Photography by Zand Gee
Hawaiian culture is imbued with the aloha spirit — promoting kindness, patience, and the sharing of one's home, food, and friendship. Today, many native Hawaiians feel their aloha spirit his being abused.
TROUBLED PARADISE explores Hawai'i's Big Island and uncovers a rich cultural heritage, along with pressing social, environmental and political problems facing the native population. The film also captures performances by noted dancers and musicians, featuring a hula to the goddess Pele, a children's hula group in rehearsal, and beautiful ballads by gifted Hawaiian singers.
Native Hawaiians have the lowest median family income of all the state's ethnic groups, with more than 2,000 living in cardboard boxes, rusted cars or tents on the beach. They have the highest percentage of unemployed and incarcerated; their life expectancy is the lowest in the state; their infant mortality rate is the highest in the nation. In the midst of extraordinary natural beauty, native Hawaiians reveal tormenting issues that conflict with their deeply held traditions.
Major funding provided by CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING and the WALLACE ALEXANDER GERBODE FOUNDATION
Produced in association with NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION
1992 / Documentary / 56 Minutes