Many people believe the first Chinese immigrants to Hawaii arrived in the mid-to-late 19th century, as laborers for sugar plantations.  

However, according to Chinese Historian and President of the Hawaii Chinese History Center, Douglas Chong, the first documented arrival was in 1789.        

He shares with us what initially brought the early Chinese to Hawaii and the factors that unified the Chinese community here.  

He also explains some of the Chinese heritage that is still preserved in the islands today.