The Kekaha Band During Sakada Era

The wind band called Kekaha Sugar Company Band.  Graciano Gadiaza was one of the player of saxophone.

The wind band called Kekaha Sugar Company Band. Graciano Gadiaza was one of the player of saxophone.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s