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Waves of Change
In 1999 Hawaiian music legend and documentary filmmaker Eddie Kamae visited the West Maui town of Lāhainā, only to find that Pioneer Mill, the center of Lāhainā's sugar industry. was closing down. Eddie knew that this signaled the end of Lāhainā's plantation era. a simpler, more innocent time that he remembered fondly from the childhood summers he spent in the area visiting his grandmother. He knew that a change as momentous as this needed to be documented so he filmed the last harvest, the last cane burning, and the final days of operation at Pioneer Mill. The time Eddie spent in this old Maui town also revealed many treasures from the past, both historical and personal. This documentary is dedicated to Shigesh & Sue Wakida whose love for the children and Lāhainā live on.
"This story is told in an intimate, highly personal style that is the hallmark of all Eddie Kamae's films"
Mark Vleth, Lahaina News