Hawaii a Voice for Sovereignty Soundtrack / Various
The filming of Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty is a 4 year journey, respectfully into the culture of the Native Hawaiian People, At times there were no words for what they wanted to share with the world through the film, but there was always the music, chants, and hula that could express the depths of their aloha, their love for the ocean, the mountains, the flowing streams, their unconditional love for each other, and their connection to the land and their ancestors. A spiritual connection to the land, through the nose flute and drums played by Willie K beside a stream and echoing through Iao Valley is one of the personal gifts that is shared by the internationally known musician. A very private experience, Richard Ho'opi'i plays his ukulele and sings Majesty in his front yard overlooking the ocean on Maui, is a beautiful moment captured in time. Lono singing at the Hana Film Festival and bringing the aloha to the community is their culture in action unifying the people in celebratory aloha spirit. Legendary Cyril Pahinui and 4-time Grammy winner George Kahumoku perform live at the Ritz - Carlton, Kapalua and agreed for the performance to be filmed and shared for the documentary. An innovative moment was captured when Skippy Ioane picked up his guitar and began singing an original song, as the sun was setting on Big Island. The frogs were recorded in the background, capturing the natural essence of the connection to the land. One of the most well known chanters throughout the Pacific Islands, Charles Ka'upu opens the film and the soundtrack with a special blessing that is received by all. The chanting in the night by Ke'eaumoku Kapu, cultural traditionalist is a rare cultural experience which he shares with respect and honor. Kamuela Rodrigues shares the traditional chant and drumming during a hula performance by his daughter Ashley by the shores of Lahaina. The wisdom of their culture is that all of these things are connected and should be honored. Music, sacred chants, traditional hula, and the native language are the spiritual paths that connect their culture to the world they live in and the spiritual world that is connected to all things. Through their music and chants they have gifted us in the film, 'Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty', and the soundtrack with a personal journey into their culture. With the awakening of their message we can better understand their needs and issues to regain their sovereign right to reconnect to their land and once again become sustainable in their homeland of Hawaii, and escape the threat of a vanished culture. Charles Ka'upu, Cyril Pahinui, George Kahumoku, Kamuela Rodrigues, Ke'eaumoku Kapu, Lono, Richard Ho'opi'I, Skippy Ioane and Willie K.