Talk Story Plantation Life
This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono the first group of Japanese who were brought to Hawaiʻi to work in the sugar plantations as contract workers. Join us as Carolyn Okinaga, Dennis Irie, and Dr. Milton Oshiro share stories of Plantation Life in Ewa.
“Ewa is our happy home, yes yes oh yes. Never from it shall we roam, no no oh no.”
Raucous voices of children could be heard singing this song after a day of swimming, running relays and feasting on ume-filled musubi at Hau Bush. Growing up on a sugar plantation, Ewa in particular, still conjures up happy memories for those who grew up there.
Carolyn Okinaga, Dennis Irie, and Dr. Milton Oshiro will share their memories growing up on the Ewa Plantation in this special talk-story. We welcome you to share your memories of plantation life as well.