Nishiyama Bus Service and Garage in Wailea
Nishiyama Garage on the Old Wailea Road (see map below) circa 1942 or 1943. Standing on the left bus is Kazumi Hamada, about 14 years old. Next to him is Susumu "Dango" Kimura. On the far right are Shigeo ("Ribs") Nishiyama, about 26 years old, with his two children, Dennis and Roy. Shigeo's father, Gosaku Nishiyama, built the vehicle at far left from a 1933 Dodge truck, creating a 20 passenger bus. The building is the 2nd Nishiyama Garage -- the first burnt down in 1939, and four buses were lost.
Former Wailea resident, Kazumi Hamada, now living in Florida, remembers the photo above:
My uncle "Ribs" & cousins Dennis next to him & Roy. Both uncle Ribs & Roy are gone now. And "Dango" we called him big "Dango" and his younger brother was small "Dango". The handsome guy sitting on the middle bus you may guess is me. Don't remember when this photo was taken but seems like I was 13--14 years old at that time so could have been 1942-43? long time ago. Big "Dango" was one of the bus drivers that transported people from Hakalau to Hilo & back. Of course it included people from Hakalau, Wailea, Chin Chuck, Stable Camp, Kamae Mauka & Kamae Camp.