Moriso Teraoka
100th Infantry Battalion

Wainaku Mill Camp

Moriso Teraoka

Life in Wainaku Mill Camp is frugal. People have few material possessions beyond the bare necessities.

Moriso and his siblings do not think of themselves as poor until they go to school in Hilo. He learns that beyond the boundaries of the plantation camp, there are those who look down on them. “Oh, he is from the plantation,” is used as a put down.

Moriso’s father tells him, “Don’t pay attention and make friends that don’t care where you come from.”