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Christina O’Connor

Keiki Fest Offers Films, Music

Families can spend the day watching films, listening to music and participating in keiki activities at the Ko Olina Children’s Film and Music Festival, set for 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Film screenings include popular children’s films such as Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Monsters University and Toy Story. Short documentaries also will be screened, including How Maui Snared the Sun and The Menehune.

“It is really a blend of things for kids and family members of all ages,” said Ko Olina marketing director Timothy Deegan.

The festival also will have live performances by Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Performing Arts Center of Kapolei Kids, Sistah Robi Kahakalau, Honoka & Azita, along with Disney characters. Games and crafts also will be available. It all wraps up with a showing of The Lion King on the beach at sunset.

The event benefits Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

“The resort, collectively, really is the family resort in the Islands,” Deegan said, “regardless of whether you are a visitor or a kamaaina. That, combined with the fact that we have a passion for helping out important causes, we just asked: What could we create that would make sense for all of these things?

“We just really appreciate the great work that they do,” Deegan added. “Kapiolani Medical Center is famous across Hawaii and even beyond for the work that it does for children in need. Since we’re family resort, we thought this just makes sense to help them out as much as possible.”

Activities will be held beachfront at Kohola Lagoon (No. 1) and throughout the Aulani and JW Marriott Ihilani. For festival attendees, Ko Olina also offers special room rates. With proof of attendance, guests can book a room at the JW Marriott Ihilani starting at $229 per night, $269 per night at Aulani and $350 per night at Ko Olina Beach Villas (with a seven-night minimum stay).

“We’re very excited. We want to raise as much as possible for Kapiolani Medical Center, and we just really want to make this something that visitors and residents look forward to every year,” he said.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit koolinachildrensfestival.com or call 671-2752.

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