The Real “Charlie Chan” in Hawaii

Updated May 26, 2020 The fictional detective “Charlie Chan” was based on the real-life Honolulu detective Chan Apana, whose father came from Southern China to Hawaii in the 1800s to work on the sugar plantations. Towards the end of that century however, many Chinese men like Chan Apana who were raised in Hawaii, represented the … Continue reading The Real “Charlie Chan” in Hawaii

Despite Similar Sugar Economies, Why Hawaii Turned Out Very Differently Than Its Caribbean Counterparts

Updated August 17, 2020 When the United States Civil War started, sugar-producing states such as Louisiana stopped the delivery of sugar to the North. Instead, it needed to receive sugar from another place and thus looked to Hawaii to provide sugar. Due to the Civil War, slaves from Africa could not be employed in the … Continue reading Despite Similar Sugar Economies, Why Hawaii Turned Out Very Differently Than Its Caribbean Counterparts