Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

Looking Past Paradise: Shorts From Hawai'i

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Increased accessibility to filmmaking tools because of digitization has allowed storytellers from marginalized communities to express their truths. This showcase allows us the privilege to see how the filmmaking community in Hawai’i has leveraged digital democratization in order to shatter the veneer of tourism and reveal the truths that affect the Nation of Hawai’i. These stories are spoken from the hearts and souls of Asian Pacific Americans with a tender ferocity that is true to native Hawai’i.


Co-presented by U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle and Hawaiian International Film Festival

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    8 minutes
  • Language
    Niihau Hawaiian
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    English Subtitles, Closed Captions
  • Director
    Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson