui hou, Mike RIP – you were one of the Block 35 kids – mahalo for the good times! 

Liberato Viduya, Jr.

It’s Not the Length of Life; It’s the Depth of Life: In memory of Liberato “Libby” Viduya, Jr.  (1937 – 2016)

Liberato “Libby” Viduya, Jr. of Pearl City passed away peacefully on January 8, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital surrounded by his loving wife, Loretta and their family.  He was 78 years old.  Libby was born on February 15, 1937 in Lanai City, the second child and first son of Loreta Caluya and Liberato Viduya, Sr. who predeceased him.  His memorial service was held on February 26, 2016 at the Mililani Mauka Chapel, Oahu.  In loving tribute, at the Mililani burial site, many of the Lanaians sang the high school alma mater led by Monica Cockett.

Libby attended Lanai High and Elementary School and is an alumnus of the Class of 1955.  Through the decades, he and his classmates have remained life-long friends.  From Libby’s freshman to senior year, Mr. Kengo Takata, an agriculture teacher who later assumed the position of Department of Education (DOE) Deputy Superintendent of Schools, was Libby’s Future Farmers of America speech coach and mentor.  With gratitude to Mr. Takata and an endorsement from the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, Libby’s oratorical presentation of “Soil, the Stepping Stone to Freedom” in Kansas City won first place in the national contest.

Libby had a special affection for Lanai and its people.  As the offspring of immigrant parents from the Phillipines, Libby’s humble pineapple plantation upbringing became the foundation of his life’s journey.  He never forgot being fostered with the Lanai spirit of aloha and the goodhearted kinship with one another.

While attending the University of Hawaii, Libby worked at two and three part-time jobs.  He was active in the university’s student government affairs on campus.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Master’s degree in Education Administration.  Libby’s educational achievements enhanced his public service career for 45 years in various positions with the DOE as the Leeward District Superintendent, the Central District Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the State of Hawaii, counselor for the disadvantaged, teacher at Lanai High & Elementary School, principal at various elementary schools (Nanaikapono, Ewa Beach, Aiea, Waialua, and Mililani), and the Farrington High Community School for Adults.  Teaching was his passion.  He also taught as an adjunct instructor for 20 years at Chaminade College.

With humility, Libby accepted awards which were presented to him from New York to Kansas to Hawaii and a military award in Washington, D.C.  Libby served for 15 years on the board of directors for the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union and was a lifetime member of the Lanai Alumni & Community Association (LACA).

Libby is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, the former Loretta Canida, daughter Liamarie Ligaya Thomas (Dale), grandchildren: Tyler, Brittany and Tamara; nephews: Aaron and Gavin Canida; sisters: Rosita Hueu (Jacob), Adeline Uyeda (Sidney –deceased); and brother Robert Viduya, Col. USA Ret.

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Lana’i Style: Chef Adam Tabura’s New Cookbook

Chef Adam Tabura’s new cookbook reflects his Lana’i childhood roots and respect for his Filipino heritage. A Filipino Kitchen is Adam’s latest achievement in his culinary career that was inspired by his grandpa’s cooking lessons as a young lad. More than a hundred easy to follow classic with a new local twist recipes are in a colorful spiral bound book accompanied with Adam’s stories that make it “Lana’i Style.” The cookbook is published by Mutual Publishing Company as part of the Hawaii Cooks series edited by Betty Shimabukuro and Muriel Miura.

This is a great gift idea especially for those wanting to cook delicious Filipino dishes. You can order a copy online for $15 plus shipping at mutualpublishing.com.