Fukushima Hula Girls Film
Friday, September 7 Fukushima Hula Girls Film 7:30 pm, McCoy Studio Theater Free admission - ticketed for seating As part of the festivities for Kū Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition, MACC presents the documentary film, Fukushima Hula Girls (2011). The story revolves around the efforts of the hula performers from Spa Resort Hawaiians in Fukushima as they tour the country to persuade their fellow citizens to visit the resort, even as the region struggles towards recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Established in 1966 to revitalize the economy of the waning coal mining town of Iwaki, Spa Resort Hawaiians became the inspiration for the 2006 box office hit, Hula Girls, a Japan Academy Award winner. In 2011, 45 years later, much of the Hawaiians resort facilities were damaged in the earthquake and for months served as an evacuation shelter for disaster refugees. But on February 8, 2012, the spa resort reopened and the Hula Girls were dancing on their home stage once again ... Narrated by actress Yu Aoi, star of the original Hula Girls film, Fukushima Hula Girls is a tribute to the strength and spirit of the Japanese people even in the face of disaster. A donation to Japan disaster relief will be appreciated.
Date: Friday, September 7th, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: A donation to Japan disaster relief will be appreciated.
Categories: Cultural / Ethnic, Movies / Film Fests
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
One Cameron Way
Kahului, HI USA 96732
Island Area: Central Maui
Location Specifics: McCoy Studio Theater