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Ruthadell Anderson (front, third from left) and the many hands that helped in making the tapestries.

ʻUluʻulu Archives, Hawaiʻi’s moving image archive, presents Many Hands Make Light Work, a documentary that honors artist Ruthadell Anderson and the many hands that helped her create the massive tapestries that have decorated the walls of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol for nearly 50 years.

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Tapestries at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol.

The film will be screened on November 10 at 4 p.m. at the 39th Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF), at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatre in Iwilei. Tickets are free and available at

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, which was filmed by Web Anderson, Ruthadell’s husband.

The ʻUluʻulu Archives, the official moving image archive of Hawaiʻi, is meant “to perpetuate and share the rich moving image heritage of Hawaiʻi through the preservation of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawaiʻi.”

The archives, a project of the University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media System and UH West Oʻahu, are located in the campus’s library.

—By Leila Wai Shimokawa