Kea Peahu, the star of “Finding ‘Ohana” — currently the No. 1 movie worldwide on Netflix — connected virtually with her former classmates at Island Pacific Academy via Zoom.
Kea’s former classmates, who are now in middle school, along with teachers and special guests, got a chance to hear Kea’s inspirational journey from a community in Kapolei, to the lights and action in Hollywood.
Former classmate Joshua-Dwayne Figueroa remembered Kea as having the same humbleness today as when they were in second grade.
He said that Kea shared “that everyone can learn to do something if you have the passion for it. And, don’t let anyone stop you. The biggest thing stopping you from doing something is yourself.”
“As a student at Island Pacific Academy, Kea was enthusiastic and always striving to do her best. We are so proud of her and what she has accomplished,” said Island Pacific Academy Head of School Gerald Teramae. “She is an inspiration to our students to discover their passion and potential. We are grateful to her and the director of the film, Jude Weng, for spending time with our ‘ohana today.”
“My time at Island Pacific Academy was great! I loved my time there,” Peahu said. “It’s an early childhood memory I have. Being in school with friends and enjoying what the school had to offer.”