Monday April, 30 is a screening of Aloha Aina Warrior at the Triangle Cinema in Costa Mesa, CA for the Newport Beach Film Festival. For tickets visit here. This documentary tells the story of RVCA Advocate, Dustin Barca, and his efforts to protect his home from the agro-chemical companies that have poisoned his community and threatened his cultures way of life, by embarking on an epic battle going head-to-head with the largest chemical corporations in the world.
Join Dustin Barca and the RVCA family for this special screening. For tickets to this premiere, click here.
ALOHA AINA WARRIOR is a documentary presenting an unflinching look at the reality
of chemical testing for genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) on the West side of the
Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, or as the locals call it, “Poison Valley.” ALOHA AINA
WARRIOR is Directed and Produced by John Michael McCarthy and Roddy
Tababatabai, of Change For Balance.
Hawai'i is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world but it has a very dirty
secret. The smallest island on the chain, Kaua’i, is ground zero for chemical testing.
Today, 17 times more “restricted-use” pesticides are sprayed per acre on Kaua’i than
anywhere else in the U.S. and cancer rates and birth defects on the island are much
higher than the national average. After members of his community begin to fall ill,
professional surfer and undefeated professional fighter Dustin Barca leaves behind his
career as a professional athlete to focus single-handedly on exposing the dark world of
unregulated chemical testing and the corruption within the Kaua'i government that
allows these practices to continue. ALOHA AINA WARRIOR shows first hand how, after
exhausting every other option, Dustin makes the decision to run for Mayor of the County
of Kaua’i and embarks on an epic battle going head to head with the largest chemical
corporations in the world. Through this unlikely journey Dustin finds a way forward for
his community, himself, and all of us. An Alohā Aina Warrior in Hawaiian culture is a
warrior who fights to protect the land, Dustin Barca is the embodiment of this ideal.