SCREENS ON THE 26TH MARCH AT 11 AM AT OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
SONS OF HALAWA
Directed by Matt Hamashita
‘Anakala (Uncle) Pilipo Solatorio lives on the island of Molokai. He is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of the sacred Hawaiian valley that has been home to his family for hundreds of years.
At the age of five, Pilipo was selected by his adopted grandfather to become the cultural practitioner for his family and was given the responsibility of perpetuating the traditions of Halawa Valley. But growing up in the isolated community was not easy and Pilipo, like everyone else of his generation, left Halawa, vowing never to return.
When Pilipo gets married and starts a family, the valley and the teachings of his grandfather call him home to fulfill his destiny. Will Pilipo’s son, Greg, come home to take on the responsibility of carrying traditions forward, or will Pilipo’s two hanai (adopted) sons (Josh, a taro farmer, and Jason, a musician from New York) be left with the challenge?
Great sacrifices need to be made, but if Pilipo does not succeed in finding a successor, generations of knowledge will be lost forever.
THE ROOTS OF ‘ULU
Directed by John Antonelli
The Roots of ‘Ulu will transport the viewer from the Polynesian voyaging canoes that brought ‘ulu from Tahiti to Hawai‘i, up through the present day efforts of native practitioners, medical specialists and agricultural experts who have a shared vision of the ‘ulu tree playing an important role in cultural preservation, health restoration and food sustainability for Hawai‘i’s future.