Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, November 30, 2001

Kilmer to star in Maui-based
interracial romance picture

By Tim Ryan

Val Kilmer will star in the $12 million Maui-based interracial love story "Five Stones," set to begin filming in Hawaii early next year 2002.

Kilmer, who has "Salton Sea" and "In God We Trust" ready for release, will portray a 40-something pilot trainer and son of a Texas Baptist minister.

"Five Stones" chronicles a family's migration to Hawaii from southern Polynesia in the late 1700s. It is based on the life of Iwi Henere, originally from New Zealand, who now lives on Maui. The story briefly deals with the introduction of the missionaries, then fast-forwards to 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the training missions that fly over Kahoolawe.

Adam Beach, who co-starred in the yet-to-be-released World War II action-drama "Windtalkers," is being courted for the co-starring role as a man of Maori heritage training as a bomber and navigator. The love interest is a 20-something Caucasian woman from Boston who is not yet cast.

Filming under the Five Stones Production banner could begin as early as late January, said the film's writer-director, Jeff Kramer. He planned to film two days on Kahoolawe -- the first film production to do so -- but the request was declined by the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.

The production will film three weeks in Los Angeles and five to six weeks on Maui, in Hana, the Keanae Peninsula and Iao Valley.

"Five Stones" is a love story with a political back story, according to Kramer, who said it ties loosely to the return of Kahoolawe to Hawaiians and "blends fact and fiction." He expects to hire at least two dozen local extras for the film.

Neil Geraldo, husband of singer Pat Benatar and a sometime Maui resident, is writing the music for the film.

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