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We’ve got the best zoo in Hawaii

The Reader’s Digest has named the County of Hawai‘i’s Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo the best zoo in the State of Hawai’i, as part of a review of zoos around the United States. Here’s what they wrote: “Think you have to book a trip to South America to venture through a rainforest in real life? Think again. […]

Hawaiicon Poster Art Contest – Enter Now!

Calling all Hawaiian Islands artists to participate in the Hawaiicon poster art contest, celebrating the HawaiiCon Fan Convention! We are looking for posters that support the Hawaiicon mission of “STEAM Education through Science Fiction, Science, and Culture on the Big Island”. More details and entry instructions here…

Creative Lab Hawaii on the Big island

Are you an emerging writer, producer, director, actor, songwriter, musician, app developer or fashion designer? JOIN US FOR AN INFO SESSION FOR CREATIVE LAB HAWAII 2019 PROGRAMS. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5pm to 6pm Palace Theater 38 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 Save your seat! Register here.

Island of Hawaii’s newest black sand beach result of lava flow

From CNN – When Kilauea Volcano erupted in May 2018, it devastated part of Hawaii’s largest island, which is known as the island of Hawaii.  Houses were destroyed. Businesses were left shattered. Millions of dollars of tourism money — approximately $480 million — was lost as a result of the destructive eruption. The island of Hawaii has […]

Creative Lab Hawaii 2019 Media Programs announced

Check out the 2019 Creative Lab Hawaii Media Programs, how you can get more information, and how to apply. Application are available starting January 14.  You can find all the details here!

Film ‘August at Akiko’s’ returns home for Big Island premiere

Honolulu-native filmmaker Christopher Makoto Yogi was scouting locations for movies on the Hawaiian islands when the Big Island made a big impact on him. “I hadn’t been to the Big Island in probably a decade, and something about it really stuck with me,” Yogi said. “I just really loved the people I met and I […]

New Kilauea-centered film ‘Stoke’ premieres at Hawaii International Film Festival

Kilauea may be quiet for now, but the volcano is about to make its presence known at Hawaii’s largest film festival. “Stoke,” a new film from Pahoa-based filmmakers Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson, will make its world premiere Saturday at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu. Filmed throughout Hawaii Island, in places such as […]

“You Can’t Cheat Hawaii”: Inside the Island State’s “Dream Vacation” Production Locales

From The Hollywood Reporter – Hawaii has been saying “aloha” to more than tourists lately as the state welcomes a growing number of Hollywood productions to its vacation-ready islands. “Over the past two years, there has been a phenomenal rise in production activity,” says Georja Skinner, head of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division. Between 2017 and […]

Take the Pono Pledge today

Hawai‘i Island is a truly magical place, and we want your production to be safe, responsible and respectful to others and the environment while enjoying the island.  After you’ve filled out your film permit application, please take a short moment to take our Pono Pledge. The island of Hawai‘i is one of the most geographically […]

SXSW looking for talent on Hawaii Island

SXSW 2019

KONA—TUESDAY, JULY 24, 6-8pm—Honua Studios, 73-4855 Kanalani St.  RSVP info below! The world’s largest and most prestigious, Interactive, Music, Tech and Film Conference and Festivals–SXSW (South by Southwest)–is seeking Hawaiian talent across all sectors of Creative Content to continue the state’s escalating momentum in the 32nd annual event to be held March 8-17 in Austin […]

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