HONOLULU (May 11, 2019) – Moananuiākea, an ambitious documentary film telling the story of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage of legendary canoe Hōkūleʻa, will be in movie theatres on Saturday, May 11 at Regal Kapolei Commons. The film is produced by Nāʻālehu Anthony, Bryson Hoe and Maui Tauotaha, respectively director, writer and editor, all of whom served as crewmembers on Hōkūleʻa. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Showtimes: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Regal Kapolei Commons 12: 4450 Kapolei Pkwy #500, Kapolei
Tickets and information at https://donate.hokulea.com/moananuiakea
“The McNaughton Group and Kobayashi Group, owners of Kapolei Commons are excited to host the screening of the film,” said Katie Ka’anapu of Kapolei Commons. “Both companies have been proud supporters of the worldwide voyage and see the importance of sharing Hōkūle’aʻs journey with the Leeward side of O’ahu.”
This special screening event which also invites film goers to become members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society will feature family activities that include knot tying, learning the star navigation compass, sustainable merchandise and movie memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kapolei Commons area fronting the theatres. The event, which is sponsored by Kapolei Commons, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Palikū Documentary Films and ‘Ōiwi TV, in partnership with the voyage’s education sponsor Kamehameha Schools, is the next step in the long and exciting journey of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and movement.
“This terrific film chronicles the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Its stories are inspiring, and the connections made between crew members and people they meet at every port are incredibly touching,” said Ann Botticelli, PVS board member.
The historic circumnavigation of the Hōkūle‘a and crewmembers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society truly engaged the earth, connecting with over 100,000 people in over 150 ports all over the world, and for the first time the profound experience will be brought to life on the silver screen.
“It is a humbling experience anytime we are allowed on the deck of Hōkūle‘a. The experience of sailing in faraway oceans and visiting these ports around the globe as both a filmmaker and crewmember have changed my life,” said Nā‘ālehu Anthony, director of Moananuiākea. “I am honored to have been part of the team that documented the voyage and to help tell this chapter of Hōkūle‘a’s story.”
Moananuiākea illustrates the crucial role of indigenous voices and perspectives in both storytelling and in creating paradigm-changing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The film honors ʻike Hawai‘i -- traditional wisdom of our island culture -- on a global stage. It extends the values of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the Hōkūle‘a, a beacon of sustainability, unity and culture, beyond the voyaging community for perpetuation in the wider world.
“The most remarkable thing we’ve witnessed during the years of the worldwide voyage has been the spark of connection -- the exchange of mutual respect between cultures and the opportunities to learn so much from one another,” said Randie Fong, Kamehameha Schools’ executive culture officer and key advisor for the Worldwide Voyage. “Our hope is that this film inspires the same spark in audiences throughout the world, to deeply examine the ways we honor our ancestors and how we Mālama Honua -- care for our island earth.”