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Interview with Robert Tsumura

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Title:Interview with Robert Tsumura
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Kodama-Nishimoto, Michiko (interviewer)
Tsumura, Robert, 1939- (interviewee)
Date Issued:2014
Publisher:Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Series:Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future
Source:56-17-1-11; 56-18-1-11
Abstract:Robert Tsumura was born in Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi in 1939. His parents, originally from Honolulu, Oʻahu, moved to Lānaʻi two years prior. His father, Masashi “Mustache” Tsumura, initially employed as a field work supervisor, later became a personnel supervisor and athletic coordinator for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Still later, he became director of the Lānaʻi Community Welfare Association that took care of the island’s gym, theater, bowling alley, and other services. His mother, Helen Tsumura, was employed in the Hawaiian Pineapple Company administrative office. Robert Tsumura and his younger sister attended Lānaʻi High and Elementary School and Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Oʻahu. During his summer vacations, he, too, worked for Hawaiian Pineapple Company, picking pineapple and helping in the experimental department. He studied at the University of Hawaiʻi and entered military service. Later, he held various jobs before a long career with Island Movers. Retired since 2001, he and his family reside on Oʻahu.
Description:Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Honolulu, Oʻahu.
Pages/Duration:26 pages
Appears in Collections: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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