Graciano Manzano Gadiaza from Calaoan, Candon City, Ilocos Sur went to Kauai in 1929 and worked in the sugar cane plantation as sakada. Just like other Filipino that were recruited in the Philippines from 1906 to 1945 to be part of the vast sugar cane plantation works in the islands and county of Hawaii.
He was not just a pukan cane (harvester of sugar cane). He was a musician and a talented one. He became one of the members of the Kekaha Sugar Company Band. The picture above was his remembrance during the golden years of his life.
The picture he brought to Philippines together with the musical notes does not served as remembrance only to his memory in the state which dominated by farm workers during that era. These are part of his life.
Filipinos loves music and even during those times, Filipino never really forget the tradition of music. And Graciano was one of the people who entertained the sugar farm workers.