An interesting piece of Kauai history can be found at the McBryde Sugar Plantation Cemetery near Port Allen. The cemetery contains the graves of Chinese and Japanese sugar plantation workers of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the graves are rather ornate.
During the heyday of the sugar plantation years, fifteen work camps surrounded the cemetery. Times were hard for the workers back then and death was a common occurrence. Buddhist priests conducted burial ceremonies at the cemetery for the deceased Japanese and Chinese workers. (There is also a Christian area of the cemetery.)
The cemetery sits on a bluff overlooking Glass Beach near Port Allen. For years the cemetery was neglected and overgrown with heavy brush until 2013 when Eleele resident Debrah Davis started clearing the site. Today, the cemetery is largely cleared thanks to Davis’ ongoing efforts. Click here to see what the cemetery looked like in 2011.
If you visit, please show proper respects.
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McBryde Sugar Plantation Cemetery Photos
Above: In addition to the Chinese and Japanese sections of the cemetery, there is also a Christian section.
Above: The McBryde Sugar Plantation Cemetery sits on a bluff overlooking Glass Beach.