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Native Hawaiian Resistance Shorts

  • 55 mins

Known as the “Paradise of the Pacific,” Hawaii’s beauty masks a history of political strife and the gradual erosion of indigenous rights. These films explore and reframe the past and present—from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy to the more recent developments in Hawaii. By reenacting history, these filmmakers give voice to the past even as Hawaiians continue to speak their truths against U.S. colonialism and imperialism. Filmmakers expected to be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

In this program

Hae Hawaiʻi

Directed by Ty Sanga

“Hae Hawaiʻi” is a historical drama that takes place during the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Last Taxi Dance

Directed by Brayden Yoder

In the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American Dream. But when the dancing stops, this man will die.

Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

A soft-spoken janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists in Waikīkī, reflects on a traumatizing memory that stirs a voice from within.

Dates & Times


UPenn Irvine Building

Sun, Nov 10
3:20 pm