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DENNIS ODA Making a Cooking Hawaiian Style video requires a roomful of people and equipment. Melveen Leed, in blue, the guest cook, is surrounded by assistant director Dawn Kaniaupio, director of photography Ruben Carrillo, far right, and director Kai Bovaird. Mike Tanji stands on the counter to adjust an overhead camera.
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DENNIS ODA Randy King, below, holds a cue card listing ingredients for Leed's dish, in case she needs a prompt during taping (she doesn't).
DENNIS ODA Melveen Leed chats with Frank Abraham, creator and executive producer of the video, as she prepares to cook her Crustacean Polynesia dish. Abraham taped six videos in a home near Waimea Bay for his website, a resource library of local-style recipes for expat Hawaii residents.