Gracing hotels, tourist resorts, high rises, and around Waikiki, the coconut palm tree dances in the wind, its long green leaves at the top of a long slender trunk an iconic image of a tropical paradise for tourists. However, when the corona-virus pandemic forced hotels and the tourism industry to shut down, it threw into stark relief the coconut palm's importance not as an ornament for tourists but as a source of food and water etc. for Hawai'i's residents. This awareness is seen through the eyes of a Pacific Islander who sees mature coconuts on the palm trees after the lockdown and becomes an activist for the return of a thriving niu culture for Hawai'i. He becomes involved with NIU NOW! whose goal is to reclaim the sustaining properties of NIU for Hawaii's residents and to prepare for the future.