Maui writers event snags stellar guests
HAVE ambitions to become a screenwriter? Sign up now for the Maui Writers Conference, which takes place Labor Day weekend on the Valley Isle. In addition to an impressive array of best-selling, award-laden novelists and nonfiction writers, Academy Award winner Michael Arndt
("Little Miss Sunshine"), Bobby Moresco
("Crash"), Pamela Wallace
("Witness"), Diane Lake
("Frida") and Michael Palmieri
from the USC School of Cinema-Television will offer tips and encouragement to neophytes. Visit www.mauiwriters.com or call (808) 879-0061 to register.
HAWAII received an expected blast of publicity last week when director Steven Spielberg spoke to some of the 124,000 attendees at this year's 38th annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego. He didn't actually attend, but addressed rabid fans via satellite video, along with stars Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf, from the "Indiana Jones" set on the Big Island, where they've filmed scenes on the Hamakua Coast for the past few weeks.
"Lost" executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof also led a panel at Comic-Con, and leaked (sort of, as it had already dribbled out) a few secrets about the upcoming season. These included a surprise visit from Harold Perrineau (Michael), whom we last saw leaving the island with son Walt in a boat that may or may not have contained enough gas to make it to a land mass with air service of any kind. We'll find out!
SINCE notes about "Bachelor" Lt. Andrew Baldwin always generate lots of mail, we'll let you know that he'll appear at Windward Mall from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 as part of the mall's anniversary and grand reopening celebration. (Does Windward Mall require shirts?)
Sunday features Frank De Lima, Andy Bumatai and Da Braddahs from 2 to 4 p.m.
A SEGMENT about Paul Booth's "Empty Streets" will air one last time at 9:30 a.m. this morning on Don Brown's "Reel Stories" on OC16. The film tells the story of Hawaii-based Iraq war veteran Ely Kalilikane, who attended Moanalua High School with Booth. Actor Tony Haviland of Maui plays Kalilikane, and Desiree Duclayan-Parsonson of Kauai co-stars.
IS THERE a better way to see the Big Island than on horseback? Darley Newman doesn't think so. She's host and producer of "Equitrekking," a travel series that will film in the Islands Aug. 13 through 19. Newman will venture through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipio Valley, Parker Ranch and Kealakekua Bay. Then she'll hop over to Maui, where she'll ride through Piiholo Ranch near Makawao, and summit Haleakala.
The second season premieres this summer on PBS Hawaii Create, Channel 443, in high definition. Check out postcards from Newman's summer travels, which also include California, Ireland, Iceland and Virginia, on www.equitrekking.com. Prepare to be envious.