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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 […]

Film shot on Hawaii Island coming to Theaters here and nationwide

Running for Grace movie poster

From Scenes – When director David Cunningham left Hollywood for Hawai’i, everyone thought he was crazy. There was no way his storied career could survive such a radical move. But Cunningham (To End All Wars, “The Path To 9/11”) had something different in mind—he wanted to raise his children in the same environment he had experienced […]

Volcano Eruption Information

Lava on road in Leilani Estates 2018

The current eruption of the Kilauea Volcano is only affecting a small portion of the island.  At over four thousand square miles, the vast majority of the island is currently unaffected.  We are still issuing film permits for all areas of the Big Island not near the current volcanic activity.  Visit this website for the most up-to-date […]

Calling All Storytellers – Screenwriting Workshop

Story consultant Jennifer Grisanti

If you have a unique voice with a story to tell as a motion picture or television show, then this is for you. On Saturday, May 26 acclaimed story consultant Jennifer Grisanti will lead a full day workshop on Screenplay Writing for Television and Film. The workshop will be held at the Fairmont Orchid on […]

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