Every Day In Kaimukī

90 mins.
Directed by Alika Tengan
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Naz, a cynical and charismatic 20-something, has spent his entire life in tranquil O’ahu, Hawaiʻi, skateboarding with his friends and hosting a nightly radio show where he spotlights emerging musicians. When his girlfriend Sloane nabs the chance to move to bustling New York, Naz begins preparing for their big move, planning every detail down to his cat’s absurd flight plan. Even when dreaming about what life outside the island might look like, however, Naz wonders whether uprooting his world is the right decision, and if anywhere will ever really feel like home when he’s always been an eternal outsider.

Alika Tengan strongly impresses with his pensive and lyrical first feature, evoking the urban and adamantly local Hawaiian landscape of Kaimukī. Anchored by Naz Kawakami’s unassuming lead performance and steeped in the honest messiness of millennial adulthood, EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ is a slice-of-life, kaleidoscopic exploration of what it means to leave everything you’ve ever known behind.

Every Day In Kaimukī / U.S.A. / Fiction

Director: Alika Tengan

Screenwriter: Naz Kawakami, Alika Tengan

Producers: Jesy Odio, Chapin Hall, Alika Tengan, Naz Kawakami

Cast: Naz Kawakami, Rina White, Holden Mandrial-Santos

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ screens with short ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught). This film explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker.

ᎤᏕᏲᏅ  (What They’ve Been Taught) / U.S.A.

Director: Brit Hensel

Producers: Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavi Pillay, Tracy Rector

Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute.