Warren Nishimoto interviews people for a living. Not world leaders, not entertainers, not celebs. He takes oral histories of everyday people to preserve a vital part of Hawaii history. Tonight (Tues., June 26, 2012) at 7:30, on PBS Hawaii's Long Story Short, I get to interview Warren.
The head of the Center for Oral History, based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Warren at first was almost as reticent to share his story as some of the shy plantation workers with whom he's talked, people who feel that their life isn't interesting enough to document.
You will hear an interesting life story from this man who was expected to enter the family business, the historic and beloved Iida Store. He didn't want to go that route, but wasn't sure where to find his bliss. You'll hear about the path he took.
In talking with people who like what they do, I find that few of them have had a direct trajectory in life. Doing a little meandering and taking some personal U-turns often result in life lessons that enrich and inform. If you miss this program on television, watch it at your convenience online at: