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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2003

Manhattan to host Hawaiian Film Festival

Advertiser Staff and News Services

It makes sense for the first-ever Hawaiian Film Festival to be held on an island. But Manhattan?

Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival, presented by the nonprofit Hawai'i Cultural Foundation and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, kicks off tonight with the world premiere of "American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i," and continues through Sunday with a full slate of films, workshops and related activities.

Hawai'i entertainer Robert Cazimero (pictured) and San Francisco-based kumu hula Patrick Makuakani perform.

Scheduled screenings and presentations include "Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation"; "Ka'iliauokekoa," the first narrative film produced entirely in the Hawaiian language; "Skin Stories," a cultural history of tattoo in the Pacific; and "Biography Hawai'i: Maiki Aiu Lake," with introduction by Cazimero.

A complete description of Pacifika films and events is available at www.hawaiiculturalfoundation.org.

Mister Rogers lives, at least his words do

Mister Rogers is returning, this time to speak to adults, in a book to be titled "The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember." Hyperion has announced that it will publish the collection of inspirational sayings, advice and anecdotes from Fred Rogers, the beloved children's TV host who died in February.

Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister, and the book, due in October, will also contain his thoughts on God. Proceeds will go to the Fred Rogers Fund.

Readers' opinions on new comics sought

We hope you've had time to see and enjoy our new comics, with "Pearls Before Swine," "Bo Nanas," "Frazz," "Jump Start," "One Big Happy," and "Go Figure" in our daily pages. The kids' activity comic "Short Cuts" has been added on Sundays.

Comments? Call 535-2488, or write us at newcomics@honoluluadvertiser.com, with "comics" in the subject line.

TNN goes macho

The National Network, also known as the new TNN, will be renamed Spike TV on June 16.

The network plans a slate of male-oriented shows, including "Crash Test" and "The Eight Minute Workout Challenge." TNN had a make over in 2000, morphing from the country-music and car-racing Nashville Network.