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About the cover: In the early 1900s, immigrants came from Korea, the Philippines, Japan, China, Puerto Rico and Portugal to work as laborers alongside the Hawaiians in the blossoming sugar and pineapple industries. In 1879, one of the first Portugese immigrants brought the braghuina, the predecessor to the 'ukulele, to the islands. The palaka shirt was a common plantation shirt worn by the men. This shirt came in all kinds of colors including blue, green, red and black. In the early 1900s, the 'ukulele was gaining popularity among the local folks and there were more 'ukulele makers producing this attractive instrument. In the early days of Waikiki, there were no large hotels built yet. The first major hotel on Waikiki was the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, built in 1926. This is an artists rendition of a plantation worker relaxing after work. It's pau hana (pau = finished hana = work) time for the day and this plantation worker was so excited to play his 'ukulele, he went home and didn't even bother to change out of his work shirt, but just grabbed his favorite instrument to head down to his favorite place on Waikiki beach to practice!
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