april, 2021

15apr(apr 15)12:00 am25(apr 25)10:00 pmVirtual EventShorts: KĀNAKA MAOLI NEW WAVEFeaturing: DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI, HAE HAWAI'I, KALEWA, KAPAEMAHU, MAUKA TO MAKAI, MOLOKAI BOUND, THE MOON AND THE NIGHT, STONES, THIS IS THE WAY WE RISEwatch.hiff.orgEvent Type:Shorts ProgramFestival, Season, or Series:HIFF SHOWCASE SERIES,Indigenous LensCountries:Hawai‘i,United StatesGenres:Documentary,Drama,Experimental,Historical,Period Drama,Science Fiction Event TagsHawai'i

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From audience and jury award winners from past HIFF editions to official selections from major festivals like Sundance and Berlin, THE KĀNAKA MAOLI NEW WAVE is HIFF’s continuing series that celebrates Native Hawaiian cinema. These wide-ranging locally-produced short films present the breadth and spectrum of stories from the best Native Hawaiian filmmakers.

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI (2019)| Dir. Justyn Ah Chong
A janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a memory that stirs awake a voice within. Inspired by a collection of poetry by the late Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake. | 20 min.

HAE HAWAI’I (2018)| Dir. Ty Sanga
In 1893, a group of businessmen and sugar planters illegally overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy. The kingdom slowly dissolves as loyalists to the crown try to preserve what is left. A young Hawaiian thief is selected to safeguard the unifying symbol of the kingdom, the Hawaiian flag. | 16 min.

KALEWA (2018) | Dir. Mitchel Viernes
In the future, a Hawaiian astronaut makes the next great leap for his planet, his family, and himself. Tonight is his last chance. | 16 min.

KAPAEMAHU (2020) | Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
KAPAEMAHU reveals the hidden history of four powerful healing stones on Waikiki Beach, and the mysterious spirits within them. | 8 min.

MOLOKA‘I BOUND (2019) | Dir. Alika Maikau
A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage. | 9 min.

MAUKA TO MAKAI (2018) | Dir. Alika Maikau, Jonah Okano
MAUKA TO MAKAI offers an unfiltered window in to a day in the lives of two cousins, who, while traveling from Kāneʻohe to Kailua, grapple with their identity, vices, and the familial bonds that make and break them. | 25 min.

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT (2018) | Dir. Erin Lau
Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight. The film explores the cultural and socio-economic strife that burdens many communities in Hawaiʻi, but at its heart, it is a coming-of-age tale of a young woman who makes the difficult realization that to save her family, she must stand on her own. | 19 min.

STONES (2009) | Dir. Ty Sanga
STONES is a mythical Hawaiian tale about a family torn between preserving their native land and life and embracing new people and cultures. | 20 min.

THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (2019) | Dir. Ciara Lacy
THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE is an exploration into the creative process, following Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred sites atop Maunakea, Hawai`i reinvigorates her art. | 12 min

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