Fah Soong

1926 – 2014

Laurie Breeden Callies, Photographer

Fah Soong might have been best known in his younger days as Wahiawa’s “Manapua Maker.” This vibrant man with an irrepressible smile toiled as a Chinese cook preparing, among other things, over 300 manapua each day until his retirement. Fah Soong was born in China and recalls the devastation surrounding his home during the war. “We almost got killed,” he explained. At age 12, Fah Soong relocated with his family to the Philippines and eventually moved to Hawai`i. His wife, son, grandson, sister-in-law and other family members have had a significant impact on his life. He now sees his legacy of hard work in all they have accomplished, from private school to college education. When asked if all the hard work was worth it, Fah Soong replied, “Oh yes, but I’m glad I’m retired now and can just feed the birds.” Fah Soong passed away at the age of 88, shortly after our exhibit opening. May his spirit soar.

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