Sunday, November 02, 2014

Kumu Hina Documentary

Hoʻonani plays the ipu heke under Kumu Hinaʻs supervision
This is the documentary movie I'm looking forward to seeing that tells the remarkable story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher who uses traditional Hawaiian culture at a charter school to empower her students and create “a place in the middle” where all people are valued and respected.

Hina Wong-Kalu is a highly respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner and community leader. She is also māhū – a person who embodies both male and female characteristics, or what Westerners call transgender.  

The documentary follows a year in her life as she juggles all those aspects of her life.

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