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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Young native Hawaiian filmmaker ʻÂina Paikai is ready to make his mark. The recent UH Mânoa film school graduate talks to Amy Kalili about the anxiety, hope and relief, he's facing as he enters the real world.

It's exciting, I've been going to school for a long time. So I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with myself.

ʻÂina Paikai

Filmmaker

Nui koʻu pîhoihoi a haʻalulu pû.

ʻO ʻÂina kekahi haumana i puka kula aku nei mai ko ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mânoa mâhele ʻo ka Academy for Creative Media.

‘Âina is a recent graduate of UH Mânoaʻs Academy for Creative Media.

I know that the main thing that I want to do is keep making films, whether it be shorts or a feature.

I think right now, what I want to do right now is sit down and write that features.

(ʻâina)

ʻIke leʻa wau, ʻo ka hoʻopuka kiʻi kaʻu e ʻiʻini nui ana, nâ kiʻi pôkole a lôʻihi pû.

He makahiki nui o ka pîhoihoi kçia no kçia mea hoʻopuka kiʻi, me nâ hanana pîhoihoi e like me ka hoʻolele ʻia o kâna kiʻiʻoniʻoni ma ka Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.

His senior year was a whilrlwind of excitement, including a premier in the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.

People recognizing me as a voice for the Hawaiian people has been really interesting.

(ʻâina)

Hauʻoli i ka lilo i leo kâkoʻo Hawaiʻi.

He moʻolelo kâ ʻÂina kiʻi ʻoniʻoni ʻo E Ola i kçia Pô no kekahi ʻôpio Hawaiʻi e hele ana a ʻâpiki me ka namunamu no ka mîkâ hoʻoikaika Hawaiʻi.

"E Ola i kçia Pô" tells the tale of a Hawaiian teenager who feels suffocated by his culture and language.

He pôʻaiapili nui o nâ haʻawina kçia hoʻopuka kiʻi no ʻâina ma nâ ʻano like ʻole.

Making this film was a great learning experience for ʻÂina on many levels.

When you're making a film its about representing your people and not so much just yourself.

(ʻâina)
He kuleana no ka pono o ka nui. ʻAʻole pili iaʻu wale nô.

Ua hoʻolauna mua ʻia aku nei kâna kiʻiʻoniʻoni ʻo Moke Action ma ka ʻÔiwi Film Festival, he hoʻolauleʻa kiʻiʻoniʻoni no nâ mea hoʻopuka, he mau Hawaiʻi wale nô.

His film Moke Action recently debuted at the ʻÔiwi Film Festival, a festival exclusively for Hawaiian filmmakers.

Being a part of this film festival has given me a real confidence boost.

Makes me feel good about going in the right direction in something that people are interested in seeing.

(ʻâina)

Ua hôʻea i kekahi pae o ka mâkaukau. A he hôʻoia i ka ʻimi ma ke ala kûpono.

Ua puka pû ka ʻÂina kiʻiʻoniʻoni ʻo Moke Action ma ka Shanghai Film Festival o kçia kauwela.

ʻÂinaʻs Moke Action was accepted into this summerʻs Shanghai Film Festival.

Iʻm super excited that films has given me the opportunity to travel and see the world.

At that same token, I hope people from across the world appreciate what we're doing here in Hawaiʻi.

(ʻâina)

Mahalo wau i kçia. Manaʻolana wau mahalo ka poʻe o ka hônua i kâ mâkou e hana nei ma Hawaiʻi nei.

Hoʻomaikaʻi iâ ʻoe e ʻÂina a e makaʻala pû kâkou i kçia mea hoʻopuka kiʻi Hawaiʻi ʻôpio i kçia mua aku!

Congratulations to ʻÂina. Keep an eye out for his films in the future.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha

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