Sugar Cane Culture Club is honored to collaborate with Na Maka o ka ‚Aina for the HANA HOU Hawaii Festival in Switzerland. Our 30-day crowdfunding campaign rewards support the making of more Hawaiian documentaries and educational videos.

Na Maka o ka ‚Aina are Joan Lander and Puhipau of Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“The Eyes of the Land”), an independent video production Team. Since 1974, they focused on the land and people of Hawai’i and the Pacific. They exist to document and give voice and face to traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, history, language, art, music, environment and the politics of independence and sovereignty. Over 100 documentary and educational programs have been seen on PBS, Hawai‘i public and commercial television stations, public access cable channels, and broadcast/cable networks in Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Japan, Mexico and Europe. Our award-winning productions have been used by teachers and scholars in classrooms in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, and our iconic footage of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement has been featured in numerous documentaries by other producers.

Their list of Major documentaries include:

Act of War–The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation (1993, 58 minutes): This hour-long documentary is a provocative look at a historical event of which few Americans are aware. In mid-January, 1893, armed troops from the U.S.S Boston landed at Honolulu in support of a treasonous coup d’état against the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen Lili‘uokalani. The event was described by U.S. President Grover Cleveland as an „act of war.“

Stylized re-enactments, archival photos and film, political cartoons, historic quotes and presentations by Hawaiian scholars tell Hawaiian history through Hawaiian eyes.

Produced in association with the Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai’i. Featuring historians and scholars Haunani-Kay Trask, Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, Kekuni Blaisdell and Jonathan Kamakawiwoole Osorio.

Act of War – The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation was one of the first productions funded by the fledgling Independent Television Service in late 1991 with supplemental funding from Native American Public Telecommunications, then called the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium. It was broadcast on Hawai’i Public Television (PBS Hawai‘i) in 1993 during the centennial year observance of the U.S. armed invasion.

In that same year, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution admitting the illegal taking of Hawai‘i and formally apologizing to the Hawaiian people who “never relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands.” President Clinton signed the resolution in November of 1993.

The program has since aired on over 93 public television stations and screened at 40 film festivals worldwide.

Awards
Web of Time award, Two Rivers Native Film & Video Festival • Minnesota
Silver Award – Independent Documentary category, CPB 1994 Public Radio & Television Awards
•CINE Golden Eagle
Bronze Plaque Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Special recognition and plaque, Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada
Best of Festival, Best Documentary, East Bay Video Festival • Berkeley, CA
Special Recognition, First Nations Film and Video World Alliance, Yamagata International Documentary Festival • Japan
Special recognition and statuette, Aotearoa Film Festival • Aotearoa (New Zealand)
nominated for best documentary, nominated for best of Hawai’i Filmmakers, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

Mauna Kea–Temple Under Siege (2005, 57 minutes): Although the mountain volcano Mauna Kea last erupted around 4000 years ago, it is still hot today, the center of a burning controversy over whether its summit should be used for astronomical observatories or preserved as a cultural landscape sacred to the Hawaiian people.

For five years Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina captured on video the seasonal moods of Mauna Kea’s unique 14,000-foot summit environment, the richly varied ecosystems that extend from sea level to alpine zone, the legends and stories that reveal the mountain’s geologic and cultural history, and the political turbulence surrounding efforts to protect the most significant temple in the islands, the mountain itself.

Mauna Kea – Temple Under Siege paints a portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival. The program explores conflicting forces as they play themselves out in a contemporary island society where cultures collide daily.

In an effort to find commonalities among indigenous people elsewhere regarding sacred mountains, the documentary visits Apache elders of Arizona who face the reality of telescope development on their revered mountain, Dzil Nchaa Si An, known as Mt. Graham.

Partially funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications, Native American Public Telecommunications, and Deviants from the Norm.

Music by Brother Noland.

Featuring:  Aka Mahi, Pualani Kanahele, Kealoha Pisciotta, Paul Neves, Manu Meyer, Keawe Vredenburg, Sam Gon III, Julie Leialoha, Kahu o Terangi, Kapono Souza, Clarence Kukauakahi Ching, Debbie Ward and Nelson Ho.

