Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī
directed by Justyn Ah Chong
Narrative Short | 2019 | USA | 20 min | English
A soft-spoken Janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists in Waikīkī, reflects on a traumatizing memory that stirs a voice from within. Down On the Sidewalk in Waikīkī is inspired by a collection of poetry published posthumously featuring the work of Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-84).
Warning: mature content (gore, mild language)
Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Justyn is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker seeking to share unique and culturally-rooted stories. Upon graduating from USCʻs School of Cinematic Arts, Justyn returned home to Hawaiʻi where he began working as a full-time videographer and editor at ʻŌiwi Television Network - Hawaiʻi's first and only indigenous television station. Through ʻŌiwiTV heʻs been blessed to travel the world, sailing with and documenting the Hōkūleʻa's Worldwide Voyage and has collaborated on several nationally aired documentaries, including the award-winning film MELE MURALS (2016). Justyn continues to share culturally inspired, place-based stories through his production company, Olonā Media.