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Film & Literature

The Little Makana
"The Little Makana" is a story about a baby, still in his mother’s womb, who explores the world through the sounds he hears.

The Boy Who Tricked the Ghosts
The visual appeal of Ellie Crowe’s The Boy Who Tricked the Ghosts and the book’s seeming authenticity as a retelling of the legend of Kaululā‘au make for a fine-looking sugar mill, but its machinery, although hardly absent, is that of a confectionery geared to spinning cotton candy out of native sugar cane.

The book Molokaʻi takes us on a journey of sadness, love, regret, hope, and despair.

Ruth Ke‘elikōlani
Keʻelikōlani was a believer in her people and fought for the rights of Hawaiians and our traditional way of life.

The Land Has Eyes
Vilsoni Hereniko’s "film for Rotuma" is every bit as important as Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider. Maybe more so.

Whale Rider – Why Read It
It unfolds in Māori fashion. Time is less lineal. Words are more powerful. There is room for poetry, oratory, and the coming-to-fruition of an ancient prayer.

Then There Were None
The book was created because of a “lack” of other literary works of the same nature—stories about the heartache and triumph of the Hawaiian people.

Nā Wahi Kapu o Maui
Kapulani Landgraf’s photographs are of Maui’s storied places; her poems are inspired by those same places.

Nā Lei Makamae, The Treasured Lei
The confluence, in Nā Lei Makamae, of lei, text, mele, place, and image is often so powerful that it brings us to tears.

Pacific Experiences: Native Acting, and Life in Rotuma, Fiji
Sapeta Taito, a 17-year-old from the island of Rotuma, plays the lead role in one of the most talked about films at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Pacific Experiences: Native Playwriting
Hone Kouka, the pōtiki of a large whānau, has ancestral ties to Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāti Raukawa.