Arizona Segment:  Ola Cassadore Davis & Mike Davis, Apache Survival Coalition.

Awards
Documentary award, Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Earthvision International Environmental Video Festival • Santa Cruz

PIKO – A Gathering of Indigenous Artists (2010, 55 minutes): Inspired by the cool uplands and abundant reefs of the Kohala district, the volcano deity Pele, the sacred summit of Mauna Kea and their own cultural traditions, artists from throughout the Pacific and Pacific Rim come together on Hawai‘i island to create collaborative works of fine art.

Held in June 2007, the PIKO gathering brought together 115 master and emerging indigenous artists from Aotearoa, Australia, Torres Strait Islands, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea, as well as First Nations and Native American artists from North America.

Over five days, PIKO artists created individual and collaborative works in the areas of stone and wood carving, painting, clay, jewelry, weaving, kapa, digital arts, glass, featherwork and printmaking.

This video was produced for the Keomailani Hanapi Foundation, established in August of 1998 to increase the number, accessibility, and visibility to native Hawaiian art and artists.

This documentary was made possible by support from Administration for Native Americans, Ford Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Keomailani Hanapi Foundation and Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina.

Executive Producer: Keomailani Hanapi Foundation.

Mālama Hāloa – Protecting the Taro (2010, 39 minutes): Taro grower and Native Hawaiian practitioner Jerry Konanui works to propagate and save from extinction the numerous varieties of kalo (taro), a staple of the Hawaiian diet. Jerry’s mission is also to protect kalo, revered as the elder sibling (Hāloa) of the Hawaiian people, from the risks of genetic engineering.

This video is set to a song, Nā ‘Ono o ka ‘Āina (The Delicacies of the Land), inspired by renowned Hawaiian cultural educator Edith Kanaka‘ole. Written by Kalani Meinecke and George Kahumoku, Jr. and performed by Kekuhi Kanahele and friends, the song praises several kalo varieties for their beauty, taste, fragrance and spiritual significance.

In this video survival guide, Jerry Konanui shares a lifetime of knowledge on identifying kalo varieties, successfully cultivating kalo, and preparing poi. His passion is reflected in the massive turnout of taro growers and taro eaters who converge upon the capitol in Honolulu to proclaim their spiritual connection to this ancestor plant and to oppose any form of genetic modification. They are joined by Native Americans who face their own battles with the genetic engineering of rice and corn. Finally, the same capitol rotunda is filled with the sound of poi pounders as the largest poi-making gathering in history takes place.

This program was made possible with support from Hawai‘i People’s Fund, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Deviants from the Norm.

Also appearing:  Winona LaDuke, Ku Kahakalau, Chris Kobayashi, Hokuao Pellegrino, Walter Ritte, Ikaika Hussey, Jim Cain, Manuel Rego, Gladys Konanui, and Representatives Mina Morita, Maile Shimabukuro and Della Au Belatti.

Stolen Waters (1996, 26 minutes): This video documents the battle over the water in Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900’s by sugar plantations.

Shot on location in the Windward O‘ahu valleys and Waipi‘o valley on Hawai‘i Island.

This video documents the battle over the water in Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900’s by sugar plantations.

Shot on location in the Windward O‘ahu valleys and Waipi‘o valley on Hawai‘i island, Stolen Waters explores the significance of the deity Kāne and his embodiment of the water/rain cycle; Hawaiian tradition and law regarding water use; native stream life; and the delicate balance between the health of the streams, the health of the ocean and the health of the people.

This video documents the battle over the water in Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900’s by sugar plantations.

Shot on location in the Windward O‘ahu valleys and Waipi‘o valley on Hawai‘i island, Stolen Waters explores the significance of the deity Kāne and his embodiment of the water/rain cycle; Hawaiian tradition and law regarding water use; native stream life; and the delicate balance between the health of the streams, the health of the ocean and the health of the people.Featuring:  Pualani Kanahele, Calvin Hoe, Liko Hoe, Kawai Hoe, Charlie Reppun, Robert Nishimoto, Kaipo Faris, Kalani Apuakehau, Kia Fronda, Herbert Hoe, John Kilbey and Albert Badiyo.

Produced in cooperation with the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council.

Major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through Pacific Islanders in Communication.

