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Kona Premier of Malama Wai’aha Saturday

Media Release:

This Saturday evening, there will be the Kona premiere of the short film “Malama Wai’aha” and the music video, “E Malama Wai’aha” (see below) at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival this Saturday evening, April 17th, at 7PM.


The film festival is being hosted by the Hawai’i Island Land Trust and the Kona Kai Ea Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Please come and show your support!  Tickets can be purchased at ‘Apono Hawai’i or Kona Stories bookstore in Mango Court or on-line at http://www.apachawaii.org/node/264.

This short film created at Keaau Youth Business Center questions the impact and value of increased development in the Waiaha floodplain in Kona from a youth perspective.  Mentored by Kristine Kubat , this film combines fresh footage of a Kona watershed area as seen through the young eyes of Jasmine Kupihea with sage mana’o/advice from local elders and an original soundtrack by well-known Hawaiian activist Skippy Ioane, Jr.  The short film includes the music video, “E Malama Waiaha”, with original music by Kaimana Nakea, Ricky Alaniz, and Makana Kamahele. Nakea and Kamahele sing lead vocals, while Kupihea and Schae-Ann Like provide back-up vocals with Alaniz playing keyboard.  Daniel Morii of Island Planet One Productions mentored the video portion.

17 youth interns from Puna were employed by Alu Like in these productions using federal stimulus funds.  Project mentors were contracted by Sustainable Living Institute and `Apono Hawai`i using funds from the Flaherty Directed Account of the Hokuli’a Foundation.

Best wishes for future success to the Alu Like interns of the Hawai’i Youth Media Mentoring Project: Ricky Alaniz, Justin Ferreira, Kaleo Kaapana , Nainoa Kalaukoa, Kelia Kama, Jahnikki Paiva-Kamai, Makana Kamahele, Nicole Kruse, Jasmine Kupihea, Alyssa Marie Like, Schae Ann Like, Kaimana Nakea, Kyle Nakapaahu, Jeffrey Oher, Brianna Shung-Pacheco, Landis Shung-Pacheco, and Kuuipo Pereira.

Mahalos to mentors: Isaac Frazer, Tiana-Nicole Heyano, Kristine Kubat , Lisa Malakaua, Jamal Mamalias, Daniel Morii, Keana Okuda, Mark Richford, Carlton Stout, Damon Williams, and Denyse Woo.

Special kokua mahalos to: Alu Like – Diane Aki, Angel Pilago, Bob Jacobson , Charles Brotman, Hamakua Springs, Island Naturals Market, Island Vortex, Kea’au Youth Business Center, Kona Community Cultural and Educational Foundation, Kona Historical Society, KTA Superstores, Lily Kong, Arthur Mahi, Malama Waiaha community group, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Puna Fresh Foods, Surfrider Foundation -Kona Kai Ea Chapter, Sustainable Island Products, Sustainable Living Institute, and The Waiaha Families.

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