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Interview with Takeshi Hirata
|Title:||Interview with Takeshi Hirata|
|Contributors:||Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)|
Hirata, Takeshi (interviewee)
South Hilo (district)
|Series:||Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume II|
|Description:||A carpenter from Waiakea Homesteads summarizes his family life, schooling, and military service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He describes watching the 1946 tsunami from Hakalau Gulch. As a county maintenance worker, he cleaned up after the tsunami, picking up canned goods and other debris. He was also involved in the post-tsunami cleanup in 1960, salvaging material from Waiakea Elementary School in order to rebuild portable buildings there. Interviewed with Violet Okino Hirata.|
carpenter, soldier, country maintenance worker; Japanese; male
Interview conducted in English.
|Pages/Duration:||1 hr, 30 min|
|Coverage (Spatial):||Hilo, Hawaii (island)|
|Appears in Collections:||
Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i|
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