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Made in Hawai‘i Film Fest Comes to Kona’s Aloha Theatre

June 10, 2019, 3:45 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 3:29 PM
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Festival co-founders Phillips Payson (L) and Zoe Eisenberg (R) with actor Randall Galius Jr. PC: Made in Hawai’i Film Festival/Gro Films

The Made in Hawai’i Film Festival will come to Kona for the first time this Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Aloha Theatre, showcasing 10 Hawai‘i-made films over the course of one evening.

Now in its second year, MIHFF is the only film festival nationwide to solely spotlight Hawai‘i-made cinema.

Presented by the Hilo Hawaiian hotel and Castle Resorts, the festival kicked off at the Hilo Palace Theater on June 1 and 2, and continues this week with a one-night-only “best of fest’ followup at the Aloha Theatre in south Kona on Friday.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the festival will play a selection of eight Made in Hawai‘i short films, including the award-winning film Ho‘omau, which took home MIHFF’s “Best Short” award, and Upstream, which took home the festival’s “Best Cinematography” award.

At 8 p.m., the visually breathtaking short film Kaumakaiwa will precede the critically acclaimed Big Island-born feature film August at Akiko’s to close out the evening. August at Akiko’s, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi, centers on a young musician who returns to his Hawai‘i hometown and befriends a woman running a Buddhist bed and breakfast. In attendance to represent the film will be iconic Big Island resident and star of the film Akiko Masuda.

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“We’re excited to play in Kona for the first time,” said festival co-founder and Executive Director Zoe Eisenberg. “The Hilo portion of the festival brought in a crowd of 300, and we hope Kona enjoys the event just as much.”

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View the festival trailer here.

Tickets start at $10 a block and run to $16 for the entire evening.

For tickets and more information, visit www.MIHFF.org, http://apachawaii.org or www.Facebook.com/Madeinhawaiifilmfestival.

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