I am a 34-year-old Hawaii native who joined the military soon after graduating from Moanalua High School. I am also a father (of 2), writer and friend.
During my time in The United States Marine Corps, I had experienced life changing moments both good and bad. These events have an effect on who I am as a person today. Although those days in the Marines have past they are not gone.
When Paul originally told me about the idea which formed into Empty Streets, my thought was "who cares." It sounded great, but the idea that someone else wanted to share one of the hardest times of my life with the rest of the world scared me because I didn't think my life could be used to help others. As this idea became a reality, I found myself humbled.
Dredging up memories and feelings I wanted to forget helped pave the way for the desire to see this film completed which would in essence help me move on in life. After being given the honor of co-writing, my closure is nearing completion.
Everyone that contributed to this film has had made many personal sacrifices. These sacrifices have made this a part of us all. During the time we helped to build this film as friends, we became family. Paul, Kendyce, Kevin, Tony, Des, I love you all and thank you.
— Ely Kalilikane (Co-Writer, Producer, Technical Consultant)
San Francisco — Ely and Paul heading back from the pizza place.