The 2010 census showed Filipinos have overtaken Japanese as the second largest ethnic group in Hawai’i, behind Caucasians. Hawai’i’s Filipino population grew by 24% in the last ten years, with help from large families and about thirty five hundred immigrants arriving every year. In this election year, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a look into this vibrant and fast-growing community.
The Filipino Community Center has raised over 45 thousand dollars locally for victims of December’s Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines. Reciprocating Filcom’s fundraising for Japanese earthquake relief last year, the Japanese Cultural Center will accept contributions for Philippine relief at their Ohana Festival this weekend.