Interview with Raymond X. Aki (3/12/1991)
Interview with Raymond X. Aki conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 3/12/1991 in the Aki residence in Poipu, Kauai as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former board chairman and executive officer of the County Council of Kauai discusses his political career. Topics include: how he learned about politics from his father who was a politician and advisor to Prince Kuhio; plantations' and Republican party's hold on politics pre-WWII; experiences working for Dole cannery and pay discrepancies; experiences working at sea on freighters during WWII; his mother's background and being adopted and raised by the Wilcox family, traveling to San Francisco with Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1898, and her career as a school teacher; living in New Zealand after WWII and returning to Hawaiʻi in 1946 and entering the insurance industry; becoming involved in union organizing in the 1950s; 1958 campaign for board of supervisors on an economic development platform; and his experiences on the Kauai board of supervisors, as chairman, and later as a lobbyist. Interview spans 3 videotapes.
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