ISLAND HISTORY: Leong Pah On, Kaua‘i’s rice king

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Leong Pah On (1848-1924) arrived in Honolulu from China at the age of 16 in 1864, during a time when rice was being planted in the islands to supply the needs of nearly 35,000 Chinese in California and about a 1,000 Chinese in Hawai‘i, who relied on rice as their staple food.