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Interview with Warren Osako

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Title:Interview with Warren Osako
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Osako, Warren, 1946- (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
Abstract:Warren Michio Osako, youngest of four children, was born in 1946 in Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi. His parents, Mitsue and Yoshikazu Osako, originally from Hawaiʻi Island, moved to Lānaʻi in 1937. In the early years, his mother worked as a maid in a plantation manager’s home, later she worked at the Lānaʻi Post Office. His father worked as a foreman in the Hawaiian Pineapple Company’s machine shop where machinery was repaired and fabricated for plantation use. Warren Osako attended grades K-8 at Lānaʻi High and Elementary School. In 1960, he began his high school years at Oʻahu’s Mid-Pacific Institute. Graduating in 1964, he completed college courses in California and Hawaiʻi, later earning a degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. During his youth and young adulthood, he worked summers on Lānaʻi: picking pineapple, doing field surveys, and driving a delivery truck for Pine Isle Market. While in the U.S. Army, 1966–1969, he received language-training in Korean and was stationed in Korea. From 1970 to 2004, he was employed as a flight attendant by United Airlines. Retired and residing in Lānaʻi, Warren Osako is a volunteer at the Lānaʻi Culture and Heritage Center. He also serves on the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission.
Description:Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi.
Pages/Duration:25 pages
Appears in Collections: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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