Filmmakers
Sean Aronson
Director: Sean Aronson

Sean is an independent documentary film maker living and working in Honolulu. Sending Aloha Abroad is the second film he has directed. His first, White Shark Cafe, was selected for more than a dozen film festivals including the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival and the Wild and Scenic Festival. Sean currently works in the television and film industry where his recent credits include Mad Men and Catching Fire – the sequel to the Hunger Games. Sean holds a masters from UC-Berkeley’s School of Journalism.

Michael B. Thomas
Producer: Michael B. Thomas

Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga from 1989-1993 as the Tropical Tree Crop Adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. He has been involved with educational film productions including a University of Hawaii series of 48 shorts on Ethnobotany as well as the digitization of the Bring the World Home series, a former production of the RPCVs of Hawaii. In 2008, he co-founded the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii as a 501 c(3) non-profit organization. He has served on the RPCV-HI Board of Directors and also as Chairperson for the 50th Anniversary Committee. He was formally a Peace Corps Campus Recruiter at the University of Florida, Gainesville from 1998-2000, where he was responsible for recruitment of more than 100 trainees into Peace Corps Service. Michael holds a PhD from the University of Florida in Botany.

Deborah Miller
Editor: Debbie Miller, Montaj9

In 1999 Deborah moved to Hawaii, fell in love and put down roots. She has worked at Montaj9 ever since as an editor and motion graphic artist. Montaj9 has produced much award winning work in advertising and is a well respected post-production facility within the film community. In 2008 Deborah edited a series of films that won AAF Best in Show and in 2013 was named AAF Ad Woman of the Year.

Funding: Hawaii Council for the Humanities

Camera: Sean Aronson, Greg Doi and Henry Mochida

Sound: John McFadden

Narration: Millicent Cummings

On scene with senator Inouye
On scene with Senator Daniel K. Inouye