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L?hain? Noon and underground film in Hawaii

4th World Films
4th World Films
Aaron Yoshino
Credit Aaron Yoshino
Christopher Kahunahana

A “L?hain? Noon” is a solar phenomenon where the sun passes directly overhead. People standing outdoors no longer cast a shadow and Hawaiians believe that at this moment, an individual gains extra mana (power) as their shadow crawls back into their body. The occurrence is the centerpiece of three unrelated stories woven into in a new locally produced film called L?hain? Noon. The characters are confronted with choices, and their deepest desires are amplified by the midday sun.

Christopher Kahunahana is the director and a 2014 Sundance Film Festival Native Lab Alumni. Being a veteran of the Hawaii independent film movement. He talks about DIY filmmaking, art in Hawaii, and the future of the industry.  

 The project is currently in post-production with its release scheduled for the Honolulu international Film Festival in October.  You can watch the Kickstarter Trailer

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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