The HaumanaHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Jonny Kealoha is the charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian lū`au show. To everyone’s surprise, including his own, he is appointed as the successor to a high school boy’s hula class when his former Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) passes away. He becomes as much a student as a teacher through the demands of leading the boys to a significant cultural event and rediscovers the sanctity of the culture he had previously abandoned.
What was this?
I'm not a Kumu, but this story was designed by people who think about $$$ and Hollywood, instead of a culture rich in history.
High Marks: Aunty Marlene Said in her brief appearance was amazing. Kelly Hu, was for me a breath of fresh air. I'm sure some of the producers had issues with the Pidgin, but her character hit those lines on the head. Great Performance. Kane "Male" Hula Dancers, they held this picture together with tiny backstories.
Low Notes: The so called Lead Actor, OMG with all the talent in the islands, you all selected a individual that could not sing a note, while performing in Waikiki. Not going to comment about his Non-Hawaiian Cultural issues.
Issues: So, does Hollywood and the Hawaiian Community truly believe we have an alcohol, drug problem so deep, its associated with out cultural depiction of the hula?
Closing Comment: I rented the movie because of all the "Hype" it received from the sale in Japan. If you want a crooked glimpse into the hawaiian culture, rent this movie. Skip over all the back stories and hollywood trash, and focus on the teachings of the halau.
Fresh Hawaian air
Great performance of the dancers. Really enjoy to watch a movie from this side of the world....
Amazing unconventionnal story!
A culture that is quite unknown to us is revealed here and we are delighted to discover it. I was amazed all the way through. Whao...