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Neighborly Intervention in Small-town Hawaii

Fresno , California

Story Narrative:

"Hi, there. I grew up in a little small town in Hawaii, and one thing it always teaches you whether it's in Hawaii or any typical community is that you learn how to respect each other. When I was a kid, we used to run outside and cause massive trouble, but when the neighbor's parents would see us, they would scold us as if we were they're own kids, you know.

They'd threaten us that we would get slapped. Of course, they didn't do it, but it would eventually reach our parents, and we obviously got a beat down, so hopefully that's something that's being passed on, but you learn to respect the people around you. You learn to treat everybody like family. Yeah, I sure hope to raise my kids in a neighborhood that's very similar to the one I grew up in. We'll see how it goes."

Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.

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