Waimea Ocean Film Festival

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Waimea Ocean Film Festival Overview

Celebrating the ocean experience, ocean environment and island culture, the Waimea Ocean Film Festival is an annual event assembling influential film leaders, speakers, exhibits and award-winning films, most of which are world premieres, to the Big Island every January.

The mission of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival is “to bring a greater understanding of the ocean environment and island culture while building awareness that everything we do on land affects the sea and the people whose livelihood and subsistence depends on the health of the ocean environment.”

With their incredibly, rich and dynamic program, the festival’s selected venues allow film enthusiasts to view over 60 films paired with filmmaker Q&A’s, presentations and panel discussions. Inspirational and epic adventure stories are told along the milieu of the Big Island’s breathtaking Kohala Coast. Film screenings and speaker panels are exclusively presented at historic theatres in Waimea and at prestigious resort, sponsor locations such as; The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and the Mauna Kea Resort.

Additional sponsors acknowledge the legacy of this film festival to continue benefiting the community each year while individuals and business organizations reevaluate sustainable operations in ways that take the health of the ocean into account.

The 2020 Waimea Ocean Festival Schedule

January 1-4, 2020 Waimea, Mauna Kea Resort, and the Fairmont Orchid Hawai‘i
January 5-8, 2020 Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

View the 2020 Program and Schedule

Read our Review of the 2018 Festival
Hands on at the 2018 Waimea Ocean Film Festival

For more information visit the Organization Website

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