Directed by: Brian Kohne 2017 | 95 min.

Section: Made in Hawaii

Premiere: Advance Screening

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Culture, Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples


Sponsored by:

Hawaii Film Office

Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In 1971, few understood the concept of kuleana, as the Hawaiian Renaissance, a reawakening of island culture, had yet to begin and ancient customs and values teetered on the precipice of extinction. 

On Maui, childhood friends Nohea and Kim share a common nemesis: Kim's father, Victor Coyle, a real-estate developer who blatantly exploits the land and the people he has managed to usurp and control.  Ancestral spirits and modern day warriors also contribute to the fight as Nohea and Kim learn the most important lesson: kuleana is not a burden; it is a privilege.


Friday, November 03 8:30 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Sunday, November 05 2:45 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Thursday, November 16 7:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Sunday, November 19 7:15 PM Waimea Theater Kauai Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Brian Kohne
Screenwriter Brian Kohne
Producer Stefan Schaefer
Cast Moronai Kanekoa, Sonya Balmores, Kristina Anapau, Stefan Schaefer, Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond, Vene Chun, Mel Cabang, Kainoa Horcajo, Kealani Warner, JD Tanuvasa
Cinematographer Dan Hersey
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