Moriso Teraoka
100th Infantry Battalion

Marriage and Family

Moriso marries Fumino Aihara.

Their first child, Colin, is born in the same year. Their second child, Bruce, is born in 1958 and third child, Steven, in 1961.

[The following text is excerpted from "My Legacy: The Inheritance of a Will" by Moriso Teraoka.]

I married Fumino Aihara and started a family.

Moriso and Fumino Teraoka in a borrowed car after their wedding reception. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1955.
Moriso and Fumino Teraoka in a borrowed car after their wedding reception. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1955.

Our first child, Colin, was born in 1955. Our second son, Bruce, was born in 1958, and the third son, Steven, in 1961.

Colin Teraoka posing on his rocking horse on the porch of his Kalihi home. Honolulu, Hawaii. December 1957.
Colin Teraoka posing on his rocking horse on the porch of his Kalihi home. Honolulu, Hawaii. December 1957.

After Bruce was born, Fumino became a housewife and never returned to work.

Bruce Teraoka posing in yard on visit to Kamuela. Kamuela, Hawaii. 1959.
Bruce Teraoka posing in yard on visit to Kamuela. Kamuela, Hawaii. 1959.

Fumino and I raised our sons as my father had raised me to adulthood. My wife and I insisted on obedience from our children. Care and love was our responsibility to give to our sons. Respecting their elders was never a compromise and disrespect was never tolerated.

Steven Teraoka posing in the front seat of the family car. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 3, 1961.
Steven Teraoka posing in the front seat of the family car. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 3, 1961.

As parents, we provided many opportunities for our children to enjoy the academics that our public schools did not provide. The Honolulu Academy of Arts Saturday art classes were very popular with our second and third sons. All three sons loved music and learned to play the piano until they joined the band at Kalakaua Intermediate and Farrington High School.

Weekends were spent down at the beaches for fishing and swimming. Our favorite spot was the Waianae coast: Makua Beach, Yokohama Beach, Pokai Bay, and Kaena Point.

Fumino Teraoka holding Steven with Colin (at left) and Bruce in front of their Kalihi home before a trip. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1962.
Fumino Teraoka holding Steven with Colin (at left) and Bruce in front of their Kalihi home before a trip. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1962.

When the boys were attending intermediate school, skateboarding was the rage and everyone had to have a skateboard. It was rather expensive so I decided to make skateboards for my sons. Soon I was making skateboards for all their friends.

The same thing happened with surfboards. All the kids had to have surfboards, and they were not cheap. I went to the surfboard supply store down on Queen Street, bought a how-to book, foam blank, fiberglass cloth, and resin, and started making a surfboard. That one was a disaster, but learning from the mistakes, I gradually began to make pretty good boards. In fact, my son’s friend started to make his own and became a pretty good maker so that his friends began buying his boards.

Bruce, Colin and Steven Teraoka on the porch of their Kalihi home. They’re all dressed up for Bruce’s nursery school graduation ceremony.  Honolulu, Hawaii. 1961.
Bruce, Colin and Steven Teraoka on the porch of their Kalihi home. They’re all dressed up for Bruce’s nursery school graduation ceremony. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1961.

By being creative, I showed my sons and their friends that when there is a willingness to be creative, there is a way. I hope that I’ve planted that seed into my sons’ future endeavors.

All of us without exception know that the family is the basis of a firm foundation that will support our lives as we grow. With family unity, we can endure adversity, we can share our successes with each other, and we can share this strength of unity to help others.

To support our endeavors, my wife and I felt that our family’s partaking of the evening meal together was the most important ritual of the day. We never allowed our children during their school days to accept jobs that went beyond our dinner hours. Like other boys, they wanted money to spend on themselves. Their obligation was to go to college and get a quality education that hopefully would support them throughout adulthood.

All three of my sons completed their college educations and are now able to fend for themselves. Colin, the eldest, graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo. After working in Tokyo for two years, he went to the University of California in Pomona and received his M.A. degree in business administration. Bruce, the second son, graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) with a degree in education. Steven, the youngest, also graduated from UHM with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Moriso and Fumino Teraoka with their three sons at their 50th wedding anniversary at the Natsunoya Tea House. Standing left to right: Colin, Bruce and Steven. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 2005.
Moriso and Fumino Teraoka with their three sons at their 50th wedding anniversary at the Natsunoya Tea House. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 2005.

Like all grandparents, I am proud of my grandchildren. David and Jonathan are the sons of Colin and Stephanie, and Marissa and Lee are the daughter and son of Bruce and Charlotte.

If my parents were living, I am sure that they would be doubly proud of their great- grandchildren and their quest to be well educated and good citizens.

"My Legacy: The Inheritance of a Will" was reprinted with the permission of Moriso Teraoka. Photographs courtesy of Moriso Teraoka.

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