BIG ISLAND(HawaiiNewsNow) - Get ready for Hawaii's premier international surf film showcase, the Kona Surf Film Festival from December 7 & 8, 2012. The ninth installment of this epic weekend of film, acoustic music, art, ono grindz and drinks is set to be the biggest festival yet with surprise special guests to share in the stoke.
The Kona Surf Film Festival showcases independent short and feature films from established and emerging surf filmmakers from around the globe. The event is a benefit for the Kona Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Na Kama Kai, whose mission is to empower youth by creating ocean-based programs that target ocean safety and conservation. This year festival organizers received a record number of film submissions including American, Australian, European and locally produced works.
Festival founder and program director, Chad Campbell, said "I'm so stoked to be gearing up for our 9th year. It seems like each year we get more films, more art, more people, and always have a great time."
The 2012 Festival will again present a sustainable art fair showcasing planet-friendly local art, design, fashion, jewelry and surf equipment and accessories. Art installations and an alternative surf movie screen will also feature as part of the line-up.
Opening up the Festival on Friday, December 7 is soulful Hawaiian musician, Paula Fuga and on Saturday, December 8, the opening act will be Hawaii Island's own rising star, Kimie Miner.
Click HERE for the complete list of films and information.
WHAT: 2012 Kona Surf Film Festival, benefiting the Kona Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and N Kama Kai
WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4pm - 10pm & Saturday, December 8, 2012 from
4pm - 10pm. Check schedule for details and times.
WHERE: The Pavilion at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.
COST: Adults $20 door/$17 pre, Groms (kids 14 and under) $15 door/$11 pre, Little Ones free. Two day passes available for $30 and $20 for groms (online only). You can buy tickets online HERE until December 4.
BYO: Beach chair and blankets for films shown under the stars. Bring a sweater as it may get a little chilly!
FOOD: BBQ and beer available for purchase. No coolers please.
ART & DESIGN: Available for purchase.
For more information, click HERE!
STAY: Take advantage of Mauna Lani Bay's exclusive Kona Surf Film Festival room rates starting from $185 per night. Contact (800) 367-2323 or click HERE!