HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Ige is set to sign a bill today that recognizes the Filipino community's contribution to the history, economy, and culture of Hawaii.
HB604 establishes December 20th of each year as 'Sakada Day' in Hawaii. The bill was introduced by Rep. John Mizuno with 18 other Legislators as co-sponsors at the urging of Consul General Gina Jamoralin of the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu.
Fifteen sakadas, or Filipino plantation workers, were the first Filipinos to arrive in Honolulu aboard the S.S. Doric more than one hundred years ago on December 20, 1906, to work as contract laborers in the plantation industry.
Approximately 120,000 sakadas arrived in Hawaii between 1906 and 1934. These sakadas paved the way for the great legacy of the Filipino community in Hawaii and worldwide. Today, Filipinos and part-Filipinos constitute the largest ethnic group in the State of Hawaii.