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VC Classics

We present these films produced by Visual Communications as a reflection of our American histories and experiences. From jazz fusion and marching bands, to hula and kite making, these stories reflect our contributions to American cultures. Click here to learn more about our VC Archives, one of the largest photographic and moving image archives on Asian Pacific experiences in America.

NA PUA O LAKA foregrounds the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture in Southern California. Sissy Ka’io is a kumu hula, or teacher of Hula, who both explains and demonstrates how to teach the Hula. The focus is on her male students, which harks back to the origins of the dance and breaks the stereotype of the hulas as mere exotic entertainment.

  • Year
    1987
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Rick Chun
  • Executive Producer
    Visual Communications