Coming Up – Waimea Ocean Film Festival

This January, as temperatures drop and snow falls those seeking the warm sun and sandy beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island will be in for another treat, The Waimea Ocean Film Festival. With special offers on lodging during the festival, it’s best to book travel now to be part of this amazing event!

The festival will be held January 5-9, 2011, in the town of Waimea on the Big Island, and at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea resorts. A smaller version of the festival will show again at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 13-15, 2011.  An opening gala for patrons, filmmakers and speakers will be at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai the evening of January 5 and will include a multimedia journey of our world by Kenji Williams.

The film festival will feature screenings of 30-40 documentary films and exclusive footage by local Hawaiian flimmakers. The festival includes inspiring paddling footage and surfing films, important and thought provoking documentaries, stunning nature films, and films about island history and culture. A few of the films to be shown include Melali, 180˙ South, Waverider, Sun Come Up, I Am, The Watermen Experience, Papa Mau, Bag It! and Ocean Voyageurs.

The festival will also host presentations by experts and industry leaders, such as Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura Pet Detactive and the Nutty Professor, to speak on the making of his first documentary film, I Am, and Flip Nicklin, photographer and author reknown for his work on humpback whales. Filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A sessions after many of the films.

Early morning activities, such as yoga on the beach, ocean swims and outrigger canoe lessons, will be available for participants to start the day. Breakfast talks each morning allow for more intimate discussion with filmmakers and speakers over a cup of coffee.

Films and presentations will run throughout the day and into the evening, with a break to enjoy the sunset hour. Festival art exhibits include a work in progress by artist Aurora Robson made from plastic debris collected on Kamilo Beach as part of a volunteer clean-up and an exhibit of photography by the National Geographic photographer who traveled with the Hokulea to Tahiti in 1976.

Na Kalai Waa, the Hawaiian voyaging society on Big Island, will host sunset picnic talks each evening, with one evening on the ancient art of Wayfinding, and one evening with a traditional hula telling the story about the sail of Makali’i to Tahiti.

As a grand finale, participants can enjoy a lua’u feast at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, on one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches.

“There’s an extraordinary combination of people and films coming together for this festival. Not only will the festival bring many of the best filmmakers, surfers and speakers of our time to the Big Island, but in better understanding what our ocean means to us, and how what we do impacts the ocean, we can better protect and preserve the unique beauty and rare treasure we have on the Big Island. ” Tania Howard, Executive Director.

Sponsors of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival include: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Parker School, Hawaii Preporatory Academy (HPA), Fujimama’s, Gaia Creative, Milsal+Partners, Kona Law, Ken Ransford, PC, Wallis Estates and Starbucks Coffee.

TICKET INFORMATION – Film, Event, Contributors and Hualalai passes for the festival may be purchased by calling 808-960-9744 or via email by contacting info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

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