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Interview with Takeshi Hirata

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Title: Interview with Takeshi Hirata
Keywords: Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
Issue Date: 1999
Series/Report no.: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume II
Description: A carpenter from Waiakea Homesteads summarizes his family life, schooling, and military service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He describes watching the 1946 tsunami from Hakalau Gulch. As a county maintenance worker, he cleaned up after the tsunami, picking up canned goods and other debris. He was also involved in the post-tsunami cleanup in 1960, salvaging material from Waiakea Elementary School in order to rebuild portable buildings there. Interviewed with Violet Okino Hirata.
carpenter, soldier, country maintenance worker; Japanese; male
Interview conducted in English.
Sponsor: State, Community
Pages/Duration: 1 hr, 30 min
28 pages
Geographic Coverage: Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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