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Organizing by AQ

Our director, Joy Chong-Stannard, found the following excerpt from an interview with AQ that we recorded in 2008, just weeks before her death! We were talking about attempts by sugar workers to organize before the ILWU and the historic 1946 sugar strike!


She began discussing various attempts at organizing , beginning with the first strike by Hawaiian workers on Kauai. This triggered a reminiscence about when she and Bob McElrath came to Kauai in 1941 to help with an organizing effort by Jack Hall at the Lihue plantation and a little known 10-month strike.

As we put the finishing touches on our documentary, The Struggle Never Ends, we are excited to announce that PBS Hawai‘i has scheduled the program for broadcast on October 17, 2024 8:30-9:30 PM!


We will continue to feature an excerpt from our archives each month on the AQ Labor History website ( So stay tuned and pass the word!


Mahalo Nui Loa,

Chris Conybeare,

Executive Producer

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