“Shaka, A Story of Aloha”
“Shaka, A Story of Aloha” is a feature-length documentary film scheduled for 6-months of free sneak-peeks June-December, 2023. Says producer Steve Sue,” Our goal with sneaks is to test for both story accuracy and entertainment value, using exit survey results to drive sweetening of the film through the duration of the testing period. We’ll also be recording cameo Shakas at the sneaks, so attendees have a chance to get in the picture.”
Following sneaks, the film is expected to premiere at a Spring 2024 film festival and travel to other festivals in the year following. Also after the premiere, the film will become eligible for commercial cinematic and/or streaming release.
The project has been in development since 2019 when first funding and cultural experts were provided by Kamehameha Schools. Since that time, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced multiple production closures, but the project has completed all major shots including an authentic Hukilau and a live Shaka Contest.
Through production, it became clear that there are multiple competing origin stories, In the end, there may be no definitive single story, and if so, multiple credible theories will be presented. Says producer Steve Sue, “The titling of the film as ‘A Story…’ represents only our group’s best efforts, leaving room for others to tell their versions of the story.” For more, see Filmmaker’s Statement »
Produced by a Nonprofit
The film is produced by ID8, a Hawaii-based 501C3 nonprofit organization. Top-level producers/artists are unpaid and act only as volunteers who will never profit by participating in the production. These include Executive Producer Bryan Spicer (director/producer Hawaii-Five-O, Magnum PI), Grammy-nominated Music Director Henry Kapono and Exec Producer/Producer/Writer Steve Sue. Additional volunteers include Associate Producers Sean Morris, Jill Kuramoto, Ryan Ozawa, Rob Webb, Avian Ku, Minette Lew-McCabe. Volunteer Cultural Advisors include Robert “Lono” Ikuwe, Manu Boyd and Hailama Farden.
Utilizing Hawai’i Talent
The production team (paid wages) is built from local up-and-coming talents from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Academy of Creative Media Program. These include native Hawaiian Director Alex Bocchieri, Cinematographer Kristle Backe and Assistant Editor Sara Brekke. Dozens of other local crew members are included in the production under this production team.
Part of a Nonprofit Movement
The film has spawned several Shaka initiatives including a free Shaka Sticker program, a thought leader summit series, a school curriculum program, a Shaka Contest and a Shaka Monument program. These programs and the film are collectively integrated as Project Shaka. See projectshaka.com »
Media Contact: Email Steve Sue »
Follow the project or find story assets:
- Official Websites: https://shakafilm.comhttps://projectshaka.com
- Facebook Page: @project.shaka
- Twitter Page: @project_shaka
- Instagram Page: @projectshaka
- LinkedIn Page: @projectshaka
- YouTube Clips: @projectshaka
- Hashtags: #shareashaka #projectshaka
- HPR’s “The Conversation”: Radio Interview »
EDUCATION: The film is designed for educators to use as an icebreaker in classrooms to teach island history, virtues and values of the Shaka and Aloha Spirits. Following airing, student reflection, panels, roundtables or hands-on exercises may follow.
LEADERSHIP, CSR & DEI: The film may be used as Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training sessions to teach the history, virtues and values of the Shaka and Aloha Spirits. Following airing, reflection, panels, roundtables or hands-on exercises may follow.
COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION: Cinematic, streaming and other showings are encouraged.
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SHAKA FILM IS PART OF A MOVEMENT