Textured Lives: Stories from the Plantations of Hawai‘i (DVD)
Documentaries from the Museum's exhibition Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantations of Hawai‘i
This production of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center includes:
Barbara Kawakami: A Textured Life A portrait of Barbara Kawakami who--after growing up on a plantation and working for over three decades as a seamstress, and entering college for the first time at the age of fifty-three--went on to uncover the lost history of Hawai'i's early Japanese picture brides.
Picture Bride Stories Through rare oral histories, photos and moving images, these short documentaries tell the stories of Haruno Tazawa and Shizu Kaigo, two early Japanese picture brides in Hawai‘i.
Plantation Clothing Preservation A look at the efforts taken to preserve intricately woven and hand-painted kimono and pre-war plantation clothing.
Plantation Roots Vestiges of the plantation experience--while exploitive and grueling--can still be seen in Hawai‘i's culture. The camaraderie the workers relied upon to survive the plantation system has evolved into the spirit of warmth and generosity known as "aloha."
Running time: 50 min.
Textured Lives is made possible in part by: The Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.