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Short Films

KAPAEMAHU

Year 2019
Runtime 8 mins
Language Olelo Niihau
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
  • Online Only
  • Availability: Full Festival

This short film is included in the following package(s): SHORTS PACKAGE: FAMILY AFFAIR


An ancient tale of the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them.

Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now.

Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, KAPAEMAHU brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.

Countries

United States
Awards
Animated Short Special Mention - Tribeca Film Festival 2020
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Indy Short Film Festival 2020, Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020
Director
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson
Producer
Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
Screenwriter
Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
Music
Dan Golden, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole