Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine, visits a bustling sugar plantation on O'ahu. "Occasionally we saw two or three tiny Filipino or Japanese women emerging from the tall cane clothed in the garb of their task, attending the irrigation ditches," the magazine writes, photo above. "Big hats, with drooping cloth cover, and arms protected, else the sharp blades of the cane would cut them like knives. Tired, patient little women, with babies waiting their return, part of the great army of burden bearers of the race."
On Aug. 14, 1945, Hawai'i finally received the news it had waited four years to hear. President Harry Truman announced that Japan had surrendered, bringing an end to World War II. "Deliriously happy servicemen swarmed through downtown Honolulu and Waikïkï, making so much noise with shouts and tooting of auto horns that the terrifyingly loud air raid sirens announcing the event actually could not be heard," writes Paradise of the Pacific, photo below left.
HONOLULU Magazine takes a look at the yakuza in Honolulu, which Newsweek had dubbed "the center of the Japanese mob's U.S. operations." "Most yakuza activities in Hawai'i center on the Japanese tourist. Yakuza are suspected of pushing prostitution and pornography, of operating massage parlors, of running gambling operations," the magazine reports. Honolulu police also suspected yakuza of laundering their money by investing in legitimate Hawai'i companies, including hotels, restaurants and golf courses. "Says one HPD detective, 'To say they're not here is being naïve. But to prove they're here is difficult.'"
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