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Interview with Sam Uyehara

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Title:Interview with Sam Uyehara
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Uyehara, Sam (interviewee)
Keywords:Family Life
Hotels and Restaurants
Land and Ownership
Plantation Life
Date Issued:1986
Series:Waikiki, 1910 - 1985: Oral Histories
Source:13-67-1-86, 13-68-2-86, 13-69-3-86
Description:The proprietor of Smile Cafe talks about his childhood and schooling in Pepeekeo and Papaikou on the Big Island; father's kompang (group sugar cultivation) contract; chores and summer work; Maukaloa home and neighbors; plantation baseball; Pepeekeo Plantation carpentry work; move to Honolulu; construction work; Makanoe Lane home leased from Magoon; and surrounding neighborhood. He also discusses the opening of Smile Cafe on former Aloha Park land; lease and later purchase of land; remodeling; employees and customers; menu and suppliers; post-Prohibition bar; Quarterback Club; December 7, 1941; wartime customer boom of defense workers and soldiers; Japanese and Okinawan internees; post-war Ford Island cafeteria; 1947 government condemnation of land; move to Kapiolani Boulevard; AJA (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) baseball league; and cafe closing and retirement in 1962.
sugar plantation worker, carpenter, construction worker, restaurant owner; Okinawan; male
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:3 hr, 7 min
56 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Pauoa, Oahu
Appears in Collections: Waikiki, 1910–1985: Oral Histories

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