The Making of a Documentary: Katsu Goto

June 5, 2017, 1:43 PM HST (Updated June 5, 2017, 1:46 PM)

Katsu Goto’s true story, a powerful saga of hope and inspiration arising from tragedy, is the subject of a 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 this past March was so popular that a reprise was requested, which is being presented with additional film footage and historical information.

Iwasaki and Miller share 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.


Joining the filmmakers in this program is Dr. Erika Hori, a historian who has conducted extensive research on Goto.

Learn more about this compelling saga on Monday evening, June 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., or the following afternoon, Tuesday, June 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

About the Lyman Museum
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i. Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili St., the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


For more information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit



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