Haruo Kasahara

(b.1900) Issei plantation worker in Hawai'i.

Sings traditional plantation labor song (ho-le ho-le bushi) in Japanese and Hawaiian 日本が恋しくて泣いた日々 大変だったプランテーションでの仕事 一日中子供を預けて仕事 真珠湾攻撃後のプランテーションの対応

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Haruo Kasahara was born in 1900 in Japan and left Fukushima-ken for Hawaii in 1919 to join her parents. She recalled being so homesick for Japan, she cried every day. She worked on a plantation in the fields cutting grass and watering the sugar cane for a wage of 55 cents a day.

Mrs. Kasahara was married in 1922. She met her husband by Omiai. He also worked at the plantation. For him, it was his second marriage. His first wife had died and left him with two children. When Mrs. Kasahara married him, his children were in Japan. Mrs. Kasahara gave birth to six children, however two died at very young ages. (July 1991)

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