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The Haumana

Win­ner of the Audi­ence Award and the Gold­en Honu Award at the 2014 Big Island Film Fes­ti­val, and win­ner of the Audi­ence Award (Best Nar­ra­tive Fea­ture) at the 2013 Hawaii Inter­na­tion­al Film Festival

The Haumāna (direct­ed by Keo Wool­ford — 2013) is the first nar­ra­tive fea­ture-length film about Hawai’i’s tra­di­tion­al hula. Jon­ny Kealo­ha, who is the charis­mat­ic host of a strug­gling Waiki­ki Poly­ne­sian lū‘au show, finds him­self appoint­ed as head of a high school boy’s hula class when his for­mer Kumu Hula (mas­ter hula teacher) pass­es away. Becom­ing as much a stu­dent (hau­mana) as a teacher through the demands of lead­ing the boys, he redis­cov­ers the sanc­ti­ty of the cul­ture that he had pre­vi­ous­ly aban­doned. “In The Haumāna, Wool­ford seems to sum­mon the beau­ty of Hawai’i — the lush forests of Oahu, the sound and flow of the ocean’s turquoise waves, and clas­sic style Hawai­ian mele (songs) and rhyth­mic chants — to stim­u­late the viewer’s sens­es and make The Haumāna a visu­al and melod­ic plea­sure.” (Vera DeV­era, Los Ange­les Asian Pacif­ic Film Festival)

Run­ning time: 95 minutes

8:00 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at the Grange
5:00 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at the Grange