Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story


In 1885, tens of thousands of men and women left behind family, friends, and their homeland for these islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to work on the sugar plantations of Hawai‘i. Filled with hopes and dreams, they were drawn to this tropical paradise to seek their fortunes.

This graphic novel, Hāmākua Hero: A True Plantation Story brings the Japanese-Hawai‘i immigrant experience to life through one man’s hardships, success, injustice and tragedy, shedding light on an intriguing but little known piece of Hawai‘i’s past. Follow Katsu Goto as he takes you on his journey . . . back to a time when sugar was king along the Hāmākua coast of Hawaiʻi Island.