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‘Ohana and ‘Āina: Connecting Family, Farming, and Freedom

For almost 1,000 years Hawai‘i had a sophisticated agricultural system capable of producing over 1 million tons of food each year, according to research. That’s enough to feed almost everyone who lives on the islands today. But now, almost 90% of Hawai‘i’s food is imported. Join 16-year-old high school student Jade Onaka in Kona, Hawai‘i, as she explores her family’s history to learn about the farming practices that sustained Hawaiians for generations. Through her journey, Jade discovers a deeper connection to the land she calls home and how traditional Indigenous food systems might lead to a more sustainable future in Hawai‘i.

  • Jade Onaka
  • Joel Serin-Christ
  • Jade Onaka
  • Joel Serin-Christ
  • Faviola Leyva
  • Jade Onaka
    Story Concept
  • Leah Fabel
    Story Editor
  • One Day Films
  • Leah Nichols
    Illustrator and Animator
  • Jade Onaka
  • Kalilinoe Detwiler
    Story Consultant
  • Aja Gample
  • Craig Hunter
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jade Onaka, Joel Serin-Christ

Joel Serin-Christ (Greater Philadelphia ‘10) is the Director of Digital Production for One Day where he uses his multidisciplinary background to produce video stories and digital experiences that inform and inspire audiences and imagine an equitable future. His prior experiences include coaching and developing teachers and matching equity-driven educational professionals with leadership jobs. He studied professional writing for multimedia at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania where he presented his thesis in the form of a documentary film. He lives in Berkeley, CA near his childhood home where he enjoys trying new recipes and weekend pick-up soccer games.

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