The Filipino came to Hawaii to improve their lives. They struggled, fought for better wages and working conditions used their culture’s coping skills and continually strove for dignity and better lives. Many were known to come off of the boat with just a burlap bag. The majority of Filipinos that signed the labor contracts to come to Hawaii were single Filipino men.
Culture and tradition
The Filipinos had a festival called Padiriwang. This is a festival of films and arts presentations, a traveling photo exhibit, and exhibitions of works by Filipino- American artists, community forums and other programs. Woven into the commemoration has been recurring themes. It covers the history of the Filipino American. They are linked together by memories of a life in the plantation.