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Interview with Violet Okino Hirata

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Title:Interview with Violet Okino Hirata
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Hirata, Violet Okino (interviewee)
Keywords:Family Life
Hotels and Restaurants
Natural Disasters
South Hilo (district)
Date Issued:1999
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume II
Description:Hilo-born daughter of hotel owners recalls her family's business and clientele. She describes working in the hotel and watching over her younger brothers. In the hotel with her family when the tsunami hit, she chronicles the escape of family members, including brother George who was trapped under rubble, and the demise of a hotel guest. Interviewed with Takeshi Hirata.
hotel worker, hairdresser; Japanese; female
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:1 hr, 30 min
28 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Hilo, Hawaii (island)
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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