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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is the new home of the Kona Surf Film Festival, an inspiring showcase of new-release movies from around the globe that capture the art of surfing.
Running Dec. 3-4, 2010 starting at 4:30 p.m., the seventh annual festival features films shown under the stars at Mauna Lani's outdoor cinema. Clients can bring their own beach chairs and buy beer and fish tacos as Mauna Lani's chefs fire up the barbecues.
Founded in 2003 by Chad Campbell, the Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates the art of surfing. Campbell has always held a passion for filmmaking and the surfing lifestyle, and he combines those passions as he brings the community together to watch surf movies on the big screen.
Among this year's highlight films is the locally filmed and produced Destination 3 Degrees. Jenny Kalmback of Kona and Honolulu's Morgan Hoesterey -- two of the world's elite female standup paddleboarders -- conquered the nine legendary and infamous open ocean channels that link the Hawaiian Islands. The title draws from the three degrees of latitude that separate each island. This story is more than a standup paddleboard adventure, it's a platform to raise awareness of the impact of plastic contamination on then world's oceans.
Another highlight is Stoked and Broke, following surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton as they set off on a 30-mile eight-day walk through San Diego. The film is a blend of humor, adventure, creativity, honesty and epic surfing.
Visitors attending the festival will likely see famous faces of the surfing world and some of the filmmakers. The event benefits the Big Island Hawaii Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.