Local actress Danielle Zalopany Talks Story with McKenna Maduli. Danielle has been receiving global attention for her latest role as Kea in Christopher Kahunahana’s film “Waikiki”. Winner of Hawaii’s own Po’okela Award for best leading actress this year, Danielle offers powerful performances and a range of raw emotions. Danielle’s other acting credits include Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), The Life Coach (2013) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010). Danielle encourages anyone pursuing acting to get involved in local community theatre and don’t take no for an answer. Danielle is looking forward to continuing to challenge herself in new roles.
About: Born and raised in Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, Danielle has felt fortunate to call Hawaii her home. While working at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she has been fortunate to grace the stages of local theaters such as Kumu Kahua Theater as well as expand into short and independent film. Currently, she is awaiting the Hawaii premiere of “Waikiki” at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
About Waikiki The Movie: While working three jobs, Kea is struggling to fulfil her wish of finding a home. As a result, Kea lives out of her van and travels night and day to her laborious duties. After leaving work one night, Kea and her abusive boyfriend begin verbally and physically fighting. Quickly, Kea drives in another direction and collides with a bystander on the street. To avoid reporting her mistake, Kea helps him into her car. At first, she is frustrated by her mistakes and peeved by the homeless man she feels obligated to care for. But after days of traveling together, Kea finds herself confronting the demons of her past.
While memories of her childhood flood her mind, Kea and her new friend rediscover the purpose of their lives through nature, her culture, and the cumbersome events of life. WAIKIKI is a kaleidoscope dream that builds a portrait of Hawaii’s mountains and oceans with the whistling tune of songs about Waikiki while following the spiritual journey of a working-class woman struggling to find a purpose in a world that seems to forget about her.
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