mākua in documentaries/film
MĀKUA - TO HEAL THE NATION is a 1996 documentary produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina. It tells the story of Mākua as a place for healing, a pu’uhonua, a place of refuge, not only for a few but for the larger Hawaiian community, which is crying out for answers to cure its social ills. But the occupying forces of the U.S. and their agent, the state of Hawai’i, have continuously evicted people from Mākua, from shortly after Dec. 7, 1941 through 1996. A 1983 eviction was also documented by Na Maka o ka ‘Aina.
This documentary was produced to try to ward off another threatened eviction by the state of Hawai’i. The eviction finally took place in June of 1996.
Featuring Mālama Mākua founding members Sparky Rodrigues and Leandra Wai-Rodrigues, as well as David Henry Rosa Virginia Bernard, Reggie Crawford, Kaimana Kyle, Joseph & Keoni Victor, Barbara Avelino, Sia Vaana and Eddie Keo.
MĀKUA HOMECOMING is a documentary produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina about the stand taken by Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians) at Mākua beach to resist eviction by police and government agents in 1983. The event was a milestone in the movement toward independence and sovereignty.
Featuring Eddie Pihana, Stella Pihana, Irene “Tiny” Maynard, Rocky Naeole, Kawehi Kanui, Sam Mahiai, Ku’umealoha Gomes, Elaine Keliiheleua and Poka Laenui.