Celebrate Hawaiian music and films at Lahaina Film Festival LAHAINA – The sixth annual MauiFEST Hawai’i festival series will kick off 2008 with the Lahaina Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 11 p.m. in the heart of Lahaina Town at Campbell Park along front Street! This celebration of Hawaiian music, arts, culture and film will be presented free for the families of Maui and our visitors! The entertainment lineup includes Multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Brother Noland, Hawaii Music Award winner Bradda Francis, guitar/ukulele master Uncle Benny Uyetake, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Taiko Drummers, Polynesian song and dance by Na Kamali’i O Ke Akua (Children of God), hula with special guests from ’Ulalena, “Maui Superman” Uncle Boy Kana’e and Hawaiian chant by Kaliko Beamer Trapp, and a tribute to a true treasure of Hawaii, Aunty Nona Beamer, presented by Keola and Moanalani Beamer. Films include Maui and world premieres! Watch “The Turtle and the Shark,” an animated short film; “Requiem,” a shark documentary; “Palm Trees & Proteges” (Hana surfers explode!); “Halau Nalu,” a look at native surfing in a Hawaiian language film; “Ma ka Hana ka ike” (In doing, one learns), exploring life changes for Hana students; “Mai Tai” (two guys looking for paradise in all the wrong places); the animated short films “Guard Dog” and “Hot Dog & Guide Dog;” “Voyages,” a Herb Kane journey of the Hawaiians; “Kekohi,” a Maui-made adventure film set in the time of King Kamehameha; “Children of the Long Canoes,” an incredible story of the first Hawaiians; and “The Punalu’u Experience,” which explores the natural and cultural history of Punalu’u on the Big Island. The festival will also feature Hawaiian cultural arts and crafts booths and food booths from Waiola Church, Cool Cat Cafe, Amigo’s Mexican Food, Jamba Juice and more. Partial proceeds will go to Maui non-profits. VIP dining will be offered from Front Street Grill & Bar overlooking the festival. For limited seating, call 662-3003. A Jazz Alley TV and KITV-4 ABC TV special will be filmed on the event. Hawaii TV Network.com will film the festival to share our aloha with the world. Festival sponsors are Jazz Alley TV, Kuleana Maui Resort, Hawaii TV Network.com, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Surf Line Hawaii, Jams World, ’Ohana Makamae, Lahaina Inn, The Wharf Cinema Center, KITV 4-ABC, Jamba Juice, Pacific Dive, Aloha Self Storage, Maui DP-Surf Company, Front Street Grill, Cool Cat Cafe, Waiola Church, Amigo’s, Maui Disposal, Century 21-Sharloma Cleveland, County of Maui, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Aloha Production Services, Maui Community College, Maui Acupuncture, Jonathan Starr Foundation, Ole Surfboards, Maui Fitness Club, Maui Graphics, Lahaina News, KPOA 93.5 FM, Paragon Sailing, Rainbow Rental, and friends and ohana! Volunteers are sought for the festival; call Ken at 573-5530. Low-back chairs are allowed at the event; coolers are not.

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