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Kumu Hina (2014)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 22 June 2014 (USA)
A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life.

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Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
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Credited cast:
Leo Anderson Akana Leo Anderson Akana ... (voice)
Haemaccelo Kalu Haemaccelo Kalu ... Himself
Ho'Onani Kamai Ho'Onani Kamai ... Himself
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu ... Herself
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A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life.

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Unrated
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Country:

USA | Fiji

Language:

English

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22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Color
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AN amazing film about a powerful woman
27 November 2014 | by punaheleheleSee all my reviews

I was one of the fortunate ones who had the privileged of watching the world premiere of this film at the Hawaii Theatre. It was night none of us will ever forget, starting with a beautiful love song from the film by Kealli Reichel, a hula by Kumu Hina herself, and then the film.

And what a film it is. Fast paced yet stately, intimate yet unflinching in its brutal honesty. You see Hina is a teacher and a cultural landmark in Hawaii, but she also just happens to be mahu, or what the rest of the world labels as transgender. But in Hina's case its not her "sex" that is different it is her spirit. Yes, she has both male and female personality, but that is exactly what makes her so powerful.

As she teaches the keiki, runs the burial council, and deals with a young husband, we ultimately understand that she is like every person - only stronger!

It ws an honor to see this film.


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