Monday, June 27, 2022
Do you feel called to play a bigger role in the cultural shift that’s taking place… to a world that is more conscious, thriving and truly works for ALL?  Maybe recent events like the U.S. Election, Brexit, Standing Rock or injustices taking place in your community and around the world...
By Rob Kay American Epic, the upcoming PBS documentary on roots music which premiered on HIFF’s opening night, couldn’t have had a better advance man than blues legend Taj Mahal. The much beloved, former Hawaii resident and his New Hula Blues band, were the perfect opening act to tee off...
The Waikiki of today is worlds away from the wetlands, mudflats, fishponds and full-cover bathing suits of 1916. A walk amongst the modern concrete towers of this tourist mecca reveals little in the way of culture or history and even less in “green space”. To a small degree, this...
I will be the first to admit I know very little about the world of transgender women. (Or, for that matter, transgender men).  However, my understanding of the subject expanded exponentially after seeing Janice Villarosa’s documentary “Shunned, what it takes to be a woman” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Shot...
Mountain View based Raiatea Arcuri has been named the 2016 winner of the Young USA Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. The Big Island native's award winning shot is of Coastal lava tubes in Kona, which cause the water to flow in and out creating beautiful water motion. Arcuri said he first found out...
This year I had the good fortune of meeting Olivia Hampson a New York filmmaker who's short, Phases of Mahina, was a memorable addition to the Made in Hawaii Shorts series at HIFF. The short depicts the life of Mahina, a young Hawaiian woman who works in a hotel as a housekeeper,...
The Bridge short film based in Hawaii is again a finalist and winner of Reel Time International Online Film Festival awards from Perth-Australia.  The Bridge is the recent recipient of the Laurel of Excellence Award by the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network (TBAE) and will be seen by...
The 36th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Audience Award winners today, presented by Hawaii News Now. Throughout the festival, ballots were distributed for the screenings of every eligible film during the festival. Audiences voted on their favorite narrative feature, documentary feature and...
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