Pacific Islanders in Communications

LOCATION:  Honolulu, HI
AWARD:  2021 SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts
Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli [Native Hawaiian]) BIO

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is the only national public media organization committed to supporting, advancing, and developing Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Through various funding initiatives for independent full length non-fiction films, fiction/non-fiction short films, broadcast and online series, PIC engages the community in deep discussion around its productions critical content.


PIC is partnering with 2021 SHIFT Awardee Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli [Native Hawaiian]) to create, distribute and screen the animated short film The Queen’s Flowers. The film is designed to give Indigenous Hawaiian children an entertaining and empowering way to access their history. Based on a true story, the film delights in the relationship between a girl and the last monarch of the nation of Hawaii, Queen Lili`uokalani, evoking a magical and radical reclamation of history. 

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