Cliff Watson

Kaʻu Sugar : A Town Remembers

Photographer Cliff Watson wants to show the transition of the sugar culture that has dominated the isolated community of Pāhala on the Big Island for over 125 years. March 27, 1996 is the last day of work at the Kaʻu sugar facility. This phasing out leaves hundreds of people without jobs. Many have never known any other life and considered this their home. Now solutions for the problems that arise need to be addressed. Watson hopes his photographs will preserve this important bit of Hawaiian history.

Languages: English, Hawaiian, Pidgin


  • Documentary

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