With its sweeping mountain ranges, evocative beaches, and cast of colorful characters, Hawai‘i is difficult to visit without imagining it in widescreen.
For more than 35 years, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival has been shining a light on emerging films from Asia, the Pacific, and North America right here in one of the most cinematic places in the world. Directing the show is the festival’s newly minted executive director, Beckie Stocchetti, who shares her favorite locations on O‘ahu that will leave you feeling like you’re starring in a movie of your own making. —Matthew Dekneef
Hawai‘i International Film Festival runs November 2–12, 2017. For more information about film screenings, location details, and events, visit hiff.org.
Beckie Stocchetti, executive director of Hawai‘i International Film Festival.
Chinatown and Hawaii Theatre
Adjacent to O‘ahu’s major industrial harbor, Chinatown is everything you dream of a port city condensed into a few blocks. The history of the neighborhood, as a port of entry rife with sailors, merchants, and immigrants, remains in the bricks of its buildings and sidewalks. The neighborhood has changed dramatically over the decades, with its primary visitors shifting from merchants and military to artists and foodies. But a walk through Chinatown today features a mix of flourishing Chinese outdoor markets, bars, restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and shared work spaces. Among all this stands the historic and glorious Hawaii Theatre, with its stunning marquee. Much like Chinatown, Hawaii Theatre offers an experience that recalls days long past, with a façade and interior reminiscent of the early days of theater and cinema. And yet, with its contemporary lineup of programming, it remains at the forefront of what’s coming next.
Hawaii Theatre, known as “The Pride of the Pacific,” is located at 1130 Bethel Street in Honolulu.