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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Hawai'i 'Star Wars' fans gather to welcome 'Clones'

Did you go see the movie? Tell us what you thought

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

Twenty-two years ago, David Lau saw "The Empire Strikes Back," with his mother, Wendy.

Last night, Lau and his father, Lawrence, were among the first in line to see the latest "Star Wars" film, "Episode II — Attack of the Clones."

Gregory Yamamoto • The Honolulu Advertiser

David Lau was 6 months old when his parents wheeled him in a stroller to see the first showing of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."

Last night, Lau returned the favor by persuading his father to be one of the first in line to see the opening of "Star Wars: Episode II — The Attack of the Clones." The Kahuku residents were among more than 100 fans lined up by 7:30 last night for the 12:01 a.m. showing at Signature's Dole Cannery theaters in Iwilei.

Lau, 22, said he doesn't remember his first "Star Wars" experience, but he believes it had a life-long effect on him. "Somehow, it must have clicked in my head that I wanted to be a Jedi," said Lau, who waited in line since Tuesday night.

Lawrence Lau joined his son yesterday afternoon and said he wasn't worried about his son. "The people who are far enough in front are really nice people," the elder Lau said. "They're the fanatics. They're not weirdos; they're just fanatics."

Eric Castillo, who started the line on Monday and also was first in line when "Star Wars: Episode I" premiered in 1999, said this year's experience was even better.

"It's insane," he said. "Everybody's jumping on this. There's a lot more enthusiasm."

The most popular attraction in line was Castillo's model of "Star Wars" droid R2-D2. Castillo said he spent $1,300 and 1,624 hours to build the model, operated by remote control.