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Honolulu, HI

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Sabas T. Jamito

Sabas T. Jamito, Tagalog, was born in Camarines Norte, Philippines on January 12, 1912. At the age of five months, he and his family immigrated to the Big Island of Hawaii. Until 1922, when the family moved to Hilo, Sabas lived on various sugar plantations: Papaaloa, Paauilo, Ookala, and Olaa. While in Hilo, Sabas helped his father in the sugarcane fields and earned money as a shoe shine boy. He attended Kapiolani School, Hila Union School, Hilo Intermediate, and Hila High. In 1929, Sabas began his boxing career in Hilo, making five dollars a fight.

Warren Nishimoto Honolulu, HI University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History Kalihi: Place of Transition
David T. Souza

David Souza, Portuguese, was born February 7, 1906, in Honolulu. His father, a former storekeeper, died when David was three years old. The family then moved to Kalihi Valley, where David has lived ever since. He attended schools in Kalihi Valley and Kalihi Waena and graduated from St. Louis in 1926. During this time, David participated in community- and school-sponsored sports. After graduating from St. Louis, David worked as a wharf clerk for the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company. He remained there until 1952. He then became a wharf clerk for Thea H. Davies and Co., Ltd.

Warren Nishimoto Honolulu, HI University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History Kalihi: Place of Transition
Augustina Villa

Agustina (Abaya) Villa, Ilocano, was born in Dingras, !locos Norte, Philippines on August 28, 1893 . The fifth of six children, Agustina helped support the family by taking in laundry from the people of her barrio. She also sewed clothing. Agustina married Antonio Villa in 1913 . In 1924, Antonio left for Hawaii to find work in the sugarcane fields. He was assigned to Lahaina, Maui. Agustina remained in the Philippines and continued sewing and laundering until 1931, when she and two of her children joined Antonio in Lahaina .

Fernando Zialcita Honolulu, HI University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History Kalihi: Place of Transition
John Vegas

John Vegas, Puerto Rican, the sixth of fifteen children, was born on November 30, 1912, in North Kohala, Hawaii.  His parents immigrated to North Kohala from Puerto Rico in 1901.  Antone Vegas, John's father,worked as a laborer at Kohala's Union Mill Plantation.  In 1924, the family moved to Honolulu where Antone Vegas worked as a track layer for Honolulu Rapid Transit (HRT).  They rented their first home in Honolulu near Middle and Rose Streets in Kalihi.  From there, the family moved to different homes in the Kalihi area.  John attended Likelike School where he completed the fifth grade.

Warren Nishimoto Honolulu, HI University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History Kalihi: Place of Transition
Akira Otani

Akira Otani, a man of Japanese descent, describes life in Kaka'ako and of Japanese who used to live in that area during his childhood. He also talks about life after Pearl Harbor was bombed, being a Territorial Guard and the life of Japanese in Hawaii.  Otani describes being in the 442nd regimental combat team and about his father being sent to be interned at Sand Island due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Otani describes his father's fish business in Aala Marketplace, his father's role as landlord of Aala Marletplace and the fish peddling business there. 

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

In his role as Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Dr. Seki provides the science direction and oversight of research activities that support stewardship of living marine resources in the vast expanse of the Pacific Islands Region. Since joining NOAA Fisheries in 1980, Dr. Seki has conducted extensive fisheries, oceanographic, and ecosystem research on many marine species in the Pacific. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and participated in over 20 domestic and international research surveys.

Molly Graham Honolulu, HI NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Leonard Yamada

Oral history interview with Leonard Yamada. 

Bob Moffitt Honolulu, HI NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage Project
Kurt Kawamoto

Oral history interview with Kurt Kawamoto.

Bob Moffitt Honolulu, HI NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage Project
Fritz Amtsburg

Oral history interview with Fritz Amtsburg.

Bob Moffitt Honolulu, HI NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage Project
Kenny Corder

Oral history interview with Kenny Corder.

Bob Moffitt Honolulu, HI NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Hawai‘i Bottomfish Heritage Project

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