Thursday, March 08, 2007

Maui Fever The Movie! Huge Finale in Hana!

I was in Maui when for part of the time while the team was shooting Maui Fever. Every now and then i would happen on them in front of Lei Lani's or The Whaler "shooting some reality". I overheard them planning where they were going to shoot next and one of them said "tell the boys we will be over at 10:30 and we will shoot some reality". I thought it was interesting that they did not have a script and they were not concerned about people on the the beachwalk walking by while they were shooting. The cameras just keep on running. In a movie the production people would be running all over up and down the beach telling people to freeze , be quiet and as the Assistant Director would say "all quiet on the set" and then the Director chimes in with "Action" and the cameras roll. Reality is totally different- no film, they used HD digital cameras and they can shoot as much as they want.

I left Maui and 3-4 days later Maui had the big Earthquake. I wondered if this would impact "Maui Fever"? So far none of the episodes have had any reference to the earthquake that did, if you recall, close down the only access road to Hana. So now that episode 8 is part of the "Maui Fever Movie" and they said in the last episode they were going to Hana- it'll be interesting to look for any signs of the earthquake. Anyway.....I'm just glad that they'll be showing some of the "Road to Hana" and I hope there are more surprises in the 2-hour long movie!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Maui Fever The Movie On Staurday MTV!

I thought tomorrows (Weds) episode would unfortunately be the last but MTV has decided to release a two-hour movie on Maui Fever! I have to reset the TIVO! I am looking forward to the final episode as they plan to travel to the other side of the island. Should be spectacular. Not sure who is going to come out on top in the love triangle or triangles but hope it is Cheyne and Rachael.
More after the final episode!
See you on Kaanapali Beach in Maui....Soon!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Maui Fever and the Road to Hana! One more Year!

Last night was another great episode. Nice shots of Kaanapali Beach, The Point and Kapalua. Too bad the show has to end next week just when they travel to Hana and Haleakala. Can't wait to check out the Hana Road! Nice job by the Maui Fever team on the first season. Maui offers so much potential and I hope to see an even better season next year. Input from the Maui people hopefully will be integrated into an improved format. There are so many stories to tell about Maui and Hawaii and its history and culture. The people of Maui should be consulted so their stories about the history and traditions be included. More road trips and visits to fascinating parts of the island will make the show even more interesting. I would like to go along with Cheyne on more surfing trips. Watch Anthony, Sean and Cheyne get ripped by the strong surf at Hookipa. Tag along with Rachael as she arranges a traditional Hawaiian wedding on a secret and sacred beach somewhere on the Island. Maybe a visit to some of the New Age Yoga-type spiritualists upcountry would motivate people to take better care of themselves. A visit to a traditional kitchen upcountry in Kula to learn how to make Lau-Lau's then watch Anna and Chaunte try to eat them properly. Every other Saturday Maui has Canoe races that attract a very interesting crowd. And of course my personal Maui favorites, George Kahumoku, Jr. and Willy K have some of the best Hawaiian stories to share about their "Aunties and Uncles". It would be sad to not be able to continue to showcase Maui on network TV in the future. It's good for Maui and for the Maui people. Here's hoping we see you guys all back for one more year! One more visit to the Hula Grill, Kimo's, Lei Lani's and Hailemaile. I enjoyed it!
See you in Maui!