Keoni Alvarez

Keoni Kealoha Alvarez

Hawaiian director 

Hawaiian producer 

Hawaiian editor 

Hawaiian filmmaker

Hawaiian talent 

Hawaiian actor 

Hawaiian islands 

Hawaiian films 

Hawaiian productions 

Hawaiian lifestyle 

Hawaiian art 

Hawaiian paintings 

Hawaiian tatoo 

Hawaiian images 

Hawaiian dances 

Hawaiian hula 

Hawaiian singer 

Hawaiian girl 

Hawaiian guy

Hawaiian people 

Hawaiian men

Hawaiian music 

Hawaiian love 

Ukulele

Hawaiian town 

Hawaii pineapple 

Kona Coffee 

Queen Liliuokalani 

King Kalakaua 

Iolani Palace 

Bishop Museum 

Kamehameha

Hawaii

Oahu

Waikiki

Paradise 

Hawaii beaches 

Aloha 

Maui

Molokai 

Aloha Aina

Diamond Head 

Pearl Harbor

Hawaii island 

Hawaiians 

Ancestors 

Mauna Kea 

Mauna Loa 

Hawaii Volcano 

Hawaiian airlines 

Sacred places in Hawaii 

Iwi

Iwikupuna

Kapu

Hawaiian Burial Caves 

Hawaiian bones 

Hawaiian life 

Hawaiian lifestyle 

Hawaiian surfing 

Hawaii surf 

Hawaii hula 

Hawaii dance 

Pacific ocean 

Hawaii waves 

Aloha

 

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Producer & Director

KEONI KEALOHA ALVAREZ

I am Keoni Kealoha Alvarez an independent producer, director and writer from the island of Hawai’i. Keoni has worked for multiple studios and films. My film career started in 1999. I am a graduate of Na Leo O Hawaii Public Access Station and the WGBH Producers Academy in Boston, MA. I have worked on Motion Picture films, doumentaries, History Channel, MTV, and Specturm Sports.
 
My career has allowed me to travel the globe as a Broadcast Technician for Norwegian Cruise Line. My recent project, KAPU: Sacred Hawaiian Burials, has been partly funded by Pacific Islander in Communications.
 
I previously worked at Olelo Community Media where I helped the community through empowering youth and communities to tell their own stories. 

My goal is to create a motion picture film to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and unique history. The skills I learned as an editor and director has aired on programs on local TV channels and has been showcased in multiple film festivals throughout Hawai’i.  My film projects have focused on strengthening the Hawaiian identity, preserving, practicing and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture.

CAMERA EXPERIENCE

Cannon 100,  Cannon 300 4k, Sony HD HXR-NX5R, Sony PXW-W70, Panasonic AVCHD, JVC HD GY-HM650U, DJI Phantom Drone, DJI OSMO, Go Pro etc. 

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CLIENTS

Keoni Alvarez has worked on film projects in the United States New York, and internationally London, England.

 

VISIT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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FILMING TIPS

  1. Meet Before the Shoot.

  2. Set Up Before They Arrive.

  3. Meet Them at the Door.

  4. Make sure you have enough SD cards

  5. Make sure your batteries are charged

  6. Check your White Balance 

  7. Check your camera exposure settings 

  8. Make sure you have head phones for audio

  9. Use rule of thirds 

  10. Use a Stand-in to Set the Lights.

  11. Clarify Roles Before You Roll

  12. Record While They Rehearse

  13. Be Personable

  14. Be Attentive

  15. Feed your production crew on time

  16. Don’t Let Him See Himself on a Monitor

  17. Stick to Areas of Expertise

  18. Eliminate Distractions

  19. Keep Takes Short

  20. Always tell your talent and crew GREAT JOB!

DIRECTOR'S TIPS

  1. Preparing to make your first feature film is like preparing to have your first kid. You can read the books, take the classes, and learn to breathe, but when it comes time to deliver, you're never actually ready.

  2. There is no “I” in “theater”. There is no “I” in “team”. This is not a coincidence.

  3. Even though they may not appear in front of the camera, the director is one of the most important people on a film set. They do more than shout “action” and “cut” behind the scenes—they’re the person who determines the creative vision and makes all of the film’s biggest decisions. Learn more about what a director does during every step of the production process and get tips on how to break into the business if you’re an aspiring director.

