About the Film

Holding Fast The Dream is a one-hour documentary highlighting the two-hundred year history of African Americans in Hawai‘i. The film will explore the importance and the challenges of building community, the individual and collective search for security, and the dichotomy of race even in a multi-ethnic society. Untold stories of achievement and success illustrate the tenacity of human spirit and courage of the individual despite isolation and even ostracism.

It celebrates the true meaning of community: the “process of building a shared story, built upon respect for all individuals and inclusivity of difference.”

As author M. Scott Peck observed, “(t)here can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.”