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Series regulars celebrate "Hawaii Five-0" premiere

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September 28th, 2016



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For the seventh straight year, thousands of “Hawaii Five-0” fans showed up to welcome the show’s stars to the annual Sunset on the Beach season premiere in Waikiki.

San Diego resident Kailey Koons was among those who lined a security fence Friday afternoon more than two hours before series regulars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia and Chi McBride made their appearance on the red carpet.

Armed with a poster that featured pictures of the entire cast — plus herself — she hoped to celebrate her 21st birthday with a greeting from her two favorite law enforcement officers, Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams.

“I started watching during season one,” said Koons. “Being in Hawaii and all is just amazing, but being able to watch the (premiere) episode with the cast is so cool.”

The season premiere screened after red carpet arrivals by the show’s stars along with local actors Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun and Teilor Grubbs, who have been shooting episodes since July and were on set earlier in the day before getting changed and making their way to Sunset on the Beach.

Every year fans travel to Hawaii from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the cast, who sign autographs and pose for photos before making their way down the red carpet.

Approximately 7,000 people were on hand by the time Grammy Award-winning artist Darius Rucker performed prior to the screening of “Makaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani.” He had been spotted earlier in the afternoon on the red carpet happily accepting an invitation from Lenkov and Guggenheim to get in touch about a future guest appearance on the show.

“I like the show a lot,” Rucker said afterward. “I do watch it. We’ve been talking about if I wanted to be a bad guy. We just don’t know what we’re going to do yet.”

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser spoke with a number of cast members as they made their way down the red carpet before the season premiere screening. Here’s what they had to say:

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PETER LENKOV

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Q: How does it feel that seven seasons in, thousands of fans still want to watch the season premiere on the beach with you?

A: We never take anything like this for granted. It’s amazing. We’ve got a very loyal fan base who still like the show. Every year I drive up here and I’m very nervous nobody is going to be here. We’re very lucky. I’ve never had this kind of experience before. It amazes me. Seven years later and I’m still blown away.

(The best part) for me (is) meeting the fans. It really is. We usually actually come in a little earlier. We come in at like noon. For me, that’s the real treat. (We brought) footballs and bags and banners and umbrellas (and) challenge coins. We had a lot of stuff this year. Some scripts. We bring the Coco Puffs, too.

Q: Now that the first episodes of both “MacGyver” and “Hawaii Five-0” are finished and on television, what do you think of the one-two punch the shows bring to CBS on Friday nights?

A: I think they complement each other. They’re pure entertainment. If you’re a fan of “Five-0,” I think you’ll like “MacGyver.” Very similar. They’re like brother and sister. They belong together. And that’s really what I set out to do, something that’s very Friday-friendly, something that could be something the family watches together. I’m really excited.

Q: Any thoughts about ABC’s plan to reinvent “Magnum P.I.” with Thomas Magnum’s daughter as the new main character?

A: I’m glad it’s coming back. I’m a huge fan of it in any incarnation, so I’m excited. I’ll watch.

ALEX O’LOUGHLIN (STEVE MCGARRETT)

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Q: How has your approach to playing McGarrett changed from the first season compared to now?

A: I’ve never played a character for this long. The thing I really like about it that I’m really starting to see is that you get an ease that is very hard to find right away in film. You start a movie and once you start really getting comfortable with your character, you’re done.

Q: A lot of fans love the “cargument” scenes that have become a staple of the show. Do you love filming those scenes as much as fans love watching them?

A: It doesn’t take me any effort at all to yell at Scott on a regular basis. I take great pleasure in it. For some reason, we’re both outspoken people anyway. So once we start arguing, it kind of comes to us naturally, which is funny.

The first time it happened was when we read the pilot. We just started arguing and it was great.

DANIEL DAE KIM (CHIN HO KELLY)

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Q: “Lost” filmed in Hawaii for six seasons before that show came to an end. What is it like making it to a seventh season with “Hawaii Five-0?”

