Struggles with preservation and evolution

By Elemental_A
Written May 17, 2010
We are all faced with preserving our heritage and evolving to become better. This movie shows the struggles of a princess wanting to preserve and protect the people of Hawai'i. The movie focuses on the princess's struggle to try and fit in a world where she is perceived as a barbarian because she was not brought up in the scientific/logical world of 19th century Europe. The story shows that even modern conveniences and thought can evolve a country to be proper, knowing your roots makes you stronger when everything is taken away or in this case, being uprooted and forced to learn a different way of life. It shows the compassion of the princess and her effort to make Hawai'i better and safer for kanaka maoli. The portrayals were done well. The Hawaiian spoken language was excellent for the most part. It would've been nice if the actress had voice coach for the language because the simplest change in pronunciation can change the meaning of a word. Other than that, great film.
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The Untold Story of Hawaii

By NathanielQueen
Written May 17, 2010
The real story of Hawaii. How often do our textbooks put a good spin on history? Many of us have been taught over the years that simply Hawaii and Alaska became the 49th and 50th states. No editorial comment on how they became states or the story of the indigenous people who inhabited these lands before American either annexed them or otherwise came to control them. always to the detriment of the people who live peacefully there before the American 'invasion'. This movie in a beautiful way educates us as to how the 'white man' came to control Hawaii. The story of its native Princess and her valiant fight for her people is bought to life in this film. It makes you either ashamed at being part of the imperialistic America or just plain sorry about this great land steal. A beautiful if not sad tale told in the mst vivid way.
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Inept story telling: An Ivory merchant gets sunburned.

By jjhunsecker
Written June 03, 2010
Save your money. The director doesn't know how to tell the story, and loses control of the film early on. Perhaps he will learn, but he clearly lost all the threads early on and instead of a tapestry has ended up with nothing but a silken snarl.
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Five Word Review

By Max'sMom
Written May 17, 2010
gotta-see great-film well-done loved-it terrific
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Pretty but sad

By vikivaganov
Written May 17, 2010
This was a very pretty movie. Good cinematography which provided a good sense of historical place. The film was a very small look into the life of Princess Kaiulani. More Hawaiian culture should have been shown in the movie. Not much political background was given so the story came off as one sided and uninformed. I went to the show opening night in Honolulu; expecting it to be packed I bought my tickets online. When we got to the theater just minutes before the show started, I was sure we were going to have trouble finding seats. However there were only a few people in the theater and you could have heard a cricket. Everyone must have gone to see Robin Hood, which also opened that night. I wish my party and I went to see Robin Hood.
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