Bill Tapia, a 94-year-old Hawaiian jazz pioneer, gave up on music—thinking that life wasn’t really worth much after his wife of 63 years and his only daughter passed away within two years of each other.

But when he befriends 26-year-old Alyssa, a Hapa-Hawaiian woman with a special connection to Bill’s past, he rediscovers his musical passion and youthful spirit. He begins a gripping journey back to his full potential, as a musician and as a man living an active life despite his advanced age and failing body.

TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA is a Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) & Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) co-production, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Addition funding by Cherry Sky Films, the Fleishhacker Foundation, & the Atherton Family Foundation.

“A gem!”

–LA Weekly

“A very moving and personal story about a remarkable man.”

–John Berger, Honolulu Star-Bulletin


–Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Surprisingly poignant…”

–TimeOut Chicago