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Hawaiian News: Oiwi Film Festival

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Native Hawaiians have been making films here and abroad for years and new filmmakers continue to join the ranks. As the collective grows and the contest increases, there are venues to celebrate their accomplishments. Amy Kalili has more.

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. I ke ahiahi ʻapôpô e wehe ʻia ai kçia hoʻolauleʻa kiʻiʻoniʻoni no nâ mea hoʻopuka, he mau Hawaiʻi wale nô.

The festival exclusively for Hawaiian filmmakers opens tomorrow evening.

It's very exciting to be a part of ʻÔiwi Film Festival just because being able to meet all these other Hawaiian filmmakers in one area and all of us trying to build this small indigenous film industry here in Hawaiʻi.

ʻÂina Paikai

Writer/Director, "Moke Action" & "E Ola I Kçia Pô"

Pîhoihoi i ka ʻÔiwi Film Festival me kçia ʻâkoakoa ʻana o kçia poʻe Hawaiʻi o ka ʻoihana hoʻopuka kiʻiʻoniʻoni.

ʻO ʻÂina kekahi o nâ ʻôpio hoʻopuka kiʻi Hawaiʻi i komo kâna kiʻi pôkole ʻo Moke Action i kçia hôʻikeʻike kiʻiʻoniʻoni.

ʻÂina is one of several up-and-coming Hawaiian filmmakers whose short film, Moke Action, will debut at the festival.

He mea hoʻohenehene i ka ʻôlelo Pelekânia  haʻakoʻikoʻi me ka hôʻoia i ka laha loa o ka ʻôlelo paʻiʻai ma Hawaiʻi.

The film pokes fun at hyper formal English, while also acknowledging the wide-use of pidgin here in Hawaiʻi.

I wanted to premiere it because only in Hawaiʻi would they really understand the true meaning of having a film like this in pidgin.

(ʻâina)

ʻO Hawaiʻi nô kahi kûpono e laha ai ʻoiai ʻike ko ʻaneʻi no ka ʻôlelo paʻiʻai.

Ua hoʻolele mua ʻia kekahi kiʻi pôkole nâ ʻÂina, ʻo E Ola I Kçia Pô, i kçlâ hâʻulelau aku nei ma ka Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.

ʻÂinaʻs other short film, E Ola I Kçia Pô, debuted last fall at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.

At HIFF it was just an open forum for any kind of film. Whereas this is more directed towards Hawaiian content and more exciting for the indigenous film making community.

(ʻâina)

No nâ ʻano kiʻi like ʻole ʻo HIFF akâ pili kçia i nâ mea Hawaiʻi. He pîhoihoi nô.

It's the first of its kind. It's a film festival where all the films are either by Hawaiian directors or producers.

Ann Marie Kirk

Coordinator, ʻÔiwi Film Festival

ʻO kçia ka hoʻolauleʻa kiʻiʻoniʻoni mua no nâ mea hoʻopuka, he Hawaiʻi wale nô.

E mâlama ʻia ana ka hôʻikeʻike kiʻi ma ka Honolulu Academy of Arts ma ka Doris Duke Theatre o laila.

Honolulu Academy of Arts is hosting the festival at the Doris Duke Theatre.

We have a variety of voices and topics that were exploring the culture of Hawaiʻi. Some of the films address land issues. Some of the films talk about preservation of hula, honoring ancestors.

Gina Caruso

Film Curator/Director, Doris Duke Theatre

Pili nâ kiʻi i ka Hawaiʻi mai nâ nînûnç ʻâina a i ka hula a hoʻâno kûpuna pû.

He hoʻokahi mahina ka lôʻihi o ka hôʻikeʻike kiʻiʻoniʻoni. E hoʻolele ʻia ana he 18 kiʻi a he hoʻolauna mua no 6 o mau kiʻi. Mâlama ʻia ana ka papahana wehena i ka hola 6 o ke ahiahi o ka lâ ʻapôpô.

The month-long ʻÔiwi Film Festival will showcase 18 films, including six premieres, beginning with the opening reception tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.

I hope everyone comes out, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian to support each film. It's for everybody.

(ann marie)

Noa nô i ka lehulehu âkea, Hawaiʻi a Hawaiʻi ole pû.

No ka papa helu o nâ kiʻiʻoniʻoni, e kele aku iâ HonoluluAcademy.org a e nâue aku i ka Hale Keaka. Aloha.

For a film list, visit HonoluluAcademy.org and head on over to the theatre.

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