Kū Kanaka – Kanalu Young and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement


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This event finished on 11 November 2016


Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall – Kanalu Young and the Hawaiian Sovereignt Movement. A flim by Marlene Booth. Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, Dole Cannery Theatre. A film that preceds the feature documentary The Ties That Bind.

Monday, November 7th, 8pm

Friday, November 11th, 1:15pm

Eager to impress his friends on an August afternoon in 1969, 15 year old Kanalu Young takes a dive into shallow water that changes his life forever. He hits his head and becomes quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, he begins to change when he learns Hawaiian language and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history and culture. Fired up to tell Hawai‘i’s story, he earns a PhD, gets arrested fighting for Hawaiian rights, and becomes a crusading teacher and leader, driven to help transform his community by teaching history and practicing culture.