Every June Maui’s eclectic culture comes alive around Father’s Day Weekend. The Maui Film Festival is a wonderful venue attended by both visitors and Kama’aina, and has attracted national attention with its lineup of great films, appearances by top Hollywood stars, and incredible atmosphere.
There are several venues throughout the 5-day annual festival. The most popular is the Celestial Cinema, for which the Wailea Golf Course is transformed into a giant outdoor theater for five nights. Many hit movies make their premier here. There is nothing like sitting under the Maui night sky watching a great film while there are shooting stars going by overhead.
The Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului is also a great venue to watch independent films make their debut at the festival. There is always a great selection of films to choose from, including those with surfing and Hawaiian Cultural themes.
Many of the resorts and restaurants in Wailea also offer packages and dinner events during the festival. These festivities are fun and a great way to meet Mauians, visitors and filmmakers who are all there to enjoy the festival.
I always enjoy going to the first movie on opening night at the Celestial Cinema since there is a Hawaiian blessing, and a hula performance before the film screenings begin. You can bring your own beach chair and blanket and partake in the wonderful offerings of food from some of Wailea’s finest restaurants. There are two films per night at the Celestial Cinema and it always proves to be a memorable experience. The festival provides complimentary shuttle service to the Shops at Wailea, Wailea Resorts and the public parking areas.
Many visitors plan their Maui Vacation during the Maui Film Festival so they can participate in this popular event. I certainly look forward to it every year and always learn something new after watching the films. If you want to find out more about the Maui Film Festival please visit their website at www.MauiFilmFestival.com.
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