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A mystical coming-of-age story about Kamea, a shy girl who finds direction from the spirit of Hawaiian surf legend Duke Kahanamoku.
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Credited cast:
Malia Verdadero Malia Verdadero ... Kamea
Maui Laigo Maui Laigo ... Thomas
Kimiko Yeni Rojas Kimiko Yeni Rojas ... Dani
Valen Ahlo Valen Ahlo ... Valen
Chelsea Johns Chelsea Johns ... Pretty Girl
Kula Barbieto Kula Barbieto ... Keahi
Bernard Ceballos Bernard Ceballos ... Kumu
Chaunnel Salmon Chaunnel Salmon ... Surfer (as Chaunnel 'Pake' Salmon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Akana Sturla Jennifer Akana Sturla ... Library Student


A mystical coming-of-age story about Kamea, a shy girl who finds direction from the spirit of Hawaiian surf legend Duke Kahanamoku.

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A Hawaiian fairytale


Short | Drama | Fantasy | Sport



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Release Date:

21 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Waianae, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hapa Flick Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Won Best Short Film at the 2004 Hawaii International Film Festival. See more »

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Poetic story of self-discovery and cultural pride.
30 January 2007 | by oiwi_hawaiiSee all my reviews

Beautiful story, breathless landscape, excellent cinematography, and elegant performance by Malia Verdadero as Kamea.

While Kamea has many fanciful aspects, it is not a fairy-tale. Kamea is a story that reflects the integrity and strength of the Hawaiian spirit. Storytelling has always been an important element of the Hawaiian culture and it continues to be in various forms with new stories being told through contemporary mediums. It was refreshing to see that no exotifying or skewing of the culture and people had been done in order to make it "work". I hope that Jennifer Akana-Sturla continues on to make more movies for she is certainly a talented writer and director. Because it is a short film it leaves you yearning for more. Highly recommended for a young audience and of course for those who love all things Hawai'i nei. I hope this review was helpful and that you truly appreciate the movie as much as I did. Mahalo.


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