Joe A. Joseph

Joe A. Joseph
Location of Interview
Collection Name

Kalihi: Place of Transition


This project features life history interviews with present and former longtime residents of Kalihi, a multi-ethnic working-class district located west of downtown Honolulu, which has a long history as a home of island immigrants.

Date of Interview
Biographical Sketch

Joe A. Joseph, Portuguese-Hawaiian, was born in Kalihi on March 10, 1913.  His father, Antone Joseph ( 11Antone Joe 11 ) owned a dairy located near the present site of Kalihi Shopping Center. As a youth, Joe helped his father at the dairy. Joe attended Kalihi-Waena Elementary School and completed the ninth grade at Kalakaua Intermediate. In 1932, he began work as a surveyor at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Just prior to World War II, Joe moonlighted as a nightclub bouncer. Until 1945, Joe, along with his brothers, helped at the family-run dairy. Joe retired from Pearl Harbor in 1968. He presently works as a security guard at Kalihi Bowl. He and his wife, the former Victoria Gomes, live in Kailua. The couple has four children and numerous grandchildren.

Scope and Content Note
A retired Pearl Harbor worker who moonlighted as a bouncer discusses life in Kalihi.

Keywords: Dairies, Honolulu (district), Natural Disasters, Police Officer, Recreation Working Conditions

Program Note:  
This interview is part of the Center for Oral History's project Kalihi: Place of Transition. Interviews from this project are available in the Center's ScholarSpace open access repository.

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