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‘Kuleana’ set to show at Maui theaters

The Maui News – The Maui film “Kuleana” is set to screen at Maui Mall Megaplex in Kahului and The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina as part of its statewide release on March 30, the director said Thursday in a news release.

The award-winning film shot entirely on the Valley Isle and featuring Hawaii actors will open in Consolidated Theaters on Oahu at Pearlridge, Kapolei and Kahala Mall — which will host a question-and-answer session with director Brian Kohne of Wailuku and Maui star Moronai Kanekoa. The sessions will follow the 7:30 p.m. showings in Kahala on March 30 and 31, with other members of the cast joining later.

Kohne said Maui Mall might show the film on two screens, but he did not have movie times yet for the Maui theaters.

Big Island theaters Regal Keauhou Stadium in Kona and Prince Kuhio in Hilo will also be showing the film. Plans are also to screen the movie at the Kukui Grove Cinema on Kauai and on Guam.

“All openings will run at least a week, but will remain on screens for an extended run if our audience gets behind it,” Kohne said. “It’s important to have a big first weekend and week.”

Starting in April, Mainland audiences can sign up to host/attend a screening in their city at www.hawaiicinema .com via Gathr — a technology-based Theatrical On Demand service.

Set in Hawaii in 1971, “Kuleana” follows a disabled Vietnam veteran as he rediscovers the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land and clear his father’s name. Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility.

The movie, rated PG-13, has garnered several awards from film festivals in Santa Cruz, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; and Guam, as well as at the Maui Film Festival. The film is written and directed by Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer.

Kanekoa stars alongside Sonya Balmores (Marvel’s “Inhumans”), Kristina Anapau (“True Blood”), comedian Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond (“Chicago Med”) and Mel Cabang. Maui musician Willie K provided the original score, while the soundtrack includes songs by Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum and Tony Orlando and Dawn. Other featured Hawaiian artists include Genoa Keawe, Lena Machado, Sunday Manoa, Sons of Hawaii and Sai.