Margaret Almodova

Margaret Anduha Almodova died July 30, 2000, at the age of 99.

Born Dec.

24, 1900 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, she was one of the last of the group of

immigrants who came from Puerto Rico in 1901 to work on the sugar


Margaret Almodova migrated to Hawai’i at the age of 9 months

when her family was sent to the Big Island as farm workers in the sugar cane

fields. When she was 8 years old, her family was relocated to Kaua’i, where

they lived at Camp 2 in Makaweli. She later married Louis R. Almodova Sr. and

they raised 11 children and one grandson.

Known as “Mama” or “Grandma” to

all, she baked bread in outdoor ovens for neighbors and friends and did laundry

in ‘Ele’ele plantation camps. She never went to school but saw that all her

children had a good education.

She was a member of the Puerto Rican

Association of Hawai’i, an honorary member of the Puerto Rican Heritage Society

of Hawai’i and a member of the women’s society of Sacred Hearts Church in


Margaret is survived by four daughters: Lydia Troche of Hayward,

Calif.; Sophie Ke-a of Honolulu; Isabel Carvalho (George Sr.) of Ceres, Calif.;

Margaret Du Pont of Honolulu; and seven sons: Louis (Alice) Almodova Jr. of

‘Ele’ele, Frank (Mollie) Almodova Sr. of Honolulu; Henry (Kimiko) Almodova of

Honolulu, Ben (Diane) Almadova of Honolulu, David (Ethel) Almodova of Cedar

City, UT; 38 grandchildren, 71 great grandchildren, and 31 great-great


Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 as.m. Saturday, Aug. 5,

with Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Church’s


Aloha attire is suggested. Arrangements are being handled by



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