Awards: New Visionary Award, Mother Earth/Father Sky category, Two Rivers Native Film & Video Festival • Minneapolis finalist, EarthVision ’98 • Santa Cruz

The Tribunal (1994, 84 minutes): In August 1993, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina spent twelve days capturing on video the proceedings Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples‘ International Tribunal Hawai‘i, 1993, in which the United States and the state of Hawai‘i were put on trial for crimes against the original people of Hawai‘i, the Kānaka Maoli.

A panel of international judges was convened to hear the charges, which included genocide, ethnocide, the taking of our sovereign government and the destruction of our environment.

During those days of testimony, the Tribunal traveled to five islands to see and hear firsthand the words and personal experiences of witnesses, many of whom faced arrest and eviction from native lands.

The Tribunal judges and prosecutor/advocates from Japan, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Jordan, Korea, Africa, the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Cree, Cherokee, Shawnee and Creek nations brought to the proceedings a familiarity with the changing dynamics of international law regarding indigenous peoples.

At the end of ten days, the Tribunal called upon the United States and the world to recognize the fact that our sovereignty has never been extinguished. It also called for the restoration and return of all lands to which Kānaka Maoli have a claim.

Spoken testimony is supplemented visually with graphics, political cartoons, archival photos and film, aerial shots and contemporary footage of land occupations and struggles.

Music by Kalani Kahalepauole, Jon Osorio, Stephen Brown, Henry Kapono, Ilona Moritsugu, Liko Martin, Helen „Didi“ Lee Kwai.

Produced in cooperation with Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples‘ International Tribunal Hawai‘i 1993, Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, Convener.

Partial funding from Hui Na‘auao, Pacific Islanders in Communication, United Church Board for World Ministries.

Awards: „We Are Sovereign“ award • Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival.

Kaho’olawe Aloha ‚Aina (1992, 57 minutes): Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻĀina focuses on the cultural, political and military significance of the „target island“ of Kaho‘olawe in the Hawaiian archipelago. The Hawaiian term aloha āina refers to love of the land, the basis of Hawaiian cultural belief that animates the current movement to bring the island back to life.

This video, produced by the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana and directed by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina, traces the history of the island, from ancient times through the years of ranching, U.S. military bombardment and the modern-day struggle to stop the bombing and reclaim the island.

An ancient chant set against sweeping aerial views of the island opens the program as the viewer sets out on a tour of Kaho‘olawe’s historic past. The island’s summit was used in ancient times as an astronomical observatory and its southern point provided a prime launching site for canoe voyages to Tahiti.

The program traces the later history of the island, from the degradation of the island’s environment through the introduction of goats, sheep, cattle, to military bombing.

The 1970’s saw a turnaround in the history of Kaho‘olawe as Hawaiians began to occupy the island, protesting its desecration. Out of a commitment to stop the bombing was born the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (Family). Their visits to Kaho‘olawe for archeological surveys, water studies, re-planting and religious rituals are highlighted by the annual observance of Makahiki, a season of peace celebrated with dance, music and feasting.

Finally the program takes a look at the debate over the future of Kaho‘olawe. An order by President George H. W. Bush to stop the bombing in 1990 was followed by congressional action to appropriate funds for the removal of ordnance and to return the island to the sovereign nation of Hawai’i, pending its recognition.

Featuring: Uncle Harry Kunihi Mitchell, Nalani Kanakaole, Noa Emmett Aluli, Davianna McGregor, Leslie Kuloloio, Steve Tachera, Kate Vandemoer, Palikapu Dedman, Ku Kahakalau, Kealohikina, Attwood Makanani, Kelii „Skippy“ Ioane, Kala Mossman, Lopaka Williams, Malama Chun, Craig Neff, Rodney Morales, Coochie Cayan, Moke Kim, Shannon Lima, Dan Holmes, Capt. Walter Tobias, USN, Rear Admiral William Earner, USN, Capt. Mittendorf, Col.Wallace Campbell, USMC.

Narrated by John Dominis Holt and Ekela Kaniaupio.

„Kaho`olawe I Feel Your Pain“ composed by Lester Bailey, performed by Liko Martin.

Executive Producer: Davianna McGregor. 


