The Stoke: Kona Surf Film Fest
by Kristin Hashimoto
Surf culture beautifully shot and documented is being unveiled to oohing audiences this weekend at the 9th annual Kona Surf Film Festival at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in South Kohala.
On Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., independent short films and feature films will be screened at the hotel’s Hale Hoaloha pavilion. The festival’s main screen will be set up outside on the lawn.
There will also be matinees on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon.
This year’s film fest brought a record number of surf film submissions, which include locally produced work as well as films from Europe and Australia.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, mats, blankets, or towels as the night gets colder when darkness descends on the event’s evening screenings.
Barbecue, drinks, and of course art will be available for purchase at the event. Please leave the coolers at home.
Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for keiki. The “little kids” will get in free. Some pre-sale types of tickets are sold-out online, but view the Kona Surf Film Festival website for more information.
This festival benefits the Kona chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Na Kama Kai. For more information on surf films, tickets and schedule, visit www.konasurffilmfestival.org.