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Ka Po‘e Kau Lei: An Oral History of Hawai‘i’s Lei Sellers
Eleven long-time lei sellers share their experiences on lei making; lei selling on downtown sidewalks, the waterfront, and at the airport; tourism growth; and relationships with wholesalers, the state government, and the military. June 1986, 439 pages, 1 volume, photographs.

Kona Heritage Stores Oral History Project
The Kona Heritage Stores Oral History Project documents the history of general stores in Kona Mauka. August 2006, 508 pages, 1 volume (.pdf), photographs.

The Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawai‘i
With ancestral roots in Oroku, Okinawa, first-, second-, and third-generation participants/observers of family-run restaurants talk about their lives in the restaurant business. February 2004, 429 pages, 1 volume, photographs.

Stores and Storekeepers of Pa‘ia and Pu‘unene, Maui
Individuals directly involved with stores serving the sugar plantation communities of Pa‘ia and Pu‘unene recall the social and economic roles these stores played and how these roles changed over seventy years. June 1980, 1433 pages, 2 volumes, photographs.

Women Workers in Hawai‘i’s Pineapple Industry
Sixteen women field and cannery workers recall their daily work experiences in the pineapple industry and also talk about their domestic lives. June 1979, 1089 pages, 2 volumes, photographs. Slide/tape show on videotape available.

You’ll find COH transcripts and publications at Hawai‘i State Regional Libraries, University of Hawai‘i system libraries, Hawai‘i State Archives, and COH; and interview tapes at Hamilton Library, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.


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