Rice & Roses #318 : The Kohala Story
In March of 1971, the Kohala Sugar Company announced that it would cease its operations in Kohala by the end of 1973, affecting about 500 plantation workers and the surrounding community. This episode of Rice & Roses looks at what the Hawaiʻi County Government has been doing to assist those affected, some of the companies that have been started in response to the plantation shutdown, and how the workers are coping with the change. Some of the ventures that are covered in this episode are a sugar restart project, an independent grower cooperative, cane production for animal feed, Kohala Plastics, Kohala Nursery, Orchids Pacifica, and Hawaii Biogenics.
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