SENDING ALOHA ABROAD

Directed by: Sean Aronson 2013 | 27 min.

Section: Short Before Feature Film

Premiere: World Premiere

Film Website

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary


Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Pacific Islanders in Communications

The film traces Hawaii’s role in the development of the iconic, but often neglected American institution—the US Peace Corps. It is the untold story of thousands of American volunteers who lived and trained in Hawaii prior to Peace Corps service, and who often settled there after their life changing overseas experiences. The film tells the story of a unique training program developed from 1962-1972, during a decade of protest and social change. During this time more than 7500, primarily young men and women came to Hilo, Hawaii for months of pre-departure training for Peace Corps service in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Volunteers were trained in language and culture, primarily by immigrants from the host countries in which they would serve, in several remote locations throughout Hawaii that resembled rural village life of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. The training sites included Waipio Valley on the Big Island and the more remote island of Molokai. The film is a fitting tribute to the contributions of Hawaii residents as the Peace Corps marks its 50th Anniversary and continues to expand in the 21st century.  "Made Possible by a Generous Grant by the Hawai`i Council for the Humanities."


 

Screenings

Sunday, October 13 12:30 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Plays with:  Made In Hawaii Shorts PEACE BY PIECE
MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY
THE DRESSMAKER'S DAUGHTER
DRESS
Tuesday, October 15 6:30 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Plays with:  Made In Hawaii Shorts PEACE BY PIECE
MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY
THE DRESSMAKER'S DAUGHTER
DRESS
Friday, October 18 6:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Plays with:  RAILROADING PARADISE
Saturday, October 19 3:30 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Plays with:  RAILROADING PARADISE
Thursday, October 24 5:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Plays with:  OLA
Sunday, October 27 1:30 PM Kauai - Waimea Theater Date Passed
Plays with:  Made In Hawaii Shorts THE DRESSMAKER'S DAUGHTER
DRESS
PEACE BY PIECE
MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY

Cast & Crew

Director Sean Aronson
Producer Michael Thomas
Editor Deborah Miller
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