E Mālama Pono, Willy Boy
Honolulu police officer William “Willy Boy” Kupihea is called in on his day off to evict Native Hawaiian residents of a settlement deemed illegal by the State of Hawai'i.
- Scott W. Kekama Amona
- Subject Matter
- Identity, Civil Rights & Social Justice, Politics & Government, Drama & Fiction, Children
- 17 Minutes
Native Hawaiian Honolulu Police Department officer William "Willy Boy" Kupihea and his partner Leonard Akina are sent in to evict the Native Hawaiian residents of a settlement deemed “illegal” by the State of Hawai'i, but when Kupihea discovers a little girl hiding in an abandoned truck at the last dwelling is his cousin's daughter, he has to choose between what is legally right versus what is culturally pono. As Native Hawaiian land struggles continue to escalate in Hawaiʻi and in Indigenous communities worldwide, E Mālama Pono, Willy Boy hopes to create a dialogue to question how the current reality might be shifted to create a more positive change for Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous communities.
Director: Scott W. Kekama Amona
Producers: Scott W. Kekama Amona and Justyn Ah Chong
Director of Photography: Chapin Hall
Editor: Kali Kasashima
Writers: Nani Rían Kenna Ross and Scott W. Kekama Amona
-Winner 2023 Māoriland Film Festival ‘Māhuri’ Best Short Drama
-Filmmaker Magazine: “To Change Reality, You Need to Change the Narrative”: E Mãlama Pono, Willy Boy Director Scott W. Kekama Amona at Hawaii International Film Festival 2023
-FLUX Hawai'i: Redirecting the Lens: Meet Filmmaker Scott W. Kekama Amona
-Winner HIFF42 Short Film Audience Award