HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Native Hawaiian films and filmmakers continue to be featured at the Doris Duke Theatre as part of the month-long ʻÔiwi Film Festival. Amy Kalili speaks with Maui filmmaker Kelly Pauʻole about the Hawaiʻi premiere of his documentary titled Release Our Water.
The native Hawaiians, they were sustainable people. But when you take away their water, you take away their sustainability. They can no longer produce the taro, they can no longer gather from the river and streams, and then what happens?
Filmmaker, "Release Our Water"
Akamai ka Hawaiʻi ma nâ kiʻina nohona ô mau e kahua ana ka wai. A ke loaʻa ʻole ka wai, pehea e pono ai?
Ua lilo aku nei kçia hihia i pili ka lawe ʻia aku o ka wai he nînûnç koʻikoʻi ma Maui.
This diverting of water has become a hit issue on the island of Maui.
The whole issue with the water was that 27 rivers and streams were being diverted.
Lawe ʻia aku ana ka wai o 27 kahawai.
Ma o Release Our Water e haʻi ʻia aku ai ka moʻolelo no ke ʻano e pâ ʻino ai kekahi mau kupa o Maui hikina i ka lawe ʻia o ka wai o ia ʻaoʻao i kekahi mau wahi ma ka mokupuni.
"Release Our Water" tells the story of East Maui residents affected by the diversion of their water to other areas.
A lot of people that live out there they depend on the fish, they depend on the water, they depend on the taro to feed their families, because there's no job opportunities out there.
People were forced to leave. They lose their connection with the land. They lose connection with their culture.
Ola ko laila i ka holoholo kai a mahi kalo. Haʻalele nui ko laila no ka lawa ʻole o nâ kûlana hana a moku ia pilina ʻâina.
Ke maikaʻi aʻe nei nô naʻe no ko laila.
Things are looking up though.
What has happened with the recent court decisions is they freed up eight of the rivers and streams.
Ua hoʻokuʻu hou ʻia mai ka wai o ʻewalu kahawai.
Ua hoʻomaka ʻo Kelly i kçia pâhana kiʻiʻoniʻoni no ke kôkua i kona hoa ʻo Kunihi Boeche (BO-SHAY).
The film originally began as a favor for Kelly's friend Kunihi Boeche.
He asked me if I could help them with their fight for water with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.
Ua noi i kôkua ma kçia paio o ka Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation no ka wai.
ʻOiai ua kûʻai ʻia aku nô kekahi mau kope o ke kiʻi i ʻô a i ʻô, he ala kçia hôʻikeʻike kiʻi ʻoniʻoni e laha hou aku ai.
While they sold a few copies, they see the festival as helping spread the word.
I hope people watch the film and it kind of educates them about what's going on out there, because it doesn't just affect them, it affects native Hawaiians everywhere.
He manaʻolana no ke ʻano hoʻonaʻauao o kçia ʻoiai he pili i nâ Hawaiʻi a pau.
No nâ hola kikoʻî e hoʻolele ʻia ai ʻo Release Our Water me nâ kiʻi ʻç aʻe o kçia hôʻikeʻike kiʻi ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi, e kele aku iâ honoluluacademy.org
For info on show times for "Release Our Water" and other ʻÔiwi Film Festival features, visit honoluluacademy.org.