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The Haumana, closing night film, Oct. 20

From Hawaiian Love and The Shark God in 1913 to the currently-filming Untitled Cameron Crowe project, Hawaii can claim a very long history of starring on the silver screen. A full century, to be exact.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hawaii in feature films, this year’s 33rd annual Hawaii International Film Festival will be adding a few new programs to its already packed 10 days of Oahu screenings, running from Oct. 10-20, expanding screenings for the first time to the Big Island and Kauai, Oct. 24-27.

HIFF organizers aim to screen approximately 209 films from 42 countries over the course of the festival. The screening list this year includes a whopping 16 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres and 108 Hawaii premieres. It’s reputation already solid for showcasing emerging films from the Asia and the Pacific Region, HIFF will this year also expand its schedule to include select European films as part of “EuroCinema Hawaii”—a sort-of festival within the festival.

Returning to HIFF for a second year will be its Creative Lab programs, which offer film entrepreneurs creative skills and lessons in the film business aimed toward advancing their careers.

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, opening night film, Oct. 10

HIFF 2013’s diverse screening categories will also again include its popular “Made in Hawaii” film lineup, this year featuring four films:

Dress — Shot against the backdrop of Hawaii, this film is a poetic and emotional tale of Ben, and his two sons, as they struggle to cope with the death of his wife, Maile.
Showing at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Dole Cannery and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Consolidated Koko Marina

Puamana — This documentary produced by Meleanna Aluli Meyer and directed by the late documentary filmmaker Les Blank features interviews, songs and performances by Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii’s most loved and influential musical composers.
Showing at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Dole Cannery

Railroading Paradise, part of HIFFS "Made in Hawaii" film screen category, Oct. 18, 19

Railroading Paradise — A documentary about the Sierra Club’s role in Oahu’s rail controversy and how its leadership arrived at a position in favor of rail.
Showing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Dole Cannery and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Consolidated Koko Marina

• Seeds of Aloha — This warm and funny talk-story-style documentary about slack-key master George Kahumoku Jr. explores the talented Renaissance Man’s roots, art and inspiration.
Showing at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Dole Cannery and 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Consolidated Koko Marina

HIFF events outdoor events will include a free screening of the 1961 musical Blue Hawaii—in our opinion, Elvis Presley's finest cinematic two hours—on Waikiki Beach, at 7 p.m., Oct. 12, and "Kung Fu Theatre in Our Kakaako," 7 p.m., Oct. 12.

Blue Hawaii, screening free at "Sunset on the Beach," Waikiki, Oct. 12

For additional information about the Hawaii International Film Festival and a schedule of film screenings and venues on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island, click here

See you at the movies.

Photos: Hawaii International Film Festival

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Current Volcano House, built in 1941

A place like the iconic Volcano House hotel is bound to have some interesting stories.

Several variants of the landmark Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hotel have been built over the years—the earliest was constructed in 1846, its current structure on the edge of Kilauea volcano’s summit caldera was built in 1941. Shuttered for three years, the hotel finally reopened this summer following $7 million in fire, safety, seismic and aesthetic upgrades to guest rooms and common areas completed by the National Park Service.

Visitors exploring the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the right date and at the right time now have a chance to hear some of those old Volcano House tales via new, hour-long park ranger-guided walks, which began earlier this month. The “History of Volcano House” walking tour coincides with the reopening of the 33-room hotel.

Volcano House, built in 1866

Why “on the right date and at the right time?” The walk is offered multiple times each week, according to a park news release, but you’ll have to check the list of hikes and programs posted daily on the park bulletin board outside the Kilauea Visitor Center to see if it's offered on the day you’re there.

The walk sounds worth that extra effort. It includes stops at a halau (meeting house) similar to the original Volcano House’s 1846 grass-and-wood structure; a visit to the third Volcano House structure, built in 1877 and now home to the Volcano Art Center; and ends at the current Volcano House hotel designed by prominent Hawaii architect Charles W. Dickey, with stories shared throughout the walk.

“The Volcano House hotel has always captivated people,” said Travis Delimont, the park ranger who developed the guided walk, in a news release. “Its rich and eclectic history has contributed to the personality of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today. There are many interesting stories and characters along the way, and we want to share them with everyone.”

Volcano House, 1877 version, now home to Volcano Art Center

The Volcano House is the only lodging property with hotel services located within the vast boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The original 1846 structure was a simple, one-room shelter made of grass and native ohia wood poles, constructed at the rim of Kilauea caldera by American businessman Benjamin Pitman. Consequent Volcano House lodging structures were built in 1866, 1877 and 1941.

