The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, often referred to as the “Olympics of Hula,” is a four day competition and exhibition that showcases the elegance, power, and rich storytelling that this ancient art form beholds. This program, which highlights the 2012 festival winners, will present an entertaining yet thought-provoking look at hula’s role in the past, present, and future of Hawai‘i’s people.
Airing until May 2017 through American Public Television
David H. Kalama, Jr. is a producer and director with 25 years of experience in media productions, including TV documentaries, live TV sports and entertainment, advertising, and a focus in traditional Polynesian Culture. David is a co-founder of Pacific Islanders in Communications, a member of the first board of directors, and has several award winning programs through his Hawaiʻi based production company, Kalama Productions, Inc. He is also an accomplished artist with a focus in painting and multimedia.
Roland Yamamoto is a director, writer and producer with 25 years of experience in media productions, including TV documentaries, live TV sports and entertainment, advertising, online multimedia, computer games, DVDs, and web development. Roland was a co-founder of Wirestone, a national creative agency. Currently, he owns and manages The Kukui Media Group, a Hawaiʻi production company.
Both David and Roland Yamamoto were members of the original production team that started the first television coverage of the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1981.