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Korean Immigration to Hawaii

Information about the first Korean immigrants in Hawaii including where they came from and why they immigrated from Korea to Hawaii.

The first Korean contract laborers arrived in Hawaii on the S. S. Gaelic on January 12, 1903, to work on Hawaii's sugar plantations. 102 Korean workers arrived in Hawaii that day including 56 men, 21 women, and 25 children. Between 1903 and 1905 nearly 8000 Koreans arrive in Hawaii, but about that time, the Korean government halted immigration to Hawaii because of reports that Korean workers were mistreated in Mexico. Korean brides arrived in Hawaii between 1921 and 1925. There was a second wave of Koreans immigrating to Hawaii between 1965 and 1980.

100 Years of Koreans in Hawaii
This special feature in the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper highlights the experiences of five Korean-American families in Hawaii. Select "more" to read the family stories of Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim, Korean picture bride Mary Woo, Korean liberation freedom fighter Moses Lee, and North Korean refugee John Choi,

Korean Picture Brides in Hawaii
A collection of stories about Korean picture brides in Hawaii in an article by Sonia Shinn Sunoo.

Korean Picture Brides in Hawaii
This article entitled "Korean Picture Brides: Historical Context" is part of a longer Picture Bride Wikipedia article.

Korean Laborers Arrive in Hawaii
Information about the Koreans who immigrated to Hawaii, when they immigrated, why immigrated was halted, and when it started up again. From the Hawaiian History Web site.

See also:
- Korean Culture in Hawaii Today
- Books About Koreans in Hawaii



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