Interview with Richard I. C. Caldito (1/29/1991)

Interview with Richard I. C. Caldito conducted by Warren Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 1/29/1991 in the Hawaiian Life Insurance Co. office Wailuku, Maui as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. A public official of Filipino ancestry shares his experiences as a candidate for public office and member of the Maui County Board of Supervisors. Topics include: immigrating from the Philippines to Maui at 10 years old and experiences on board the 22-day journey on the ship; 1924 Filipino plantation strike; 1954 election and choosing not to join the Republican party; 1956 campaign for supervisor and endorsement from ILWU; political activity of Filipinos and political rallies in the 1950s and 1960s; development of Lahaina and Kaʻanapali as a resort area; being the first Democratic Filipino elected to public office in the United States in 1956; discussion of other Filipinos active in politics including Alfred Laureta; experience visiting the Philippines to accompany General Douglas MacArthur in 1961; the leadership qualities of former Maui mayors Eddie Tam and Elmer Cravalho; and growth of tourism in Maui due to the work of the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA). Interview spans 4 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


  • Public affairs

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