ALOHA SURF HOTEL (94 min) Director: Stefab Schaefer - Hawai'i

Tai Alonzo was a legendary surfer with big things ahead of him, but years later, he's divorced, living in his van, his pro surfing days long behind him. When he is forced to take a job at a family-owned Hawaiian beachfront hotel, he not only becomes the surf instructor, but also the tennis pro, the yoga instructor, the handyman...he might even be key to saving Aloha Surf Hotel.

MRS. NOISY (107 min) Director: Chihiro Amano - Japan (Japanese with English Subtitles)
A novelist Maki Yoshioka (Yukiko Shinohara) has been stuck in a slump. One day, she gets into a disagreement with her neighbor Miwako Wakata (Yoko Ootaka) over the beating of a futon. Maki feels she is being harassed by Miwako increasingly more as the days go. Frustrated, and unable to write she decides to write about "Mrs. Noisy" Miwako in a serial-novel, but this turns out to have unexpected consequences. An offbeat comedy about the deception of appearances.

THE PAKALA KIDS (5 min) Director: Gavin Abucan- Hawai'i 

On the run from their home in the rustic, old plantation town of Pakala Village, Kaua'i, two best friends, Lani and Dixie, embark on a journey up Waimea Canyon.

KAPAEMAHU (8 min) Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu - Hawai'i

Kapaemahu reveals the hidden history of four powerful healing stones on Waikiki Beach, and the mysterious spirits within them.

TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE (19 min) Director: Joanna Vasquez Arong - Philippines (Tagalog with English Subtitles)

To Calm the Pig Inside is a contemplation on the effects a typhoon leaves on a seaside city. Myths are woven in to try to understand how people cope with the devastation and trauma.

KAMA'AINA (17 min) Director: Kimi Howl Lee- Hawai'i

A queer sixteen-year-old girl, Mahina, must navigate life on the streets in O'ahu until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu'uhonua o Wai'anae - Hawai'i's largest organized homeless encampment.

PUA KA UAHI (7 min) Director: Kalilinoe Detwiler - Hawai'i

Pua ka uahi is a wonder-filled indigenous animation following the challenge between Pele, a hot-tempered volcano goddes and Kamapua'a, a shapeshifting trickster, as they race from Puna to Hilo.

HAWAIIAN SOUL (19 min) Directors: 'Aina Paikai & Producer: Kaliko Maii - Hawai'i

Amidst the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a young Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kupuna (elders) from Maui to aid in protecting the neighboring island of Kaho'olawe from military bombing.  Producer Kaliko Maii will be at our screening and will lead a Q&A immediately after the film.

THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME (100 min) Director: Mallorie Ortega - United States

At the height of Christine's career, she learns the unbearable news that her father has passed away after months of silence between them. Upon returning home, Christine undertakes the burdens of the family's failing restaurant and attempts to contend with her past choices. THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME is a live-action musical that paints a colorful portrait of a working-class Asian-American family and a girl who must choose between her home and her career. 

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11:45 AM   MRS. NOISY

2:00 PM     HIFF 2020 SHORTS

                       THE PAKALA KIDS


                       TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE


                       PUA KAUAHI

                       HAWAIIAN SOUL (Q&A with Director Kaliko Maii)