Kauai: As It Was in the 1940s and '50s
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280pp. November 2004
Kauai: As It Was in the 1940s and '50s
Author: Ashman, Mike;
Kauai As It Was In The 1940s and '50s is a lively first-hand account of life on Kauai as it was lived in the radio days of the 1940s and 1950s. Author Mike Ashman, a popular radio announcer for KTOH, Kauai's first commercial radio station, takes readers back to the days when sugar plantations were the center of island life, and Honolulu was a far, faraway place. Ashman's cast of characters include "Mr. Kauai," Charlie Fern, the long-time editor of The Garden Island newspaper, the local musicians he shared a bandstand with, the famous, and the infamous. Ashman captures the pathos of Kauai's tight-knit community in the uncertain days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the era when the island emerged from its rural isolation in the heady post-war years of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Distributed for Kauai Historical Society
Author: Ashman, Mike;
Mike Ashman arrived in Hawaii from his home in San Francisco as a young man in the heyday of radio to become one of the first announcers on The Garden Island newspaper's KTOH, the first commercial radio station to broadcast from Kauai. He departed to the mainland in the weeks prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, and returned to KTOH in the post-war era, becoming a Kauai celebrity thanks to his many live, on-site radio broadcasts. Today, Ashman lives in Princeville and eastern Washington.



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