A Place in the Middle



A PLACE IN THE MIDLE is the true-life story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to lead her school's all-male hula troupe and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her.


Eleven year old Ho'onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She's fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be “in the middle” - the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what's in your heart.


Story creator: Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu

Produced and directed by: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Editor: Nels Bangerter

Animation: Jared Greenleaf and Jed Henry

Original score: Makana


Runtime: 25 minutes

Format: 1920x1080 HD; color; stereo or 5.1 surround sound

Media: ProRes Quicktime, DVD, Blu-Ray

Language: English, Hawaiian

Subtitles (on request): French, German, Chinese, Japanese