We are finally here! It is a dream come true to have this little film world premiere to Hawaii audiences at the Hawaii International Film Festival. I’d like to thank HIFF and a huge mahalo to the Okami ohana and all of Team KoAloha for making this an event something special to remember.
I am in Philadelphia right now and not able to attend the screening due to important family reasons but my heart and spirit is with everyone from KoAloha right now even though I’m thousands of miles away. In an odd way, I have no regrets for not being in Hawaii. I am absolutely comforted by Alan and the Okami’s and KoAloha builders and the community that have been working so hard these last few months. To me this film is about community and how we can inspire, create hope, and share in the embrace of our personal histories- where we come from, where we are going, our hopes, fears, challenges and tears. This film is how we can overcome and make the impossible possible. To believe. To have faith. It’s that simple. True Aloha is KoAloha.
I hope that when you watch this film tonight that you can feel a part of this film. That you can take this film in your hearts and in your own personal life journey. I hope it gives you pause and makes you reflect about your life and what’s important to you, your family and loved ones, and the stories that make you who you are today.
If in some way you are moved to share your experience please join in and share your story. This film is not just the history of a family it is the beginning of creating a community.
The TalkUlele form begins today. This film is really the beginning of defining this genre of ukulele and community story telling. My hope is that more TalkUlele films can be made that explore this synergy of our love of ukulele, our personal story, and our story and connections to our community.
If you are so moved please share your review or your story with us today here on koalohastory.com
Gary San Angel - Director