Chito Isonaga
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Chito Isonaga

Chito Isonaga

Born in 1915 in Koloa, Kauai, Chito Isonaga is the oldest of five children, one of whom dies in childhood. Her parents Tokuichi and Kazuyo Isonaga, emigrants from Japan, open a general store in Koloa town, with the assistance of Motoshige Shoten relatives.

Isonaga Store caters to Filipino plantation workers. Codfish, bagoong (fermented fish sauce), kerosene, medicine, and other goods are sold, along with shirts and lunch bags sewn by Kazuyo.