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Interview with Robert Kinoshita

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Title:Interview with Robert Kinoshita
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
Kodama-Nishimoto, Michiko (interviewer)
Kinoshita, Robert, 1931- (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:56-9-1-10; 56-10-1-10
Abstract:Robert N. Kinoshita, youngest and fourth child of Hatsuno and Jisaburo Kinoshita, was born in 1931 in Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi. His mother tended to the needs of the family, took in the laundry of bachelor workers, and was assigned the daily task of heating and cleaning a community bathhouse. His father, a planting foreman employed by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company and later, co-founder of Pine Isle Market, took an active leadership role in the Japanese community of Lānaʻi. In his youth, Robert Kinoshita helped his mother at the bathhouse, raised and sold chickens, worked in the pineapple fields during summers, and helped with Pine Isle Market milk deliveries. During World War II, his relatives, Masaru Kinoshita and Etsuchi Morikawa, were removed from the island and interned. With the U.S. at war with Japan, he was subjected to anti-Japanese sentiments. In 1950, he graduated from Lānaʻi High and Elementary School. About a year later, he left Lānaʻi, to continue work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine. He later served in the active and reserve army, 1954–1987. President of Pine Enterprises, Inc., he oversees business operations from Honolulu. He and wife, Mildred, raised three children.
Description:Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Honolulu, Oʻahu.
Pages/Duration:49 pages
Appears in Collections: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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