|Filmmaker Danny Miller and Journalist Julia Neal are neighbors in Pahala, Ka`u, Hawai`i. They decided to join forces to make the film SAVING KAU'S COAST when they realized there are no beach parks owned by the public in Ka`u even though the population is expected to grow and even though the shore is surrounded by a national park. Miller has produced and written award-winning documentaries and productions for major film studios, including DREAMWORKS, and is trained in cinematography and editing. Neal, who moved to Hawai`i in 1972, has edited a Hawai`i daily newspaper, worked in historic preservation and now publishes THE KA`U CALENDAR, a monthly newspaper mailed at no cost to every postal address in Ka`u and to subscribers beyond. The Ka`u Calendar funded this film.
The co-writers and co-producers of SAVING KA`U'S COAST hope their presentation will bring attention to the issue on a local and national level.
Filmmakers Louis Di Liberto and Jay April, of Maui, contributed the footage on hawksbill turtles.
The film's narrator is Sabra Kauka, a Hawaiian Studies kumu and cultural practitioner with ancestral ties to Ka'u.
Sandra and Rich Reha provided sound equipment and donated production of DVDs.
The filmmakers say mahalo to the community members who provided their views for SAVING KA`U'S COAST: John Replogle at Honu`apo; Abel Simeona Lui at Kawa; Jeanette Howard, Kayla Nishimura, Guy Enriques, Pele Hanoa and Keolalani Hanoa at Punalu`u. Rancher Kyle Soares, canoe maker and educator Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa, The Trust for Public Land attorney Joshua Stanbro and University of Hawai`i archaeologist Janet Six provided their unique perspectives on preservation of the entire Ka`u coastline.