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The 2014 Maui Film Festival

 

The Maui Film Festival in Wailea, Hawaii.Photo Credit: Maui Film Festival

Film is a beautiful opportunity to learn, to express, to empathize and to progress as a people, especially film done well. Back in my college days Film Studies was part of my degree and I absolutely loved every minute in class! What could be better than watching different movies from diverse genre, spanning across many decades? To top it off my professor was one of those people who could aptly tie history to film to science to politics to religion, effortlessly. While I’m no longer receiving a grade for my study of film, I do still enjoy a broad range of movies and feel blessed to live on Maui where other movie buffs can gather together each year to revel in cinema, food, music and community.

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My hubby and I at the 2013 Maui Film Festival.

The 2014 Maui Film Festival is set to happen June 4-8, 2014. Below are the venues available for the festival, and if you’re on island, I highly recommend you check them out:

  • Celestial Cinema: Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, Wailea, Hawaii.
  • Seaside Cinema, Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge: Grand Wailea, Wailea, Hawaii.
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center: Castle Theater & McCoy Theater, Kahului, Hawaii.
  • Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema: Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii.

Whether you’re a tourist visiting during the festival or a long-time resident, I encourage you to make attending a priority!

Why you need to go to the Maui Film Festival:

1. An awesome, diverse selection of films. My personal favorites are the surf movies at Celestial Cinema. There’s nothing more amazing than sitting under a blanket of stars on this beautiful Hawaiian island, gathered with other ocean lovers, enjoying surf cinema together.

The Maui Film Festival in Wailea, Hawaii.Photo Credit: Randy Jay Braun

2. Unique, elegant events. I remember my first summer on Maui and all of the ladies in my neighborhood excitedly talking about finally getting to dress up for an event…The Taste of Wailea! Of course, for chocolate lovers there’s The Taste of Chocolate, too!

Taste of Chocolate 1Photo Credit: Randy Jay Braun

3. Movie stars. Yup, our small island boasts our fair share of celebs, and the Maui Film Festival brings in a few more, as they honor several each year with various awards. This year’s award tributes go to the following people: Shep Gordon, Emma Roberts, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Manganiello and Lupita Nyong’o. There are even various Filmmakers Panels, where you get to hear directly from the filmmakers, which is like a dream come true for a gal like me!

How to score a deal on Maui Film Festival tickets:

One word: Volunteer.
I absolutely love volunteering at the Maui Film Festival! Keith Ranney is the festival’s Volunteer Manager and does an excellent job of training, encouraging and bringing lots of aloha to the volunteers and community. If you can spare a few hours of your time, you will be rewarded greatly for your efforts. According to the festival website, “each four-hour volunteer shift entitles you to three movie vouchers good at this year’s festival. An evening at the Celestial Cinema in Wailea requires two vouchers per person, so if you work two shifts, you will have earned an evening at the Celestial Cinema for you and two friends (or 3 nights just for you).” You’ll also get a cool festival t-shirt!

The volunteers create a lei of aloha through their service, attitude & availability to patrons’ needs.
-Keith Ranney, Volunteer Manager

The festival still needs about 200 volunteer shifts to be filled.  The most needed area is 9pm to 1am at the Celestial Cinema. Visit the Maui Film Festival Volunteer page to sign up for your shift and score a deal, i.e. FREE FILM TICKETS!!!

Note: Keiki (12 and under) are admitted FREE to Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Wednesday, June 4 (Goddess) and Thursday, June 5 (Thundercloud and H2MexicO)!

How to glam it up at the Maui Film Festival:

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As mentioned before, there are several specialty events in conjunction with the festival. There are also V.I.P. Passes available, so if that’s more of a fit for you, you are certain to enjoy the glamorous offerings the festival provides.

I want people to leave the cinema feeling that something’s been confirmed for them about life.

-Danny Boyle

 

Other cool deets about the Maui Film Festival:

There’s often hula, live music, and wonderful food vendors!

It’s an eco-friendly event!

I will be there!!!

