Mahina is a young Hawaiian woman who lives with her brother on the outskirts of Honolulu. Her ties to the cultural past and family drive her interest in traditional arts like pounding kapa cloth and connect her to the mythology and religion of ancient Hawaiian people, including the moon goddess Hina, for whom she is named. Mahina works in a hotel as a housekeeper, breaking the monotony of each day by staying grounded to the aina, her art, and her cultural roots. Her brother, Makoa, is a dysfunctional adult unable to hold a job or maintain a relationship with the mother of his child. He relies on Mahina for both financial stability and emotional support. Their relationship and Mahina’s conflicting pressures culminate when she makes a decision to attend a party on the day of her niece’s concert.