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Mayor Kenoi Kicks Off the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

The 2011 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with a VIP welcoming party for the filmmakers and stars that made their way to the Big Island this year.

This was the first time that Mayor Kenoi has opened the festival and it was good to see such a large turn out of people.

The opening was held at the Fairmont Orchid for the first couple hours for drinks and light pupus while people socialized and got to know each other

I was taking pictures up front… when all of a sudden someone tapped me on my shoulders and asked if I was Damon… I said yes… and the next thing I knew… I was talking to one of the FEATURED STARS of the festival… Kristina Anapau!  A few days ago she agreed to meet with me on Thursday (Tomorrow) for an interview!

I will be meeting with her tomorrow for a short interview… but in the meantime… I realized that no one in the place knew that she was in attendance so I asked her if she would be willing to meet Mayor Kenoi and she agreed!

Mayor Kenoi gave Kristina a bunch of compliments for representing the Big Island and I asked the two of them to come outside and take a few pictures together.

I like to think of these shots as “The Beauty and the Beast”  LOL!

After the reception was over, free screenings of movies happened over at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Despite a minor technical difficulty… folks were able to view the shows on the screen under the stars and the weather stayed clear.

Festival Director Leo Sears apologized for the technical difficulty to the crowd while also introducing the stars to the general public.

The festival runs for the next four days and you can still purchase individual tickets at the Big Island Film Festival Website.

Click on the pictures below for a larger view:

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