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Long-Awaited ‘KULEANA’ Opens Today

“KULEANA” is here. PC: BIN

The award-winning film KULEANA began its statewide theatrical release today, Friday, March 30, 2018, at Regal and Consolidated Theaters throughout Hawai‘i.

The film opened the Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona and the Regal Prince Kuhio 9 in Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Big Island Now attended the noon showing at the Regal Prince Kuhio, where 90 of the 100 seats in theater were filled.

Moviegoers enjoyed the film, sharing their comments with Big Island Now—”great,” terrific,” “brilliant,” “it was wonderful,” “loved it,” “it gave me chicken skin.”

Produced entirely in Hawai‘i, KULEANA has received the Audience Choice Award in the Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival and the San Antonio Film Festival, as well as “Best of Fest” in the Guam International Film Festival.

Boasting high production values in picture, performances and music, KULEANA has earned the faith of mainland theater giants Reading International (Consolidated) and Regal, which will also open the movie in Guam.

“Kuleana” is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In KULEANA, set in Hawai‘i in 1971, a disabled Vietnam vet rediscovers the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father’s name.

Kristina Anapau (True Blood, Black Swan), one of the film’s stars and executive producers, is a Hilo-native, now living and working in Hollywood.

The film also stars Moronai Kanekoa, Stefan Schaefer, Sonya Balmores (Marvel’s INHUMANS), Vene Chun, Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond (CHICAGO MED) and Mel Cabang.

KULEANA was written and directed by Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer.

Willie K provides an original score; the soundtrack boasts hit songs by Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, and Tony Orlando and Dawn, with Hawaiian classics of the era by Genoa Keawe, Lena Machado, Sunday Manoa, Sons of Hawaii, Marlene Sai and more.

REVIEWS

MAUI TIME, Barry Wurst II: “Brian Kohne’s eagerly awaited KULEANA is a film island audiences deserve but might not be expecting… Ambitious and more absorbing than most 2017 films, [Director Brian] Kohne infuses magical realism, social commentary and Hawaiian history into a dense, busy, but coherent narrative… An original blend of Hawai‘’s history, spirituality and culture. Kuleana introduces a unique new film genre: Hawaiian Noir. While the setting may be tropical paradise, it’s set against a shocking and densely plotted mystery that twists and turns like a Raymond Chandler thriller.

THE MAUI NEWS, Rick Chatanever: “This is heady, heartfelt stuff, a vision of Hawai‘i very different from the Hollywood version. While the plot is sometimes convoluted, and the film’s subtleties, including extensive use of Hawaiian language, might not be as resonant elsewhere… KULEANA’s message is universal. It’s a work of powerful emotions, rich imagination, uncommon cultural sensitivity, and performances and production values belying its tiny budget.

The film received an MPAA PG-13 rating, and also holds a spot on popular movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Keauhou Shopping Center is located at 78-6831 Ali‘i Drive, H-24. Prince Kuhio Plaza is located at 111 E Puainako St., #400.

Mainland residents can sign up to host/attend a screening in their city at www.hawaiicinema.com via Gathr.

For more information, go online.

Pacific Media Group, Big Island Now’s parent company, is a shareholder in the film KULEANA.

Award-Winning ‘Kuleana’ to Open on Big Island March 30

The award-winning film KULEANA will begin its statewide theatrical release on Friday, March 30, at Regal and Consolidated Theaters throughout Hawai‘i.

KULEANA Writer-Director Brian Kohne told Big Island Now that the film will open at the Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona and the Regal Prince Kuhio 9 in Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Produced entirely in Hawai‘i, KULEANA has received the Audience Choice Award in the Santa Cruz Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival and the San Antonio Film Festival, as well as “Best of Fest” in the Guam International Film Festival.

Sonya Balmores and Hilo Native Kristina Anapau at the “Kuleana” world premier at the Maui Film Festival. Courtesy photo.

“Kuleana” is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In KULEANA, set in Hawai‘i in 1971, a disabled Vietnam vet rediscovers the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father’s name.

Kristina Anapau (True Blood, Black Swan), one of the film’s stars and executive producers, is a Hilo-native, now living and working in Hollywood.

The film also stars Moronai Kanekoa, Stefan Schaefer, Sonya Balmores (Marvel’s INHUMANS), Vene Chun, Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond (CHICAGO MED) and Mel Cabang.