Notable guest staying at the Volcano House over its long history and multiple structures include writers Mark Twai and Jack London, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and 19th century English explorer and natural historian Isabella Bird.

For additional information about the Volcano House hotel, click here

For more information about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, click here.

Photos: Volcano House Hotel (top), Wikipedia Commons (middle, bottom)

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Hawaii_Five-0_Waikiki_beach_fourth_season_premiereSand. Sea. Steve McGarrett.

The cast and crew of Hawaii Five-0, which moves to CBS’s Friday night program schedule this week, will return to the sands of Waikiki to kick off its fourth season with a post-sunset screening event, Thurs., Sept. 26, at Queen’s Beach.

CBS has premiered the first episode of each season, before broadcast, on a 30-foot beachfront outdoor screen since the Oahu-based crime drama’s launch in fall 2010, attracting thousands of fans each time out to see the cast in person. The events are free and open to the public—all you have to do is show up early to get the best spots on the sand to view the big screen and red carpet arrivals.

Expected to attend this year’s premiere event are Five-0 castmembers Alex O’Loughlin (Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett), Daniel Dae Kim (Det. Lt. Chin Ho Kelly), Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins) and Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman). The premiere event will finish with a live performance by the Jonas Brothers. (JoBro Nick Jonas is guest starring on the show this season.)

Cast and VIPs should begin arriving around 6 p.m., with the program and season premiere starting at 7 p.m. The Jonas Brothers will perform live immediately following the premiere.


The first episode of Five-0’s fourth season will be broadcast the following evening (Sept. 27) on CBS.


Photos from Hawaii Five-0 third season Waikiki premiere: Wes Funai

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Picture this.

You’re feasting on black peppercorn-crusted Kona kampachi and crispy Kona lobster croquette. Live jazz music floats on the tradewinds. And all of this happens with a view of the sunset and early evening skies off the cliffs high above Kauai’s Anini Beach.

If any of this sounds appealing AND you’re on Kauai this weekend, the 4th annual Westin Princeville Jazz & Wine Festival could be how you spend your Saturday evening The culinary event happens Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. on the main lawn of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ overlooking the ocean.

The annual event will feature a selection of wines, a variety of island-inspired dishes from many of Kauai’s most popular restaurants served up grazing-style, and live, contemporary jazz music. A silent auction will offer up Westin Princeville hotel stays, airfare, activities, dining certificates and more, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Kauai Lifeguard Association, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives and promoting water safety on Kauai.


Among the fest’s participating restaurants (and their menu offerings) are: Merriman’s Poipu (seared ono with heart of palm puree, black peppercorn-crusted smoked Kona kampachi), BarAcuda (grilled lamb riblets with French feta cheese), Hukilau Lanai (Kauai shrimp tortellini, smoked coconut cheesecake) the St. Regis Princeville (crispy Kona lobster croquette, fresh Kauai prawns and mushroom spring rolls), the Sheraton Kauai Resort (hoisin sriracha pork rib katsu, pineapple lilikoi tiramisu) and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas (braised beef short ribs, kalua duck lumpia).

The fest’s wine offerings will include vintages from Napa Valley, Oregon, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Hawaii-based musicians Eric Gilliom, Honolulu Jazz Quartet and Michael Ruff and Friends provide the evening’s live jazz.

For more information on the 4th Annual Westin Princeville Jazz & Wine Festival, or to purchase tickets, click here, or call (808) 827-8799.

Photos: Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

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Hawaii pork lovers (and pork lovers just visiting our Islands) unite!

The epicenter of the pork universe will be the Big Island this weekend when the Cochon U.S. Tour settles in at the South Kohala Coast’s Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for Cochon Island—an afternoon and evening grand culinary event celebrating the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.

What is Cochon? Essentially, it's a series of events, held annually in multiple U.S. locations, designed to raise consumer awareness and education about heritage breed pig varieties increasingly found on restaurant menus and the farmers that raise these breeds responsibly. Along with that knowledge, Cochon event attendees also get to experience a sui generis pork aficionado gathering typically featuring multiple chefs, each crafting a menu emphasizing use of the whole of the pig, matched with much wine, beer and spirits.

