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Interview with Richard King "Kingie" Kimball

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Title: Interview with Richard King "Kingie" Kimball
Interviewer: Kodama-Nishimoto, Michi
Nishimoto, Warren
Interviewee: Kimball, Richard King "Kingie"
Keywords: Business
Family Life
Hotels and Restaurants
World War II
Issue Date: 1986
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.
Sponsor: State
Pages/Duration: 5 hr, 10 min
107 pages
Geographic Coverage: Black Point, Oahu
Appears in Collections:Waikiki, 1910–1985: Oral Histories

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