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True ‘Lava’ story

  • PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
    The animated short, “Lava,” features the singing voice of Hilo musician Kuana Torres Kahele, who plays Uku
  • COURTESY JAMES FORD MURPHY
    James bought a ukulele from Brian Padilla at Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles. It is the instrument Murphy plays in “Lava.”
  • COURTESY JAMES FORD MURPHY
    The Murphy family — William, Jack, Kathy, Louise and James Murphy — during a family trip to Hawaii in 2013,
  • COURTESY JAMES FORD MURPHY
    James Ford Murphy and his wife, Kathy, rode horses at Parker Ranch on their Big Island honeymoon in 1989. The trip kick-started James Murphy’s love of Hawaii.
  • PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
    The animated short, “Lava,” features the singing voice of Maui’s Napua Greig as the voice of the other volcano, Lele

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