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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

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