Hawai’i: The Legacy of Sugar

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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.


Episode Music

Gabby PahinuiKaua’i Beauty
All Star Hawaiian BandBlue Hawaii
Bexar BexarEsther’s Vice
Bexar BexarThe Turning Bull
Bexar BexarWhere She Lives Everyday
Bexar BexarWindow Piece
Kumu Hula Sylvia Puananiha’aheo EdgarIpu Heke
BonoboMagic Man
BonoboBetween the Lines
BonoboPick Up (Four Tet Mix)
BlockheadA Better Place
BlockheadAttack the Doctor
BlockheadFour Walls
James “Bla” PahinuiMaori Brown Eyes
The All-Star OrchestraAsatoya Yunta (Song of Asatoya)(Instrumental)
Eddie KamaeKa Ua Loku
Ray KaneAuwe
QuanticIn the Key of Blue
QuanticWider Than the Sky
RJD2Rocket Science (Instrumental)
Time MachineWho Needs a Mic?
Chris JossYou’ve Been Spiked
Keola BeamerKapalua Bay
Keola Beamere Ku’u Morning Dew
Duke ReidSure Shot
MakanaDeep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest
Soul PositionNo Excuse for Lovin’
The Hawaiian Beach BandChilled Out
The Album LeafBlank Pages
Sonny ChillingworthHi’ilawe
  • Izabella

    This was a wonderful insight into Hawai’i and how white man has exploited its islands and people.

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