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Title: Ramsay Yosuke Mori Interview
Narrator: Ramsay Yosuke Mori
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda, Kelli Nakamura
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: February 28, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-mramsay-01-0016

RM: I, seems like the only thing I got was "are you being a good boy?" kind of thing, but nothin' spectacular. There were no secrets. They were just there. Some of the interesting things they did to pass the time was... you know, Sand Island is an island that was reinforced, built up by the dredging of Honolulu Harbor and the airport and this kind of area, so there were a lot of shells, in particular cowries, tritons, those are the ones that whirl, and what these guys would do because they had nothing to do is they'd find a piece of concrete and they'd take that shell and rub it against the shell, I mean rub it, rub it against the concrete until they wore it, wore both sides of the shell down until you'd have a perfect cross section of the shell and the growth inside. It was fascinating. And these guys had the patience to do that for a while. I don't know if I've got any of those around anymore, but those were great, great souvenirs.

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