Waimea Ocean Film Festival Sets January Dates

The eighth annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) kicks off the new year January 1-9, in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available starting July 30, 2017.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island each January, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. Over 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure.

In addition to the non-stop program of films, interactive presentations, exhibits and Breakfast Talks, ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks provide an intimate setting for guests to connect with filmmakers and special guests to ask questions and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that bring the films to life.

“Breakfast Talks provide a unique and special opportunity to connect with festival special guests and hear behind-the-scenes stories,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and executive director. “Along with filmmaker Q&As and special presentations, they form perhaps my favorite part of the event.”

Films and programs will be Monday, Jan. 1 to Thursday, Jan. 4 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i, before moving Friday, Jan. 5 to Tuesday, Jan. 9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. New this year, films screen outdoors at Four Seasons each evening at Hoku Amphitheatre. Waimea venues include Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School Theatre and Anna Ranch.

The 2018 festival program will be completed and posted to the website in PDF format around December 20 for convenient download.

A painting by Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, “Parea,” has been chosen as the festival’s 2018 cover art. Born and raised on Hawai`i island, Teururai lives in Tahiti with her husband and paints scenes of the islands. She is the granddaughter of noted Hawai‘i artist William Twigg-Smith and an exhibit of her work will be on display during the festival.

For event updates, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Facebook. For questions, contact the festival at 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival is a 501c3 organization made possible through the support of patrons, sponsors and the community. Mahalo to the 2017 Ocean Film sponsors: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Holualoa Inn, Big Island Traveler, Matson, K2 Imaging, Sushi Rock, Palani French Bakers, Big Island Brewhaus, Mai Grille, Maile Charters, Starbucks Coffee, Kamuela Inn, Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School, Kamuela Inn, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Kona Law, Emily T. Gail Show, The Beach FM and The Wave FM.

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