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 location in the United States to bring this tragic and inspiring story to life.
This documentary film is meant to provide analysis, discussion, exploration, hope, inspiration and engagement with the world by examining deep themes and subjects in the humanities. Many are unaware that early immigrants experienced discrimination and that a lynching occurred in Hawaii. Awareness of history can lead to understanding and unity in our world today. Goto is not only a historical figure of the past, but his life has deep meaning and relevance to today’s issues of racism, violence, immigration, social injustice, socioeconomic disparities and living and thriving in a multicultural world. We believe this film will heal, impact and inspire diverse audiences to take initiatives to help promote peace and equity to a state, a nation and a world that vitally needs it. As a result of shifting economies, advanced technology, conflict and limited resources, the world is converging and the Katsu Goto Memorial Committee wants to be a part of collaborative solutions to promote a healthier, sustainable global community.