ʻOiwi Film Festival

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‘Ōiwi Film Festival 2016
May 78, 2016

In its 5th year, the ‘Ōiwi Film Festival honors the late pioneering filmmaker Abraham “Puhipau” Ahmad, Jr., who with his partner Joan Lander made up the independent production team Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina. By screening four of their films, the museum aims to inspire the next generation of filmmakers to continue sharing and preserving their stories.
The Tribunal
Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 1994. 87 min.
Saturday, May 7 at 7:00pm
In August 1993, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina spent 12 days capturing on video the proceedings of Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli—the Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai‘i—in which the United States and the state of Hawai‘i were put on trial for crimes against the Kānaka Maoli.

Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege
Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 2005. 57 min.
Sunday, May 8 at 1pm

This portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival explores conflicting forces as they play themselves out in a contemporary society where cultures collide.

Screens with:
Kapu Aloha 101:
ʻŌiwi TV. 2015. 11min
– and –
ʻO Poliʻahu me Kūkahauʻula
Directed by Hunter Catton. 2016. 7min.

Pele’s Appeal + Stolen Waters

Sunday, May 8 at 7:30pm
Pele’s Appeal
Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 1989. 30min.
Geothermal development interests, seeking to clear the rainforest for drilling operations, are opposed by native Hawaiians seeking to stop the desecration of the fire goddess Pele. The stage is set for one of the most controversial issues ever to rock Hawai‘i.

Stolen Waters
Directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 1996. 27min. 
This video documents the battle over O‘ahuʻs Waiāhole Ditch. Taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were diverted in the early 1900s by sugar plantations.

Screens with:
ʻO Poliʻahu me Kūkahauʻula
Directed by Hunter Catton. 2016. 7min.