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Interview with Toshio Yasumatsu

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Title: Interview with Toshio Yasumatsu
Interviewer: Kodama-Nishimoto, Michiko
Interviewee: Yasumatsu, Toshio
Keywords: Business
Hotels and Restaurants
Japanese - Lifestyles
Land and Property
Issue Date: 1985
Series/Report no.: Waikiki, 1910 - 1985: Oral Histories
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).
Sponsor: State
Pages/Duration: 1 hr, 30 min
26 pages
Geographic Coverage: Kapahulu, Oahu
Appears in Collections:Waikiki, 1910–1985: Oral Histories

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