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LEAF MINERS: A NOTE FROM THE EDGE OF CONSERVATION

Directed by: Chris Johns 2016 | 10 min.

Section: Made in Hawaii Shorts

Premiere: International Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Environment, Nature


Synopsis

Researchers and biologists team up in Hawaii to study one of Hawai‘i’s many unique evolutionary creations: Philodoria leaf mining micromoths. The caterpillars of these micromoths are so small that they live inside the leaves of their Hawaiian host plants. This type of caterpillar is called a leaf miner because it eats by tunneling between the layers of their Hawaiian leaf homes, eventually emerging as a miniature moth no larger than an eyelash.

Philodoria only occur in Hawai‘i and recent research suggests that, like many Hawaiian insects, they are threatened with extinction. Most Philodoria moth species can only feed on a single species of Hawaiian plant and some of these Hawaiian plants are themselves endangered. The scientists studying these micromoths hope that learning more about them will help us understand how to better conserve them. Indeed, how can we protect something that we don’t know?

This film takes a look at one hidden corner of environmental conservation work and why some say it’s important to preserve even the smallest of organisms, like microscopic moths only found in Hawaii. At the intersections between Hawaii culture, science, and the environment, it’s a story about appreciating the small things and their right to exist.

Screenings

Friday, November 11 6:00 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Plays with:  MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS HOLDOUT
THE BONE OF A WHALE
MIRAGE
PHASES OF MAHINA
HO'OMAU
Saturday, November 12 12:30 PM Regal Kapolei Date Passed
Plays with:  MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS HOLDOUT
THE BONE OF A WHALE
MIRAGE
PHASES OF MAHINA
HO'OMAU
Sunday, November 13 10:45 AM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Plays with:  MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS HOLDOUT
THE BONE OF A WHALE
MIRAGE
PHASES OF MAHINA
HO'OMAU
Saturday, November 19 12:00 PM Kauai Waimea Theater Date Passed
Plays with:  MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS HOLDOUT
THE BONE OF A WHALE
MIRAGE
PHASES OF MAHINA
HO'OMAU
Sunday, November 20 12:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Plays with:  MADE IN HAWAII SHORTS HOLDOUT
THE BONE OF A WHALE
MIRAGE
PHASES OF MAHINA
HO'OMAU

Cast & Crew

Director Chris Johns
Producer Chris Johns
Cast Keahi Bustamente, Akito Kawahara