Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, May 27, 2002

Kamehameha chorus to
sing at film opening

By Tim Ryan

The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus, slated to perform at Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" world premiere in Hollywood on June 16, will return home to be part of a June 18 special screening at the Waikiki Twins.

Forty fifth- to seventh-graders will perform at the 1 and 6 p.m. premieres at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The group also will be featured June 16 on ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney," which is to feature the film and Hawaii-born actors Tia Carrere and Jason Scott Lee, who give voice to the main characters in the animated feature.

"Lilo & Stitch" is a PG-rated animated film whose story is set on Kauai. The film opens June 21.

The Hawaiian Visitors and Convention Bureau is partners with Disney in the screenings, although HVCB officials declined comment on the local event or on an announcement of a long-term relationship with Disney that is expected soon.

Tony Vericella, HVCB president and CEO, said the organization and Disney have been working together for several months "on a variety of things."

Vericella said the planned partnership will lead to other long-term promotions "well beyond this premiere" and that agreement is "imminent."

"There are a lot of pieces to this whole thing," said Vericella, who will attend the Hollywood premiere.

Some Disney execs are expected to attend the Hawaii screening, including Dick Cook, Disney Studio's chairman.

The Kamehameha chorus was videotaped at Sunset Beach and Waimea Falls Park last Sunday singing one of the two songs they perform in the animated film. The video also will be used for the "Wonderful World of Disney" special airing June 16.

The Hawaii video finished filming Friday.

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