Moriso Teraoka
100th Infantry Battalion

Picking Pineapples

Moriso Teraoka

At age 12, boys of the camp are expected to spend summers working in the cane field hoeing weeds.

When pineapple pickers are needed on Lanai, Moriso signs up, despite being two weeks shy of the minimum age of 15 years.

Moriso goes by steamship and sampan to Lanai, then by truck to Lanai City. He picks pineapples, tops the crowns and packs them into crates.

Moriso spends three summers on Lanai, until work is suspended in 1941 when the U.S. declares war on Japan.