A few years ago I wrapped up an independent film project about environment and culture in Hawai’i, called “Toward Living Pono.” It met with warm festival response and the Facebook and YouTube clips were getting a lot of hits, but it was not picked up for national public television distribution as I had hoped. I had a lot of fun producing it, but it seemed that “TLP” was going to have a pretty short lifespan.
Then something totally unexpected happened. I began getting emails from teachers. Grade school teachers, high school teachers, and college teachers both in Hawai’i and on the Mainland, and even from other countries. They all had one thing in common: they were desperate for content to use in their classrooms, and they wanted to use my film. Here are some of the messages I received: