THE HAWAIIANS – Reflecting Spirit

Offering important cultural insights into who the Hawaiian are as a people, their origins, historical challenges and current social conditions, the film pays tribute to the spirit of a native people whose identity is intrinsically tied to their land. 
TRT:                          58 min.
The national preview at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.


An early version opened at the unveiling of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. “The Hawaiians” garnered rave reviews including mention by veteran film critic, Army Archerd (Variety), and was covered in the book, “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States”, by Ed Rampell, who places Edgy alongside leading doc filmmakers such as Oscar winners Errol Morris (“Fog of War”), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me”), Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed”) and Michael Moore. Rampell adds, “a film by Hawaii’s greatest local filmmaker… The Hawaiians is a film of transcendent splendor that defends Native rights and culture.”

Scenes include interviews with a native healer, a Kauai 7th generation salt maker; celestial navigator Nainoa Thompson, Hawaiian kumu hula and performer Kealii Reichel; the late Senator Daniel Akaka, and other authentic cultural practitioners. 


Documentary, history, culture

Documentary, history, culture

Educational, history, culture