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Completed in: 2020 | 60 min.

Section: HIFF Talk Story


Languages: English



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Many working families struggle with child and elder care, which has become even more daunting for Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities because of Covid-19. In Hawaii, Pacific Islander communities have been especially hit hard by the pandemic. How have Polynesian communities built resilience in caregiving through their culture? How have Black and Latinx communities in New York City nurtured resilience in caregiving? What other health issues have become racialized in a pressure cooker environment of survival and security?

Moderator: Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt, UHWO Community Health Professor

Loira Limbal, filmmaker THROUGH THE NIGHT; Auntie Twinkle Borge, Pu'uhonua o Waianae leader, community activist; Puanani Kama, Director of Hānaiaulu Childcare Center, Hawaiian immersion childcare

This event is part of The Way Forward: Conversations about Race and Reckoning in Hawaii
Hawaiʻiʻs multicultural identity draws many people to its ethnically diverse shores, but institutional racism and colonialism still live on in the islands. In this unique 3 day event, participate in conversations centered on films challenging and expanding notions of race and equality in Hawaii and beyond. These free panels will reflect on Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements as we push toward a more fair, equitable world.

Film Screening: Watch Loira Limbal's documentary THROUGH THE NIGHT available on demand November 5 -29.

Suggested reading: NBC News--With largest share of migrant nurses, entire U.S. Filipino community hit hard by COVID-19 

About The Panelists

Dr. Camonia R.Graham-Tutt, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) making her uniquely qualified to assess, design and implement sustainable community health education programs that deliver positive benefits to vulnerable communities. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Baylor University in Health Science Education and her Ph.D. from Howard University in the field of Medical Sociology. As a behavioral health organizer and researcher, she is dedicated to understanding and communicating health efforts for all populations and has worked locally with Native Hawaiian communities in West Oʻahu. Graham-Tutt has helped plan Hawaii’s community-focused Covid-19 contact tracing program with her UHWO colleagues. 

Loira Limbal is an Afro-Dominican filmmaker and DJ interested in the creation of art that is nuanced and revelatory for communities of color. She is the Senior Vice President of Programs at Firelight Media. Firelight is committed to making films about pivotal movements and moments in the U.S. Firelight's flagship program - the Documentary Lab - is a fellowship that provides mentorship, funding, and industry access to emerging filmmakers of color. Limbal’s current film, Through the Night is a feature documentary about a 24 hour daycare center. Through the Night was part of the 2019 Sundance Edit & Story Lab and was selected for world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. Additionally, she co-produces and helms the popular Brooklyn monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez. Limbal received a B.A. in History from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Training Program. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a former Ford Foundation JustFilms/Rockwood Fellow. She lives in the Bronx with her two children.

Aunty Twinkle Borge is leader of Pu'uhonua o Waiʻanae in Waiʻanae, Oʻahu. Starting as a houseless encampment, Pu'uhonua o Waiʻanae has become a full blown community and transitional shelter serving all those who need help. Aunty Twinkle and her all-female village captains, lead a village of 250 people made up of children, working families and kupuna (elders). A majority of residents are Native Hawaiian. “Puʻuhonua” means “place of refuge” and many people find safety, healing, and purpose through the relationships and community at the village. Some people only stay temporarily, and Twinkle helps many get into permanent housing. Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae offers an alternative for people who need longer than the time allowed in shelter, and for people who desire a caring community and who are willing to take kuleana (responsibility) for helping build and maintain that community. 

Puanani Kama, MEd is the Poʻokumu of Ke Kula Kamaliʻi ʻo Hānaiaulu (Director of Hānaiaulu Childcare Center) a Hawaiian immersion childcare center created in 2019 at Windward Community College. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in Hawaiian Language and Education (Hawaiian Immersion Focus). After graduating, she started a home childcare service in Kaneʻohe, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. She works with kumu (teachers) and ʻohana (families) to help them to engage in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Services in a Hawaiian language immersion and culture environment. Puanani enjoys hula and Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling, volunteering to coach kids paddling taught to her by her family. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the University of Southern California.

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Cast & Crew

Moderator Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt
Panelist Auntie Twinkle Borge, Puanani Kama, Loira Limbal
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