Turkey Love

Waikiki, 1986

You know something I hate to admit? For all the years I've been on the beach, I never did own a surfboard.

Iwalani Hodges interviewed Alan “Turkey” Love in 1986 for the University of Hawaii’s Oral History Project. Love was 67 years old. Hodges’ introduction is included; the interview itself has been shortened and edited. For a PDF transcript of the full 18,000-word interview, click here.

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Alan Love, Hawaiian-Caucasian, was born in 1919 in Honolulu. He is the youngest of four children of Eugene and Annie Love. He has lived in and around Waikiki since 1927.

Love graduated in 1938 from Rooseve...