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Videos: Lanai


Videos of Lanai


Welcome to our collection of videos of Lanai. The island was a pineapple plantation, recently bought by Larry Ellison for $500 million and re-developed for upscale tourism. Its people have gone from working in the fields to new jobs in the island’s new resorts. There’s even been some new infrastructure and stuff to help plantation workers make the transition. But pineapple, even when it was miserable labor beneath a broiling sun, had its consolations in the plantation-era pace of life in their community. Still, those who lament the passing of pineapple from our islands may have little appreciation for the beastly (and shabbily-recompensed) labor that it took to wrest the prickly fruit from the fields. I’m astonished that pineapple. a Third World commodity along with sugar, still has a place in Hawaii. That says something about the plantation mentality (“the nail that sticks out gets hammered down”) that continues to hold sway.


ʻO kāu aku, ʻo kā ia ala mai, pēlā ka nohona o ka ʻohana. – From you and from him, so lived the family. (The farmer gave to the fisherman, the fisherman to the farmer.)


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