The Hawaiʻi of my childhood is a world far different than the glossy misrepresentation presented in Hollywood film. The repercussions of colonialism and Statehood have left a people severed from ancestral land and culture. Filmmaking has been my means to process these realities.
Christopher Kahunahana is an award-winning Kanaka Maoli artist and a Sundance Institute Feature Film and Native Lab Alumni. As founder of 4th World Film, he directed LĀHAINĀ NOON (2015), as well as a pseudo-documentary for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American "A Day in the Life" project. He is the writer, producer, director, and editor of WAIKIKI (2020) which premiered at the URBAN WORLD FF. WAIKIKI was recognized with A Grand Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature and a Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF and was also awarded Best Made in Hawaii Feature Film and Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the Hawaii IFF. He is currently working on a 360-degree immersive projection installation for the Honolulu Museum of Artsʻ and writing AIMAN a sci-fi episodic.