March 14, 2020 at the UCLA Wilder Theater – presented by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and ʻŌiwi TV, Moananuiākea illustrates the crucial role of indigenous voices and perspectives in both storytelling and in creating paradigm-changing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The film honors ʻike Hawai‘i—traditional wisdom of our island culture—on a global stage. It extends the values of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the Hōkūle‘a, a beacon of sustainability, unity and culture, beyond the voyaging community for perpetuation in the wider world.
The voyage’s groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives have already inspired countless new practices to protect our environment. The wildly successful revival of a traditional art that was nearly extinct has created a resurgence of pride and respect for native cultures and encourages the active rediscovery of forgotten cultural practices. A panel of UCLA scholars, community activists and special guests will discuss the challenges of climate change and the spirit of aloha.
DCP, color, 148 min. Director: Nāʻālehu Anthony. Screenwriter: Bryson Hoe. Cast: Nainoa Thompson, Bill Blankenfeld, Kālepa Baybayan.