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Sundance Institute Native Lab & Feature Film Program supported filmmaker seeks funding to finish made-in-Hawaiʻi feature film.
430 backers pledged $34,132 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

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“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: 

Check out the rewards to your right and support! You can also spread the word about our Kickstarter project by posting this on your social media accounts! Every little bit counts!

 “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."

Our Cast

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. 

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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.

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    Waikīkī Mixtape

    Special digital download of songs that inspired the film curated by Aloha Got Soul! Aloha Got Soul is a blog-turned-record label with a mission of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface, as well as contributing to the diversity of Hawai‘i’s music scene and strengthening its reputation in the global music community.

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    Aloha From Waikīkī

    Official Waikīkī the film postcard mailed to you from Waikīkī, Hawaiʻi 96815. Link to an exclusive sneak-peek of one of the film scenes. Your name in Mahalo section of Website.

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    Sneak Peeks

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    Official Waikīkī Poster

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    Waikīkī the film Tote

    Time to upgrade your tote game to something a little more unique. The perfect thing to carry around all the rest of your Waikīkī swag or hide your candy stash at the movies.

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    - canvas tote
    - 12 oz cotton canvas
    - 10 ½"W x 14"H x 5”D

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    ***WAIKIKI IN WAIKIKI***

    Enjoy a Sunday with music, a hosted lunch buffet, beverages, and live local entertainment while supporting Hawaii independent filmmakers.

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    Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders
    Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
    Mini Bruschetta Bites
    Steak & Vegetable Kabobs
    Chinese Chicken Salad
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    Waikīkī Digital Screener

    Get streaming access to Waikīkī The Film when it becomes available after distribution!

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    Waikīkī the film T- Shirt

    Official T-Shirt. Rep Waikiki anywhere, anytime and look good doing it.

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    - 100 percent combed ringspun cotton fine jersey
    - 4.3 oz.
    - 32 singles
    - fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage

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    ***WAIKIKI IN WAIKIKI***

    ***WAIKIKI IN WAIKIKI***

    Enjoy a Sunday with music, a hosted lunch buffet, beverages, and live local entertainment while supporting Hawaii independent filmmakers.

    Entertainment by:
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    TAIMANE
    DUNCAN KAMAKANA
    TIM ROSE
    TED DE OLIVEIRA aka FRNTBZNZZ
    DJ TITTAHBYTE
    DJ ANIT
    +SURPRISE MUSICAL GUEST!!!
    Hosted by Flash Hansen and Friends.

    -EXPERIENCE a NEW EXTENDED FILM TRAILER being scored LIVE by TED aka FRNT BZNZZ.
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    LUNCH BUFFET MENU
    Crispy Macaroni & Cheese Bites
    Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders
    Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
    Mini Bruschetta Bites
    Steak & Vegetable Kabobs
    Chinese Chicken Salad
    Oreo Cookie Cheesecake Bites with Chocolate Drizzle

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    Waikīkī the film Hat

    Official WTF Dad hat. This limited edition hat is an instant key addition for any collector. Once they are gone, they are gone for good.

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    - 6-panel
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    - self-fabric closure with brass slider and hidden tuck-in

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    IN4MATION x WAIKIKI UMBRELLA

    Co- Branded special In4mation Aloha Army + Waikīkī Shaka Umbrella.

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    Facetime With Director

    Facetime with the Director. Get into the mind of our writer/director Christopher Kahunahana. Good luck with that! (Convo limited to 10 minutes).

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    Kamea Hadar Waikiki Art Poster

    Limited edition print of an original WAIKIKI The Film painting by Kamea Hadar - critically acclaimed and celebrated artist and co-founder of the International POW!WOW! Art Festival.

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    FITTED x WAIKIKI

    This pack includes a Long Mua Snapback, Long Sleeve Tee and a sticker pack and will only be produced if all fundraising is fulfilled. Please support ideas that transcend and provide insight and creativity for the world!

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    Waikīkī Film Geared Up!

    You know what’s better than a Waikīkī Hat? A Waikīkī Hat AND shirt. You know what’s better than a Hat and Shirt?
    A Waikīkī Hat, Shirt AND Tote! Spoil yourself, get all 3 while supplies last.

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    Face to Face

    Watch the film and get to discuss it via Facetime/Skype with either one of the stars Danielle Zalopany, Peter Shinkoda or director Christopher Kahunahana. (Facetime limited to 10min)

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    Hardcopy of Original Waikīkī Screenplay

    Screenwriter starter pack. Get a bound, autographed copy of the original screenplay with coffee stains and storyboard scribbles. Use it as an example of what a horrible early draft looks like and inspiration to write your own. Anxiety and rewrites not included.

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    Script to Screen

    They say a film is written 3 times. First with the screenplay, then again during production and finally during the edit.
    Read an early copy of the screenplay, then watch the film and be thouroughly confused. Get 10 minutes to ask writer, director Christopher Kahunahana "What the what?!". Get insight into the process of script to screen.

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    Kea's Earrings

    The official "Kea" earrings by Kristal Treasures! These are the gorgeous earrings our lead actress Dani Zalopany wears throughout the film, styled by Tiare Thomas! This is a Polynesian Inspired Earring Set, 14k Gold Filled, 12mm Genuine Tahitian Pearl.

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    Traditional Waikīkī Voyage

    Voyage for Two (2) aboard the Holokino, a traditional Hawaiian voyaging Canoe hosted by Austin Kino, Apprentice Navigator of the Hokule’a. A truly unique Hawaiian experience! Transport to Waikīkī not included.

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    Amatuer Film Critic

    A dinner and film screening for two (2) with a group including the director and a producer. Discuss the film over dinner. Impress them with your film knowledge. Arguments are no extra charge. Dinner and beverages included. (Available for those located on O'ahu)

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    Waikīkī VIP Tour

    Get a night on the town with the producers a star and director. Dinner and VIP Nightlife Experiences all over town for you and a guest. Peel back the curtain & see what’s behind the velvet rope of the heart of Honolulu. Who knows where the night will lead.... Dinner and beverages included. (Available for those located on O'ahu)

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    Set Locations Tour

    Personal guided tour for you and a guest of Waikīkī set locations with our director and a producer. Crew meals provided. Get insight into the what, why and how a location is chosen. It’s not always what you think. Flights to Hawai'i and Police escort not included. (Available for those located on O'ahu)

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    Outer Island to Oahu Premiere

    Live on an outer island? No problem! Interisland flights for 2 to Honolulu, Two nights at a partner hotel , and 2 tickets to the Hawai'i Premiere. Sit with the Director, Cast and Crew for the Hawai'i Premiere and take a million selfies with them all. Be the envy of all your friends.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Associate Producer credit. You are now officially in show business baby! Your name will appear in the films credits as a legitimate member of our team. Get exclusive access to roughcuts of the film. Sit in on producer arguments. Sit with cast and crew at the Hawaii premier. Smile and Smoke cigars, The cast can’t get mad at you when you keep introducing them to your friends.

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    • Postcard from Waikīkī.
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Funding period

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