Anthony Aalto was born in London, but raised on the island of Mallorca, which he describes as “The O‘ahu of the Mediterranean.” The rapid expansion of tourism and accompanying boom in development that he witnessed as a kid made him a lifelong environmentalist. He currently serves as Chair of the O‘ahu Group of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in Hawai‘i.
Although he married his wife in Hana, Maui in 1995 he did not move to Hawai‘i until eleven years later when he took up a posting as the Asia-Pacific correspondent for the Expresso newspaper of Portugal. Prior to that he was based in New York where he was a roving foreign correspondent, hosted a weekly foreign affairs TV talk show broadcast by CNBC and served as President of the United Nations Correspondents Association.
He has been a war correspondent for The Guardian, The BBC and The Economist and has reported from more than two dozen countries around the world covering events such as the guerrilla revolutions in Central America, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the liberation of East Timor, the American occupation of Haiti, the struggle for democracy in west Africa, and six presidential elections here in the USA.
He helped found the anti-sex slave NGO STOP Trafficking Of People and has written two books about Nicaragua.
With Mike Hinchey, he co-directed and co-produced Railroading Paradise, a documentary about O‘ahu’s huge rail project. The movie premiered in October 2013 to a sold-out house at the Hawaii International Film Festival. He is currently filming a TV series for Oceanic Time Warner called, My Green Hale, How I Tried to Build the Greenest House in Hawai‘i.
Mike Hinchey was born in New Zealand, has lived in Australia and California, but has called Honolulu his home for the last 33 years. He has two passions in life; surfing and film. He started his film career working in the editing department at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation back in the days of 2 inch tape.
Since then he has done almost every job in the business, from Director of Photography to set construction and lighting; from editing and audio engineering to a stint filming weddings. Technology has set Mike free, enabling him to adopt the “guerrilla filmmaker” approach which allows him to work sometimes as a one-man crew.
With Anthony Aalto, he co-directed and co-produced Railroading Paradise, a documentary about O‘ahu’s huge rail project. He was Director of Photography and Editor on the entire project. The movie premiered in October 2013 to a sold-out house at the Hawaii International Film Festival. He is currently filming a TV series for Oceanic Time Warner called, My Green Hale, How I Tried to Build the Greenest House in Hawai‘i.