Katsu Goto’s incredible true story, a powerful saga of hope and inspiration arising from tragedy, is the subject of a remarkable new documentary about a poignant chapter in Hawai‘i’s history. Today, more than 130 years after Goto arrived in the Islands to work on a sugar plantation, his story is being given new life by filmmakers Patsy Iwasaki and Danny Miller. Their program at the Lyman Museum in March was so popular that folks asked for a reprise, which is being presented with additional film footage and historical information. Iwasaki and Miller explore the research and making of “Honoka‘a Hero: The Story of Katsu Goto”—a film spanning his life from plantation laborer, to successful businessman and labor rights advocate, to his tragic lynching in Honoka‘a town in 1889. The documentary features historical reenactments by students from UH-Hilo’s Performing Arts Department and its Chair, Dr. Jackie Pualani Johnson. Joining the filmmakers is Dr. Erika Hori, a historian who has conducted extensive research on Goto. Learn more about this compelling saga on either of two occasions—Monday evening, June 19, or a matinée on the following Tuesday afternoon, June 20. Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Limited seating; first come, first seated. Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School ON MONDAY EVENING ONLY.

‘The Making of a Documentary: The Story of Katsu Goto’ presentation June 19&20 at Lyman Museum in Hilo

Katsu Goto’s incredible true story, a powerful saga of hope and inspiration arising from tragedy, is the subject of a remarkable new documentary about a poignant chapter in Hawai‘i’s history. Learn more about this compelling saga on either of two occasions—Monday evening, June 19, or a matinée on the following Tuesday afternoon, June 20.

“Discovering the Letters of Katsu Goto” presentation in Honokaa Sunday (June 18)

Dr. Erika Hori, the foremost expert on Katsu Goto in Japan, will present new information about Goto, based on recently-discovered letters from Goto himself. Her talk, “Ambitious Spirit: Discovering the Letters of Katsu Goto,” will focus on the letters, written by Goto in Yokohama before coming to Hawaii, which provide new information and background on the fascinating character of Goto.

Cast and crew meet at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center

Exciting times for the film project! Thanks to the Humanities Division of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the amazing Professor Jackie Johnson of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department, we held our introductory meeting for the re enactments for the film documentary. Yes! UH Hilo students and community members will re enact key Read more about Cast and crew meet at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center[…]

Filming in historic Kyoto

We interviewed Dr. Muneyoshi Togami at the spectacularly scenic Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto. He is a Rinzai Zen priest, scholar of migration studies and Professor Emeritus of Ryukoku University, having taught for 40 years at the private university that was founded in 1639. Amazing history of academic pursuit in the ancient capitol of Japan.