Puerto Rican family preserves their local-style Hispanic traditions


Multi-generation Puerto Rican families are a significant part of Hawaii’s Hispanic community.

They came as part of the early 20th century immigration wave that transformed Hawaii into the multicultural paradise we know today. 

On December 23, 1900, a ship from Los Angeles pulled into Honolulu Harbor.

On board, 56 immigrants from Puerto Rico who came in search of work on Hawaii’s plantations.

Within one year, more than 5-thousand more Puerto Ricans followed.  

Today, their descendants form Hawaii’s single largest Hispanic Community. 

We visited one local family, the Robleys, to find out how Puerto Rican culture took root and continues to evolve in Hawaii.

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