Aloha From Lavaland Documentary Debuts Online

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Hawaiian anthropological documentary Aloha From Lavaland is scheduled to be released on Amazon and iTunes on Nov. 15, 2017. The film follows the aftermath of the 2014 eruption of Hawai‘i’s Kilauea volcano, which sent a flow of lava directly toward the center of Pahoa, a small rural town on Hawai‘i Island.

Hard to predict and impossible to stop, the flow threatened to cut off the town’s only access road, leaving the residents of this remote community to rely heavily on one another as they prepare for possible isolation.

Produced in conjunction with Gift Culture Media, Larkin Pictures and Pure Mother Love, this 55 minute documentary explores an inner community perspective of the lava flow, following residents as they ask and answer important questions about community, sustainability, harmony, and what it really means to live in such an unpredictable paradise.

In addition to street interviews and news coverage, the documentary follows a local Hawaiian kumu (healer), a sustainability expert and the leader of a sovereign Hawaiian community over a period of seven months as they attempt to prepare for the unpreparable.

“Puna is unlike any place I’ve ever lived,” says co-director Suzenne Seradwyn, who has created films in Los Angeles, New Mexico and Hawai‘i. “The people here have different values because of the natural elements at play and the rich cultural history surrounding those elements. There is a very important message to share about what happens when you allow yourself to trust these elements.”

“This film is important for anyone living in a state of change, whether it be due to external elements or an internal shift,” says the film’s co-director, Phillips Payson. “Part of what this film explores is how one’s attitude toward change can make all the difference.” Before moving to the Big Island, Payson worked in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. This is his fourth film.

Aloha from Lavaland premiered at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and has won three awards including Best Hawai‘i Film at the Honolulu Film Awards.

To view the Aloha from Lavaland trailer, click here. You can also learn more about the film online.

 

New Big Island Online News Site Starts Up: BigIslandNow.Com

A new Big Island website started tonight called BigIslandNow.Com

I’m not sure exactly who is behind the site but I do know that former Hawaii Tribune Herald journalist Dave Smith is contributing to it.

When I asked about this new site a few weeks ago, I was told by “Denise” of Maui Now of a similar site the following:

Damon – BigIslandNow.com is not Dave’s personal news blog. It is backed by a statewide multimedia company with outlets on Maui and Kauai. Mauinow.com is one of the largest online news sites on that island and often has scoops picked up by Oahu TV stations…

I’ve always felt that the more websites and blogs on the Big Island provides more information to all of us in general.

I wish the best to this new website BigIslandNow and hope other folks will understand the importance of getting content and information online for all of us to benefit from in the long run.

I think we all realize the newspapers are dying!