Master hale builder featured in new documentary with nationally recognized artists
Master Hawaiian hale builder Francis Palani Sinenci was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2022 National Heritage Fellow — the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.
His artistry of traditional thatched Hawaiian homes along with other awardees of the 2022 fellowship will be featured in a new documentary.
The documentary titled Roots of American Culture will follow 10 cultural artists and their traditions.
The documentary will debut on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on arts.gov/heritage.