Remembering, with deep sadness, the brilliant Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli, who passed away on November 30, 2022. Emmett was instrumental in enabling the Sacred Land Film Project to tell the story of the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana’s 50-year campaign to stop the bombing of a sacred Hawaiian island and to restore both the island and Native Hawaiian cultural practices.

“Islands of Sanctuary” is the concluding story in our “Standing our Sacred Ground” series ( We produced this short video for the memorial service held for Emmett in Honolulu on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Emmett was a tireless sacred site guardian and a healer of both land and people. He often said: “The health of the land is the health of the people.” He will be dearly missed.