December 16, 2015

Production Team

Patsy Y. Iwasaki – Project Director/Writer/Executive Producer
Patsy 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 create the graphic novel “Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story,” about Katsu Goto and to produce this film.

Danny Miller – Producer/Director/Editor/Writer
Produced, wrote and edited award-winning documentaries for the Nature Conservancy and Florida Audubon that have aired on PBS and television specials for major film studios including Universal, Dream-Works, Focus Features and Castle Rock that have aired on HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.

Most recently he has Produced and Directed films about protecting Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural resources: including “Saving Ka’u’s Coast”, “The Punalu’u Experience” (aired on PBS) “Turning the Canoe,” “Changing Tides,” and “Seeds of Hope”(aired on PBS).

“Seeds of Hope” (Director/Producer/Editor/Writer) had its mainland Premiere at Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian in July, 2014 and was distributed to every public school and library in Hawaii

Baron Sekiya – Producer/Writer/Photographer
Baron is the Founder/Publisher of Hawaii 24/7 ( a news website published online and via Amazon Publishing. Multiple award winner for Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.

Photographer for clients: New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii News Now, KITV, KHON, Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor (Hawaii’s first scenic byway project).

Board member for Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Preservation Council Steering committee for Kona Coffee Living History Farm – D. Uchida Farm