Emily Kaliko Spenser was born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawai‘i. She began studying hula at the age of 11, and it instilled in her a passion and respect for her culture as a Hawaiian, and revealed the importance of preservation and perpetuation of her culture. This short film is her first attempt to express her passion for the Hawaiian culture through the power of the visual art of film. Spenser completed her degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawai’i in the School of Hawaiian Knowledge in 2007.
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