Finding 'Ohana on Netflix - Movie Review and Parent's Guide

FINDING 'OHANA (L to R) OWEN VACCARO as CASPER, KEA PEAHU as PILI, ALEX AIONO as E, LINDSAY WATSON as HANA in FINDING 'OHANA. Cr. JENNIFER ROSE CLASEN/NETFLIX © 2021


Finding 'Ohana is the newest family film to come to Netflix and we were so excited to have the opportunity to screen this film.  Hawaii holds many special memories for my husband and I (it's where we spent our honeymoon) and of course 'Ohana means everything to us.  This family adventure movie was a win in our books.  Find out what we enjoyed and what parents should know before tuning in to watch!

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Finding 'Ohana Movie Review


Finding 'Ohana begins in Brooklyn, where we meet Pili - a middle school girl with a talent for geocaching.  When her summer plans get turned upside down, she finds herself in Hawaii with her mom and older brother to help care for her grandfather who had recently been ill.  Pili stumbles across a secret journal hidden in a trailer on her grandfather's property and with the help of her new friend Casper and her grandfather, she starts to piece together what might just be the biggest treasure adventure she could have imagined!  

RICKY GARCIA as MONKS, MARC EVAN JACKSON as ROBINSON, CHRIS PARNELL as BROWN, FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) RICKY GARCIA as MONKS, CHRIS PARNELL as BROWN in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. JENNIFER ROSE CLASEN/NETFLIX © 2021



During the movie, viewers will be treated to equal parts adventure and family togetherness.  While a little far-fetched, the adventure is fun to watch.  When Pili is reading the journal and putting her own "spin" on the discussions between the Europeans who hid the treasure years ago, she adds a humorous modern dialogue that kept my kids rolling.  But the real message of the movie is found in the title itself - family.  Throughout the film, we see siblings come together, a father and daughter heal a broken relationship, a mother reconnecting with her children, and closure to a death in the family that brings comfort to all.  There's a lot of adventure, a lot of laughs, and a lot of heart.

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Is Finding 'Ohana OK for Kids?


KEA PEAHU as PILI, BRANSCOMBE RICHMOND as KIMO, FINDING ‘OHANA (L to R) KEA PEAHU as PILI, BRANSCOMBE RICHMOND as KIMO in FINDING ‘OHANA. Cr. COLLEEN E. HAYES/NETFLIX © 2021


While Finding 'Ohana is clearly designed as an adventure for families to enjoy together, there is a bit of "raunchy" humor that parents may want to be aware of before tuning in - particularly with younger viewers.  Insults are thrown between brother and sister and some "creative" language is used, like bunghole at times.  I was a little taken back by some of the borderline language in the movie for kids.  I've let my kids watch movies like The Avengers, so this certainly didn't hit that threshold for concern, but if you are careful with what you watch with your kids, you may want to check it out before tuning in.

Outside of the minor language and insults, I think the rest of the movie is delightfully made for kids.  There are parts that have a bit of a scare factor - spiders, caves, ghosts - but, it's a "fun" scare for kids and the comedic timing of the actors lets you know that you really don't have anything to fear.  My kids really enjoyed the movie and now want to go on their own treasure hunt by trying their hand at geocache! 

About Finding 'Ohana (From Netflix)


Geocache champion Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena, age 12, is abruptly lifted from her busy New York life and dropped into rural O‘ahu to help care for her grandfather. Initially skeptical about her new surroundings, Pili finds a cryptic pirate’s journal in her Papa’s studio hinting at a 200-year-old shipwrecked treasure hidden away in the island's caves and mountains. With her older brother and new friends in tow she uses her clue solving skills to lead them on an adventure of a lifetime through the natural wonders of HawaiĘ»i. As she learns to respect and love her native culture she also discovers not all secrets should be shared and that the real treasure in life is ‘ohana - her family.