Jana is an accomplished director, producer, actress and writer who fell in love with story-telling while performing at age 5. She has directed and produced 7 short films, performed in over 20 plays, starred in a variety of television and radio commercials, written 3 plays, co-written 4 films and has landed co-starring roles in 2 feature films and on CBS’s Hawaii 5-0.
Her films have screened across the U.S. from Alaska to Florida, and across the world in Guam, Japan, and Cambodia. She was the first female director to win the Championship Round of Honolulu’s Showdown in Chinatown short film competition in their 10-year history. Her winning film, “Arthur” went on to screen as an Official Selection at the Big Island Film Festival and her short film “The Baby Lu’au” was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the Long Beach Indie International film festival.
Jana grew up on Oahu and Moloka’i and earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa. She also holds an Associates degree in American Sign Language Interpreting from Los Angeles Pierce College. She is passionate about making documentary and narrative films about women, poverty, parenting, people with disabilities, patriarchy- based injustice and Asian/ Native Hawaiian history.