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Interview with Minerva Saiki Hayakawa

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Title:Interview with Minerva Saiki Hayakawa
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Hayakawa, Minerva Saiki (interviewee)
Ethnic Relations
Family Life
Natural Disasters
World War II
Date Issued:1998
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume I
Source:29-6-1-98, 29-7-2-98
Description:A woman of Hawaiian, Japanese, and Scotch ancestry describes family life growing up in Hilo. She remembers her father, a bank employee who was interned in World War II, and her mother, a teacher who taught her at Hilo Union School. Hayakawa worked at Hilo Rice Mill, the family's wholesaling business, which survived the April 1, 1946 tsunami but was washed away in the 1960 tsunami. Also contributing to the interview was her daughter, Naomi Hayakawa.
social worker, rice mill manager; Japanese; female
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:48 min
47 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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