At a time when gender non-conforming people are marginalized and mistreated the world over, Kumu Hina presents an intimate portrait of a proud and confident mahu (transgender) teacher who is passing on ancient Hawaiian culture and traditions to her students as she searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship in her own life.
Over the course of a momentous year, Hina inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of a boys' hula troupe, culminating in a rousing year-end performance at their inner city public charter school, and takes a chance at happiness when she marries an unpredictable young man from Tonga who finds it difficult to adjust to life in modern Honolulu.
As the trials and tribulations of Hina's journey unfold, her Hawaiian roots and values give her the strength and wisdom to persevere, offering viewers a rare glimpse of island life that tourists rarely see and an understanding of the true meaning of aloha — unconditional love and respect for all.
- Dean HamerProducer/Director
- Joe WilsonProducer/Director