What Does A Hawaiian Look Like—And Other Important Questions From UH-West Oʻahu Creative Media Students

The students who are the future of media in West Oʻahu are pushing their careers forward by investigating the past.

At the senior capstone project presentation for UH-West Oʻahu creative media students, three visual/video projects were rooted in Hawaiian history and culture.

“What Does A Hawaiian Look Like?” — Mālamanākoa Camvel

Camvel, a Kamehahmeha grad, produced a 14-minute documentary exploring the question—”What Does A Hawaiian Look Like?” Watch the trailer, below—which is compelling all on its own.

Camvel explores both the history of the term “Hawaiian” and his own family history. The documentary is just one part of The Hawaiian Project, a web page where Carmel invites anyone to share their stories about Hawaiian identity.

Brown & Hungry — Kevin Bechayda and Hadji Corpuz

These two video production students—both of Filipino descent—decided to use their capstone project as a way to explore their heritage. They found a good way to do it, too—through food.

Bechayda and Corpuz—calling themselves “Brown & Hungry” for the purposes of this project—filmed a short documentary about Julie’Z Restaurant in Kapolei Shopping Center, which was founded and is owned by two Filipino immigrants—Julie and her business partner Zenayda (hence, Julie’Z!).

They plan to extend the project beyond graduation, and beyond Julie’Z. Follow along on their Instagram page, Brown & Hungry.

Washington Place Website and Interactive Tour — Analyn Delos Santos

Washington Place is a historic site just by virtue of being built when the US had only 28 states, in 1846. But, more importantly, it was the home of Queen Liliʻuokalani for 55 years, until her death in 1917, and was the home of Hawaiʻi’s governors from 1922-2002.

The house has many stories to tell about Hawaiʻi’s history. What it didn’t have was a modern way to tell those stories.

washington place foundation website homepage
Delos Santos, a user experience designer, built a gorgeous new website for Washington Place. She also developed an augmented reality experience for visitors to the museum.

Delos Santos worked directly with the First Lady of Hawaiʻi, Mrs. Dawn Ige, who originally requested help with the project.

The 2018 seniors were part of the first full four-year cohort at the Academy of Creative Media. The program is growing—their new building is under construction on the UH-West Oʻahu campus. It will be the first 24-hour building on campus. Starting in Fall 2019, the program will offer a full BA in Creative Media (currently, students graduate with a concentration in Creative Media).

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