Local Filipina/o American community leaders went to the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel because Aston management told their housekeepers no Ilocano at work. This is illegal and discriminatory. Over 80% of Aston workers (and 98% of their housekeeping workers) are of Filipino descent.
The community members shared words of support to the housekeepers in Ilocano and English. But security yelled at them to “be quiet” and kicked them out. Mahalo Dr. Christine Lipat, Charlene Cuaresma, Amy Agbayani, Deanna Espinas, Jeff Acido, and Grace Caligtan for supporting the workers’ right to organize and speak their own language!