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Hāmākua Sugar Plantation Days Festival August 16

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Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Heritage Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawai’i Education and Research Center invites the public to an exhibit on the final harvest of the Hāmākua Sugar Company on Saturday, August 16 at the Hāmākua Sugar Plantation Days Festival on Mamane Street in Honoka`a. The slide show and videos of the final harvest and parade will be shown throughout the day in the Honoka`a People’s Theatre. Free festival events are scheduled from 10 am to 5 pm in commemoration of the 20th year since the closing of the plantation.

The exhibit features photographs taken by Hal Hisa Yamato of former sugar plantation workers in the final months of the company’s existence. In addition, slide presentations were put together with images taken by Paul Christensen of the plantation from 1933 through the 1980s.

The festival takes place in Honoka’a town with a block party, cultural entertainment, and food from various ethnic groups. In the evening there will be a community potluck and talk story at the Honoka’a School Cafeteria starting at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share or a canned food donation for the Salvation Army. The North Hawai’i Education and Research Center is one of several community and government organizations that collaborated to make this festival possible.


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