Gannenmono New Year's Ohana Festival

January 14, 2018

The Kizuna Group and the Gannenmono Committee will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaiʻi with year-long festivities beginning with the New Yearʻs Ohana Festival on January 14, 2018 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

The Gannenmono, or "first year men," arrived in Hawaii from Yokohama in 1868. They numbered approximately 150 people from Japan of diverse backgrounds such as urban dwellers, artists, cooks and displaced samurai. These immigrants were the first of what would become wave after wave of Issei, the first generation. Working mainly as laborers or in the sugar cane fields, by 1924, so many Japanese had come to the islands that they constituted over 40 percent of the population.

The Kizuna Group and the Gannenmono Committee

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