A Heartwarming Documentary About Hawai‘i and Fukushima

Jodie Chiemi Ching

Like most of us who grew up in Hawai‘i, my fondest memories are from “small-kid-time.” On Hayden Street in Kapahulu, I met my first best friend — Leimana, learned to swim and fish for ‘oama at Waikiki Beach and heard about Hawaiian Night Marchers that sometimes passed through, one street over from our house. My furusato, or hometown, is more than just a place, it’s part of who I am. So, when I saw the documentary film, “Bon-Uta, A Song From Home,” my eyes were open to how much our furusato is part of our identity, and what it would be like to have it suddenly ripped away.

The documentary was recently screened in Maui at the Lahaina Jodo Mission, and on O‘ahu at the Honolulu Museum of Art, in the Doris Duke Theatre.

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