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Daughters of the Ocean presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Pacific Islanders In Communications (PIC), these films honor years of PIC funding to continue storytelling traditions through media. From Hawaii to Samoa, to Southern California to Aotearoa; these stories reflect the generosity of the waters that connect the Pasifika diaspora. These "Daughters of the Ocean" bring that generosity and love to every aspect of their lives.


The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. In keeping with the mission, PIC helps Pacific Islander stories reach national audiences through funding support for productions, training and education, broadcast services, and community outreach. Learn more at piccom.org

A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is the true-life story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to lead her school's all-male hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her.

  • Year
    2014
  • Runtime
    25 minutes
  • Language
    English, Hawaiian
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
  • Producer
    Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
  • Editor
    Nels Bangerter
  • Animator
    Jared Greenleaf, Jed Henry
  • Music
    Makana