A: If you would have told me the next series I did was actually going to be longer than “Lost,” I would have laughed. It’s very rare to have a show go 100 episodes, and now on “Hawaii Five-0,” we just finished shooting our 150th.

Q: How different is working on season 7 from previous seasons on the show? How do the two experiences compare?

A: We’ve really grown to become a family. When you first start working with a group of people, you’re getting to know them and everyone’s got a different energy. Everyone is coming together behind the scenes as well.

But now, after seven seasons, we shot a scene today where we were playing poker and the smiles were so natural. The ease with one another was just very comfortable and very organic. That’s the kind of thing you can’t manufacture.

Q: Peter mentioned in a recent interview with the Star-Advertiser that contract negotiations are underway with all of the main cast. Can you see yourself signing up for a longer run in Hawaii?

A: It’s an interesting question. I think Chin’s storyline has been great and I love the fans. Anything can happen.

CHI MCBRIDE (LOU GROVER)

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Q: Now that filming is underway, what are you most excited for fans to see coming up during season 7?

A: What’s not to love? You’re in Hawaii and having a good time. I can’t think of anything better than us going into this seventh season and who knows how many more.

Q: Do you think your character has found his niche with the Five-0 task force?

A: That pretty much happened in season number five when we started. It’s pretty much old hat now. We all get along quite well both on and off camera. Grover is just as much a part of the fabric as anyone else, thank goodness.

Q: CBS is known to not shy away from crossover episodes. Would you want to see the cast of “Macgyver” and “Hawaii Five-0” share the screen?

A: Hey man, you never know. But they gotta come here. I’m not packing up any bags to go anyplace that gets cold. I don’t have any clothes for cold weather, so they have to come out here.

JORGE GARCIA (JERRY ORTEGA)

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Q: “Lost” filmed in Hawaii for six seasons before that show came to an end. What is it like taking part in a seventh season with “Hawaii Five-0?”

A: Well, we knew “Lost” was ending at that stage of the game. With “Five-0,” who knows how long it can go?

Q: Will Jerry ever become a full-fledged member of the Five-0 task force?

A: Good question! So far, there’s no prop badge that I get. Or gun. But we’ll see. We will see. There’s going to be some moment when Jerry goes on strike because he’s not getting the appreciation he deserves.

TEILOR GRUBBS (GRACE WILLIAMS)

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Q: Longtime fans of the show have watched you grow up on TV. Has your portrayal of Grace changed at all as you’ve gotten older?

A: I’m starting to get a lot harder roles. I’m growing as a character and it’s getting easier to relate to my everyday life than I was. It’s exciting.

Q: What’s the hardest part about living in Hawaii while starring on a hit TV show that films here?

A: I don’t know. I think I have it all. Most people want to live here and I’m on a hit TV show. It’s pretty great.

TAYLOR WILY (KAMEKONA)

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Q: How does it feel to represent the local acting community on the show?

A: Well, first of all we have to give props and respect to Al Harrington. That’s the OG. I’m just under him trying to represent our people.

Q: If you had creative control, what would you want Kamekona to do next with his character?

A: I’d open up a club. Then I could put all the local entertainers on the show.

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FOLLOWING THE beach premiere, nearly 400 VIP guests made their way to Sky Waikiki for the official Sunset on the Beach afterparty. CBS executives along with cast and crew from the show walked a 60-foot red carpet outside the club and were treated to exclusive new “Five-0” footage screened on Sky Waikiki’s 30-foot 4KHD media wall.

Sky Waikiki’s resident mixologist, Jenn Ackrill, also created a specialty cocktail for guests that celebrated the 150th episode being filmed and executive chef Lance Kosaka was on hand to supervise food service during the party.

“Hawaii Five-0” airs at 8 p.m. Fridays on CBS.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Oahu Patagonia stores host 'Unbroken Ground' screening

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July 20th, 2016



COURTESY PATAGONIA PROVISIONSFollowing a centuries-old practice of Native American tribes, Lummi Island Wild Fishery crew members scout for wild Pacific salmon off the coast of Washington State. There are currently 11 reef net license-holders in the world, all operating in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest.

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Following a centuries-old practice of Native American tribes, Lummi Island Wild Fishery crew members scout for wild Pacific salmon off the coast of Washington State. There are currently 11 reef net license-holders in the world, all operating in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest.

As awareness grows in regards to the connection between Earth’s food supply and the negative effects of climate change, national retailer Patagonia has partnered with filmmaker Chris Malloy to share the stories of groups leading the charge in developing more sustainable production methods.

“Unbroken Ground” explores advancements in regenerative agriculture, restorative grazing, new crop development and selective-harvest fishing. The 25-minute film underscores the core beliefs of Patagonia’s new food line, Patagonia Provisions, in that “food can and should be grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore the land, water, wildlife and human health,” according to news release sent by the company.

Oahu residents will have two opportunities to view the film; both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with Malloy, Patagonia Provisions director Birgit Cameron and local Patagonia brand ambassador and waterwoman Kimi Werner. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.

The first screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 30 at Patagonia Haleiwa, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy. Call (808) 637-1245. A second screening will take place at 6 p.m. July 31 at Patagonia Honolulu, 940 Auahi St. Call (808) 593-7502.

Can’t make the screenings? Check out “Unbroken Ground” in its entirety online at PatagoniaProvisions.com and Patagonia.com starting Aug. 1.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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3660 hosts casting call for 'Bachelor,' 'Bachelorette'

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July 7th, 2016



COURTESY ABCProducers from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" will be in town later this month to search for potential stars of the ABC reality shows.

COURTESY ABC

Producers from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" will be in town later this month to search for potential stars of the ABC reality shows.

Hawaii residents looking for true love — and who are willing to get in front of television cameras to search for it — are invited to take part in a casting call for two ABC reality shows on July 28.

Local ABC affiliate KITV and radio station 102.7 Da Bomb will host a public search from 4 to 8 p.m. July 28 at 3660 on the Rise in Kaimuki in hopes of finding the next stars of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

According to the network, each of the shows features “one lucky man or one lucky woman (who) is given the opportunity to find their soulmate among a pool of candidates.” Producers will look for the “enthusiasm, playfulness, sparkle and passion” necessary to be the center of attention and become “America’s next leading lady or leading man.”

“The Bachelor” first aired on ABC in 2002 and is hosted by Chris Harrison. No word if he’ll be in town for the casting call, but it’s unlikely.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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'West is Best' finshes exclusive run at Regal Kapolei Commons

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May 28th, 2016



DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COMThe students who created "West is Best" got a chance to preview the trailer at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 before its grand opening last month.

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The students who created "West is Best" got a chance to preview the trailer at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 before its grand opening last month.

If you’ve watched a movie at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12, it’s a good bet you’ve seen the video love letter to Leeward Oahu created by students from the University of Hawaii West Oahu’s Academy of Creative Media.

“West is Best” is the trailer ACM students Mahea Kahala, Julian Silveria, Melissa Garbles, Kevin Bechayda, Kauluwehi Kato and August Harrington collaboratively wrote, produced, starred in and edited as part of an internship class at UHWO. It recently finished an exclusive one-month run at Kapolei Commons and is now available for viewing online.

“UHWO’s ACM program is only a year and a half old and already we have 68 majors, 43 of whom (are) transfers from other campuses,” said ACM director Chris Lee. “This is an amazing opportunity to showcase what these students are capable of accomplishing under the great faculty at UHWO and the state of the art equipment available to them. I could not be more pleased by the outcome.”

Along with showcasing the students’ work at Kapolei Commons, Regal presented UH-West Oahu with a $25,000 donation to help fund student scholarships, workshops with film industry professionals and new equipment.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Regal Kapolei Commons previews new concession items

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April 13th, 2016



PHOTOS BY DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM University of Hawaii West Oahu Academy for Creative Media students and staff, from left, Sharla Hanaoka, Kevin Bechayda, Julian Silveria, August Harrington, Melissa Lum, Mahealani Kahala and Melissa Garabiles pose for a photo with items from the Kapolei Commons 12 concession before heading into the showcase Hale Ikua theater to screen a short film they produced.

