Hawai‘i Shorts

Hawai‘i Shorts

8 Episodes

While documentary work has defined the visual language of Hawai‘i cinema for decades, a rise in narrative filmmaking in recent years signals an evolution in Hawai‘i-based storytelling—helmed by a burgeoning generation of filmmakers actively engaged in collective world-building through narrative fiction, particularly from a Native Hawaiian lens. Selected by Doris Duke Theatre programmer Taylour Chang, these short films are just a few examples of a growing community of artists nurturing a visual language for Hawai‘i cinema that is rooted to the land that inspires it. The inspirations seeded in these films continue to open exciting new horizons for narrative storytelling in Hawai‘i. Also: don’t miss our Art-House America profile of the Doris Duke Theatre, featuring another selection of Hawaiian films by Chang.

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Hawai‘i Shorts
  • Hawai‘i Shorts Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Lāhainā Noon

    Episode 2

    Directed by Christopher Kahunahana • 2014 • United States
    Starring Shiro Kawai, Eriko Okada

    LĀHAINĀ NOON interweaves three separate short stories that occur during the yearly tropical solar phenomenon during which, according to Native Hawaiian belief, one’s shadow crawls back into the body.

  • The Moon and the Night

    Episode 3

    Directed by Erin Lau • 2018 • United States
    Starring Eric Lee, Jason Quinn, Bella Shepard

    A Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight in this exploration of the cultural and socioeconomic strife that burdens many communities in Hawaiʻi.

  • The Pit Where We Were Born

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alexander Bocchieri • 2018 • United States
    Starring Eli Burbage, Jarod Bailon

    A father prepares a luau in celebration of his son’s release from prison in this cathartic exploration of addiction, family, and tradition.

  • Other People

    Episode 5

    Directed by Bryson Chun • 2018 • United States

    A couple’s relationship comes to a surreal end in the midst of a crowded shopping mall.

  • Kalewa

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mitchel Viernes • 2018 • United States
    Starring Michael Hake, Danielle Zalopany, Lisa Barnes

    In the future, a Hawaiian astronaut makes the next great leap for his planet, his family, and himself.

  • Moloka‘i Bound

    Episode 7

    Directed by Alika Maikau • 2019 • United States
    Starring Danielle Zalopany, Austin Tucker, Holden Mandrial-Santos

    A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.

  • Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī

    Episode 8

    Directed by Justyn Ah Chong • 2019 • United States
    Starring Kamakaniokaaina Paikai

    A soft-spoken janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a traumatic memory that stirs a voice from within in this short inspired by the work of Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumu...