Interview with John T. Ushijima (10/27/1989)

Interview with John T. Ushijima conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Larry Meacham on 10/27/1989 in the KHET studio Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Retired senate president traces the changes in the makeup of the legislature from statehood through the 1980s. Politics on the neighbor islands and inside the legislature are also discussed. He also speaks of his mentor, Martin Pence. Other topics include: his experiences during WWII as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team; how Japanese American veterans felt about Hawaiʻi upon returning from WWII; factionalism in the legislature in the 1960s; memories of John Burns and his vision for Hawaiʻi; and what he sees are the current issues facing Hawaii including building up of neighbor islands, tourism, and economic diversification. Interview spans 6 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


  • Music

This has been a small clip of the full video available. For more information about this title and the materials associated with it, please contact the archive.