Filming Set for National Historical Parks

Told from the Native Hawaiian perspective, four inspirational Visitor Center films will be created and released in 2019. The films will tell rich stories of Hawaiʻi’s past.

The parks; Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, are dedicated to the preservation, protection, and interpretation of traditional Native Hawaiian culture and natural resources.  All four NPS sites are located on the western side of the island.

Each 15-minute film is being produced, not just for domestic and international visitors, but also for the Hawaiian people. Each will be available for viewing in English and Native Hawaiian languages. The films will include Audio Description in both languages for visitors who are blind or have low vision, and on-screen Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in both languages for visitors who have hearing impairment.

The stories of these sacred places are told through on-camera interviews with Hawaiian kūpuna, spiritual leaders and cultural practitioners. Also interviewed are Native Hawaiians who work at each park as interpreters, cultural experts, natural resource managers, and historians. All voices are woven into a “living” tapestry, revealing each park’s distinct story from a Native Hawaiian perspective. A common thread throughout is the spiritual relationship native Hawaiians have with their gods, their land, and one another. The films honor and celebrate the beauty and deep history of the Hawaiian people – past, present, and future – and the National Park Service sites that help preserve the legacy and spirit of sacred places.

Temporary Partial Closures during on-site filming:

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park (May 2 & 3)*

On May 2, temporary partial closures will occur at Honokōhau Beach and ‘Ai‘ōpio Fishtrap

On May 3, temporary partial closures will occur at Kaloko Fishpond and ‘Aimakapā Fishpond

*Visitors will be welcome to silently observe from specific areas.

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (May 4 & 5)*

On May 4, temporary partial closures will occur at Royal Grounds, Pu‘uhonua and Coastal Trail

On May 5, temporary partial closures will occur at Hale o Keawe, Pu‘uhonua, Royal Gounds and Coastal Trail

*Visitors will be welcome to silently observe from specific areas.