WHO/WHAT: The Hawai‘i State Archives and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i present a one-day-only exhibition of primary documents from the State Archives’ collection. The documents tell the story of the first organized immigrants to arrive in Hawai‘i from Japan — from their recruitment and departure from Yokohama to life on the plantations and their decision to return to Japan or remain in Hawai‘i. Documents available for viewing include the handwritten letters between Hawaiian Consul General for Japan Eugene Van Reed and Hawaiian ministers for foreign affairs W.C. Wyllie and Charles de Varigny regarding recruitment of Japanese workers for Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations; passenger list of the Scioto, the ship that brought the Gannenmono from Yokohama to Honolulu, labor contracts and the treaty between the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and the Empire of Japan.
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, June 19 — the exact date in 1868 that the Gannenmono arrived in Hawai‘i. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom (Note: Incorrect date was published in the Herald’s June 1 edition)
COST: Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 945-7633.