Kickstarter continues to be the ideal proving ground for finding out if there’s enough public interest to engage in a range of ventures. The latest vindication of an idea comes as HawaiiCon’s campaign has burst through it’s $35,000 goal and is passing $42,000 with 5 days still remaining.
Hawaii has long had a number of anime conventions around the Islands, however sci-fi/fantasy conventions in the Aloha State have been few and far between, and even more so on the Big Island itself.
Combining a goal of a convention and vacation paradise (not to mention a local audience base that will draw in from all over the state), they have already secured an impressive lineup of talent – including a 10th anniversary reunion of the cast of Stargate Atlantis (Paul McGillion, Torri Higginson, Andee Frizzell, Rachel Luttrell, and Rainbow Sun Francks).
Beyond Stargate other talent already announced have been: Juliet Landau (Buffy), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), David Franklin (Farscape), and Michael Hogan and Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica).
The event is the brainchild of Geoffrey Blair Hajim, himself an award winning independent filmmaker. His passions for his adoptive island home and its sense of community drew him to put down roots there. Now in creating what’s shaping up to be a fabulous new convention, he’s bringing both a wider interest to the Big Island as well as bringing to his community the kind of event that given today’s economy wouldn’t be readily easy for them to get back to the mainland to attend.
While many new convention production teams tend to fall down in one area or another, this one seems to really have both their heads as well as their hearts in the right place. Trying to create something for both kama'aina and haoles alike, they have a venue second to none in beauty and facilities, already have a highly respectable lineup of star power, and now have the funds to pull it off.
There’s still 5 more days left on their Kickstarter, so if you’d like to help them turn the dials up even further, jump on over to their campaign and hop on board. Most of their donation levels wind up getting the donors passes to the event (the upper levels include lodging), so it’s one of those times that nearly level comes with some great rewards.
I hadn’t been planning on going to Hawaii on 2014, but now I’ll have to see if I can save up a bit more vacation time (there’d be nothing like reporting on an event from a beach on the Big Island).