Interview with Ernest Kapuamailani Kai (5/11/1988)

Interview with Ernest Kapuamailani Kai conducted by Chris Conybeare and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 5/11/1988 in the Kai residence Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. The secretary (equivalent to lieutenant governor) of Hawaiʻi during the war describes the turnover of the government to the military on December 7, 1941. A Democrat, he also discusses how he became disenchanted with party politics. Other topics include his family's ties to Hawaiian royalty; his entry into territorial politics; private law practice with Judge William Heen after the war; campaign for lieutenant governor in 1962; conflicts with John Burns; relationship with Jack Hall; and opposition to statehood by some Hawaiians. Also includes photographs of Kai as acting territorial governor, and with Gov. Stainback. Interview spans 4 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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