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Hawaiian Documentary ‘Kumu Hina’ Premieres In Los Angeles Nov. 10

Entertainment 04 Nov 2014   »   by Honestine Pa'ala-Fraser


We have yet to see this movie, but the trailer itself moved us to tears. Kumu Hina is a documentary that focuses on a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher named Hina Wong-Kalu. In this documentary, we learn more about the embracement that Hawaiian culture has for māhū people, who embody male and female spirit.

We watch and learn about Hina’s story, who was previously known as Collin Wong, and how she has evolved into a more confident woman. As a teacher, Hina uses the Hawaiian traditional culture to help one of her students, a young girl, become a leader in their school’s all-male hula group. We also see a look into the marriage aspect of the māhū, as it is quite difficult for them to have relationships with others. In the trailer we see Hina bump heads with her husband, who is Tongan, and expect to see how they navigate their way through marriage in the film.

Emmy Award-winners Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson direct the documentary, and we expect nothing but good reviews for the film. It has already won the Jury Award for Achievement in Documentary at Frameline, and we are certain that this documentary has more awards in its future. This film is a great way to bring more awareness to people not only about Hawaiian culture, also to the transgender community as well. We hope that all viewers become more educated on the matter, and help spread both gender diversity and cultural appreciation. The trailer itself was extremely moving, and I hope to see great things happen because of this film.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can still buy tickets for the premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in LA on Monday, November 10th. The screening begins at 7:30pm, following a Q&A with the directors, as well as Kumu Hina. To buy tickets, visit


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