Kālai Pōhaku & the Spirit of the Stone is the inspiring story of Native Hawaiian Kālai Pōhaku Hoaka Delos Reyes of Maui. Like many Hawaiians Hoaka believes that mana, or spiritual power exist within pōhaku (stone). By being in-tuned with this spirit Hoaka's hands, are guided to reveal the pōhaku's true potential. Hoaka is a living treasure dedicated to the pōhaku-craft. He is one of the last few Kālai Pōhaku who also practices traditional stone-on-stone carving techniques.
Born on the island of Oahu, Hoaka loses his mother at 11 years old. He soon learns harsh realities of life on the streets of Honolulu. As a young man Hoaka moves to the island of Hawaii and becomes and avid outdoorsman and a mason by trade. He later moves to Maui with a family of his own and continued to work in the masonry field. A challenge by his son to carve in the old way opens the door for Hoaka that leads him on his path as a Kālai Pōhaku.
Kalani is a Hawaiian musician from Waimānalo located on the windward side of Oahu. He met Hoaka while working on Maui, and became a student of traditional stone on stone carving. Kalani has recently completed his first project using traditional stone implements. On a path to becoming a Kālai Pōhaku he is seen assisting Hoaka throughout this film.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Kelly Pauole is a Hawaiian filmmaker, who was raised on the island of Molokai. He has been involved with producing films here on Maui since 2007. Kelly takes on a grassroots approach to all of his projects. His previous works include "The Miloli'i Memorial" and "Release our Water," featured at the 2010 ʻŌiwi Film Festival. Kelly was a member of the US Army and served in the Persian Gulf War.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
To date, Kelly Pauole and his team have filmed and edited over 20-hours of footage for this documentary, and invested over $15,000 of in-house funding, time, and energy to bring the project to where it is today. This preliminary work has given the project a solid framework and story line. The filmmakers now have a clear idea of what additional content must be recorded to complete the project.
This includes, 10 days of filming here on Maui and 4 days on the island of Hawaii. Kickstarter funding will be used to cover the cost of additional travel, services, production, and editing. Your donation will help fund the final stages of this important documentary and get it out to the world. Our $15K fundraising goal is the minimum amount needed to successfully complete this project. Raising more than $15K would be ideal, as it will allow the filmmakers to invest more time and energy into getting the story out to wider audiences.
REWARDS FOR OUR BACKERS
A Kālai Pōhaku sticker created for this project.
A Kālai Pōhaku shirt specially created for this project.
Hand carved kukui hele po (stone lamp) like the ones shown here:
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter is a way to fund creative ideas, and ambitious endeavors. Powered by a unique all-or-nothing approach, projects must be fully funded, or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our initial goal of 15K we lose everything.
HOW TO PLEDGE
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner we would like to remind you that anyone can donate. Please email us if you have any problems or questions.
WHAT IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?
If we don't reach our goal, all pledges are canceled. Your card is not charged. Of course, we hope this doesn’t happen – those 40 days will fly by, so please donate today! And please also spread the word.
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, we can!
Risks and challenges
Over 40% of the footage for this documentary has already been shot and rough edited. The only foreseeable challenges are the regular ones that come with producing a video. These include scheduling production days, travel logistics, locking in a final cut by Summer of 2015, and securing music and archival image clearances for copyrighted material.
DVD copies and downloads will be made available for purchase online. If we raise more than the $15K goal, we will run the documentary in as many film festivals as we can afford.
Because we are so far along with production and have the proven experience necessary to complete the project, there is very little risk in terms of the completion of the project, if funded. If we do not raise the necessary funding, the project will have to be delayed until funding becomes available.
Executive Producer credit in film + 1 Round trip inter-island plane ticket from one of the following locations Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kaui, Molokai, or Lanai to spend a day with Hoaka and view his work + back yard bbq with live Hawaiian music & one night Hotel Accommodation here on Maui + hand carved kukui hele po (Stone Lamp) + 5 DVD's signed by the filmmaker and Hoaka +5 shirts + HD download of the film + A link to watch the film + 3 stickers