Thursday, September 10, 2015

U.S. Gov. Students Mark Hanapepe Massacre Anniversary

Last Wednesday, September 9, marked the 91st anniversary of the Hanapepe Massacre, which left 16 immigrant plantation workers and four sheriffs dead. Dozens were wounded and over 50 imprisoned for rioting. The deadly clash took place amidst a labor strike by Filipino plantation workers, where the strikers demanded comparable compensation to Chinese and Japanese workers at that time. In 2006, a monument was erected in the county park behind the Hanapepe fire station to honor the lives of the deceased.

Mr. Denny's U.S. Government class studied this event on Sept. 9, plus other controversial and significant labor strikes throughout U.S. history. Students can now better understand the sacrifices of previous generations to earn safe and equitable working conditions.