Find Your Park on the Big Screen

Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai
The Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai

Photo courtesy of Tylor Tanaka

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News Release Date: March 10, 2016

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will show sister park movies for free to raise awareness of the other national parks in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands during its centennial year – which also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The Find Your Park on the Big Screen series kicks off with The Soul of Kalaupapa: Voices of Exile, a beautiful and poignant 52-minute film by Fred E. Woods. Discover what life was like for the patients and residents of Kalaupapa, removed from their families because of the fear and stigma of leprosy (Hansen’s disease). Today, Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai shares the history and culture of the people and places of Kalaupapa’s past. Note: The Soul of Kalaupapa will also be shown for free at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Wed., March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building (STB) 108. 
When: Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

In May, learn the significance of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, established in 1978 as a tribute to those who fought and died during the Pacific Theater of World War II. The 30-minute film, Liberating Guam: The U.S. Comes Back, reveals the aggressive Japanese expansion into the Pacific region during the war, and due to its graphic nature, may not be suitable for younger audiences.
When: Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau is where ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers and defeated warriors once found sanctuary; today the park provides a sanctuary for Hawaiian culture. Hawai‘i Volcanoes invites everyone to watch two films that highlight Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park: John Grabowska’s 16-minute film Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau: Place of Refuge and Brad Watanabe’s 12-minute documentary HiStory: Hawai‘i Island’s National Parks
When: Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park festival is Sat., June 25!)
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Maui’s Haleakalā, and Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on Hawai‘i Island were once the same park: Hawai‘i National Park. Discover Haleakalā National Park in the 51-minute film, Haleakalā: House of the Sun. Meet the dedicated rangers who share their knowledge and respect for Haleakalā National Park (established in 1961), its natural treasures, and the deep connection to Hawaiian culture perpetuated here.
When: Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


Last updated: April 12, 2016

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