‘Everybody Wear A Mask’ video shot entirely on Kaua‘i

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Jeffrey Callejo, left, leads his dance team to demonstrate the importance of six-foot social distancing during the filming of the “Everybody Wear A Mask” music video at the outdoor stage at Lu‘au Kalamaku at Kilohana in Puhi Tuesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jeffrey Callejo, second from left, leads his team of line dancers to “Everybody Wear A Mask” being filmed Tuesday by Kate Mie Nakamura and Ryland Balbin at the outdoor stage at Lu‘au Kalamaku at Kilohana in Puhi.

With the opening of the island to visitors in April, Kaua‘i needs to remain vigilant against the novel coronavirus, said Art Umezu of Music of Kaua‘i.

The message is not new, being echoed by a lot of people, from President Joe Biden (see related story, A3) to Lt. Gov. Josh Green, and is not limited to visitors, but for everyone.

“We need to address the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and social-distancing to keep Kaua‘i safe and healthy,” Umezu said. “This is a global message.”

Jeffrey Callejo, instructor of the Kaua‘i Country Line Dancing Group, saw the message and choreographed a dance to “Everybody Wear A Mask,” a number written by Umezu and performed by Daphne Sanchez on the “We Are One World” music CD that was released in December 2020 and dedicated to front-line health workers and first responders.

Callejo, anticipating the world line dance competition in Las Vegas in November, took the message to four teen members at the Aloha Dance Studio, who joined the group in sending the message.

“I wrote the lyrics about a year ago,” Umezu said. “I got Daphne to perform it for the music CD, and now, Jeffrey choreographed the piece into a dance. I’m getting old, so I want to give the younger generation an opportunity to work on global projects with the global-message song, ‘Everybody Wear A Mask.’”

Kaua‘i High School sophomore Kate Mie Nakamura, working on the original “We Are One World” music CD as part of the KAVE KREW, picked up the camera as the lead videographer for the filming at the Kaua‘i Bowl in Lihu‘e and Kilohana Plantation in Puhi.

Ryland Balbin of Hanama‘ulu, also working on the KAVE KREW, is back home after earning a degree in studio photography from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Following that with digital-media studies in Los Angeles, he picked up the video duty when filming was done at the Aloha Dance Studio.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Umezu said of Balbin. “He’s home. He was just certified by Ho‘ike Community Television, so that’s where we got the first copies going to.”

Umezu anticipates the music video to be ready by Monday, April 5, the date when Kaua‘i will rejoin the state’s Safe Travel program for incoming trans-Pacific travelers.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

  1. Mr.Ford March 31, 2021 12:23 am Reply

    Not thinking for yourself is a vary dangerous thing and when entertainment goes to a point to in becoming a PR campaign….

  2. RGLadder37 March 31, 2021 2:23 am Reply

    Is this still a law? Or did they do away with it. The best way to see if people are still wearing their face mask is by checking to see if they still have this as a law or ordinance. If so, then it is still in place to wear a face mask while in public gatherings. Such as a store.

    1. Klova808 April 1, 2021 4:09 pm Reply

      Yes, we still do have a mask mandate.

    2. Arienfire April 1, 2021 8:13 pm Reply

      Even in public groups, masks are only “required” if you cannot maintain distance. And now it’s 3 feet, so this whole thing is moot.

  3. merrrri March 31, 2021 3:47 am Reply

    pathetic that these face diapers are getting so much glory

    1. Lawaibob March 31, 2021 5:40 pm Reply

      How’s the weather under your bridge today?

    2. RGLadder37 March 31, 2021 10:26 pm Reply

      What do you mean glory? I didn’t see the video. Isn’t any good? Did they give out any names? I never heard of them. Besides all of this, are they part of a legit club that gives recognition?

  4. Mark March 31, 2021 8:26 am Reply

    Next video to be called, bow down and worship only Government authority. Followed by line up and proceed into the camp behind the wire.

