Visit to Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Gallery Prompts Soul-Searching by Herald Intern

Kacie Yamamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

While I was growing up in Honolulu, lessons about the lives of the early immigrant plantation laborers were integrated into the curricula of all of my history classes. I remember taking field trips to Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu in elementary school and doing a cultural project on various immigrant groups in high school. With classmates of various descents, I was taught the significance of the pioneers who settled in Hawai‘i as laborers and about the prospect for a “better” life that they provided for young people like me. I was taught to appreciate them for all they had done for my generation and those beyond. And yet, I was never challenged to connect my own life with the lives of those who came before me. Their lives seemed so distant, so far away.

To see the full content please subscribe to our Basic Online annual subscription.
Log In Subscribe