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Kid Days

Aloha e,

The joy of the holiday season often emanates from children. We have delved into our moving image archive and are pleased to share “kid time” stories from ʻOlaʻa and Waipahu.

Noboru Shimabuku and Henry Texiera grew up on Hawaiʻi Island’s ʻOlaʻa Plantation. When we interviewed them in 1996 they were both retired. Initially they teased each other about trips to “Vegas” but soon switched to talk story about games they used to play!

Historian and former Oʻahu plantation seamstress, Barbara Kawakami, echoes the notion that kid times meant toys and activities that didn’t cost money. Climbing trees, picking plums, mango, avocado, and guava that grew in abundance, was both fun and profitable!

I hope you enjoy these stories.

This has been a difficult year, but thanks to friends like you, we have almost reached our funding goal for production of the Ah Quon McElrath documentary.

Thank you for your support. Wishing you and your family, happy and safe holidays!


Chris Conybeare

Executive Producer

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