Appreciating the Sakada Connection in Hawai‘i

August 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720

All dressed up and ready for a night on the town. Photo courtesy of Lyman Museum Collections.

Matinée presentation:

From 1906 to 1946, some 125,000 Filipinos were recruited by the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association (HSPA) to work in the sugar cane and pineapple fields of the Hawaiian Islands.  They were known as “Sakadas”—in the Tagalog and Ilokano languages of the Philippines, meaning “lower-paid workers from out of the area.”  In Hawai‘i the term has become synonymous with these pioneers who came here for adventure and to seek a better life for themselves and their families.  Throughout the past century of sugar growing in Hawai‘i, until the very end of the industry in December 2016, the Sakadas and their descendants predominated among the laborers who increased sugar and pineapple production to its greatest extent and profitability, laying a foundation for the economic growth and stability that helped create modern Hawai‘i. 

Romel Dela Cruz, esteemed authority on the Filipino experience in Hawai‘i, introduces us to these remarkable people and remarkable times, illuminating their role in the labor movement which many credit as the turning point in Hawai‘i’s progressive history.  Learn more on either of two occasions:  Monday evening, August 27, or the following afternoon, August 28.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!