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Grand Festival Award ~ Berkeley Video and Film Festival, 2011

Special Jury Prize ~ Tahiti’s Festival International du Film Documentaire de Oceanien, 2010

 Best Documentary Award ~ Hawaii International Film Festival, 2008


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“Noho Hewa” is a brilliant, incisive, and complex expose of colonialism (American and other) and its devastating effects on Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaii, and their land.

 - Albert Wendt, author, poet, scholar and painter


Through “Noho Hewa,” Kelly has carefully illustrated how the militarisation of Hawai‘i both produces and is enabled by broader processes of land alienation, indigenous social dislocation, and late capitalism. (Read full review in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology)

- Teresia Teaiwa, author, poet, professor at Victoria University of Wellington


As in the best activist film-making, the alternative analysis and testimony provided in “Noho Hewa” recruits the viewer, in part by suggesting that complacency in the face of desecration is itself a wrongful occupation.

- Paul Lyons, author, professor at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa


… As ethnic studies scholars now call for a new, critical ethnic studies that considers the roles of ethnic minorities in the context of U.S. settler colonialism, “Noho Hewa” is a necessary primer that helps us understand settler colonialism and the radically different stakes for indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities.  “Noho Hewa” is one of the most important films ever made.

- Candace Fujikane, author, editor, professor at the University of Hawai‘i- Manoa


Deftly combining a powerful critique of militarism, environmental degradation, tourism and cultural annihilation, “Noho Hewa” should be required viewing at every school, university, and military academy.

- Gayatri Gopinath, professor at New York University


The Hawai’i that exists in our imagination is not the real Hawai’i. The real Hawai’i is a land that is under cultural, psychological, economic, ecological, and military siege… It has the highest concentration of GMOs anywhere in the world. It has more endangered species per square mile than anywhere else in the world. (Read full review at Deep Green Resistance News Service)

- Owen Lloyd, Deep Green Resistance News Service


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Noho Hewa

November/December events: The People Speak Radio, Maui, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island… New York!

RADIO INTERVIEW: Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 3pm (Hawaiʻi time),  Anne Keala Kelly will be interviewed by Basima Farhat on “The People Speak Radio,” streaming at  This show is produced by Mike Kim and recent guests include Dahr Jamail, Russell Means, Howard Zinn and Betty Peltier to name just a few.  Mahalo nui to Mike and Basima for including the Hawaiian political and cultural issues “Noho Hewa” addresses on their show.  Tune in and kokua independent, political, and socially relevant radio!

MAUI: Thursday, Nov 5th, 6pm, Maui Community College, Ka Lama room 103, screening followed by Q&A with filmmaker; this event is being sponsored by Hoʻokahua Project, Koʻa and the Hawaiian Studies Dept.  DVDs will be available for purchase at this event and 10% of funds raised will go to the Hoʻokahua Project.

OʻAHU: Thursday, Nov 19th, 10am, Honolulu Community College, Bldg 2, room 201 (the Loui Room).  DVDs will be available for purchase at this event and there will be Q&A with the filmmaker.

Hui Oiwi- Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Club, made this beautiful, massive display to announce the screening.

Close-up of Hui Oiwi display.

HAWAIʻI ISLAND: Saturday, Nov 21st, UH Hilo in room UCB-100, there will be a screening at 2pm, followed by a discussion with students and community members from 3:30-4:30, with a second screening at 7pm, followed by Q&A with the filmmaker.  DVDs and t-shirts will be available for purchase at this event.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, Monday Nov 30th, University of Michigan, 6pm, screening, Q&A and panel discussion with Associate Professor of Social Work,  Michael Spencer and Associate Professor and Director of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program in Amerian Culture, Vincente M. Diaz.

NEW YORK CITY: Thursday, December 3rd, Riverside Theater, 6PM, 91 Claremont Avenue (120th Street and Claremont), “Noho Hewa” will be screened as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival (  If you know any Kanaka Maoli in New York or people interested in the issues this film engages, please tell them about the festival. The Q&A (with filmmaker) afterward is guaranteed to be interesting!