Ken Kendro
(1929-2007)
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Selamat jalan eyang  / Arrka Bratasena (Online Friend )
Selamat jalan menuju tanah abadi eyang. Jangan lupa kalau kesebelasan Jerman main lagi sama Brazil, nonton ya. Karena nanti Jerman yang akan pasti unggul.
Net Virtual Friend  / Rovicky Putrohari (Net Virtual Friend )
Saya sengaja menuliskan memori saya dengan Eyang Kendro dengan Bahasa Indonesia, karena saya memang selalu berkomunikasi dengan beliau dengan bahasa Indonesia. Dimulai sejak mengikuti mailing list UGM-club di Yahoogroups. Kemudian di Kampung-UGM.
Saya belum pernah bertemu dengan beliau tetapi saya merasa mengenal beliau karena komunikasi lewat dunia maya.

Seringkali beliau memberikan wejangan-wejangan gaya Jawanya. Walaupun tidak dengan bahasa Jawa, tetapi nuansa Jawa terlihat dari tutur kata yang runtut dan sopan.

Selamat jalan Pakdhe Kendro, wejangan anda akan aku ingat.

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In memory of an "Elder Father"  / Alfina R. Wilson (Fellow Indonesian Citizen in Hawaii )
I know Ken Kendro for about 13 years, since my arrival in Hawaii in October 1993. It was a different time back then, when we communicate mostly over phone and newsletters, meeting during gatherings of Indonesian Community and Students in Hawaii. I immediately "adopted" Mr. Kendro as my "Pakde" which is a Javanese term that translates as "Elder Father" - an alternative term for "uncle" except it acknowledges that this "uncle" is not just any other 'uncle'. Rather, he is a 'father' figure who is older than your own biological father.

In Javanese, a Pakde has a highly regarded status in familial relationship, as he is older than someone's own parents - which makes his words carrying more weight than your own parents words. Even your parents would show deference to an "elder" father or mother, because of the age difference.

And so a relationship was formed! Pakde Kendro had always been liberal in "adopting" any newly arriving Indonesian students as his "nephews," "nieces" and lately "grandchildren." Almost all Indonesian students in Hawaii would refer to him as "Eyang" (grandfather) Kendro up until his last days.

To me, he is always been my Pakde - who has a lot of stories about the Javanese Wayang Kulit (Leather shadow puppets) stories, based on the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. Even better, Pakde Kendro always knew how to make these mythological characters understandable to some of us who do not necessarily understand ancient Javanese language.

I will never forget his love for Wayang Kulit and Gamelan. I still have his five-email installment of the story of Batara Ismaya a.k.a Semar somewhere in my archive. And it still brought smile to my face when I think of his Wayang Kulit vignette of local Indonesian socio-econo-political situation that he wrote in the form of dialog between Kyai Lurah Semar and his three manas-putron (adopted sons), Gareng, Semar and Petruk. Some others who are Wayang lovers may remember this and may even crack a smile or two!

Safe journey, Pakde Kendro! Your work on this Earth is now completed. It is time for you to rest in peace, and allow the rest of us to take over and continue on until it is our turn to pass the baton over to the next generation!

With fond memory,
Alfina Sarasvati Wilson
My fond Farewell to a great man  / Paul Kuromoto (former YMCA colleague )

I can remember very fondly meeting Ken at the Central YMCA when I first started as a YMCA director. He was the gentle man that made you feel welcome from the first day you met him. Always smiling and always caring, he was the role model for all of us.

Although our paths have taken different routes for many years, I will miss him. I will always remember the wonderful memories he leaves behind.

My deepest condolences to Chace and all of the family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Farewell, Ken. You lived a great life and did so much for others. I know you are with our father and still smiling at us all....

Paul

Selamat jalan Oom Kendro  / Ktut Sukarno (family)  Read >>
Selamat jalan Oom Kendro  / Ktut Sukarno (family)
Selamat jalan Oom Kendro, semoga  menikmati damai abadi di sorga.
My deepest condolences

Ktut Sukarno
Jl. Jetski no. 1
Arcamanik Endah
Bandung 40293
Indonesia
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The Memory Remains  / Bayu F. Nugroho (Bastari Family (Lamongan) )  Read >>
The Memory Remains  / Bayu F. Nugroho (Bastari Family (Lamongan) )
I remembered, it was some time in year 2000 (if I'm not mistaken), we organized a "halal-bihalal" in our home (Serpong - Indonesia). Eyang Kendro came far away from Hawaii to met us, the big family of Bastari.

I think, that was the biggest 'halal-bihalal' that our family ever held. Since we knew that Eyang K will come, many of other families willing not to miss this event. So, we had a very good time together.

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to communicate with Eyang K. But my Indonesians relatives who ever visit Hawaii and met Eyang K, told me that he was such a kind and very generous person.

Please accept our deepest condolences to Chace and family. May the Lord bless Eyang K in heaven.

With sympathy,
Bayu Fajar Nugroho

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The Memory Remains  / Bayu F. Nugroho (Bastari Family )  Read >>
The Memory Remains  / Bayu F. Nugroho (Bastari Family )
I remembered, it was some time in year 2000 (if I'm not mistaken), we organized a "halal-bihalal" in our home (Serpong - Indonesia). Eyang Kendro came far away from Hawaii to met us, the big family of Bastari. 

I think, that was the biggest 'halal-bihalal' that our family ever held. Since we knew that Eyang K will come, many of other families willing not to miss this event. So, we had a very good time together.

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to communicate with Eyang K. But my Indonesians relatives who ever visit Hawaii and met Eyang K, told me that he was such a kind and very generous person.

Please accept our deepest condolences  to Chace and family. May the Lord bless Eyang K in heaven.

With sympathy,
Bayu Fajar Nugroho



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To The Kendro Family  / Robert E. Cole (Friend)  Read >>
To The Kendro Family  / Robert E. Cole (Friend)
Dear Chace and others in the Kendro Family:

Maxi and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Ken's death. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all of you in his family during this time of great loss.

On the tennis court, Ken was always a ray of sunshine, smiling, upbeat...a true and very skilled sportsman. And always an honor and privilege to play with, either as partner or opponent.

But even more, I valued our discussions off the court, on other matters, always seeming to find lots of interesting things to talk about. I especially enjoyed his stories of growing up in Indonesia--his play on their Olympic soccer team and his service as a teen age soldier in the Indonesian revolution. I recall his saying, "I learned more about my home culture from my weekly trips to Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii than I ever did from growing up in Indonesia." And he helped us learn, as well.

For many years, the UH campus remained the focus of that interest, the site not only where he studied his past but also where he played concerts in his beloved Gamelan orchestra and in the Randi Theater productions that originated in Sumatra. We were fortunate and grateful for his generosity in inviting us to these delightful events.

We have all lost a great friend.

From:  Bob and Maxine Cole Close
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