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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Film Screening of "Parts of the Same Circle" to Benefit the Mo'ili'ili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Project

"Parts of the Same Circle": A Film Screening Fundraiser:

As more stones and other materials need to be purchased, the Mo'ili'ili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Project has partnered with Serenergy Productions to offer a special screening of Serenergy's film "Parts of the Same Circle", a wonderful independent film recently shown at the Hawaii International Film Festival to rave reviews. 

Filmed entirely on Oahu with an amazing cast of local talent, the story is based on the idea that we all must one day face the reality of death no matter who we are. Eleven separate storylines follow various people as they cope with death and find that it is not foreign, evil, or something that is "apmi" from life, but rather an integral ‘part of' the circle of life. The stories overlap illustrating how interconnected we all are and how powerfully our lives connect with and influence others. "Parts of the Same Circle" is a film that will move you to laughter as well as tears and will surely touch your heart as it tells a story of redemption, reconciliation, and hope.

WHAT:  Film screening of HIFF selection, "Parts of the Same Circle"
WHEN:  Sunday, November 11th,  2:00pm
WHERE:  University of Hawai‘i Art Auditorium
RSVP required (see below)
The movie will be followed by a visit with the film-makers and refreshments.

Directions:  Take Dole Street and enter on East-West Road. Turn left on Correa Road just before Kennedy Theater), park in the lot at the end of the road. The Art Building will be on the right. Parking on campus is free. Please plan to arrive early as the program will begin promptly at 2 o'clock.

To order tickets, please make your reservations by phone or email and ask for an order form. Act quickly as seats are limited. We must receive your request by November 8.

For questions/to order tickets/request an order form contact:
Sharon (Matsuda) Walker:  or call 225-6168  OR
Laura Ruby at or call 947-3641.

A Recap of the Beautification Project:  The beautification project is a dream that began when Laura Ruby, long time Mo'ili'ili resident and an Art and Honors instructor at the University of Hawaii met Harriet Natsuyama while collecting research on the history of Mo'ili'ili for a book.  Harriet, an astrophysicist who grew up in Mo'ili'ili and currently resides in Los Angeles, was cataloging the work of her grandfather who carved many of the headstones at the cemetery.  For years the two women dreamed of improving the Kuilei-Waiaka Road border of the cemetery.  Their vision was to take down the high fence with its worn aluminum strips and to remove the trash that was accumulating as some would use this as a dumping ground.  Their wish was to create a beautiful, tranquil setting that was inviting to those who visit the cemetery and to enhance the environment for the residents and visitors to Mo'ili'ili.  They would like to see this 100+ year old cemetery added to our state's list of historical sites and also to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Receiving a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation allowed Laura and Harriet to start their ambitious project.  With the help of numerous volunteers which include individuals who have loved ones in the cemetery, those who work, attend school or live in the community, as well as visitors who just wanted to help, who reside outside of the community (on the neighbor islands and as far away as Texas), the work began.

The fence has been removed and construction has begun on a low rise bluestone wall.  There are plans for a garden, new trees for shade and areas to sit. 

For information on the Mo'ili'ili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Project please go to


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