Awards: Special Jury Award, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

Ahupua‘a, Fishponds and Lo‘i (1992, 90 minutes): The Hawaiian system of land use allowed access to all resources in the ahupua‘a, a land division that stretched from mountain to sea. Within the ahupua‘a, highly specialized technologies such as fishponds and lo‘i kalo (taro gardens) ensured an abundance of food.

Our Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) ancestors achieved a rare balance between meeting their needs and enhancing the productivity of the land and sea. Their social system ensured survival from generation to Generation.

In this series of three half-hour segments, ethnohistorian Marion Kelly, whose research into Hawaiian culture was her life’s work, takes us on a tour of six islands to see what our modern world can learn from those who continue to practice traditional ways.

Ahupua‘a Segment Hannah Springer, Chipper Wichman, Bert Sakata, Oliver Dukelow, Clarence Medeiros, Mona Kahele, Abel Kahele, Francis Kuailani, Kawena Johnson, Nainoa Thompson, Colette Machado, Noa Emmett Aluli, Sol Kahoohalahala

Fishponds Segment: Carol Wyban, Kaniala Akaka, Norman Ah Hee, Francis Kuailani, Billy Akutagawa, William Kalipi, William Kalipi, Jr., Colin Nakagawa, Jim Sweeney, Mark Brooks, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

Lo‘i Segment: Charles Kupa, Charles Reppun, Oliver Dukelow, Keoki Fukumitsu, John Kaimikaua, Jim Callahan, Dan Puilihau, Lieff Bush, Michelle Tenkayo, George Chong, LaFrance Kapaka, Kealohikina, David Sproat, Attwood Alohawaina Makanani.

Produced by Nalani Minton. Directed by Na Maka o ka ‘Aina.

E Ola Ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (1996, 28 minutes): E Ola Ka ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi celebrates the efforts of a people determined to save the Hawaiian language from the brink of extinction.

In 1896, the American-backed Republic of Hawai‘i banned Hawaiian as the language of instruction in the schools. As island children were systematically punished for speaking Hawaiian, the number of native speakers dropped precipitously over the following century. Since the early 1980’s, however, the effort to revive the language has grown. Today there are numerous Hawaiian language schools throughout the islands.

This video presentation tells the story of how a small group of scholars and native speakers struggled to bring back the language that their ancestors were forced to give up.

Featuring: Larry Kimura, Ilei Beniamina, Kauanoe Kamana, Namaka Rawlins, Pila Wilson, Hokulani Cleeland, Joseph Mahiai, Elizabeth Kauahipaula, Opuulani Albino, Lolena Nicholas, Alohalani Housman, Bonnie Kahapea, Lilinoe Wong, Kahookele Crabbe, Nailima Gaison, Keonaona, Elama Kanahele, Kekoa Roback, Kiope Raymond.

Narrated by Kalena Silva. Music by Keola Beamer.

Produced by ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, Lilinoe Andrews, coordinating producer.

Directed by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina.
Awards:
Silver Maile Award • Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes, Best Global Indigenous Award • Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada.

Islands at Risk – Genetic Engineering in Hawai‘i (2007, 28 minutes): Hawai‘i farmers, teachers, legal and medical experts and community activists share their perspectives on GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), the genetic engineering of crops and the patenting of life forms.

“Hawai’i has been called the GMO testing capitol of the world because we have had more than 2,000 field tests of experimental genetically-engineered crops in more than 6,000 locations around our small state,” says Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff. “And this is more than any other place in the world.”

Earthjustice has won lawsuits in federal and state courts challenging the introduction of these experimental crops in the islands without first assessing environmental and human health impacts.

Islands at Risk looks at possible health impacts from exposure to biopharmaceutical crops, both in humans and endangered species. Family farmers express their concern over the genetic contamination of regular food crops such as papaya, taro, coffee and corn.

Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) recount their attempts to prevent the patenting of taro, honored as an ancestor, and assert their right to protect the biodiversity of their lands, crucial to health and survival.

The video also addresses the impact of genetic engineering on food security and the world’s future ability to feed itself.

Produced for Earthjustice.

