After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Feb 23 2010
February 23, 2010 – "Talking Hawai'i's Story: Oral Histories from Hawai'i Island"
Oral histories reflect the common identity, shared values, and survival of a unique culture that gave rise to and sustained a special sense of community in twentieth-century Hawai`i. Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Warren Nishimoto of the University of Hawai`i-Manoa have listened to the life stories of island people for thirty years. They share observations of men and women who speak of their own times and lives as well as that of their parents and grandparents. The Center's third and newest book, Talking Hawai'i's Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, contains narratives from over 800 interviews. In this program, the Nishimotos focus on Hawai'i Island residents—a Kona coffee farmer, a former sugar plantation worker, a Kona rancher and Native Hawaiians who worked the land and fished the waters in the old Hawaiian style.