04/21 Screening: The Story of Everything


The Story of Everything:
featuring the Storytelling of Kealoha

Friday, April 21, 2023

7pm | Doors open at 6:30pm

Wheeler Auditorium, Wheeler Hall

free & open to the public

Assisted listening technology on site

Watch the trailer here!

Engaging the Senses Foundation, who produced and directed The Story of Everything, is hosting this special screening. Event cosponsors include the Arts Research Center, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, and Arion Press.

Printable film poster here!


Opening Chant: Oli/Honoring Land by Kealoha (Writer, Hawaii Poet Laureate, Star in Film)

Introduction: Mona Abadir (alumna) CEO Engaging the Senses Foundation/ Executive Producer/ Producer TSOE

Film Screening: The Story of Everything

Q & A: ARC Director Beth Piatote with Kealoha, Solomon Enos (visionary artist for the film) and Jamie Nakama (Dancer in the film)

The Story of Everything’, a theater performance written and conceived by Hawaiʻi Poet Laureate Kealoha, and now a film produced and directed by Engaging the Senses Foundation, illuminates the intersection between science, the environment, the arts, and mindfulness. The film explores humanity’s rich and diverse explanations for the origins of life and presents powerful solutions for the continued health of the planet and all beings on it. Engaging the Senses Foundation presents their film ‘The Story of Everything’, along with co- sponsors Berkeley Arts Research Center, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and The Arion Press on Friday, April 21, 2023 at Wheeler Auditorium at University of California at Berkeley. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. film showing. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Story of Everything’ is my most important work, it’s the culmination of everything I have learned throughout life,” said Kealoha, founder of renowned HawaiʻiSlam and a MIT nuclear physics graduate. “It took me half my life to study the science behind this piece, half my life to study the art of poetry and storytelling, and about half a decade to actually create this work.”

Kealoha draws upon the talents of supremely accomplished, indigenous artist Kauʻi Kanakaʻole, master of the ʻaihaʻa style of hula and oli; Grammy-nominated ukulele virtuoso and composer Taimane; Quadraphonix, a Hawaiʻi-based freeform world beat band; aerial dancers Jamie Nakama and Jory Horn; the hip-hop artistry of Jonathan Clarke Sypert; and the contemporary art of Solomon Enos, whose extraordinary work is exhibited internationally. Special appearances will be made by visionaries Kealoha and Solomon Enos at the film event.

“‘The Story of Everything’ deepens our cross-cultural understanding, reveals our shared universal humanity and educates us about our responsibility to each other and Island Earth,” said Mona Abadir, Chief Executive Officer of Engaging the Senses Foundation and UC Berkeley Alumna. “We are thrilled to showcase and share Kealoha’s beautiful story for the first time in the Bay Area, along with our stellar partners Berkeley Arts Research Center, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and The Arion Press,” said Abadir.

ARC Director Beth Piatote notes, “‘The Story of Everything’ is a film made by the Engaging the Senses Foundation for the big screen, and we are delighted to help bring its artistry and awe to our stage at UC Berkeley. Kealoha’s vision of melding multiple origin stories radiates through spoken word, visual splendor, and Hawaiian traditional arts of hula and music in the unfolding of this grand story. The screening is a perfect date night to launch the Earth Day weekend, and a powerful meditation on the love–and the stories–that connect us all.”

In collaboration with the screening, the Arts Research Center is hosting a Poets Laureate reading & conversation.

Kealoha (Hawaiʻi’s first Poet Laureate) will join California’s new Poet Laureate Lee Herrick and Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate Nadia Elbgal.

Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 5pm
Durham Studio Theater, UC Berkeley

Free and open to the public

More info on Poets Laureate reading here!

To learn more about the making of the film and cast visit www.storyofeverything.org. ‘The Story of Everything’ was previously accepted to Hawaiʻi International Film Festival and Maui Film Festival in late 2022 with its California debut at UC Berkeley to kick off the 2023 Earth Day weekend.

About Engaging the Senses Foundation – www.engagingthesensesfoundation.com Engaging the Senses Foundation (ETSF) is an educationally oriented non-profit focused on collaborative partnerships, programs and film making which illuminate the intersection of the arts and mindfulness, with a particular focus on the universal language of poetry. ETSF believes by engaging the senses through the arts and storytelling that equality, social justice, environmental awareness and compassion can be advanced in local communities and around the world.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact ARC’s program and access coordinator Indira Allegra at iallegra@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible, and at least two weeks in advance of the event.