Visit Hawai’i Vicariously on Statehood Day With These Films


By Vanessa Zimmer

On August 21, 1959, the tropical wonderland that is Hawai’i officially became the 50th state of the United States of America.

Some 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, our only island state, and the only one with a tropical climate, this cluster of islands has become a coveted vacation destination for virtually anyone who doesn’t live there.

Each year on the third Friday of August, residents celebrate Hawaii Statehood Day. In lieu of joining them, we at the Sundance Institute decided to offer up some Festival films set in that great state so that we could join vicariously in the festivities.