The latest spark in the debate over whitewashing Asians and Pacific Islanders from film and TV came with news reported on Tuesday by Deadline : A Glasgow-based writer/director and a British production company are undertaking an ambitious project - dramatising the little-known and fraught story of the Second World War Ni'ihau incident - with a white actor cast as the Hawaiian war hero who stopped a foreign takeover.
Zach McGowan will play Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele, who was ultimately awarded the Medal for Merit and the Purple Heart by President Franklin Roosevelt for his actions on the island of Ni'ihau. In 1941, a Japanese Second World War pilot crash landed on the sparsely populated Hawaiian island after the Pearl Harbor attack, where he was aided by a few islanders of Japanese ancestry.
While some past whitewashing controversies involved fictional stories with roles that presumably could have been written for white stars, Ni'ihau is based on real events.
- Distributions of species were analyzed to determine single-island endemism, where the following groups were each considered a single island: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Kure Atoll, Midway Island, Pearl and Hermes Reef, Lisianski Island, Laysan Island, Gardner Island, French Frigate Shoals, Necker Island), Nihoa, Ni'ihau
, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Maui Nui complex (Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe), and the island of Hawai'i.
Cook was never called Lono in any of the journal accounts when he visited Kaua'i and Ni'ihau
the previous year.
These are the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI), which include Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Kaho'olawe, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Ni'ihau. They are distinguished geologically and for management purposes from the submerged islands and atolls northwest of Kauai (beginning with Nihoa), known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).
1), which include: 1) Ni'ihau, Ka'ula Rock, and Kauai (the Kauai Complex), 2) Oahu, 3) Molokai, Maui, Lanai, and Kabo'olawe, (the Maui Complex), and 4) Hawaii (the Big Island).
Kauai, Ni'ihau, and Ka'ula Rock (a small peak southwest of Ni'ihau) are located at the northwestern comer of the MHI, separated from the other islands by the 72-mile-wide Kauai Channel between Kauai and Oahu.
Hill to witness a village enjoying the arrival of a new swell, or even on the private island of Ni'ihau
where the New Zealand owners and their guests had learned surfing from Hawaiians beginning in the 1860s, if you and your friends didn't get very far from "the seats of innovation" like Honolulu, then you might think surfing was dying out--or had died out.
Insider tip: Keep your eyes peeled for the rare Ni'ihau
shells that sometimes wash up on the sand at this calm, sheltered beach.