The film “Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha,” a portrait of Hawaiian woman Aunty Nona Beamer, will be shown at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Institute for Astronomy Auditorium in Hilo.
Filmmaker Linda Kane will be present. She and local artist Caren Loebel-Fried, whose woodcuts illustrate two of Aunty Nona’s children’s books, will participate in a talk-story after the showing. This viewing is free of charge and open to the public.
Aunty Nona came from a long family line of Hawaiian music and hula, and her family remains active in Hawaiian music today. She played an important part in reshaping the history and restoring the culture of Hawaiian music and dance.
“This film,” said filmmaker Linda Kane, “is my way of thanking Aunty Nona for all she has done, and it is my hope that it will continue to spread her aloha.”
Kane spent four years making this documentary. It is a one-woman project and a work of love, and Kane says she always made sure that every step she took was with honor and respect for Aunty Nona and her work. For Kane, this endeavor became a spiritual journey. She felt a responsibility toward Aunty Nona and all the people who shared their stories with her.
“Hawaii has so much that is worth preserving,” Kane said. “Hula connects you with the earth, the past, and all those people who danced before. I wanted others to know what aloha is, the very center of the Hawaiian culture. Aunty Nona was the embodiment of aloha, and I wanted the film to show what this means.”
“Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha” has been enthusiastically reviewed over the past few months in venues around the state.
“The film is beautiful, informative, and a thorough presentation of who Nona Beamer was to so many people, and what she did for the Hawa‘ian culture. I highly recommend viewing this film,” said Odette Rickert of Hilo.
The Institute for Astronomy is located at 640 N. Aohoku Pl. From Komohana, turn makai on Nowelo St., and take the first left (before Imiloa).
Please park on the street, and arrive early enough to be seated by 1 p.m. For more information, call 933-9313.