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Live Wire a column story written regularly for HSTA-R by Arleen Yoshimura

September 16, 2012

My “Live Wire” article will be appearing in the next issue of our Hawaii District HSTA-R HI-LITES newsletter but time is of essence and Our Dear Friend Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph needs Our Prayers, Love & Support Now.  Wayne has done so much and been there for all of us…Let’s Show Him that We’re Here for Him !!!

    Please read this article and join us in Prayer for Wayne as he “Fights for His Life”.  We ask that You also kindly share this with Your  Family and Friends because Every Prayer Counts and the Power of Prayer Can Bring Miracles.

    Thank You from the bottom of my Heart for All of Your Prayers, Love & Support for Wayne, his wife Randee and their Family.    With Love & Humble Gratitude,  Arleen

 “LIVE  WIRE”  September/October, 2012

                                                                        By:  Arleen Yoshimura

     Once in a lifetime you cross paths with an individual so extraordinary that your life is changed forever.  That Special Person is Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph.  HE IS AN INSPIRATION and has touched so many people and made such a tremendous difference in their lives as he has in mine.

     Wayne stands out in any crowd, not only because of his height, but because of his “Heart”.  Always caring & sharing, & forever striving to help others especially in improving their quality of life.  Wayne is the living example of a “healthy human being”.  He eats well, exercises and engages in so many worthy activities.  He is most well known for serving as the Executive Director of the Big Island International Marathon.  He has been instrumental in motivating hundreds of volunteers and inspiring almost a thousand runners & walkers from around the world to participate.  The “Big Dog” as he is fondly known is also famous for his weekly column in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.  With his warm & human touch, he features people in our community and brings them to life as amazing individuals.

     Our paths crossed when Wayne became the VP and then President of our HI District HSTA-R.  His achievements were phenomenal…he created our district web site which established a real connection to our members, communicating updated information.  He lead a proactive informative demonstration when our current Governor visited.  He was able to personally talk to the Governor and got it on tape which the news station broadcasted.  I feel this was the catalyst that encouraged the parties to restart their efforts to resolve the teachers’ labor disputes.  He also brought other unions’ members together to join forces for our common goals.

     Wayne made history in a first ever sweep of all of the State HSTA-R Awards… Membership, Communication, Program and the Most Coveted District of the Year Award for 2012.

     Early this year, Wayne was diagnosed with a rare brain disease.  Through the insistence of his loving and supportive Wife Randee, Wayne had brain surgery on February 1st to remove a malignant tumor.  Chemo and radiation followed and he was on the “Road to Recovery”.

     Wayne and Randee recently ventured to Houston, Texas to seek further treatment, but sadly returned home.  Wayne is in a “Fight for his Life” and we’d like to ask everyone to please join in Prayer and tell all of Your Family & Friends to Pray for Wayne.  Let’s all come together in Prayer to help our Dear Friend Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph.  He needs all of Our Prayers, Love and Support More Than Ever.   With Love and Humble Gratitude, Arleen or write to HCR1 Box 5445 Keaau 96749

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. mike turner permalink
    September 16, 2012 4:30 pm

    Thank you Arleen for spreading the word about Wayne’s health. My family and I will be praying along side many others whose lives have been touched by this inspirational man.

  2. Arleen permalink
    September 16, 2012 6:55 pm

    You’re very welcome Mike…We truly appreciate Prayers for Wayne from You and Your Family, Mahalo, Arleen

  3. September 17, 2012 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this article about my dear father. He is an inspiration to everyone he meets, but no one is motivated by him as much as I am. He’s my hero and he’s going to win this fight because his daughter needs him too much!

