Meet the Hamada's
The Hamadas, Alan, Harry, Randy, Barry and Brian, have been involved in raising and packing Walla Walla Sweet Onions for most of their lives. It began in 1906 when Jikichi Hamada immigrated to the United States from Japan and started farming vegetables in the Seattle area. During World War II Jikichi, his wife and their seven children were relocated and confined to an internment camp. During the interment the farm was lost.
After the war the Hamada family settled in the Walla Walla Valley and began raising onion seed. As the family grew, grandsons Randy and Barry learned to raise Walla Walla Sweet Onions from their dad. Alan and Harry began their own farm in 1975. Another grandson, Brian, has been raising Walla Walla Sweet Onions since 1984. It has been over sixty years since the Hamada family started a new life in the beautiful Walla Walla Valley, and their Walla Walla Sweet Onion tradition continues today.