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Maui Journalist Documents The Early Days of Activism

Gary Kubota


  Journalist Gary Kubota has covered news in the islands for  40 decades.

Now he has come out with a book called “Stories Of Change,” thanks to Kokua Hawaii Oral History Project and a grant from the Hawaii Council of Humanities and the Hawaii People’s Fund. Kubota credits the idea for the book to Lawrence Kamakawiwoole.

He was a leader of the group fighting to save pig farmers from being evicted from Kalama Valley out in East Honolulu. As a teen, Kubota was actually arrested as he took part in one protest. He reflected on how that experience and Kamakawiwioole’s idea came together.



Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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