Attorney Tanya McQueen (Sonya Balmores) has hired a team of anthropologists to find an ancient artifact which, if found, would halt development of Nick Button's (Matt Corboy) shopping mall in the sacred Hemolele Forest on Kauai. The team is led by the experienced duo of Helen and Demetri (Amy Carlson and Charles Shaughnessy), joined by grad students Zander and Hermione (Brent Bailey and Alexandria DeBerry). The team is seen by Omaka (Kimo Kahoano), a native Hawaiian kahuna, and his mischievous aide, Puka (Augie T).
Sensing Helen's yearning for passion from Demetri, Puka doses the man with the nectar of a special flower from the forest -- but he has dosed Zander instead, triggering confusion and hilarity. When Puka tries to make amends by dosing Demetri too, and later Tanya as well, the results are surprising and wonderfully zany.
This modern retelling of the classic William Shakespeare play was shot entirely in Hawaii, with the beautiful and lush fauna of the Hemolele Forest a perfect setting for a forest full of enchantment, where love wins the day.
A MIDSUMMER’S HAWAIIAN DREAM is the latest production of locally based Island Film Group, who has produced films like PALI ROAD (HIFF 2015), SOUL SURFER (HIFF 2011) and PRINCESS KAI’ULANI (HIFF 2010).