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Edward Felipe

Edward Felipe was one of the few Filipino men who came to Hawaii in the 1930s to work in hotels rather than on the sugar or pineapple plantations. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Felipe answered the U.S. government's advertisements for civilian workers at the naval shipyard. He retired after 30 years of service.


Nicolita "Nicki" Garces Nicki is a local girl raised in Kalihi. She received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Indiana and a M.A. in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For six years Nicki was an elementary and high school educator in Japan and Hawaii, incorporating social and identity issues in her classes. She currently works with the hotel and restaurant workers' union UNITE HERE! Local 5 as a legal assistant and community organizer, and is involved with the Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii, the Pukengkeng Liberation Front and Filipinos Linked in Pride (FLIP).

Tata Felipe has been a long time friend to the Garces family. Tata's and Nicki's common interests in books, knowledge, cultures and National Geographic directed Nicki to the social sciences, traveling and living in different places. Nicki wanted to share Tata's migration experiences which was different from many other Filipinos who came to Hawaii when "sugar was king."

Oral History Interview #1

Oral History Interview #2

The views and opinions contained in each oral history are solely those of the interviewee and interviewer and not necessarily those of eFIL, FAHSOH, FilCom, OMSS, HCH or the University of Hawaii.


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