  4. marie Kuramoto permalink
    September 17, 2012 5:39 pm

    Hi Arlene!!!
    Once in a lifetime you get to run into a fellow like Wayne “BIG DOG” Joseph–and like you we quickly became friends over the years–How I hope and pray as times goes by we all can
    wish for a recovery for him–Keeping the Joseph family in my daily prayers and hoping that
    everyone I meet will do that as well—With the Lords’s blessing I’m here when you need me as well..Marie Kuramoto, marathon runner

  5. Susan Mendonca permalink
    September 17, 2012 5:59 pm

    Aloha Arleen, Thank you from the bottom of my Heart for spreading the word about how Amazing of a Man, Husband , Father, and Friend my Cousin Wayne is. He has Amazed me with his Strength and Courage throughout this journey, for the fight of his life. He is Truly Inspirational man. My Prayers for Wayne and his Family, are of Healing, Comfort, and Strength. I loved the article. Thank you again, Susan

  6. September 17, 2012 6:38 pm

    coach joseph was my coach through four years of high school track and cross country and i can say that with pride. he has always motivated me to do my best as an athlete and leader and cared for me as more than just his 3-time cross country MVP and captain but also as a human being. coach is a terrific mentor and person and it feels good to see he has the admiration and support he rightfully deserves. stay strong coach!

  7. Arleen permalink
    September 17, 2012 7:05 pm

    Jaclynn, Marie and Susan, Thank You from the Heart for Your beautiful and kind words for Wayne…He is truly Amazing and an Inspiration. Your messages warmed my Heart, brought tears to my eyes and touched my very soul. I’m sure Your Prayers & Words of Love & Encouragement will bring Great Comfort to Wayne, Randee and his Family. With Love & Humble Gratitude, Arleen

  8. Joe Wedemann permalink
    September 18, 2012 9:03 pm

    There aren’t enough words to express all the positive, encouraging and unselfish things that Wayne has done for so many. Not only has he touched a vast number of people, but the lives he has touched are all forever changed… for the better. Wayne has helped encourage me in many ways also. I am forever greatfull that GOD brought us together as freinds.. Arleen, thank you so much for your post. You truly have a gift in writing. And to Wayne, it is apparent to me that even with all that you have been through, and are going through, that you still continue to suprise me with your positve outlook on everything. Thanks for being my deerest friend.


  9. Arleen permalink
    September 18, 2012 11:24 pm

    Hi James, Sorry for the delay in getting back to You. When I wrote my response to the others, Your message wasn’t yet received. My sincerest appreciation for Your heart warming message about Coach Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph. Congratulations to You for being named 3-time cross country MVP & captain. You are both Amazing !!!
    I also thank all of the others for their prayers & words of encouragement e-mailed directly to Wayne and posted on his Facebook page. With Warmest Aloha, Arleen

  10. Arleen permalink
    September 19, 2012 9:09 am

    Good Morning Joe, Humble Gratitude for Your beautiful message to Your Dearest Friend Wayne. It’s so true that there aren’t enough words to express all of the incredible things that Wayne has done for so many. You were Blessed to be touched by Wayne and right to point out that lives he has touched are all forever changed…for the better.
    I am grateful for Your kind words about my post…I just write from the Heart. Wish I was a “pro” like Wayne…just another one of his many talents. With Warmest Mahalo, Arleen

  11. Rae Yamanaka permalink
    September 24, 2012 5:33 pm

    This message goes out to Wayne, Randee, Jaclynn and all others who love and support Wayne Big Dog Joseph! You certainly are an inspiration to all of us who know you. Not only have you made a difference in our lives, but in the hundreds of young runners you have worked with. My sons, Kevin and Owen, were extremely fortunate to have you as their cross county coach. You were strict, but fair. You made running an art and gave them and others the framework for a lifetime of healthy living. Thank you for all that you gave to our family and you WILL come back from this current setback to be that inspiration for more people. Take care, be strong and our prayers are with you and your ohana.
    Rae, Kevin and Owen Yamanaka

  12. Arleen permalink
    September 25, 2012 8:23 am

    Sincerest appreciation for Your most heartwarming message. It brought me to tears and touched my Heart. Thank You for Your Prayers for Wayne and his Ohana.
    Truer words were never said than in Your statement to Wayne…”You made running an art and gave them and others the framework for a lifetime of healthy living.” Mahalo for so eloquently putting into words the tremendous impact Wayne has made.
    We are truly grateful to You for all that You Do for Us, too.
    With Love and Humble Gratitude, Arleen

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