In May 2003, the Hawai`i Cultural Foundation launched the First Annual Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival to exhibit the rich cultural heritage of Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands preserved through the media arts. In collaboration with the NYU Department of Film and Television, this festival presented film and video media that explore questions of history, human rights, and identity of Hawaiian and other Pacific Island peoples, and celebrate the many remarkable accomplishments of indigenous film and video artists from Hawai`i and other Pacific Islands by introducing their work to New York audiences