New film fest on Maui
Campbell Park on Front Street, Lahaina, will be home to the first MauiFEST Hawaii Lahaina Film Festival, taking place Aug. 12 from 4 to 11 p.m. next to the Wharf Cinema Center & Baldwin Home Museum.
The free event will feature nine award-winning Polynesian films and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and musicians, including Ohta-San, George Kahumoku, and Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer, who will perform.
To be screened are "The Land Has Eyes"; Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier's "Wa'a Ho'olaule'a (Festival of Canoes)"; "Rolling Down Like Pele," directed by Laura Seaward Margulies; "Ipo Le Manu" directed by Daniel Boulos; "Fish Bowl," the Hawaii International Film Festival award-winner directed by the late Kayo Hatta; "Dreams of a Pagan Tattooed Warrior" and "The Red Hibiscus," both directed by Robert Pennybacker; "Ki Ho Alu -- Keola Beamer," paniolo version directed by Burgmaier; and "Passing the Gift: Malama Honokowai" directed by Kat Tracy.
There will be food booths, arts and crafts, and a wrap party. Visit www.jazzalleytv.com or www.mauifest.net for details.
ATA adds seats on route
It's a big leap to that island called the mainland, but ATA Airlines will be upgrading seating capacity on its Hilo-Oakland International route for the month of August, beginning Aug. 4, adding 50 seats per day to accommodate more traffic.
Mark Suman, ATA managing director of planning, said the added capacity "will help customers find low-fare, nonstop seats between Hilo and the Bay area and to several mainland destinations on Southwest Airlines."
As of Tuesday the lowest one-way fare between Hilo and Oakland was $159, and to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, $229. Fares are listed at www.ata.com.
Surf camp Kauai-bound
Maui Surfer Girls has expanded its surf camp program for girls to include a new "Surfing Rite of Passage" summer surf and personal development program on Kauai.
The seven-day surf trip takes place Aug. 7-13 and 14-20. The trip, geared toward beginner to intermediate surfers with at least one year of surfing experience, includes accommodations and transportation, plus coaching by MSG founder Dustin Tester and life skills coach Celine Russo.
Participants need to bring their own boards or make arrangements through MSG.
The cost is $1,050 plus taxes. Call 866-MSG-2002 or visit www. mauisurfergirls.com.