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I‘i/Brown Family: Oral Histories

Kenneth Francis Brown

Kenneth Francis Brown

“She (mother, Julia Davis White) met George I‘i Brown, my father, and they fell in love and got married. Married in Boston. And when she was married in Boston, I’m sure in those days it was really something, kind of interesting to have a local (Boston) girl marry a Hawaiian. Nobody ever said much about it, but it was pretty exotic. And when my grandmother from Hawai‘i came to the Ritz Hotel in Boston for the wedding, she walked into the hotel lobby in her holoku (yoked dress with train) and smoking a roll-your-own cigarette followed by a Japanese maid in a kimono carrying a parrot.” —Kenneth F. Brown

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