Section: Made in Hawai‘i Shorts

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MIA, MARGUERITE, AND MARGE

“No matter where I go, I’m wrong, so to me, I’m always right,” is Mia Kabe’s modus operandi. Coming off the heels of an abusive marriage and working at a drive-thru window to make ends meet, Mia earnestly carves out space in her life for her true passions of striptease, dance instructing, and intimacy coaching. …

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ESCAPE VELOCITY

To overcome writer’s block and finish her horror film, an aspiring occultist finds isolation deep in the rainforest to perform a life-changing ritual.

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FISHPOND: LOKO I‘A

On the remote Hawaiian island of Molokai during the Covid-19 pandemic, an ancient fishpond brings together the community, resulting in powerful lessons of resilience and sustainability for the next generation. The work of restoring Ali‘i Fishpond provides not only food, but sharing of profound Hawaiian wisdom. This inspiring film begs the question: What can you …

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GONE CAMPING

Lei, a painfully awkward tween, is dying to go to a sleepover tonight filled with boys and booze. The only problem is that Cindy, Lei’s over-enthusiastic mother, has other plans for the two of them. It’s the night of their annual mother-daughter camping trip! When it begins pouring rain, Cindy sets up their campsite right …

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HONOLULU’S NAUGHTIEST NIGHTCLUB OWNER

This short biographical documentary is about former Honolulu nightclub owner Jack Cione. During the 1960’s and 70’s he earned a notorious reputation by being the first person to operate several adult clubs on Oahu. Today at age 94, Jack continues to produce variety shows at his retirement home.

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I AM A PLASTIC

I AM A PLASTIC is an experimental film featuring Richard Hamasaki’s amplified poetry soundtrack interwoven with spoken word, music, underwater footage, photography and concrete poetry. Published in Read Water: An Anthology (Locked Horn Press, San Diego: 2020), Hamasaki’s poem ironically comments upon humankind’s dependence upon and revulsion toward plastic products – inspired by Sir Mix-a-Lot’s …

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I WILL BE YOUR BREATH

Throughout I Will Be Your Breath, Kamahina learns about her great-grandmother and what she had to go through as a Hawai‘ian woman in the early 1900s, Kamahina understands her great grandmother’s history and connects with her roots. Kamahina’s journey is shown through the depiction of the forest taking over her house. In the same time …

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ALA MOANA BOYS

Blamed for a crime they did not commit, five young men in 1930s Hawai’i must consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences of taking action.

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AREA 77

A young man is living his best life in a restricted forest area, together with his best friend Celia. One day they get the chance to leave the forest to return to a new, now foreign world.

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