A memorial service was held Tuesday for former Kuakini Home residents who were issei or first generation sugar plantation workers.
The ceremony at the Kuakini Columbarium in Nu'uanu honored 141 men who came to Hawaii in the late 1800s for work.
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"We're here to day to memorialize the first immigrants from Japan who came here. Many of them without families and they came to earn a living," said Lella Migita, President of the Kuakini Auxiliary Council.
When these issei retired, many of them had nowhere to go because they came to Hawaii without family.
That's when members of the Kuakini Benevolent Society took it upon themselves to care for these men that later became the Kuakini Home.