ʻĀina Paikai

Photographer / Editor


Waiau, Oʻahu

Why work at ʻŌiwi TV

I love my job. I get paid to service my community, both in an educating and entertaining manner. ʻŌiwi TV has given me opportunities to travel; whether it be amongst the Hawaiian islands, allowing me to understand the inner-workings of my home, or around the world, expanding my view of island Earth. I feel so fortunate to be on the ʻŌiwi TV staff because I know my work will make an impact on my people.

Interesting fact(s) about me

A graduate of Pearl City High School in 2002, I later attended Leeward Community College and went on to receive a bachelors degree in arts and science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2010. During my schooling I studied under Merata Mita, indigenous filmmaking pioneer, where she ignited my passion to tell stories. My short films have been selected to screen at several international film festivals, and in 2013 I became a Sundance Native Lab Fellow. Currently on a mission to pursue independent filmmaking in Hawaiʻi, sharing Hawaiian stories from a Hawaiian perspective.

Favorite video on ʻŌiwi TV

Ed Wendt: The Great Heart of Waiokāne. This film is apart of the Nā Loea series. It is the first long-format film that I produced and had a profound affect on my life.