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.”
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.