Pili Ka Mo‘o; Standing Above the Clouds

February 11, 2024 (Sunday) / 2:00 pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Pili Ka Mo‘o; Standing Above the Clouds

Pili Ka Mo‘o
Dir. Justyn Ah Chong with Malia Akutagawa, 2022, 14 min.

Pili Ka Mo‘o follows the Fukumitsu ʻOhana, native Hawaiian taro farmers who live in Hakipuʻu, a traditional land district where ancestors once resided and their bones still remain. When Kualoa Ranch, the large foreign corporation that already owns 95% of Hakipu‘u, acquires and destroys more land that contains precious family burials, the Fukumitsus are tossed into a world of complex real estate and judicial proceedings.

Standing Above the Clouds
Dir. Jalena Keane-Lee, 2023, 15 min.

The peak of Maunakea, a shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of the world's most remote places. When the world's largest telescope is set to be built on the mountain’s peak, the development is met by a grassroots resistance movement led by Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists, who stand to protect their sacred land.

Followed by remarks by filmmakers Justyn Ah Chong and Jalena Keane-Lee, and Rob Buscher, Lecturer, Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Presented by Penn Museum and cosponsored by Penn’s Asian American Studies Program, Center for Experimental Ethnography, Cinema & Media Studies Department, Program in the Environmental Humanities, and Wolf Humanities Center.