Hawaii 2 Hollywood: Nearby actresses mirror on representing Hawaii in new Netflix film Finding Ohana

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Netflix primary film, Discovering Ohana, follows a Hawaiian spouse and children from New York earning the journey back again to the islands.

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The movie is a tribute to Goonies with a community twist.

“The pidgin, the spam musubis, it is real Hawaii that you see,” stated Lindsay Watson who performs Hana in Discovering Ohana.

The movie incorporates a star-studded cast load with neighborhood expertise, together with Hawaii-indigenous Kelly Hu.

The principal character, Pilialoha Kawena, is played by neighborhood girl Kea Peahu.

“I really feel like it couldn’t have been a superior encounter,” explained Kea Peahu who plays Pili in Obtaining Ohana. “I wouldn’t have picked out any other diverse variety of persons to do it with. I wouldn’t have picked out a different put.”

It’s the great spot for a reason.

“Especially since it was filmed in Hawaii. I mean, I get to say my first movie I ever filmed was filmed from my residence,” Peahu explained.

In the movie, Pili finds a mysterious pirate’s journal in her grandfather’s studio, hinting at hidden treasure. The 12-yr-old sets sail on experience with her more mature brother and new mates, like Hana performed by Kamehameha Colleges Maui graduate, Lindsay Watson.

“We just started off likely nonstop. Our days ended up very long and there were crazy stunts. I indicate, night time shoots and all these outrageous things. Then, I indicate, it was pleasurable sufficient filming in Hawaii, but producing the changeover in excess of to Thailand was insane,” claimed Watson.

From the mountain ranges of Kualoa to the caves of Thailand, generation started off in October of 2019 and took 10 months to film.

“We had been in waterfalls and caves. It was actual, in which we experienced a snake wrangler on set. Overall, the entire journey ended up remaining some thing that was life switching,” Watson reported.

Hawaiian culture consultants were being also hired to information creation of the movie. Viewers will be in a position to capture in excess of 100 olelo Hawaii text utilized all over the motion picture.

“Seeing it all occur jointly as a Hawaiian and the very first time I viewed it, I experienced Hawaiians with me. I consider our jaws dropped, mainly because we have never seen ourselves represented on display screen like that,” mentioned Watson.

By the experience and thrills, the cast hopes the movie reveals the globe the genuine relevance of ohana.

The forged is also hoping for a sequel, but there is nothing at all established in stone yet.

Getting Ohana premieres on Netflix on January 29. For much more information and facts about the film, click on below.

Digital reporter Kristy Tamashiro catches up with Kea Peahu who performs Pili in Finding Ohana and Owen Vaccaro who plays Casper.

Digital reporter Kristy Tamashiro catches up with Lindsay Watson who plays Hana in Finding Ohana and Alex Aiono who plays Ioane.