21 days after November 9 1907 Yoei Uyehara docked in Honolulu in hopes for a brighter future. 11 years later his youngest son Kamei 3 years old at the time of Yoei’s departure would soon follow & make his way to Kahuku Plantation.
Kahuku Village nestles on the North Shore of Oahu formally known for its Old Sugar Mill that was torn down in 1971. Remnants are still visible when visiting this historic location. Workers from Okinawa & other Asian’s were housed in these small humble plantation homes. Working daily to provide a “bright future” for their families.
In 2006, Continental Pacific, LLC purchased the Kahuku Village in hopes to maintain the aesthetics of old plantation living by building dozens of new-fashioned plantation homes. They offered the “old-timers” homes for purchase. Being of plantation descent not all families had the convenience of purchasing at the time but was offered a timed lease in renting. Now that it is 2021, 15 of these homes are being sold under one address leaving their fate in the hands of a new landlord.
Interested buyers are hoping to break up the property & use this as an “Investment opportunity” instead of respecting the history of these hard-working families.
Understanding the mission of Continental Pacific we have decided to buy this land to “Promote environmental awareness & give back to the local communities.” This is a way for us to preserve the integrity of the land & homes that helped grow our community rich history.
1920 Kamei Uyehara sent for Fumi a “Picture Bride” from Okinawa to be his wife. He picked her up with a “Big White wheelbarrow & promised her all of Hawaii.” Kamei found himself working for Kahuku Plantation, Biking more than 20 miles a day delivering ice from Kahuku to Kahana. Being a strong part of the community, he eventually drove a truck as an ambulance driver for Kahuku Hospital & the plantation. Fumi helped with reading & writing letters for the community since not a lot of them could read or write at the time.
These hard-working years laid the foundation for his family & youngest son, my father to grow their family & continue to work in the nearby town.
Seeking to buy & preserve this land for the existing 15 Plantation Families & Our Own family. Since these homes had subsidized rent these families may not be able to maintain the humble living style that has sustained their life here in Hawaii.
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