Maui Arts & Entertainment

Maui-Based Movie Releases DVD, on Demand

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“KULEANA,” the first locally-made motion picture in a decade to screen in theatre chains statewide, is set to release as a Blu Ray/DVD combo, and to Video on Demand as “KULEANA-MAUI.”

The film enjoyed a seven-week, thirteen theater run in Hawaiʻi and Guam and screened in over 40 cities across the US last year.

Set on Maui in 1971, the mystery-drama follows the journey of a disabled Vietnam veteran who finds himself in a murder case.


The film was written and directed by Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer, both Maui filmmakers, and featured a cast of 150, most of whom are Maui residents.

The Blu Ray/DVD Combo Pack is available for purchase from, or in select
retailers across the islands. The movie can also be viewed and/or bought on digital Video on Demand, and will release to national TVOD, VOD, and international territories as: “MAUI.”

“The adjustments with title is designed to reach an broad audience outside Hawaiʻi; “MAUI” is easily recognized worldwide,” Kohne said in a press release.


“The movie explores historical issues which are increasingly relevant today. We’d love to share our message of kuleana with the world through broadcast and cable television, and popular streaming
services such as Netflix. Initially, the only way to see the movie is at:”

“KULEANA” won Best of Fest at the Guam Film Festival, Audience Choice at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival, and the San Antonio Film Festival in 2017. The Hawaiʻi Film Critics Society also named the film Best Hawaiian Feature last year.

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