HONOLULU (AP) - At least one group representing Native Hawaiians is planning to avoid the premiere of a new film based on the life of Princess Kaiulani, titled ''The Barbarian Princess.''
The movie is to show once today as part of the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival.
Leaders of Ahahui Kaiulani say the movie is insulting to the princess. Other critics who have read the script say the movie inaccurately portrays the princess and Hawaiian history.
The group instead will hold its traditional tribute to Kaiulani and her family at the Royal Mausoleum, where the princess is buried. Today is the princess's birthday.
Other Native Hawaiian groups are also asking members to avoid the movie in deference to Ahahui Kaiulani.