Witness the fiery birth of Loihi, the newest Hawaiian island, 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean, and scale the highest sea cliffs in the world in search of the rare Alula plant. Discovered by the Polynesians centuries ago, Hawaii has seen dramatic changes since its exploration by Europeans. This film details the struggle to maintain a balance in this delicate ecosystem where much remains unexplored and unknown.

Length: 35:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1991
  • Date Released:
  • Alternate Titles: Hawaii: Born in Paradise
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Destination Cinema

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Andrew Gellis, Richard James
  • Director:  Robert Hillmann
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Olivia Crawford, Robert Hillmann (creator)
  • Cinematography: David Douglas
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Mark Isham
  • Editor:
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  • Cultural Studies
  • Destination
  • Documentary
  • Geology
  • Nature


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