Experience: Hawaiʻi Life Histories


Women at Work: Pineapples & Unions

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The lives of women who worked in the pineapple industry in the 30’s through the 60’s. Insights on why women went to work and their experience with striking – inspirational personal stories, in their own voices, from the Center for Oral History archive.

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 Women Workers in Hawaiʻi’s Pineapple Industry.

Listen to the voices of:

  • 01:05 – Motoe Nihei
  • 04:43 – Helen Barnes
  • 08:41 – Ida Milles
  • 12:12 – Margaret “Nona” Chang
  • 15:49 – Venicia Guiala

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