Hazel Nishimura

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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Interview with Hazel Nishimura, Darryl Tagami, Betty Young, Marian Yong by Edward Glazier. All four interviewees are current or retired employees of the Honolulu Lab which became the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

Hazel Nishimura grew up in Hawaii and worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service Honolulu Lab retiring as Head Librarian in 1990 after 30 years. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors in History and from Case Western University with a Master's in Library Science.

Interview covers contain discussions of: family and behind the scenes stories of life at the Honolulu Lab, changes in technology, quality of publications, prices of real estate and tuitions in Hawaii, other agencies including the Pacific Ocean Fisheries Investigation (POFI), Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, and Fish and Wildlife Service, research vessels both foreign and domestic, high school and college days, life and death at the fisheries, lifestyle and culture in the sciences, ghost stories, and coffee in a Bunsen burner.

Hazel Nishimura, Darryl Tagami, Betty Young, and Marian Yong provide a rich and lively discussion about the Honolulu Lab and life on Oahu which underscores the indisputable importance of people and social interaction among local residents of the Hawaiian Islands.

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