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HIFF Founding Director Jeannette Paulson Hereniko’s One Woman Show back by popular demand (June 5 – 7)

WHEN STRANGERS MEET – A one woman show based on the true adventures of JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO as a Film Festival Director and Filmmaker. This return engagement will be the Kumu Kahua Theatre for three nights only — June 5, 6, and 7.  Tickets on sale now and can be purchased here.

A Film Festival Director travels looking for films – but it’s what she discovers beyond the screen that shatters her illusions of the world and herself…

Many of our patrons know Jeanette as one of t…

Legacy HIFF supporter receives top honor from the Emperor of Japan

Dr. Dennis Masaaki Ogawa, professor of American studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa and chairman of Nippon Golden Network, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from Consul General Yasushi Misawa at an Imperial Decoration Ceremony hosted by the Consulate General of Japan.

The Order of the Rising Sun, founded in 1875 by Emperor Meiji, is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Japanese Government for exceptional achievements.

Dr. Ogawa and the Nippon…

Make it an Indian Cinema Double Feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN on Closing Day of HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Are you an Indian cinema fan? Then, come to the last day of the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and make it a Sunday afternoon double feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN!

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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is the true story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who moves from humble beginnings in Madras to Cambridge University, where the young prodigy’s visionary theories attract the attention of…

HIFF Staff Film Recommendations for Closing Weekend of 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Having a hard time to decide what to see this weekend at the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani? Check out the HIFF Spring Team’s personal faves to watch this weekend! And as an added incentive, we are giving a special $2 off discount to any of these recommended films below if you use this promo code when ordering your tickets online: 12SS16. 

Robert Lambeth, Executive Director — “Living in the UK for over almost a decade, I have a great affinity for British films. Terenc…

Spring Showcase’s Closing Night Film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is a must-see

We are close to the midway point of the 19th annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and we want to hype up the closing half of films we still have in store for all your film fans out there. We are especially excited to present Austin-based and Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater’s latest film, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, his “spiritual sequel” to his ode to growing up in the ’70s, DAZED & CONFUSED, which was a benchmark film because it introduced to the world, a…

CHONGQING HOTPOT and MR. SIX bring genre thrills and mature drama in this Spring Showcase latest films from China

Two films from China in this spring showcase’s program showcase contemporary Chinese cinema’s pushing of traditional genres and also highlighting different regions and cultures of Chinese culture that go beyond the center of Beijing. HIFF is proud to present two Chinese films with high concepts, genre thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat. No wonder China’s box office receipts surpassed the US for the first time this year!

CHONGQING HOTPOT — Three high school classmates open a…

ZUBAAN and THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY showcase the diverse range of Indian cinema at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Two Indian films have been included into this year’s official 2016 Spring Showcase program and they are fresh from their major film festival runs. ZUBAAN, an Indian musical drama that presents a modern twist to the traditional Bollywood musical, recently was the Opening Night Film at the Busan Film Festival, Asia’s biggest film festival, where it screened for 5,000 attendees! The second film, is the UK/India production THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, starring SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’s Dev Patel and…

European Films present the best in international cinema at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Although HIFF has a strong focus on Asia and Pacific Rim film programming, the festival is truly international and for this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, we have yet another strong lineup of award winning and festival buzz worthy films from Europe. Many of these films are from well established filmmakers starring some of the best actors working in cinema today such as Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Catherine Frot and Kate Beckinsale. Two films in particular ar…

Straight outta Sundance & SXSW — Check out these awards buzz films playing at HIFF Spring Showcase

Love award winning independent cinema? To you follow what were the big breakout hits from major festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Toronto? Many buzz worthy films started their journey there and have gone on to box office and sometimes, Oscar gold. The HIFF Spring Showcase once again is presenting these early buzz titles that just premiered at Sundance and SXSW just a few weeks ago, so be in the now and grab that opportunity to see these Hawaii festival premieres before they hit a local theatr…

Local flavor and biographies reign in the documentary selection at HIFF Spring Showcase 2016

Documentary lovers! HIFF has got you covered at the 2016 Spring Showcase. There is something for everyone in this Spring’s program featuring seven documentary programs including three local feature films, and two award-winners from the 2015 fall Festival, along with food, sake, lava, spies, kidnapping, art, and culture. Read on to find out about all the great HIFF Docs this…

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