Teaser for Award-Winning ‘KULEANA’ Released

March 15, 2018, 12:38 PM HST (Updated March 15, 2018, 12:38 PM)

A teaser has been released (click on the video above) for the award-winning film KULEANA, which will begin its statewide release on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Regal and Consolidated Theaters throughout Hawai‘i.

KULEANA Writer-Director Brian Kohne told Big Island Now that the film will open the Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona and the Regal Prince Kuhio 9 in Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Produced entirely in Hawai‘i, KULEANA has received the Audience Choice Award in the Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival and the San Antonio Film Festival, as well as “Best of Fest” in the Guam International Film Festival.


The film received an MPAA PG-13 rating, and also holds a spot on popular movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (the film has not yet been reviewed on the Tomatometer).

Rotten Tomatoes: Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In 1971, few understood the concept of kuleana, as the Hawaiian Renaissance, a reawakening of island culture, had yet to begin and ancient customs and values teetered on the precipice of extinction. On Maui, childhood friends Nohea and Kim share a common nemesis: Kim’s father, Victor Coyle, a real-estate developer who blatantly exploits the land and the people he has managed to usurp and control. Ancestral spirits and modern day warriors also contribute to the fight as Nohea and Kim learn the most important lesson: kuleana is not a burden; it is a privilege.

Over 500 islanders created KULEANA, including Kristina Anapau (True Blood, Black Swan), one of the film’s stars and executive producers—a Hilo-native, now living and working in Hollywood.


The film also stars Moronai Kanekoa, Stefan Schaefer, Sonya Balmores (Marvel’s INHUMANS), Vene Chun, Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond (CHICAGO MED) and Mel Cabang.

The film was produced by Stefan Schaefer.

It runs 95 minutes.

Mainland residents can sign up to host/attend a screening in their city at via Gathr.


Hawai‘i Island
Regal Cinemas Keauhou 7 in Kona and Prince Kuhio 9 in Hilo
Consolidated Kapolei 16, Pearlridge 16 (Pearl City), and Kahala 8
Regal Cinemas Maui Mall 12 in Kahului and Wharf Center 3 in Lahaina
Regal Guam Megaplex 14 in Tamuning



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