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A Documentary That Follows Inmates Embracing Native Hawaiian Traditions

Inmates from the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona performs a chant that helps connect them to their ancestors. This is protocol to celebrate the Makahiki season in Hawaiian culture. It is the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival in honor of their god Lono of the Hawaiian religion. covering four consecutive lunar months from October or November through February or March. The inmates learn to embrace their native traditions and culture.

Prisoners experienced for the first time many of their Hawaiian traditions like chanting and hula. The director of this film thought it was a powerful experience seeing the men make a connection with their culture and watch their transformation.

Los Angeles Film Festival

The film made its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, 2017. This prison was specifically built to house Hawaiian inmates because of overcrowding facilities in their home state, according to the documentary. It focuses on two local inmates who have and continue to adjust their lives far away from home.

The inmates struggle with the reality of reentering society once they are released. Can they survive and who will they be once back in society. The importance of these men are having the connection to their culture puts them a little closer to who they really are.Will they be able to go home? Who are they now? Feeling lost and out of touch with society. Can they find peace once their time is served? ‘Out of State’  A Documentary Film

Inmates from the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona. by Ciara Lacy


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