Jodie Chiemi Ching
“I have three mothers and three fathers — I feel grateful,” said 91-year-old Isamu Manago who is the second youngest of Kinzo and Osame Manago’s seven children. Kinzo and Osame founded the Manago Hotel in Kona on Hawai‘i Island in 1917, now owned and managed by sansei Dwight Manago and his wife Cheryl.
Many stories have been written about the Manago family and the Manago Hotel. But, not many know the story of Kinzo and Osame’s youngest son, Isamu, and how he was left in Fukuoka Japan at seven months old to be raised by his grandparents and aunt and uncle.