Interview with Moronai Kanekoa, a native of Kahulu, Maui, USC graduate, current Los Angeles resident, and the star of one-man play Legend of Ko’olau.
Dr. Michael (Mike) Moodian is an Orange County native with a formidable background as an educator, nonprofit leader, writer and commentator. For readers who might not know, please tell us a little bit about yourself:… [Continue Reading]
Bret Bollinger is an entertainment industry renaissance man. Born and raised in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, he is one-third of the reggae-dub-ska trio Pepper, vocalist, bassist, songwriter, producer, solo music artist, and creator of his own… [Continue Reading]
“Disney created a “princess” that could be representative of many different island people. Though they pulled inspiration from a variety of specific cultures, it is not just a Hawaiian story, a Samoan story or a Maori story. It is a Polynesian story that many people can insert themselves into. Moana is all of us.”
“In most social settings I was the Hawaiian girl with the hard-to-pronounce last name, a fish in the water, played volleyball, had thick legs, and loved poi and Spam. But at home with my family I was the haole kid with fair skin and freckles who didn’t speak pidgin…”