Bridging Past to Present
This award withning one-hour documentary pays tribute to the role of the Kūpuna (elders) in preserving Hawaiian culture. It focuses on the legacies of three respected Hawaiian elders whose lives bridged the transition from older times into the late 20th century. They are Ruth Kaholoaʻa, age 93, of the Big Island; Lilia Wahinemakaʻi Hale, age 85, of Oʻahu and Molokaʻi; and Reverend David "Kawika" Kaʻalakea, age 78, of Māui. A special emphasis in the documentary is the power of the Hawaiian language as a key to cultural connectedness and continuity. Each of these kūpuna speaks Hawaiian fluently, as it was once learned within their families. Each is a living archive of invaluable lore and recollection, a treasure whose stories, memories and perspectives need to be shared as a way of bringing the healing wisdom of the past into the often-fragmented world of the present.
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Dave Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Bulletin