Homecoming Event: ACM “State of Aloha” Film Showing

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (All day)

Place: Classroom 2

  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception
  • 6:30 - 7:45 pm Screening
  • 8:00 - 9:00 pm Panel Discussion

Documentary feature screening & panel
Free & open to the public
Presented by the Academy for Creative Media and co-sponsored by the Law School
Hawai‘i and Its Current and Future Relationship with the Federal Government—a Legal View

  • Former Governor John Waihee
  • Retired Judge Walter M. Heen,
  • John P. Rosa, Assistant Professor of History


  • Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Law

Directed and produced by Anne Misawa (TREELESS MOUNTAIN, HIFF 2008), STATE OF ALOHA traces the journey of Hawai‛i's fifty years of statehood through over thirty key interviews. Interviewees cover a representative span of the Hawai'i population, including witnesses from the political arena, arts and entertainment, business, and academia. STATE OF ALOHA represents the culmination of a larger research project entitled the Hawai‛i Statehood Project, prepared by the University of Hawai‛i's Academy for Creative Media back in 2004. In addition, the film provided an opportunity for ACM students to work alongside professionals on all aspects of production. Anchored by personal stories, the motivating paths toward statehood are addressed as well as the legacy left behind.

“On August 21, 1959, Hawai‛i became the 50th and last state to join the United States of America. Narrated by Jason Scott Lee, this insightful documentary explores how American imperialism, Asian immigration, World War II, and other cultural, economic and political factors led to Hawaiian
statehood. This film takes an extraordinary look at both the positive and negative impacts that statehood brought to Hawai‘i and its citizens.”
-- Sang Chi, SFIAAFF

“State of Aloha captures not just the history of Hawaii, but the spirit of its people.”
--Jason Sanders, FILMMAKER Magazine