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    Principal Investigator:
    Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto
  • Interviews with residents of Aala Park, Hawaii, sharing first hand accounts of A'ala Rengo, which served as the center of the Japanese retail community in the 1930s and '40s. 

Interviewee Sort descending Collection Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Akira Otani Aala Park

Akira Otani, born in Honolulu, Hawai'i in 1921, grew up in a predominantly Japanese neighborhood with a strong fishing industry presence. His father ran a fish stall and wholesale business, while his mother worked in the fish and pineapple canneries. Otani's father had little involvement at home due to his work schedule, and Otani and his siblings had to take care of themselves. He attended Pohukaina School, a Japanese-language school with strict discipline, and later pursued a college preparatory program at Washington Intermediate School and McKinley High School.

Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto , , Honolulu, HI University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History