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