Hawai‘i International Film Festival
McCoy Studio Theater
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November 30 - December 02, 2018

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Film titles & showtimes subject to change

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Honolulu-based Hawai'i International Film Festival (HIFF) recognizes new and emerging talent and facilitates dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

The festival includes documentaries and film shorts, including premieres, experimental films, animation/digital works, and first features by new directors. HIFF selections and audiences reflect the diverse multicultural face of Hawai'i -  helping to enrich, enlighten and broaden support for Asian and Pacific films.

Film titles & show times:

Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe
Friday, November 30; 6:30 pm
In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hōkūleʻa continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to gather their courage and sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific. “Moananuikea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe” celebrates the historic worldwide voyage that connected countless communities from around the globe. A voyage that also represented the fulfillment of the vision of Nainoa Thompson and his contemporaries, the passing of the mantle to the next generation of kānaka maoli who will retain the skills of their ancestors and perpetuate this tradition for generations to come.
[United States (Hawaii) 2018 | English | 148 min]
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Sharkwater Extinction
Saturday, December 1; 1:00 pm
A follow-up to “Sharkwater (HIFF 2007),” this new chapter is an inspiring action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry. From West Africa, Panama, and France to our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Sadly, Stewart passed away during the production of this film, but his conservationism and love for the ocean lives on in his work.
[United States 2018 | English | 88 min.]
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50 First Kisses
Saturday, December 1; 3:00 pm
Meeting the woman of your dreams in Hawaii is a blessing until you discover she has short-term memory loss and forgets everything the next day. Does this plot sound familiar? Because it is! It’s the Japanese remake of the rom-com, “50 first Dates.” Takayuki Yamada is Daisuke, a womanizing travel agent. The object of his affections, Rui (Masami Nagasawa), is an art teacher living with her father and brother, who try to preserve the illusion that nothing has changed since the day of the accident that caused her amnesia.
[Japan 2018 |Japanese w/English Subtitles | 114 min.]
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Anote’s Ark
Sunday, December 2; 1:30 pm
Threatened with total destruction by rising sea levels, the low-lying pacific nation of Kiribati is poised to be one of the first catastrophic victims of climate change. Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations, “Anote’s Ark” follows the country’s president as he fights to have climate displacement recognized as an urgent human rights issue, and to find a lasting home for his people and 4,000 years of their culture.
[Canada 2018 | 77 min]
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Tickets: $12 (plus applicable fees)
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 30

Date Event Time Tickets
Friday November 30Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe6:00 PMGet Tickets
Saturday December 1Sharkwater Extinction1:00 PMGet Tickets
Saturday December 150 First Kisses3:00 PMGet Tickets
Sunday December 2Anote’s Ark1:30 PMGet Tickets