Posted by: forquilombo | April 9, 2011

Puerto Rican Day on the Plantation (April 9, 2011)


Puerto Rican Heritage Society of Hawaii

Starting in 1900, approximately 5,200 Puerto Ricans came to Hawaii to work on the 30+ sugar plantations throughout the islands. In celebration of the contributions that Puerto Ricans have made to local culture, Hawaii’s Plantation Village is hosting Puerto Rican Day on the Plantation.

Organized by The Puerto Rican Heritage Society of Hawaii, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of knowledge of the history, culture, and arts of the Puerto Ricans in Hawaii, Puerto Rican Day at the Plantation will include authentic Puerto Rican food, music by Joe Rios y Sabor and DJ Jose Oliveras, folk dancing performances by Boricuas de Hawaii, and games and activities for kids.

Additionally, you can learn about plantation life and tour La Casita, a recreation of a Puerto Rican plantation family home and learn about your own family history with a genealogy specialist. The Puerto Rican country store will also be selling books, handicrafts, plants, and a limited number of t-shirts showcasing the event.

The Hawaii’s Plantation Village is an outdoor history museum that tells the story of life on Hawaii’s Sugar Plantations (c. 1850-1950). The Village includes restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures such as houses of Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, and Filipino ethnic groups and includes community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, community bathhouse, and camp office.

The location of the Hawaii Plantation Village is 94-695 Waipahu Street in Waipahu, Hawaii. The festivities begin Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 10 a.m.

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