“Back to Da Kine” *
As with going to the beach, we sometimes need to remind ourselves that if we live in Hawai’i, but don’t visit our sibling isles, what’s the point? In the way that a nice day with nothing to do might lend itself to an impromptu shoreline excursion, all it takes to island hop is the right flash of inspiration. Enter the 7th Annual Moloka’i and Lana’i Film Festivals (part of MauiFEST), which are darn-good excuses to checkout the rest of the county. This Saturday (August 14), at Hotel Molokai, the Friendly Isle festival will feature (in order of screening, beginning at sunset) Massacre at Kaupoa Beach; Journey to Kalaupapa; Kaho’olawe, An Island Healing; Hana Surf Girls; Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai’i; A Legacy; Stones; He Hawai’i Mau; I Scream, Floats & Sundays; Kava Kultcha; Malama Haloa: Protecting the Taro; Holomua: Red Hibiscus, and Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele. Plus, entertainment by Brother Noland, Bradda Francis Koahou (named MauiFEST’s “Entertainer of the Year”), Calvin Hoe, Moloka’i’s own Lono, and Hula Halau Ka Malo o Kalani. Further, Hoe will lead nose flute and pu workshops for all interested participants, and vendors/community groups will host a bevy of booths full of arts, crafts, and ono grinds… Next week Saturday (August 21), at Hotel Lanai, the aforementioned, uniquely Hawaiian films will be showcased on the sixth-largest Hawaiian isle, in addition to other special premieres. Noland, Koahou and Hoe all also perform, joining popular local band, Polihua [and all the other good stuff, of course–including pre-party happenings on Friday (Aug 20)]…
But what’s the best way to get from here to there? Ferries between Maui and both islands are available with daily departures from Lahaina—across the Kolohi Channel to Kaunakakai Harbor on the Molokai Ferry (molokaiferry.com) and across the Auau Channel to Manele Harbor on Lanai Expeditions (go-lanai.com). Kama’aina rates and package deals are available from both companies, and a round-trip ticket will run you just $50-$80 (plus taxes and applicable fuel surcharges). While these boat rides are beautiful (especially during early routes, when the sun is just over its hale) and inexpensive, the maritime adventure will cost you more than a couple hours of your time. Flights might sap a tad more dough (to help with your search, use airport codes MKK for Moloka’i and LNY for Lana’i), but with airtime under 30 minutes, you’ll be there (and back) before you know it. [Still not enough film festivities? Save the date for the 8th Annual Hana Film Festival, October 1 & 2, at Hana Bay] mauifest.net / hotelmolokai.com / hotellanai.com
* “All ova, mo’ bettah, Moloka’i!” Teach yourself to play the “Moloka’i Slide,” HERE.