Watu is a modern interpretation of an ancient story about the first Polynesian visitors to make contact with North America. They were received by the Native people but after pressing their hopes of one day returning home, the indigenous community created a rainbow bridge for them. Some Polynesians stayed while the rest crossed the rainbow bridge back to their homeland. In this short film, two Native Hawaiians also exhibit the same yearning for a sense of place as their ancestors did so long ago. Hearing the story, they search for this "rainbow bridge." During their search, what they finds the ocean. The waves become their bridge and the connection to Hawaii is strengthened.
Alongside Surfer Magazine and RED Camera Cinema, our good friends Cliff Kapono and Jensen Young-Sik set out to provide audiences with a refreshing take on California's history and the importance of home.
Watch the film on surfermag.com