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Documentary being filmed about Waianae man who became 9-11 hero

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Waianae man who became a hero during the 9-11 attacks will be honored with a movie.

Isaac Hoopii is a K-9 officer at the Pentagon.  When a hijacked plane hit the Pentagon at Corridor Four, he ran in and out of the burning building, carrying victims to safety.  He also used his loud voice to guide survivors he couldn't see through the halls.  

"The only reason I got out, other people got out... that voice," says one survivor who appears in the movie trailer.

Many know about Hoopii's heroic acts that day, he was given numerous commendations but what many don't know, is that Hoopii suffered from 'survivor's guilt' for years, burdened by those he couldn't save.

"When I'm out barbecuing or cooking, the smell is always still there, it never goes away. I'm trying to find ways to overcome," Hoopii tells me by phone from Washington, D.C., "You always have that image still with you."

The documentary is named, 'Corridor Four'.  The producers, one of them from Hawaii, financed it using grants and borrowing money from family & friends.

The crew spent thousands of dollars filming Hoopii at the Pentagon at work and in Hawaii, capturing his family life.  
But the producers have now run out of money, just short of finishing.

Maria Bissell, came up with the idea to do the documentary, and says the project is personal, "I've known Isaac since I was 13 years old, he coached my sister at little league."
 A Kickstarter account was started and has collected enough to keep the project going so far.  They hope to raise about 20-thousand more, so 'Corridor Four'  can eventually be shown at film fesitvals.

Hoopii, a burly but humble man who still has his pidgin accent -- says he wants the documentary to make it, not for himself,  but to show the people of Hawaii that small-town kids can do great things. 

Here's the link to the Kickstarter project:

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