  4. A director is a person who determines the creative vision of a feature film, television show, play, short film, or other production. They have complete artistic control of a project. In addition to having a strong grasp of technical knowledge taught in directing classes, they must also have a personal or emotional connection to the material.

 

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MY TEAM

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Assistant Director

Corinne Makahilahila

Work Experience: Corinne Makahilahila is a director, writer and producer with a passion for telling human interest stories that inspire people and have the potential to create change. As a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in narrative filmmaking and won the “Grace Award” for capturing the essence of a woman’s spirit through film. She currently lives in Hawaii where she actively makes documentary films and teaches media at a community television station. Her passion for making films is accompanied by her love of the ocean and learning more about marine life. Her newest documentaries will feature the connection between humanity, the ocean and the life that resides beneath the waves.

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Assistant Director

Corinne Makahilahila

Work Experience: Corinne Makahilahila is a director, writer and producer with a passion for telling human interest stories that inspire people and have the potential to create change. As a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in narrative filmmaking and won the “Grace Award” for capturing the essence of a woman’s spirit through film. She currently lives in Hawaii where she actively makes documentary films and teaches media at a community television station. Her passion for making films is accompanied by her love of the ocean and learning more about marine life. Her newest documentaries will feature the connection between humanity, the ocean and the life that resides beneath the waves.

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Grant Writer

Marge Streb

Work Experience: Marge Streb filmmaker was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. After graduating in 2013 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Film Studies program, she began working as a Production Assistant on various motion pictures and television shows in New York City. Marge has experience in editing, producing, operating camera, and directing. Currently working as a Media Center Manager at 'Olelo Community Media on the island of O'ahu.

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Writer

Laura Taylor

Work Experience: Laura is a proud graduate of Columbia University with a degree in comparative literature and psychology. While performing professionally in New York City and abroad, she worked as an independent educational consultant and private tutor in writing, college readiness, English as a Second Language instruction, and test prep. For the past few years, Laura has continued to tutor clients privately, while also teaching full time and developing the curriculum for the writing program at Manhattan Center High School. Laura is certified as an English Language Arts instructor with the NYC Teaching Fellows and Department of Education and is pursuing her master’s at Relay Graduate School of Education.

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Public Relations

Jennifer Chung

Work Experience: Jennifer Chung is a freelance photographer living in Honolulu, HI, since 2004. Jennifer is also producer with Ōlelo Community Media. She received her B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida.

 

Jennifer’s photographs have been selected in local juried exhibitions and photo contest. In addition her images have been published in a local magazine and community newspaper and on display at local galleries and museum.

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Hawaiian Cultural Advisor

Palikapu Dedman

Work Experience: Palikapu Dedman is a Hawaiian man which organized a protest against the largest mass burial desecration in Hawaii’s history. This burial ground is the most important historical site at Kapalua, Maui. The site was unearthed when digging began for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kapalua. When the importance of the discovery was realized, the hotel was moved inland. The area, which contains over 900 ancient Hawaiian burial sites dating between 610 and 1800, has been recognized as a sacred site.

This burial ground started a movement of thousands of Hawaiians protest to protect burials which Palikapu major influence to enforce the Hawaiian burial laws. He is recognized and respected in the Hawaiian community for his knowledge and activism to protect Hawaii’s culture, land and natural resources.

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Hawaiian Cultural Advisor

Pililani Ka'awaloa

Work Experience: Work Experience: A native Cultural Practioner of Kupahu'a Puna. Raised in the traditional Hawaiian style. Hanai at birth by my mother's parents, living off the land and the sea. Gifted with my grandparents's knowledge of life, arts and crafts, spirituality, protocol and traditions. Educated at Pahoa High and Elementary School 1982, University of Hawai'i at Hilo 1987 B.A. Hawaiian Studies, A.A. Liberal Studies, 1994 Education Teaching Certification. Proprietor of Paia'a'ala Productions. Educator at Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i High School. President of Kalapana Community Organization, Representative of the 'Aha Moku Advisory Council Puna District Hawaiʻi Island, DLNR. Member of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimea. Honorary Member: Leiana O Puna Religion: Reverend and Sunday School Teacher of Ka Mauloa O Ka Malamalama Ho'omana Na'auao. 

