Joan Lander

Joan Lander

Editor, Producer and Stock Footage Company

Hilo, Hawaii

Member Since:
August 2011
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About Joan

In 1983 my late partner Puhipau and I formed Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“The Eyes of the Land”), an independent video production team that focused on the land and people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. We documented traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, history, language, art, music, environment and the politics of independence and sovereignty.

Our over 100 documentary and educational programs have been seen on PBS, Hawai‘i public and commercial television stations, public access cable channels, and broadcast/cable networks in Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Japan, Mexico and Europe. Our award-winning productions have been used by teachers and scholars in classrooms in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, and our historic and iconic footage has been featured in numerous documentaries by other producers.

The task now is to digitize and archive a library of over 8,000 videotapes, beginning with the cataloging of the collection. Future goals include repackaging archival footage into new programming to be made available online.




  • Silver Maile Award • Hawai‘i International Film Festival

  • Special Jury Award, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

  • Silver Award • Corporation for Public Broadcasting

  • Hawai‘i Filmmakers Award, documentary category • Hawai‘i International Film Festival

  • Documentary award • Berkeley Video & Film Festival

  • Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes • Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada

  • Best Global Indigenous Award • Dreamspeakers • Alberta, Canada

  • Best of Festival, documentary • Berkeley Video & Film Festival

  • Best Political Film of the 1990 Hawai’i International Film Festival • Political Film Society

  • CINE Golden Eagle

  • We Are Sovereign award • Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival

  • New Visionary Award, Mother Earth/Father Sky category • Two Rivers Native Film & Video Festival

  • Bronze Plaque • Columbus International Film Festival

  • Winner, Farming, Pesticides and Soil category • Earthvision Int. Environmental Video Festival

  • Nomination: Golden Maile Award • Hawai‘i International Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention: Documentary Category • Hawai‘i International Film Festival

  • Nomination: Inuwuk Award, Best Global Indigenous category • Dreamspeakers

  • Nomination: Best Cinematography • Dreamspeakers

  • Honorable Mention • Earthvision International Environmental Video Festival

  • Finalist • EarthVision ’98

  • Nomination: Best Global Indigenous category • Dreamspeakers

  • Nomination: Alanis Obomsawin cateogry • Dreamspeakers

  • Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation • Native Hawaiian Advocate Award

  • Hawai‘i Film Office • Film in Hawai‘i Award

  • Maoli Arts Month • 7th Annual MAMo Award

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