Interview with Takeshi Hirata

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1999
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A carpenter from Waiakea Homesteads summarizes his family life, schooling, and military service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He describes watching the 1946 tsunami from Hakalau Gulch. As a county maintenance worker, he cleaned up after the tsunami, picking up canned goods and other debris. He was also involved in the post-tsunami cleanup in 1960, salvaging material from Waiakea Elementary School in order to rebuild portable buildings there. Interviewed with Violet Okino Hirata.
carpenter, soldier, country maintenance worker; Japanese; male
Interview conducted in English.
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Natural Disasters, South Hilo (district)
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