Kuleana (WINNER – Best of Festival Award, NOMINEE – Grand Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature, NOMINEE – Achievement in Acting Award, Moronai Kanekoa)

w/scheduled appearance by director Brian Kohne

Narrative | US | 95 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
A Vietnam vet must rediscover the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father’s name.

Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for responsibility. It can also mean ownership, authority, concern, and property. In 1971, few understood the concept of kuleana, as the Hawaiian Renaissance, a reawakening of island culture, had yet to begin. The 1960s perpetuated a century-long departure from traditional ways; postcard-perfect sunsets, grass skirts, and mai tais comprised a happy, carefree facade. Lounge acts defined Hawaiian music, ancient customs and values teetered on the precipice of extinction and, incredibly, the U.S. Navy regularly bombed the island of Kaho’olawe for target practice.

In Hawaiian culture, ‘aina, or land, is sacred, as revered as ‘ohana (family); the shelling of the uninhabited island was deeply hurtful and offensive. On the surface, it seemed nobody really cared…but, in fact, a new attitude was taking root.

WINNER – Best Feature, Tribal Film Festival
WINNER – Audience Choice Award, San Antonio Film Festival
WINNER – Audience Choice Award, Maui Film Festival

Official Websites: HawaiiCinema.com, KuleanaMovie.com
Facebook: Kuleana
Twitter: Kuleana


  • GIFF

    Brian Kohne, Director
    Hawaii’s BRIAN KOHNE is an award-winning music producer (BAREFOOT NATIVES, WILLIE K) and independent motion picture writer/director/producer (GET A JOB, KULEANA). A San Jose State graduate (Art and Radio/TV/Film), he returned home to Maui in ’05 from Silicon Valley having excelled as national director of sales and marketing, in corporate video, sports broadcasting, and as senior user interface architect for an interactive television corporation. Actively marketing his new motion picture KULEANA, a feature mystery/drama slated for ’17 theatrical release in Hawaii.

  • Cast
    Moronai Kanekoa (The Ten Year Plan)
    Sonya Balmores (Sould Surfer, Marvel’s Inhumans
    Kristina Anapau (Black Swan, True Blood)
    Stefan Schaefer (Amazing Truth About Queen Raquella)
    Augie T (Get a Job, Hawaii 5-0)
    Branscombe Richmond (Scorpion King, Renegade)

  • Production
    Producer: Stefan Schaefer (Arranged, My Last Day Without You, Get A Job)
    Writer: Brian Kohne
    Cinematographer: Dan Hersey
    Editor: Adi Ell-Ad

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