It was December 1906 when the first 15 Filipinos arrived to work on the Olaa sugar plantation on the Big Island. They were called sakadas, or contract laborers, recruited to join the Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Germans, Puerto Ricans, and Koreans, who had arrived earlier---in that order. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa begins a series on Filipino culture in the Islands.
Find the Filipino Cultural Center at www.filcom.org/
and learn more plantation history at http://hawaiisplantationvillage-info.com/home