A film with “a seventeen-day shoot and two+ years of post-production,” Christopher Kahunahana
’s long-awaited feature debut Waikiki
marks a coming of age for the emerging Hawaiian filmmaking scene. The first completed narrative feature film by a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) filmmaker, Waikiki
follows a young indigenous woman, Kea (a mesmerizing Danielle Zalopany
), working multiple jobs—hula dancer for tourists, karaoke hostess for drunks, Hawaiian-language schoolteacher for kids—just in order to hold on, but slowly starting to slip into darkness. Nightmares of an earlier childhood trauma merge with her journey through Honolulu’s shadow realms, her only solace the memories of her kupuna […]
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