Interview with Mike Tokunaga, session 2 of 2 (10/17/1989)

Interview with Mike Tokunaga conducted by Larry Meacham and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 10/17/1989 in Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Democratic party organizer reflects on the building of the Democratic party, Hawaiʻi statehood movement, and the gubernatorial campaigns of John Burns, George Ariyoshi, and John Waihee. Topics include: candidate slate-making; Burns' strategy for statehood; ILWU political support; importance of public relations and media in campaigns; Lyndon Johnson's support for Burns' 1962 campaign; how his work as a field representative with HGEA increased his political contacts; organizing Burns' cabinet; 1966 lieutenant governor race between Kenny Brown and Tom Gill and the conflict this caused between Gill and Burns; "Catch a Wave" 1970 campaign film; and reflections on the changes within the Democratic party since the 1950s and his opinions on the future of the party. Interview spans 6 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English

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