Two families form the closest of bonds over 40 years
By Stefanie Nakasone
March 11, 2014
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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