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  • Honua Studios managing director Derek Hall shows off the 5.1 sound studio, the only one in the state. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Honua Studios is a multifunction facility used for film production as well as community events. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Honua Studios managing director Derek Hall explains that the green screen room can be cleared for full CGI filming. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Honua Studios is a multifunction facility used for film production as well as community events. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Honua Studios managing director Derek Hall points out the production facility's 1926 Model T. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Honua Studios managing director Derek Hall shows diplayed photos of the production facility’s principal players hanging on the conference room wall. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — “Jo, The Medicine Runner,” an upcoming film set in 1920s Kona, finds its inspiration in the region’s past as the story of a young half-white, half-Japanese man in the region’s coffeelands.