She's been living in Los Angeles for over two decades. Now, Honolulu-born actress Kelly Hu is back home this weekend.
"When Keo first wrote this film, he wrote my character as a linebacker-sized mahu. I think that they couldn't really cast it, so they were like, 'Kelly Hu would be good in this role,'" Hu said.
Cast as "Linda" in The Haumana, a movie filmed entirely on Oahu and directed by actor, hula dancer, and film maker Keo Woolford, Hu is excited to show fans a side to her no one has ever seen before.
"It's that tita in me that gets to come out and I get to speak pidgin English for the first time," Hu said.
With a remarkable career in the entertainment industry, Hu is often seen as a role model and trailblazer when it comes to major roles as an Asian woman.
"It's a really big title to have to live up to," Hu said. "You're seeing a lot more Asians on television now. Not just the action stuff that I used to do on Martial law," Hu said.
After staring in major blockbuster motion pictures along with numerous television appearances, Hu continues to keep busy.
"I am recurring on four different shows. A little stint on Warehouse 13, on a CW show called Arrow, and I do voiceovers for Phineas and Ferb and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Hu said.
You'll also find the Kamehameha Schools graduate's likeness in an EA video game next year.
"They have us dressing up in all the crazy suits with all the dots colorful balls and everything," Hu said.
But despite the Hollywood fame, Hu is still a local girl who loves coming home.
"To remember where I came from and just appreciate everything that I've had growing up here," Hu said.
Hu will take part in a celebrity acting panel on Saturday at The Modern Hotel.
The Haumana debuts Sunday at Hawaii Theatre.
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