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March 25 - 28
Looking to see more than two films in-person? Consider our Hilo Palace Festival Pass for only $30. Purchase here.
Thursday 3/25| 7:00 - 9:00 pm
No Nā Kanaka
Our opening night block begins with a filmed hula performance by Na Halau Ha'a o Kea, a filmed musical performance by Kainani Kahaunaele with Emma Coloma-Nakano, and concludes with a selection of shorts exploring the experiences of the people of Hawai'i.
Still from Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī
This project is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians.
Industry pros chat about respecting Hawaiian culture while shooting, and explore best practices for the influx of productions coming into the state in response to our low COVID-19 case count.
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Sat 3/27 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
An extension of the hit web series by the same name, this feature-length comedy directed by Jeff Orig follows Officer Ha Ming’s inadvertent rise in the ranks from lowly dispatcher to “real” cop in Hawaii’s worst police department.
The directors behind MIHFF's three 2021 feature-length films share insight about how their films were made and explore their creative process with Barry Wurst II, founder of the Hawai'i Film Critics Society.
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Sun 3/28 | 2:30 - 4:30
Episodic / Series
From mockumentary-style jungle explorations to wacky adventures in cannabis cooking, this block features six fun, fresh episodic episodes from some of Hawai'i's best content creators.
Still from Like Maddah
Sun 3/28 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Our closing night film directed by Sarah J Christman follows ten year old Manu and her mother as they catch swarms of wild honeybees in order to breed disease resistant colonies while her father takes part in the native Hawaiian movement to protect the sacred Mauna Kea mountain from the construction of a massive telescope.
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