The Kohala Coast of the Big Island is renowned for its pristine beaches, coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and majestic humpback whales frolicking offshore during the winter season.
Because of our deep connection to the ocean, it’s no surprise that Waimea’s three theatres, Kahilu Theatre, the theatre at Parker School and the Ka Makani Theatre at Hawaii Preparatory Academy are host this week to the Waimea Ocean Film Festival.
Some of the films being shown during the festival feature whales or sharks, others feature surfing, ocean voyaging and paddling. Ocean film junkies will be in heaven!
The best part of seeing these movies during the festival is that many of the filmmakers and artists are available to discuss their work and to answer questions. In addition to the films, there is also an exhibit showcasing the maiden voyage of the Hokule’a and some of the voyagers will be on hand to talk about their experience.
I attended two movies this morning and was really impressed with the quality of the filmmakers’ work. If you are considering attending but are concerned about cost, keep in mind that a six-punch movie pass is available for $125 ($95 kama’aina rate) and can be shared with a friend or family member.
Organizers say the mission of the festival is to “inspire greater protection for the ocean, while at the same time celebrating the joy and beauty of the ocean experience and honoring the Hawaiian cultural reverence for the land and the sea.” What a wonderful way to feature the natural beauty of our oceans and to bring greater attention to the sustainability issues that concern all of us who make Hawaii home.
For more information about the festival, visit the Waimea Ocean Film Festival website.
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