Maui may be a small island in the Pacific Ocean, but we certainly have some major league events.
One of our annual five-star productions is the Maui Film Festival. It runs today through Sunday with showings both at the Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold Golf Course and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
The Opening Night Reception will be held tonight at Capische? in the Hotel Wailea. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets include admission to the Celestial Cinema's double feature afterward. Tickets may still be available at www.mauifilmfestival.com
Other special events during the run are the Taste of Chocolate on Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the Taste of Wailea on Saturday at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at the Wailea Gold Golf Course.
Additionally, standouts in the movie business will be honored each night of the festival. Tonight Josh Radnor will receive the Triple Threat Award; Thursday, Tim Bonython will be given the Beacon Award; Friday, Mark Magidson will be honored with the Soul in Cinema Award; Saturday, James Marsden will garner the Nova Award; and, finally, on Sunday, Elizabeth Banks will receive the Navigator Award.
Of course, the highlights of the festival are the movies themselves, with outstanding documentaries and feature films every day. The complete lineup can be found at the festival website - www.mauifilmfestival.com
The Maui Film Festival was founded and nurtured by Barry and Stella Rivers. Thanks to their efforts, Maui sees films and documentaries that go on to win accolades throughout the industry.
Take the time to check out the schedule and go out and support the Maui Film Festival. You'll see great films and have a lot of fun.
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