August 11, 2010 – Honokaa, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
The culture of the sugar industry on the Hamakua Coast is being chronicled in a new exhibit on display in Honokaa.
The show features the work of photographer Paul Christensen, and covers five decades of the plantation era on the Big Island.
Christensen was a Brooklyn native who first served as a timekeeper for the Kukuihaele Division of Honoka‘a Sugar Company in 1933. Christensen eventually rose to the position of “luna” where he oversaw about 900 workers, and all the while he snapped away with his camera, documenting the plantation era in black and white.
For former sugar industry employees like Joe Branco, Robert DeRego, and Romel Dela Cruz, the exhibit was a step back in time.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at the North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center in Honokaa. The show ends on August 14th.