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From an astronaut spitting at the apocalypse to a young thief safeguarding the Hawaiian flag, these shorts span the intimacies of imperialism, futurism, and tourism from some of the most exciting Hawaiian filmmakers today.

Admission includes a special pre-screening reception from 4:30PM–6:00PM.

In this program

Hae Hawaiʻi

Directed by Ty Sanga

A thrilling counter-narrative set during the days of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and US annexation. A thief is recruited to swap the Hawaiian flag right under the nose of Hawaii’s occupiers.

Last Taxi Dance

Directed by Brayden Yoder

As idyllic Hawaiian songs reveal hidden resistance, a taxi dance hall sets the stage for a tense encounter between a beautiful singer and a haunting returned soldier with a few dance tickets to spend.

The Pit Where We Were Born

Directed by Alexander Bocchieri

When a son returns from prison unannounced, he surprises his father digging an imu pit to celebrate his return and summons the sheer force of what remains unspoken.

Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

Experimental and featuring the poetry of Wayne Kaumualiʻi Westlake, a traumatized janitor surrounded by the tourism of Waikiki turns to biting poetry to keep from going insane.

The Moon and The Night

Directed by Erin Lau

Set in rural Hawai’i, Mahina is faced with a difficult decision when she realizes her beloved pit bull is just a tool for her dad to win money in dogfights.


Directed by Mitchel Viernes

While painful memories play back of a family rift during his last night on Earth, a Hawaiian astronaut must save the world.

Dates & Times


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Mon, Nov 11
5:40 pm