Talking Hawaii's Story: Oral Histories of an Island People
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328pp. May 2009
Talking Hawaii's Story: Oral Histories of an Island People
Editor: Kodama-Nishimoto, Michi; Nishimoto, Warren S.; Oshiro, Cynthia A.;
Talking Hawaii’s Story is the first major book in over a generation to present a rich sampling of the landmark work of Hawaii’s Center for Oral History. Twenty-nine extensive oral histories introduce readers to the sights and sounds of territorial Waikiki, to the feeling of community in Palama, in Kona, or on the island of Lanai, and even to the experience of a German national interned by the military government after Pearl Harbor. The result is a collection that preserves Hawaii’s social and cultural history through the narratives of the people who lived it—co-workers, neighbors, family members, and friends.

An Introduction by Warren Nishimoto and Michi Kodama-Nishimoto provides historical context and information about the selection and collection methods. Photos of the interview subjects accompany each oral history. For further reading, an appendix also provides information about the Center for Oral History’s major projects.
A Biography Monograph
Published for the Biographical Research Center, University of Hawai‘i

"Each narrative begins with a brief and helpful contextual biography, paired with personal photos, and is arranged alphabetically. It’s remarkable, then, that apart from some expected repetition about plantation life, the collection has a natural flow and innate variety that provides easy momentum. . . . Many of the people have since passed, but Talking Hawai‘i’s Story preserves their life portraits and wisdom." —Honolulu Advertiser (8 November 2009)
Editor: Kodama-Nishimoto, Michi; Nishimoto, Warren S.; Oshiro, Cynthia A.;
Read a sample chapter (PDF).
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Faustino Baysa: Hawaiiano

Abigail Burgess and Lillian Cameron: A Family Tradition

Agnes Eun Soon Rho Chun: Pälama to Pearl Harbor

Severo Dinson: Kona is the Best

Henry K. Duvauchelle: Hard Work and Pleasures, Too

Martina Kekuewa Fuentevilla: Hänai Granddaughter

Ernest Golden: Like Going to Heaven

Alice Saito Gouveia: A Brave One

Venicia Damasco Guiala: From Classroom to Pineapple Field

Robert Kiyoshi Hasegawa: Unity of the Family

Lemon "Rusty" Holt: The Rascal of Waikïkï

Jennie Lee In: A Basic Personality of Liking People

Mae Morita Itamura: An Independent Woman

Emma Kaawakauo: Waikïkï, It’s Part of Me

Robert Kahele: The Sharecropper

Moses W. "Moke" Kealoha: Proud to be Pälama

Helen Fujika Kusunoki: Fond Memories of Waikïkï

Frederick P. Lowrey: Building a Better Hawai‘i

Ernest A. Malterre, Jr.: Sugar Plantation Memories

Stanley C. Mendes: Togetherness Was There All the Time

Fred Ho‘olae Paoa: My Kälia Home

Irene Cockett Perry: Interwoven Memories of Läna‘i

Alfred Preis: Interned: Experiences of an "Enemy Alien"

Alex Ruiz: Always a Rebel

John Santana: You’re Your Own Boss, Nobody Boss You

Etsuo Sayama: Civilian in Wartime Hawai‘i

Willie Thompson: Working Cowboy

Kazue Iwahara Uyeda: The Store That Carried Everything

Edith Anzai Yonenaka: Recollections from the Windward Side

APPENDIX: CENTER FOR ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS




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