Cochon Island, happening this Sat., Sept. 21, will be Hawaii’s first Cochon event. The afternoon will challenge five Hawaii chefs to prepare an entire menu created from a single heritage breed pig. Each chef will given a whole 150 lb. pig from a specific heritage breed—Berkshire, Yorkshire, Hereford, Feral—raised by a Hawaii farmer. Attendees get to watch the chefs as they prepare their menus, and sample the final results.

Participating Hawaii chefs and farms at Cochon Island include:

• Mark “Gooch” Noguchi (Pili Group/Taste Table Hawaii, Oahu)
Yorkshire pig from Kubo Hog Farm

• Ed Kenney (Town, Oahu)
Feral pig from Hawaiian Hogs, Inc.

• Lee Anne Wong (Oahu)
Yorkshire pig from Ahnuloa Farm

• Michael Young (Bistro Molokini, Maui)
Feral pig from Hawaiian Hogs, Inc.

• Peter Pahk (Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island)
Berkshire pig from Azevedo Hog Farm


Other Cochon Island taste temptations for attendees will include a tartare bar, cheese bar, perfect Manhattan cocktail and mezscal bars, wines, beer and pork-spiked desserts. Also on the menu will be ramen dishes, sustainable seafood samples and cured meats from Chef Devin Lowder of Kailua-Kona’s When Pigs Fly Island Charcuterie.

All of it will be held outdoors at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s oceanfront luau grounds from 4 p.m. (for VIP ticketholders) and 5 p.m. (for general admission attendees) through sunset and beyond.

For more information on Cochon Island or to purchase tickets, visit the event’s website.

Photos from past Cochon events: Cochon555

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The Aloha Festivals
celebrates its 67th year this month, still one of Hawaii’s longest-running celebrations spotlighting Hawaiian culture, music, dance and history. Themed Moana Nui Akea, which translates to “Celebrate Ocean Voyaging,” events for this year's festival aim to honor one of Hawaii's most significant traditions: ocean voyaging.

The theme coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, which over the decades has inspired generations of ocean voyagers and revived the tradition of waa kaulua, or double-hulled canoe sailing, and traditional wayfinding—navigation without the use of modern instruments.

Aloha Festivals' most popular events will occur over the next two weekends in Waikiki on Oahu: The Waikiki Hoolaulea on Sat., Sept. 21 and the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade on Sat. Sept. 28.

The 61st annual Waikiki Hoolaulea (the Hawaiian word means “celebration”) is a big block party, shutting down more than 12 blocks of Waikiki's main drag, Kalakaua Avenue. Thousands of residents and visitors descend onto the thoroughfare, which is filled, for the evening, with multiple entertainment stages, food vendors and Hawaiian craft booths. Admission is free.

Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, between Lewers Street and Kapahulu Avenue.

One week later, Kalakaua Avenue offers the best curbside spots for the annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. The parade begins at Ala Moana Beach Park and heads east to Waikiki on Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue before ending at  Kapiolani Park at the base of Diamond Head. Thousands line the sidewalks along the route to see the parade’s equestrian procession of pau riders, colorful flower-bedecked floats, hula halau (hula troupes) and marching bands.

Sept. 28, 9 a.m., Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue


Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on Aloha Festivals, visit the Aloha Festivals official website.

The Aloha Festivals were founded in 1946 as Aloha Week, with its most popular event, even then, being its floral parade—back then, meandering through metro Honolulu, too. The celebration was renamed Aloha Festivals in 1991, having long since expanded from seven days into a two-month, six-island celebration with more than a hundred events. Aloha Festival events since 2007 have been scaled back and primarily held on Oahu, mostly to downturns in funding, but the parade, hoolaulea and Aloha Festivals royal court investiture (the last of these held earlier this month) continue.

Photos: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson (top), Aloha Festivals (bottom)

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After a three-year, multimillion-dollar renovation and restoration, the Pacific Hall at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is ready to re-open to the public on Sat., Sept. 21 with a daylong celebration on the Oahu museum’s grounds.

The newly-named Pacific Hall—formerly called Polynesian Hall—houses one of the world’s best Pacific culture collections. Displays and artifacts within the hall explore Pacific Islander origins and cultures and migrations of those cultures over the Pacific Ocean spanning more than 6,000 years. The hall’s name change reflects the broader story of its exhibits, which extend beyond Polynesia and explore the connection between cultures across the Pacific Islands.

Pacific Hall’s grand re-opening happens from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21. The event will be free and open to the public, featuring live dance and music performances, storytelling, poetry reading, lectures and film presentations. (Check out the day’s schedule of events below.)