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University of Hawaii West Oahu Academy for Creative Media students and staff, from left, Sharla Hanaoka, Kevin Bechayda, Julian Silveria, August Harrington, Melissa Lum, Mahealani Kahala and Melissa Garabiles pose for a photo with items from the Kapolei Commons 12 concession before heading into the showcase Hale Ikua theater to screen a short film they produced.


Regal Cinemas aims to attract both film buffs and foodies to the new Kapolei Commons 12 multiplex when it officially opens to the general public next week.

Moviegoers will experience a new level of comfort sitting in one of 1,290 luxury recliners with electric controls and adjustable food and beverage trays to keep snacks and drinks within reach. Theaters will feature “giant, wall-to-wall” screens of varying sizes, according to Regal officials, and a satellite-based system will deliver films for playback using high-resolution digital projection equipment.

In the lobby, guests will find elements of Hawaiian culture throughout the room. A custom lighting element recreates the stars over Hawaii’s northern skies, with plantation-style teak shutters as window treatments and fishnet-inspired graphics in the carpets.

The lobby is also where you’ll find an extensive menu of gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches, made-to-order pizza and fresh-baked desserts exclusive to the Kapolei complex. Sure, you can still try to smuggle in a package of kakimochi to go with an order of plain buttered popcorn and a soft drink, but Regal is confident the selection presented with the new menu will win Oahu residents over with locally-inspired flavors.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser got an exclusive first look inside Kapolei Commons 12 earlier this week when Regal hosted a small group of students from the University of Hawaii West Oahu’s Academy for Creative Media. They wrote and directed a short film, “West is Best,” that will make its public debut on Thursday.

On Tuesday, they previewed the trailer with Academy for Creative Media founder and director Chris Lee. But before they could kick back in the multiplex’s centerpiece, the Hale Ikua theater (translated from Hawaiian as “house of the loud and thunderous voice,” according to a Regal spokesperson), samples from the menu were brought out for photos and tasting.

The Off-the-Hook Combo ($7.99) is a sweet-and-salty combination of blondie brownie bites, Maui potato chips and popcorn drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce.

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The Vietnamese-French Sandwich ($11.99 with Maui potato chips; add $1 for French fries) is Regal’s take on the traditional banh mi, with tender lemongrass chicken and pickled vegetables served on a fresh baguette and topped with cilantro.

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The Paniolo Hot Dog ($7.59) is a mash-up of sweet and savory flavors built upon a fresh roll and Nathan’s Famous Angus beef hot dog. Start with bacon, sprinkle some chili flakes and drizzle sweet red chili sauce, then top with pineapple and cilantro. This one isn’t for the faint of heart!

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Malasada Bites ($7.99) are house-made to order and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

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Regal Cinemas partnered with local bakers Let Them Eat Cupcakes and The Hawaiian Pie Company to offer fresh cupcakes ($4.49) and Coco Mac Cookies ($6.99).

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Click here to see the complete Kapolei Commons 12 concession menu. Visit regmovies.com starting on Thursday for movie schedules and to reserve seats and purchase tickets online.

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Hollywood heads to the Maui Film Fest

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May 27th, 2015



Hollywood A-listers Colin Farrell and Laura Dern are among the honorees to be recognized by the 2015 Maui Film Festival next week in Wailea.

ASSOCIATED PRESSColin Farrell.

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Colin Farrell.

A variety of parties, film screenings and other special events are planned from June 3 to June 7 at the Celestial Cinema, located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, and the Castle and McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

A third venue, the Toes in the Sand Cinema, will bring the movie-watching experience to the ocean’s edge at Wailea Beach behind the Four Seasons Maui.

“With more honorees than we’ve celebrated in a decade and a living, breathing wish list of many of the most critically acclaimed films of summer, and Maui as it's home, the 16th Annual Maui Film Festival is ready for its close up," said Maui Film Festival director Barry Rivers in a statement. "Come June 3rd, we plan to light the candle — make that 16 candles! — and blast off for … (an) early celebration of summer cinema and culinary arts celebrations par excellence!”