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Director of Photography 

Wayne Yun

Work Experience: Wayne Yun has a diverse background in managerial and leadership experience including the retail, fashion, music, and multimedia industries. Having managed countless projects from conception to execution with a high level of detailed professionalism, he has forged partnerships with community leaders, government agencies, foreign dignitaries, and non-profits.

 

A culmination of experiences and global awareness in terms of current trends, music composition, and television production inspires Wayne to combine business with art in order to create unique outcomes. Wayne looks forward to the opportunity to share his inspirations and knowledge with you.

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Cameraman

Jacob Roy 

Work Experience: Jacob’s mission is to inspire people to enrich their lives. He has been working independently as a videographer in Honolulu for the past 5 years, producing documentaries about ocean conservation and human issues. He just recently finished a series of short pieces about removing plastic from the pacific.

 

His work is often featured in art exhibits and conferences regarding topics ranging from sustainable tourism to food security. Jacob is often hired as an editor, director, or camera operator and is experienced with Premiere editing as well a wide variety of digital cameras.

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Photographer/Costumes

Hair & Makeup

Aileen Alvarez

Work Experience: Aileen Alvarez has been taking pictures ever since childhood. Her Photography professionally has came much later on in her life and changed it forever. In the summer of 1999 her son, Keoni Alvarez, purchased a camera and asked her to take stilll photographs of behind the scenes on his film productions.

 

Ever since that day she learned the basics of photography and in doing so it opened a door to a whole new way of seeing and appreciating the world around her. Aileens photo's of the Hawaiian culture and nature’s beauty has captivated her viewers with a healing effect. Her portraits of people and Hawai'i landscapes has been displayed in many art shows in Hawai'i. Her art has been selected to be displayed in the Canon art gallery on the island of O'ahu. 

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Cameraman

Tas Roy 

Work Experience: Tasman is a versitile film maker with experience shooting documentaries, dramas, events, promos, and more.

 

He got his start making videos as way of sharing his experiences while serving as a US Marine. Since returning to civilian life, he has worked on projects in the US, Central America, and throughout the Pacific. 

 

 In 2019 he graduated from Massey University in Wellington, with a bachelors of creative media production. He is currently based in Oahu, Hawaii where he continues to work as a film maker and cinematographer. 

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Steadicamera/Photography

Jim and Suzie Butts

Work Experience: Jim and Susie Butts have been in the film industry for many years. This husband and wife team have worked on numerous commercials, doucumentaries, feature films and sports events. 

Jim operates jibs 10-30 feet in hight which allowed him to film scenes for getting high shots, or shots which need to move a great distance horizontally or vertically. Jim is skilled in steady camera which mechanically isolates the operator's movement, allowing for a smooth shot, even when the camera moves over an irregular surface.

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Audio/Sound

Kimo Makahilahila

Work Experience: Kimo Makahilahila has been a part of the media and film industry for over 10 years. He has

focused mostly on cinematography and sound and has done both sound editing and audio operator for many shoots. His next projects will include working on a cartoon with his wife and assisting in the sound design of multiple projects. Kimo is a team player and is an asset to any team.

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Audio/Sound

Donovan Smith

Work Experience: Professional mixing and recording engineer, systems integration designer, as well as a studio owner, for 40 years. Starting at the end of the golden years in the late 70's  working in analog world of music recording. Evolving with the industry and has always been an early adopter if digital tech. Some of the most successful clients include Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy-E, Arabian Prince, and Bone Thugs in Harmony. He is currently working on various Rock, POP, R & B and hip hop projects, movie and boroadcast TV, and All new media OTT streaming formats. 

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Animation/Graphic Artist

Anne Fontanilla

Work Experience: Graduated from University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in Animation and minor in Art. She has worked on animated short films and has won an award from Academy for Creative Media at UH Manoa. Besides animation, her other strong specialties are cosmetics and graphics. In production, her other focuses are narrative storytelling, editing and color correction.

