2020 Indigenous Storytelling Ideation and Public Panel Information

Our coaches will also participate in the Public Panel discussions. These free public events are great ways to glean some valuable advise from established professionals in the industry.

You must register in advance in order to reserve your space on the virtual call!

The lineup of coaches and speakers for the 2020 Indigenous Storytelling Ideation:


Jason Suapaia:

Born and raised on Oahu, and recently marking his 26th year in Hawaii’s creative industries (production, marketing, and design), with a focus on content creation, Jason is currently a creative consultant for individuals, companies, departments, and organizations. His experience as a seasoned executive spans over 16 years which includes managing staff, creative professionals, and various media projects at companies such as 1013 Integrated, PBS Hawaii, and Ocean Blue Hawaii. He has been executive producer and creative team lead on various integrated campaigns, local and national commercial productions, corporate branding, and graphic design projects for a wide range of clientele. He has managed various production studio operations, coordinated technical and creative teams, and produced event productions of all sizes. Jason is a highly motivated and experienced leader with a passion for creative business operations and management. Some of his skills and experience include project management, establishing policies and procedures, recruiting and developing creative personnel, cultivating relationships with agencies, vendors and freelance contractors, streamlining workflow and communication solutions, and the management of budgets. What’s not widely known about Jason, is that he is a talented, published illustrator and has experience teaching graphic design history and advertising classes at Honolulu Community College. Also Jason Co-Founded `Ohina The Short Film Showcase in 1999, served as Board President for the Film and Video Association of Hawaii from 2009 to 2016 and co-hosted a TV show on OC16 for four years called Hawaii’s Reel Stories.

Lucas Brown Eyes:

Lucas Brown Eyes is a Native American comedian and Tv writer from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He has staffedon over 100episodes of televisionwith Netflix, Fox, Freeform, Disney, and PBS. He’s from the Oglala Sioux tribe and always believed he was going to make Tv one day. In fact, his Indian name is “Wawo Yaca Wicasa” which means the story tellerin Lakota. So,destiny may be working a little on his side. I don’t know, I’m just abioparagraph.Lucaswas raised by hismother, grandmother and aunt along with two brothers and three cousins. They all lived in the same house because his mother always instilled in him that strong family values are the Lakota way. But he secretly suspected that it was because they were poor.But what his family lacked in moneythey made up for in support. And in 2003 their support reached crazy levels when they moved to California soLucascould study Film & Television at Orange County High School of the Arts. He became an awardwinning filmmaker and after graduating he would go on to USC and earn a B.A. in CinemaTelevision Production. In 2014 he was accepted into the ABC Disney Writing Program. Since then hehas work for Netflix, Freeform, Disney, PBS, and Fox. He currently has the First Native American Family comedy in development at 20th Century Fox.

Kelly Lynn D’Angelo:

Hailing originally from her Haudenosaunee homelands in Upstate New York, Kelly Lynne D’Angelo has done her fair share of storytelling in different mediums, including writing for television, musicals, film, books, and animation. Recent credits include Miracle Workers, Adult Swim’s Final Space, Cartoon Network’s Mao Mao, and Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. You can catch her on various online platforms from Twitch to Youtube as a professional Dungeon Master for Dungeons & Dragons, Geek & Sundry, College Humor, Buzzfeed, and more.


Ku Kahakalau:

Dr. Kū Kahakalau is an award-winning native Hawaiian educator, songwriter, researcher, cultural practitioner, grassroots activist, and expert in Hawaiian language and culture. For the past 35 years, Kū has promoted hands-on learning in the environment, community sustainability and Hawaiian self-determination through her Pedagogy of Aloha (love, care, compassion). She also founded and administered multiple, innovative Hawaiian-focused educational programs, a flourishing social enterprise called Kū-A-Kanaka, and EA Ecoversity, a Hawaiian-focused higher education and career training program.

Na’alehu Anthony:

Nāʻālehu Anthony is a Native Hawaiian from Kaʻaʻawa, O’ahu and is the founder of Palikū Documentary Films and co-founder of ʻOiwi Television Network.

Nāʻālehu has a vast array of experience in the film industry and has been immersed in the Hawaiian community throughout his life. His desire to give voice to Hawaiʻi’s stories as told by Hawaiians from our perspective is the very reason Nāʻālehu pursued a career in film and television.

Nāʻālehu’s other great passion is being a part of the voyaging community. As a crew member since 1996 and more recently as a captain aboard Hōkūleʻa. Hiis voyaging experiences have shaped and defined him as a person and has been a focal point for his films. He was in charge of on-board communications for the team that documented the Worldwide Voyage and sailed multiple legs of the journey.