As you may already know, the Oscar 2021 winners will be announced on April 25, including winners in the short film categories. One of those categories is Animation and, starting this Friday, April 2, you can watch a program that includes the five animated shorts in competition, plus three that were “Highly Commended.”

I recently watched the program, with my favorite film being KAPAEMAHU, one of the three “Highly Commended” shorts. (In other words, it won’t win the Oscar, but it’s the winner to me!)

KAPAEMAHU tells the myth of the healing stones that visitors can still see in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. I found some information about them, which I highly recommend that you read before watching the short. The film was directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, it’s only 8 minutes, 24 seconds long, spoken in Niihau Hawaiian, with English subtitles.

You can buy tickets to watch the program online HERE. Virtual release will be this Friday, April 2. If you rather venture out to a big screen, the program will be at multiple theaters starting April 3. Meanwhile, enjoy a 1-minute teaser below!