Some key ancient and modern artifacts on display in the newly renovated Pacific hall were gathered over the last century from locales including Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Taiwan and China. One of Pacific Hall’s first installations, which arrived earlier this year during reconstruction, was a Fijian fishing canoe from Fulunga Island in Southern Fiji. Following months of careful restoration, the canoe has been hoisted to the center atrium overlooking the two-story hall (photo below).


John Koon, a master mariner and marine surveyor and rigger, obtained the well-worn canoe from a family in Fulunga, exchanging  a 36-inch chainsaw, 120 pounds of bronze screws and other hardware for it. Koon had it shipped to Kaua‘i, where he restored it back to its original look.

The completion of Pacific Hall’s renovation arrives four years after a major overhaul of Hawaiian Hall, the Bishop Museum's 120-year-old main exhibit space. That renovation spanned three years and cost $16 million. Built in 1889, the year the Bishop Museum was founded, Hawaiian Hall is the musuem complex’s first and oldest building and remains one of its most popular exhibition spaces.

Bishop Museum’s Sept. 21 grand re-opening of Pacific Hall schedule of events:

9:30 a.m.

• Public Opening Ceremony
, on the 
Gallery Lawn

11 a.m.

• “Kau Moana, Peoples of the Ocean Deep,” a
 Tongan storytelling with Emil Wolfgramm, in the Castle Memorial Building


• “The Settlement of the Pacific and Hawaiian Origins,”
a lecture and book signing of A Shark Going Inland is My Chief by
 author Patrick Vinton Kirch, in the Castle Memorial Building

• Te Reinga, a 
collaborative dance performance featuring Maori choreographer Jack Gray, on the
 Great Lawn

1 p.m.

• "Reviving Traditional Marshallese Weaving,”
Irene Taafaki, 
in the Castle Memorial Building

• Songs of Tonga 
Choir of First United Methodist Church, on the 
Great Lawn

Bishop_Museum_Pacific_Hall_Oahu_reopening2 p.m.

• "Anuu Nuu Ka Ike,”
creation of a community mural and a lecture by Meleanna Meyer and Halau Paheona, in the Castle Memorial Building

• Te Lumanaki o Tokelau, a dance performance
on the Great Lawn

3 p.m.

• “The Role of Women in Oceania,”
lecture by Luafata Simanu-Klutz,
 in the Castle Memorial Building

4 p.m.

• There Once Was an Island (Taku‘u), a film presentation
 sponsored by Pacific Islanders in Communication, 
in the Castle Memorial Building

6 p.m.

• Pacifika
 readings by Pacific artists, 
in the Castle Memorial Building

• Te Vai Ura Nui
Tahitian dance performance,
 on the Great Lawn

7 p.m.

• The Land of Eb (Marshall Islands)
, a film presentation followed by a Q&A, in the Castle Memorial Building

Bishop_Museum_Pacific_Hall_Oahu_reopening• Taimane, an
evening ukulele concert, 
on the Great Lawn

Closing Program

• usic and dance performances by
 Aaron Sala and Jack Gray

For additional information about Bishop Museum’s Pacific Hall reopening event, click here

Photos: Mask, New Zealand (top); Fijian fishing canoe (second from top); Red Feather Currency, Tevalu (second from bottom); Conch Shell Trumpet, Putona (bottom); all courtesy Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

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Aloha_Festivals_2013_Oahu_Flyaway_winnerCongratulations to Konstanze Willbold of Sonoma, Calif.—winner of HAWAII Magazine’s 2013 Aloha Festivals Oahu Flyaway contest! Konstanze’s name was drawn at random from thousands of entries submitted.

What does Konstanze win?

• Complimentary Hawaiian Airlines round-trip coach airfare for two between Oahu and one of 11 gateway cities served by Hawaiian Airlines in North America.

• Five-days/four-nights complimentary accommodations at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki.

• Dinner for two at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.

•. Passes for the Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Highlights Tour. Also, passes for the South Shore Sea Cliffs Adventure Tours courtesy of Gray Line Hawaii/Polynesian Adventure Tours.

• Merchandise gifts from the Aloha Festivals.

• VIP seating at the 67th Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, on Sept. 28.

Aloha_Festivals_2013_Oahu_Flyaway_winnerKonstanze, 35, will be winging to Hawaii from California with her husband Brian, 37. It will be their first visit to the Islands. Expectations for their Aloha Festivals visit?

