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“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 […]

GeekFest Jr. Coming to HawaiiCon

Geek Fest Jr HawaiiCon

What is GeekFest Jr.?  It’s a mini film festival developed by GeekFest Film Fests and HawaiiCon to celebrate, educate and screen short films created by young filmmakers across the Hawaiian Islands that have created science fiction, fantasy, fan films or geek related genre films or plan too! Open to middle school, high school and college […]

Acting & Producing for Film and Television Workshop Scheduled


The Visiting Artist Program continues its series of film production workshops with Acting and Producing for Film and Television. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Hilo native Kristina Anapau will lead a full day workshop on Acting and Producing for Film and Television. The workshop will be held at The Palace Theater in Hilo with registration […]

Visiting Artist Program Kicks Off With “Roles and Responsibilities of the Set PA: Surviving Below the Line” Workshop

On set at Hawaii Five-0

Ever wonder what it would be like to work on the set and behind the scenes of a major motion picture, television show or music video? Spend the day with an entertainment industry professional who has for over 30 years. On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Hawai‘i Island based Stani Franklin will lead a full day […]

Jumanji stunt performer loved working on Hawaii Island

Stunt woman over waterfall

From The second Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle trailer dropped around a month ago, showcasing an action-packed sequel to the beloved 1995 original. From what we can tell, audiences can expect crazy chases, fight scenes, and impressive visual effects. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sees four teenagers discover an old video game console (much […]

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