The Katsu Goto Film


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Seven minute trailer for upcoming film

Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life: A 23-minute preview

About our project

This film's story is a vital lesson for today's society to spur compassion for the plight of immigrants in our country as we remember our own past.
A man building a better life for himself and others

Discover the story of Katsu Goto, a plantation worker and labor leader who was lynched in Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i in 1889 as told through intimate interviews with his descendants, academic and historical scholars and community members. This 60-minute film will use dramatic re-enactments, historical photos and beautiful footage filmed in Hawaii, Japan and other locations in the United States to bring this tragic and inspiring story to life. This film provides a look not just into the past but provides insight for the future to see what can happen when those in power use fear, hate and prejudice to run unchecked.

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team members in Hawaii


Project Director/Writer/Executive Producer
Patsy Y. Iwasaki is a Communication and English Department faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is working towards her Ph.D. in Education. Receiving a research grant from the Goto of Hiroshima Foundation inspired her to write the graphic novel “Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story,” about Katsu Goto and to create this documentary.


Danny been directing award-winning films for 25 years, his documentaries have aired on PBS, HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. His film, Seeds of Hope was the most popular at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2012.


Baron Sekiya is a Hawaii based photographer who specializes in documentary photography and filmmaking. Baron is the Founder/Publisher of Hawaii 24/7 news website based on Hawaii Island.


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