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Interview with Ronald Square Goya

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Title: Interview with Ronald Square Goya
Interviewer: Piianaia, Nancy
Interviewee: Goya, Ronald Square
Keywords: Business
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 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.
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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