|From left to right: Todd, Sara,
Denise. (Christine & Darren couldn't make it)
Picture is taken on our last day, at the old mill down the road. This is the first time (except for Mrs. Inouye) any of us, or our parents have been to the chained area. That is how long it has been closed. It brought a lot of mixed feelings from all of us. We got to meet the new owners. We saw the moss growing over the rusted hangings, and the old flume leading to nowhere. It was a gigantic structure that was once a powerhouse of energy and life.
If you click onto the next page you will read the e-mail sent to Mrs. Inouye the following evening and her response. This project really was about remembering our roots.
|Hi, I'm Sara and I am in
the red Chinese outfit in the middle. This is the speech I shared
with some visitors from other schools:
This project takes a lot of patience, time and hard, hard, hard work. This is the first time we have ever done a webpage, but we learned quickly. A university student helped to teach us how to link pages together and how to use the microphone. Now I feel comfortable using a computer and how to transfer images from a scanner onto any document. I also learned how to surf the web, talk to community people and do research from library books.
I noticed that when I go onto the Internet I am looking at someone elses's work. I never noticed it before, it sure takes a lot of planning and team decision making.
We are finished with the website and I have learned more about my culture and heritage, about the immigrants of Hawaii and also about our sugar plantation and what it provided for the people. When I stop and think about it I feel thankful that the plantation had brought all of these different ethnicities to Hawaii because if it had not come, then this chain of islands would never have the mixed plate it does now. We are different, but we do get along and appreciate the different foods and contributions of each other's ethnic groups. I think the plantation was our melting pot and so was our public school.
Who knows, if the plantation had not brought these people over, I would not be here today and for all I know right now, I could be working out in the rice fields of Japan. I feel that I ma very lucky to have had such ancestors that know of hard work, the value of money and the way of life. They built this path for me now and from me, I will keep this path going.
would like to thank you very much for reading our website. We would
like to thank all the people who shared their pictures, stories,
publications, and Internet sites to make our project possible.
Before we had begun this project, we knew nothing about our ancestral history. We now know about the life they lived, the decisions, the hardships, the labors and the good days. We all realize that the plantation is really important for our history. We hope you enjoyed the website we have provided.