On December 8, 1941, Erling Ericksen should have left Hawaii on a trip to visit his parents who were living in Brooklyn, New York. But that trip was not to be. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor the day before, radically changing the situation for Erling Ericksen, for Hawaii, and for all Americans.
Some people from Lyngdal who now live on the island of Hawaii had mentioned to me that an immigrant from Spind was also living on the island. So I called him on the phone, and to my great surprise, the man spoke Norwegian like a native. And that was even in spite of the fact that he very seldom meets a Norwegian, for there are not many of them on the island.
“Aloha from Forgotten Norwegians in Hawaii”