Chris Lee leads effort to archive native Hawaiian oral histories


POSTED: Friday, February 06, 2009

Film producer Chris Lee is spearheading an effort at the University of Hawaii's Academy of Creative Media to help native Hawaiian personal histories endure in digital form.

The U.S. Department of Education has granted nearly $192,000 for the project, described as “;an innovative new archive.”;

The Henry Kuualoha Giugni Archives commemorate the former U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms. Giugni, who died in 2005, was the first person of Polynesian ancestry to hold the position.

Local filmmaker Heather Giugni of Juniroa Productions is working with ACM founder Lee to find a consultant to develop a facility that can transfer existing recorded histories to a permanent digital format and create high-definition videos of oral histories from kupuna.

“;We have a society that is rapidly losing our collective memory in the passing of every kupuna and the destruction of recorded media due to age, climate conditions and neglect,”; Lee said in a statement. “;Our personal histories need to be recorded and preserved before we lose these treasures and their experiences forever.”;

Think you're qualified to help them out? The deadline for submissions is Feb. 16. Direct requests to Stephen Itoga at 956-9639 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ah, another film about an attractive (really, would they be ugly?) couple coming to Hawaii for a glorious honeymoon—only to encounter psychotic stalkers on a hike! Hopefully the disturbing Koko Head Crater incident will fade from memory before the action/adventure is released—possibly straight to DVD—on March 13.

The film stars Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich as the nice couple trying to celebrate their nuptials in paradise, and former “;Lost”; cast member Kiele Sanchez and Timothy Olyphant as the kind of vicious people we want tourists to believe don't exist in Hawaii. David Twohy wrote and directed.

Local filmmaker Brent Anbe seeks Asian actors for his new short, “;Ajumma-Hawaii.”; Inspired “;by mom, aunties and co-workers who all just love Korean soap operas,”; the comedy revolves around three females in their 40s and 50s who behave like teenagers chasing a fictional Korean superstar who comes to Hawaii to shoot a music video. His obsessed female fans do whatever they can to meet him, resulting in good-humored conflicts reminiscent of “;I Love Lucy.”;

Though casting calls have passed, Anbe is still accepting resumes and head shots from nonunion actors, ages 18 to senior citizen, for extras and for a photo shoot for the fictional DVD covers and movie posters in the short. Anbe said he's looking for Korean or “;Korean-looking”; women in particular, as well as Pacific islanders and locals of various ethnic backgrounds for a project he plans to submit to film festivals. Shooting begins at the end of March. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).