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'Princess Kaiulani' debuts in theatres, gets heartfelt reaction

Ricky Patcsil Ricky Patcsil
Matthew Lopp Matthew Lopp
Alisa-Celine Kana Alisa-Celine Kana
Palani Vaughan Palani Vaughan
Roy J. Tjioe Roy J. Tjioe

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a movie that sparked controversy throughout it's making, but as 'Princess Kaiulani' finally hits the big screen, the reaction is one of heartbreak as people watch the history of the Hawaiian Monarch overthrown.

"The local people the Hawaiian people, it's hard to see how they were treated. You read about it, you learn about it in school, but you see that and it makes me angry," said Ricky Patacsil, of Makiki.

"It was kind of sad what we did to their kingdom. I feel bad, I'm a descendant of the missionaries that came and settled the islands, so my relatives had something to do with that," said Matthew Lopp of Honolulu.

"It was heartbreaking to see how the haoles came up and tried to turn things around and didn't think we had a mind of our own, and didn't feel like we knew anything, said Alisa-Celine Kana, who saw the movie at the Dole Cannery Theatres.

The movie revolves around the story of Princess Kaiulani and Hawaii during the late 1800's. Critics say the movie has inaccuracies and doesn't paint the true picture of history. That's why Palani Vaughan turned down the roll of King Kalakaua.

"When I was called in, they wouldn't share the script with me, it was a locked script. I got two pages, that's a caution flag, that's a red flag," said Vaughan.

"We had to compress certain historical events, but in no way have we tried to distort history, especially in a way that is disrespectful to the Hawaiian community," said producer Roy J. Tjioe.

There was the outcry about the original name of the movie 'Barbarian Princess' after the film debuted at the Hawaii International Film Festival last year, so the title was changed.

For movie goers Friday night, none of that mattered.

"There was some people crying, and I was one of them. I teared up , but it was a good movie, it was heart felt," said Kana.

The movie cost $9 million to make, and debuted at theatres across the country on Friday.

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