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Hell on a Sunshiny Day

Linore Tiffany moved to Honolulu in 1937 as a dietician and was married in 1939. When the attack occurred, she and her husband were in the kitchen; he was working a crossword puzzle he had found. He was an early riser on Sundays so he could work the crossword puzzle in the Honolulu Advertiser, which was late that morning because of a press breakdown.

"I was feeding Paul [our son] while my husband sat in his bathrobe working on the puzzle when we heard the first boom. We looked at each other expectantly because it was only about three blocks from where we lived, and the Navy had decided to blast out some basalt to make a storage tunnel. They usually did the blasting on Sunday, and they always sent a card to tell us when they were going to to it. But neither of us had seen one.

"The next boom was closer, and my husband got dressed quickly and was starting out the door when a little fat sergeant came running down the street with a megaphone, telling all the women and children to go to the cold storage tank. We weren't supposed to know the storage tank existed, for security reasons, but of course we all did.

"I had to walk down a block and a half from the house, then start up an incline to get to the tunnel. There were about 100 of us, and half of the women and children had been to church and were all dressed up. The other half were in nightgowns and muumuus and robes. We were a motley crew. I had grabbed Paul, my coat, a package of cigarettes, and a lipstick, and that was all. No diapers, no food, nothing. As we went into

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction: Saturday, December 6, 1941 1
  • 1 - The First Shot 21
  • 2 - The Americans Fight Back 27
  • 3 - Adventures of the Henley 43
  • 4 - Game Called Due to War 49
  • 5 - View from the Cane Fields 53
  • 6 - Friendly Fire 61
  • 7 - Chinese-American Family 66
  • 8 - Hell on a Sunshiny Day 70
  • 9 - The Military Takes Over Hawaii 77
  • 10 - Niihau Fights Back 82
  • 11 - The Saga of the Pacific Clipper 86
  • 12 - The Forgotten Attack 93
  • 13 - On the Home Front 97
  • 14 - War Comes to the Football Game 105
  • 15 - The Delayed Message 114
  • 16 - The White House Prepares for War 120
  • 17 - War Becomes a Reality 124
  • 18 - Extra! Extra! 132
  • 19 - Strange New Words 135
  • 20 - Sudden Heroes 142
  • 21 - The Mating Dance Continues 149
  • 22 - The Nation Unifies 154
  • 23 - Hawaii's Longest Night 157
  • 24 - Defending the East Coast 162
  • 25 - I Slept Like a Baby 166
  • Bibliography 169
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  • About the Author 181
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