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.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council.