WS Events for January, 2015

Kai Wahine

Happy Birthday, Tutu Ruth

Hawai'i Women in Film Series: The Present

Kai Wahine (29 min) tells the story of the women who participate in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Canoe Race, which is a 41 mile outrigger race across the Ka Iwi ocean channel, from the island of Moloka'i to O'ahu. While the story is told through the women of the Waimanalo Canoe Club, it also expands to paddlers from other canoe crews throughout Hawai'i on topics such as why they paddle, why it's important to them to cross the channel and the sacrifices and rewards they gain through this incredible ocean experience.

Happy Birthday, Tutu Ruth (27 mins) tells the story of 90 year old Ruth Makaila Kaholoa'a, a force of nature from Waipi'o Valley on Hawai'i island. This film vividly captures the spirit and strength of this beautiful Hawaiian woman as she shares stories of her life and of Waipi'o valley.

The screenings will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker.

Director: Ann Marie Nalani Kirk (bio)
Date: Friday, January 16 - 2015
Time: 12:30-2pm
Place: Saunders Hall 637

Screening offered in collaboration with Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking

Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind, Professor and Chair, Women Studies

Public Talk

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Women's Movement in Hawaii

Speaker: Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind, Professor and Chair, Women Studies
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 11:30am
Place: Campus Center Room 203
RSVP by Monday, January 19, 2015

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Screening offered in collaboration with the Women’s Campus Club


Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Public Talk

History of Women’s Struggle for Contraception and Birth Control

Speaker: Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Date: Friday, January 30 - 2015
Time: 12:30-2pm
Place: Kuykendall Auditorium

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About filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk

Ann Marie Nalani Kirk is an award-winning filmmaker from Maunalua, O'ahu. She is a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy, and received her BA in Film and Mythology and MA degree in Pacific Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Her recent work includes "The Hawaiian Room" about the famed Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in New York City, a film on her grandfather, Oliver Homealani Kupau, "Homealani"; her film about the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Race, "Kai Wahine" and "Small Kine Stories" with kupuna sharing stories of special places in Hawai'i. Ann Marie also is continuing her work on the cultural website; and Ann Marie's newest series. "Art Hunter", is hosted by Hawaiian artist Carl F. K. Pao, and explores Hawai'i's visual art scene and began airing in April of 2014.

Some of Ann Marie's other works include: "Happy Birthday, Tutu Ruth", "Ke 'Imi Noi'i", "Stories to Tell", "Pacific Clues", "Choices", "Te Pito O Henua" and "One Paddle, Two Paddle". A Director, Producer, Writer, Cameraperson and Editor, Ann Marie's work in film and digital storytelling over the past twenty years has garnered numerous National awards.

In 2009 Ann Marie was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy. In 2010 Kirk was honored by the Hawai'i State Legislature for her media work and for her community activism in the areas of public rights of way to the ocean, the preservation and protection of sacred cultural and historical sites, and the protection of ocean and open wilderness areas. In 2010 she was also recognized by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as one of Ten Who Made A Difference for Hawai'i, in particular for her work co-organizing the 'Ōiwi Film Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art—the first and only film festival to highlight the work of Native Hawaiian filmmakers in the role of Director. And in 2010 her poetry was a selected for Mauori Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English which is a collection of poetry writing by contemporary Pacific Writers.

Ann Marie also serves as a board member of the Livable Hawai'i Kai Hui and is on its Cultural and Natural Resource Committee and she is a member of the Ka Iwi Coalition.