Interview with Doris Taketa Kimura

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2014
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Nishimoto, Warren
Kodama-Nishimoto, Michi
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Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Doris Taketa Kimura, second of five daughters, was born in Waipahu, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, in 1926. Her parents, Torao and Misu Taketa, were immigrants from Kumamoto-ken, Japan. The couple served as principal and teacher at Wailea Japanese-language School on the Big Island of Hawai‘i and Makawao Japanese-language School on Maui. On December 7, 1941, Torao Taketa was removed from his home and detained at a facility in Wailuku, Maui. Family members were allowed to visit him there before he was sent to the Sand Island Detention Center. With Torao Taketa’s incarceration and the closing of Japanese-language schools, the family had no means of support. By late December 1942, Misu Taketa informed her daughters that the government would be moving them to the U.S. Mainland. The Taketas were transported to Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas while their father was held at various facilities, including ones in New Mexico and Louisiana. At Camp Livingston, Louisiana, he received a visit from family. Separated from family for almost three years, Torao Taketa was eventually reunited with his family at Tule Lake Segregation Center in California. At war’s end, the Taketas returned to the islands, settling on O‘ahu where Torao Taketa searched for employment. At one time, he worked at a brewery; another time, he washed dishes. Later, with very little or no knowledge of cooking, he opened a saimin stand. Doris and her husband, Stanley, founded and operated the House of Photography, a business still continued by two of their six children on O‘ahu.
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