In addition to Dern and Farrell, Adam Driver, Scott Eastwood, Teresa Palmer and Louie Psihoyos will be presented with awards during the festival.

The Maui Film Festival was founded in 2000 as a “celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart.” More than 600 films from around the world have been screened at the festival over the last 16 years, with celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Zac Efron, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Helen Hunt, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Dennis Quaid, Emma Roberts, Owen Wilson and others in attendance.

Here is the schedule of awards presentations during this year’s festival; visit www.mauifilmfestival.com for a complete event schedule and list of films to be screened:

ASSOCIATED PRESSLaura Dern.

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Laura Dern.

» Rising Star Awards: 8 p.m. June 3 at the Celestial Cinema. Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will be honored as young film artists whose every role, even their formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.

» Rainmaker Award: 8 p.m. June 4 at the Celestial Cinema. Colin Farrell will be presented with the award which honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing their fundamental commitment to excellence.

» Lights! Camera! Passion! Award: 10 p.m. June 4 at the Celestial Cinema. Louie Psihoyos will be presented with the award which honors a director for their heartfelt personal and professional and heartfelt commitment to make movies that both matter and celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly insurmountable challenges. The award will be presented prior to a screening of Psihoyos’ new film, “Racing Extinction.”

» Shining Star Award: 8 p.m. June 5 at the Celestial Cinema. Adam Driver will recognized as a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time opportunity knocks.

» Rainmaker Award: 8 p.m. June 7 at the Celestial Cinema. Laura Dern will be honored for her eclectic film choices and charismatic performances which encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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‘Lāhainā Noon’ seeks supporters

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August 21st, 2014



It’s a little difficult for me to wrap my mind around the idea that I’ve known Chris Kahunahana for nearly a decade.

But what isn’t hard to believe at all is his story of leaving the nightly grind of running a nightclub in Chinatown and returning to his passion for independent filmmaking.

JAMM AQUINO / 2005Chris Kahunahana, left, with Miguel Innes and Sergio Goes in the space on Hotel Street that would become Nextdoor.

JAMM AQUINO / 2005

Chris Kahunahana, left, with Miguel Innes and Sergio Goes in the space on Hotel Street that would become Nextdoor.

When Kahunahana opened Nextdoor in 2005 with Miguel Innes and Sergio Goes, the 4,000-square-foot space on Hotel Street had aspirations of being much more than just a bar with (lots of) room to move.

I remember meeting him back then and feeling the excitement he had for what he and his partners rightly saw as the dawn of a new era in the neighborhood.

“Like Hong Kong and Berlin, we’re going to be in line as one of the next cities that provide quality entertainment,” he told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin back then. “Using this space, we want to book everything, not just DJs. We’re going for an eclectic mix. Whatever entertainment is being presented, it will create the space at (Nextdoor).”

Over the next eight years, Kahunahana worked tirelessly to make Nextdoor the destination he dreamed of, despite the departure of Innes as a business partner and Goes’ sudden death in a diving accident in 2008. New partners came and went, but he was the consistent face of the club, doing whatever it took to keep the doors open for his friends and loyal customers.

UPON HIS departure from Nextdoor in 2013, Kahunahana disappeared for a bit to collect himself and reset his focus. While fellow Chinatown entrepreneur Daniel Gray stepped up to take over following the closure of his own spot, SoHo Mixed Media Bar, earlier in the year, Kahunahana was content to lay low for a bit.

JAMM AQUINO / 2005Chris Kahunahana looks down from the area that would later become Nextdoor's VIP lounge.

JAMM AQUINO / 2005

Chris Kahunahana looks down from the area that would later become Nextdoor's VIP lounge.

He resurfaced a few months later as part of a new artistic collective, 4th World Film, with plans to release a short film called “Lāhainā Noon.” He was also selected to participate as a fellow in this year's Sundance Institute Native Lab, which opened him up to new perspectives on filmmaking and provided the motivation to return home and do some serious work behind the camera.

