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The late kumu hula, teacher, song composer, musician and all-around Hawaiian cultural icon who exemplified courage

Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer, or Aunty Nona as she was fondly called, was an educator, author, hula dancer and a champion of Hawaiian culture, known for her integrity, scholarship and love.

Maui-based filmmaker Tom Vendetti says he was asked to do the project by his dear friend, Keola Beamer, Aunty Nona’s son. “Even though there have been other films made about her, with basically people talking about her, this film is focused on her telling her own story, along with family members,” Vendetti says.

The title of the film, Hawaiiana, comes from a word Aunty Nona used to describe the very best of all things Hawaiian: the people, their knowledge, culture, wisdom and aloha.