Experience: Hawaiʻi Life Histories


Waikīkī: Restoring the Waters

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The abundant marine life – limu, crabs, fish – of Waikīkī fed by ponds and springs before the Ala Wai Canal was built – a podcast of inspirational personal stories, in their own voices, from the Center for Oral History archive. How can we restore the waters of Waikīkī and the abundance of resources enjoyed by our kupuna?

Narration by Bill Doorman, a reporter for Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s The Conversation, featuring original music by Alan Akaka.

This podcast highlights the experiences of 5 individuals from our project Waikīkī Oral Histories.

Listen to the voices of:

  • 01:04 – Doveline “Tootsie” Notley Steer
  • 04:37 – Wilbur Craw
  • 08:06 – Fumiko Nunotani
  • 11:40 – Joseph Y. K. Akana
  • 15:01 – Fred Paoa

This podcast was supported by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.