Making of Katsu Goto Documentary

February 27, 2017, 11:21 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:58 PM
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Katsu Goto, a Hawaii plantation worker, businessman and labor rights activist is the subject of a new documentary film. Photo courtesy of Lyman Museum.

The Lyman Museum will present the research and making of a new documentary film exploring the remarkable life of Hawai‘i plantation worker and labor rights advocate Katsu Goto.

The film, Honokaʻa Hero: The Story of Katsu Goto, is described as a powerful saga of hope and inspiration following the life of Goto from his arrival in Hawaiʻi to his tragic lynching in Honoka‘a in 1888.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts students participated as actors in the film, recreating scenes from the memory of Goto’s life.  

The documentary filmmakers, Patsy Iwasaki and Danny Miller, will be joined by contributing researcher Dr. Yoshinori Kato in the program presentation.

Lyman Museum will offer the program on Monday, March 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.


The nationally accredited Lyman Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate that showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaiʻi. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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



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