Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing

August 10, 2015
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I was asked to create a graphic for a newspaper ad for the Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing production by Emme Tomimbang. As a filmmaker, working with her is always very inspiring – makes me want to get in the industry again and grab a camera and shoot. There’s so many stories to share out there!

Yet, the body is weak. Maybe the more I make graphics for awesome documentaries like this, the more I get convinced to make movies again. This was the second ad I’ve created for Emme. Below is the press release.

“Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing” A Television Special Produced by Award-Winning Producer Emme Tomimbang in Partnership with Hawaii News Now

Honolulu, Hawaii – July 23, 2015 – In the special “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing,” veteran Hawaii producer Emme Tomimbang partners up with Hawaii News Now to tell the story of not only inspirational Kahanamoku scholars from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, but also Nadine Kahanamoku, the widow of legendary surfer and Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku.

Upon her death in 1997, Nadine Kahanamoku donated their entire estate to the John A. Burns School of Medicine to be used for scholarships awarded to medical students of Hawaiian ancestry. Since then, there have been over 80 Kahanamoku Scholars, each with his or her own story; each, in his or her own way, perpetuating the Kahanamoku legacy of healing.

“Through the couple’s single act of kindness, there is a single pebble in the pond, causing a ripple effect that changes the communities and the thousands of lives touched by this legacy of healing,” said Emme Tomimbang, president of EMME Inc. “It is a legacy of healing, a legacy of opportunity for medical scholars of Hawaiian ancestry and the communities they come to serve.”

In this special we will see what few know and that is Nadine Kahanamoku’s extraordinary act of philanthropy and her special relationship with her husband Duke, who is regarded as Hawaii’s favorite son.

“We’re once again extraordinarily proud to be honoring the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku and his countless contributions to Hawaii by broadcasting this remarkable special production,” said Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now. “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing” is a one-hour special that will air exclusively on KGMB and is presented by veteran producer Emme Tomimbang and her team who also travels statewide to visit with island physicians in their communities. Dr. Haku Kahoano, also a Kahanamoku Scholar will serve as co-host with Emme.

As John A. Burns celebrates its 50th Anniversary in July and Duke Kahanamoku celebrates the 125th anniversary of his birth on August 24th, Hawaii News Now and EMME Inc. commemorate these milestone moments with an evening paying tribute to the Kahanamoku legacy with a double header on KGMB.

This project is made possible thru the generosity of the late Wayne M. Corn, Kaiser Permanente, The Queens’ Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health.

8-9pm “Duke Kahanamoku: Hawaii’s Soul” (premiered in 2005)
9-10pm “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing”

REBROADCAST: SATURDAY, AUG. 29th ON 6-7pm “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing”

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Emme also produced the documentary “Haiyan: After The Storm” last year. See the graphic I created here.