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Interview with Gussie Ornellas

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Title: Interview with Gussie Ornellas
Interviewer: Kodama, Michiko
Interviewee: Ornellas, Gussie
Keywords: Honolulu (district)
Issue Date: 1984
Series/Report no.: Kalihi: Place of Transition
Description: Born in 1900, "Gussie" (Lopez) Ornellas, Portuguese, has been a lifelong resident of Kamanaiki Street in Kalihi Valley, Oahu. The youngest girl among a family of nine sons and three daughters, 11 Gussie11 has spent most of her life as a homemaker, taking care of her younger brothers and her own children.

As a youth, she attended Sacred Hearts Convent School, played with the neighborhood children, and helped her mother with household chores. At the age of twenty-two, she married Frank Ornellas. She later gave birth to three daughters and two sons . Two daughters, however, lost their lives on December 7, 1941, when shrapnel unexpectedly hit their Kalihi Valley home.

Now a grandmother, "Gussie" still participates in community activities and is an active member of Our Lady of the Mount Church.
Interview conducted in English.
Sponsor: State
Pages/Duration: 41 pages
Geographic Coverage: Honolulu, Oahu
Appears in Collections:Kalihi: Place of Transition

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