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Interview with Alfred Lopez

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Title:Interview with Alfred Lopez
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Lopez, Alfred, 1932- (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:Alfred Lopez, second of six children, was born in 1932 in Lahaina, Maui, to Emily and Sabino Lopez. His mother was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. His father was an immigrant field laborer from the Philippines. On Maui, the family resided in Pioneer Sugar Company’s Kiawe Camp. In 1935, the family moved to Lānaʻi where his father did field work, first as a mule man, later as a luna, or foreman. His mother, while tending to the family and household, took in workers’ laundry. Alfred Lopez attended Lānaʻi High and Elementary School. Married at an early age, he entered the labor force, holding down various jobs, including setting pins at the bowling alley, working at the theater, cleaning yards, and doing construction jobs. In the mid-1950s, he began working at Pine Isle Market where he was assigned various tasks. He also did pineapple field work and road work. Retired from employment with the State of Hawaiʻi (Highways and Airport Division), he still continues to work at Pine Isle Market. He and his wife Alfonsa have a family of five children, fifteen grandchildren, and thirty-three great-grandchildren.
Description:Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi.
Pages/Duration:49 pages
Appears in Collections: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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