Featuring:  Paul Achitoff, Walter Ritte, Chris Kobayashi, Dr. Lorrin Pang, Nancy Redfeather, Isaac Moriwake, Melanie Bondera, Mililani Trask, Mark Query, Kalaniua Ritte, Hanohano Naehu, Una Greenaway, Jerry Konanui, Elisha Goodman, Eloise Engman, and Jeri Di Pietro,

Awards:
Best of Festival – documentary • 2007 Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Winner – Farming, Pesticides and Soil category • EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival • Santa Cruz
Global Green Indigenous Film Festival • Santa Fe
Food and Farming Film Festival • California
Maui Fest
Davis Film Festival • California

Mākua – To Heal the Nation (1996, 32 minutes): Located on the western tip of the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Mākua has long been a place of refuge for Kānaka Maoli, native Hawaiians.

„It’s the pu‘uhonua for the kua‘āina,
a place where we Hawaiians can still be free.“

Robi Kahakalau

One of the last undeveloped valleys on the island, Mākua has become a home for the houseless, the unemployed, working poor, drug addicts, victims of domestic abuse, the sick and those that simply want to live the Hawaiian lifestyle of their ancestors.

With the upper valley used as a gunnery range by the U.S. military, beach residents struggle to survive in the blistering sun, relentless wind, salt spray and pounding waves. Nevertheless, they prove they can solve their own problems, build their own living spaces, grow food, share labor, clear industrial waste and trash, and even police themselves—all without big government programs and money.

This documentary was produced to try to ward off a threatened eviction by the state of Hawai‘i. The eviction finally took place in June of 1996.

A 1983 eviction at Mākua was also documented by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina, Makua Homecoming.

Featuring: David Henry Rosa, Sparky Rodrigues, Virginia Bernard, Reggie Crawford, Kaimana Kyle, Joseph & Keoni Victor, Barbara Avelino, Sia Vaana and Eddie Keo.

Songs performed by:
Robi Kahakalau
Mike Kahikina
George Rosa

Awards:
nominated for Golden Maile Award • Hawai‘i International Film Festival, 1996
nominated for Inuwuk Award, Best Global Indigenous category • Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada
nominated for Best Cinematography • Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada

Kalo Pa‘a o Waiāhole – Hard Taro of Waiāhole (1995, 59 minutes): This program explores the issues surrounding the allocation of water that flows in the Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu. The title comes from an old saying referring to the stubbornness of the people of Waiāhole valley. This program documents their determination to regain the water that was taken from windward streams in the early 1900’s to irrigate sugar plantations on the drier leeward side.

Stream ecosystems are seen close up during a visit to Waiāhole stream with two young Hawaiians who discover ‘ōpae, a native shrimp. The special qualities of the ‘o‘opu (goby) are studied by aquatic biologists at Hakalau stream on Hawai‘i island, while ocean fishermen describe the important connection between the health of the streams and that of the surrounding coastal areas.

The link between water and the cultivation of taro, the staple food of Native Hawaiians, is brought out through a historical look at what happened to the windward valleys, streams and communities in 1916 when the Waiāhole Ditch first began to transport water to leeward sugar plantations. Today’s taro growers call for returning the water so that the extensive agricultural systems developed by earlier Hawaiians can once again produce food for local residents.

But developers want the ditch water for golf courses and commercial and resort development. Issues such as limits to growth, sewage recycling and preserving family-based agriculture are addressed by community members and public officials alike.

Native Hawaiian tradition regarding the use of water are presented as a background to understanding contemporary law and recent court rulings.

Appearing: Kia Fronda, Calvin Hoe, Charlene Hoe, Liko Hoe, Kaipo Faris, Charlie Reppun, Robert Nishimoto, Bryson Fernandez, Albert Badiyo, Marion Kelly, Nohealani Wallace, Kalani Apuakehau, Katherine Vandemoer, Jim Anthony.

Also: Kawai Hoe, Kala Hoe, Kamaehu Apuakehau, Tommy Young, Kinau Kamali’i, Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, Ipo Tano, Eric Enos, Guy Nakamoto, Herbert Hoe, Meala Bishop, George Hudes, John Reppun, Denise Antolini, Ira Rohter, David Martin, Robert Nakata, John Kilbey, Jimmy Todd, Zun Ibaca, Consortia Basan, Arlene Eaton, Rodolfo Ramos, Yukio Kitagawa, Bruce Anderson, Jack Keppeler, Chester Lao, William Paty, Herman Lemke, George Hiu, Rae Loui, Kanamu Kanekoa, Nicole McInerny, Bert Hatton, Ron Albu, Ed Sakoda, James Nakatani, Michael Wilson, Jade Moon, Angela Keen, Marvin Buenconsejo.

