Syngman Rhee, the founding president of the Republic of Korea spent a total of thirty years in Hawaii. The first 25 years occurred before he was elected the founding president and five years were after he resigned from the presidency. What is the significance of 30 years in one’s life span? What does Syngman Rhee’s Hawaii activities mean to the Republic of Korea?
Syngman Rhee’s 25-year activities in a small island community in the middle of the Pacific has not attracted much attention but did contribute to the founding of one of the most powerful Asian nations today. In this new documentary, the filmmakers venture to elucidate on his tenure in the Islands, from his contribution to the local Korean community, his emphasis on public education and the inspirations that led to his founding of an emerging nation.