Private Project

Pidgin Kaua'i Style

"Pidgin Kauai Style" is a short documentary that explores the distinct dialect and accent differences of Hawaii Creole, also known as "Pidgin," as spoken on the Island of Kaua'i. The film features four women who candidly discuss regional aspects of the language and share their personal experiences and stories about how speaking Pidgin is a source of pride for them and their community.
The women express their passion for the language, emphasizing the importance of Pidgin and its role in shaping the identity and culture of the people of Kauai.

  • Erica Byers
  • Erica Byers
  • D. Leiko Someda
    Production Assistant
  • Kent Sakoda
    Languange Consultant
    Pidgin : the voice of Hawai'i
  • Erica Byers
  • Erica Byers
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    History, Culture, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Hawai West Oahu
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
    United States
    October 17, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection, Honorable Mention in University Shorts Showcase
  • Women of Wonders Film Fest
    United States
    March 8, 2024
    Official Selection
  • Nevada Women's Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    June 23, 2024
    Nevada Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Wyoming International Film Festival
    United States
    July 9, 2024
    Wyoming Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    June 8, 2024
    North American Premiere, Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Roxbury International Film Festival
    United States
    June 24, 2024
    Massachussets Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Erica Byers

Erica Byers is a Creative Media student at the University of Hawai'i West Oahu and will graduate in the spring of 2024. She lives on the Island of Kaua'i with her husband and three dogs.

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Director Statement

Pidgin is a controversial language that has had a stigma attached to it for over a century. Despite that, well over half of those born and raised in Hawaii speak it. It's expressive, dynamic, and has interesting origins. I made this film to help the world get a better understanding of this language and of the people who speak it on the island of Kaua'i.