Interview with Masaru "Pundy" Yokouchi (11/9/1989)

Interview with Masaru "Pundy" Yokouchi conducted by Larry Meacham and Warren Nishimoto on 11/9/1989 in Mr. Yokouchi's Valley Isle Realty office in Wailuku, Maui as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. A Maui Democratic party campaigner who grew up in his family's bakery tells of his immersion into politics and his support of Nadao Yoshinaga and John Burns. He also talks about his experiences as a realtor and arts commissioner. Other topics include how he got his nickname "Pundy" from his childhood working in family bakery; membership in Wailuku business and professional groups; political organizing on Maui in the 1950s; memories of Maui Mayor Eddie Tam; the film To Catch a Wave and how it influenced the 1970 Burns campaign for governor; getting into real estate as part of an investment hui; discussion and footage of a Tadashi Sato painting in Yokouchi's office; and his work as commissioner of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Interview spans 7 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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