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Published on Mar 27, 2010
http://lycheethieves.com Four local Hawaiian characters clash in Lychee Thieves, a short film inspired by a newspaper article about a lychee robbery in Hawai'i.
Keoki, a Hawaiian man who picks fruit between jobs, offers to pick Arnie and Ethels ripe lychee tree. Arnie refuses, but suspects that Keoki will return and steal his lychee, probably with the help of Mrs. Chun, the Chinese widow next door who has been eyeing the branches hanging into her yard. Paranoid, Arnie arranges for a professional trimmer to come the next day and strip the tree of its fruit as quickly as possible, no matter what the consequences. The night before the harvest, Keoki, Ethel and Mrs. Chun have troubling dreams about the fate of the tree, but wake with no recollection of their dreams' warning. The next day, it is up to Keoki to break a longstanding cycle of fear and save the "mana" (spiritual power) of the tree.