Waimea Ocean Film Festival

January 1-9, 2019

The 2019 annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Waimea Film) kicks off the new year January 1-9 in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online starting July 11 at waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available at that time. 

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island each January, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. Over 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure. 

In addition to the non-stop program of films, interactive presentations, exhibits and Breakfast Talks, ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks, ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks provide an intimate setting for guests to connect with filmmakers and special guests to ask questions and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that bring the films to life. 

Films and programs will roll Tuesday, January 1 to Friday, January 4 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Resort and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, before moving Saturday, January 5 to Wednesday, January 9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Waimea venues include Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School Theatre and Anna Ranch.

A painting by Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, "Moto Araara," has been chosen as the festival's 2019 cover art. Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Teururai lives in Tahiti with her husband and paints scenes of the islands. She is the granddaughter of noted Hawaii artist William Twigg-Smith and an exhibit of her work will be on display during the festival.

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