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Na Maka o ka ‘Aina (“The Eyes of the Land”) is an independent video production team that focuses on the land and the people of Hawai’i and the Pacific.  Documenting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, politics, history, language and the environment, Na Maka o ka ‘Aina is committed to giving voice to the current movement toward recognition of Hawaiian independence.

Since 1982, Na Maka o ka ‘Aina has aired over 90 programs on Hawai’i Public Television, the Public Broadcasting Service, Deep Dish satellite network, Free Speech TV, and Hawai’i’s commercial stations, in addition to producing regular programming for Hawai’i’s public access cable channels.  Their work has also been seen on Maori Television in Aotearoa (New Zealand), the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Canada, Televise Samoa, TV-Spot (Denmark), and the Community Channel in Australia.

Their list of documentaries include:
            • Mauna Kea - Temple Under Siege
            • Act of War - The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation
            • The Caretakers of Ka Lae
            • Kona Hema
            • Aloha Quest Part1
            • Aloha Quest Part2
            • We Are Who We Were
            • Stolen Waters
            • E Ola Ka ‘Olelo Hawai‘i  (May the Hawaiian Language Live)
            • Makua - To Heal the Nation
            • Kalo Pa‘a o Waiahole - Hard Taro of Waiahole
            • The Tribunal
            • Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Aina
            • Faces of the Nation
            • Pele’s Appeal
            • Kapu Ka’u
            • Na Wai E Ho’ola I Na Iwi - Who Will Save the Bones?
            • Makua Homecoming

Most have aired on broadcast television in Hawai’i. In addition, Act of War, Stolen Waters, Pele’s Appeal and Makua Homecoming have been broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S.

A complete list of programs, with ordering information, can be found at:

Na Maka o ka ‘Aina productions have been screened at film festivals from Japan to Berlin, Vancouver to Wellington, Amiens to Sydney, capturing several awards, such as the CINE “Golden Eagle,” the Bronze Plaque from the Columbus International Film Festival, the Silver Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Hawai’i Filmmakers Award from the Hawai’i International Film Festival, the “Web of Time” and “We Are Sovereign” awards from Two Rivers Native Film & Video Festival, and the documentary award from the Berkeley Video & Film Festival.

Recognition has also come from indigenous film festivals such as Dreamspeakers (Alberta, Canada), the Aotearoa Film Festival (New Zealand), the Native American Film and Video Festival (New York City), Video América Indigena (Mexico), the First Nations Film Festival of Chicago and the First Nations Film and Video World Alliance at the Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan.

Na Maka o ka ‘Aina videos have screened at international venues such as the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples (Geneva) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (Sweden) and have been used by community and non-governmental organizations throughout the world.


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