Voyagers: The First Hawaiians – The Premiere

Autographed copy of the DVD!

So a couple weekends ago I got to go to the Hilton Waikoloa Village for a weekend get away.

On Saturday night, my wife and I were lucky enough to attend the premiere of “VOYAGERS: The First Hawaiians”.  It’s a film produced by Paul Csige based on the book that Herb Kawainui Kane wrote.

Herb Kawainui Kane and his wife along with film maker Paul Csige and his wife

I felt very honored as my ohana was given VIP seating up front so my son my nephew wouldn’t have any problems viewing the film.

The movie begins with a trailer about Mauna Kea

I knew things were about to begin, when two guys came out on the top of the roof of the stage and started blowing conch shells.

What a cool way to start the production!

The evening started out with a Pule (a Hawaiian Prayer)

A Pule

Then we had some entertainment from a local dance group.


An intense glare

One for the ladies as well

Then dignitaries were honored on stage with Herb and Paul

Dignitaries on stage

The Hilton Waikoloa Staff then surprised the audience with free popcorn and then the movie began.

Here is a short clip from it that can give you the general feel of the movie:

“In 1976 a voyaging canoe set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti for the first time in over 600 years.  Accompanying these mariners aboard their historic voyage was a a single book.

Over 30 years later, the tale told in those pages comes to life through the images of Herb Kawaianui Kane and the vision of Filmmaker Paul Cisge.”


4 Responses

  1. Great post Damon! Love the book

  2. Well done, Damon! “Voyagers” has a special place in my heart because the narrator is a dear friend and neighbor, Mr. Dennis Evangelista. At last year’s Big Island Film Festival, his whole ‘ohana, down to the grandkids, who mostly napped through the movie, but woke up in time to clap and cheer for Grampa in the credits. This is a great report on a fine project. More, please, Paul and Herb.

  3. what a great post! feel like I was there with you. I have a Voyagers DVD, really love it and Uncle Herb’s artwork is just the best depiction of Hawaiian history. Glad you and your ohana had such a grand time! Oh, and thanks very much for the photo “for the ladies.” He sure is easy on the eyes. ;) Is it just me or does Paul Csige look like the lead singer for Nickleback?

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