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Two families form the closest of bonds over 40 years

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The families of Kathi Musgrave and Takako Kazaoka also share a friendship. Pictured are Lauren, far left, and Steve Gulley with their children Morgan, 2, and Reid, 1; Yukako Kaza­oka and her mother, Takako Kaza­oka; Kathi Musgrave and her husband, Wayne Musgrave; and Takako Kaza­oka’s husband, Satoru Kaza­oka.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Kathi Mendes, now Kathi Musgrave, visited the Tanaka family the following year. With Musgrave are Chizue, left, and Toshifumi Tanaka.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Takako Tanaka, center, in middle photo, with John and Tina Mendes of Riverdale, Calif., in 1974. It took three days for the 20-year-old college student to open up to her host family. Today, she goes by her married name, Takako Kazaoka.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Kathi Musgrave, left, and Takako Kaza­oka are vacationing in Hawaii with their families to celebrate four decades of a friendship that began with a Lions Club exchange program.

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