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Islanders in the EmpireFilipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai'i$
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JoAnna Poblete

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038297

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038297.001.0001

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Flexible and Accommodating

Flexible and Accommodating

Successful Recruitment and Retention of Filipinos

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(p.47) 2. Flexible and Accommodating
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Islanders in the Empire
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JoAnna Poblete

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038297.003.0003

This chapter examines the labor recruitment and retention strategies developed by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association (HSPA) specifically for Filipino U.S. colonials. Learning from the mistakes of Puerto Rican recruitment, the HSPA successfully attracted legally mobile Filipinos to Hawaiʻi through a variety of programs, such as predominantly male migration, free return passage after three years of work, family reunions, and the payment of transport for workers' wives and children to join them in Hawaiʻi. With access to and support for open colonial mobility, intra-colonial Filipino laborers willingly moved to work on sugar plantations in the islands. The chapter shows that the recruitment of Filipinos prevented what could have been grave labor shortages in local plantations. It explains how the HSPA's flexible programs gave Filipinos a range of mobility choices that Puerto Rican intra-colonials did not have.

Keywords:   labor recruitment, retention, Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, Filipinos, Hawaiʻi, free return passage, family reunions, mobility, Filipino laborers, sugar plantations

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