Norman Kikuta
Military Intelligence Service

Norman Kikuta

Norman Kikuta

Norman Kikuta, the second of six children, is born in Puunene, Maui in 1921. Parents Harugoro and Tori are immigrants from Fukushima, Japan. The Kikutas move to West Maui when Norman is a year old.

His father works in the pineapple fields for Baldwin Packers; his mother teaches sewing.

Until renovated, the family’s four-bedroom house is bath-less with a detached kitchen and wood-burning stove. Baths are taken at a community furo (bathhouse).