The Doris Duke

The Doris Duke

6 Episodes

Art-House America

Located in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii, the Doris Duke Theatre began operating out of the Honolulu Museum of Art in 1977 and has become a fixture of Hawaiian film culture. Through their annual Surf Film Festival and series that highlight the perspectives of Hawaii’s Native, Asian, and Black communities, the Doris Duke has dedicated itself to championing films that reflect the diversity, complexity, and cultural richness of the island, challenging long-standing cinematic depictions of Hawaii as an exoticized paradise. The theater’s commitment to showcasing homegrown stories and amplifying marginalized voices is on display in the Hawaiian-focused lineup of films they have selected.

From programmer Taylour Chang:
“Tourism and Hollywood have shaped the perception of Hawai‘i as a paradise destination since the early twentieth century. A rising tide of Native Hawaiian and Hawai‘i-based filmmakers challenge those colonial stereotypes and present a worldview of Hawai‘i that is rooted in the land and its people. This slate is a snapshot of a genealogy of filmmakers who express Hawai‘i’s spirit and resilience. Pioneers like Victoria Keith (THE SAND ISLAND STORY) and Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (MAUNA KEA: TEMPLE UNDER SIEGE) captured an awakening of Native Hawaiian political consciousness and set a foundation for current generations—from Ty Sanga (STONES), who inspired a wave of Native Hawaiian filmmakers to embrace narrative fiction, to talents like Ciara Lacy (OUT OF STATE). These storytellers, among many others, provoke an innovative understanding of a Hawai‘i-specific visual language.”

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The Doris Duke
  • Art-House America: Doris Duke Theatre

    Episode 1

    Located in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii, the Doris Duke Theatre began operating out of the Honolulu Museum of Art in 1977 and has become a fixture of Hawaiian film culture. Through their annual Surf Film Festival and series that highlight the perspectives of Hawaii’s Native, Asian, and Black com...

  • The Sand Island Story

    Episode 2

    Directed by Victoria Keith • 1981 • United States

    This short documentary chronicles a four-month period between 1979 and 1980 when residents of Hawaii’s Sand Island “squatter” community attempted to resist eviction from the Honolulu shoreline—resulting in displacement, arrests, and the destructi...

  • Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege

    Episode 3

    Directed by Joan Lander and Puhipau • 2005 • United States

    Although the mountain volcano Mauna Kea last erupted around 4,000 years ago, it is still hot today, the center of a burning controversy over whether its summit should be used for astronomical observatories or preserved as a cultural land...

  • Stones

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ty Sanga • 2009 • United States
    Starring Rava Shastid, Moses Goods, Brendi Heresa

    Set in ancient Hawaii, this poetic myth tells the story of a family that must choose between preserving their traditional way of life and welcoming outsiders into their world.

  • Like a Mighty Wave

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michael Inouye • 2019 • United States

    Filmmaker Michael Inouye documents the passionate protests of Native Hawaiian activists standing together to stop the development of a thirty-meter telescope on the mountain of Mauna Kea, the summit of which is considered to be the most sacred sp...

  • Kapaemahu

    Episode 6

    Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson • 2020 • United States

    KAPAEMAHU reveals the hidden history of four monumental stones on Waikiki Beach, and the legendary transgender healing spirits within them.