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Emi Kuboyama, Office of Redress Administration (ORA) Oral History Project Collection
Title: William "Bill" Kaneko Interview
Narrator: William "Bill" Kaneko
Interviewer: Emi Kuboyama
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: December 30, 2019
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1020-11-1

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EK: Today is December 30, 2019. This is Emi Kuboyama with Stanford University. I'm here with Bill Kaneko in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bill, good morning.

BK: Good morning, aloha.

EK: Why don't we start with you stating your name and your organization's name and your title or role with that organization.

BK: My name is William Kaneko. I am a former past chapter President of the Honolulu JACL, but also served as national Vice President for the national JACL board.

EK: And where were you born and raised?

BK: I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, born and raised here.

EK: And could you talk about your educational background?

BK: Born and raised here, went to high school at a school called Punahou school. Got my undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, worked for a few years in Los Angeles, then went up to law school in Washington, D.C., and got my JD at the Catholic University of America.

EK: Could you tell us a little bit about your professional background apart from your community work?

BK: Well, after I graduated from undergraduate, I went down to Los Angeles. Believe it or not, I was an accountant for four years before doing a postgraduate fellowship in public affairs with the Coro Foundation. After that, I moved back to Hawaii and worked for Governor John Waihe'e, Hawaii's first native Hawaiian governor. Then wanted to pursue my advanced degree in law and public policy, and that's where I moved to Washington to get my law degree. And after that, worked briefly for the Democratic National Committee and moved back to Hawaii and started practicing law here at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, now known as Dentons, for the past twenty-three, twenty-four years.

EK: Great.

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