Not only were the islands amazing, but it was really fun to learn about the mythical little people of Hawaii. I had never heard of them before and I've been to Hawaii at least a half dozen times growing up with my father as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. It was a great experience to film an episode with my family included and what better place to do it?
For me, the most memorable part of shooting this episode was spending time on the sacred island of Kahoolawe with Native Islanders who educated us on the sacredness of it to their people. Some have already written asking why we didn't show the actual Navigator's Chair or play a song on the sacred stone. While she demonstrated the sounds to us (and they were amazing), at the request of the Natives we did not air those scenes. They consider this place very sacred, going back thousands of years. It was an honor to even have been allowed there. How tragic that our government used it as a bombing target and land assault training area for over half a century.
It's still unclear exactly who the Menehune people of Hawaii actually were. There is no question they played an important role in Hawaiian history and lore. Regardless, the Menehune enabled us all to learn more about them, Native Hawaiian culture, and to see first-hand that incredible geological wonder of cross-cutting basalt dikes in the form of the giant "X."
The Committee Films crew arrive at the Navigator's Chair on Kahoolawe.
The Committee Films crew on the way to shoot a scene at the Navigator's Chair on Kahoolawe.
Scott and Son Grant share a laugh after riding a wave on Maui.
Jim Morgan ponders his mortality with a skeleton at the Uof Hawaii.