Celebrate 15 years of incredible Island Moments as Emme Tomimbang revisits some of her favorite – “interview moments” with some of Hawaii’s special islanders in three separate 2009 Specials.
Since 1994, television personality Emme Tomimbang has been sharing some of our island’s best stories from the people who make our state so distinctive. In her first Island Moments of 2009, Emme revisits some remarkable individuals, and updates us on what they have accomplished since her last visit with them. Host and producer Emme Tomimbang explains, “In these tough economic times, we all need a moment to take a breath, relax and remember how very unique our islands are, its people, and the stories they share.” From the bright lights of Broadway to the back roads of Makaha, Emme visits some of Hawaii’s most interesting personalities and creates an “Island Moments” sixty-minute special for everyone to enjoy.
Highlights of Island Moments Revisited include:
DEAN PITCHFORD — PRODUCER OF “FOOTLOOSE”/ “FAME”
St. Louis graduate and Academy award-winning local boy Dean Pitchford returns to the island and to Island Moments. Emme has followed Dean’s career since the 70’s — from writing and producing the hit movie “Footloose,” to the opening musical version on Broadway. Emme and Dean talk story as Dean directs the St. Louis production of “Footloose,” and shares what it’s like to return home and teach at his alma mater. An unforgettable visit with one of Hawaii’s most successful Hollywood writers and producers!
• RELL SUNN — QUEEN OF MAKAHA — REVISITED WITH MOVIE PLANS STARRING AND PRODUCED BY ACTRESS TIA CARRERE
Rell Sunn’s passion for life and the ocean was undeniable and could not be put off even when she faced her last challenge — breast cancer. Emme’s 1994 show “Rell Sunn — Queen of Makaha” reminds us of Rell’s incredible strength and aloha for the ocean. Now, Tia Carrere, actress and Grammy award-winning singer, is planning a movie that celebrates Rell’s life. She talks with Emme about it on the set of her upcoming movie “You May Not Kiss the Bride,” filmed here in Hawaii.
WILLIE K — THEN AND NOW: FROM HEAVY METAL, HAWAIIAN TO CLASSICAL OPERA
In this segment, we look at the many faces of Willie K — one of Hawaii’s most loved performers. Now facing all the fun and challenges of family life and raising two daughters, Willie has a new role. He is self-producing and raises money for Maui Memorial Medical Center with his annual golf tournament. Willie K performed and met President Barrack Obama last year during a fundraiser event at Kahala Hotel. He’s also beginning to dabble in movies, playing a small part in “You May Not Kiss the Bride.” From heavy metal to classical opera, Willie’s musical life continues to evolve. Join Emme for these updates and a special musical moment with Willie K and Tia Carrere that you don’t want to miss.
Emme’s Island Moments 15th Anniversary is brought to you in part by: City Mill, Expeditions, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, St. Louis School, Sacred Hearts Academy, United Public Workers, and PBS Hawaii. Closed Captioning Provided by Queens Medical Center.
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