Hawaiian Mental Health Doc in Kauaʻi

kauaʻi festival flyer

Documentary Director Christen Marquez is excited to be heading to for her first ever visit to Kauaʻi. E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name will be screening at the Waimea Film Festival along with a whole day of amazing films on Monday the 17th at 7pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for kupuna, and $6 for keiki ages 5 – 12.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A including the director, a speaker from NAMI Hawaiʻi, and two Kauaʻi island kumu hulas Kehau Kekua and Sabra Kauka. It should be a wonderful event and we hope to see you there!

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Sunday School Lesson based on To Weave A Name


After the screening at the ʻĀinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club screening in Seal Beach, CA Eric Kakihara of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church. Asked me a little additional information about myself and if it would be okay if he presented the film in his Sunday Sermonette for young students.
He gave the sermonette on August 25th and recently reported back on how it went.
“After summarizing you and your mother’s story, and the oooh’s and ahhh’s I got when I flashed up your name…. the lesson went on to explain that giving some one a name is a thing of honor, both to those that give the name as much as those that receive the name. I asked “who has ever given someone a name?” No one raised their hand, then I asked if anyone had ever called someone “dummy” or “stupid” or told some one “I don’t like you…” and how that was the same as giving someone a name like yours, and it is not very honorable to the person you called a name, to you, and especially to God.”
I think this is a lovely lesson for little ones to take away and so honored that the film inspired this talk!

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“Let’s Move!” Pacific Exercise Video is a Winner!

“Let’s Move!” will be presented for an award in the category of best multi-media material at the American Public Health Association’s annual conference in Boston in November.
Let’s Move! is a video resource designed to help people get up and active with a short 15 minute aerobic work out. The video features dancers from Tupua Productions. It was produced in partnership with a coalition of community groups known as WINCART (Weaving and Islander Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training).
The video was distributed on DVD to various community groups and individuals and is also available for use online. It seems that the video was quite popular since they had to order a second batch of the videos for distribution.
If you want to get moving you can take a look here:

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