Molokaʻi Bound

USA | 2024 | 112 min. | Alika Tengan (Kanaka Maoli)

Fresh out of a multi-year stint in prison, Kainoa returns to his family hoping to reconnect with his adolescent son, rekindle things with his ex, and reintegrate into his native culture. But old habits die hard. From the director of Sundance 2022 standout Every Day in Kaimuki.

Director Alika Tengan, Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, Actor Kawika Kahiapo scheduled to attend.

Set against the verdant backdrop of Hawai’i, Moloka’i Bound is the story of Kainoa (Holden Mandrial-Santos), a formerly incarcerated man who is trying to walk the Red Road while striving to reconnect with his teenage son, Jonathan (Achilles Holt). Showing up out of the blue one day outside Jonathan’s school while Jonathan is waiting for a lift home, Kainoa is desperate to mend the broken bond between him and his son. In his sophomore feature, Alika Tengan (Kanaka Maoli) produces an astute and sober look at family dynamics, the impacts of colonization, and father-and-son relationships while navigating contemporary Native Hawaiian identity.

Tracy Rector

  • Director: Alika Tengan (Kanaka Maoli)
  • Principal Cast: Holden-Mandrial Santos, Achilles Holt, Kamalani Kapeliela, Kalena Charlene, Kawika Kahiapo
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2024
  • Running Time: 112 min.
  • Producer: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jesy Odio, Chapin Hall, Alika Tengan
  • Screenplay: Alika Tengan
  • Cinematographers: Chapin Hall
  • Editors: Kali Kasashima
  • Music: Roger Suen
  • Filmography: Every Day in Kaimuki (2022)
  • Language: English, Pidgin, Hawaiian