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Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Hawaii Island

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The Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Hawaii Island kicks off this week starting January 2nd. Celebrating exceptional new and classic vintage films featuring the ocean environment, surfing and Hawaiian culture, it will be an amazing week-long movie fest. Attendees can also connect with the film makers at the talk story sessions where the artists will discuss the creation of and inspiration for their films.

The festival takes place at various locations in West Hawaii on the Big Island. The films screened will focus on entertaining, educating, and engaging the public by increasing awareness of the ocean environment and current concerns, Hawaiian culture and history. This year there will be various presentations for the public to attend including breakfast talks, panel discussions, and special event speakers.

Along with the movies, a grand opening and ending party will allow all to participate. Opening night celebrations feature A Taste of Hawaii dining experience at the Mauna Kea luau grounds where many local restaurants will offer delicious samples of local and fine dining small bites.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.

For the latest updates on films, speakers and activities, follow the festival on Facebook,, visit or email



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