Deep Waters 2015

April 15, 6:00pm - 6:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Hālau o Haumea - Center for Hawaiian Studies

DEEP WATERS 2015 is a two-day Pacific Film Showcase honoring Pacific media, the majesty of Oceania, and the stories we share.

Kicking off the festival is the much-anticipated Student Filmmakers night. Students from Hawaiʻi high schools and the Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa demonstrate contemporary filmmaking and story telling. This night is always a packed house, and this year promises to be no different.

The second night of DEEP WATERS 2015 examines concepts of sustainability in both our island resources, as told by authentic Pacific voices. As hosts for the second night, LAMA will share aspects of Kilo Honua (earth observers), a community resource designed to equip our island communities with the vocabulary and knowledge to engage in productive discussion, inform decision-making, and to formulate solutions in renewable energy, food security, traditional knowledge, and climate change. "Native Hawaiians like other indigenous peoples around the world have survived for millennia by following and living by the ʻike kūpuna (ancestral knowledge) passed on from one generation to another. Kilo Honua is not just a community resource but hopefully an awareness-raising and inspirational tool to become kilo (observers) like our kūpuna so that we are better prepared for the impacts of climate change, which are already evident here in our islands,” said Malia Nobrega-Olivera, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement.

The featured film on April 15th is Nā Loea: The Masters II, a film that showcases two well-respected kilo in our community. It beautifully depicts the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. Mac Poepoe, a Native Hawaiian fisherman and a community leader on Molokaʻi, has dedicated his life to ensuring that the ocean, or “icebox,” will be well-stocked for generations to come. Recognizing how the widespread health afflictions of the Native Hawaiian people impaired their ability to care for themselves, Herbert Hoe created his ʻAi Pono diet program utilizing the traditional foods of ancient Hawaiians. Both films are testament to ʻike kupūna, and the resilience of kānaka maoli in these modern times.

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is presenting this film ahead of its national PBS broadcast in May. The film is part of Pacific Heartbeat, PIC’s anthology series now in its fourth season. The series provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues.

“The collaboration between PIC and the University of Hawaiʻi has provided a venue to celebrate engaging films and documentaries created for the community at large to gain a deeper understanding of Pacific history, language, and culture,” said Leanne Ferrer, PIC’s Executive Director. “We’re so excited to be celebrating the fifth year of Deep Waters along with our amazing partners. ”

DEEP WATERS 2015 is sponsored by The Gladys Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge- Loli Aniau, Makaʻala Aniau (LAMA) Program, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Academy for Creative Media. Admission is free on both nights, and dinner will be served.

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LAMA/HawaiÊ»inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, Mānoa Campus

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