has frequently been described as the of the and this is evident in our daily lives when we see every nationality known driving on the streets, shopping, at the beach or working in the shops in town and at the mall. One of the most successful groups to are the Japanese. In the late 1800’s was trying to modernize, but unemployment was common, working and living conditions were brutal. So, when looking for opportunities outside of Japan about half of all Japanese immigrants came to Hawai’i. Between 1870 and 1880 about 28,000 single men came to work on the . By 1893 70% of plantation workers were Japanese. Most were who followed in the wake of men. worked making less money than their counter part Caucasians, and they bought small farms for more money then Caucasians until with very hard work, they eventually overtook the pay scale of white workers. As farmers, they were successful and went into other businesses–restaurants, small grocery stores, barber shops. Then, in 1941 and the , local Japanese were put into interment camps and lost everything. Slowly, after the war, they had to start over opening new businesses, once again becoming successful. Today, the Japanese comprise about 40% of population of Hawai’i. Many continue as successful business owners. And, some still work as in the old days in the fields of farms or work on land belonging to someone else.