It was so much fun getting the Finding Ohana Movie Fun Facts directly from the filmmakers and cast! They were all a joy to talk to. And, there is no doubt that the movie is full of heart. Also, it is full of 80s references and all things Hawaii! Get all the fun facts now and get ready for a great family adventure. This new Netflix movie is sure to be a family favorite and will be available on January 29th.
Netflix Finding Ohana Movie Cast and Filmmakers Interview
Ready for the Finding Ohana Movie Fun Facts? Let me tease you with these considerations. Both Jude Weng and Christina Strain are women who grew up with different cultures in their lives. Naturally, more sensible to this, they bring Hawaii to the forefront with extreme care and details. Undoubtedly, the cast had a blast filming the movie. They sure shared all their excitement for their work when they spoke to us. I have all three interviews for you. I interviewed:
- Christina Strain (screenwriter)
- Jude Weng (director)
- Kea Peahu (Pili)
- Owen Vaccaro (Casper)
- Alex Aiono (E)
- Lindsay Watson (Hana)
Finding Ohana Movie Fun Facts
Before I share the interview videos with you, here are the Finding Ohana Movie Fun Facts I collected while talking to the filmmakers and talent:
- Finding Ohana Movie was filmed in Hawaii and Thailand. Caves are not open to the public in Hawaii. That is because they are sacred.
- Jude Weng confirms that Hawaiian authenticity was very important to depict in the movie. So, they made sure to have cultural consultants at hand to properly and accurately feature Hawaiian culture. As a matter of fact, a traditional Hawaiian priest offered blessings as the movie was filmed.
- It was Jude Weng’s directorial debut! And, this script checked off all of her wish list: culturally relevant, family-friendly, funny, and with action.
- Incidentally, Jude tells us that all the actors played most of their stunts. Also, they kept wet for at least four consecutive days filming water scenes. Owen did say that some of his favorite scenes to film were wearing harnesses!
- Kea does not speak Spanish! Yes, Pili, speaks Spanish in the movie. Kea shared that Spanish was probably the most difficult part for her the entire movie.
- Geocaching is big in the Finding Ohana Movie. Pili is sort of a geocaching champion. But, Kea has never done it before
- There are tons of Easter Eggs in the Finding Ohaha movie. The Goonies and Indiana Jones sure inspired writer Christina Strain. So, get ready for a lot of nods to those two movies. By the way, don’t blink when a special keychain is given to Pili. It is all Goonies!!
- Owen Vaccaro’s favorite snack to eat while filming were these local donut-like pastries from Leonard’s in Oahu. By the way, at his young age, he is the most seasoned of all the kid actors!
- My favorite fun fact was discovering that Christina Strain and Jude Weng created a scholarship to encourage Creative Writing at the University of Hawaii. What a beautiful way to give back!
About Finding ‘OHana
A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
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