James Campbell was just 13 years old when he left his home in Londonderry, Ireland, stowing away on a ship to seek his fortune in the New World. He eventually found his way to the Pacific, arriving in Hawai’i in 1850 at the age of 24. Here he began a brilliant business career that spanned 50 years, starting as a carpenter, then a sugar mill owner, eventually becoming one of Hawai’i’s largest landowners, with holdings on O’ahu, Maui and the Island of Hawai’i. These holdings formed the basis of his wealth. When he died in 1900, Campbell’s will directed that his estate, valued at $3 million, be held in trust for the benefit of his wife, Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine, his four daughters and their offspring.