German, Eastern European immigrants arrive at Kauai in 1897

On July 26, 1897, the German ship H. F. Glade, Captain Haesloop master, arrived at Honolulu Harbor after a voyage of 113 days out of Bremen, Germany.

Aboard ship were 117 men, 25 women and 74 children of German and Eastern European origin destined for assignment to sugar plantations on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.

These immigrants bore German, Polish, Russian, Ruthenian, Slovakian and Ukrainian surnames and were blessed with exceptionally good health — and they all possessed proper certificates of entry.

Following their release by Acting Port Surveyor Morton, they boarded various steamers at Honolulu on the 27th that transported them to their final destinations on the outer Islands.

Immigrants assigned to Kauai were as follows:

Lihue Plantation Company ­— Fifteen laborers with their wives and 49 children; 34 laborers, single. Total, 49 laborers, 15 women and 49 children.

Koloa Sugar Company — Five laborers, single.

Kekaka Sugar Company — Three laborers, single.

Meier & Kruse Plantation at Mana — Five laborers, single.

The remaining immigrants were assigned to Hamoa Plantation Company, Maui; Pioneer Mill, Maui; Hawaiian Agricultural Company, Big Island; Onomea Sugar Company, Big Island, and Honomu Sugar Company, Big Island.

H. Hackfeld and Company of Honolulu had acted as agent for the various sugar plantations in procuring the immigrants.

Laborer contracts for the men were for three years — the first to pay $16 per month, the second $17, and the third $18.

Free housing was to be provided by the plantations and contracts also stipulated that the plantations would offer jobs to women who wished to work and no children under 14 years would be engaged by the plantations.

Captain Haesloop noted that one child died and two were born at sea en route to Hawaii, and that voyage had been rough and dangerous, the H. F. Glade having passed very close to two large and five small masses of floating ice.


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