Kuma Hina

2014     1 x 77/56    Color/HD     USA     English

Producers/Directors:
Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

US Television Premiere
May 2015 Independent Lens

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

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.