EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ
All Naz (co-writer/star Naz Kawakami) wants to do is leave his small Hawaiian hometown for the Big Apple. But when opportunity arises, the avid skater faces uncertainty in this Sundance debut about identity and purpose. Though he spends his days skating and nights moonlighting as a DJ for a local radio station, twenty-something native Hawaiian Naz can’t seem to shake resentment for the life he has led. He sees an opportunity for starting over when he plans to relocate with his girlfriend to New York City for her studies. As the day for departure slowly approaches and his angst over the move grows, no amount of chill or surf rock soundtrack can stop him from lashing out at those who care the most. Inspired by their own lives and connection to the eponymous coastal town in Honolulu, co-writer/director Alika Tengan and Kawakami explore, through an endearing 1990s indie aesthetic, the internal struggle one faces when surrounded by a perceived paradise and the urge to leave.
CAST: Naz Kawakami, Rina White, Holden Mandrial-Santos
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