Film Festival Showcase Native Hawaiian Filmmakers

'Lahaina Noon: The Cruel Sun' plays at Oiwi Film Festival PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTOPHER KAHUNAHANA

‘Lahaina Noon: The Cruel Sun’ plays at Oiwi Film Festival PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTOPHER KAHUNAHANA

The Oiwi Film Festival screens shorts and features directed by Native Hawaiian filmmakers from Nov. 7 to 13

at Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu Museum of Art. By focusing on indigenous works, the festival aims to provide a platform for native artists to share what Hawaii looks like through their eyes.

It all kicks off with an opening-night reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, featuring food, drinks, live entertainment by Hanale Bishop and docent-led tours of select exhibitions. Tickets for the reception cost $35, or $30 for museum members.

Films that will be shown throughout the week include Nã Loea: Ancestral Ink, Nã Loea: The Great Heart of Waiokāne, The Hawaiian Room, Waikiki Wedding, The Haumana, The Light in the Lady’s Eyes and The Spirit of Kihoalu. Lāhainā Noon: The Cruel Sun, which features three interwoven stories, also will be screened. The film was directed by Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow Christopher Kahunahana. A shorts showcase also joins the mix.

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