Goes’ aloha and generosity touched many
Many people in Hawaii - including members of the tightly knit film community - are mourning the loss of Sergio Goes
, respected photographer, founder of Cinema Paradise and a person who helped ignite the urban artistic renaissance of Chinatown. "He worked tirelessly without asking for any sort of credit," said producer and "Hawaii's Reel Stories" host Christina Simpkins
Last Saturday, the shocking news about Goes' death while free-diving circulated only hours before the filmmaking competition Showdown in Chinatown was scheduled to take place - with Goes slated as a judge. Showdown director Torry Tukuafu scrambled to put together a ceremony in Goes' honor and screened his documentary "Black Picket Fence."
"Those of us who knew Sergio just sort of found each other, and it was an occasion to reminisce," filmmaker Brett Wagner said of the evening. "It was the kind of place and kind of moment when you kept expecting Sergio to come around the corner." Wagner added that most conversations revolved around how much Goes inspired people to pursue their dreams, constantly infusing enthusiasm and confidence into everyone around him.
Simpkins agreed: "With his warm aloha and unique and gifted photography and filmmaking, Sergio has lifted spirits, opened minds and encouraged so many. He was a generous teacher, mentor and friend. He was so much bigger than his very big work. But I think he was happiest when he had his precious son with him." ...
Please forgive the abrupt shift from the sacred to the profane, but if you enjoy watching people in their late 30s writhe in decades-old dramas, look for the second season of "High School Reunion" in early 2009. The class of 1988 from Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz., will rekindle dormant relationships and relive their glory (or not) days. The local tie? All eight one-hour episodes - up from six shot last year on Maui - will take place on Kauai.
Star-Bulletin columnist (and Pahoa High School grad) Erika Engle suggested the network select a class from Hawaii and send it to Las Vegas for a series. "There are so many local high school reunions that go to Vegas, it might be like shooting fish in a barrel for producers," she wrote in an e-mail. "Gambling, alcohol and increasingly thick pidgin. Oh, perhaps they want the majority of viewers to be able to understand what's being said. Nevah min' den." Check out clips on TVLand.com. ...
The silver-anniversary DVD of the annual Universal ShowQueen Pageant will premiere at 8 p.m. tonight at Hula's Bar and Lei Stand. Musician Kealii Reichel, news anchors Kim Gennaula and Shawn Ching, and Miss Hawaii 2008 Jonelle Layfield judged the unconventional beauty/talent contest at the Hawai'i Convention Center last month, where gender illusionist Cocoa Chandelier won top honors.
The DVD includes a live taping of the pageant, as well as bonus features. Look for photos of all 25 former Universal ShowQueen winners, dating back to 1984.