Maui Arts & Entertainment

Netflix Film “Finding Ohana” Premieres Today

By Wendy Osher
January 29, 2021, 9:02 AM HST
* Updated January 29, 1:32 PM
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  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, KEA PEAHU as PILI in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. COLLEEN E. HAYES/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, ALEX AIONO as E, LINDSAY WATSON as HANA, KEA PEAHU as PILI in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. JENNIFER ROSE CLASEN/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) LINDSAY WATSON as HANA, KEA PEAHU as PILI, OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, ALEX AIONO as E in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. CHRIS MOORE/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) BRANSCOMBE RICHMOND as KIMO, OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, KEA PEAHU as PILI in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. COLLEEN E. HAYES/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, KEA PEAHU as PILI, ALEX AIONO as E, LINDSAY WATSON as HANA in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. JENNIFER ROSE CLASEN/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) KEA PEAHU as PILI, BRANSCOMBE RICHMOND as KIMO in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. COLLEEN E. HAYES/NETFLIX © 2021
  • FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) LINDSAY WATSON as HANA, KELLY HU as LEILANI, ALEX AIONO as E, BRANSCOMBE RICHMOND as KIMO in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. COLLEEN E. HAYES/NETFLIX © 2021

The new Netflix film “Finding ʻOhana” premieres today, starring Maui’s Lindsay Watson, Alex Aiono of YouTube fame, teen dancer Kea Peahu, established Honolulu-born actress Kelly Hu, and long-time actor and stuntman Branscombe Richmond of Maui.

Described as a heart-felt feel good family adventure, the movie is about two Brooklyn-raised siblings who connect with their Hawaiian identity while spending a summer on Oʻahu. While doing so, they get caught up on a quest for long-lost treasure.

As the film synopsis explains:

“Geocache champion Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena, age 12, is abruptly lifted from her busy New York life and dropped into rural O‘ahu to help care for her grandfather. Initially skeptical about her new surroundings, Pili finds a cryptic pirate’s journal in her Papa’s studio hinting at a 200-year-old shipwrecked treasure hidden away in the island’s caves and mountains. With her older brother and new friends in tow she uses her clue solving skills to lead them on an adventure of a lifetime through the natural wonders of Hawaiʻi. As she learns to respect and love her native culture she also discovers not all secrets should be shared and that the real treasure in life is ‘ohana – her family.”

A Los Angeles Times review says the film channels “The Goonies,” but “diverges from its well-worn path when it matters, staying true to its heart and love of Hawaiian culture.”

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That thought is echoed by Maui’s Lindsay Watson who landed her breakout role as Hana in the film. In an interview with Maui Now in October 2019, Watson commended the film crew for their dedication to portraying the Hawaiian culture accurately. 

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“Theyʻre always, like, you know what, youʻre the Hawaiian here. We listen to you, we believe you,” Watson said. 

The film was written by Christina Strain and directed by Jude Weng.

*Video: FINDING ‘OHANA | Official Trailer | Netflix

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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