Ernest A. Malterre, Jr., of Portuguese, Hawaiian, and French ancestry, spent most of his life on sugar plantations. He was born on Hawai‘i Island, in Onomea, a community eight miles north of Hilo, where his father worked as a plantation overseer.
When the family moved to Waipahu, O‘ahu, Malterre joined O‘ahu Sugar Company. Over the course of forty-nine years, Malterre was a pump worker, field supervisor, irrigation overseer, assistant housing administrator, and employee relations supervisor. He retired in 1979.
Volunteer work with the Waipahu Community Association, Waipahu Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens’ Club, St. Joseph’s Church, Boy Scouts, and Friends of Waipahu...