Says Konstanze, “We are looking forward to experiencing the vibe during the festival and learn about the Hawaiian culture and people.”

Sounds like a plan to us. Congrats, Konstanze!

The Aloha Festivals, now in its 67th year, is one of Hawaii’s longest-running cultural showcases and celebrations of Hawaii music, dance and history. Founded in 1946 as Aloha Week, the celebration was renamed Aloha Festivals in 1991. This year’s Oahu events began on Sept. 12, but its biggest events are still to come, just in time for Konstanze and Brian’s trip: the Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea block party on Sept. 21, and Aloha Festivals Floral Parade, Sept. 28.

Mahalo to everyone in our HAWAII Magazine reader ohana who entered our 2013 Aloha Festivals Oahu Flyaway contest.

And a big mahalo to our wonderful flyaway sponsors: Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Center, Gray Line Hawaii/Polynesian Adventure Tour and Aloha Festivals for the awesome prize package.

Photos: Konstanze Willbold (top), Aloha Festivals (bottom)

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If you love hula, have never experienced first-hand the excitement of a live hula competition and are on Maui this weekend, you’re in for a rare treat.

For the past seven years, the Ku Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition has invited hula halau (troupes) from Hawaii, the Mainland U.S. and Japan to the Valley Isle to compete in a single evening of adult solo and group performances. Dancers and hula halau—winners of hula competitions on the Mainland or internationally—compete in kahiko (traditional hula) and auana (modern hula) styles, in both male and female categories.

The 8th annual edition of Maui’s premier hula competition happens at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. A preshow performance starts at 11:45 a.m. Food and beverages, and Hawaii made arts and crafts, will be available for purchase during the event.

Entry is $25 for adults, and half-price for children 12 and under.


Prior to Saturday’s hula competition, Ku Mai Ka Hula is sponsoring the lecture and demonstration, “Unukupukupu: Dancing Beyond the Veil.” Led by Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, associate professor at Hawaii Community College, the lecture will touch on hula traditions anchored in the rituals of Pele, deity of Hawaii volcanoes. The discussion happens on Thurs., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Yokouchi Pavilion. Cost is $13.

For more information about Ku Mai Ka Hula, click here.

Photos: Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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A 3-D map of Tamu Massif, a massive undersea shield volcano believed to cover an area the size of New Mexico.

There are countless pieces of information about Hawaii’s geology that residents hold as fact. Three of these are:

• We are the only state in the union made up entirely of islands.

• Our northwest-drifting Islands were formed entirely by a single magma hotspot, now located beneath the southern half of Hawaii Island and still feeding the growth of the island.

• We have the largest volcano on the planet: Mauna Loa—covering 2,035 square miles of land area (more than half of Hawaii Island's above-ocean lands) and possessing a maximum width of 75 miles.

Turns out, we may have to scratch one of these out of the science textbooks.

The science journal Nature Geoscience reports that a recently discovered Pacific Ocean submerged supervolcano called Tamu Massif, located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, surpasses shield volcano Mauna Loa in total size. The massive undersea volcano is believed to cover an area of more than 120,000 square miles—about the size of New Mexico or the British Isles—and have a maximum width of 400 miles.

Mauna Loa looms large over Hilo Bay on Hawaii Island.

To put Tamu Massif’s, uh, massiveness into perspective, the volcano’s enormous rounded dome is only 25 percent smaller than Mars’ Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system. The name “Tamu” is an acronym for Texas A&M University, the institution where William Sager, geology professor and lead author of a study that revealed the volcano’s existence, began his research two decades ago. “Massif” is French for “massive” and a science term describing a large mountain.

Tamu Massif’s summit is about 6,500 feet below the ocean’s surface. Its base, four miles below sea level is part of an oceanic plateau called the Shatsky Rise in the northwest Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii residents can take comfort in one geological fact about Mauna Loa that remains true despite Tamu Massif’s discovery: It is still the largest active volcano on Earth.

Tamu Massif erupted for a few million years during Earth’s late Jurassic to early Cretaceous period—about 144 million years ago—and has been extinct ever since. Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984, but is still considered very much active and long overdue for another eruption.

Measured from its base on the Pacific Ocean floor, Mauna Loa is also the tallest active volcano on Earth, rising to 30,085 feet and making it even loftier than Mount Everest.

So there.

Photos: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (top); USGS (bottom)

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