Isle boy surfs on Cartoon Network show
, a 9-year-old boy from Haleiwa, is making a few waves on the Cartoon Network. Kalani was one of 16 people selected for Props, an on-air and online campaign that profiles kids with special talent and commitment in a particular area. Kalani, of course, exhibited his prowess on a surfboard. It's all part of the Cartoon Network's "get animated" initiative, which encourages youngsters to get away (ironically) from the computer and television and become more active, healthy and involved.
Kalani noted that the other kids were "awesome," and can't wait to find out if he gets selected as one of the six to be featured in a one-hour special. Viewers can vote for the six finalists online now through May 21. Don't watch the Cartoon Network? Well, 91 million households across the country do, which could mean significant exposure for David -- and Hawaii -- if he's chosen. You can see a brief version of Kalani's profile on the Cartoon Network, or check out a longer one at www.cartoonnetwork.com/ promos/props.
"JOHNNY Kapahala: Back on Board" will premiere at 8 p.m. June 8 on the Disney Channel. The sequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie "Johnny Tsunami" was filmed in New Zealand (maybe folks on the mainland will think it's Hawaii) and features Brandon Baker as Johnny and part-time Honolulu resident Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as the surf-legend grandpa preparing to marry a younger woman. There's also plenty of epic mountain-boarding (skateboarding on grass/dirt hills), featuring Hawaii's top professional mountain-boarder, Akoni Kama.
JEANETTE Hereniko just returned from a stint on the Singapore International Film Festival jury, where she introduced her new Web site to filmmakers. iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific (www. asianfilms.org) allows subscribers to stream films and read essays and reviews written by Asian and Pacific film scholars -- some of whom reside in Honolulu. It also contains a database of contemporary feature films with an Asian and Pacific island focus. Hereniko said that the subscription-driven site, which also offers blogs and podcasts, is still evolving.
FILM FESTIVALS usually have a reputation for operating outside the box, but the 18th annual Rainbow Film Festival, sponsored by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Culture Foundation Board, should take that to another level. Running May 24-27, the event features a gala screening of "Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother," with keynote speaker Kim Coco Iwamoto. The gala dinner will take place at the Honolulu Design Center, said filmmaker Brent Anbe.
PBS HAWAII will premiere "Na Mele: Raiatea Helm" from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. George Kahumoku Jr., the featured artist in Na Mele's next production, will entertain in the courtyard after the screening. People who can't join new PBS Hawaii President Leslie Wilcox on Maui can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in their own living rooms.