Mar 202014

Marigold Bar on Waipahu Street (around 1975)

Marigold Bar on Waipahu Street (around 1975)

Marigold Bar was at this location as far back as I can remember. Prior to the seventies, it was a busy place for sailors and servicemen. Never went into the bar though. Maybe Jaime did? Next to the bar on the Ewa side, there was a steep hill and road that lead to the Big Way Supermarket and down to where James Tanigawa lived. There was a saimin stand on Hanawai Circle next to the Agmata Store where James lived.

Sugar cane washing station

Sugar cane washing station

If you lived in Waipahu and remember hearing sounds from the mill like boulders crashing into metal, it came from this place. The sugar cane was hoisted into bins for washing and the boulders crashed into the bins with a distinctive sound. These sounds went through the night when they were harvesting cane.

Stairs to Hans L'Orange Park

Stairs to Hans L’Orange Park

┬áThere was a huge banyan tree on the left and top of the stone stairs to Hans L’Orange Park. A quiet and peaceful place during the day and very spooky and dark at night. Sounds from the sugar mill in the background can still be heard if you remember back then. There was a walkway through the mill that lead to the mechanic shop and then through a gate to the camp village at Manager’s Drive. I wish I had photos from back then.


Tamashiro’s gas station in 1976

Anybody remember Alan Tamashiro’s family gas station across from August Ahrens School. It was next to Bello’s Store. I think it was Clayton Bello’s grandparents?


Clyde Tsukayama’s grandmother in 1976

This is Clyde Tsukayama’s grandmother the photo was taken in 1976 at the Tsukayama’s house next to the Soto Zen Church. The years of hard work, a sometimes difficult existence in the “Plantation Camp” days of old Waipahu is clearly evident in her face. Not to mention the hard time she got from Clyde!


Waikele Stream at Pump 4

The river and pond was a lot bigger back in the 50’s and 60’s when we used to swim here. All those who lived in the Oahu Sugar neighborhood will remember this spot. It was really spooky when it got dark and we had to ride our bikes quickly back home.

Our house on Kamakahi Street. One block west of Manager’s Drive.

This is where we used to live in the “camp” behind the Oahu Sugar Company. It was on Kamakahi Street that is parallel and west of Manager’s Drive. Our neighbors were the Yahiro’s, Endo’s, Wayne Tanouye across the street, and Newton Miyagi’s family at the corner. Many other lived on this street: Roland Abregano, Carolyn Sasaki, Earl Takahashi, Koso Furukawa, Harry Tells, Larry Hernandez (that’s all I can remember). The street was not paved, but the planation sprayed old oil/diesel to keep the dust down. Every week, the “mosquito man” drove a truck that sprayed some kind of mist to control mosquitos! We used to chase the truck and breathe all those fumes. That’s why Jaime Picoc is the way he is today. We walked to school everyday past the Soto Mission church, down the stairs by Aileen Koizumi’s house across the cane haul road, down the steep wooden stairs where they filled the trucks with oil to spray the roads, across the Waikele Stream bridge where Horiuchi Saimin was, and up Waipahu Street to the school. We went to school barefeet for many years.

Takenaka Store in 1983.

Takenaka Store on Waipahu Street in 1983.

Takenaka Store was on Waipahu Street almost across Steve Hama’s house next to Shintaku Hill. The Takenaka Family: Calvin, Ron, Milton, Carl, Lynn, and another sister lived below the store. Eiji Uyehara lived next door and his mother had a dress shop next to Takenaka Store. The small building in the foreground used to be an ice house for the Ayakawa (I think) Store that used to be there. In the days up to the 70’s and early 80’s, there was a row of businesses along Waipahu Street, but I can’t remember them all. I know there was Saiki Motors and the Marigold Bar. Across the street, there was a grassy hill edged with night blooming cereus all along Waipahu Street. We used to ride pieces of cardboard down the grassy hill with Jaime and the rest of the gang.

Camp dog

Camp dog

You can almost hear how quiet it was walking through the Oahu Sugar plantation camp neighborhood. The sounds of birds in the Mahogany trees that lined Manager’s Drive. The background sound of rocks banging into the mill sugar cane grinder as loads of sugar cane are lifted from the cane haul trucks. This is the street that runs east/west that went past the Waiphau Hongwanji church from Manager’s Drive. Dean Matsuda, and Arnold Imaoka used to live on this street. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the names of the streets that were in this neighborhood. Those that lived close by will remember this familiar scene.

Camp road

Camp road

This is typical to most streets in the “Nishi” (west) side of the Oahu Sugar Plantation camp. The view is from west to east. Manager’s Drive is marked by tall Mahogany trees perpendicular to this street. On the left is the Gerard’s home on Manager’s Drive. The road leads to the Social Club (tall monkey pod trees in the background) that showed outdoor style movies. Try walking home at night after watching “obake” (spooky) movies. Jaime Picoc will remember this street well.

Oahu Sugar Mill from Manager's Drive

Oahu Sugar Mill from Manager’s Drive

The backside of the sugar mill from Manager’s Drive. If you turned right at this intersection, the road led down to the Shintaku Hill and down to Waipahu Street. If you turned to the left, the street led to the August Ahrens School area and Paiwa Street in front of Hans L’Orange Park. There was a walk through gate in the mill fence visible in this photo and we could walk through the mill to get to the “office park” area in front of the Waipahu Theater and other stores. The gate was actually for workers so they could walk home for lunch and at “pau hana”. At 3:30 on weekdays the whistle would sound that could be heard throughout the neighborhood.

Camp Irrigation Flume

This photo was taken around 1976 from just south of the Plantation Manager’s residence at the top of Manager’s Drive. The freeway overpass is visible which was just north of the last homes on Manager’s Drive. The Noda Family lived there before they moved to the right of where this flume was located. We used to swim in the irrigation canal that ran past their house and across where this irrigation flume ends. The water was cold and clear springwater.

Waipahu Street

Waipahu Street around 1976

This photo was taken around 1976 from in front of the Waipahu Store (plantation store). The Waipahu Taxi Stand is visible on the left next to Kawano Store, and the Theater and Fire Station. This must have been on a Saturday as people are visible waiting in line to see the afternoon matinee.