Takashi Kitaoka
100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)

Takashi Kitaoka

Takashi Kitaoka

Takashi Kitaoka, the youngest of four, is born in Hana, Maui in 1912. Parents Toraki and Sada Kitaoka are emigrants from Kumamoto, Japan.

After working on Kaeleku Sugar Company plantation, Toraki and Sada open a coffee shop in Kaeleku.

Across from the coffee shop, the family lives in a rent-free plantation house. It has two bedrooms, a kitchen with wood stove and icebox, an outdoor toilet, and a separate bathhouse. Kerosene lanterns light the rooms.