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Waimea Ocean Film Festival Launches 50th Anniversary Tour of ‘The Endless Summer’

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres.

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

As part of its lineup of exceptional films and activities, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer, one of the most popular surf films of all time. In partnership with Bruce Brown Films (BBF), fun launch festivities include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night reception at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2—1960s attire optional. Following the Surfing the Sixties fun, the film will be screened on The Fairmont Orchid’s recently renovated Lehua Theater.

“The Endless Summer is one of the most popular surf films of all time and we are honored to have been asked to launch the 50th anniversary tour,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director.

Produced in 1964, The Endless Summer introduced the notion of surf adventure travel, leading surfers to travel the world in search of their own perfect wave. The novelty, footage and high-energy musical score mesmerized audiences everywhere. Despite studio distributor’s initial reluctance to carry the film, The Endless Summer went on to become a worldwide box office hit, grossing over $30 million.

Renown 60’s surf photographer and former Reyn’s Spooner CEO Tim McCullough hosts Q&As following the screening of The Endless Summer at 6:30 p.m. January 2 at The Fairmont Orchid and 3:15 p.m. January 10 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. McCullough is one of the festival’s many guest speakers, including M Sanjayan, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Alan Cohen, Auntie Queenie Dowsett, Dawn Lippert, Josh Fox, Zach Weisberg and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy alum Alison Teal.

In addition to offering films themed to ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling), Ocean Film features films that examine ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.

Ocean Film opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.

For the latest updates on films, speakers and activities, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Opens January 3 – Ocean Experience, Ocean Environment, Island Culture

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stellar lineup of films and special guests January 3-11, 2013.  The festival headlines several TEDx and TED global speakers; world, US and Hawai’i premieres; plus a non-stop schedule of 39 stunning and thought-provoking films, breakfast talks and special cultural exhibits and events.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Page

The festival runs at multiple venues in Waimea and the Kohala Coast before moving to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 7.

Find a festival program guide listing all films, talks and activities at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Festival passes are on sale now online or by calling the festival office at 808.854.6095.  Passes will be for sale and available for pickup, along with program guides, at the festival’s hospitality desks January 2-6 at Kahilu Theatre and January 7-11 at the Ballroom Foyer at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Film presenters and guest speakers headlining the festival include:

  • Jon Shenk, director of The Island President
  • Louie Schwartzberg, director of Hidden Beauty/Wings of Life and the video Gratitude
  • Jeff Orlowski, director, and Paula DuPré Pesman, producer, of Chasing Ice
  • Producer/director Phil Arnone of KGMB’s Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai‘i’s Soul and  IZ-The Man Behind the Music
  • M. Sanjayan, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and CBS environment and science contributor
  • Noah Idechong, Speaker of the House of the Palau National Congress and former chief of   Palau’s Division of Marine Resources
  • Bradford Schmidt, creative director of GoPro

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are offering discounted rates to attendees purchasing a festival pass.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival thanks all 2013 Film Festival partners: GoPro, SanDisk Foundation, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Resort, the Matson Foundation, Blacksand Sound and Show, Kona MacNet, West Hawaii Today, Maria Peterson Catering, Island Girl Eats, All About Chocolate, Big Island Weekly, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Big Island Brewhaus, Redwater Cafe, Parker School, Merrimans, gaiacreative, The Computer Doctor, Ke Ola Magazine, Joe Fagundes III (Kona Law), Maile Charters, Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures and Starbucks Coffee.

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.



2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival

The pastoral town of Waimea and the sun-drenched Kohala Coast provide the backdrops for the 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film). Opening Thursday, Jan. 3, the third annual event immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean. Through a combination of films and activities, Ocean Film inspires, educates and engages participants in a celebration of the ocean and island culture.

Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero

Cinematic fun is January 3-6 in Waimea before moving January 8-11 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. In addition to screening 30 to 40 exceptional and award-winning films, Ocean Film offers breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling panel discussions, artistic exhibits, receptions, a Taste of the Island and ways to get wet—try yoga on the beach and outrigger canoe lessons.

Family of the Wa’a

“We’re proud to be partners again in the Waimea Ocean Film Festival,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “The works and events presented within this festival are inspiring, entertaining and quite frankly, a lot of fun.”

Festival passes are available as six-punch passes, film passes and contributor passes and can be conveniently purchased now online. Kama‘aina and Early Bird Pass Rates are available until Nov. 15. A festival schedule will be posted online in mid-December 2012 and updates can be found on facebook at Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Special hotel rates are offered to festival pass holders at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawai‘i and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai—ask for the Waimea Ocean Film Festival rate when phoning a reservation.

For festival details, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or phone 808-854-6095.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL thanks its 2013 supporting partners: Go Pro, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Blacksand Sound & Show, Parker School, Mac Net, gaiacreative, Ke Ola magazine, Joe Fagundes III of Kona Law and Starbucks Coffee.


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.