ʻUluʻulu at HIFF: Many Hands Make Light Work

Documentary features weavers of Hawai‘i State Capitol Tapestries

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Leila S W Shimokawa, (808) 689-2603
Dir of Comm, Chancellor's Office/Public Relations & Marketing
Posted: Nov 1, 2019

Tapestry on display at Hawaii State Capitol.
Tapestry on display at Hawaii State Capitol.

This year ‘Ulu‘ulu, Hawai‘i’s moving image archive, honors artist Ruthadell Anderson and all those that helped her create the massive tapestries that hang on the walls of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. For nearly 50 years they have adorned the Senate and House chambers, quietly providing color, background, style and decoration – but it took a village to create them.

The screening of "Many Hands Make Light Work: The Weavers of the Hawai‘i State Capitol Tapestries" is part of the prestigious Hawai‘i International Film Festival in its 39th year. A short video of the opening of the State Capitol in 1969 filmed by George Tahara will precede the newly restored footage documenting the weavers’ process. The latter was filmed by Web Anderson, Ruthadell’s husband. Both films will be screened on November 10 at 4pm at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatre in Iwilei. Tickets are free available at hiff.org.

The mission of ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i is “to perpetuate and share the rich moving image heritage of Hawai‘i through the preservation of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawai‘i.”

‘Ulu‘ulu is located in the UH West O‘ahu library and is a project of UH’s Academy for Creative Media System and UH West O‘ahu. It is the official Moving Image Archive for the State of Hawai‘i by legislative action.

Join us as we take a look back in time to see the many hands that made light work.