Weaving Voices: Connecting Communities through Hawaiʻi Life Stories


Memories and Futures of Waialua

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As plantations began to phase out in Hawaiʻi, these oral histories were collected to document the way of life in our plantation and rural communities and offer insight into the daily life of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Peurto Rican communities of Waialua in the early 20th century–gathering ʻopihi, cutting and loading cane at the Waialua Sugar Mill, playing volleyball.

Narrators: Lorna Burger, Patrick Wong, Alfredo Santiago, David Mahoe, and Emigdio Cabico.

Public Program

Panel and Discussion event featuring:

  • Keith Awai–Kumu Hula, Waialua Hawaiian Civic Club
  • Tehani Louis-Perkins–North Shore Neighborhood Board Member
  • Aunty Judy Miram, Waialua community member
  • Uncle Leif Andersen, Waialua community member

This event was organized in partnership with the UHM Center for Oral History, the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, the North Shore Ethnographic Field School, and the Waialua Hawaiian Civic Club.