Masanobu Eugene Kawakami was born in 1913 in Honolulu to immigrants from Fukuoka, Japan. The family lived in the Puunui area. His father was a personal chef for a rich family. He went to Lincoln Elementary and left school soon after. Together with his brother, he had a business etching glassware.
He entered the army in March 1941 and was an original in the 100 Infantry Battalion in A Company. On December 7, he looked up and said, “This is the real thing”. He went home to get his uniform and left.
After the war he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and retired in 1973. His favorite hobby was golfing.