My main memory of Jimmy Kaimikaua is of his name being announced before basketball games at the HIC. While running on to the court, the announcer would burst forth with a forceful: “Jimmy Ka-eee-mee-kau-wa!” It was said with such an exaggerated singsong cadence that my friends and I couldn’t help but giggle as we lip synced along.
I caught up with Jimmy Kaimikaua at the Friday night reunion event. He was attending the cocktail party with his wife, Joan, who is a member of the class of 1973.
They were both eager to tell me of the story of their courtship, an ongoing saga which dates back to high school days. It seems that Jimmy was so enchanted with Joan that he could not keep his eyes off of her during choir practice. So obvious was the infatuation that Mr. Peters took him to task for failing to stay on task. Well, I guess Jimmy knew which task he chose to pursue because he and Joan are still admiring each other after 29 years of marriage.
Do you remember the tag line, “Join the Navy and See the World”? That describes the Kaimikaua’s marriage as Joan’s civillian Navy career has found them living around the world. Some of the more memorable deployments include ten years in Japan and five years in Italy.
Jimmy keeps busy these days running his Body Manager company. In this position he uses a bio-feedback machine to help people treat and rid their bodies of stress frequencies. From the looks of Jimmy and Joan, it must be doing a good job.
The Kaimikauas have two sons: Jeremy ’08 and Joshua. A lot of “J” names in that house!
You can reach Jimmy (or James as he also likes to be called) at firstname.lastname@example.org