Toshiyuki Nakasone
1399th Engineer Construction Battalion

Reflections and Observations

“I guess the interest in athletics came when we were on Maui in the public school league. We used to compete against the schools on Maui and I had some really good elementary school teachers. They were coaching in track and in tennis and in basketball.

My father and mother always told me that they wanted me to go to college. My four sisters went on to become teachers. So in a way it became just like a natural thing to go into teaching.”

[Looking back at my life] I am [satisfied with my accomplishments].

Waialua High School Football Championship Luau.
Waialua High School Football Championship Luau.

You see, I guess the interest in athletics came when we were on Maui in the public school league. We used to compete against the schools on Maui and I had some really good elementary school teachers. They were coaching in track and in tennis and in basketball.

My father and mother always told me that they wanted me to go to college. My four sisters went on to become teachers. So in a way it became just like a natural thing to go into teaching. So that is how I went into teaching and I enjoyed all my experiences in the department.

Waialua High School. First football championship. Al Ogawa and Toshiyuki Nakasone.
Waialua High School. First football championship. Al Ogawa and Toshiyuki Nakasone.

Toshiyuki Nakasone coached high school football, basketball, baseball and track. As a coach, he won four high school football championships in 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955. He also won four track championships in 1951, 1952, 1955 and 1956, as well as three relay championships in 1956 and 1959.

Toshiyuki was selected Coach of the Year three times.

In 1979, he was inducted into the Waialua High School Football Hall of Honor. In 1992, Toshiyuki was inducted into the OIA 50th Anniversary Coaches Hall of Honor and the Central School District Praise Hall of Honor. June 9, 1997 was declared “Toshi Nakasone Day” by the mayor of Honolulu and the governor of Hawaii.

In 2000, he received a Kulia I Ka Nuu Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation. In 2005, Waialua High School rededicated their football field, Toshi Nakasone Field.

Toshiyuki and Grace Nakasone. Retirement from Aiea High School.
Toshiyuki and Grace Nakasone. Retirement from Aiea High School.

Toshiyuki Nakasone's interview courtesy of the Center for Oral History. Photographs courtesy of Toshiyuki Nakasone. Supplemental information courtesy of Toshiyuki Nakasone.

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