Tokyo Hula

Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary

TOKYO HULA explores the phenomenal popularity of the hula dance in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives.

It is the final film in a Lehua Films trilogy of award-winning documentaries about the evolution of hula in the global world (NĀ KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA (2007), AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI (2003)).


The Hula Trilogy

Each film opens a door to contemporary cultural insights and shares the voices of students and teachers who believe that ʻhula is lifeʻ no matter where you are.

Lehua Films / Pacific Islanders Communications
Tokyo Hula
Lehua Films/Independent Lens
Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula
Lehua Films / P.O.V.
American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i


One Voice

ONE VOICE is an award-winning feature-length documentary following ten young Native Hawaiian high school students for one year as they prepare to compete in the annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest to celebrate the revitalization of the Hawaiian language.

Lehua Films / Pacific Islanders in Communications
One Voice

Other Projects


Hawai'i Women in Flmmaking / HIFF

Reel Wāhine of Hawai'i: Season 2

REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'Iis a series produced by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking highlighting Hawaiʻi’s top women filmmakers.

Doc Society

Good Pitch Local Hawai'i 2019

Good Pitch Local Hawai'i is a dynamic program aimed at generating support for projects that use media to bring new ways of seeing and understanding of the islands to the attention of participants from across the Pacific and around the world.

TEDx Talks

Maka Maoli:  Storytelling Beyond Stereotypes

TEDx Mānoa is an independently organized event devoted to TED’s initiative to share their talks with the global community online at





Independent filmmaker, educator, and hula dancer, Lisette Marie Flanary creates films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and her award-winning documentaries, AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI, NĀ KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA, and ONE VOICE have broadcast nationally on public television and shown in film festivals around the world.  Her latest film, TOKYO HULA, the final film in a trilogy of hula documentaries exploring the explosive popularity of hula in Japan, premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in November 2019. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is one of the co-directors of Good Pitch Local Hawaiʻi.


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