Netflix's Finding 'Ohana' Lessons on Heritage & Family

By 2/04/2021 09:59:00 AM

Currently streaming on Netflix, "Finding 'Ohana" is a family film about two Hawaiian-born Brooklyn kids who return to rural O’ahu with their single mom to help care for their grandfather.

Their return takes an unexpected turn into a breathtaking adventure, complete with ancient legends, hidden caves and lost treasures.

They are reminded about the values and beauty of their roots, culture and traditions. To find the lost fortune they need to connect with their Hawaiian heritage and learn the true meaning of ‘Ohana.

One of the highlights in the film, in between all the boisterous fun and escapades, is a beautiful peek of the islands of Hawaii. The fiftieth state is well known as a place full of breathtaking natural beauty.

The film underlines the familial bonds that connect Hawaiin families, an element so similar to the experience of Latinos, therefore it’s not the least surprising that Hispanic immigration to the island of Hawaii has grown exponentially in past years making them the fastest growing ethnic group in Hawaii.

Latino immigrants appear to relate to a breathtakingly beautiful landscape that can remind them of their ancestral homes. Valuing family obligations, the strong links between family members, the appreciation and gratitude to the blessings of a fertile land, makes “Finding ‘Ohana” something more than an adventure hunt.

It’s the story of a family who, by reaffirming the love for their land, their heritage, their culture becomes stronger and more united.

Watch FINDING ‘OHANA, on Netflix


Geocache champion Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena, age 12, is abruptly lifted from her busy New York life and dropped into rural O‘ahu to help care for her grandfather.

Initially skeptical about her new surroundings, Pili finds a cryptic pirate’s journal in her Papa’s studio hinting at a 200-year-old shipwrecked treasure hidden away in the island's caves and mountains.

With her older brother and new friends in tow she uses her clue solving skills to lead them on an adventure of a lifetime through the natural wonders of Hawai?i. As she learns to respect and love her native culture she also discovers not all secrets should be shared and that the real treasure in life is ‘ohana - her family.

Cast: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, with Kelly Hu and Branscombe Richmond, Ke Huy Quan, Brad Kalilimoku, Chris Parnell, Marc Evan Jackson, Ricky Garcia

FINDING ‘OHANA | Official Trailer | Netflix

Director: Jude Weng
Written By: Christina Strain
Produced by Ian Bryce, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Irene Yeung, JJ Hook

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