Interview with Clinton Shiraishi (5/15/1991)

Interview with Clinton Shiraishi conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 5/15/1991 in Mr. Shiraishi's law office in Lihue, Kauaʻi as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former Republican territorial representative, state senator and member of the county council of Kauaʻi discusses his political career and the Republican party of Hawaiʻi. Topics include: his military experience in the U.S. Army during WWII including racial tensions in the U.S. South while training at Camp Shelby, and combat in Italy, France and Germany; his post-WWII aspirations of court reporting and law education; first becoming active in Republican politics on Kauaʻi in the 1950s; political support from Filipinos; frustration as a politician in the minority party; 1959 legislative session and the Democrat-Republican coalition; opinions of former Kauaʻi mayors including Francis Ching, Eduardo Malapit; and Tony Kunimura; reflections on the Republican party and his disillusionment with it; opinion of the book "Land and Power in Hawaiʻi"; and his involvement in real estate and the formation of Kauai Realty. Interview spans 4 videotapes.

Languages: English


  • Political
  • Public affairs

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