“I don’t sleep much,” Kahunahana, 43, joked during a phone call on Tuesday. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s cool though. I can’t complain.”

With all the filming complete, “Lāhainā Noon” is more than halfway finished but still needs multiple revisions before 4th World submits it for consideration to the Sundance Film Festival. Kahunahana also hinted at a potential Hawaii premiere during a certain annual fall film festival, but noted any official announcement now would be premature.

“I’d say we’re 75 percent done with 60 percent of the movie,” he said with a laugh. “We shot it all, edited it and stuck a bunch of sound on it. Now we’re taking away and adding more at the same time.

“Luckily with festivals, you submit a rough edit. It doesn’t have to be completely done. We’ll stop working on it when we have to turn it in (for Sundance).”

AS KAHUNAHANA continues to edit his film, 4th World will host a pair of public events in conjunction with a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that launches Thursday and was selected as an official Staff Pick within 10 minutes of being submitted to the site (the campaign had raised nearly $5,000 of its $8,000 goal by noon Thursday).

COURTESY CHRIS KAHUNAHANALOCAL FILMMAKER AND FORMER NIGHTCLUB OWNER CHRIS KAHUNAHANA.

COURTESY CHRIS KAHUNAHANA

An older and wiser Chris Kahunahana is set to release “Lāhainā Noon” later this year.

The first event is an Investors and Filmmakers Cocktail Meet and greet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bevy, 661 Auahi Street. Kahunahana and “Lāhainā Noon” assistant director Joseph Pa’ahana will be on hand to discuss the film and screen select scenes, with Grey Goose-hosted cocktails by barman Christian Self and music by DJs Timo and Mr. Nick. Admission is $25; only 50 seats are available.

Starting at 10 p.m. Aug. 28, a Friends of “Lāhainā Noon” party will take place at Manifest, 32 N. Hotel St. Once again, Grey Goose will provide the complimentary drinks, with DJs Delve and SuperCW keeping the party going until 2 a.m. Guests will be able to mingle with the cast and crew, watch behind-the-scenes footage from the film and even hear some of the soundtrack performed live. There’s no cover charge for the party, but donations will be accepted at the door.

“It’s not done yet, so any feedback we get is good and gives us an opportunity to keep working on stuff,” Kahunahana said. “I went into this project just trying to do my film. I’m not trying to do anybody else’s film.

“I’m trying to do something more in a classic filmmaking style. I want to make beautiful pictures and make people think about them. I hope that people walk away and have to think about this film.”

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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'Oiwi Film Fest returns

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November 6th, 2013



The Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre will be home once again for the third ‘Ōiwi Film Festival starting on Friday, Nov. 8.

Starting with an opening-night reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, the festival will explore the themes of Native Hawaiian identity, traditions and culture via a variety of film shorts, documentaries and features.

"It is so exciting to see the diversity of work by Native Hawaiian filmmakers and the stories they are telling as we move into our third year,” festival co-founder Ann Marie Kirk said in a press release. “From documentary to narrative fiction, the films … offer a thoroughly unique and a uniquely Hawaiian way of telling stories.”

Here's the full schedule, courtesy the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opening-Night Reception

The opening-night reception is an evening of food, film, art and music. Tickets include a buffet of poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, fried chicken, sweet-sour spareribs, sweet potato, white rice, haupia and fresh pineapple; live music performance; and a visit to the newly reinstalled Arts of Hawai‘i Gallery. Wine and beer available for purchase. A blessing will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $35 ($30 for HMA members).

'E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name'

In this documentary about identity, family, and memory, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez sets out to discover the meaning of her lengthy Hawaiian name as given to her by her schizophrenic mother. Marquez discovers not only herself within the name, but gains a new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition.

