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The 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival – Pictures From the Day

I took the following pictures today of the 14th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival held at Ala Moana Beach Park later on this evening.

Setting up the one of the stages

Unfortunately I had to catch a plane and wasn’t able to stick around for the festival but I was able to capture the following images.

The Taiko drums being set-up

One of the local news stations reported that more than 40,000 people showed up and I can believe as the line up to build a lantern was nearly a half mile long at one point in the day!

People lined up to build a Floating Lantern

I’m not a person that is big on crowds so I was certainly glad they allowed me to come into the tents to watch the lantern building w/out having to wait in the long lines!

I had to leave to catch a plane… but as I was leaving I noticed these paddlers that were practicing bringing lanterns out to sea.

I was in the airport and on the plane when the actual festival took place so unfortunately… or fortunately, I feel lucky enough to be allowed to take the pictures I did get.

Here is part of the brochure that was being handed out by volunteers:

2012 Big Island Film Festival Announces Awards

The 7th Annual Big Island Film Festival announced winners in twelve categories today, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.  Chosen from 57 Official Selections from Hawai‘i and around the world, the bi-lingual comedy “French Immersion” took top honors for Best Feature, “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” received the Best Foreign Film award and “Beatrice” won Best Short.

Audience Choice short film “Hi Honey,” created by Big Island residents Kelly Winsa and Peter Henderson, will screen tonight at the “Best of the Fest” event, followed by Audience-Choice feature “Shouting Secrets,” directed by Korinna Sehringer.

“Shouting Secrets” stars Chaske Spencer as a bestselling Native American novelist who draws from his own family drama on the reservation.  Costarring Q‘oriana Kilcher (“Princess Ka‘iulani”), “Shouting Secrets” resonated with the Hawai‘i audience at Sunday’s screening, and was acclaimed by Hollywood story consultant Jen Grisanti as “one of the best films I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

2012 Big Island Film Festival Awards:

  • Best Student Short:  “Faceless”
  • Best Student Feature:  “Anos Despues”
  • Best Hawaii Short:  “Flat”
  • Best Family Short:  “Swoosh!”
  • Best Animated Short:  “Cadaver”
  • Best Foreign Short:  “Scenen”
  • Barbara Award:  “Mr. Babbo”
  • Best Foreign Feature:  “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”
  • Best Short:  “Beatrice”
  • Best Feature:  “French Immersion”
  • Audience Choice Short:  “Hi, Honey”
  • Audience Choice Feature:  “Shouting Secrets”

An annual celebration of narrative films and filmmaking, the Big Island Film Festival would like to thank its anchor sponsors: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County Department of Research and Development CPEP, Kenwood Vineyards, Redeeming Light International Inc. and many other generous sponsors and supporters.

For more information, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or find them on Facebook.

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – And The Winners Are…

The 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists was held last night at the Hawaii Convention Center to a sold out ballroom and broadcast live state-wide on KFVE.  Big Islands Mayor, Billy Kenoi, even got into the action and presented an award.


Most Promising Artist of the Year


Female Vocalist of the Year


EP (“Extended Play” Release) of the Year

NA MELE O IOANE KEANAAINA, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr. (no label)

Religious Album of the Year

John Demello accepted the award on his behalf

CHUCKY BOY CHOCK AND FRIENDS, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)

Group of the Year

WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Hip Hop Album of the Year

ILLNOMADIC, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)

Single of the Year

AINAHAU, Waipuna (Poki)

Male Vocalist of the Year

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Instrumental Album of the Year

PEACE LOVE UKULELE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Slack Key Album of the Year

  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)

Island Music Album of the Year

E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)

Jazz Album of the Year (TIE)

SALT, Starr Kalihiki (Kipuka) and  UKULELE JAZZ LIVE IN CONCERT HILO, HAWAII, Benny Chong (no label)

Contemporary Album of the Year

RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Reggae Album of the Year

SIMPLY FOR LOVE, Ekolu (Waiehu)

Hawaiian Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Rock Album of the Year

WAREHOUSE BLUES, Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers

Song of the Year

NA VACQUEROS by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA

Favorite Entertainer of the Year



Graphics Award

KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes Award

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Note:  Each of these categories is voted on by a separate panel of judges.

Haku Mele

KUU HOA HIIKUA, by Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)

Hawaiian Language Performance

ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)

Engineering Award

  • WENDELL CHING for Lover’s Race (Afflatus)
  • WENDELL CHING, BRAD WATANABE, AND JP KENNEDY for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatus)

International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

OHANA, Kaulana (Kaulana)