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“Ku Kanaka: Stand Tall” film on Dr. Kanalu Young

Hawaiian who stood tall: UH-Hilo hosting free screening of film about educator, activist

The public is invited to the Big Island premiere of the film, “Ku Kanaka: Stand Tall,” about the late Dr. Kanalu Young and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

The free screening is at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hale ‘Olelo, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikolani, College of Hawaiian Language, Lumi Pahiahia, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Young was quadriplegic from a diving accident at the age of 15 who learned to heal from his trauma and became a Hawaiian studies professor at the UH-Manoa. An activist and chanter, Young emerged as a leader in the Native Hawaiian struggle for civil rights and helped his people heal from national injustice and embrace their Hawaiian identity.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The panel includes:

• Marlene Booth, filmmaker and instructor, Academy for Creative Media at UH-Manoa.

 • Pua Mendonca, educator and Young’s friend.

• Shelbi-Ahlan Shimazu, UH-Hilo student.

• Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, a Hilo native and professor and interim dean of the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, UH-Manoa.

For more information, contact Booth at

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