Kumu Hina - Documentary Film Series

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 -
4:30pm to 9:00pm EST
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, NYC
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Join us for a wine-and-cheese reception, followed by a screening of the documentary Kumu Hina, a special musical performance and a brief panel discussion.

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Kuma Hina tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaiʻiʻs traditional embrace of mahu - those who embody both male and female spirit.  Produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications, ITVS, and Emmy-winning directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, the film traces Kumu Hinaʻs evolution from Collin Wong, a timid high school boy, to her present position as a married woman and cultural director of a school in one of Honoluluʻs grittier neighborhoods.

When Hoʻonani, a charismatic 6th grade girl, asks to join the schoolʻs all-male hula troupe, Hina gives her the opportunity to express her inner male spirit.  As teacher and student prepare for a climactic end-of-year performance, they meet many obstacles, but hold fast to the idea that being true to oneself matters most. 


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5:30 - 6:30 PM Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:15 PM Screening
8:15 – 9:00 PM Musical Performance & Panel Discussion
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