September 17's Fact of the Day

On January 9, 1901, Peter Ryu, the first official Korean immigrant to be documented by the Bureau of Immigration, arrived in Hawai’i on the Japanese-sponsored ship Kongkong Maru. In the same year, five more Korean immigrants entered Hawai’i. Chang Sung-pong, one of the five immigrants, later worked for many years in the Honolulu circuit court and police department as an interpreter. However, it was not until January 13, 1903 that the first significant group of Korean immigrants of 103 men, women, and children would arrive at Honolulu Harbor on the S.S. Gaelic as contract laborers.