The film was produced by Stefan Schaefer.

Willie K provides an original score; the soundtrack boasts hit songs by Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, and Tony Orlando and Dawn, with Hawaiian classics of the era by Genoa Keawe, Lena Machado, Sunday Manoa, Sons of Hawaii, Marlene Sai and more.

The film received an MPAA PG-13 rating, and also holds a spot on popular movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Boasting high production values in picture, performances and music, KULEANA has earned the faith of mainland theater giants Reading International (Consolidated) and Regal, which will also open the movie in Guam.

KULEANA opens on O‘ahu in the Consolidated Theaters at Pearlridge, Kapolei, and also Kahala Mall, where a question-and-answer session with Writer-Director Brian Kohne and star Moronai Kanekoa will follow the March 30, 7:30 p.m. opening night screening, with another question-and-answer following the March 31, 7:30 p.m. screening with other members of the cast participating.

The film also opens in the Regal Maui Mall in Kahului and Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina.

Kukui Grove Cinema is a likelihood on Kauai, and Mainland residents can sign up to host/attend a screening in their city at www.hawaiicinema.com via Gathr.

Keauhou Shopping Center is located at 78-6831 Ali‘i Drive, H-24.
Prince Kuhio Plaza is located at 111 E Puainako St., #400.
For more information, go online.

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton Injured in Indonesia

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton

ESPN is reporting that Bethany Hamilton was injured in Indonesia recently:

Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton underwent arm surgery Saturday to repair nerve damage suffered in a surfing accident incurred on June 22. She was on a boat trip with sponsor Rip Curl on Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands at the time…

…The injury occurred when Bethany fell and a surfboard fin sliced her bicep. The cut required 10 stitches, and Hamilton had lingering numbness from her pinky and ring finger up to the injury on the lower side of her arm. Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack off the North Shore of Kauai on Oct. 31, 2003. That incident and her recovery are the subject of the feature film ‘Soul Surfer,’ which was released in April.

While traveling home to Hawaii, Bethany saw a doctor in Singapore who concluded that the medial cutaneous nerve of her forearm had been injured but that her ulnar nerve was fine. However, a nerve specialist in Oahu determined Friday that she had been misdiagnosed and recommended immediate surgery…

More Here: Bethany Hamilton Undergoes Surgery

Sneak Preview of “Soul Surfer” the True Story of Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer is based on a true story, about a teenage girl, Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), who has to gain the courage to surf again, after losing her arm in a shark attack.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnSrETbfd5Q]

Soul Surfer Begins Shooting in Hawaii Next Week – The Bethany Hamilton Story

Bethany Hamilton, the surfer on the North Shore of Oahu who lost her arm to a shark bite is about to have a Major Hollywood movie made about her story.

Carrie Underwood, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and others are scheduled to be part of the film which begins filming next week on the North Shore of Oahu.

Filmmaker Kevin Sorbo tweeted out the following a few days ago:

  1. i am so happy to be doing this movie. great story of overcoming tragedy. 5:23 AM Jan 16th from web
  2. Check this video out — Bethany Hamilton Tells Her Story…. http://youtu.be/duelon0MF2o i will meet her next week. 5:23 AM Jan 16th from web

  3. name of movie is ‘soul surfer’. touching story. i will be starring with dennis quaid, helen hunt, carrie underwood, anna sophia robb. 5:18 AM Jan 16th from web

  4. i am showing you this video because i will be shooting Bethany’s movie in hawaii. 6 week shoot in hawaii. start shooting jan. 25. 5:16 AM Jan 16th from web

  5. Check this video out — Heart of a Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story http://youtu.be/nnrpFWcFFxc 5:15 AM Jan 16th from web

  6. just booked a movie in hawaii…..details to follow! 2:55 PM Jan 15th from web

Shark Victim/Surfer Bethany Hamilton Designs a Slippah for Crocs

18 year old Bethany Hamilton from Kauai, who became famous when she lost her arm to a shark surfing, and made a spectacular comeback surfing with only one arm, has recently designed a pair of Slippahs for Crocs.

I myself think they are kind of ugly and just look like any other type of slippahs:

If your interested, they are selling for $19.99 here.