Produced by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina
in association with the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council.

Executive Producer: Elizabeth Ho’oipo Pa
Music by Peter Medeiros
Still photographs: Anne Kapulani Landgraf

This program explores the issues surrounding the allocation of water that flows in the Waiāhole Ditch on the island of O‘ahu. The title comes from an old saying referring to the stubbornness of the people of Waiāhole valley. This program documents their determination to regain the water that was taken from windward streams in the early 1900’s to irrigate sugar plantations on the drier leeward side.

Stream ecosystems are seen close up during a visit to Waiāhole stream with two young Hawaiians who discover ‘ōpae, a native shrimp. The special qualities of the ‘o‘opu (goby) are studied by aquatic biologists at Hakalau stream on Hawai‘i island, while ocean fishermen describe the important connection between the health of the streams and that of the surrounding coastal areas.The link between water and the cultivation of taro, the staple food of Native Hawaiians, is brought out through a historical look at what happened to the windward valleys, streams and communities in 1916 when the Waiāhole Ditch first began to transport water to leeward sugar plantations. Today’s taro growers call for returning the water so that the extensive agricultural systems developed by earlier Hawaiians can once again produce food for local residents.

But developers want the ditch water for golf courses and commercial and resort development. Issues such as limits to growth, sewage recycling and preserving family-based agriculture are addressed by community members and public officials alike.

Native Hawaiian tradition regarding the use of water are presented as a background to understanding contemporary law and recent court rulings.

Appearing: Kia Fronda, Calvin Hoe, Charlene Hoe, Liko Hoe, Kaipo Faris, Charlie Reppun, Robert Nishimoto, Bryson Fernandez, Albert Badiyo, Marion Kelly, Nohealani Wallace, Kalani Apuakehau, Katherine Vandemoer, Jim Anthony.

Also: Kawai Hoe, Kala Hoe, Kamaehu Apuakehau, Tommy Young, Kinau Kamali’i, Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, Ipo Tano, Eric Enos, Guy Nakamoto, Herbert Hoe, Meala Bishop, George Hudes, John Reppun, Denise Antolini, Ira Rohter, David Martin, Robert Nakata, John Kilbey, Jimmy Todd, Zun Ibaca, Consortia Basan, Arlene Eaton, Rodolfo Ramos, Yukio Kitagawa, Bruce Anderson, Jack Keppeler, Chester Lao, William Paty, Herman Lemke, George Hiu, Rae Loui, Kanamu Kanekoa, Nicole McInerny, Bert Hatton, Ron Albu, Ed Sakoda, James Nakatani, Michael Wilson, Jade Moon, Angela Keen, Marvin Buenconsejo.

Produced by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina
in association with the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council.

Executive Producer: Elizabeth Ho’oipo Pa
Music by Peter Medeiros
Still photographs: Anne Kapulani Landgraf

Awards:
Silver Maile Award
Hawai’i International Film Festival, 1996

The Caretakers of Ka Lae (2002, 48 minutes): The story of a Hawaiian family who made a home at Ka Lae (South Point), a remote and rugged area at the southernmost tip of the island of Hawai‘i.

For eleven years, under threat of eviction by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Viernes family remained committed to caring for and preserving the sacred and historic sites of Ka Kae.

In this video, the family shares their knowledge of the archaeological sites, including a heiau built in the 4th century, a habitation cave, canoe mooring holes and ancient burial sites. Unique land features such as the bottomless Lua Palahemo brackish water pond with its unique species of ‘ōpae, Mahana green sand beach and the magnificent Ka Lae cliffs are also featured, along with endangered plants such as the ’ōhai.

The family demonstrates how to live off the land by catching fish and growing food. They also describe their efforts to provide an annual month-long summer cultural immersion experience for the children of Ka‘ū, and lay out a vision for the future care and management of Ka Lae.

