Makana o ke mele (Gift of Song)

Animated hybrid short about a Hawaiian female conservationist remembering her first exposure to native forests as a teen through an innovative educational program for local youth.

Makana o ke Mele (Gift of Song) transports audiences into a memory of Native Hawaiian conservationist Mililani Browning, who was exposed to nature through an innovative Hawaiian outreach program, ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina. On the Big Island of Hawaii, she remembers learning the songs of Hawaiian birds at Hakalau Forest, a wildlife refuge on Mauna Kea volcano.

Supported by Redford Center, If/Then Shorts, Sony, Jackson Wild.

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