Dana recently collaborated on Audio-Gadgeteer, which was screened at Hot Doc in Toronto. Before working on her graduate studies, Dana conceived, developed and implemented an educational photography project titled India through Girls Eyes: Empowering Village Girls with Cameras to help their families see value in educating their daughters. She has exhibited her work at numerous venues, including Denver International Airport, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, and the Incheon Art and Cultural Center in Incheon, Korea. Her work has been featured in Korea Daily, Artweek, the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Magazine, and the Denver Post, among others, and is in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.
Solomon Alfapada has been blessed to be a student of filmmaking since the age of 16. Solomon started as an intern at Olelo Public TV and a student at Searider Productions. After graduating high school, Solomon studied Digital Filmmaking at he Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, earning his Bachelors Degree in 2007. He soon returned to Hawaii and joined Makaha Studios. Solomon specializes in Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. His portfolio ranges from Commercials/PSA’s, music videos, to short and feature length documentaries and films. Solomon is currently a Digital Storyteller at the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, teaches video production at the NFL YET Boys and Girls Club in Nanakuli, produces original content under Wiseass Entertainment, and is a freelance Producer/Director.
Makaha Studios is a small business established in 2006 by graduates of Searider Productions, an award-winning digital media program at Wai’anae High School. The core competencies are: video and short film production, graphic design and photography, 2D/3D animation and illustration and web development. Makaha Studio teamed up with Waianae High School’s Searider Production and MAO Organic Farms to form an innovated community partnership and create the Kauhale Youth Education and Entrepreneurship Initiative.