OMCA Film | Kumu Hina

Friday, September 18, 2015, 7–8:45 pm
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:00am

Enjoy a can't-miss screening of the inspiring and award-winning documentary KUMU HINA, a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values in modern day Hawaiʻi. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender woman, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life.

Told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader, KUMU HINA is an incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film.

View the trailer.

Presented at OMCA in September, during Oakland LGBT Pride Month, KUMU HINA connects to special exhibition Pacific Worlds, featuring stories of how Pacific Islanders in California today maintain cultural practices.

Join the screening, followed by a Q&A session with Talia Dela Cruz, Health Promotions Specialist for the TransAccess Program at the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center. The screening takes place during Friday Nights @ OMCA, which features half-off Gallery admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family-friendly activities, and more.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, previously scheduled speakers Kumu Tatiana Keneholani and Aunty Anita will not be able to participate in this Friday's event.

Seating is on a first come first served basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free.