Gigi Coquio (2011)

Luigi “Gigi” Cocquio is an activist in Hawaii. Born in Italy, in the small village of Uggiate, Gigi, came to Hawaii after being deported from the Philippines by President Marcos. He was serving as a Catholic priest there in 1976, working with the people in Tondo, the largest squatter community in Asia. Once in Hawaii, he soon became involved in the struggle for social justice on behalf of the Leprosy patients of Hale Mohalu. This struggle for social justice also continued on behalf of ensuring human rights in the Philippines. He has made Mākaha his home, and in 1979 became one of the founders of Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha. Gigi continues to be involved with social justice issues in his community and globally.