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EMILY AT 2:30
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EMILY AT 2:30

Director: Kristin Kouke
Year: 2012
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 14 min

Synopsis: A young woman leads a solitary life of routine that is interrupted when she begins to receive mysterious packages on her doorstep.

FOLLOW THE LEADER
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FOLLOW THE LEADER

Director: Ty Sanga
Year: 2006
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 11 min

Synopsis: Kenji longs to be a part of a group but is constantly stepped on. He befriends an outcast kid named Joseph, and by standing up for Joseph, Kenji stands up for himself.

THE GIRL AND THE KAPPA MONSTER
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THE GIRL AND THE KAPPA MONSTER

Director: Gavin Arucan
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 8 min

Synopsis: Hiriko, a lonely, young Japanese woman, develops a close friendship with an injured Kappa Monster, but it takes a stronger grip on her life than she would like.

LITTLE GIRL'S WAR CRY
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LITTLE GIRL’S WAR CRY

Director: Erin Lau
Year: 2013
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 17 min

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Tiare attempts to block out the abuse in her home by taking shelter in her imagination, until a prank goes wrong and pushes her to confront it.

MOKE ACTION
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MOKE ACTION

Director: ‘Aina Paikai
Year: 2009
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 6 min

Synopsis: In a gritty section of West Oʻahu, due to an accidental incident, two men’s egos get the best of them.

N. KING
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N. KING

Director: Kali Kasashima
Year: 2014
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 11 min

Synopsis: Kalani goes on his first hold up driven by money, and the search for his place in life. But his worst fears are realized when things don’t go according to plan.

NO MORE ALOHA
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NO MORE ALOHA

Director: Alexander Bocchierri
Year: 2013
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 18 min

Synopsis: Two Hawaiian men struggle to find their place in an increasingly modern Hawaii, while trying to cope with the loss of a close friend.

SINCERELY, KAYE
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SINCERELY, KAYE

Director: Kristle Backe
Year: 2018
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 12 min

Synopsis: This story follows the life journey of a girl learning to find acceptance with her childhood upbringing.

STEVE MAI‘I
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STEVE MA‘I‘I

Director: Kaliko Palmeira
Year: 2004
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 12 min

Synopsis: Steve Ma‘i‘i was a seminal figure in local music and the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s.

UPROOT
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UPROOT

Director: Kalilinoe Detwiler
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 5 min

Synopsis: Ami stands in front of her mothers grave and recounts her mother’s cries, desperate struggle, and physical abuse at the hands of her father.