Chief of War

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Chief of War
GenreHistorical drama
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Chief of War is an upcoming American historical drama miniseries created by Thomas Pa'a Sibbett and Jason Momoa for Apple TV+. Momoa also stars and executive produces the series, which consists of nine episodes.


The story is based on historic events and begins at the turn of the 18th century when the four major kingdoms of the Hawaiian Islands were in a state of war. The series follows Kaʻiana, a Native Hawaiian (kānaka ʻōiwi/maoli) warrior and aliʻi (noble) who travels outside of the islands. He returns home and joins a bloody campaign until, at the last minute, he rebels. The unification of Hawaii took place from 1782 to 1810 under King Kamehameha I.[citation needed] Ka'iana (portrayed by Momoa), was called a "Prince of Kaua'i" and the "most famous Hawaiian in the world."[citation needed]



  • Jason Momoa as Ka'iana
  • Temuera Morrison as Chief Kahekili
  • Luciane Buchanan as Kaahumanu
  • Te Ao o Hinepehinga as Ka'iana
  • Kaina Makua as Kamehameha
  • Moses Goods as Moku
  • Siua Ikaleʻo as Nahiʻ
  • Brandon Finn as Prince Kūpule
  • James Udom as Tony
  • Mainei Kinimaka as Heke
  • Te Kohe Tuhaka as Namakeʻ
  • Siaosi Fonua as Maui
  • Cliff Curtis as Keōua


No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date
1TBAJustin Chon[2]Thomas Pa'a Sibbett & Jason MomoaTBA
2TBAJustin Chon[2]Thomas Pa'a Sibbett & Jason Momoa and Doug JungTBA

The third through eighth episodes are written by Thomas Pa'a Sibbett & Jason Momoa and Doug Jung. The ninth episode is written by Sibbett & Momoa.[1]


It was announced in April 2022 that Apple TV+ had ordered the eight episode miniseries, with Jason Momoa set to star in and executive produce.[3] Justin Chon was set to direct two episodes of the series that same month.[2] Casting announcements in October and November revealed that Temuera Morrison, Luciane Buchanan, Te Ao o Hinepehinga, Kaina Makua, Moses Goods, Siua Ikaleʻo, Brandon Finn, James Udom, Mainei Kinimaka and Te Hoke Tuhaka had joined the cast.[4][5][6] Cliff Curtis would join in a recurring role in February 2023.[7]

Filming for the series began by October 2022 in New Zealand, with Bay of Islands being used to stand in for 18th century Hawaii.[8] Major battle scenes were filmed in December in the lava fields of Kalapana, on the southeastern coast of Hawaii Island.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Chief of War". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Otterson, Joe (April 14, 2022). "Jason Momoa Apple Series 'Chief of War' Sets 'Pachinko's' Justin Chon to Direct (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (April 4, 2022). "Jason Momoa To Headline Chief Of War Limited Series For Apple TV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (October 19, 2022). "Temuera Morrison Joins Jason Momoa In Chief Of War Limited Series At Apple TV+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 16, 2022). "Jason Momoa Apple Series Chief of War Casts Luciane Buchanan (Exclusive)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (November 17, 2022). "Jason Momoa Apple Series 'Chief Of War' Adds Eight To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (February 3, 2023). "Cliff Curtis Joins Jason Momoa's Apple Series Chief Of War As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  8. ^ de Graaf, Peter (October 3, 2022). "Rāwhiti abuzz as Aquaman star Jason Momoa welcomed to Bay of Islands". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  9. ^ Lum, Stephanie (December 15, 2022). "Jason Momoa wraps filming in Hawaii for new series". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 28 March 2024.

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