Ancestors of Hanakao ‘o


Tombstones from a historical Chinese cemetery in Maui, Hawaii.  Hanakao ‘o is a Chinese cemetery from sometime in the mid 1800s with many intricately carved headstones, many of which are very well preserved.  Many of the graves here are from immigrants who journeyed to the Hawaiian Islands to work in the sugar and pineapple plantations.  I was surprised at the barrenness of the cemetery.  When you think of traditional US cemeteries, you think of grass, shade trees, and flowers all around.  Here, it was rocky red earth with tombstones interspersed.  Many of the tombstones had jars, bowls, or cups at the base, perhaps for an offering to the deceased (please confirm or correct me if you are in the know).


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