Thursday, August 11, 2011

31st Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. The 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held from October 13-23, 2011 in Honolulu, Oahu with the majority of films being shown at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatre. Select screenings will also be held at the Hawaii Theatre Center and on Waikiki Beach. Featured movies will number over 200 from over 40 Asia-Pacific countries including Hawaii produced films that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way. The 10-day festival will also offer discussions with the film-makers, award presentations, and other special events.

HIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim. As a premier international film event, HIFF has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe and is an official partner with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for Oscar Night America. HIFF is also the sister festival of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). The first HIFF screened seven films from six countries to an audience of 5,000 in 1981. Today, HIFF draws an audience of 80,000 or more from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to be one of the first to view world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors.

For more information, visit: www.hiff.org

Monday, August 8, 2011

Festivals of Hawaii Launches Free Smartphone App

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Festivals of Hawaii has launched a smartphone application. The free app, sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, is available for download on iTunes for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. When opening the app, the user can select any of the six Hawaiian Islands to see what’s happening that day. Events closest in terms of the date will appear first. Users also can search by categories, with the most popular — arts and music, cuisine, and sports — featured at the bottom of the homepage. Users can also choose “More” to see the full range of categories. The “Near Me” button pulls up and displays events closest to users based on their location in the Hawaiian Islands.

Each profile includes a photo, along with a brief description of the event. Selecting “Favorite” bookmarks the event, while Facebook and Twitter links enable users to share the event with friends. Selecting “Directions” will pull up Google maps. The next phase of the app will widen the searchable database to include other events happening in Hawai’i. All events featured in the app are imported from www.gohawaii.com/festivalsofhawaii.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011
Aloha Festivals from HAWAII Magazine!

HAWAII Magazine is giving away a free Hawaiian Airlines round-trip for two to Oahu and a five-day, four-night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals in September!

The Aloha Festivals, now in its 65th year, is one of Hawaii’s longest-running cultural celebrations. Among the highlights: the 59th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea street party, spanning more than 12 blocks of Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main drag; and the Downtown Honolulu Aloha Street Festival. And you could be on Oahu to attend both, and much more, from Sept. 15-19!

Click here for all the details on entering, but make sure you enter soon! The 2011 Aloha Fest Oahu flyaway contest ends Aug. 19, 2011.

For more information about the 2011 Aloha Festivals, click here.

Official Rules

1. All contest entries must be received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011.

2. Winner and guest from the U.S. Mainland must be able to depart for Honolulu, Oahu, from one of the 10 U.S. Mainland gateway cities served by Hawaiian Airlines on Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011, with the return flight departing Honolulu, Oahu, on Mon., Sept. 19, 2011. Winning tickets are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a Hawaii resident not residing on the island of Oahu, he or she and guest will depart for Honolulu, Oahu, on the dates above from the nearest Hawaii airport served by Hawaiian Airlines. Winning airline tickets, hotel accommodations and other prizes are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a resident of Oahu, Hawaiian Airlines airfare will not be awarded as part of the prize.

3. Winner and guest must travel on the same Hawaiian Airlines departure and return flights and will be responsible for their own ground transportation.

4. Winner and guest will be responsible for any Hawaiian Airlines baggage fees or onboard fees incurred.

5. Winner and guest will be responsible for all incidental charges (parking, Internet, food, beverages, etc.) incurred while staying at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

6. Employees of aio and its companies, Aloha Festivals, Hawaiian Airlines and Marriott Resorts Hawaii, and their immediate families, are prohibited from entering the contest.

7. We’ll select one winner, at random, from all entries received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011, and notify the winner via e-mail on Mon., Aug. 22, 2011. The winner will be given 24 hours from the time prize winning notification is sent to reply via email before the prize is awarded to another winner.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines Baggage to Manila

hawaiian-airlines.png Revised International Free Baggage Allowance

Hawaiian Airlines has announced an update to its International baggage allowance for coach class travelers between Manila and Hawaii.

For coach class tickets issued on or after July 25, 2011 for travel between Manila and Hawaii on or after July 25, 2011, HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* The baggage allowance for coach class travel between Manila and the Continental U.S. remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* The baggage allowance for first class travel between Manila and the U.S. also remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.

* Baggage allowance for Children/Infants also remains unchanged. Children paying at least 50 percent of the adult fare receive the same baggage allowance as adults. Children/Infants carried without charge will not be granted a free baggage allowance.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

1st Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. 1st Hawaii Food and Wine Festival to Celebrate
20th Anniversary of Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Top chefs from around the world and Hawaii, led by renowned local chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, will converge on Oahu to celebrate the Islands’ culinary traditions at the inaugural Hawaii Food and Wine Festival from September 29 to October 1. The three-day extravaganza will feature three exclusive signature events: Streets of Asia: Morimoto and Friends at The Waikiki EDITION; First Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Dinner Series at the Halekulani; and From Mauka to Makai: Hawaii’s Sustainable Future at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, each showcasing dishes using local produce, seafood, beef, and poultry.

Hawaii has long been home to fresh produce and a variety of flavors, providing a selection of food as diverse as its people. In 1991, 12 award-winning chefs took this diversity and kicked it up to a new level, ultimately putting Hawaii on the national and international culinary map. What became of this collaboration was Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a unique culinary movement that takes the Islands’ freshest ingredients and utilizes them to blend the many unique cuisines of the numerous ethnicities that call Hawaii home. No longer was Hawaii fare viewed as only traditional luau foods.

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of this defining movement in the world’s culinary circle. This milestone will be celebrated in September with the induction of the 12 Founding Chefs into the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s (HRA) Hall of Fame along with other activities and programs (TBA online).

For more information, visit: HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com.

For more information on Hawaii regional cuisine, visit: hawaiiregionalcuisine.com and restauranthi.com.