    1. George March 31, 2021 2:09 pm Reply

      Mark, kinda reaching on this one chicken little. Seems you love to instill fear. Also can you clarify with facts the basis for your presumption?

    2. Mark Thompson March 31, 2021 3:22 pm Reply

      yah I know, its sooooo hard to wear a mask!
      You pretty much have it just as bad as the Jews in Nazi germany. I’m sure they would be very sympathetic to you. People who think you are being a drama queen just don’t know the struggle of putting on a mask…..

    3. Klova808 April 1, 2021 4:12 pm Reply

      Followed by… If you don’t like it, don’t come to Hawaii.

  5. KauaiRon March 31, 2021 9:10 am Reply

    Really sad … next you will want us all to get chips so you can track us.
    Satan in working big time … this needs to stop.
    You are making 666 easier for those who choose to follow.
    As for me and my family … we will serve the Lord.

    1. Kai March 31, 2021 11:56 pm Reply

      Yeah cuz the gov can’t track you already ron. Do you use a cell phone? Drive a newer car? Use your debt/credit card? Yeah the gov has access to that info braddah. Keep reaching tho. God bless.

  6. Pearl March 31, 2021 11:43 am Reply

    The only people who call masks face diapers are people who poop out their mouth.

  7. Critical thinker March 31, 2021 12:36 pm Reply

    I eat a donut a day to protect YOU, and you eat a donut a day to protect ME right? Covidiots showing their covid masters just how easily they will be culled.

  8. joe March 31, 2021 12:57 pm Reply

    I am thinking these negative comments are most likely people reading our TGI from the mainland…. hard to believe those are people commenting from Kauai.

    1. Arienfire April 1, 2021 8:15 pm Reply

      Nope. Lots of locals are fed up now and think it’s stupid.

  9. In the works March 31, 2021 2:50 pm Reply

    How are the lyrics coming along for the socialist anthem to our supreme leader Biden and camela? Make sure to change the words a little, so it’s not a blatant copy of North Korea and chinas.

  10. John March 31, 2021 5:21 pm Reply

    Baaa baaaa says the sheep🐏🐑

  11. kanOOkdrmr March 31, 2021 9:19 pm Reply

    So many whiney red hatters!

  12. sara April 1, 2021 7:22 am Reply

    So thankful to live here on Kauai where people are concerned about each other and wear a mask to protect Kauai during this time of risk for a serious infection.

  13. M2 April 1, 2021 8:01 am Reply

    To the non-science Anti-maskers: Thank God for this group trying to get a message out to keep the most beautiful part of the United States safe. Sorry you don’t believe in Science – but don’t worry, diseases still believe in you! I’m aware most of you complaining on this nice piece don’t choose to protect others by wearing a mask, but I’m sure you claim to “protect my family – gotta have my concealed carry!” as if it would do any good against viruses. When you get done bashing caring people, look at Japan – hardly any deaths from Covid 19 all year – maybe it’s because they all wear masks. Mahalo to you caring enough to spread the good news message about keeping others safe – even the anti-Science people who made comments above. Aloha!

    1. Arienfire April 1, 2021 8:16 pm Reply

      M2, actually LOTS of science says otherwise.

    2. Arienfire April 1, 2021 8:18 pm Reply

      M2, also using Japan isn’t a very good example. They were wearing masks before, and still got it. Many people who used masks got it. People in Hospitals covered head to toe in PPE got it.

  14. Mark April 1, 2021 9:36 am Reply

    George and Mark Thompson, got some swamp land in Florida I want to sell you, make you a killer deal. Don’t worry just trust me the way you trust your wonderful government. You’ll love it.

    1. George April 1, 2021 10:29 am Reply

      Mark, reading comprehension not your strong suit. Nothing but fear and wisecracks, nothing of substance.
      I would recommend you up your game but you appear to have no game.

  15. Arienfire April 1, 2021 8:11 pm Reply

    Last I checked, CDC said 3 feet do this is outdated!

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