The Best Made in Hawai’i short prize was awarded to “Hawaiian Soul,” directed By ʻĀina Paikai. The film is based on the true story of George Helm. a young Hawaiian activist and musician who must gain the support of kūpuna (community elders) from Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.
“Writer and Director ʻĀina Paikai brings to life the spirit of beloved Hawaiian musician and activist, George Helm,” the jury said. “‘Hawaiian Soul’ is a beautifully crafted tribute to those who helped start the Native Hawaiian rights movement, and is a timely reminder of the strength and purpose inherited by the activists of today.”
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