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Photos from Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

HIFF was proud to present the Hawaii Premiere of JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS last Tuesday evening at the Hawaii Theatre Center. This documentary about Hawaii’s famous ukulele player was made possible by funding from the Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii. The Hawaii Theatre was packed with locals coming out to support Jake. After the film concluded, Jake talked for a little bit and played a couple of songs for the audience.

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Photos from the New American Filmmakers Reception

We held a reception at Halekulani last Monday evening to honor the six delegates in this year’s New American Filmmakers program. This is a section of films curated by HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation where at least one of the participants is an American immigrant. This year’s delegates are:

Nicholas Bruckman (Producer, VALLEY OF SAINTS)
Mridu Chandra (Director, INDIAN SUMMER)
Radium Cheung (Cinematographer, STARLET)
Ronen Landa (Composer, PARAISO)
Goh Nakamura (Actor/Musician,…

Photos from Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song

Here are some photos form the Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song event, which featured a live multimedia presentation by the artists Gingger Shankar, Mridu Chandra and Dave Liang.

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Photos from Meet The Filmmakers at Rumfire

Last Sunday night, our press and filmmaker guests gathered at RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki to relax and network at the Meet the Filmmakers party. Many new professional relationships have formed from meeting others in a relaxed atmosphere such as this. The filmmaker delegates that are in town will be present after their film screenings for ~15 minute Q&A sessions. There’s nothing quite like talking to the actual filmmaker at a film festival; You certainly can’t have the same experience by…

Photos from Japan Reception with Kōji Yakusho

Last Sunday, HIFF held a reception at the Halekulani Garden Terrace to welcome “Japan’s Leading Man”, Kōji Yakusho, to Hawaii. You may recognize him from films such as TAMPOPO (1985), SHALL WE DANCE (1996), and more recently, 13 ASSASSINS (2010) & CHRONICLE OF MY MOTHER (2011). Many of his films have played at HIFF over the years, and we’re proud to present the Hawaii premiere of THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN.

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Photos from HIFF’s China Night Gala

Last Saturday night, many prominent members of Hawaii’s community gathered at Halekulani for a gala to honor Yue-Sai Kan with a lifetime achievement award. Yue-Sai Kan is a Chinese American Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian.

During the gala there was a beautiful fashion show organized by Neiman Marcus, with a team of lovely models led by Miss Universe China, Diana Xu.

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Photos from the Opening Night Reception

HIFF held its 2012 opening reception last Thursday night at Halekulani’s breezy Hau Terrace. Here are some photos from the event. Some of our guests included Mayor Peter Carlisle, Yue-Sai Kan, Miss Universe China Diana Xu, along with filmmakers, HIFF sponsors and our Board of Directors. Attendees rode over to the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters afterward to watch the opening night film, THE SAPPHIRES.

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Photos from HIFF 2011

Here is a selection of photos highlighting various events that happened during the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani.

Opening Press Conference at RumFire, Sheraton Waikiki. Opening Night Party at Halekulani

Justin Cravalho, Luke Aguinaldo, Warren Daubert – HumanHand, designers of this year’s HIFF Key Visual.

Featured bartenders at a private Disaronno Amaretto event during the festival.

Meet the Filmmakers reception at RumFire #1

Meet the Filmmakers reception at RumFire #2

An Afternoon With Hawaii 5-0 – Alex O’Laughlin, Daniel Dae Kim & Grace Park

An Afternoon With Hawaii 5-0, held at Halekulani. HIFF executive director Chuck Boller, and programmer Anderson Le with cast and crew from Hawaii 5-0.

Actress Tamlyn Tomita with Chairman of the HIFF Board of Directors, Owen Ogawa and his mother.

Vilcek Foundation Executive Director Rick Kinsel (center) with 4 filmmakers from the American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile section.

Award winning filmmakers Adam Pesce (Splinters), Prashant Bhargava (Patang), Ruslan Pak (Hanaan) with a representative from awards sponsor Tiffany & Co.


The annual Governor’s Reception, held at Washington Place, where the HIFF awards were announced this year.

HIFF award winning filmmakers and Masato Harada (director of festival hit Chronicles of My Mother) at HIFF’s closing press conference.

Visiting filmmakers enjoying the festival’s closing party at Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch and Crab restaurant.

Alexander Payne, director of HIFF’s Closing Night film THE DESCENDANTS, and Kaui Hart Hemmings, writer of the novel the film was based on.

Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle and HIFF executive Direcor Chuck Boller present Alexander Payne with this year’s Vision in Film award.
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