For more information about the Maui Film Festival, including film passes, showings, times, locations and more, please visit Maui Film Festival. If you’re into the social media scene, be sure to use hashtag #MauiFilm for all of your tweets and instagram pics. I hope to see you there…if not this year, then save the date for next year! And hopefully, just as Danny Boyle said, you will leave the cinema feeling that something’s been confirmed for you about life.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer Poppy

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About Jennifer Poppy

Jennifer Poppy is livin’ la vida aloha on Maui, Hawaii. Have you ever held a dream in your heart? One of Jennifer’s came true when she and her family sold their home, their car & their stuff to move to Hawaii! She says this lifelong dream, turned ongoing adventure has been worth it all. She is a freelance writer, public speaker and creative soul. You’ll find her beautiful photography, upcycled furniture projects and stories of island adventures at Island Gypsy Hawaii

 

 

 

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Seabury Hall 41st Annual Craft Fair, Always the day before Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 10th, 2014

SEABURY HALL CREATING HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

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Come upcountry this weekend for Maui’s favorite springtime event! Seabury Hall will celebrate its 41st annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Seabury Hall Campus in beautiful Upcountry Maui. The Craft Fair has been raising money for financial aid since 1973, giving hundreds of students the opportunity to pursue their dreams and hope for a brighter future.581530_359388947453263_1514316547_n

Always the day before Mother’s Day, the Seabury Hall Craft Fair is a day for delighting your senses and having fun! With more than 100 of Hawaii’s finest artists and crafters, live music by Maui entertainers, tantalizing food from some of Maui’s most outstanding restaurants, bargains galore at the silent auction, a huge rummage sale, fresh flowers, potted plants booths, a giant waterslide, plus games and bouncy rides for the kids ensure good fun for all.

Crafter exhibits are at the heart of the event, and you’ll find their tents scattered throughout much of the 11-acre campus. The juried craft show Pineapple ornamentsfeatures the work of some of Hawaii’s finest artisans and crafters – more than 100 in all – including woodworkers, traditional Hawaiian artists, jewelers, ceramists and weavers. It’s a relaxed setting for locating a unique “Made on Maui” gift that Mom will cherish.

Restaurant Row will be brimming with delicious food items from some of Maui’s most outstanding restaurants, with dishes ranging from local favorites to exotic fare of faraway places. The Cafe will feature homemade baked goods and treats, as well as fresh waffles with strawberries.

Kids love the keiki activities. Dress them in their swimsuits because it’s impossible to resist the thrilling Keiki Waterslide. Pony and miniature pony rides and a petting zoo provide additional fun for youngsters. They can also create unique and special from-the-heart gifts and cards for mom at the “Make a Craft for Mom” booth.532036_507495839309239_2754074_n

All proceeds from the fair support Seabury Hall’s financial aid program. Over 35% of Seabury Hall students receive some form of financial help through this fund. Without it, a Seabury Hall education would not be a reality for some of these students.

“With the goal of ensuring that financial need doesn’t get in the way of a Seabury Hall education, the parents, teachers and students work together for months in advance to prepare for the craft fair,” said Headmaster Joe Schmidt. “Seabury Hall’s Financial Aid Program provides deserving students an opportunity for a high-quality college preparatory education—which might otherwise be unobtainable for them—and also provide the school with a well-qualified student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix.”

415072_360637673995057_1742314131_o“The Seabury Hall Craft Fair has become a tradition for many Maui families, a way to extend Mother’s Day into an entire weekend,” says Gayle Hart, Seabury Hall’s parent coordinator and Associate Director of Development. “People from all over the island enjoy coming upcountry to ooh and ahh over the beautiful flowering trees, and spend a fun day on the 11-acre campus, eating delicious food, enjoying live entertainment and checking out the fun activities and exhibits.”

The Craft Fair is located on the Seabury Hall campus, at 480 Olinda Road, Makawao, Hawaii. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. General parking is available at no charge, with premium parking for $10. Come and spend the day in beautiful upcountry Maui and bring the whole ohana.

To reach Seabury Hall, take Haleakala Highway to the traffic light at the intersection of Makawao Avenue. Turn left on Makawao Avenue and follow it into Makawao Town. At the four-way stop by Casanova’s Restaurant and Polli’s Restaurant, turn right onto Olinda Road. Go up the hill one mile. Free parking for the Seabury Hall Craft Fair is just past the entrance to the school on the left side of the road by the Oskie Rice Arena. For premium and handicap parking, follow the signs onto campus.

Information about the Seabury Hall Craft Fair can be found at www.seaburyhall.org For more information please call Gayle Hart at 572-7235.

About Seabury Hall: Seabury Hall is a non-profit private college preparatory school located on the island of Maui, Hawaii, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. It was founded in 1964, and serves middle and high school students. Seabury Hall was built upon sound principles of education that are current, relevant and future focused. Students are challenged to value excellence, perseverance, diversity, high personal standards and community. Seabury Hall is a designated Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education. For more information about Seabury Hall please visit www.seaburyhall.org or call (808) 572-7235.

About the Guest Blogger: Nicole Shipman was born & raised in Hawaii and lives on Maui with her husband and their two daughters. She publishes the Maui Family Magazine and is the owner of Kuleana Productions. It’s her passion to keep families connected and involved! Website: www.mauifamilymagazine.com and www.beahulagirl.com

 

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