Crew is ready for Transpac
Last week, the Morning Light sailing crew ventured out to sea for 28 hours by themselves for the first time without instructors on board. "They were told not to come back to Diamond Head until 4 p.m. the day after they left," said spokeswoman Michiko Wada. "They're really improving."
All but one of them -- Punahou student Mark Towill -- head for home on the mainland this week. They'll return in mid-April for their last session in Hawaii before final training begins in Long Beach in preparation for the July Transpac race.
In an effort to give something back to the community (and fulfill the service obligation required with Act 88 tax credits), Roy Disney will offer an animation seminar at 5 p.m. April 20 at the University of Hawaii as part of the master class series with the Academy of Creative Media. "We want to leave Hawaii with a nice parting gift from us," said Wada. They expect filmmakers from all over the island to attend.
The next day, on April 21, the sailing crew will meet outside the Waikiki Yacht Club and participate in an Ala Wai cleanup effort. It's their way of saying thank you. "Everyone in Hawaii has been so hospitable," said Wada, who added that members of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii loaned the sailing crew members their surfboards so that they could learn to ride the waves a little closer to shore during their precious few minutes of spare time.
Hawaii volcanoes will be featured in a national commercial for the new Land Rover LR2, according to an online blog called Adrants. The tag line reads, "Wherever there's new land, there's a new Land Rover," referring to the fact that the Big Island is still growing as it inches over the earth's proverbial hot spot. Apparently, the team made an effort to learn about Pele and made short documentaries about the goddess and the volcano, which they never seem to refer to as Kilauea. We're guessing it's not Loihi.
Silly as they might sound, the documentaries are filled with stunning aerial footage and interesting interviews with a volcanologist and cultural adviser. Of the hundreds of acres of fresh land added to the island in recent years, cultural practitioner Carrington Yap said, "It's almost like a constant work of art." Another minidocumentary focuses on Mick Kalber, a volcanographer who spends his time filming erupting volcanoes.
Thanks to "Lost," Oahu sees film action every day. But the neighbor islands are getting their share, too. Film production on Kauai totaled $1.64 million last year, a 46 percent increase over spending the previous year, according to a recent announcement. Kauai Film Commissioner Art Umezu hinted that a major studio production had been scouting on Kauai and might set up shop on the Garden Isle down the road. Additional projects likely to start production on Kauai include a movie based on Bethany Hamilton's book "Soul Surfer."
Items from the Jack Lord Estate have made their way to eBay, with some pretty hefty price tags. Die-hard "Five-0" fans might want to investigate.