Hae Hawai’i

Ty Sanga | Short Drama
United States | 2018 | 17 min
World Premiere

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10:30am
Wik vs Queensland
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, a young man is recruited to protect the Hawaiian flag. Hae Hawai’i is a historical drama about the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Loyalists to the crown preserve what is left of their dissolved kingdom. They recruit a young Hawaiian thief to safeguard the unifying symbol of the people, the Hawaiian flag.


Ty Sanga was born and raised on the island of O’ahu and has always had a passion for storytelling. His Emmy award-winning TV show, Family Ingredients, travels the world discovering one family’s cherished dish and celebrates their rich culture and inspiring story. His short film Stones, a mythical Hawaiian tale about isolation and lost love, screened at the Sundance Film Festival and has garnered a number of awards. His feature documentary Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson was nominated for Best Documentary at the Hawai’i International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His feature film After Mele was developed at the Sundance Labs and is currently in development. He received an M.F.A in Film Production from Chapman University and a B.A. from the University of Hawai’i in Ethnic Studies.