The First Film in the Award-Winning Hula Trilogy

AMERICAN ALOHA:

HULA BEYOND HAWAI'I

Silver HUGO Award - Chicago Internationa
Bronze Prize Best Documentary Feature -
Opening Night - Pacifika  New York Hawai
Nominated Best Dance Documentary - Monac
Excellence in Broadcast Documentary - CI
American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i
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AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California.  

SYNOPSIS

For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance, but a way of life.  Yet while most Americans know only the stereotypes of ʻgrass-skirt girlsʻ from old Hollywood movies and tourist kitsch, the revival of the ancient art of hula tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawaiʻi.  AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California.  Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture – from the very traditional to the contemporary – as it evolves on distant shores.  With more Native Hawaiians living on the U.S. continent than on the islands, the hula is a living tradition that connects generations far from home to their heritage.  Revealing the challenges of cultural survival through the struggles of Hawaiʻi’s past, American Aloha is a proud reminder of the power of reclaiming tradition for communities creating a home away from home.

FEATURING

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KUMU HULA SISSY KAIO
of Hālau Hula o Lilinoe (Carson, CA)
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KUMU HULA PATRICK MAKUAKĀNE
of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (San Francisco, CA)
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KUMU HULA MARK KEALI'I HO'OMALU
of Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Oakland, CA)

COMPETITIONS/FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION & AWARDS

·  CINE Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in Broadcast Documentary, 2003
·  Silver Hugo Award, Arts & Humanities Division, Chicago Int’l Television Festival, 2004
·  Bronze Prize, Best Documentary Feature, WorldFest Houston, 2004
·  Nominated, Best Dance Documentary, Monaco Dance Forum & Festival, 2003

 
ADDITIONAL OFFICIAL SELECTION FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

·  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
·  Pacifika:  New York Hawaiian Film Festival, Opening Night Film
·  Maui Film Festival
·  New York Asian American International Film Festival
·  Wine Country Film Festival
·  Hawaiʻi International Film Festival
·  Native American Film & Video Festival, NMAI, “Arctic Summer...American Aloha”
·  Ashland Independent Film Festival
·  Newport Beach Film Festival
·  World’s Fare, Reel World Film Festival (Toronto), “Cultures Colliding”

Silver HUGO Award - Chicago Internationa
Excellence in Broadcast Documentary - CI
Bronze Prize Best Documentary Feature -
Opening Night - Pacifika  New York Hawai
Nominated Best Dance Documentary - Monac

PRESS

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Bay Area instructors are featured in a TV documentary battling hula's stereotypes. The tradition goes far beyond the tiny bubbles.

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Film exhibits hula’s wide appeal

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Hula Beyond The Islands

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AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI is a co-production of American Documentary (POV), the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Lehua Films, LLC and a presentation of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Directed and Produced by Lisette Marie Flanary.