Father-son team streams isle weddings
Gone are the days when every mainland relative has to fly out to Hawaii to attend your wedding (not that they mind doing so, of course). Thanks to the Honolulu-based company Live Internet Weddings, you can stream the happy occasion online.
Father-and-son co-owners Larry and Joshua Fair said they encourage viewers to create their own luau viewing party with aloha shirts and Hawaiian food recipes gleaned from the Web. If friends and relatives can't watch live, the Fairs post the video online for about three months after the wedding. "What we did is create a new industry," said Larry Fair. "And this year it's kind of exploding."
Years after a disabling car accident in 1990, Larry, a former "lumberjack kind of guy," moved to Hawaii to start over. In 2004 he invited his son to join his new business. "We started this on a little consumer camera, a used laptop and a dream," said Larry.
They often travel to neighbor islands, and recently partnered with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Both father and son shoot video, and Joshua does the editing. In addition to streaming, couples can tell the story of the entire wedding day or the evolution of the relationship. "We really strive for excellence in our DVDs," said Larry, "and I think Joshua accomplishes that pretty well."
For information on packages, visit www.liveinternetweddings.com.
Filipino star Sharon Cuneta will visit Hawaii this weekend for the premiere of "Caregiver," a movie about an English teacher who leaves the Philippines - and part of her family - to toil with her husband and other overseas Filipino workers as a caregiver in the United Kingdom. The challenging job and new life in a different country take their toll on the couple.
"Caregiver" screens at 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at Hawaii Theatre, and Cuneta's red-carpet entrance takes place around 5:30 p.m. Chito Rono directed the film, which is slated to open the Paris Film Festival. But be forewarned: Tagalog is the primary language in the movie, which lacks subtitles. There is some English but viewers had best be bilingual. For a preview, visit www.sharoncuneta.com.
Not all water is created equal, according to Genie Joseph. She examines the healing properties of structured water in her 50-minute video "Healing Water," which highlights Marc Melton, a bio-energetic medicine expert who studies the integration of traditional and modern medical practices.
"It really challenges some of our commonly held beliefs about water," said Joseph, a producer, adjunct professor of intercultural communication at Chaminade University and sales rep for structured water (marketing alert: Her product is discussed in the video). "Without proper hydration, anything else that you're doing really isn't going to work."
A panel discussion with nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Inam Rahman, chiropractor and nutritionist Linda Fickes, acupuncturist Carrie Hyman and energy conservationist Dwight Streamfellow follows the screening. "Healing Water" plays at 3 p.m. Sunday in Spalding Auditorium at the University of Hawaii. Cost is $5.