No, he came over in 1957 before he knew Poncie Ponce. You'd have to talk to some of the old Kalihi school boys to get the reason he left Hawaii. But I'm not sure if they'd talk to someone they don't know. What time period? There were differant locations. There was the school on the east side of Lankershim. It was sort of a combination school/apartment as Leoning and some of his dojo rats lived there in a apartment above the school. The school on the west side, next to "Nudies" wasn't until the early 60's. The dojo rats also stayed there for awhile, sleeping on the tatami mats. But that was short lived as they got tired of having to walk down the street to the health club to shower everyday. I'd name some names, but your "in the know", so you probably already know them and have discussed this with them. Makes me wonder why you even ask, since you seem to contridict every answer you get. Hmm......... Must be that duplicity thing again.