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Interview with Ronald Square Goya

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Title:Interview with Ronald Square Goya
Contributors:Piianaia, Nancy (interviewer)
Goya, Ronald Square (interviewee)
Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
World War II
Date Issued:1998
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Source:29-15-1-98, 29-16-1-98, 29-17-2-98, 29-18-2-98
Description:A Hilo native remembers his parents and growing up in Shinmachi. He recalls his family's service station/grocery store. His arranged marriage and long-distance engagement are also discussed. 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 remembered, including eye-witness accounts, damages, and long-term impact. Interviewed with May Goya.
service station owner, storekeeper, fountain owner; Okinawan; male
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:3 hr, 35 min
82 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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