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'Oiwi Film Fest returns

November 6th, 2013

The Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre will be home once again for the third ‘Ōiwi Film Festival starting on Friday, Nov. 8.

Starting with an opening-night reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, the festival will explore the themes of Native Hawaiian identity, traditions and culture via a variety of film shorts, documentaries and features.

"It is so exciting to see the diversity of work by Native Hawaiian filmmakers and the stories they are telling as we move into our third year,” festival co-founder Ann Marie Kirk said in a press release. “From documentary to narrative fiction, the films … offer a thoroughly unique and a uniquely Hawaiian way of telling stories.”

Here's the full schedule, courtesy the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opening-Night Reception

The opening-night reception is an evening of food, film, art and music. Tickets include a buffet of poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, fried chicken, sweet-sour spareribs, sweet potato, white rice, haupia and fresh pineapple; live music performance; and a visit to the newly reinstalled Arts of Hawai‘i Gallery. Wine and beer available for purchase. A blessing will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $35 ($30 for HMA members).

'E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name'

In this documentary about identity, family, and memory, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez sets out to discover the meaning of her lengthy Hawaiian name as given to her by her schizophrenic mother. Marquez discovers not only herself within the name, but gains a new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition.

Narrating her journey from the islands to Seattle (and from childhood to adulthood), Marquez paints a picture of heartbreak and understanding that stresses the importance of the places we call home, and the power of the things we promise never to forget.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, with the short film "Kae," directed by Lana Dang; also screens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

'Let's Play Music: Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends'

Cyril Pahinui, son of recording legend Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, is universally recognized as a master of slack-key guitar. This intimate documentary follows Cyril, his friends, and family—which includes some of the best musicians in Hawai‘i—as they play music, talk story and reminisce about Cyril’s legendary father.

Featuring Roland Cazimero, Palani Vaughan, Kawika Kahiapo, Dennis Kamakahi, Mike Kaawa, Sonny Lim, Greg Sardinha, Peter Moon Jr., Jeff Au Hoy and Kunia Galdeira.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Kahiapo will be the special guest at the Nov. 9 screening.

'Kalo Culture'

Follow taro farmer Daniel Anthony, his family and friends during the three days leading up to the Haleiwa Taro Festival and learn how taro — and the traditional pounding of it — became the core of his life and small business, Mana ‘Ai (“Powerful Food”).

Featuring local artists, activists, musicians, and poets, such Makana, Noa Helela, Kealoha, Ernie Cruz Jr., Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Laulani Tealewho, "Kalo Culture" addresses how the traditions, culture, and way of life associated with taro farming and preparation are in danger of becoming extinct in the face of western influence, development, and competition in the poi industry.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, and 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Anthony and director Kamuela Vance will be the special guests at the Nov. 10 screening (Anthony will also host a pre-screening kalo-pounding demonstration).

‘Oiwi Shorts Showcase

Short films by directors Lana Dang ("Kae"), Kale Kaaikala ("Chout"), Ann Marie Kirk ("Small Kine Stories") and Erin Lau ("Koa 'Ohana," "Little Girl's War Cry") will be featured.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 1 p.m. Nov. 13.

Hawaiian Storytelling from a Hawaiian Perspective

Join storytellers from all mediums in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to discuss how Hawaiians tell stories, the importance of the Hawaiian voice in the arts, the uniqueness of the Hawaiian storytelling style and why it is needed. Panelists include filmmakers Lana Dang, Kale Kaaikala, Ann Marie Kirk, Erin Lau and Kamuela Vance.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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