Huraiti Mana performed hula at the outdoor film screening of Lilo & Stitch produced by the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) in partnership with Inter*Im CDA, and Seattle Chinatown-International District's Parks & Recreations. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle dedicated to featuring works created for and by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, providing independent filmmakers a platform to contribute their voices, histories, and perspectives among the film industry. Feature-length and short format films curated in their annual festival (this year February 19-21, 2016), highlight the richness and diversity of these Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Huraiti Mana thanks SAAFF for their gracious support of our group and allowing us to dance hula in their show line-up before Lilo & Stitch! Also in the line-up was the amazingly talented 'ukulele musician Arden Fujiwara and Seattle 'Ukulele Players Association or SUPA, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes fellowship, entertainment, and performance education for 'ukulele enthusiasts of all backgrounds and experiences. Both Arden and SUPA have shows throughout Seattle; check their sites to follow their next performances! Huraiti Mana also had the pleasure to perform "Wahine 'Ilikea" during SUPA's set and are thankful to have been able to share the stage with this fun group.
Join SAAFF for the next FREE film screening of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon on Saturday, August 27, 2016.
International Examiner (IE) is Seattle's Asian Pacific Islander newspaper established in 1974 and is based out of the Chinatown-International District. IE is the country's only nonprofit Pan-Asian American media establishment with a mission to provide accurate and wide-range coverage of the sensitive issues that affect our otherwise underrepresented communities. Following our performance at the ICHS 2016 Bloom Gala (another close community partner), IE contributors Lexi Potter and Rhea Panela approached Huraiti Mana for a news article to cover our emerging group. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity to be featured and further connected to the communities we strive to serve. Rhea so graciously shared our short history and introduced our significant mission to address controversial issues surrounding entertainment and cultural appropriation:
"The line that I walk is culture versus entertainment, or how can those two be together? Commercializing or monetizing a cultural tradition..."
Find the whole article at the International Examiner's online publication.