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“The Immigrant Experience: The History of Immigration in Hawai`i” offered

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Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo presents an in-depth look at the history of immigration in Hawai`i in the upcoming series of classes, “The Immigrant Experience.”

Classes will be held on Mondays, September 8-29, from 4:30-6:30 pm in UCB 113. The cost of the series is $35, with OLLI members receiving a $5 discount.

Dr. Alton Okinaka, longtime UH Hilo sociology professor, will explore the history of immigration to the Hawaiian Islands in four distinct waves. The first will consider the immigration of Native Hawaiians, prior to Captain Cook’s arrival. The second wave will delve into the populations that arrived after Cook’s “discovery” of the islands until the development of the sugar plantations. The third wave will look at the large influx of laborers brought in for the sugar plantations and the final wave will focus on those who have come since the decline of the sugar plantations up to the present.

Register in advance by calling UH Hilo CCECS at 974-7664 or email for more information.

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