Level 33 Entertainment will release the indie drama Waikiki in theaters Oct. 27 and via on demand Dec. 5.
In the film, when a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and reconnection to nature within the shadows of commercial Waikiki. The intimate narrative breaks down the enduring, stereotypical image of paradise to reveal a vulnerable and authentic portrait of indigeneity.
Directed by Christopher Kahunahana, Waikiki stars Danielle Zalopany (How to Spell Revenge, “NCIS: Hawaii,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Peter Shinkoda (Midway, The Predator, Godzilla, I, Robot), Jason Quinn (Inhumans, The Short List, “The Last Resort”) and Kimo Kahoano (Blue Crush).
The film won Best American Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Special Jury Award, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Best Feature Grand Prize at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; Jury Award Honorable Mention at the Bentonville Film Festival; Indie Vision Breakthrough Performance Award at the Twin Cities Film Festival; Best Feature Film, Jury Award, at the Hawaii International Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Jury Award, at the Hawaii International Film Festival; Best Hawaii Film at the Hawaii Film Critics Society; and Best Music in a Feature Film at the BMI Film Festival Awards.