Tuesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War describes a kid's barefoot adventures on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i during the 1930s-1940s. Bill Fernandez grew up in the tiny town of Kapa'a, one of the few places where sugar and pineapple plantations did not dominate life. There were few stores and no money to buy toys so kids created their own. In this town settled by immigrants who came to work on the plantations, Bill's family, friends, and neighbors were Chinese, Okinawan, Philippino, Japanese, German, Portugese, French, Irish, Russian, Native Hawaiians, and others who created a sharing society, all struggling, all helping each other.
When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor a hundred miles away on a beautiful December morning. Radios went silent. A Japanese plane landed on a nearby island. Fear of invasion by Japan gripped defenseless Kaua'i and life was no longer carefree. Blackouts, shelling by Japanese, gas masks, a sense of being very much alone and unprotected dominated life.
After graduating from Stanford University and its law school, Bill practiced law in Sunnyvale, where he served on the city council and as its mayor. He also served as a judge in the Santa Clara County Superior Courts.
Generous with his time and work, Bill is active in civic and Hawaiian organizations and is an honoree of the Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce of Northern California because of his efforts to bring Hawaiian cultural teachers to California.
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