State of the Re:Union with Al Letson "Hawai'i: The Legacy of Sugar"

State of the Re:Union with Al Letson "Hawai'i: The Legacy of Sugar"

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Host Al Letson

Credit: NPR

For decades, long before it was a tourist’s paradise, what Hawaii did was grow sugar.

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. For decades, long before it was a tourist’s paradise, what Hawaii did was grow sugar. That was not only its economic driver, it was a force that remade the place. 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. State of the Re:Union with Al Letson "Hawai'i: The Legacy of Sugar" airs Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

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