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Colbie Caillat shows Kauai roots in "Little Things" video

Colbie_Caillat_video_HawaiiFor the March/April 2009 issue of HAWAII Magazine, I caught up with singer-songwriters Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz to discuss music videos each filmed in Hawaii last year with veteran music video director Darren Doane. In our print edition, Mraz and Caillat talk about why they wanted to film videos for their hits “I’m Yours” and “The Little Things” on Oahu and Kauai—turns out both musicians, and Doane, had some history in the Islands prior to the shoots. Here on HawaiiMagazine.com, we’re featuring the trio sharing behind the scenes stories from the video shoots, which you can read while watching corresponding scenes in the videos.

In this, our first of two Web posts, Caillat and Doane talk about filming in the tranquil Kauai north shore towns of Kilauea and Hanalei—which Caillat, in HAWAII Magazine, describes as “her second home” since age 11. The video for “The Little Things” was modeled on Caillat’s memories of a typical Kauai summer day when she was 18.

The time in parentheses in the text corresponds to the point in the video Caillat and Doane are discussing. You can view the video at the end of the post. Click twice on the video frame to enlarge the video.

Colbie_Caillat_video_HawaiiHanalei Bridge and taro fields (0:22)
In the video’s opening scenes, Caillat rides a bike over single-lane Hanalei Bridge, past the picturesque taro fields of Hanalei Valley. It’s the same route she regularly took to her real summer job.

Caillat: “The bridge is a landmark on Kauai’s north shore. When we stayed in Princeville or Kilauea and I’d have to drive to work, we’d always have to go over the bridge into Hanalei. That was the route every day. Depending on how hard it’s raining, they sometimes close the bridge.You can’t get past and you can get stuck on either side.”

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