Section

Pacific Cinewaves

In our fortified commitment to amplify Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Pacific Cinewaves programming celebrates stories and storytellers emerging from Hawai’i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guåhan (Guam), Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa, and throughout the Pacific region.

Pacific Cinewaves

ALA MOANA BOYS

Film

ALA MOANA BOYS

Directed by Keliʻi Grace
In 1930s Hawaii, five local boys accused of raping a young white woman are freed after the jury…
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Film

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Directed by Alika Tengan
A young Hawaiian man is determined to give his life meaning outside Kaimukī, even if that means leaving…
Pacific Cinewaves

fire in the water, fire in the sky

Film

fire in the water, fire in the sky

Directed by Mīria George
To live is to dance. A story of migration, fire in the water, fire in the sky is…
Pacific Cinewaves, Shorts Programs

INDIGENOUS NOW!

Program

INDIGENOUS NOW!

Take a trip from Fiji to the Philippines with these cinematic reflections from indigenous voices from different parts…
Pacific Cinewaves

KA HOʻI – THE RETURN

Film

KA HOʻI – THE RETURN

Directed by Mitchel Merrick
An aging Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past and fear of being forgotten.
Pacific Cinewaves

LAST HAWAIIAN SUGAR

Film

LAST HAWAIIAN SUGAR

Directed by Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt
12-year-old Nua makes peace with the land she lives on when she learns the sugar plantation she calls…
Pacific Cinewaves

MY DOG HAS FLEAS

Film

MY DOG HAS FLEAS

Directed by Justin Pascua
Upon her arrival from the mainland to her birthplace, a half Hawaiian young woman is frowned upon by…
Pacific Cinewaves

NIGHT RIDE

Film

NIGHT RIDE

Directed by Todd Karehana
When a mother-of-ten returns nightly to the old family home to feed stray cats, her son questions its…
Pacific Cinewaves, VC Presents

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Film

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Directed by Takashi Fujii
Visual Communications’ landmark video docu-drama series “Hidden Treasures,” OMAI FA’ATASI profiles the Samoan American youth development organization of…
Pacific Cinewaves, Shorts Programs

PACIFIC CINEWAVES SHORTS

Program

PACIFIC CINEWAVES SHORTS

Through various frames and points of view, we are brought closer to encountering an ancient Pacific past.
Pacific Cinewaves

PILI KA MOʻO

Film

PILI KA MOʻO

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
A Native Hawaiian taro farming family is drawn into a logistically and emotionally complex quest to preserve their…
Cinema Musica, Pacific Cinewaves

rooted

Film

rooted

Directed by Mia Kami
Rooted reflect the deep connection between people of the Pacific, their land, sea, and their identity.
Pacific Cinewaves

SAVING HAWAII SIGN LANGUAGE

Film

SAVING HAWAII SIGN LANGUAGE

Directed by Corinne Chin
Deaf Hawaiians once had their own language: Hawaii Sign Language (HSL). For HSL's last remaining users, it's a…
Pacific Cinewaves

TAPA: THE CLOTH THAT BINDS US

Film

TAPA: THE CLOTH THAT BINDS US

Directed by Nancy Thompson
An artistic look at one of the South Pacific Islands’ age old traditional practices of creating tapa cloth,…
Pacific Cinewaves

THE FUTURE BEHIND US

Film

THE FUTURE BEHIND US

Directed by Melodie Turori
An exploration of Oceanic indigeneity and relationality through practices of ancestral listening.
Animation Programs, Pacific Cinewaves

THE SACRIFICE

Film

THE SACRIFICE

Directed by Tumeli Tuqota Jr
In a land steeped in old traditions, a Drua (ship) is about to be put to sea, demanding…