Makana, a young Native Hawaiian man, struggles with his tenuous connection to his Hawaiian culture. When his girlfriend dies during childbirth, he is forced to complete a traditional indigenous birthing ritual with his girlfriend’s overbearing father. Together, they go on a journey that takes them down the long and winding roads of Hawaii island and up the tallest peaks of Mauna Kea in order to fulfill a promise and pave the path toward their uncertain future.
Bryson Chun - Director
Bryson Chun is a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Native Shorts Lab Fellow and a 2018 imagineNATIVE Feature Screenwriting Intensive Fellow. His film, Ka Piko, premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2017, where it was nominated for a “Best Short” award. The short was also featured as one of only 25 films selected by PBS for the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival. Bryson has produced a wide array of award-winning short and feature film projects, including the feature documentary ‘Ike: Knowledge is Everywhere which ended its run of over 100 public screenings with a PBS broadcast. He was the 2019 'Ohina Lab Greenlight Award Winner where he produced his short, Other People. He was also selected for a feature-writing fellowship with the LA Skins Fest in 2019.