Disney crew in Honolulu to finish prep
"THE SECRET" continues to attract interest from audience members at Unity Church in Diamond Head. While the concept -- applying the power of positive thinking to daily life -- is not new, there's discussion locally about implementing it in new ways.
David Tasaka, Unity's director of public relations, quietly talked with Kilauea Marciel about sharing some version of it with the Hawaiian community. "We lost our country and we lost our language," said Marciel, a retired nurse and kupuna who visited from her home in Waimea on the Big Island to watch the film earlier this month.
"We talk about pride but it's anger," added Marciel, who works to improve the health of native Hawaiians. Though she thinks turning around the negativity is essential, she believes "The Secret" is "not the movie for our people; it's not geared to the Hawaiian culture and manao. It has to be adapted. But this is a big message for them. These are people who are very spiritual."
"LOST" Star Daniel Dae Kim held his own at the Halekulani Tea and Yves Saint Laurent/Tiffany & Co. fashion show to benefit the Red Cross Hawaii Chapter last Sunday afternoon. Looking spiffy in a tan suit, the actor told the audience of about 175 women that he's constantly asked to participate in charity events and can't possibly meet the demands for his time. But when the Red Cross called, he made it an immediate priority.
DISNEY'S "Morning Light" crew members are back in Honolulu this week for their last round of training before settling in Los Angeles to prepare for the Transpacific Yacht Race in July. With their sponsors, they expressed their gratitude for the community's support with an Ala Wai Clean Up last Saturday. The documentary film about the grueling race across the ocean -- and the preparation for it -- will appear in theaters in 2008.
"GENERATION X & Y" is a new television series featuring Hawaii students from 9 to 18 years old. Each week, two groups from a particular school create a 2 1/2-minute film explaining their viewpoint on a particular issue, such as the Internet, dropouts and violence, judging people by appearance, marriage and divorce, Title IX, evolution and creationism, and gender conflict. Each episode highlights the short video before the groups discuss their opinions in a talk-show format.
"Understanding and awareness defeat ignorance and lead to harmony and peace," show creator and host Johnny Bandack said in a statement. "My ambition in life ... is to encourage people, especially children, to respect each other's differences and try to understand life's issues ... to effectively work together in bringing positive change." The show airs at 5:30 p.m. Sundays on KHON2. This weekend, Kamehameha Middle School explores conflicts around cliques.
Season 2 starts filming in June. This time around, any Hawaii resident under age 25 can participate. Check out wwww.generationxandy.com.