My film project for the summer has run up against a fairly disconcerting obstacle. At the end of my first week in Kauai I discovered that a great deal of my filming equipment had been stolen. After taking stock of my situation I decided to return home and booked a flight for the next day. I’ve been back in Annapolis for a week now. The value of the loss amounted to about what I had budgeted for the project as a whole, and my insurance company has made it clear that they are not liable for the loss; so it’s a big hit and quite demoralizing. However, during the week I was there I did take about 20 pages of handwritten notes and gather just over 13 gigabytes of still and video images. The script continues to be written and I will have some sort of video produced and ready to show by the end of August. I want to thank everyone who gave me support and encouragement on the venture and express my regret that I wasn’t able to plan well enough to forestall this outcome. I have no doubt the thief was “on the prowl” for opportunities and I doubt very much it was the work of the individuals who lived or camped in the area where I was camped. My regard for the Hawai’an people is undiminished, though at the moment I am feeling a bit un-enthusiastic about a certain neighborhood. The new working title of the film is Hanalei Blues in place of the former Kauaithemovie.
Best wishes and thank again to all. I’ll be posting whatever updates are appropriate on this blog: