Interview with Eduardo E. Malapit (3/12/1991)

Interview with Eduardo E. Malapit conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 3/12/1991 at the Malapit residence in Poipu, Kauaʻi as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former mayor of Kauai and first Filipino American mayor in the United States discusses his political career and reflects on the Democratic party influence in Hawaiʻi. Topics include: early childhood in Hanapepe, Kauaʻi and his family's several businesses including a pool hall, travel agency, shoe shine stand, and Filipino radio program; experience attending University of Hawaiʻi as a "country" student; meeting Jack Burns and becoming interested in politics in the 1950s; becoming active in politics on Kauaʻi in the 1960s as a Democrat and a Filipino; his first mayoral campaign in 1974; development on Kauai and his role in planning while mayor; leaving office in 1982 and returning to legal work; his final mayoral campaign in 1990; his opinion on the current local politics on Kauaʻi; and his opinion on how Filipinos have fared within the Democratic party in Hawaiʻi. Footage also includes b-roll of a painting of the Malapit Shoe Shine Stand. Interview spans 3 videotapes.

Languages: English


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