Parker Ranch and UH-Hilo collaborated on this and produced a remake of the music video “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to showcase the uniqueness of Hilo and as a tribute to the university’s Spring 2014 graduating class.
As noted in the YouTube text, “Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2014 commencement. The overarching theme of his speech—happiness—is a reminder for all to live a life rooted in happiness because life is too precious to live otherwise.
“A special mahalo to the wonderful people of Hilo for dancing with incredible enthusiasm and to the video crew—Brett Wagner of Wagnervision (Director), George Russell (Cameraman), Ashley Kierkiewicz of Hastings & Pleadwell (Executive Producer) and Shawn Pila of ENA Media Hawaii (Assistant Producer) for making production awesome.”
The song used in this music video is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams—Courtesy of Universal Pictures & Columbia Records.
Happy: Pharrell Williams
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company
ENA Media Hawaii
Mokuola, the bridge to “Coconut Island”, and Lili`uokalani Gardens are featured locations in and around town.
Another recent video is by Gabe Hanohano of Hawaii Drones and posted by Alistair Bostrom. Thanks to Galyn Williams for bringing it to our attention.
The nine+ minute video is shot from a DJI Phantom quad-copter, with a GoPro3 mounted on a ZenmuseH32D gimbal. Video feed is via a DJI58L 5.8GHz transmitter/receiver pair.