Interview with Jack Suwa (6/10/1991)

Interview with Jack Suwa conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 6/10/1991 in the Hawaiʻi State Department of Agriculture building Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Big Island legislative veteran connects his personal background to his legislative support of education and medical benefits for the elderly. Also discussed is the state budget under Governor George Ariyoshi. Other topics include: his early childhood and adoption; the community and ethnicities in Kurtistown during his childhood; experiences during the 1958 and 1959 legislatures; advocating for health care support and statehood; serving as a delegate to the 1968 Con-con; his leadership style as finance chairman for 10 years; opinion of George Ariyoshi's administration; eradication of TB-infected Molokai cattle; serving in the Transportation department and later in the department of Agriculture; creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and his reflection on the Democratic party and the development of modern politics in Hawaiʻi. Interview spans 4 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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