HPU’s “Kaho‘olawe” project team (Jacqueline Langley, Mark Nitta,
Lew Trusty (adjunct instructor), Connie Bridgman, Phil Ajolo,
Jackson Bauer, Mitch Mann, and Tharshish Johnson) experienced
yet another and probably the most rewarding landmark on Nov.
8 when their months of hard work yielded one of the top awards
at the 2002 Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF).
The surprising inclusion of their 13-minute video in a Smithsonian
Institution exhibition, and then actually being selected to
show at the HIFF were huge achievements for the small visual
communication program at HPU. Winning the Blockbuster Audience
Award for the “Best Short Film” marks a turning point for the
team and also for HPU.
HIFF is an important local event that focuses on bridging the
cultures of the East and West. It has been running for 22 years
and is the only statewide film festival in the world. The festival
regularly boosts the local economy through its many showcased
movies. It was well accepted this year not only by local people
but also visitors.
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