E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

Thursday, October 24 at 8:00 pm

What's in a name? This month, a PBS Hawaii Presents broadcast premiere of E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name attempts to answer that question.

The documentary follows its filmmaker, Christen Hepuakoa (Hepuakoamanaaheleihiehieonaonamekekapu-o­-nali'iamekahanohanoamauanaia) Marquez, as she sets out to discover the meaning behind her lengthy Hawaiian name of 60 consonants and vowels. In the process, Christen rebuilds her relationship with her estranged mother on Oahu, a kumu hula who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1980s. As she learns more about her mother's condition, Christen's film sheds light on how cultural differences can impact mental health care.

E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name (image)

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On October 24, following PBS Hawaii Presents: E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez will be in-studio for a live Q&A moderated by PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox on a special 9:00 pm edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii.


The Namesake Project

The Namesake Project is an online video project created to collect interesting name stories from around the world. Please watch this short video to get inspired and then record a short video between 10 seconds up to one-and-a-half minute story of why or how you got your name. Then share your video by either using the hashtag #namesake on Twitter or posting your video on www.facebook.com/weaveaname. Thanks for contributing to the collection!

For more information about E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name visit www.hakuinoa.com


View the Press Release (PDF)