The film follows two Brooklyn siblings (Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono) whose summer in a rural Oahu town takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an adventure, leading them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
The pic marks Peahu and Aiono’s acting debuts and sources tell Variety it was very important for Netflix to find a cast of predominantly Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, even if it met find a lot of newcomers for the large ensemble.
“The Good Place’s” Marc Evan Jackson, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu, Ke Huy Quan, Ricky Garcia, Ryan Higa, Mapuana Makia, Brad Kalilimoku, X Mayo, and Kyndra Sanchez have also joined the cast. Christina Strain penned the script.
“Transformers'” Ian Bryce will produce through his Ian Bryce Productions with Irene Yeung and JJ Hook executive producing. Katie Malott will serve as an associate producer.
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, as well as the 2020 films “Feel the Beat,” “The Main Event” and “The Sleepover.”
In addition to directing on “Young Sheldon,” Weng has cut her teeth on the TV front helming episodes of series like “iZombie” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” She is repped by CAA.
Strain’s previous writing credits include Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” as well as “The Magicians” on Syfy. She is repped by CAA and Art/Work Entertainment.