Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival (NYHFF)

THE 4TH ANNUAL PACIFIKA: NEW YORK HAWAIIAN FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON MAY 19 THROUGH MAY 21. AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS, EDDIE AND MYRNA KAMAE, WILL SCREEN THREE DOCUMENTARIES ALONG WITH TWENTY-TWO OTHER NOTABLE PACIFIC ISLANDER FILMS. HULA & LIVE POLYNESIAN MUSIC WILL COMPLETE THE CULTURE OF ISLAND FESTIVITIES.

On Friday, May 19th Pacifika 2006 will open the festival with the award-winning documentary,KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: The Cultural Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women, by the legendary Hawaiian musician, author and filmmaker Eddie Kamae, along with his wife and producer, Myrna Kamae. The short bio-pic Steven Mai’i, directed by Kaliko Palmeira will also debut. A post-screening party will follow with “Pacifika”-rim cuisine and live musical performances by Hawaiian father and son duo, Steven Mai’i and Kaliko Palmeira. Attendees will also be treated to a special musical interlude by Hawai’i’s favorite son, Eddie Kamae.

On Saturday, May 20th and Sunday May 21st, three noteworthy and empowering documentaries will have their New York Premieres. Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai`i’s Soul and Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero, both produced by Phil Arnone, are films about two legendary Hawaiian watermen. These two bio-pics shed new light on the classic Hawaiian traditions rooted in the phenomena of modern day surfing’s popularity. The third documentary, WORDS, EARTH & ALOHA:  The Sources of Hawaiian Music, by Eddie and Myrna Kamaeexplores the roots of Hawaiian music and culture in this award-winning film.    

 BUT THE FUN DOESN’T STOP HERE alongside the weekend’s festivities of spectacular films (see attached listing), Pacifika 2006 will also offer a block-printing workshop by award-winning artist and author, Caren Loebel-Fried (Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits), and a book-signing by living Hawaiian treasure, Eddie Kamae, of his autobiography HAWAIIAN SON: The Life and Music of Eddie Kamae. DVDs and CDs will also be available for autographing and purchase. Come meet both of these exceptional authors!

On Sunday evening May 21st, Pacifika 2006 will close an exciting weekend of films and performances with the classic award-winning film,SONS OF HAWAII: A Sound, A Band, A Legend,directed and produced by Eddie and Myrna Kamae. This documentary features rich archival footage and music that illuminates an intimate portrait of a leading musical group during the 1960’s Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. A Pa’ina (party) will follow featuring live Hawaiian music and local food provided by the popular national island eatery, L & L Hawaiian Barbecue.

Screenings will be held at the Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street) and the NYU Tisch Film & Television Theaters (721 Broadway), with workshops taking place at the American Indian Community House (708 Broadway).

Presented by the Hawai’i Cultural Foundation(HCF) in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Department of Film and Television and Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the weekend event integrates film and live media arts to present works that explore questions of history, human rights and identity of Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  The festival celebrates the many remarkable accomplishments of these indigenous film and video artists by introducing them to New York audiences.

HCF launched its first Pacifika in May 2003 while introducing live Hawaiian music and hula into what is traditionally considered a media venue. Collectively, films and events presented at Pacifikaprovide New York audiences with a unique opportunity to experience the Pacific Islander perspective and vision of life, which is underrepresented in mainstream media.

About Hawai’i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai’i Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai’i.  HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai’i.  Founded in 1997, HCF provides native Hawaiians, former Hawai’i residents, and those interested in Hawai’i in New York City and the tri-state area – a means of learning and celebrating Hawaiian traditions through music, dance, art, film and other forms of cultural expression.