Pono, a tenacious seven-year old boy lives with his family in a five-story tree house deep in the rainforest of Hawaii’s Manoa Valley. Pono’s father provides critical ancestral knowledge through cultural transmission to his youngest descendant. After tragedy strikes the family, Pono’s mother blames her youngest son and repeatedly pushes him away. Pono, however, is the heir to critical cultural practices, which can help her resolve her inner conflict between Christianity/religion and Hawaiian spirituality, but only if she can concede to Hawaiian culture through the encouragement of the son she has alienated.
Narration by Hinaleimoana Wong Kalu
Director/Writer- Cindy Iodice
Cinematographer- John Kuamo'o
Editor- Tom Schneider
Producers- Kenneth Monroe and Connie M. Florez