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Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Hina Wong-Kalu is a Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner and community leader with a long history of perpetuating Kanaka Maoli language, philosophy and traditions, and promoting cross-cultural work throughout the Pacific Islands. She was both a protagonist and educational advisor for the award-winning documentaries KUMU HINA and A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE, and received a White House Champion of Change and Elison S. Onizuka Human Rights Memorial Award from the National Education Association for the groundbreaking impact campaigns associated with those films.


Joey "Joleen" Mataele

Joey Mataele is a leader in the LGBTQI and human rights movements in the Pacific. She co-founded and currently chairs the Pacific Sexual and Gender diversity Network, is the Pacific Island Representative for the International Gay and Lesbian Association, and Chairperson of the South Pacific MSM Network Group. She co-founded the Tonga Leitiʻs Association in 1992, and developed the Miss Galaxy Pageant as an annual event to support it. Joey is also a talented singer and entertainer who understands the importance of oral culture and the role of song, humour and dance in Pacific cultures.

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Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer

Emmy Award-winning Hawaii-based filmmakers and long-time activists Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson make documentaries that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to question and to act. Their work has screened and won awards at film festivals around the world including Berlin International, Toronto International, Human Rights Watch, AFI Docs, Los Angeles, Frameline and Outfest, and been viewed by millions of television viewers on PBS, Independent Lens and international networks. With support from the Ford, Arcus and Wyncote Foundations, their impact campaigns have reached thousands of grassroots community groups and classrooms. Dean and Joe are Fellows of the Sundance Institute.