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Interview with Albert Halape Morita

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Title: Interview with Albert Halape Morita
Interviewer: Nishimoto, Warren
Interviewee: Morita, Albert Halape, 1950-
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Series/Report no.: Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future
Abstract: Albert Halape Morita, one of eight children, was born in 1950 in Hoʻolehua, Molokaʻi, to Richard and Anita Morita. At the time of Albert’s birth, his father was a police officer on Molokaʻi. About a year later, the family moved to Lānaʻi where Richard Morita secured the position of fish and game warden – a position he held for twenty-five years. The Moritas resided in Kōʻele, former headquarters of Lānaʻi Ranch. Their neighbors were the Richardsons, the Kwons, the Sakamotos, and the McGuires. As a youth, Albert Morita hiked, camped, fished, hunted, and participated in horse-related activities. A 1968 graduate of Lānaʻi High and Elementary School, he majored in animal technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Returning to Lānaʻi in 1972, he was employed by the Kōʻele Company in nursery and beach park maintenance at Maunalei and Hulopoʻe. Following his father’s retirement as Lānaʻi’s sole fish and game warden, Albert Morita was hired as one of two conservation officers by the State of Hawaiʻi. Retired since 2007, he still resides on Lānaʻi. He is an active volunteer with the Lānaʻi Culture and Heritage Center.
Description: Interview conducted in English.
Interview conducted at Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi.
Pages/Duration: 21 pages
Appears in Collections:Lānaʻi: Reflecting on the Past; Bracing for the Future

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