It's Official: Molokai AND Lanai Film Festivals in August

It's Official: Molokai AND Lanai Film Festivals in August

If you thought you’d seen it all—in terms of Hollywood’s invasion of Hawai`i—then think again. We bring to you: The Moloka`i Film Festival, on Saturday, August 14th, and the Lana`i Film Festival on Saturday, August 21st. This, we repeat, is no joke.

Hawai`i’s two least-trafficked of the public islands will host back-to-back Saturday all-day film festivals in August, each with food, art, crafts, musical performances and screenings.

First, the Hotel Molokai will be the venue for a dozen already-announced screenings, which range from “Heart Strings”, the story of the Kamaka Ukulele family, to “Stones” directed by Ty Sanga. This venue will be the world premiere of Ken Martinez Burgmaier’s “Journey to Kalaupapa”. (Burgmaier is also the festivals’ founder.) Perhaps the most anticipated film that will be screened here is the intriguing “Hana Surf Girls”, which debuted in Hawai`i at the Maui Film Festival this past June, at the McCoy Theater in Kahului. The film follows the lives of two seemingly different teenage girls who use their skills in the water to travel the world—from their sleepy home town on Maui's secluded North Shore.

This will be the 7th annual film festival to be held on Moloka`i.

Na Hoku award winner Brother Noland will perform in the evening, as will Bradda Francis Koahou and Calvin Hoe.

The Hotel Lana`i will host the Pineapple Isle’s 2nd annual film fest on the 21st, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event will mark the official opening of the Lana`i Cultural & Heritage Center, as well as premiere screenings of “Red Hibiscus”, “Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai`i” and more to be announced.

There will be an unofficial launch party the evening prior, on August 20th, at 7:00 p.m. at Pele’s Other Garden in Lana`i City.

For both festivals, call (808) 573-5530 or log on to www.mauifest.net

"Hana Surf Girls" follows the lives of two seemingly different teenage girls who use their skills in the water to travel the world—from their sleepy home town on Maui's secluded North Shore.