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Manoa Chinese Cemetery, rooted in the tradition of honoring ancestors, is struggling to stay afloat

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                                Robert Wong opens the door to the Memorial Hall, built in the 1940s.

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    Robert Wong opens the door to the Memorial Hall, built in the 1940s.

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                                Lin Yee Chung Association president Charles Wong and trustee Les Young, left, admire the 1958 mural depicting examples of filial piety in the Memorial Hall.

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    Lin Yee Chung Association president Charles Wong and trustee Les Young, left, admire the 1958 mural depicting examples of filial piety in the Memorial Hall.

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                                A close-up of one of the parables depicting filial piety inside the Memorial Hall.

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    A close-up of one of the parables depicting filial piety inside the Memorial Hall.

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                                Grounds superintendent Robert Wong, above right, and trustee Les Young view a plaque listing the committee members who financed improvements to the Grand Ancestors Tomb platform and other projects in 1997.

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    Grounds superintendent Robert Wong, above right, and trustee Les Young view a plaque listing the committee members who financed improvements to the Grand Ancestors Tomb platform and other projects in 1997.

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                                Robert Wong, grounds superintendent at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery, checks on the ceramic urns holding the remains of immigrants in the Bone House.

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    Robert Wong, grounds superintendent at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery, checks on the ceramic urns holding the remains of immigrants in the Bone House.

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                                Lin Yee Chung Association president Charles Wong talks about the ideal, sacred location of the Grand Ancestors Tomb in the cemetery, based on the feng shui philosophy.

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    Lin Yee Chung Association president Charles Wong talks about the ideal, sacred location of the Grand Ancestors Tomb in the cemetery, based on the feng shui philosophy.

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                                Lush mountains frame the Lin Yee Chung Manoa Chinese Cemetery, which is a treasury of the culture and history of Chinese immigrants in Hawaii.

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    Lush mountains frame the Lin Yee Chung Manoa Chinese Cemetery, which is a treasury of the culture and history of Chinese immigrants in Hawaii.

Local families who have trekked to the Manoa Chinese Cemetery every spring to honor their late relatives during the Ching Ming season don’t often realize that the 170-year-old burial ground is a virtual historical and cultural treasure chest. Read more

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