Hawaii Shorts International Film Festival
August 21, 7:00pm | Waikiki Aquarium
Bring a picnic and blanket and join us on the Aquarium lawn for an evening under the stars! 
Gwala Rising 

Documentary / USA / 13 min. 

Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands depicts the revitalization of traditional conservation practices in the islands of Papua New Guinea. The community of Anagusa Island is combating the effects of climate change and protecting the coral reefs they rely on using gwala: the traditional practice of setting aside a reef or forest area to allow the ecosystem to recover. Gwala is helping the community of Anagusa Island prosper - empowering men and women with improved access to food and livelihoods. 

Director/Writer: Stephani Gordon 
Producer: Jennifer Shoemaker, Niquole Esters 


Animation / Argentina / 9 min. 

Discrimination, bullying and indifference keep him away from his beloved playground. But Ian won't give up easily and will achieve something amazing. 
Director: Abel Goldfarb 
Producer: Gastón Gorali, Juan Jose Campanella 
Writer: Gastón Gorali

Leave It On the Water 

Documentary / Canada / 13 min. 

Outrigger racing is a global sport embraced by many Indigenous peoples. We follow a canoe group, known as For the People, from a small isolated First Nation village (Penelakut) on Vancouver Island, BC. They will represent their community in the Queen Lili'uokalani race, which is the world’s largest outrigger canoe race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The inspiring story brings together a group of Indigenous youth who train for months, receive coaching, make significant sacrifices, fundraise and race in competitions along the west coast of BC - with the ultimate goal of taking their group to Hawaii in September 2017. Elders will provide traditional teachings and guide the youth around the responsibility that is connected to representing their community on an emotional journey of determination, perseverance and strength and leaving the struggles of Our People, On the Water. 
Director/Writer: Steve Sxwithultxw 
Producer: Michele Mundy 

 Short Films From Around the World + Hawaii’s Filmmaker Showcase  
Hawaii Shorts was created to showcase Hawaiian filmmakers on a global stage and international films to island locals.