The second annual Children’s Film & Music Festival (CFMF) at Ko Olina, Saturday, March 7, will be even bigger than the first with hot, young local performers, interactive audio and video studios for aspiring artists, and nine films ranging from family-friendly Disney to Hawai‘i International Film Festival favorites.
The feature film, Frozen, will be screened on the beach at sunset; look out for the next Idina Menzel as the kids invariably belt out “Let It Go.”
The festival’s theme of creativity and imagination is exemplified by the following local artists who are both young in age and/or young at heart:
- Honoka & Azita (Ukulele duo) – Rising teen ukulele stars, the duo “Keiki Wahine” consisting of Honoka Katayama and Azita Ganjali, return to CFMF with their amazing repertoire.
- Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK) – Uses the power of theater to unite and educate local communities. From musical favorites like School of Rock to educational productions like How To Succeed In High School, PACK will perform a selection of Disney tunes.
- James McCarthy & Friends – Popular in the Celtic-folk-rock circles of Honolulu, McCarthy writes original tunes that catch the ear, heart and wit in equal parts. A trained actor and storyteller, he reaches audiences with skilled humor and infectious participation. His band plays to packed houses every weekend for the last seven years.
- POW! WOW! Hawai‘i School of Music – POW WOW! HAWAI‘I SCHOOL OF MUSIC provides unique learning opportunities for local musicians between the ages of 13-18. They participate in classes on composition, vocals, percussion, guitar, ukulele, keyboard, bass, recording, performance and the music business with local and national musicians, teachers and industry professionals. Students also collaborate to create original music they perform at POW! WOW! Hawai‘i’s closing night festivities.
- Crimson Apple – The award winning all-girl, pop-alt band, Crimson Apple, features four sisters and their good family friend. Awards include winning the 2014 Star 101.9 Battle of the Bands, the 2013 Turtle Bay Annual Kanikapila Kontest, and the 2013 Koko Marina Band Challenge. Additionally, the band’s lead singer, Colby, won second place as a songwriter in the Grammy Foundation’s And Music Cares Teens! Make Music Contest, where she got to attend the Grammy’s backstage.
- Aulani Hula Show – This show is an enchanting journey into Hawaiian culture and traditions that unfolds through song and dance. Highlights include hula performances, live music with classic and modern Hawaiian songs, torches, paddles, palm fronds, coconut shells, ukuleles, and a high-energy dance party with popular Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Stitch and more.
- Feature Act on the Beach: Streetlight Cadence – This alternative folk pop four member vocal and instrumental group got its start busking on the streets of Waikiki. Streetlight Cadence made the top 25 in the final round of last year’s Hard Rock Rising, the global battle of the bands competition with more than 10,000 bands competing in the contest worldwide.
- Selected Disney/Pixar film features include:
Peter Pan, Monsters, Inc., Tangled, Enchanted, and the Feature on the Beach: Frozen!
- 2014 Hawai‘i International Film Festival selections include:
Banting, Beyond Sight, A Place in the Middle and Winning Girl
Festivities will be held beachfront at the resort’s Kohola Lagoon and throughout the Aulani and Ihilani properties
from 1 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults ($25 pre-sale); $10 for children 12 years and under. Validated flat-rate parking is available; seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ihilani Resort & Spa, Exclusive Room Deal
Available for those attending the festival with a special rate beginning at $289 per night Includes complimentary resort fee, Call 808-679-0079, Reference: Children’s Film Festival Special
The Ko Olina Children’s Film & Music Festival is a benefit for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children (KMCWC), Hawai‘i’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. KMCWC is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, the state of Hawai‘i’s largest health care provider (www.kapiolani.org). 100% of the ticket proceeds go to KMCWC, raising $50,000 last year.
About Ko Olina Resort
Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O‘ahu. Resort partners include Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Marriott’s most successful vacation club product in the world, Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Disney’s first family destination resort outside of its theme park developments, Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko Olina Station retail center and the state-of-the-art Ko Olina Marina. The resort, known as O‘ahu’s premier vacation destination, also features seven pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities and the island’s best weather.