Interview with Toshio Ansai (12/14/1989)

Interview with Toshio Ansai conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Warren Nishimoto on 12/14/1989 in the Ansai residence Wailuku, Maui as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former Maui council member and state senator recalls how he started in elective politics as a Republican of Japanese ancestry. Other topics include: Maui as an agricultural community in the 1920s where the sugar industry held political and social power; memories of living in Stable Camp (plantation) as a young boy; responsibility of government to provide for people's needs; joining the Republican party in the 1930s as a young man among much older political leaders; working as manager of Waiheʻe Dairy and Farm which provided food for employees of Wailuku Sugar Company; riding on horseback to campaign in remote areas like Kaupo and Hana; the slow acceptance of non-White people in leadership roles in industry and government. Interview spans 4 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


  • Public affairs

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