Tokyo Hula

1hr 12min | Documentary | USA

Today it is estimated there are nearly 2 million people dancing hula in Japan — a figure greater than the entire population of Hawaiʻi.

Director: Lisette Flanary

Writer: Lisette Flanary

Stars:Kumu Hula Lōpaka Igarta-DeVera, Sonny Ching

SUN. 11/15    17:30
TOKYO HULA

Today it is estimated there are nearly 2 million people dancing hula in Japan — a figure greater than the entire population of Hawaiʻi. With more people dancing hula in Japan than in Hawaiʻi where the native art was born, this explosive growth has created a multi-million dollar industry based on culture as commodity. But what moti- vates Japanese students and teachers to dance hula and how is it translated into a foreign cul- ture? How do Native Hawaiians participate in this cross-cultural exchange?

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CAST

Kumu Hula Lōpaka Igarta-DeVera

Sonny Ching

Seiko Okamoto

Kuʻuleinani Hashimoto

Aloha Dalire

Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

PRODUCTION

Director/Producer Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary

Executive Producer/ Pacific Islanders
in Communications

Associate Producer Hatsumi Asaka

Editor Kyung Lee

Cultural Advisor/Post Consultant Kumu Hula Patrick Makuaka–ne

Director of Photography Brian K. Wilcox

Production Sound Mixer John McFadden

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