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[Geta baseboards, Waialua, Hawaii]

[Geta baseboards, Waialua, Hawaii]
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L: 8 in, W: 3.5 in, H: 1.375 in

Waialua, Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 pair of geta without straps ; each 8 x 3.5 x 1.375 in.

Baseboard (dai) of Japanese style wooden slippers made from one piece of redwood with three holes drilled into wood for attaching straps. Two pieces of identical shape: right (A) and left (B) side.

Mrs. Shigeko Kibota gave these geta baseboards to Barbara Kawakami. Grandfather Gohei and son Haruo came together from Hiroshima to work for Waialua Sugar Co. Both worked in the steam pump room, the biggest pump in Hawaii at the time.

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