HIFF 2019 was a great experience this year. There weren’t as many films as the previous years but the creativity has yet to dissolve from this festival. And it was quite nostalgic to witness our future generation of filmmakers take the stage to present their creativity to Hawaiʻi.

HIFF 2019: Final Word

This years film festival has been quite an enjoyable one. I wasn’t able to view as much films as I wished but I was certainly glad to watch a couple of the bigger films. Jojo Rabbit and Weathering With You were two of the biggest films to appear at the festival. Lines flooded the Dole … [Read…]


HIFF this year was a good experience. Unfortunately I only had the opportunity to watch 3 films. The films being as followed, Moana: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, The Empty Hands and The Blood of Wolves. To go down the list I chose Moana because I wanted to see how well done the Hawaiian dub was. For The Empty Hands mainly to watch it’s Karate scenes and The Blood … [Read…]

MULT 2000 HIFF Symposium

Before the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival kicked off, the Global Cinema Studies class was able to produce a creator’s symposium to hear from local filmmakers in the community. The creators who were in attendance were Erin Lau, Vince Keala Lucero, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Christopher Kahunahana, Roy Tjoe and Dean Des Jarlais. They were able to … [Read…]

The Empty Hands Review

During my experience with the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, I was able to encounter an experimental film. I am not personally fond of this type of film genre because I usually like to watch films that have a specific plot and this film kind of went all over the place with its story. To give … [Read…]

Moana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Review

Moana is one of Disney’s most popular animated films of all time. Standing along side similarly praised films such as Tangled and Frozen. I believe one of the main reasons for the films success is due to the power of a female lead rather than having the old male hero saving women in distress cliche. But one thing that this … [Read…]

The Blood of Wolves Review

Of all my years of being a filmmaker and moviegoer, I have seen many crime dramas that really gave people that harsh reality of crime and violence. Films like American Hustle and Se7en are among the few that stand out to me. There hasn’t been a crime film recently that has that high standard. But that was until … [Read…]