Holo Mai Pele – Hawaii – 2001 – Epic Hula Myth Performance. Anyone wanting to witness the expression of a non-European stone-age culture still vibrant, even blossoming in the 21st century, should see this film. Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, fire, lightening, wind, and the creation of land, is one of the most important deities… Continue reading Holo Mai Pele
Words Earth & Aloha – Hawai’i – 2005 – 60 min. This documentary on the sources and meaning of Hawaiian music is ultimately about the soul of Hawai’i. Hawaiian music today is a lei of many flowers. One of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians, Eddie Kamae, leads the viewer through the early development of Hawai’i’s music, from… Continue reading Words Earth & Aloha
Blue Crush – USA – 2002 – Drama. This is a rather predictable teenage chick flick redeemed by 1. Some spectacular surf segments. 2. Pretty realistic behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to become a pro surfer. 3. An honest portrait of the “real” Hawaii. Life for the not-privileged young.
Taylor Camp – Hawai’i – 2009 – Documentary. The ultimate hippie paradise! In 1969, Howard Taylor, brother of actress Elizabeth Taylor, bails out a rag-tag band of young Mainlanders jailed for vagrancy and invites them to live on his oceanfront land. Soon, waves of hippies, surfers, and troubled Vietnam Vets find their way to this clothing-optional,… Continue reading Taylor Camp
Kumu Hula -Hawai’i – 1989 – Documentary. If you think of Hawai’ian hula as quasi belly dance with coconut bras and grass skirts, this film will be an eye-opener. Hula is to Hawai’i what ballet is to Russia – the supreme artistic expression of feelings, stories, and beliefs, kept alive and transmitted through the vehicle of the… Continue reading Kumu Hula
Princess Ka’iulani – Hawaii – 2010 – Drama. The true tale of the last of the Hawaiian royal family – raised to rule a country, but destined for obscurity. The film shines a light on a little-known bit of world history – the overthrow of a legitimate constitutional monarchy (Hawaii), recognized by the world community,… Continue reading Princess Ka’iulani