The Creative Team
Producer, Director and Narrator – Maribel Apuya
Maribel Apuya is an independent Filipino-American writer and filmmaker born in the Philippines and grew up in Hawaii. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she was both a Presidential Scholar and a National Science Foundation Scholar.
The former Miss Hawaii Filipina spent a decade in New York City training in theater performance and studying storytelling with the best teachers in the industry. She attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, a two-year acting conservatory and worked with renowned theater companies such as SITI Theater, Shakespeare & Company, the Linklater Center, and others. She is an alumnus of UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting, and is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (Screenwriting) where she was granted the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award.
The preservation of the Filipino-American experience in Hawai’i has been a major topic of interest for Maribel, as explored in her series of short films, The Sakada Series. The Sakada Series won an “Award of Merit” from Impact DOCS Awards (2018) for bringing creativity, grit and determination to topics raising awareness around the globe; it also won “Best Documentary Short” from the Honolulu Film Awards (2018), “Heritage Award” at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon (2018), and the “Silver Award” from Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (2018).
Contributing Producer and Director of Photography – Stuart Yamane
Stuart Yamane is an award winning producer, writer and director, formerly an Executive Producer/ Director with PBS affiliate station PBS Hawaii (KHET), and now an independent Producer/Director. Mr. Yamane was been awarded numerous national awards for outstanding direction, writing and editing including three Emmy Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold Tele Awards. Yamane’s film, “Journey of Honor“ aired nationally on PBS and received an Emmy Award in the prestigious documentary category.
Recently Yamane has branched out into commercial production with several high profile advertising campaigns including recent image campaigns for Hawaiian Airlines and HMSA. Yamane has also worked on numerous Public Information campaigns including work for PBS Hawaii, Hawaii Community Foundation, Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, among others. “Think Beyond the Label”, a PSA promoting hiring people with disabilities received an Emmy award in 2012.
Prior to joining PBS Hawaii, Yamane worked as Creative Director for Myers Advertising, Broadcast Producer for Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising, and Video Communications Manager for Bankcorp Hawaii’s Marketing Services Division.
Editor – Daniel Bernardoni, DBBC
Daniel has provided high-end broadcasting post-production services to local clients since 2001. A graduate of Leeward Community College and the Ecole des Arts & Metier in Geneva, Daniel brings excellent computer skills, extended experience in broadcast graphics, and a strong visual sense of composition to his work. He is also professionally trained in the authoring of fully interactive DVD.
Since coming to Hawaii from his native Switzerland in 1986, Daniel has provided design and editorial services to Island Post, Downtown Post, and Pacific Focus before establishing DBBC. He is the recipient of both local and national industry awards for his broadcast work. In recent years, Daniel has specialized in the creation of After Effects animations and compositing for video programs, spots, and show opens.
Fiscal Sponsor – Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii
The Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves, enhances and promotes an appreciation of the Filipino heritage and the experiences of Filipino Americans in Hawaii.
The mission of FAHSOH is to foster an appreciation of the heritage and experiences of Filipino Americans in Hawaii. We believe that knowledge of the history and culture of all peoples affirms individual dignity and teaches respect and understanding.
Established in 1980, FAHSOH brings together individuals who are interested in learning more about the Filipino heritage and increasing their understanding of the Filipino American experience. FAHSOH shares this knowledge with the wider community through exhibits, community forums, films, workshops, publications and other public presentations and dialogues.
Photo credit: Hawai’i State Archives and Aly Cassata