The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past and to start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age and Hawaii is not the paradise she expected. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Written by
Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.
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Sometimes, even now, when the winds are blowing real hard I think can hear Kana singing. But the singing is not Kana. It's the voice of my daughter singing her daughter to sleep. But when I close my eyes, I can still see the moon lighting up the cane fields, like the ocean that carried me home... to Hawaii.