Interview with Chiyozo "Joe" Shiramizu (5/15/1991)

Interview with Chiyozo "Joe" Shiramizu conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 5/15/1991 at Kauaʻi Community College Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former Kauai county supervisor and council member shares memories of growing up on the plantation. Covered also are his recollections as a longtime Republican county council member and his reflections on the future of the Republican party in Hawaiʻi. Other topics include: experiences growing up in Mill Camp at Hanamaʻulu Plantation; his Buddhist education; working at Lihue Plantation; joining the 1946 strike even though he was employed as part of the management team; the Lihue Plantation News publication for employees; early experiences in politics and joining the Republican party; his work as a sportswriter for publisher Charlie Fern at the Garden Island newspaper; the issues he supported while on the Kauaʻi County Council from 1959 - 1972 including public transportation and the bus system; and his opinions about the Kauaʻi mayors that he served under including Tony Baptiste, Raymond Aki, Hartwell Blake, and Antone Vidinha. Interview spans 3 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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