An Unlikely Revolutionary
Matsuo Takabuki and the Making of Modern Hawai`i
Publication Year: 1998
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
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SOMETIMES WONDER why this book needed to be written. I did not care to respond to the many things written about me, largely uncomplimentary, in books and newspapers. I treasure my privacy too much, and I do not have an egotistical urge to do a book on myself. ...
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"SOCIAL REVOLUTIONARY” IS not a term that one would normally associate with Matsuo (“Matsy”) Takabuki. Well-known in the Hawaiian Islands over the past four decades as a financial and political leader, Takabuki has been largely viewed as a prominent member of the island establishment. ...
PROLOGUE Keiki o Ka Aina
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THE MAGNIFICENT Great Hall of China in Beijing was filled with government officials of the People’s Bank of China, the Central Bank of China, and the Central Bank of the People’s Republic of China, Asian business leaders, and representatives of the Pacific Rim institutions that had joined together to create ...
CHAPTER ONE From Hawai‘i’s Plantation to Europe’s Battleground
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THE HAWAI ‘I IN which I was born in the 1920s would be a foreign world to the modern generation of islanders familiar with the bustling cosmopolitan society of the Hawaiian Islands. I grew up in Haleiwa, a small town on the North Shore of Oahu, which was at the time a tight-knit community primarily consisting of ...
CHAPTER TWO Hawai‘i after the War: A Time for Change
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EVEN AFTER THE war, the nisei’s desire to prove themselves as first-class Americans continued to be a driving force. Our military service qualified us to receive certain benefits under the GI Bill of Rights. For those of us whose university careers had been suspended by war service, this was a godsend, providing us with ...
CHAPTER THREE At the Heart of a Revolution
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THE EXHILARATION FOLLOWING our political victory at the polls soon abated as the realities of governing became clear. As a newly elected member of the Board of Supervisors, I quickly realized that I was only one vote out of seven. The many changes we as veterans had envisioned could not occur simply ...
CHAPTER FOUR The Financial Revolution
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BESIDES THE POLITICAL revolution that was transforming Hawai‘i, there were also exciting economic changes. Returning veterans were educated, highly skilled professionals seeking greater economic participation within the community. They were teaming up with budding entrepreneurs and older-generation risk-takers ...
CHAPTER FIVE The Nisei Trustee of the Bishop Estate
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THE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT of my appointment as trustee of the Bishop Estate came as a complete surprise to the community. I had not been suggested as one of the probable candidates in the rumor mill, and interested parties knew I did not solicit appointment to the position. ...
CHAPTER SIX Toward the Pacific Rim Century
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IT IS WIDELY recognized that the twenty-first century will be characterized by the emerging economic growth and leadership of the Pacific Rim nations. The greatest challenge for the United States, which is biased toward Europe, is to overcome the many cultural misconceptions that seem endemic to East– West relations. ...
CHAPTER SEVEN Reflections from inside Hawai‘i
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THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS have experienced many changes in the past fifty years that have revolutionized our society, economy, and way of life. In retrospect, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the advent of World War II, the triumphs of the 100th Battalion and 442nd and the military intelligence groups, and the political ...
EPILOGUE As Good as the Next Guy
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AS I APPROACHED mandatory retirement at the age of seventy in 1993, my staff and my daughter began planning a retirement party. Early on, I indicated that I did not want a big celebration at a Waikiki hotel, but a small, informal, by-invitation-only gathering with the Kamehameha Schools’ ohana and friends. ...
Appendix A The 442nd Veterans Club: A President Looks Back on Its First Five Years
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Appendix B An Address to the Hawaiian Civic Clubs
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Appendix C Legacy of the Princess: An Address to the Oahu District Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
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Appendix D Bishop Estate Today—The Rest of You Tomorrow
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Appendix E Speech to National AJA Veterans Reunion
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Appendix F 1991 Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate Service Awards
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Publication Year: 1998