The family was evicted by the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands in 2007.

Featuring: Wiliama Viernes (Keawe Poepoe), Melody Leimomi Ai Viernes, Jashua Viernes, Ekolu Viernes.

Following the program is a music video of the song Every Child a Promise, performed by Robi Kahakalau and written by E. Doodie Cruz.

Pele’s Appeal (1989, 30 minutes): In the swirling volcanic steam and misty rain forest of KĪlauea volcano’s east rift zone on the island of Hawai‘i, two forces meet head on. Geothermal development interests, seeking to clear the rain forest for drilling operations, are opposed by native Hawaiians seeking to stop the desecration of the fire goddess, Pele.

Pele is a living deity fundamental to Hawaiian spiritual belief. She is the eruption, with its heat, lava and steam. Her family takes the form of forest plants, animals and other natural forces. But geothermal development interests see Pele as simply a source of electricity.

When Hawaiians take the issue to court, they find that nature-based religions are not respected by U.S. law. Adding to the issue are environmental concerns over the threat to native species of plants and birds in an island group that is the world capitol for extinct and endangered species. The fact that the geothermal wells are situated on one of the most geologically unstable areas of the planet leads to safety concerns for the surrounding residential communities.

Thus the stage is set for one of the most controversial issues ever to rock Hawai‘i, an eruption exceeded only by that of Pele, who has been dancing on the east rift zone since the controversy began in 1983.

Produced for the Pele Defense Fund as an appeal for help to stop geothermal test drilling in the Wao Kele o Puna rainforest.

Featuring: Palikapu Dedman, Pua Kanahele, Noa Emmett Aluli, Henry Auwae, Davianna McGregor, Paul Takehiro, Tom Luebben, Alapai Hanapi, and Kaolelo Ulaleo.

Awards: Best Political Film of the 1990 Hawai’i International Film Festival • Political Film Society

Kapu Ka‘ū (1988, 1 hour): Kapu Kaʻū is a unique portrait of one of Hawai‘i’s most remote and rugged districts, Ka‘ū, located on the southern flanks of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai‘i. The people of Ka‘ū, known historically for their independence and resilience, relate stories of a lifestyle closely tied to the land and the sea.

Viewers are guided through the verdant uplands by long-time elders who recall traditions of growing taro, hunting pig and branding cattle at Kapāpala Ranch. A tour of the shoreline by area residents reveals ice cold freshwater ponds at Nīnole, rich fishing grounds at Punalu‘u, salt gathering areas at Kamilo, green sea turtles and the famous ʻiliʻili stones of Kōloa.

Ka Lae, also known as South Point, the southernmost point in the Hawaiian islands, is famous for its ancient sites: Kalalea heiau, canoe mooring holes, habitation caves, burial grounds and house foundations. It is an area honored by Maori tribes as the departure point for voyages to Aotearoa (New Zealand) centuries ago.

In spite of the beauty and special significance of this district, it has been impacted by many outside influences, from hundred-year-old sugar plantations to modern-day resort and spaceport development plans. Kapu Ka‘ū shows the determination and continuing efforts by residents to keep Ka‘ū kapu, or sacred.

Featuring: Palikapu Dedman, Adeline Andrade, Pele Hanoa, George Manuel, John and Chris Kalani, Sam Kaluna, Chris Bangay, Lono Ke, David Kanakaole, Minerva Akiu, Caroline and Joe Kauwe, Hanoa Paaluhi, Sam Hui, Bernard Keliikoa, Archie Kaawa, Lily and William Ahia and John Wailani.

The program was produced by Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina in association with Ka ‘Ohana o Ka Lae („the family of Ka Lae”).

Mākua Homecoming (1983, 25 minutes): Kānaka Maoli (native Hawaiians) living at Mākua beach in 1983  take a stand to resist eviction by police and government agents.

During the process, they learn the history of how they became dispossessed of their lands and government. The event was one of numerous evictions and land rights actions that took place in the 1970s and 1980s.

Featuring: Poka Laenui, Eddie Pihana, Stella Pihana, Irene „Tiny“ Maynard, Rocky Naeole, Kawehi Kanui, Sam Mahiai, Kuumealoha Gomes, and Elaine Keliiheleua.

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