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KAPU "Sacred Hawaiian Burials" FILM UPDATE

This week was a great week I tied up all my loose ends of projects. My main focus is to complete my KAPU film by February 2020. This is a great year to finally finish my life long passionate project.
 
Over twenty years ago, a native Hawaiian named Keoni Kealoha Alvarez found his calling when he chanced on a secret cave in the woods near his ancestral home. Inside this cave were iwi, the sacred bones of native Hawaiians from generations past. Only eight years old, Keoni could not begin to imagine how this discovery would change his life.
For hundreds of years, Hawaiians have fought a battle for ownership of the rights of native Hawaiian burial grounds, to keep the sacred bones of their ancestors safe from harm. In the late 20th century, Keoni’s district became the target of developers who sought affordable property on the island. Faced with a powerful, wealthy outsider who threatened to plow through the cave near his home, Keoni found himself in the position of David against his own version of a seemingly unconquerable Goliath. The story will take viewers along Keoni’s journey to realize his identity, heritage, and ultimately his legacy within the tradition of protecting his land for his people
Until he can be convinced that the lands and the history they contain are safe, Keoni will not relinquish his responsibility as keeper of the cave. He guards something that, for his people, is more valuable and much more precious than gold: the resting place of the iwi of his ancestors. 
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COFFEE TALK WEDNESDAY

Aloha everyone I recently moved back home to Hawaii island Hilo.  Now that I am back home I am looking build a new creative film team or community of people to collaborate projects filming, editing, production, talent and writing.
 

One of the places I like to edit my films believe it or not is Starbucks lol Wednesday night 7:00 P.M. You usually can catch me editing at Hilo Prince Kuhio Starbucks.

If you have an idea or a project feel free to stop bye and say hi and share your project.

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KEONI ALVAREZ NEWS

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HONOLULU – The ACLU of Hawaii today announced a victory for all journalists in Hawaii in the wake of Kauai Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe's ruling yesterday that Hawaii's new "media shield" law applies to independent filmmaker Keoni Alvarez and that he cannot be forced to reveal his unpublished work or his confidential sources.
  
After a court hearing, Judge Watanabe granted Alvarez's request for a protective order, meaning that Alvarez will not be subjected to an invasive deposition and is not required to respond to subpoenas demanding his work product.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii ("ACLU") and Honolulu attorney James J. Bickerton (of Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan) represented Alvarez, an independent filmmaker who has spent the last four years preparing a documentary about Native Hawaiian burial practices and who was unwittingly drawn into a legal battle over the construction of Joseph A. Brescia's home on Naue Point on Kauai.
  
Brescia's attorneys, in a search for evidence in support of his case, issued several sweeping subpoenas demanding nearly all of Alvarez's unpublished interviews and raw video footage and insisting that he answer questions about his observations and his activities in a deposition under oath.

Bickerton and the ACLU filed a motion for a protective order, asking Judge Watanabe to block the deposition and to prohibit Brescia from issuing more subpoenas to Alvarez.  Judge Watanabe granted both requests.

Bickerton said, "With this decision, the media shield law can now be confidently asserted by journalists seeking to protect their work.  The Judge ruled that the media shield law means what it says – journalists can protect their confidential sources and can't be forced to reveal their unpublished information."

Alvarez expressed relief, "I can continue to work on my projects with integrity – without fear that I may have to betray the trust of my interview subjects.  Without this ruling, people wouldn't trust me and I wouldn't be able to work on really sensitive projects like this one."

Daniel Gluck, ACLU senior staff attorney, stated, The court has enforced the Legislature's intent. This is a big win for the community because journalists now have the tools needed to distribute information and ideas – crucial for a strong, independent, and free press."

The mission of the ACLU of Hawaii is to protect the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the U.S. and State Constitutions. The ACLU of Hawaii fulfills this through legislative, litigation, and public education programs statewide. The ACLU of Hawaii is a non-partisan and private nonprofit organization that provides its services at no cost to the public and does not accept government funds. The ACLU of Hawaii has been serving Hawaii since 1965.

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contact

Keoni Kealoha Alvarez

RR3 BOX 1043

Pahoa HI, 96778​

Tel: 808-209-2156

keonialvarez@gmail.com

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