Film Series : 21st Annual Asian American Showcase

Sons of Halawa

2015, Matt Yamashita, USA, 56 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Apr 9th 7:30pm

In SONS OF HALAWA, Anakala Pilipo Solatorio, the last surviving elder in Molokai’s sacred Halawa valley, searches for an heir to his vast trove of cultural knowledge, music, dance, and oral tradition. Three young men – his youngest son Greg, and his two adopted sons Josh and Jason – absorb his teachings and strive for the role, yet are forced to consider the life of hardship and rural isolation required in order to carry on this legacy passed down by generations of native Hawaiians. Both in DCP digital. (BS)

APRIL 9: A performance featuring live Hawaiian music and dance, with New York-based Molokai crooner Jason Poole and Halau I Ka Pono – The Hula School of Chicago, follows the screening.




2016, Tad Nakamura, USA, 56 min.

The mythology and values of ancient Hawaiian culture meet the brash contemporary sensibility of the graffiti artist for a transformative experience in public art. By mentoring a group of rural youth to create an outsized environmental mural, artists Estria and Prime rediscover a deep connection to their native roots.