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Kumu Hina

Win­ner of awards at film fes­ti­vals in Hawai’i, Bei­jing, Tahi­ti, New York, Osa­ka, Seat­tle, Rhode Island and San Diego.

Kumu Hina (direct­ed by Joe Wil­son and Dean Hamer) is a pow­er­ful fea­ture doc­u­men­tary about the strug­gle to main­tain Pacif­ic Islander cul­ture and val­ues with­in the West­ern­ized soci­ety of mod­ern day Hawai’i. It is told through the lens of Hina Wong-Kalu, an extra­or­di­nary Native Hawai­ian who is both a proud and con­fi­dent māhū, or trans­gen­der woman, and an hon­ored and respect­ed kudu, or teacher, cul­tur­al prac­ti­tion­er and com­mu­ni­ty leader. Dur­ing a momen­tous year in her life in mod­ern Hon­olu­lu, Hina draws on tra­di­tion­al cul­ture to inspire one of her stu­dents to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her suc­cess as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a com­mit­ted rela­tion­ship, and choos­es to mar­ry a head­strong Ton­gan man. An incred­i­ble docu-dra­ma that unfolds like a nar­ra­tive film, Kumu Hina reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on screen.

Released in 2014
Run­ning time: 77 minutes

6:15 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at the Grange
2:50 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at the Grange