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Youth Developmental Enterprises (Y.D.E.)
"Bango" (Employee Identification Numbers)
Dole Employee No. 6
Use of "bango"(a Japanese word for number) was a part of plantation life on Lanai until after World War II when social security numbers were assigned to employees. Typically when reporting to the labor yard in the morning, employees would give their "bango" to a time clerk who kept record of daily attendance. In the early days, employees were also given metal tags with their "bango" on it. These tags were sometimes turned in to the timekeeper upon signing in for the day, and then returned at pau hana (end of work). Then at the end of the month or pay period, the employees would show their "bango" to the timekeeper in order to get paid less the plantation store deductions and fees for other items necessary in "city" life.
This "bango" was donated to the collection of the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center by Mrs. Fusae Nobui—it having been assigned to her late husband when he began work on the Lanai plantation in 1931.