Merry Christmas from The Hawaii Files Blog. This video goes out to our friends, and readers (if any) of this blog and whomever stumbles into it. We hope that your Christmas Holiday is filled with good cheer, friendship, family, great food and the spirit of the holidays.
The latest collaborative video from Mana Maoli / Playing For Change features a group of Hawaii based musical acts singing John Cruz‘s “Island Style” and the song “‘Oiwi E.”
From their YouTube channel video page:
Jack Johnson and dozens of artists joined more than 1,000 Hawai’i keiki (children) in this beautiful medley. Weʻre excited to present our 2nd ʻSong Across Hawaiʻiʻ collaboration with Hawaiian nonprofit @Mana Maoli, filmed across many breathtaking Hawaii locations as part of their #ManaMele project, which features a Music & Multimedia Academy and Solar Mobile Studio with programs in more than a dozen schools.
Turn it up and let the music bring in the light! To learn more about this medley and Mana Mele, follow Mana Maoli on FB & IG, and visit manamele.org, where you can get a personal copy of this video for a donation of any amount.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World. Creating these videos motivated us to form the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of our mission, featuring musicians met along our journey, and establish the Playing For Change Foundation—a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, we aim to create hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.
Kapiolani Park in Waikiki is always a hub of activity practically every weekend of the year. Yesterday the Filipino community was out in force to celebrate their culture at the Annual Filipino Fiesta event. Music, dancing, food and fun were the order of the day for the community and anyone else who happened to come by.
Spending about a half hour there after returning from an appointment in Waikiki, we were lucky to catch a couple of the music performances that included several folk dances. Here are a few pictures and a three minute video. Filipino dancers use a lot of props such as bamboo, benches and candles. The dances energizes the participants as well as the spectators. It’s all good fun.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the highly successful George Lucas creation known as Star Wars. May the 4th is celebrated by Star Wars fans world wide in various ways. Most likely fans will flock to watch showings of the 8 Star Wars movies produced over the last 40 years.
In Honolulu The Movie Museum, a small theatre with plush lounge type seating will be showing the 7th installment of the Star Wars saga today: The Force Awaken. From The Last Outpost Hawaii science fiction and fantasy club on Oahu:
Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11am, 3:30, 6 & 8:30pm
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS(2015-United States) 135m *** 1⁄2 D: J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill. This rousing space adventure is set 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader (in RETURN OF THE JEDI). Luke Skywalker (Hamill) has disappeared, and the Resistance is still fighting the Empire, now renamed the First Order. Two unlikely heroes, a scavenger girl (Ridley) and a disgruntled Stormtrooper (Boyega) join Princess Leia (Fisher) and Han Solo (Ford) in the intergalactic battle against evil. PG-13.
The original Star Wars film from 1977 will be shown later this month, also at The Movie Museum:
Saturday, 20 May 2017, 1:15 & 6:00pm Sunday, 29 May 2017, 11:00am, 3:45 & 8:30pm
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977-US) 121m **** D: George Lucas. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones. This is the megahit that changed film making history. Not just a film franchise—the characters and music of this immersive universe are seared upon the world’s collective consciousness. Farm boy Luke (Hamill) happens upon spunky droid R2-D2, who leads him into a grand intergalactic adventure with smirking mercenary Han Solo (Ford) and courageous Princess Leia (Fisher) to battle dastardly Darth Vader (Jones). Don’t miss this 40th anniversary screening! Winner of 6 Oscars plus 50 more awards. PG
The latest installment of the Star Wars saga debuts this coming December when Disney / Lucasfilm releases Star Wars: The Last Jedi (teaser trailer above). You can bet that thousands of fans will be lining up on the first day at Hawaii theatres to watch this exciting film.
THROWBACK THURSDAY (#TBT) COMMENT
Like many people I am a huge Star Wars fan. Saw the first movie in 1977 at the Cinerama Theatre and the two sequels at the same place in 1980 and 1983. Those movies were glorious, the lines were long and the people were excited. The Cinerama Theatre was a single screen palace with a wide angle, curved screen. The original Star Wars movie was the first I saw that featured Dolby surround sound. I remember the ads touting “70mm 6 channel Dolby Stereo”.
Today all theatres have enhanced sound systems, bigger screens and higher image resolutions. Movies have transited from projected film to digital files.
Prices have dramatically creeped upward since 1977.
The cost to watch the original Star Wars was $3.50 per ticket. Today most movie tickets cost around $14 with higher prices for 3-D, high definition pictures, and IMAX versions of films.
As Star Wars fans go, no price increases or long lines will keep them away from catching a Star Wars movie on the first day. “May the 4th” Be With You.
Hawaiian Airlines unveiled an updated Pualani logo and livery that will grace their aircraft and everything else. The announcement was made before their employees and the new logo design was posted to their website with a video on YouTube (embedded above).
The new livery has been applied to one of their Boeing 717 aircraft and apparently to an A-330 shown in the video above. The livery features the famous Pualani logo on the tail with more flowers underneath and a subtle suggestion of a maile lei wrapped around the plane.
Hawaiian will be getting new aircraft and expanding their route destinations later this year.