So a pretty cool thing happened this week.
In 2005 a group of young boys from Ewa Beach made history by winning the Little League World Series. Naturally, the entire state, including myself, was glued to their televisions as we watched these remarkable kids put Hawaii on the map by defeating Curacao.
Fast forward 10 years and not only are some of the players and coaches still on the island, but they were able to reunite thanks to some inter-office coordination from the people in our Sports department.
Full disclosure, I wasn’t the one who shot the video. That distinction went to my friend and colleague, Krystle Marcellus and kudos to her for going out into the rain to shoot the video.
I was brought in near the end to work with her to edit the footage together. The process took about two days and the idea was to run with a more documentary-style video as opposed to the news-y style we normally see on television. It’s a style that I’m slowly gravitating towards.
What made the editing so interesting and pretty fun was the fact that I actually do remember watching these players as kids in the Little League World Series. I was a freshman in college at the time and while it does seem so long ago, it’s another reminder that time really does fly as you get older.
Another thing that really blew my mind was just how much older these kids were now. As I said, 10 years is a long time and the young, bright-eyed faces of the little leaguers were now replaced by mature adults (some with children) all moving on with their lives, either graduating or joining the workforce.
In the end, the entire editing process was pretty fun and a little refreshing. In a time where the state has been flooded with so much news about RAIL, homelessness and TMT, it’s nice to work on a story about a group of kids who made the entire state of Hawaii proud.