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.
Yuri Kochiyama was a lifelong political activist who supported a wide range of social justice and human rights movements more than fifty years, including the civil rights and antiwar movements and the fight for fight for ethnic studies, the anti-apartheid movement, the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, reparations for Japanese Americans, African Americans and Native Americans, the rights of political prisoners in the United States, nuclear disarmament, and movements for racial and economic justice and sovereignty all over the world.
Joining us to discuss her legacy and share was her granddaughter Akemi Kochiyama, co-coordinator of the Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project and co-editor of Passing It On: A Memoir by Yuri Kochiyama (2004, UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press).
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Award-winning filmmaker Edgy Lee joined us to share select scenes from her documentary film REFLECTIONS OF OUR QUEEN, giving us rare insights into the Queenʻs experiences with self-isolation, quarantine laws, and Her Majestyʻs travels to Washington.
This discussion coincides with the celebration of the release of The Diaries of Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi published this year by Hui Hanai and distributed by UH Press. This ten year endeavor is the new masterwork of historian David Forbes.
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