PBS Hawaii will air a Maui-made documentary about Haleakala crater on May 14 (that’s TONIGHT) at 9pm Hawaii time. The documentary, The Quietest Place on Earth, was made by Emmy Award-winning Maui filmmaker Dr. Tom Vendetti
Vendetti and co-producers Robert C. Stone and Rick Chatenever (who’s been steadily plugging the documentary in his Maui News column for the past year) filmed The Quietest Place on Earth to introduce Haleakala as Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace to a world audience. They decided to create the film following research by environmental sound and recording engineer Gordon Hempton, who found the Haleakala crater to be the quietest place on earth, according to a PBS Hawaii.
The documentary tells the story of Haleakala from the perspective of local Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, authors, musicians, cowboys and spiritual leaders. The film brings the character of Haleakala to the forefront, working to dispel misconceptions and convey a deep awareness of core beliefs in Hawaiian culture.
Cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole and musical artist Keola Beamer introduce Haleakala’s preeminent place in Hawaiian mythology, in the day-to-day lives of Hawaiians throughout history, and how today, the crater’s silence offers an alternative to the frenzy of modern life.
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