“Arguably the most important feature film ever by a Native Hawaiian…
…The film contrasts the stunning physical beauty of Hawaii, the rich culture of Hawaiians where land and ancestors are central to their identity, with the desperate struggles of many to survive.
As a Hawaiian filmmaker and artist who has lived in the midst of the reality he portrays, Kahunahana seduces viewers into a world few have seen (or want to know about) and he makes the experience convincing, layered, and compelling. There will be stunned silence at the end of each viewing.”
- Vilsoni Hereniko, President NETPAC Network for the Promotion of Paci c Asia Cinema/USA, Professor and filmmaker
“HE ALIʻI KA ‘ĀINA, HE KAUWĀ KE KANAKA”
THE LAND IS THE CHIEF AND THE PEOPLE ARE ITS SERVANTS.
“Storytelling is huge part of growing up Hawaiian,” says Christopher Kahunahana, writer and director of the new film Waikiki, slated for a 2018 release. “We come from an oral tradition. Stories impart culture, beliefs and spirit.” Based in Honolulu, the Hawaiian filmmaker, who also penned the film Karaoke Kings and is inspired by directors from Akira Kurosawa to Stanley Kubrick to Ava DuVernay, is very much an auteur in his own right.
SUNDANCE LAB FELLOW CHRIS KAHUNAHANA WRITES and DIRECTS
Kahunahana is a Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow (2014, 2015, 2016), participant of the Sundance Institute Writing Intensive (2017), contributor to the Smithsonian Institute's Asian Pacific American A Day in the Life project, and recipient of 4 American Advertising Awards.
STARRING BOTH INTERNATIONAL and LOCAL TALENTS
Shinkoda is a Canadian film and television actor whose credits include: Marvel's Daredevil, I, Robot, and Paycheck as well as TV shows such as Falling Skies, Hawaii Five-0, Sanctuary, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1, and the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
OSCAR WINNING SOUND DESIGN with BEN WILKINS
Ben, along with fellow sound re-recording mixer Craig Mann and production sound mixer Thomas Curley, took home the Oscar for Sound Mixing and BAFTA for Sound on the indie film Whiplash (2014). Ben is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...