On episode 2 of my HPR + HIFF collab idea, our guest selections come from local Kanaka Maoli filmmaker, ʻĀina Paikai.
ʻĀina's portfolio includes several award winning nationally televised documentaries during his long career with ʻŌiwiTV such as Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, which HPR recently presented on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island.
ʻĀina starred in the award winning short film Down On The Sidewalk In Waikīkī, directed by Justyn Ah Chong, which won second place for Best Made In Hawaiʻi Short at this year's HIFF Awards Gala. Currently, ʻĀina is in the process of producing a short narrative film about the life and music of the late aloha ʻāina, George Helm, in Hawaiian Soul.
ʻĀina's selections and commentary for tonight's show are centered around the main theme of roots and culture. From reggae to hip hop to Hawaiian music, each song is a thread being woven together to present a tapestry of musical influences throughout ʻĀina's life and career.
Eia hou, he wahi leo mahalo kēia i ko ʻĀina ʻohana, iā Annemarie, kāna wahine (kāna luna nui nō hoʻi), a me kā lāua mau keiki ʻelua, na lākou nō e kākoʻo mau nei iā ʻĀina ma kēia ala āna e huakaʻi nei no ka pono o ka lāhui a me nā moʻolelo ʻōiwi o kēia ʻāina nei.