Archives for February 4, 2021

Finding ‘Ohana * Mixes Fantasy, Adventure, Romance and Heritage of Land and Family

A summer in rural O’ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The upcoming Netflix film Finding ‘Ohana, by Jude Weng, is absorbing, hilarious and intriguing. I truly enjoyed watching the main character Pili (Kea Peahu) evolve throughout the film as she learns more about her heritage and the land. As a young viewer, I found it fascinating that this film points out one of many Hawaiian legends – the Night Marchers – which are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. Zoe C., adds, “The movie mixes fantasy and adventure, a little romance, humor and drama in a fun way. This story remind of Goonies and has some elements from the classic 80s films like Indiana Jones, but deals with contemporary subjects of identity and multi-cultural issues. The scenes were filmed on various locations on O’ahu, which gives the film a very authentic tone.” See their full review below.

Finding ‘Ohana
By Nathalia J, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12


The upcoming Netflix film Finding ‘Ohana, by Jude Weng, is absorbing, hilarious and intriguing. I truly enjoyed watching the main character Pili (Kea Peahu) evolve throughout the film as she learns more about her heritage and the land. As a young viewer, I found it fascinating that this film points out one of many Hawaiian legends – the Night Marchers – which are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors.

This film follows two Brooklyn-raised siblings, as their life takes an unexpected turn as they spend the summer in O’ahu. At the beginning of their O’ahu summer, Pili finds an old, dusty journal with notes from an old pirate and the pirate’s crew. After learning more about the pirate’s connection to the long-lost gold from her grandfather Kimo (Branscombe Richmond), Pili takes on the challenge of finding the gold with her new friend Casper (Owen Vaccaro), which leads to her older brother Ioane (Alex Iono) and Casper’s “older sister” Hana (Lindsay Watson) following the journey.

I was super impressed by all of the acting talent, especially Kea Peahu, who plays the protagonist Pili. Considering that this is her first feature film, that is even more impressive. I spoke with her recently about that and she shared, “I have many similarities to Pili, which helped improve my performance. I was able to connect with my ohana (family) just like Pili does in the film.” Along with that, Owen Vaccaro (Daddy’s Home; Daddy’s Home 2) surpassed all my expectations with his performance.

My favorite parts about Finding ‘Ohana are the real-world concepts such as the Hawaiian legends that lead Pili on her journey to find the treasure. Many films are based around myths of various cultures. However, in this film, you see how the Hawaiian legend comes to life in a youth and family-friendly way. I loved seeing the character development of each character and seeing them change by the end of the film when they become family (ohana) because of the experiences they have shared.

This film promotes positive social behaviors and shows how important it is to treat others respectfully. What I took away from this film is to always treat others the way you want to be treated, and that ohana (family) is not always blood; family is those who love and support you, whether you are related or not.

I give Finding ‘Ohana 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. It debuts on Netflix Jan. 29, 2021. Be sure to check it out!

Finding ‘Ohana 

By Zoë C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Families do not always bond nicely. In Finding ‘Ohana, two siblings from New York embark on an adventure in O’ahu, Hawaii and try to connect with each other and with their Hawaiian heritage while they discover the mysteries of the island. This movie is about traditions, embracing your culture and respect.

The film has the perfect adventure spirit. Pili (Kea Peahu), a 12-year-old girl and her brother Ione (Alex Aiono) are always fighting. With their mom, they go to their native island, O’ahu, to visit their grandfather whose health is delicate. The mom, Leilani (Kelly Hu), doesn’t get along with her family all that well. It’s as if all these different generations are colliding, but through the unusual experiences and with help from new friends, they discover the greatest treasure – the love of family (ohana).

The movie mixes fantasy and adventure, a little romance, humor and drama in a fun way. This story remind of Goonies and has some elements from the classic 80s films like Indiana Jones, but deals with contemporary subjects of identity and multi-cultural issues. The scenes were filmed on various locations on O’ahu, which gives the film a very authentic tone. The sights are beautiful and there is some lovely underwater photography. The story is entertaining and keeps you focused most of the time. Some visual effects and practical sets are not all that impressive, but the performances are very good and make you connect with the characters and what they are going through. Kea Peahu, who plays Pili in her film debut, is amazing in the leading role. I love the songs in the soundtrack and the way the music is incorporated into the storyline. I also love that the film reinforces the importance of a simple life; sometimes we focus on our dreams and goals; we forget about the beauty that is in front of us in our everyday life.

The message of the film is that love of family is unconditional despite our differences.

I give Finding ‘Ohana 4 out of 5 stars and recommended for ages 5 to 18, plus adults.  Finding ‘Ohana premieres on January 29, 2021, on Netflix.

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A Closer Look at Ligandrol: Merits, Research, and Dosage

Most people interested in increasing their muscle mass understand that it’s a long, arduous process. So, like millions of others, you probably visited this page looking for a way to make some gains with the help of Ligandrol.

