From 1990, No Nā Mamo: For the Descendants is a tribute to the late hula master Kauʻi Zuttermeister. The film documents how four generations of her family were invited to open the famed Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Crews filmed the year-long preparation ahead of their trip to Hilo, where they performed the mele, chants and hula of the Zuttermeister tradition.
The locally produced film series Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi 2 showcases women filmmakers who are preserving and perpetuating our Island culture and history. The series profiles women who helped build the local independent film industry, as well as current filmmakers who are at the top of their field.
Black Grace: From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow, a 2004 film chronicling the journey of an all-male dance troupe from New Zealand that blends traditional Polynesian and contemporary dance. The group grew from obscurity in Cannon’s Creek, a small New Zealand town, to winning the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in New England. The film is presented in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications.
More than 500,000 war brides from 50 different countries came to America. But what happens when the journey to America was far from the dream marriage? Hear how the filmmakerʻs mother made peace with a decision she regretted.
Under a Jarvis Moon tells the story of 130 young men from Hawaiʻi who were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific.
Shinmachi: Stronger Than a Tsunami tells the story on the Japanese business district in Hilo called Shinmachi that was destroyed by a deadly tsunami on April 1, 1946. Families salvaged what they could to rebuild only to have the district wiped out again by another deadly tsunami in 1960. Surviving residents recall the community resilience to keep the spirit of Shinmachi alive today.
The Puʻukoholā Heiau on Hawaiʻi Island is a sacred site in the Hawaiian culture and significant because of the role it played in the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Hoʻokuʻikahi: To Unify As One documents the 1991 ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the consecration of the heiau.
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.
What happens when you are three years old and homeless in Hawaiʻi? Find out in this documentary that follows Thalia and her parents who live in a homeless encampment in the Kakaʻako neighborhood in Honolulu.
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