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Interview with Bessie Watson

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Title:Interview with Bessie Watson
Contributors:ʻ&&Hodges, Iwalani (interviewer)
Watson, Bessie (interviewee)
Flora and Fauna
Hawaii (island)
Hawaiians - Lifestyles
Date Issued:1985
Series:Ka Poe Kau Lei: An Oral History of Hawaii's Lei Sellers
Description:Starting out as the middle person between the orchid growers and lei sellers, the owner of Bessie's Lei Stand moved into lei selling. She talks about how she managed the lei business and, at the same time, raised her children.
lei stand proprietor, lei seller, cannery worker, shipyard clerk, flower wholesaler; Hawaiian-Japanese-Irish; female
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:1 hr, 15 min
24 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Aiea, Oahu
Appears in Collections: Ka Po‘e Kau Lei: An Oral History of Hawai‘i’s Lei Sellers

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