THE YEAR 2006 marks the centennial of the coming of the Filipinos to Hawaii. The Filipinos, the last ethnic group that the
plantations brought to the Hawaiian Islands, joined the Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese at Hanama`ulu in 1910.
The 2006 Hanama`ulu Town Celebration is not
a part of the centennial celebration per se. However, with the town of Hanama`ulu being predominantly Filipino, the celebration
of the Filipino presence in Hawaii these 100 years was assuredly in the consciousness of many. And the participation of the
Kauai Filipino Centennial Chorale gave the celebration at Hanama`ulu's Peter Rayno Sr. Park on Saturday, July 15,
The Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission has planned a year-long centennial observance throughout the state of Hawaii,
with each island having its own celebration committee.
The Kauai Filipino Centennial Celebration Committee
and the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce are spearheading centennial events on the Garden Island.
The Chamber brought the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (Ballet Folklorico de Filipinas), a 30-member Philippine folk dance
troupe, to perform at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center on March 5 and 6. The Centennial Parade on May 6 from
Kauai's historic County Building to the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall set the tempo of the Kauai Filipino Fiesta on May
6 and 7. The Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant, performances by the Society of Seven and by Hawaii "American Idol" contestant
Jordan Segundo made Lihue a very busy town that weekend.
gala, honoring 66 Kauai Filipinos, 20 posthumously, was held on August 19 at the Grand Ballroom of the Kauai Marriott Resort
& Beach Club .
On September 9, 1924, Filipino plantation workers staged a strike in Hanapape. Today, we hear the event
recalled as a "strike" or a "riot" or a "massacre." The event started as a strike to increase $1/day wage to $2, in parity
with other plantation workers, and reduce the 10-hour work day to 8 hours. Also an issue was the need for improved living
A clash between the strikers and policemen ended in the death of 16 Filipinos of Visayan ancestry who worked for Makaweli
Plantation and four policemen. The strike failed, and 76 Filipinos were indicted for riot. In November 1924, a jury declared
Filipinos guilty of rioting.
To commemorate the September 1924 event, a marker was unveiled at Hanapepe Town Park on
Saturday, September 9, 2006, 82 years after that sad day
in the history of labor in Hawaii,
as part of the Hawaii-Filipino Centennial observance on Kauai.
|HANAPEPE MASSACRE MARKER | HANAPEPE TOWN PARK
|Photo: Karl Lo | September 9, 2006
MABUHAY AND ALOHA!
(Updated September 12, 2006)