Local “Star Wars” Fans Show Off Costumes in Force at “The Last Jedi” Premiere

We spotted some cool costumes at the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiere at Consolidated Theatres Ward 16.


Two years ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on a cliffhanger—literally at the edge of a cliff, where (SPOILER ALERT!) heroes Luke Skywalker and Rey meet for the first time. It was only Part 1 of a new Star Wars trilogy that left many questions unanswered.


Dec. 15 marks the release of Episode 8 of Star Wars in theaters around the world, but Hawai‘i audiences were able to catch the local premiere of the highly anticipated film, The Last Jedi, at Consolidated Theatres Ward 16 a day earlier. 


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi cards
Star Wars: The Last Jedi popcorn


In addition to exclusive content before the film, collectible cards depicting R2-D2, BB-8 and the cute bug-eyed Porg were given out, plus a giant 170-ounce Star Wars popcorn tub with free refill. The Ward 16 theater is also carrying specialty themed tin popcorn buckets: limited-edition Chewbacca and stormtrooper heads and cups topped with droids, which range in price from $10 to $13. But purchase them soon—they’re only available while supplies last and, at the rate they sold last night, management estimates they’ll only have enough to last through opening weekend.


The premiere gave fans of all ages the perfect excuse to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters; last night, the theater was packed with Sith Lords, Jedi Knights, rebellion fighters and droids. Here’s a roundup of a few of our favorite costumes:


1. Poe Dameron

Paul Romano of Waikīkī

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Romano is a retired military soldier who now works for a military contractor—not unlike intrepid X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, whom he’s dressing up as for The Last Jedi screening.


What He’s Most Excited For: “I’m looking to see how the return of Luke Skywalker plays into the movie.”


2. Princess Leia

Breanna of ‘Ewa

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


With her family’s help, little Breanna rocks the Princess Leia outfit, complete with the character’s signature white robe and hair buns.


What She’s Most Excited For: “I want to see Rey!”


3. Stormtrooper

Nolan Hong of Makiki

Star Wars: The Last Jedi stormtrooper


Who says you can’t be an assault trooper for the Galactic Empire and also warm and comfy? Hong accomplishes both with this baggie hoodie that zips up all the way over his face.


What He’s Most Excited For: “I just want to hear that theme song and see the [scrolling text] intro! As soon as it does, my heart will probably bust out of my chest cavity.”


4. Casual Lightsaber Fighters

David Harris and Terrie Lou Reyes of Kunia

Star Wars lightsabers


Harris and Reyes strolled into the theater equipped with hoodies and twin replica lightsabers, one light and one dark, perfect for posing or poking one another before the movie started.


What They’re Most Excited For: “The send-off they give to Princess Leia.”



5. BB-8 with a Star Wars Blanket

Audrey Barry of Kalihi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi BB-8


Stylish and sensible, Barry is wearing a BB-8 orange-and-white patterned dress. She also brought a cool Star Wars blanket in case it gets too cold in the theater.


What She’s Most Excited For: “Honestly, I kind of want to see how Rey and Kylo Ren develop; I’m curious to see what happens. And I love the little bits of humor they throw into the new movies.”



6. Yoda’s Ride

Kristopher Pinero of Nānākuli

Star Wars yoda


Just as Luke Skywalker trained on Dagobah while carrying Jedi Master Yoda on his back in The Empire Strikes Back, so too does Kristopher Pinero carry around a backpack in the shape of Yoda. Enjoy the movie, he will.


What He’s Most Excited For: “Getting questions answered. There’s a lot they left open from the last film and I want to see where the story is heading next.”


7. Chewbacca and Darth Vader’s Torso

Hosea and Hoano Au of ‘Aiea

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Chewbacca and Darth Vader


Hoano’s Darth Vader is missing a head, pants and cape but Hosea’s got the full look locked down with a Chewbacca-inspired hoodie, complete with ammo belt across the chest. Wookiees don’t wear shoes in the Star Wars universe but those boots match so well, it’s perfect.


What He’s Most Excited For: “Seeing more of Poe Dameron’s ship!”


8. Starfleet Officers, Jedi Knights, Rebellion Pilot

Henry Louie, Elise Louie, Neal Shikuma, Orian Lee and Glenn of Makiki and Nu‘uanu

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Henry and Elise, who are wearing Starfleet uniforms from Star Trek, joke that they “didn’t get the memo” about which “Star” movie they were seeing. It’s actually in honor of Shikuma’s newborn grandson, who was named Kirk after Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk. Meanwhile, Shikuma and Lee have on the robes of Jedi knights and Glenn goes as an intrepid rebellion fighter pilot.


What Henry Louie’s Most Excited For: “I went to the premiere of [the first] Star Wars in 1977 in Los Angeles and now I’m back for this premiere in 2017.”



9. Chewbacca

Amanda Boyd of Mānoa

Star Wars Chewbacca


Wearing Wookiee fur like a bearskin, Boyd’s dressed as a warm and comfortable Chewie, no facial hair required. Her work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared her to get into the mind of a Wookiee warrior.


What She’s Most Excited For: “I’m looking forward to seeing Princess—I mean, General—Leia. It’ll be heartbreaking but exciting to see Carrie Fisher.”


10. Plo Koon, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Rey, Kylo Ren

Bernard Carvalho, Scott Parker, Adrianne Kimber, Melanie Parker, Kurt O’Connell, Sheldon Kimber, Christie O’Connell and Emily Thomas of Kaua‘i

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


In a group that includes an architect, an organic farmer, teachers and renewable energy specialists, they’re all as diverse as their respective Star Wars characters, but all of them hail from the north shore of Kaua‘i. They flew to Honolulu for the premiere—and also to celebrate Sheldon Kimber’s 40th birthday.


What Sheldon Kimber’s Most Excited For: “The amount of visual effects magic, all the special effects. When you’re a kid growing up watching Star Wars, that’s what you want to see and you never get tired of it.”


11. The Ultimate Star Wars Collectors

Kea Mehrtens and Rae Oshiro of Makiki

Star Wars: The Last Jedi collectors


All three tin buckets. Both collectible cups. Two tubs of popcorn and matching Star Wars T-shirts. Kea Mehrtens and Rae Oshiro aren’t messing around when it comes to collecting all their Last Jedi gear and we salute them for it.


What They’re Most Excited For: “EVERYTHING!”


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