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Filipino farmer’s legacy honored at ceremony in Manoa Valley

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rosie Ramiro, right, led the Acopan family on a tour of the Acopan Garden at the Manoa Heritage Center on Saturday. The group included, from left, Ernie Acopan, Marcelo Acopan Jr., Rome Acopan, James Acopan, John Acopan, Lawrence Acopan and Celeste Cooper.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Rosie Ramiro, right, led the Acopan family on a tour of the Acopan Garden at the Manoa Heritage Center on Saturday. The group included, from left, Ernie Acopan, Marcelo Acopan Jr., Rome Acopan, James Acopan, John Acopan, Lawrence Acopan and Celeste Cooper.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawrence Acopan, left, shared stories of his childhood in Manoa on Saturday during an event honoring his parents, Elpidio and Nobuko Acopan, at the Manoa Heritage Center. Listening to Acopan were, clockwise from Acopan, Teuila Tuasivi, Deanne Ah Mook Sang, Stephanie Acopan, Kamaile Ah Mook Sang, Kawohi Tuasivi and Kaha‘i Tuasivi.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lawrence Acopan, left, shared stories of his childhood in Manoa on Saturday during an event honoring his parents, Elpidio and Nobuko Acopan, at the Manoa Heritage Center. Listening to Acopan were, clockwise from Acopan, Teuila Tuasivi, Deanne Ah Mook Sang, Stephanie Acopan, Kamaile Ah Mook Sang, Kawohi Tuasivi and Kaha‘i Tuasivi.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Ernie Acopan, Marcelo Acopan Jr., James Acopan, John Acopan, Rosie Ramiro, Lawrence Acopan, Celeste Cooper and Rome Acopan in the Acopan Garden at the Manoa Heritage Center.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ernie Acopan, Marcelo Acopan Jr., James Acopan, John Acopan, Rosie Ramiro, Lawrence Acopan, Celeste Cooper and Rome Acopan in the Acopan Garden at the Manoa Heritage Center.

Growing up on his family’s farm in Manoa Valley, Lawrence Acopan said he learned a lot about life and nature. His father, Elpidio Acopan, is known as the first independent Filipino farmer in the neighborhood, leasing more than 25 acres to grow ti plants, gardenias, banana and other crops. Read more

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