(A not so sweet story)
By Rich Cohen
Photograph by Robert Clark
Sugar, Slavery and Health…
Published in National Geographic August 2013
State of the RE:UNION (GREAT RADIO SHOW!!)
aired on May 13, 2014:
For many Americans, Hawai’i is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country. And so much of how Hawai’i is now comes back to one game-changing element: sugar. In this episode of SOTRU, we’ll explore the way contemporary Hawai’i is still navigating the legacy of the sugar plantations now in the 21st century.