When Kea a hula dancer escaping an abusive ex-boyfriend crashes into a mysterious homeless man, they begin a journey through urban Honolulu. Dealing with past trauma and disconnection from her culture and land, Kea fights for survival and sanity in the shadows of Waikīkī, where all is not as it seems.
About the film
An unflinching glimpse into "paradise,” where there remains hope through human connection, and re-connection to ʻāina (nature).
WAIKĪKĪ is the first fictional feature by a Native Hawaiian produced through the Sundance Labs, and historically one of the only dramatic feature films from a Hawaiian director.
After four years of dedication, hard work and much aloha, WAIKĪKĪ The Film is finally nearing completion. With some kokua from you, our post production dreams will come true!
“He aliʻi ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka” — the land is the chief and the people are its servants.
Our Story began
When a screenplay Karaoke Kings was accepted and reworked through the Sundance Institute Native Lab and Feature Film Program Screenwriters Intensive. After years of intensive rewrites a completely different story emerged and demanded to be made: WAIKĪKĪ.
With guidance from the Sundance Institute and community support, we are very close to finishing a truly independent Hawaiʻi feature film thatʻs written, produced, directed and stars Hawaiians.
With your support, we can finish a film to stand up and be proud of.
We need $31,400 to complete the film's final editing, sound design, coloring, and score.
Currently in the hands of Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Wilkins (Whiplash, La la Land) and composer Woody Pak (Seoul Searching, Planet B-boy), we're so close to finishing a truly incredible Hawai'i born-and-raised film.
With YOUR kokua, we can make this happen!
How you can contribute:
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“As a Hawaiian filmmaker I feel a responsibility to depict both the idea and reality of "paradise." True representation is critical to building a sustainable, equitable, and healthy Hawaiʻi.” - Kahunahana
Kahunahana is a Sundance Institute Native Lab fellow (2014, 2015, 2016), participant of the Sundance Institute Writing Intensive (2017), contributor to the Smithsonian Institute's Asian Pacific American A Day in the Life project, and recipient of 4 American Advertising Awards.
"I want to poetically link the conditions of the main characters to the fate of Hawaii’s waterways (Auwai), specifically the disruption of the waterʻs natural flow from the clouds to the ocean. The fate of Hawaiians is intrinsically connected to the land, and to systems of nature."
A star on the rise and winner of Hawaii’s Po’okela Awards for best leading actress, Danielle delivers a powerful performance and a range of raw emotions. Her previous film credits include Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), The Life Coach (2013) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
Surviving the often unforgiving reality of life in modern Hawaii through Re-connecting to nature and culture is Keaʻs journey, but also that of many Hawaiians struggling to make sense of our times.
Shinkoda is a Canadian film and television actor whose credits include: Marvel's Daredevil, I, Robot, and Paycheck as well as TV shows such as Falling Skies, Hawaii Five-0, Sanctuary, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1, and the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
A classically trained multi-ethnic actor, who was raised in Hawai'i and trained in New York City. His professional career has been a balance between theater, film, and television. Heʻs always excited for a chance to work in Hawai'i’s and humbled by the opportunity to play in the sand box with such talent.
Mahalo! Thank You for checking out our kickstarter! We really appreciate your support of Hawai'i independent film. We canʻt wait to share WAIKĪKĪ with you soon!
Executive Producers: Linda Nichols, Robert Nichols, Jason Cutinella, Joshua Strickland, James Sereno, Ricardo Galindez, Roy Tjioe
Producers: Gregory Doi, Connie Florez, Christopher Kahunahana, Vince Keala Lucero, Nicole Naone
Associate Producer: Brian Uy
Directors of Photography: Ryan Miyamoto, Keli'i Grace
Editors: Nick Stone, Kate Hackett, Robert Bates
Sound Design: Ben Wilkins
Score: Woody Pak
Risks and challenges
Film is an inherently risky business. An indie feature film from Hawaii? Well thereʻs not many of those. The real challenge is to let people know that Hawaiian filmmakers do exist. You are helping us by letting the industry know that Yes we want diverse, authentic stories.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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