In skinny jeans and slouchy sweaters filmmaker Christen Marquez looks more hipster than Hawaiian. She seems an unlikely main character for a first-person documentary about Native Hawaiians but the mystery behind the meaning of her extremely long Hawaiian middle name always called to her. Born in the ‘80s to a beautiful hula dancer and her haole father, who worked as in architect, Christen's family began to unravel as a result of her mother’s emotional episodes. Christen's father felt he had no choice but to leave Hawaiʻi with his children and return to his hometown of Seattle. Because of the separation from her Mother, director Marquez didn't get the chance to bond with her mother and absorb Hawaiian culture, leaving a void in her life. Ultimately, she makes the difficult decision to return to Hawai’I to reunite with her mother to fully understand the kaona – or hidden meanings in her name. Narrating her journey from the islands to the mainland (and from childhood to adulthood), Marquez paints a picture of heartbreak and understanding, to stress the importance of the places we call home, and the power of the things we promise never to forget.
Synopsis written by: LAAPFF