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Edwin Pimentel
  Retired Service Shop Deputy Superintendent


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Ed was born on December 8, 1948 to Cecilia and Edwin Pimentel, second of five children at Paia Hospital on Maui.

He lived in Alabama village in Puunene, Maui,while attending Puunene Elementary School from kindergarten to seventh grade.


Swinging over a ditch in Camp Four.
Swinging over a ditch in Camp Four.

Growing up in a plantation camp was fun, playing together with different ethnic groups. Those were the carefree days, playing ball in the Puunene Indian Little League, spending hours playing all kinds of games at the Puunene Community Center.

One fond plantation camp memory he has was swinging over a ditch in Camp Four. The rope swing hung down from a tree tree that he thinks thinks was next to Tomas Tabisola's house.

 

Swimming at the Baldwin Park swimming pool where he learned to swim at the summer fun session was another plantation camp highlight. Like the other kids, he also swam in the famous local "ditch" across from the Holy Family Church. He also enjoyed going to the beaches and spearfishing.

Puunene Elementary School
Puunene Elementary School

Ed attended Puunene Elementary School till his 7th grade. HC&S Plantation decided to close the plantation camps and they moved to Kahului where Dream City was started.

Lihikai Elementary School (Ed is front row, 3rd from left)
Lihikai Elementary School (Ed is front row, 3rd from left)
Ed finished his seventh grade and the rest of his intermediate grade at Lihikai School, the old Kahului School.
Track 1-4
Track 1-4
The rest of Ed's formative schooling was accomplished at H.P. Baldwin High School.

'Soaring over the bar, Baldwin's leading Polevaulter easily surpasses the 10-ft. mark in the Bruin's season opener wi
"Soaring over the bar, Baldwin's leading Polevaulter easily surpasses the 10-ft. mark in the Bruin's season opener with Lahainaluna"
Ed loved track and field, especially pole-vaulting.
'...and got sent to Viet Nam.'
"...and got sent to Viet Nam."

During his senior year at Baldwin High School, Ed joined tha Hawaii Army National Guard, and took basic training at Fort Ord.  He then returned to Maui and enrolled at Maui Community College. 

While attending Maui Community College in the Machinist trade, Ed was called to active duty and spent time with the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks and the Pahakuloa training area on the big island.... and got sent to Vietnam.

 

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

After completing his military obligation with the U.S. Army, Ed continued his schooling at MCC and graduated with a certificate in Machine Technology. This qualified him to apply for a position at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Ed got accepted in the Apprenticeship program at the Shipyard and worked himself upward through the many years and eventually ended up being  Service Shop Deputy Superintendent.

Throughout his forty and a half years of federal employment, Ed did a lot of traveling, attending a lot of trade shows seeking new technologies, enjoying every moment.

Eddie Jr, Patty, Eddie Sr, Erlene
Eddie Jr, Patty, Eddie Sr, Erlene

Ed's tenure at the shipyard was very rewarding in that it helped him purchase his first lhome, a Townhouse in Mililani, and marry a Maui girl, Patti. Patti and Ed had two wonderful children, Eddie and Erlene.

Grandkids
Grandkids

The townhouse was sold and they bought a house in Mililani. His daughter Erlene rewarded Patti and him with two granddaughters and a grandson.

 

'Fishing on Maui whenever I can with my brother'
"Fishing on Maui whenever I can with my brother"

Presently, since his retirement 1 1/2 years ago, Ed golfs whenever possible, and participates in a Senior Softball League. He fishes on Maui whenever he can with his brother. Ed is also remodeling the house and yard, which he admits is never ending.

1973 Volkswagon Squareback
1973 Volkswagon Squareback
One of Ed's projects during his latter years of employment at the Shipyard was to complete rebuilding of a 1973 Volkswagon Squareback. This desire is finally being accomplished, slowly but surely by him picking up another Squareback, but a 1970 model from Maui this past month as a replacement parts unit.
Remodeling the house (never ending)
Remodeling the house (never ending)
Ed says that this project in conjunction with the remodeling of the house will take another good part of his retirement years.
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Ed says, his dog Tilu and family reminds him to take it "one day at a time"!

"Life is short
And full of dreams, family and friends.
Some dreams come true.
Some dreams take hard work to make it come true.
And some just don't come true.
Be happy with what you have and pray for good health
Enjoy all of you're dreams, family and your friends to the very end"

[Ed's own quote]

Ed is looking forward to the next reunion,
so he can escape from the house remodeling and yard work for awhile.