Kuma Hina

2014     1 x 77/56    Color/HD     USA     English

Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship.

Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, Kumu Hina reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on screen.

Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

US Television Premiere
May 2015 Independent Lens

Berlinale, Seattle, Frameline,
Documentary Edge, Toronto
among dozens of festivals
and awards worldwide

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