Narrating her journey from the islands to Seattle (and from childhood to adulthood), Marquez paints a picture of heartbreak and understanding that stresses the importance of the places we call home, and the power of the things we promise never to forget.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, with the short film "Kae," directed by Lana Dang; also screens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

'Let's Play Music: Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends'

Cyril Pahinui, son of recording legend Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, is universally recognized as a master of slack-key guitar. This intimate documentary follows Cyril, his friends, and family—which includes some of the best musicians in Hawai‘i—as they play music, talk story and reminisce about Cyril’s legendary father.

Featuring Roland Cazimero, Palani Vaughan, Kawika Kahiapo, Dennis Kamakahi, Mike Kaawa, Sonny Lim, Greg Sardinha, Peter Moon Jr., Jeff Au Hoy and Kunia Galdeira.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Kahiapo will be the special guest at the Nov. 9 screening.

'Kalo Culture'

Follow taro farmer Daniel Anthony, his family and friends during the three days leading up to the Haleiwa Taro Festival and learn how taro — and the traditional pounding of it — became the core of his life and small business, Mana ‘Ai (“Powerful Food”).

Featuring local artists, activists, musicians, and poets, such Makana, Noa Helela, Kealoha, Ernie Cruz Jr., Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Laulani Tealewho, "Kalo Culture" addresses how the traditions, culture, and way of life associated with taro farming and preparation are in danger of becoming extinct in the face of western influence, development, and competition in the poi industry.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, and 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Anthony and director Kamuela Vance will be the special guests at the Nov. 10 screening (Anthony will also host a pre-screening kalo-pounding demonstration).

‘Oiwi Shorts Showcase

Short films by directors Lana Dang ("Kae"), Kale Kaaikala ("Chout"), Ann Marie Kirk ("Small Kine Stories") and Erin Lau ("Koa 'Ohana," "Little Girl's War Cry") will be featured.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 1 p.m. Nov. 13.

Hawaiian Storytelling from a Hawaiian Perspective

Join storytellers from all mediums in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to discuss how Hawaiians tell stories, the importance of the Hawaiian voice in the arts, the uniqueness of the Hawaiian storytelling style and why it is needed. Panelists include filmmakers Lana Dang, Kale Kaaikala, Ann Marie Kirk, Erin Lau and Kamuela Vance.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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'Housewives' arrive in Waikiki

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November 5th, 2013



The cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." (Courtesy Bravo)

The cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." (Courtesy Bravo)

Ever wanted to witness the drama of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" in person? You can do just that tonight, Nov. 5, at Tiki's Grill and Bar in Waikiki with the cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

"Enjoy a cocktail, live music (and) be on set for an unforgettable episode filmed at Tiki's Grill & Bar," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page on Monday, Nov. 4. Taping is scheduled to start around 11:30 p.m.

Tiki's is located at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 923-8454 for reservations.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Pelekai eliminated on 'AGT'

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August 1st, 2013



"America's Got Talent" viewers sent home a contestant with Hawaii ties for the second straight week, dismissing Oahu resident Ciana Pelekai during a second week of eliminations decided by a public vote.

Ciana Pelekai, 12, performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Tuesday, July 30. (Courtesy NBC)

Ciana Pelekai, 12, performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Tuesday, July 30. (Courtesy NBC)

Local dance crew Hype went home during the show's first live results episode on July 24.

Pelekai, 12, chose a cover of Emeli Sande's "Next to Me" for her live performance on Tuesday, July 30, at Radio City Music Hall

"This is a really tough one," celebrity judge Mel B. told Pelekai the following night, July 31, as she awaited her fate alongside country singer Marty Brown and sword-swallowing daredevil Alexandr Magala. "I'm so glad we judges don't have to decide this.

"You have a stunning voice. Your performance was great last night."

America didn't agree, however, that she deserved one of four slots available for the 12 acts featured this week. Instead, country singer Brown, operatic trio Forte, dance crew Innovative Force and impressionist Angela Hoover were selected to move on to the show's semifinal round, bringing them one step closer to a $1,000,000 grand prize and Las Vegas show contract.

They'll be joined by the KriStef Brothers, Collins Key, Brandon James and Anna Christine, who were all picked by viewers last week to advance to the semifinals.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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