Finding Ohana Ending: Everything you should know
Very few other genres of films can quickly ignite our imagination as treasure hunting. Films like The Treasure of Sierra Madre, ‘The Romancing the Stone’, and any entry in the Indiana Jones art series evoke a sense of wonder that is not only undeniable but also timeless.
But as with any other material coming out of Hollywood, the lack of representation has been a major problem with it over the years. However, after the advent of streaming services, these issues have started to be actively addressed.
Eng Finding, Ohana, ‘director Jud Weng’s feature debut, is a classic example of changing times. In collaboration with Netflix, the film follows two native Hawaiian siblings who are forced to return to Oahu from New York after their grandfather’s sudden heart attack.
Plagued by the financial crisis, the family discovers a possible solution when they learn of a large contingent of conquering treasures.
Finding Ohana Plot Recap: What happens in the movie?
Pili (Kea Peahu) and his older brother Ioane (Alex Eino) live in Brooklyn with their mother Leilani (Kelly Hu). After Kimo (Branscomb Richmond), his grandfather, and Leilani’s father have a heart attack, the family moves to Oahu to take care of him.
We learn that Leilani left the island after her husband Kua, a military officer, died in battle 11 years ago. There is a lot of anger and resentment in Liani and her father’s relationship stemming from Alien’s mutual feelings.
Pili is a fond geocacher and wants to explore the island soon after arriving there, but poor internet connections and otherwise captured family members force him to seek entertainment elsewhere.
He finds a battered and old magazine in a hidden compartment of a desk with a leather cover. She learns that it was originally of Monks (Ricky Garcia), a sailor in a ship called Peru, transporting gold from the South American colonies to Spain.
However, the privateers that the colonists mutated against their captain. Robinson (Mark Evan Jackson), Brown (Chris Parnell), and Monks, the leaders of these privateers, hid the treasure inside a mountain.
The monks gave their magazine to an aerial couple, who reveal Pili and Ioane’s ancestors. Pleased with the prospect of finding the real treasure, Pili goes to see it with a local boy named Caspar (Owen Vaccaro).
After finding out that his sister is missing, Ian takes her up the mountain with Hana (Lindsay Watson), a girl he recently met on the island.
When they discover that the treasure could potentially be real, the four teens decide to hunt for the treasure together, believing that it will solve their respective problems.
Finding Ohana Ending: Why do Pili, Casper, and Hana leave the treasure?
Ioane agrees to help his sister find the treasure because he knows that it will help him erase the financial issues that the family has been dealing with recently and will take him back to Brooklyn.
Of the two siblings, he feels the most out of place since his arrival in Oahu. She learns that her mother plans to sell her Brooklyn apartment to pay off the debts taken by Kimio so that she does not lose her ancestral property.
For Ayané and Pili, to an extent, the treasure offers a way out of their position. As the other two, Hana, an aspiring singer, wants to attend Juilliard and is in dire need of financial support, while Caspar wants to appoint a trainer for her fat cat.
Despite all this, three of the four decide to leave the treasure behind when they discover that the cave, where it has been stored all these years, is a tomb. As Hana tells Ian earlier, the tombs are “Kapu” or “holy”.
Their humiliation brings spiritual and supernatural punishment. It does not matter that the treasure is not originally in the cave. When the monks and others brought it there, it became an offering. Pili realizes that Kimo had already found the cave, but leaves it due to his conviction in Hawaiian traditions.
But none of this initially gets through Ioane. His Brooklyn-upbringing has completely separated him from his Hawaiian roots. He views the old beliefs and customs of his people through typical New York pragmatism and reveals them as superstitions.
He knows that curses and mythical spirits do not exist in the world, but are debts and hostages. It is only when he and others start listening to nightmares that he comes to know how wrong he was.
Who are nightmarchers? Does Kua dies in Finding Ohana?
According to Hawaiian mythology, nightmares are the spirits of dead warriors who descend from burial grounds or the sea, who march as a group to the beat of drums and play a conch from sunset to sunset.
If they want to avoid immediate death, humans must keep their way clear. One way to come out alive from an encounter with a nightmare is to show full reverence by putting one’s face on the ground.
Another way to negate a dastardly destiny is if one marches one recognizes the mortal as his child and claims the person as his own by pronouncing the word “Na ‘!” (Meaning “mine”).
Discovering “Ohana” faithfully reconstructs the legend in its mythological sequence. After an emotional reconciliation with her father, Leilani realizes that her children are possibly looking for an actual troop of treasure and go to see them.
He finds them as they try to escape from a nightmare and lead them to a shabby hut. Lilani and the four children fearfully await the decision of the night marchers, the leader of the march called out, “No!” Seeing that Bhavna is wearing jeans and army shoes, Leilani feels that it is Kua.
Although Kua faces her family, and they can physically touch her, she is not alive. He died in a fight that made him part of the nightmares, a quintessential component of the Hawaiian tradition.
He returns at the last moment to protect his family. Before he and the other nightmares sink back into the ocean, they retrieve the treasure that Ion took from the cave, leaving only Kimo’s coin behind.
What happens to Pili & Ohana at the end of Finding Ohana?
The Hawaiian word “ohana” roughly translates to “family” in English, although it has a much larger meaning than the English version. After their experience, the family decided to maintain secrecy about nightmares and treasures.
For the first time, Leilani admits to her children that she considered it wrong for the whole family to make decisions on their own. She then asks her children if they should let go of their air assets and take Kimo back to Brooklyn or sell the Brooklyn apartment and move to Hawaii permanently.
In the film’s opening moments, Pili changed her Instagram location from Brooklyn to Oahu, indicating that the family has opted for the latter. The biggest blocker to this plan was Ayane, but even after what he saw in that hut, he wants to stay in Hawaii.
He and Hana start dating. She has also developed beyond her Juilliard aspirations and is at peace with her decision to stay on the island.