How Hawaii's Immigrants Shaped Society
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Modern day Hawaii is heavily influenced by its immigration history. In the late 1800s, when sugar production was the main economic force, hundreds of thousands of immigrants were brought over from Asia and some parts of Europe to work at the labor-intensive sugarcane fields. Some workers eventually returned to their homelands, but many stayed and integrated into the society. In fact, the Byodo Inn temple was constructed in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration in Hawaii.
There is a private mausoleum at the park that formerly held the remains of the late President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. This corrupted dictator served as the president of the Phillipines for over 20 years, and was found to have embezzled billions of public money and set the country on a long economic downturn. Marcos was exiled to Hawaii and died there.
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