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Ku Kanaka: Stand Tall
A one-half hour documentary explores the transformation of the late Kanalu Young from an angry 15 year old who becomes quadriplegic to a leader of his Native Hawaiian people. Ku Kanaka/Stand Tall, charts the journey of the late Dr. Young, a Hawaiian history professor at the University of Hawai'i who turned tragedy into triumph.Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, Kanalu begins to change when he learns Hawaiian language and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history. Fired up to tell Hawai'i's story, he earns a PhD, gets arrested fighting for Hawaiian rights, and becomes a crusading teacher and leader, eager to instill pride in his people.
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