Island calls for namesake movie star to visit

By Wright Communications

The message: Come and play the ukulele with us.

Niue Tourism Chief Executive Felicity Bollen says the occasion will be Niue's forthcoming, inaugural, four-day Ukulele Festival - "NiueKelele" - in October. "We may not be able to match the global film audience Dwayne got from his ukulele cameo in 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', but we can offer him the unique chance to play in front of an entire nation - I can guarantee it.

"And playing 'What a wonderful world', as he did in the movie, would be the perfect choice - that's us."

Felicity says Niue's musicians, residents and visitors have gone online with a heart-felt YouTube plea for Johnson to visit the island during the Festival, which runs from 21-24 October this year and features ukulele workshops, concerts, special island activities and a Gala dinner. "Some of the best uke players in the Pacific will be here to share their talent with Dwayne - and maybe pick up some acting tips from him in return."

She says persuading the star to take time out from his busy schedule is a big call.  "But maybe he'd like a South Pacific break; he is, after all, part-Samoan.  And given his recent involvement in Disney's new movie 'Moana', a uke' holiday at Niue might be right up his alley. We'll look after him!"

View the YouTube video here.

Niue's open letter to Dwayne is attached.

To find out more about Niue please visit .


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