Big Island Film Festival Begins Thursday – Opening Night World Premier of “Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha”

The Big Island Film begins this Thursday at the Fairmont Orchid and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Beginning at 9:00 am, there will be a Screenwriting Workshop with Jennifer Grisanti on “How to Write TV Spec & Pilot Scripts. Then at 12:30 another Screenwriting Workshop with Brian Kohne on “From Conception to Completion: Indie Features”.  Both of these workshops are $50.00 each and they are filling up fast.  See the Big Island Film Festival website http://www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com for more information.

The FREE family movies that will be shown beginning at 7:30 pm at The Shops at Mauna Lani are “Beatrice”, “Swoosh!”, “Life Through a Lens”, and the WORLD PREMIER of  “Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)“.

Aunty Nona Beamer — Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) – OFFICIAL TRAILER – A Film by Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: Opening Night Film World Premiere, May 24th at The Big Island Film Festival 2012

Mohala Hou Foundation commissioned Emmy Award, Billboard Music, Na Hoku Hanohano Winner — Maui Filmmaker Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier of Jazz Alley TV and Hawaii On TV.com Networks to produce a documentary film on Aunty Nona Beamer, the first ever to be done of this legendary Hawaiian matriarch of the Beamer family. The Film: Aunty Nona Beamer-Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) explores Aunty Nona in her own words, the journey of her life and her fight toward preserving, perpetuating and creating awareness of Hawaiian Culture.

It will serve to educate people around the world about traditional Hawaiian culture and how it can serve as a way of bringing people of all backgrounds together. Some of Hawai’i’s most respected artists contribute in sharing their own stories and what Aunty Nona Beamer has achieved as being recognized as one of Hawai’i’s Treasures of Aloha.

I heard personally that members of the Beamer Ohana will be on hand to view the premier.

Big Island Youth to Attend National Youth Leadership Institute in Tennessee

North Hawai’i Drug-Free Coalition is pleased to announce the three Hawai’i Island youth delegates (and two adult advisors) who will attend to National Youth Leadership Institute (NYLI) at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Mid-Year Conference in Nashville, Tennessee July 23-26.

Youth delegates were selected by a team of 5 NHDFC leaders, based on a student essay. Youth shared their past efforts to support drug-free communities; what they felt was the biggest risk factor for youth in North Hawai’i; what ideas/actions they have to reduce underage drinking or prevent substance abuse in their local (home and school) communities; and what they are hoping to gain from attending the conference.

The youth delegates representing North Hawai’i at this year’s conference are: Ms. Makanani Akau, Waimea resident, attends Honoka’a High School (10th grade); Ms. Hoku’ulaikalei’ohu Pagan, Waimea resident, attends Waimea Middle School (8th grade), and Mr. Kynan Kawai, Hawi resident, attends Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i (Kea’au).
The adult advisors are: Beth Mehau from The Pantry/Mama’s House Lifeplan Program (Waimea) and David Fuertes from Ka Hana No’eau Mentorship Program (Kapa’au). Additionally, Cielito Rooney, North Hawai’i Drug-Free Coalition leader representing the parent sector in Waikoloa will attend.
Youth will receive four days of training to develop leadership capacity in mobilizing communities for change and will develop a plan of action to address local issues and contribute to a healthy, drug-free community. Adult advisors receive training on how to support youth leaders and commit to helping them implement their plan in the year following the training.
North Hawai’i Drug-Free Coalition is a regional network of community groups and agency representatives from North Hawai’i whose mission is to facilitate coordination and collaborative action among communities, organizations, and government agencies to prevent and reduce substance abuse.