"I met some friends. They said, "Because
has lot of women workers you enjoy working, lots of fun." That's the
reason why I work in the cannery. Well, when they hired me as a trimmer,
I didn't have any idea that it's going to be hard, or I'm going to be wet
with juice on my apron. To tell you the truth, I sat on a table and
at the pinapple coming through the Ginaca machine, to me looks like 100
pineapples a minute. The forelady taught me to trim faster and the girls
that I worked with. That's the import thing, working together. As we
our hands still moving, trimming the pines. We talking about our life. We
telling each other where we were born, what kind of life we had, how many
children we had, and what school did we go to. After about 3 years I was
given a relievere position, then a labor quota job, then the forelady for
the night shift."
Ida (Kanekoa) Milles was born in Nahiku Village, Maui on May 4, 1913. She worked on Nahiku Ranch and at Hana Sugar Plantation and as a maid before moving to Honolulu at the beginning of World War II. In 1946, she became a trimmer at Hawaiian Pine Company, was promoted to forelady in 1950 and retired in 1975. Mrs. Milles died in 1980.