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Waimea Ocean Film Festival Opens Jan. 2

Posted December 26, 2013, 12:57 PM HST
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More than 50 films will be shown, including the 1951 remake of the 20th Century Fox film “Bird of Paradise,” with an introduction by local lead Queenie Dowsett. Wikipedia photo.

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival features an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities from Jan. 2 through Jan. 10

Every January, the festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities, said a release. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture.

The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, including films by Eddie and Myrna Kamae about the history, culture and music of the islands, a presentation by Hula Preservation Society with historical footage and dances and discussion by hula kupuna, and the showing of the 1951 remake of the 20th Century Fox film “Bird of Paradise,” with an introduction by local lead Queenie Dowsett.

The Voyager Exhibit features the upcoming worldwide voyage of Hokule‘a, including an 8×13-foot map of the world, showing Hokule‘a planned route, along with interactive exhibits about life on the canoe, and the work of National Geographic photographer Nicholas DeVore III. The exhibit opens with a blessing and ceremony at Kahilu Theatre 4 p.m. Jan. 2.

“Hot Water,” produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Don Rogers, explores the legacy of uranium mining in the west. Gasland 2, a sequel, comes to the festival with director Josh Fox in attendance to talk about the film.

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Films will be playing simultaneously at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Jan. 2-4. On Jan. 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where Eddie Kamae will share a few songs after the opening night film.

Receptions include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on Jan. 2 (1960s surf attire optional), leading into the launch of the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer.

The Taste of the Island on Jan. 5 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features many of the island’s top chefs and has grown into a festival highlight. The closing night reception at Four Seasons moves to Hoku Amphitheatre this year on Jan. 10.

Follow the festival on Facebook, or for more information visit the festival Web site. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 854-6095.

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