HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Imagine a film set in paradise — Hawaii — where no Hawaiians, Asians or other Pacific Islanders live.
That’s the take-away from Columbia Pictures’ new film, ‘Aloha’ opening next week in theaters nationwide.
Directed by Cameron Crowe (‘Jerry Maguire’), the film features a stellar cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, and Alec Baldwin.
The film is about a celebrated military contractor who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
(Couldn’t they have filmed it in North Carolina?)
An Asian-American group is blasting Crowe for having “whitewashed” Asian-Pacific Islanders out of his new film set in Hawaii.
Other groups, including many that consist of Hawaii residents, are threatening to boycott the film.
In an effort to quell growing criticism, Columbia Pictures announced today that it has changed the title of the film to ‘AlowHa’ which many critics are calling a new “low” in desperate damage-control.
Honolulu, Hawaii (Exclusive to The Adobo Chronicles) -Hawaii seems to be the favorite go-to place for celebrities and politicians, especially during the winter. Even former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wanted to escape the freezing temperatures of her native Alaska and is spending the next couple weeks in the sunny, white sandy beaches of Waikiki. Her visit is purely a personal vacation, and she has refused to grant interviews with the local media.
However, one of the reporters of The Adobo Chronicles caught up with the ex-governor at Queen’s Surf Beach while she was laying on a straw mat she bought from a nearby ABC Store. Our reporter asked Ms. Palin if there was any truth to the rumor that she flew to and landed in South Korea last week thinking that she was going to attend the Nelson Mandela memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“That’s a lot of MAHALO,” she exclaimed, to the puzzlement of our reporter.
It turned out that Palin went into a McDonald’s restaurant on Kalakaua Avenue just before she went to the beach. She ordered a cheeseburger, ate it inside the restaurant and deposited the wrapper and some leftover into the trash bin marked “Mahalo” (see photo). She assumed that “mahalo” was Hawaiian for trash. So what she actually wanted to say to our reporter was that the rumor about her landing in South Korea was nothing but “trash.”
To Palin’s credit, she actually knows the meaning of “Aloha” and can pronounce “Waikiki” without any problems. Someone just needs to let her know that “mahalo” means “thank you.”