For this gathering, we screened two incredible shorts by filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hammer who also joined us for a Q&A.
The first short film, THE ROGERS, is an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - The Rogers of Samoa – as they build an outside oven, seek romance, and prepare to perform a traditional men’s dance in public. While still facing many obstacles, their stories illustrate the power that come when those rejected by society create their own community.
The Rogers is still streaming on PBS with another film Aotearoa and we'd also recommend learning more about the topics highlighted in these films and many more like them with the discussion guide, which provides the audience with additional resources and topics of discussion to really immerse yourself in these stories.
References from the discussion:
Hae Hawaiʻi Trailer from Ty Sanga on Vimeo.
Ka Wā Ma Mua, Ka Wā Ma Hope. Film is a powerful medium that helps us understand our past and imagine our future. Hawaiʻi’s rich and complex story is often overlooked for its exotic beaches and ice cold mai tais. This historical re-imagining was inspired by pivotal moments in Hawaiʻi’s history.
The year 2018 marked 125 years since the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and today, the Native Hawaiian people are still fighting to protect what is important. This film dives into the final days of Hawaiʻi as a Kingdom and honors the many that fought for justice and aloha.
-Ty Sanga, Director
We celebrated Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea with the screening of the award winning short film HAE HAWAIʻI, followed by a Q&A with the film's director Ty Sanga and co-producer LĀiana Kanoa-Wong.
Hae Hawaiʻi is a historical drama about the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Loyalists to the crown preserve what is left of their dissolved kingdom. They recruit a young Hawaiian thief to safeguard the unifying symbol of the people, the Hawaiian flag.
You can watch the full film here and our Q&A below.
STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS follows Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists as they stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea from the building of the world's largest telescope.
Links from the Film Makers:
Standing Above the Clouds Website
Standing Above the Clouds is Proud to be a part of the PBS Short Film Festival! Please share the information below to vote with your views!
Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu. And to find more information about TMT Shut Down Week!
What can I do?
1) Email the regents at email@example.com
2) Make a post on social media! #UCDivestTMT
3) Fill out the form! http://bit.ly/maunakeajustice
How do I find more information?
Fifty Years of Mismanaging Mauna Kea
The Beauty Of Mauna Kea
Drop The Charges #TMTShutDown Week
Timeline of Events
One year ago...
A brief history of Hawaiian Land Tenure:
Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition
Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False
The Story of Bayard’s Mount, Lower Manhattan’s Missing Mountain
Cultural theory of risk
We kicked off our Mauli Ola Virtual Gathering series with a screening of FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM, a 2019 film by directors Vea Mafile'o and Jeremiah Tauamiti. The film follows Vea Mafile'o's father, Saia Mafile'o, and his family as they are stretched to a breaking point by Saia's commitment and passion to God. This debut feature documentary offers a rich view of how contemporary secular families deal with the rigors of devout Christian tithing, as well as a unique insight into traditional Tongan culture. The film screening was followed by a Q&A with the directors.
This is not everyone’s story, but this is our families experience of being NZ born half-caste Tongans and how we are navigating our colliding worlds.
I made this film to create a space for dialogue between the generations, so often we find it hard to understand our parents, their values, beliefs, actions, intentions especially when we have been brought up in different environments or with a mix very different cultures. We love our culture and are immensely proud of being Tongan, but it is challenging at times when there are barriers such as language and misunderstandings. This film is about having these sometimes hard and difficult conversations and finding a balance were as a family we can learn, heal and hopefully have a better understanding of one another.
- Vea Mafile'o
For more information about this amazing film, please visit