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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

“Star Wars” moviegoers gathered in the Paina Room at Dave & Buster’s after the movie.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Pono Tokioka, 20, the deaf son of Representative Jimmy Tokioka, who was instrumental in getting the bill passed that makes Hawai’i the first state to require open captioning and audio description movie showings for deaf and visually impaired movie goers, speaks in sign language about how great it was to go to the movies with his dad in Dave & Buster’s Paina Hale Room after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens on January 2, 2016 in Honolulu, Hi.

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Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Han Solo are shown in a scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film was screened Saturday at Ward 16 in the first legally mandated open-captioning, audio-description public movie screening in the nation.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Colin Whited, the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing project specialist with the Pacific Disabilities Center at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, talked about other bills that need to be passed for hearing-impaired children in Hawaii.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

State Rep. James Tokioka, above right, who was instrumental in getting the open-captioning bill passed, talked about how wonderful it was to enjoy the new “Star Wars” movie with his hearing-impaired son, Pono Tokioka, (not shown), as they celebrated at Dave & Buster’s after the screening. Interpreter Jan Fried is at left.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Rainna Beal, 9, left, and Maverick Fiti, 10, who are hearing-impaired, describe their experience of watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with emcee and former president of the Aloha Association of the Deaf Colleen Cidade. Below left, “Star Wars” moviegoers gathered in the Paina Room at Dave & Buster’s after the movie.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

“Star Wars” moviegoers gathered in the Paina Room at Dave & Buster’s after the movie.

8/12
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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Pono Tokioka, 20, the deaf son of Representative Jimmy Tokioka, who was instrumental in getting the bill passed that makes Hawai’i the first state to require open captioning and audio description movie showings for deaf and visually impaired movie goers, speaks in sign language about how great it was to go to the movies with his dad in Dave & Buster’s Paina Hale Room after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens on January 2, 2016 in Honolulu, Hi.

9/12
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Lucasfilm

Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Han Solo are shown in a scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film was screened Saturday at Ward 16 in the first legally mandated open-captioning, audio-description public movie screening in the nation.

10/12
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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Colin Whited, the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing project specialist with the Pacific Disabilities Center at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, talked about other bills that need to be passed for hearing-impaired children in Hawaii.

11/12
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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

State Rep. James Tokioka, above right, who was instrumental in getting the open-captioning bill passed, talked about how wonderful it was to enjoy the new “Star Wars” movie with his hearing-impaired son, Pono Tokioka, (not shown), as they celebrated at Dave & Buster’s after the screening. Interpreter Jan Fried is at left.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Rainna Beal, 9, left, and Maverick Fiti, 10, who are hearing-impaired, describe their experience of watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with emcee and former president of the Aloha Association of the Deaf Colleen Cidade. Below left, “Star Wars” moviegoers gathered in the Paina Room at Dave & Buster’s after the movie.