You can vote for “E Ala (Arise)” here on the White House AAPI website. Help send them to the White House!
Congratulations to Kamakaniokaʻāina Paikai and Sam Kapoi for this prestigious honor! Kamakaniokaʻāina is a staff photographer/editor for ʻŌiwi TV and did this project on his own time. We are very proud of him!
HONOLULU – A Hawaiʻi film has been selected among 11 finalists for the White House’s Initiative on Asian American & Pacific Islanders What’s Your Story Video Challenge. Kamakaniokaʻāina Paikai produced a short documentary called “E Ala (Arise)”.
The short synopsis of E Ala (Arise):
Kamu Kapoi is a Native Hawaiian, born and raised on the rough streets of Waiʻanae on the island of Oʻahu. E Ala is a traditional voyaging canoe that gave him a chance to learn outside of four walls. Now, he is doing his best to build a home for E Ala, so that kids from his community have that same opportunity.
A high-resolution copy of the film may be downloaded at: http://vimeo.com/31456718
The “What’s Your Story” Video Challenge aims to explore the personal stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country who have impacted their community through their dreams, experiences, and dedication to a cause. Over 200 entries were submitted that featured inspiring stories from around the country in the AAPI community. The 11 finalists are featured on the White House website and voting is open to choose the group to attend a White House Champions of Change event in March.
About the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:
On October 14, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Executive Order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative). The Initiative, co-chaired by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, is housed within the U.S. Department of Education, and led by Executive Director Kiran Ahuja. The Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.