Joseph K Paʻahana
The Artwork of Joseph K. Paʻahana
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Lahaina Noon [2014]

Lahaina Noon

4th world films
SHORT FILM | 15 mins
Premiered November 02 2014
Hawaii international film festival
[First Assistant director & editor]

Lāhainā Noon
Directed by Christopher Kahunahana
4th World Films

Lāhainā Noon interweaves three separate short stories that occur during the yearly tropical solar phenomenon in which the sun passes directly overhead at noon so that upright objects do not cast a shadow.

Hawaiians believe at that moment one's shadow crawls back into their body it gives an individual extra mana (or spiritual power.) This belief, paired with Psychologist Carl Jung's theories of unconscious desire known as the shadow self, sets the stage for this film where the characters deepest desires are exposed and amplified by the cruel Lāhainā Noon sun.


Eriko Okada
Shiro Kawai
Durell Douthit
Cash White

Producer, Writer, Director
Christopher Kahunahana

Patricia Amaral Buskirk

First Assistant Director, Editor
Joseph Paʻahana

Ryan Miyamoto

Associate Producer
Torry Tukuafu

Set Design, Wardrobe
Tiare Thomas

Set Design Assistant
Kamalei Grace

David Crans

Visual Effects Producer
Kai Bovaird

Sound Design Composer
Landon Tom

Graphics, Title Design
Ara Feducia

Script Consultant
Nicole Naone

Sound Design
Luke Aguinaldo

Score Composer
AJ Feducia

Aerial Photography
Jonathan Brousseau
& Kila Young

Aaron Yoshino

Marketing, PR
Devon DeAngelo

Production Assistant
Gabby Mark

Premiere: Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), Honolulu
ʻŌiwi Film Festival 2014 at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu
ʻOhina Short Film Showcase Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu
Imagine Native 16th Annual Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto
Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAM), Sundance Kabuki Cinemas,  San Fransisco
Asian Pacific Film Festival *Nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Excellence in Short Film, Los Angeles
Wairoa Māori Film Festival, Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). Shorts Programmes , Auckland
15th annual Native Film Fest, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs, CA