PRESERVING A LIVING MUSEUM
by Patricia Brown
FANHS-HSC proposed a much needed project to the Hawai'i Plantation Village (HPV) and to the Filipino Women's League (FWL) of Hawai'i early in 2016. FANHS HSC proposed that the FWL be asked to help care for-"adopt"-the Filipino family house and the Filipino single men's dormitory in the (HPV), which is located in Waipahu, Oahu. HPV approved the "adoption" proposal and FWL soon voted to "adopt" the house and dormitory as part of their community services.
The Filipina members of the FWL are daughters who were born, raised, and generally lived in plantation camps/communities or lived in Hawai'i during its plantation era. The women share a deep and solid knowledge of the Filipinas' and Filipinos' living styles and their families' dynamics during this era. They are the well suited caretakers and insurers of an accurate presentation of the history these buildings represent.
To date, the FWL, has donated unexpected generosity to this project providing time, labor, supplies, and added antiques related to lives of Hawaii's plantation era Filipinas and Filipinos.
FANHS-HSC has also proposed to FWL and HPV that college students be recruited to help care for the yard areas and gardens for these two houses, further that these projects be supervised by the FWL. FANHS-HSC approached the Filipino Club of Chaminade University, after receiving encouragement from one of the Club's advisors--a FANHS -HSC member.
With the support of the club's advisors, the students agreed to carry this task as part of their community project. The extraordinary make-up of this club's Filipina and Filipino college students includes descendants of the islands' plantations, descendants of the post 1965 immigrants and young "transplants" mainly from the North American continent.
...and so the story of Hawaii's Filipinas and Filipinos continues...