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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

 June 30, 2015, Native America Calling

Interview about “Aloha” movie & representation

November 25, 2014, Uprising Radio, KPFK Los Angeles

Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar

August 1, 2014, Resistance Radio

Interview with Derrick Jensen

 May 18, 2014, Radio New Zealand

Te Ahi Kaa Interview

May 7, 2014, ABC Radio Australia

Pacific Beat interview

April 26, 2014

Pacific Media Watch – Auckland – Q&A with Maori and Pasifika Women 


“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


Just as the geographic scope of militarization pulls back to include the US meddling around the world, so too Kelly expands her analysis of occupation to include the systemic context which supports the military occupation of Hawai’i. Promoting strong native voices of dignified resistance and critical analysis throughout the film, Kelly deconstructs the institutions of rabid tourism, corporatized academia, the food industry and manipulative politics. In doing so, she exposes a deeply complex system of enforced servitude, state and corporate collusion, and internalized racism. (Read full review in The Journal of Pacific History)

– Tina Ngata, educator, activist, cultural practitioner and writer (The Non Plastic Maori)


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


Keala Kelly attempted something very difficult with her film: to have a story without a narrator. The characters, interviewees and events themselves tell the story, and few films are more brutally powerful.

Umi Perkins, Kamehameha Schools faculty and University of Hawai‘i-Manoa College of Social Sciences faculty


“Noho Hewa” hits viewers with the emotional weight of what it is like for Hawaiians living under US occupation of our homeland. The film explores the diverse impacts of this occupation: desecrated burials, contamination by agribusiness, commodification of culture, militarization and over-development. “Noho Hewa” should be essential viewing for anyone interested in Hawaiʻi, and especially for tourists, investors, military service people, and educators. It will make you ask yourself, “what responsibilities do I have, now that I have heard this story?”

– Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, author, co-founder of Halau Ku Mana, associate professor at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa

(“The Seeds We Planted,” University of Minnesota Press)


“Noho Hewa” is seemingly not reality to those who aren’t in touch with it. It is not just a recent time event in history but one of a long truth being ignored regarding the destruction of a people at peace with Mother Earth. I have no doubts that the revealing of an antiquated way to treat Life will be obsolete when more are informed with “Noho Hewa.” Decisions have been made from a far off place with no experiences as the Hawaiian Nation have had, but now one is given the choice of how to proceed after seeing “Noho Hewa.”

– Tiokasin Ghosthorse – Host of First Voices Indigenous Radio~ WBAI in NYC


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


“Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i” is an intense, exceptional, and important film that shows settler colonialism and the destructive effects on the Kanaka Maoli people, their land, and their way of life. This film is critical for all to see!

– Lloyd L. Lee (Navajo), author, editor, assistant professor at University of New Mexico

(“Dine Perspectives: Reclaiming Navajo Thought,” University of Arizona Press)


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


Through its inclusion of a range of political actors—academics, community organizers and educators, lawyers, farmers, environmentalists, people struggling to maintain their homes on public beaches, members of organizations ranging from the Revolutionary Communist Party to Nuclear Free/Independent Hawai‘i to Kūlana Huli Honua—who eloquently address settler colonialism and occupation from different disciplinary angles and perspectives, the film also debunks the “there are two sides to every issue” approach to politics that stymies thought and limits action. (Read the full review in The Contemporary Pacific)

– Cynthia Franklin, author, editor, professor at the University of Hawai‘i- Manoa


…Kelly has created something akin to a contemporary multimedia kanikau (mourning chant). My analysis of “Noho Hewa” examines the ways in which mourning acts as a central cohesive element that relates many of the issues portrayed in the film. The theme of mourning speaks to intergenerational trauma from which many Native Hawaiians suffer in the aftermath of the US-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. (Read the full American Indian Quarterly review/essay)

– Marie Alohalani Brown, assistant professor at the University of Hawai‘i- Manoa


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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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!