"Catch the bird but watch the wave."-Chief Semu Fatutoa
Chief Fatutoa was once a highly ranked Samoan chief. Technically, he still is; the tattoos shrouding his legs are immutable proof of the pain he endured to earn his title. But the pain of the grueling ceremony was dwarfed by the overwhelming emotional pain he experienced at a tragic event the same day. Full of unfounded self-blame, he abandons his chiefly duties and flees.
Two years later and thousands of miles from home, Chief Fatutoa is a Honolulu cab driver who keeps his tattoos covered, and slowly forgets his old life. But his old life wants him back and Chief Fatutoa begins to realize that it’s high time he started living up to his title. Filmed in the jungles, waters, and urban nightscapes of Oahu, Hawaii this is a story about being an outsider, about coping with grief, and about discovering your destiny through a chance encounter with a stranger.