History

INTRODUCTION
One hundred years have passed since the early
immigrants settled in Pahoa in the latter decades of the
nineteenth century. Unfortunately there are hardly any
recorded historical accounts of Pahoa’s early years. The history
of Pahoa should have been recorded by some of the immigrants
or the earlier Niseis during the 1950s when most of the
immigrants and the older Niseis were still living. During those
years they were healthy with keen memories, able to recall and
document information relating to the various events and
activities that transpired during the late l800s and the first half
of the twentieth century.

The need to record Pahoa’s history was constantly
stressed to me from the mid-1980s by Shiryo Miyatake, an Issei,
who arrived in Hawaii in 1918 from Hiroshima-ken, Japan.
Stanley Oishi, one of the younger Niseis, and Robert Sugihara, a
Sansei, also stressed the urgency of documenting the history of
Pahoa very soon; otherwise all of the information relating to the
early immigrants would be lost and gone forever.
It must have been fate that I was bom as the eldest son
of a large family, whose parents were poor and constantly in
financial debt. Unable to continue my formal schooling after
completing the ninth grade at Pahoa School, I remained in Pahoa
throughout the many years to the present day. It was my destiny
that I remained in Pahoa to research and write the many
happenings of the lumber and sugar industries in which the
immigrants worked and to document their contributions
to the community.

What actually prompted me to write Pahoa’s history?
From the mid-1980s I realized the importance of preserving
Pahoa’s history. Noticing that hardly anything was recorded
previously, I was concerned for the loss of the history, so I
began collecting infonnation about the early days of Pahoa.

Hiro Sato – Pahoa Yesterday

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"PAHOA YESTERDAY"
By Hiroo Sato

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