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Puerto Ricans in the fields on Maui, circa 1920. In the plantation camps where laborers lived, managers segregated them by nationality.

Manuel O. Sanchez: Puerto Rican Civil Rights Activist

On March 2, 1917 the United States enacted the The Jones–Shafroth Act granting U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans. However, Puerto Ricans that had migrated to Hawaii, by then an already U.S. territory, were not recognized as U.S. Citizens until later that year. In 1899 Puerto Rico was hit by a  devastating hurricane by the name of San […]

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La Orquesta De La Luz, Salsa From Japan

Earlier this week it was business as usual at the office. It was unseasonably cool, (at least that is what the weatherman kept reporting) and the employees were in the mood for some salsa music to warm their day. One of them, whom we call “G”, walked up to me and asked whether I knew […]

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Hawaii’s Statehood Anniversary & Its Growing Latino Population.

by Victoria Cepeda As a history enthusiast I have tailored my Facebook news feed and twitter account to update me on anything history related. That is how I found out that today we mark the 54th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th U.S. state. Tickled by curiosity, and always wanting to see how “mi gente […]

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