Unstoppable: Bethany Hamilton Red Carpet Event

Before airing the film Unstoppable: Bethany Hamilton, HIFF put on a red carpet event for everyone involved and having a VIP Press Pass allowed me to attend. All of the producers, directors, photo/sound team, and writes were there. On top of that, Bethany Hamilton was there with her family and friends. Pro surfers (both male … [Read…]

2018 Hawaii International Film Festival: Disney’s Moana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi- Review

Disney’s Moana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi   As most of us know, Disney’s Moana was the new hit movie. I myself maybe watched the film 10 or more times. When I found out that the viewing and panel discussion of Disney’s Moana in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi was going to be at the Hawaii International Film Festival, I knew … [Read…]

2018 Hawaii International Film Festival Review- Blank 13

Blank 13 is a Japanese film directed by Takumi Saitoh that was screened at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film was presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Blank 13 is a shorter film, with a duration of 70 minutes. Blank 13 is about a deadbeat father with a gambling problem who walked out … [Read…]

Wrap Analysis- 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival

Wrap Analysis- Hawaii International Film Festival 2018 The 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival was an amazing opportunity. I viewed three different films, Wish You Were Here, Blank 13, and Disney’s Moana ‘Olelo Hawaii. I chose these films mainly because they best fit my interests. I am part Japanese, so I was mainly interested in watching … [Read…]


I was able to see one screening for the university section that featured multiple short films within it. I chose to see the university section because I wanted to support up and coming filmmakers, especially other students here at HPU.  The highlight of the film festival for me personally was getting to see all the … [Read…]

Skating is (my) Life

Arguably my personal favorite short film shown at the HIFF university students screening was Skating is (my) Life which was Produced, directed, shot and edited by Kyle Motonaga. This documentary style film follows aspiring local skate boarder Kekoa Andrade as he takes us through his every day skating routine as he prepares for upcoming competitions (spoiler: skating … [Read…]


One of my favorite short films I got a chance to view at the HIFF University students screening was SHELL YEAH, directed by Ridge Hirano. SPOILER ALERT: This animation tells the story of a sea turtle’s first day at his new college. He quickly befriends his roommate, a dolphin, and they have a blast playing … [Read…]