In the Sandwich Islands the plantations recruited workers from many different countries. The Chinese, the Portugese, the Japanese and others found their way to the Kingdom of Hawaii to work in their fields.
While the cultures grouped together and lived in ethnic centric communities, they did adopt parts of the other cultures as their own.
The Japanese workers adopted the tradition of firecrackers at the New Year. Both small and large packets of firecrackers were burned at the entrances to a home. The loud explosion of sound was meant to scare away any evil spirits that might be haunting a home or family.