Hawaii entrepreneurship is driving growth in the Philippine economy. The exact economic impact is not known as most entrepreneurs typically start micro and small businesses in local provinces that are hard to track. But the Hawaii Filipino Chamber says its investment rate is about 10% from trade missions.
Nobel Peace Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa says her fight for press freedom in the Philippines reflects a larger trend happening across the world -- where dictators are weaponizing social media to uproot democracy.
A group of Hawaii business owners and community leaders was the first private foreign delegation to call on Philippine President Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. at the presidential palace in Manila since he took office in July.
The first wave of Filipino migrants were 15 sakadas (contract laborers) who were brought from the northern part of the Philippines in 1906 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association to work on the sugar plantations.