06-24 November 2019



Made in Hawaii
James Sereno

United States

2019 / 75’ / World Premiere / English


HAOLE, the latest film from local filmmaker James Sereno (PARADISE BROKEN, HIFF 2011) and novelist Chris McKinney (THE TATTOO) takes place in Kahalu’u, on the Windward side of Oahu. Thirteen-year-old David Kealoha dreams of escaping rural Hawaii. But when Jonah Morris, a white kid from Phoenix, Arizona moves into the neighborhood, tragedy strikes, irrevocably changing the trajectory of David's life and those closest to him. It’s a provocative exploration on race relations couched in a story about three boys who may seem different on paper, but share similar journeys of finding themselves in a environments where they feel displaced.

Director James Sereno, who runs a successful commercial production company in Honolulu, has dabbled in indie film for over two decades. Most recently, he has served as an executive producer for several award winning features by directors with local ties—Justin Chon’s GOOK and MS. PURPLE, which had world premieres at Sundance and Christopher Makoto Yogi’s AUGUST AT AKIKO’S. In his latest film, he steps behind the camera and crafting an original story by local novelist Chris McKinney, who’s own work explores issues of class and race in Hawai‘i.

Saturday 9 12:15 - 14:01Regal Dole Cannery 9 add Filmmaker in Attendance
Saturday 23 14:30 - 16:16The Palace Theater add
Saturday 23 19:00 - 20:31Maui Arts & Cultural Center add
Sunday 24 17:00 - 18:46The Waimea Theater add
DirectorJames Sereno.
CastSir Cornwell, Thiessen Wright, Josiah Cerio, Albert Ueligitone and Wil Kahele.
ScreenplayChris Mckinney.
CinematographerShawn Hiatt.
MusicTaimane Gardner.
ProductionJames Sereno.

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