Christopher Kahunahana

Filmmaker and Award-Winning Artist

Kahunahana is an award-winning Kanaka Maoli artist and a Sundance Institute Feature Film and Native Lab Alumni. As founder of 4th World Film, he directed LĀHAINĀ NOON, which is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. As well as a pseudo-documentary for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American “A Day in the Life” project. In 2015, his HIFF trailer MOMENTS won 4 PELE awards from the American Advertising Awards. He is the writer, producer, director, and editor of WAIKIKI which premiered at the URBAN WORLD Film Festival. WAIKIKI was recognized with A Grand Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature and a Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was also awarded Best Made in Hawaii Feature Film and Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the Hawaii International Film Festival. WAIKIKI has been praised as “stunning”, “powerful”, “nuanced” “a surrealistic journey” “of critical importance.”

He is currently working on a 360-degree immersive projection installation for the Honolulu Museum of Arts and writing ‘AIMAN’ a sci-fi episodic.