Hawai‘i Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project: Oral History and Community Archiv

October 11, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 410

Aloha Grill, Columbia Inn, Kapiolani Coffee Shop, and the list goes on. The Hawai‘i Okinawan Restaurant Project has documented over 325 beloved local restaurants in Hawai‘i owned by Okinawans, with oral histories, photos, menus, and other priceless memories. In this presentation, the Project Leaders will share about their process, the traveling exhibits they have created from this tremendous work, and their visions for next steps in preserving this community history.

For a related resource, see the oral histories compiled by the Center for Oral History in 2002–2003 on the Hawai‘i-Oroku connection, and available online-- https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/29808/browse?type=title&submit_browse=Title

Gene Kaneshiro was the last general manager of Columbia Inn prior to its closure. He then managed the DOE school lunch program for sixteen years, and is currently retired.
Howard Takara worked at his dad’s restaurant for ten years while attending school. He graduated from UH with a degree in Civil Engineering, and retired from the City and County of Honolulu as a transportation planner and engineer.

Event Sponsor
Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

More Information
(808) 956-3774, biograph@hawaii.edu, http://www.facebook.com/CBRHawaii

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