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Waimea Ocean Film Festival unveils films, filmmakers, speakers and special guests

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival will offer a lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q-&-As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop, Jan. 2-10. The festival opens on Jan. 2, with films playing simultaneously from Jan. 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Jan. 2-4. On Jan. 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where Eddie Kamae will perform a few songs after the opening night film.

The festival brings more than 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawaii Island premieres, and all of which are exceptional. On the cultural side, the festival weaves a rich offering, with 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, and will include an 8 by 13-foot map of the world, showing Hokule‘a’s 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. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center also joins the festival this year, with a presentation on Wayfinding, complete with star compass and a full-dome star show.

Receptions include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii 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 Jan. 5 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel again features the culinary delights of many of the island’s top chefs and has grown into a festival highlight. And, new this year, the closing night reception at Four Seasons moves to Hoku Amphitheatre on Jan. 10, for what promises to be a beautiful evening with island fare, music and film.

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. Inspirational films are also screened. For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 854-6095.