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Interview with Richard King "Kingie" Kimball
|Title:||Interview with Richard King "Kingie" Kimball|
|Interviewee:||Kimball, Richard King "Kingie"|
Hotels and Restaurants
World War II
|Series/Report no.:||Waikiki, 1910 - 1985: Oral Histories|
|Description:||The former owner of Halekulani discusses his family background; parents' management of Haleiwa Hotel; move to Hau Tree (later renamed Halekulani) in 1917; employees, including Japanese waiters and Chinese chefs; polo with Dillinghams; Hawaii Calls, Hawaii Tourist Bureau, and Mark Egan; various hotel jobs; effects of Depression; Gary Uchida and reservations; competiton with Matson's Royal Hawaiian Hotel; manager Bill Kelly; driving two admirals to Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; lack of military coordination; Admiral Nimitz; takeover of Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Willard Inn by military; family versus corporate management; Aloha Week and other promotions; cocktail and convention business; 1956 sale of Halekulani to Norton Clapp; political activities in legislature against Big Five; unions, communism, and John Reinecke; Roy Kelley and different hotel philosophies; involvement in Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawaii Vistior's Bureau, and Pacific Area Travel Association; and Outrigger Canoe Club.|
ranch hand, hotel worker, hotel owner, legislator, board chair, dairy owner; Caucasian; male
Interview conducted in English.
|Pages/Duration:||5 hr, 10 min|
|Geographic Coverage:||Black Point, Oahu|
|Appears in Collections:||Waikiki, 1910–1985: Oral Histories|
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