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Keith McCord ReportingNo doubt, eating was a major activity for you today. Many people have holiday traditions-- going to grandma's, for turkey or ham, and pie etc etc. We found a group of folks who always go bowling on Christmas Day, and they eat a lot too!

"Our families have gotten together oh, for the past 45 years."

That's right, this group gets together every Christmas Day--rents out an entire bowling center and has big family party. Between the strikes and spares, there's lots of eating and lots of visiting.

"Sub" Okumura: "We used to get together for all of the major holidays, but after the families expanded, it got to be impractical, no one could do it."

It was getting more and more difficult to find a place big enough to host four generations of the Okumuras, Fukushimas, Aramaki's, Nakayu's, Kasabuchi's-- kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and close friends. They come in from other states too.

"Sub" Okumura: "We've had as many as 60 or 70, very seldom less than 40. I don't think we've ever had a group less than 40."

With everybody bringing food, the menu selection is quite extensive. The goodies are set up just a few steps away from the lanes.

"Sub" Okumura: "It's kind of a pot luck. We have everything from sashimi to prime rib for dinner."

Obviously, these folks love bowling. Many of them have bowled in leagues for years.

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