Directed by: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson 2013 | 77 min.

Section: Closing Night Film

Premiere: Advance Screening


Sponsored by:

Pacific Islanders in Communications

Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina's Hawai'i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, KUMU HINA reveals a side of Hawai'i rarely seen on screen.


Thursday, April 10 7:00 PM Hawaii Theatre Center Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Producer Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Co-Producer Connie Florez
Cast Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Haemaccelo Kalu, Ho'onani Kamai, Peter Dela Cruz, Laara Allbrett, Dana Kaua'i Iki, Pa'ula Chandler, & the students of Halau Lokahi Public Charter School
Editor Nels Bangerter
Music Composer Makana
Art Designer Jared Greenleaf

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