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Interview with Toshio Yasumatsu

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Title:Interview with Toshio Yasumatsu
Contributors:Kodama-Nishimoto, Michiko (interviewer)
Yasumatsu, Toshio (interviewee)
Hotels and Restaurants
Japanese - Lifestyles
Land and Property
Date Issued:1985
Series:Waikiki, 1910 - 1985: Oral Histories
Source:13-3-1-85 TR
Description:A Japanese man describes his native village; farming tobacco; childhood lessons and games; immigration to Hawaii; Waipahu plantation camp; and hapai ko (cane carrying). He and his wife Taka also talk about their marriage; Moana Hotel pantry work; work at Kapi'olani Clothes Cleaners; purchase of cleaners through tanomoshi (mutual finance association); new store building; effects of World War II on business, including lost opportunity to purchase land; 1946 tidal wave; Aloha Kai community group; and raising children in Waikiki.
sugar plantation laborer, waiter, laundry worker, laundry owner; Japanese; male
Interview conducted in Japanese (translation).
Pages/Duration:1 hr, 30 min
26 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Kapahulu, Oahu
Appears in Collections: Waikiki, 1910–1985: Oral Histories

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