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December 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Learning about life in Hawaii through obituaries

When I travel, I always get the local newspaper (provided I can read the language) to get the flavor of a city’s life and politics.  And I always read the obituaries because, in death, you can learn a lot about the lives and legacy of individuals and the culture of a place.

I’m in Honolulu and have been reading the obituaries in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  As in everything Hawaiian, the obituaries are a rich multicultural mix including  people of Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and native Hawaiian backgrounds.

One obituary in particular caught my eye, of a 93-year-old woman named Te’amalelalolagi Lale Igafo-Saole. Born in 1920 in American Samoa, she would have witnessed vast changes in Samoa and Hawaii, from World War II through today’s mass tourism.  But it was her personal history that struck me; she leaves behind  five children, 66 grandchildren and


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