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E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name

E Haku Inoa

Directed by Christen Hepuakoa Marquez

Pacific Islanders in Communication Showcase, Special Presentations / USA / 2013 / Documentary, Feature, Television / 57 mins / English, Hawaiian with English subtitles / B&W / Digibeta NTSC / World Premiere


There are some things in this world that we can’t escape, ghosts that yearn to come out and be heard. Honoring the places and people that we fight to recall from a muddled past, this heartbreakingly rich documentary of identity, family and memory ostensibly tells of a Hawaiian woman’s search for the meaning of her lengthy Hawaiian name, as given to her by her schizophrenic mother.

In E Haku Inoa, there are deep-seeded stories being told: one of reclamation, another of family, and a third that voices the forgotten whispers of the American colonization of the Hawaiian Islands. What makes this documentary truly special is that it utilizes the native tropes of “talk story” in its storytelling. Narrating her journey from the islands to the mainland (and from childhood to adulthood), Marquez paints a picture of heartbreak and understanding, to stress the importance of the places we call home, and the power of the things we promise never to forget.

Co-presented by:



Producer: Christen Hepuakoamana'a Marquez

Preceded By

  1. Piko


    Jason Suapaia / Special Presentations / Hawaii / 2012 / 6 mins
    A pregnant woman seeks the guidance of Hawaiian goddesses to quell her fears surrounding childbirth.

    Precedes: E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name

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E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name

New People
March 16, 2013 12:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 21, 2013 8:50 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets