Big Island is the Place for Gathering Ocean-Savvy Filmmakers
On the successful heels of this past December’s Kona Surf Film Festival at the Mauna Lani Resort, the 2nd Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival will unfold this January on the Big Island of Hawai‘i with a series of deep water-related flicks, special presentations, panels and filmmaker meet-and-greets. Beginning on January 4th in Waimea, the festival rolls its way down the Kohala Coast to the Four Season Resort Hualalai, until January 13.
Films to be screened this year include Keith Malloy’s Come Hell or High Water about the beauty of bodysurfing; Peter McBride’s Chasing Water, which details the 1,500 mile evolution of the waters that run with the Colorado River, which support over 30 million people and countless wildlife; Jack McCoy’s Blue Sway, a music video set to a previously unreleased Sir Paul McCartney song that McCoy set to surf footage shot in Tahiti; Surfing Dolphins is a short film that documents exactly what the title infers; Flip Nicklin’s Spoil brings viewers to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest to document landscape and wildlife and the elusive bear that thrive there.
Another film, Family of the Wa‘a, has a special place at this festival. The tale of four men and their paddling of 1,750 miles of Hawaiian Isles was not only a first in history, but an experience that can only be told in this thrilling format.
Film and event passes should be purchased beforehand, which begin at $35 for students (films only) to $195 for a more inclusive events as well as all films pass. Special festival room rates are being made available at the Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
Beginning on January 4th in Waimea, the festival rolls its way down the Kohala Coast to the Four Season Resort Hualalai, until January 13.