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Puʻuhonua: A Closer Look at Kimi Howl Lee’s Kamaʻāina

By Lyz Soto on October 19, 2020

In July and August of 2020, we partnered with the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival for a series of events that centered Kimi Howl Lee’s short film Kamaʻāina: Child of the Land. The events and resulting discussions were thoughtful and thought provoking, matching the tenor of the film and the intention of its director. It’s always …

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HIFF @ Home Summer Fest

By Rae Kuruhara on August 7, 2020

From the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-at-home policy, the HIFF Spring Showcase, which was supposed take place in April, was indefinitely postponed to a later date. After making adjustments to our program calendar and the implementation of new programs like HIFF@HOMEand HIFF Virtual Cinema, we are happy to announce that …

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An “Elsewhere” We Call Home

By Tatiana Kalaniopua Young, PhD on July 31, 2020

Kamaʻāina: Child of the Land (2020), a short film by Kimi Howl Lee, centers on the story of a gender-queer teenage character named Mahina played by Malia Kamalani Soon. Mahina lives on the streets of Waiʻanae, a rural, mostly Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Pacific Islander community on the island of Oʻahu.  Throughout this document, …

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HoMA: Eating Up Easter + Community Conversation: Regenerative Tourism And Restorative Economies In Hawaiʻi

By Rae Kuruhara on July 11, 2020

From the Honolulu Museum of Art: Inspired by the film Eating Up Easter, which examines cultural preservation and the impacts of tourism in Rapa Nui, the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is proud to host a timely community conversation featuring local changemakers who are re-envisioning our local economies, questioning business as usual, and working to …

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Love Letters to Community: New Worlds into Being

By Lyz Soto on April 10, 2020

Dear Lovely You,  This is a letter in speculation in a speculative time. This is to all of you struggling through this moment of distance, uncertainty, danger, and fear. I am with you. In this space, I usually write to you in third person as the Communications Officer representing a collective of voices from Hawaiʻi …

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