Online screening: Eating Up Easter + Community Conversation

July 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Online Event


Eating Up Easter + Community Conversation:
Regenerative Tourism and Restorative Economies in Hawaiʻi
Saturday, July 11th at 2pm (HST)

Inspired by the film Eating Up Easter (, which examines cultural preservation and the impacts of tourism in Rapa Nui, the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) is proud to host a timely community conversation featuring local changemakers who are re-envisioning our local economies, questioning business as usual, and working to ensure the future sustainability for Hawaiʻi. The conversation will focus on the current impacts of tourism in light of COVID-19 and how we can consider the practices of regenerative tourism and restorative economies in our community’s path forward. As tourism in Hawaiʻi begins to open up again, these challenging conversations are vital as we navigate new ways of functioning as a society. Join us as we bridge conversations between a diverse panel of local innovators and creatives.

The event will be free to the public. The link to the screening room will be published to this event page on the day of the event. We recommend entering the screening room about 10 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Moderated by filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, the live conversation will run approximately 90 minutes: a 60 min moderated panel will be followed by a 30 minute audience Q&A. The conversation will be preceded by a free online film screening of Eating Up Easter.

Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Filmmaker (Moderator)
Mahina Duarte, Co-founder of Waiwai Collective
Laurien Nuss, Climate Resilience and Equity Manager at the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR)
Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā, Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs & Natural Resources at Hawaii Tourism Authority

2pm – Eating Up Easter (30 min)
2:30-3:30pm – Intro + Moderated Panel
3:30-4pm – Audience Q&A + Closing

About the film: Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade. Eating Up Easter has screened all over the world and is a powerful example of how art can inspire widespread community transformation.

Special thanks to our community partners: Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) (, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR), John Leong, Plastic Oceans (, Kartemquin Films (

HoMA is proud to host this event as part of our annual Science on Screen® program, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with talks by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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