Netflix heads to Hawaii for Finding Ohana
Staff Reporter | On 03, Oct 2019Reading time: 1 mins
Netflix is heading to Hawaii for its new family film, Finding Ohana.
The movie marks the feature debut of director Jude Weng (Young Sheldon and The Good Place).
Written by Christina Strain (The Magicians and Shadow & Bone), it charts one summer in rural Oahu, which takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono and Lindsay Watson will star, with the ensemble cast including Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu, Ke Huy Quan, Marc Evan Jackson, Ricky Garcia, Ryan Higa, Mapuana Makia, Brad Kalilimoku, X Mayo and Kyndra Sanchez.
The film is produced by Ian Bryce (Transformers Franchise), Executive Produced by Irene Yeung and JJ Hook with Katie Malott on board as Associate Producer.
Principal photography is now underway on Oahu, Hawaii.
The film joins Netflix’s growing slate of live action family films featuring kids and teens, which includes the 2019 comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things) and 2020 films Feel the Beat, directed by Elissa Down (The Honor List) and starring Sofia Carson, and A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, directed by Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who, Sherlock, Tank Girl).