Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that film and television productions will need to receive authorization from the Office of the Mayor to begin shooting in Maui County.
The authorization is included in the County’s updated Public Health Emergency Rules, which were approved by the Governor’s Office this afternoon.
Productions are to follow COVID-19 Guidelines for the Film Industry, which were prepared by the City & County of Honolulu Film Office and approved by the Governor. Additional safety procedures to be followed include “The Safe Way Forward” report prepared by the Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Trade Winds Production’s show “Temptation Island” is the first show to receive approval and authorization from the Office of the Mayor, following prior review of its health security plan and testing protocols.
“Our first priority continues to be for the well-being of our local residents and workers,” Mayor Victorino said. “We have reviewed the production company’s extensive safety protocols and precautions, which includes having a team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals on-site for the duration of filming. Review of the production company’s contingency plans also ensures the protection of cast, crew and our community.
“We believe the protocols and guidelines of our film industry can provide a safe and responsible model for our residents to return to work and rebuild our local economy.”
The plans have also been approved by IATSE Local 665 union and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142 union. Over a hundred local jobs will be provided through the production as well as employment for returning Andaz hotel workers.
Trade Winds Production’s Health Security Plan includes the following measures:
Trade Winds Production has coordinated with Medcor to have a medical team reside at the resort for the length of the production. The medical team consists of a Health Safety Supervisor (MD), COVID Compliance Officer (Registered Nurse), Staff Nurse, COVID Manager, Chief Hygiene Officer, two COVID Coordinators and a COVID Assistant.
Trade Winds Production has secured exclusive use of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort property, which does not include the beach. The beach will continue to be open and accessible to the public.
Andaz resort workers will continue to receive benefits, whether they return to work or not. If they choose not to return to work, they still remain eligible for unemployment.
All hotel workers were given the option and recommendation to stay at the resort and within the isolation zone of the production. Hotel workers who return home will not physically interact with cast/crew and will be subject to additional daily COVID-19 testing.
Trade Winds Production also will be donating Chromebook computers to Maui County schools as well as Personal Protective Equipment to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Donna Domingo, President of ILWU Local 142, said: “We are pleased that Mayor Vitorino has given the green light for Temptation Island to be filmed on Maui at the Andaz Resort. This will be a much-needed boost for our economy and will provide jobs to many Maui residents. We are confident this project will be safe for our workers, the film crew and all of Maui. Our hotel workers will be properly trained and be provided all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and will follow the Safe Way Forward guidelines provided by the Film Industry. This is a great opportunity for Maui to reopen some of its economy in a safe way.”
Tuia’ana Scanlan, President of IATSE Local 665, said: “IATSE Local 665 is committed to empowering safe work environments for not only the Entertainment workers in our industry, but for the residents and families of the community at large. We value and respect the health and well-being of our community above all else. This project will bring much needed work to residents of Maui and the State of Hawaii. Any work that’s worth being done is worth being done in a safe manner. Together with the various entities associated with this project, we support the creation and maintenance of this insulated, COVID-Free Environment so as to maximize the diverse economic impact of this unique opportunity while safeguarding the workers and residents of the island of Maui and the State of Hawaii.”
Maui Film Commissioner Tracy Bennett said: “I’m excited to get the support of the Mayor, some Council members and State Legislators that got to see the safety protocols put into place, and the plan to keep the people of Maui as safe as possible, while we try to get our economy going again with an industry that provides high-paying jobs, spends millions of dollars inside the community, and has the resources to keep a COVID-Free Environment."
Hawaii State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson said: “We are confident this production will succeed in providing the safest possible work environment for the all the employees involved. Their success is important for the entire film industry and the studio backed productions that are wanting to follow their safety model. The production’s small self-contained footprint also helps protect Maui’s environment from potential impacts, while boosting local economic activity. According to our department DBEDT, every $50,000 spent represents approximately 30 visitors. So using this production’s roughly $7.5M spend on Maui, that would equate to about 4,500 visitors on the island.”
Links to Film/Television Rules & Guidelines
“The Safe Way Forward” – Production Safety Guidelines Link: https://www.sagaftra.org/files/sa_documents/ProductionSafetyGuidelines_June2020EditedP.pdf
COVID-19 Guidelines for the Film Industry – City & County of Honolulu, Honolulu Film Office:
Maui County Film Office: https://filmmaui.com/
State of Hawaii Film Office: https://filmoffice.hawaii.gov/