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Maui cemetery

Feb 2012

Visited the Hanakaoo cemetery today which is south of Lahaina, Maui. I can' seem to find any info about it. It appears to be a Japanese cemetery.

My husband commented that it wouldn't be a real vacation if I didn't drag him to a cemetery. :-D


Jan 12, 2012 - A friend sent me the following... the cemetery is filled with the remains of Asian and Filipino immigrants who made their way to Hawaii to work on the sugar and pineapple plantations.

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tmsj
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
How sad and lonely it looks! I looked online and didn't see much about it, although I found this (from here):

"Hanakao'o Park is a nearly 5 acre beachfront park near Lahaina on Maui. It is rather unusual in that it features a lonely looking cemetery filled with the remains of Asian and Filipino immigrants who made their way to Hawaii to work on the sugar and pineapple plantations. The cemetery is rather a stark place with red dirt surrounding the monuments facing the sea."

I looked up the first kanji (釋) from the gravestone that you posted a pic of and it is a rare one that is usually part of a surname. I couldn't get a complete match on the entire stone, but it most probably is "Nobuko Sasaki"

Hana = Flower and Kao = Face in Japanese, but the combination doesn't seem to turn up anything, so Hanakao'o is most probably a Hawaiian term.
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