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Interview with May Goya

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Title: Interview with May Goya
Interviewer: Piianaia, Nancy
Interviewee: Goya, May
Keywords: Food
Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
World War II
Issue Date: 1998
Series/Report no.: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Description: A woman recalls growing up in Waikiki with her parents and large family, McKinley High School activities, and work as a mother's helper/housekeeper. She talks about her arranged marriage, wedding, and new life with in-laws. Includes effects of World War II on the Big Island: martial law, rationing, blackouts, and military presence. Describes fountain business and loco moco and volcano sundae specialties. The 1946 and 1960 tsunamis are discussed, including eye-witness accounts, damages, and long-term impact. Interviewed with Ronald Square Goya.
mother's helper, fountain owner; Okinawan; female
Interview conducted in English.
Sponsor: State, Community
Pages/Duration: 3 hr, 35 min
82 pages
Geographic Coverage: Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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