I had the good fortune to carpool every morning with Bruce Ashford (for 13 years) and with Mike Yokoyama (for 6 years) from Kaneohe each morning to Punahou. Despite spending all of this time together, I learned something new while catching up with Mike during this year’s reunion.
After graduation, Mike went on to Claremont Men’s (now Claremont McKenna) for college. Following the footsteps of his father, he continued on to the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) for dental school. He also received specialty training in periodontics at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland. Mike is now the proprietor of a thriving dental practice in Encinitas, California that specializes in periodontics, dental implants, and oral plastic surgery.
Along the way, Mike has also found time for family life. He is married to Jaye who, as another UMKC and OHSU dental schools graduate, practices as a pediatric dentist. Together they have two sons: Blaise, age 14 and Dylan, age 17.
During high school I remember that Mike was interested in glass blowing and scuba diving. Indeed, a check of several Oahuans confirms an interest in these areas. What I was surprised to learn though was of his interest in scouting.
Mike explained that a focus of his life involves volunteering for Boy Scout Troop 776 in Encinatas. The 70+ member troop is engaged in many activities in which Mike is actively involved. Memorable experiences have included troop hiking in the Sierra Nevadas as well as a trip this year to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for scouting’s “ultimate adventure.”
When I inquired further regarding Mike’s passion in this area he explained that, at Punahou, he had been an Explorer Scout. It thus seems that his scouting involvement shares a long time passion with his sons. (As the church lady would say, “How convenient!”) Through this commitment Mike has been proud to see them advance up the trail Eagle Scout, a pinnacle to which son Dylan will soon ascend.
You can email Mike at email@example.com.