Fear not; we’re ready to explain the what, whys, hows, benefits, and side effects so you can have a clear, unbiased opinion before you make a decision.

What is Ligandrol?

Ligandrol is also known as LGD 4033, VK5211, and Anabolicum. Ligand Pharmaceuticals originally developed it. Its first human clinical trial was published in 2013.

LGD 4033 was found to increase muscle mass without also increasing fat storage. Since then, testing has continued within several large countries like the USA and Australia.

To explain what Ligandrol is, we first have to understand a fairly new term: SARM. SARM is an acronym for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators).

SARMs are drugs that release chemicals that bind to specific sites on your skeleton muscles called “androgen receptors.” They then trigger processes that change the expression of specific genes within the DNA of your muscle cells. This allows your muscles’ ability to grow.

In essence, you could say that Ligandrol works like anabolic or testosterone steroids. However, the side effects are much less severe, with a lower rate of even occurring.

This is because LGD 4033 doesn’t act like fids. It only binds with muscles and bones selectively, thereby bypassing organs and avoiding sensitive areas. In this way, side effects can be minimalized, and the results enhanced.

Health Benefits and What to Expect

For now, Ligandrol is still undergoing testing in many countries such as the USA and Australia. The drug is still considered to be in its experimental stages, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been results already.

Here are five things you can expect from using Ligandrol.

  1. More Muscle

Most people who use SARMs like Ligandrol want to increase their muscle mass. Fortunately, this is one of the strong points of this drug, and you’ll be able to see the results for yourself within one cycle.

LGD 4033 works by binding to targeted androgen receptors and changing muscle cell DNA to increase muscle mass growth and speed up regeneration. Even smaller doses will show results within a couple of weeks. Depending on your diet, workout, and dosage, you should be able to see definite changes. Because Ligandrol works at the cellular level, even people who struggle to gain muscle will get results.

  • Maintaining Muscle

Many fitness enthusiasts understand that the real challenge lies not in gaining muscle but in keeping it. LGD 4033 can help you retain your muscles even when it’s inconvenient to work out, or you’re trying to maintain a caloric deficit.

  • Increased Strength

Muscle grows denser and faster when you put pressure (overload) on it. This is a necessary strategy, but you first need the energy to increase your weights and step up your training, which isn’t always there. Ligandrol can help give you more power to improve your performance. And more energy to lift means more muscle. It’s a beautiful cycle.

  • Better Recovery

A challenging workout in the gym means that your body needs time to recover. The recovery process is crucial when increasing muscle mass because it is at this stage that your muscles become stronger. Ligandrol can hasten this process, which means you can get stronger, larger muscles faster.

  • Sturdier Bones

Most people use SARMs as a method to increase muscle mass, but according to this research paper, it can be used to treat osteoporosis. The basis of this claim is that the androgen receptors are crucial for maintaining bone mineral mass. Ligandrol can activate the receptors to increase bone mineral density, thereby leading to stronger bones. Read more about how SARMS work from this article.

Does Ligandrol Work? The Evidence

Further evidence can be seen from this study, which compared results over a 12-week timeframe of several people aged over 65 who consumed Ligandrol and those who did not.

The results saw significant muscle mass increase and improvement in the walking distance and pace from those who took the drugs compared to those who didn’t. There was also an increase in fat loss.

There is also another study conducted on 76 men, which showed a dose-dependent increase in muscle mass.

Both studies showed that participants did not show any severe side effects.

What to Expect

Here’s what you can expect with Ligandrol:

  • Increased muscle mass
  • Stronger bones
  • Fat loss
  • More Strength
  • Faster Recovery

Dosage Rules

Because official agencies haven’t approved this SARM in large countries like the USA, UK, Australia, etc., you probably won’t be able to buy it at a store. You can buy LGD 4033 in Australia at reputable stores like Phoenix Gen Research, but you must take it safely.

For most people, 5-10mg/day for six, eight, or 12 weeks is a good dosage and cycle. You can also change dosages based on the effect you want. For cutting, a maximum of 2-5mg is enough. For bulking and recomposition, a limit of 8mg will do. Women should not exceed 5mg a day.

Conclusion

Ligandrol is already showing promising results and has received good reviews from people using it to achieve their dream bodies. The most important part to note is learning how to dose yourself and taking the drug in cycles. Take the time to listen to your body.

Boomer, Feb. 4th Pet of the Week!

Isn’t Boomer a contented, happy-looking little dog? Alas, it wasn’t always thus for him. Boomer is a 2-year-old neutered tan terrier who came to our shelter as a stray with nothing but fear in his eyes and fright in his entire demeanor. The poor little fellow had been left to fend for himself and did what he could to survive. Shelter staff and volunteers gave him constant love and attention, and soon all that fear was replaced by incredible warmth and love. Shelter staff says that he may not be the talk of the town but he sure is the main chat at our shelter village! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Boomer. Ask for ID#A653419.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)