Spurred by depressed economic conditions and a hurricane that devastated the island in 1899, between 1900 and 1902 over 5,000 Puerto Ricans left their home island and traveled to the islands of Hawai'i (Maui, O'ahu, and Hawai'i) to work on the sugar plantations. Hawaiian sugar plantations were searching world-wide for labor and recruiters promised comfortable accommodations during the long trip and well paying jobs. Upon arriving, Puerto Ricans found trabajo y tristeza (work and sorrow). While the work was well paying, as promised, the quality of housing and access to goods and services varied greatly. Additionally, Puerto Rican migrants were thrown into an established multi-ethnic community with languages and cultures that were foreign to them. Despite these challenging beginnings, many of the migrants and their families would put down roots in Hawai'i, adapting to their new home, while maintaining important cultural roots and truly becoming Boricuas Hawaiianas.