WAIKIKIDirected by Christopher Kahunahana
This film is only available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from October 29, 2020 at 12pm PT to October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Click here to watch the film on Eventive.WATCH NOW
When a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. Director Christopher Kahunahana’s eagerly awaited feature debut breaks down the enduring, stereotypical image of paradise we have of Waikiki to reveal a vulnerable and authentic portrait of indigeneity. We are delighted to present the West Coast Premiere of WAIKIKI. — Lindy Leong
Director: Christopher Kahunahana
Executive Producer: Linda Nichols, Robert Nichols, Jason Cutinella, Brian Uy, Joshua Strickland, James Sereno, Ricardo Galindez, Roy Tjioe
Producer: Gregory Doi, Connie Florez, Christopher Kahunahana, Vince Keala Lucero, Nicole Naone
Associate Producer: Ryan Z. Takaki
Cast: Danielle Zalopany, Peter Shinkoda, Jason Quinn
Director of Photography: Ryan Miyamoto, Keli’i Grace
Editor: Nick Stone, Kate Hackett, Robert Bates, Blackhorse Lowe
Sound Designer / Mix: Ben Wilkins
Score: Woody Pak, Ted de Oliveira
Join us on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4pm PT for C3: WAIKIKI, an artist conversation featuring the filmmakers and special guests. RSVPs open the Thursday before the event. Click here to learn more.
Missed the live artist conversation? Watch it below!
Leaving behind the touristic image of paradise and island culture, WAIKĪKĪ tackles the often-unspeakable generational trauma of postcolonial cultures through a mixing of genre conventions, experimental storytelling, and perspectives. Join the filmmakers behind WAIKĪKĪ for a talk on community-centered independent media creation, representation, and the true spirit of aloha. — Lindy Leong