(HawaiiNewsNow) - Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academny of Arts is featuring native Hawaiian films throughout the month as part of the ʻÔiwi Film Festival.
Amy Kalili chats with veteran filmmaker Puhipau about his latest documentary, which debuts today.
Kalo is considered the eldest brother of the first Hawaiian. Genetically modified kalo is a concern for many Hawaiians.
Wahi a kahiko, ua paʻa pili ʻohana nâ Hawaiʻi me Hâloa ʻoiai ʻo ia ke kaikuaʻana o ka Hawaiʻi mua. No laila, he mea nui a koʻikoʻi nô ke kâlailai ôewe ʻia o ke kalo no ka Hawaiʻi.
"Genetically-modified organisms is a bad, bad thing," said Puhipau, co-founder of Nâ Maka o Ka ʻÂina. "To come with the audacity to attack the kalo, you know Hâloa, that's our kûpuna, that's our family, that's where we come from."
ʻAʻohe kûpono o kçia hanaʻino iâ Hâloa, ke kupuna hoʻi, me kçia.
Puhipau's, Mâlama Hâloa, explores the issue through the eyes of this farmer.
Ma kâ Puhipau kiʻi ʻo Mâlama Hâloa, kâlailai ʻia kçia nînûnç ma o ke kuanaʻike a me ka moʻolelo o kçia mahiʻai kalo.
"I met Jerry Konanui, who has been working on the kalo and has been educating people about these things and we got to meet the different community groups who organized against genetically-modified organism," said Puhipau.
Ma o Jerry Konanui au i launa ai me nâ kânaka a hui e kûʻç ikaika ana i kçia.
Puhipau and his wife Joan have been making films for over 30 years focusing on a stronger future for Hawaiʻi.
No Puhipau lâua me kâna wahine ʻo Joan, hoʻopuka wikiô ana lâua no 30 a ʻoi paha makahiki i mea e naʻauao a ikaika hou mai ai nô ke kaiâulu.
"Primarily the videos are to educate the children about who they are and that they are the landlords," said Puhipau.
Makemake e naʻauao nâ keiki no ko lâkou kuleana mâlama iâ Hawaiʻi.
Puhipau and Joan, with their years of work and experience, are excited to see young Hawaiian fillmmakers coming up.
No Puhipau me Joan, me ko lâua mau makahiki he lôʻihi e paʻu ana ma kçia hana, nui ko lâua hauʻoli a pîhoihoi i ka ʻike i nâ ʻôpio Hawaiʻi e ʻimi ana i kçia ʻoihana.
"I'm hoping that we move into films that fill the big screen and tell all of the stories and we have so many. The stories are endless that have to be told and it's kanaks stories, stories that should be told by kanaks," said Puhipau.
Makemake e ʻike ʻia nâ kiʻi ma nâ pâkû nui hoʻi e haʻi ʻia nâ moʻolelo he nui o ka Hawaiʻi e ka Hawaiʻi.
For info on show times for Mâlama Hâloa and other ʻÔiwi Film Festival features, visit honoluluacademy.org.