HAWAIIAN AIRLINES IN-FLIGHT PROGRAMMING
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, launches in-flight programming to celebrate and showcase Hawaiian filmmakers and locally produced short films. This program, which started in 2018, is curated by HIFF and available for free on over 120 transpacific Hawaiian Airlines flights, across 22 destinations. Passengers have exclusive access to complimentary short films featuring authentic, local stories that capture the depth and richness of Hawaii’s culture, all in one entertaining in-flight experience.
The winner of the 2019 HIFF Made in Hawai‘i Short Film Award presented by the Hawai‘i Film Office will automatically qualify for a spot. Other HIFF showcased films will be selected based on a range of merits by the HIFF programming team.
‘AE KAI (SHORELINES)
Director: Brandi Martins | 2018 | 27 min
The traditional gathering point where people, land and sea meet, the ‘ae kai is an area of exchange, convergence and evolution. It is a place where different perspectives come together, where ideas are debated, and solutions are created. As the backdrop for important community discussions, Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners in collaboration with artists from around the Asia-Pacific region converge in ‘Ae Kai to explore the meeting points of humanity and nature, art and community, history and the future.
Director: Ty Sanga | 2018 | 16 min
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.
I SCREAM FLOATS & SUNDAYS
Director: Leah Kihara | 2013 | 13 min
I scream, floats & sundays is a visual meditation on the pressures facing contemporary Hawaiian women through three vignettes that explore the female Hawaiian relationship with her surroundings—elements such as the physical world, natural world, and the religious realm. Collectively, they serve as a prayer for healing and revitalization of the spirit.
Director: Bradley Tangonan | 2018 | 3 min
Kumu Hula Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole demonstrates how hula and oli, or chanting, connects her to the land and the spirits therein.
Director: Kenji Doughty | 2016 | 15 min
The poignant film travels the audience back in time, in the wake of a significant migratory period in ancient Hawai‘i a young chief, fueled by rage and resentment, sets out to rid his home of the newcomers who have populated his homeland and comes face to face with Lehua, a daring yet spiteful young girl who has foster her home in the chaos of war. HO’OMAU won the HIFF Audience Award for Best Short Film in 2016.
THE MOON AND THE NIGHT
Director: Erin Lau | 2018 | 19 min
In this aesthetically stunning and authentic portrayal of rural Hawai‘i, a teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet into a dog fight. THE MOON AND THE NIGHT won second place in the HIFF Made-In-Hawaii Shorts Competition in 2018.
MAUKA TO MAKAI
Directors: Alika Maukau & Jonah Okano | 2018 | 25 min
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. THE MOON AND THE NIGHT won first place in the HIFF Made-In-Hawai‘i Shorts Competition in 2018.
Director: Ty Sanga | 2011 | 20 min
Stones, tells a story based on the legend of the Mu, an ancient people who populated Hawaii before the Hawaiians arrived. Nihiplai and Naiwi, the last remaining Mu, only come out at night. If sunlight touches their skin, they will turn to stone. All of the dailogue is in the Hawaiian language, presented with English subtitles.