‘Ocean Paddler’ books OC16 launch April 22
In the spirit of the 10-year-old "Hawaiian Xtreme Sports TV," "Ocean Paddler" launches April 22 on OC16 locally, and on several additional channels nationally, reaching about 18 million households on the mainland, according to Alex Reinprecht
, executive producer of both shows. "Ocean Paddler" will cover major events in Hawaii, Tahiti, California and the Pacific and offer tips for training and technique. Segments will focus on canoe sailing, outrigger canoes, paddle boarding, kayaks, canoe surfing and cultural history. Reinprecht said the new show emerged from multiple requests over the years for "Xtreme Sports" to cover paddling events.
"Ocean Paddler" will air at least 10 times per week, with four prime-time slots, said Reinprecht, who is busy setting up production in California and asking for support from the paddling community.
Reinprecht said his company specializes in aerial shots and hires helicopters to attain the best vantage points in paddling races. Watch the preview at www.hawaiianx.com/oceanpaddler. ...
A group of native Hawaiians, led by entertainer Palani Vaughan, has expressed extreme displeasure with the Princess Kaiulani movie, which began shooting here last week. Objections targeted the film's working title, "The Barbarian Princess," which they "find offensive and derogatory," as well as "the flagrantly flawed script that contrives a mix of historical truth and fictitiously invented history." The five-page statement also details concerns for the physical and spiritual well-being of Iolani Palace. If shooting progresses over these protests, the movie will be the first feature to film scenes inside the palace next week.
Producers of the project have indicated that the film is a romantic epic set against the backdrop of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. But Vaughan and others are troubled by the historical inaccuracies incorporated in the name of fiction, and what they perceive as a lack of sensitivity for Native Hawaiian heritage and the sacred Palace grounds. ...
Emme Tomimbang's first television special of 2008 pays tribute to Aunty Genoa Keawe. Of course, Tomimbang had little idea that these would be her final interviews with the Hawaiian music legend before Keawe's death last month. Artists participating in the piece include Kealoha Kalama, Frank Hewett, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Natalie Kamauu, Aunty Malia Craver and O'Brian Eselu.
Additional segments include a celebration of 25 years on the radio with Michael W. Perry and Larry Price, and Raiatea Helm, a young star continuing the tradition of Hawaiian falsetto music. Tomimbang also will begin featuring short videos produced by Waianae High School students.
Look for "Emme's Island Moments," featuring "Island Icons" at 9 p.m. on Thursday, and at 3 p.m. March 29 on KHON/Fox. ...
A group of students at UH's Academy for Creative Media will hold auditions for a series of narrative short films that will begin production in coming months.
Casting calls will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Crawford Hall, Room 115.