Some of the Most Valuable Life Lessons Were Learned in the Pineapple Fields of Wahiawä

Dan Nakasone
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

“You have to learn the value of a dollar,” Dad would tell me. Other kids in Wahiawä and the surrounding area likely heard a similar “lecture.”

It was the mid-’60s. I was 15 years old and summer vacation was fast approaching. That meant getting my first job for which I would get a real paycheck. It was my turn to take part in Wahiawä’s time-honored tradition of picking pineapple in the fields of Central O‘ahu.

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