Sunday School Lesson based on To Weave A Name


After the screening at the ʻĀinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club screening in Seal Beach, CA Eric Kakihara of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church. Asked me a little additional information about myself and if it would be okay if he presented the film in his Sunday Sermonette for young students.
He gave the sermonette on August 25th and recently reported back on how it went.
“After summarizing you and your mother’s story, and the oooh’s and ahhh’s I got when I flashed up your name…. the lesson went on to explain that giving some one a name is a thing of honor, both to those that give the name as much as those that receive the name. I asked “who has ever given someone a name?” No one raised their hand, then I asked if anyone had ever called someone “dummy” or “stupid” or told some one “I don’t like you…” and how that was the same as giving someone a name like yours, and it is not very honorable to the person you called a name, to you, and especially to God.”
I think this is a lovely lesson for little ones to take away and so honored that the film inspired this talk!

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To Weave A Name Hawaiian Civic Club Screening

ʻAinahau Hawaiian Civic Club Logo

In partnership with the ʻĀinahau Civic Club Paradocs Films will be presenting the film E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name in Long Beach to raise awareness for mental health. Christen Marquez will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. This screening is being presented as a fundraiser for the club. The screening will be:
SATURDAY August 24th, 2013
Long Beach, CA

F&M Bank — Auditorium: 12523 Seal Beach Blvd. Seal Beach, CA 90704
Cost: $10
Contact Ualani at
See the flyer below or visit this page for more information.
You can also download the PDF flyer by clicking here.
ʻĀinahau Haku Film Screening Flyer.

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Posters are here!

E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name posters have arrived!

E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name posters have arrived!

The posters for the documentary have just arrived they look great thanks to the lovely and talented Ashley Burke.
For you indie filmmakers out there I got them printed online for $2.97 a piece for an 18″x24″ poster. They look nice, the only thing is that all of their posters come with a white border around them and to get the $2.97 price you have to choose the option of them putting their company logo on the back side of your poster. But that doesn’t seem too bad to me. from the pricing that I have seen out there a normal run of posters is a minimum of 500 the price per poster is generally a little more than a dollar on average. So it seemed to me that the minimum buy for a full run color poster was around $600 – $750 dollars.
Short-run posters was more expensive per piece but since I don’t think I need or want to store 500 posters this seems like the best solution for me.

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Pictures from CAAMfest screening

The world premiere of Haku Inoa was last week in San Francisco at the CAAMFest Film Festival (Formerly the San Francisco Asian Film Festival).

Here are a couple pictures of Director Christen Marquez with some of the audience who had a great time! More to come.

Mahalo nui!

Ladies from the hula hālau Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu by Anita Chan

Ladies from the hula hālau Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu by Anita Chan

Christen and Keala at the reception for Let's Play Music. Photo by Anita Chan.

Christen and Keala at the reception for Let’s Play Music. Photo by Anita Chan.

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He Hawai`i Mau Short Film

(Director Lurline Wailana McGregor)

To see the entire two-minute short film visit:

This video is a brief journey through Lurline’s life, growing up in Honolulu in the 1950′s and 60′s, later moving to Washington, D.C. and coming home again in the 1990′s. I tell this story through old family movies, photos, contemporary video and Hawaiian music consistent with the time period being covered. It is about her growing awareness of her Hawaiian identity and what defines her today as a Hawaiian.

(still from the film He Hawai`i Mau)

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Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name Funded by ITVS

(A recent stop by the ITVS office in San Francisco)

The third time was the charm for Haku Inoa to finally receive funding from the Independent Television Service’s (ITVS) LINCS initiative. I have been very fortunate to have had the ongoing support of both PBS Hawai`i as a partner and the support of Pacific Islanders in Communications for all three times that I have applied to the initiative.

As I have been slowly letting the news out about the new funder people naturally ask me what the next steps are. So, here is a little outline of what my plans are in the upcoming months.

1. Early to Mid February – Finish a full length 3-column script outlining all sequences in order with narration, interviews, visuals, effects, music, ect…
2. March – pre-production
3. April to May – production and shooting for
4. May to September – editing.
5. September to January – grant writing and other paperwork type things to raise the last $50,000 needed for completion funds.

So that’s the plan. It’s very exciting news to release at the beginning of the new year, and there will be a lot of happening to update updates about the project, so stay in touch! You can join the Haku Inoa mailing list on Mail Chimp by clicking here

(Mom, Auntie Linda, me, and all of the Haku Inoa team at PBS Hawai`i)

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Happy Holidays! Silent Night / Po La`ie

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

As an aside, why am I the only Hawaiian that can’t sing?

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