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Win Hawaii Magazine’s 2016 Maui Film Festival Giveaway

2016 Maui Film Festival GiveawayEnter to Win the 2016 Maui Film Festival Giveaway from Hawaii Magazine

May 2, 1016

Wailea Resort Association is eagerly anticipating the return of the upcoming 17th Annual Maui Film Festival, June 15-19, 2016.  Hawaii Magazine is sweetening the event even more by offering a special giveaway for the annual Wailea festival.

The Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Courses will host the Celestial Cinema, an event favorite set up as a large, outdoor film screening.  The Film Festival is also another opportunity to enjoy the culinary artistry of some of the top chefs in Maui.  The Taste of Wailea showcases Wailea’s famed resort chefs for an incredible evening of gourmet food and wine.

The Maui Film Festival has always been a draw for the Hollywood stars and this year is no exception.  Actor Michael B. Jordan, of “Creed” fame will receive this year’s “Rainmaker Award”.  He joins Viola Davis and Bryan Cranston, recipients of the male and female Navigator Awards.

This year’s 2016 Maui Film Festival Giveaway winner will receive:

  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to attend the Maui Film Festival Special Event “Taste of Wailea” on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to attend one (1) Celestial Cinema premiere during the Maui Film Festival June 15 to 19, 2016.

Enter here now for a chance to socialize, wine and dine with the Hollywood Elite!

Michael B. Jordan to Receive Award at 2016 Maui Film Festival

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Michael B. Jordan will be presented with the Rainmaker Award at the 2016 Maui Film Festival

May 1, 2016

Actor Michael B. Jordan, star of “Creed” and the NCAAP Image Awards winner will receive honors at the 17th annual Maui Film Festival on June 16th.  The festival’s Rainmaker Award honors those with a profound effect on their film project, on and off the screen.

“Creed” star and NCAAP Image Awards winner Michael B. Jordan will be honored with the Rainmaker Award at the Maui Film Festival on June 16.

In addition to his stellar performance in “Creed,” Jordan has also starred in the “Fantastic Four” along with Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell; “That Awkward Moment” with Zac Efron and Teller; and “Redtails.”

Forest Whitaker produced the 2013 movie “Fruitvale Station”, Jordan’s first major film role portraying Oscar Grant, a twenty-two-year-old Bay area resident fatally shot by a police officer at the Oakland, California Fruitvale BART train station.  The film also starred Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz. Jordan’s performance as Grant earned multiple nominations and awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for best lead actor.  In 2013, he won the breakthrough actor award at the Gotham Awards and National Board of Review Awards.

Jordan also appeared in “The Wire,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

Barry Rivers, founder and director of the film festival said of Jordan, “Michael B. Jordan’s lead roles in ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’ knocked me out!  Viewed alongside his other exemplary performances, on screens large and small, it is clear that Michael is talented beyond words and more than worthy of the admiration and deep respect from anyone who loves storytelling. Michael B. Jordan is the real deal and we’re thrilled to honor him at this year’s event,” he added.

Jordan will be joining other honorees this year, which includes Viola Davis and Bryan Cranston for the festival’s male and female Navigator Awards.

The 17th annual 2016 Maui Film Festival will take place from June 15-19 in Wailea.

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Female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award to Honor Viola Davis

2016 Maui Film Festival | Wailea Resort AssociationViola Davis to receive female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award

May 1, 2016

Barry Rivers, founder and director of the Maui Film Festival announced in late April that actress Viola Davis will be honored with the female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award at the 17th annual event to be held in Wailea.

“Viola Davis not only has the talent to deliver when the opportunity knocks, but also has the determination, drive and work ethic to steer her way through any project with empathy, compassion and grace,” said Rivers. “Viola is a true original and we couldn’t be more pleased to honor her.”

Davis will join Emmy-award winning and Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston, winner of this year’s 2016 Maui Film Festival Male Navigator Award.  Michael B. Jordan, lead actor of “Creed” will also be honored with the festival’s 2016 Rainmaker Award.

Davis currently stars on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder”, as Annalise Keating – her Primetime Emmy-Award Winning character.  She also received an Oscar nomination for best actress for the 2011 movie, “The Help” and a supporting actress nod for “Doubt” in 2009, in addition to several other acting nominations and wins.

Davis is currently working with Denzel Washington in “Fences,” a movie adaptation of August Wilson’s classic play which recently began production.  She can also be seen in the highly anticipated “Suicide Squad,” starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie which premieres this summer.

The 2016 Maui Film Festival will be held June 15-19, 2016 in Wailea.

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Bryan Cranston to Receive Honor of 2016 Maui Film Festival Male Navigator Award

2016 Maui Film Festival | Wailea Resort AssociationBryan Cranston Announced as 2016 Maui Film Festival Male Navigator Award Honoree

May 1, 2016

The Maui Film Festival will honor Bryan Cranston with its 2016 Maui Film Festival Male Navigator Award at this year’s event.

Barry Rivers, founder and director of the 17th annual event announced the honor in early April.  Rivers said, “It’s not often that an actor with the depth, wisdom and range of someone like Bryan Cranston comes along, but when they do, it’s undeniably exciting and a joy to watch. The Maui Film Festival is over the moon about having Mr. Cranston join us on Maui to be honored with the 2016 Navigator Award.”

While Bryan Cranston may best be known for his multiple Emmy-Award winning role as Walter White in AMC’s TV series, “Breaking Bad”, his acting brilliance also carries onto the Big Screen.  Earlier this year, he earned a best actor Oscar Nomination for his performance as the title character in “Trumbo”.  On May 21st,  the TV adaptation of “All the Way” starring Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson will air on HBO.  The movie is a collaboration between Cranston’s production company, Moonshot Entertainment and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

The 17th annual 2016 Maui Film Festival runs June 15-19, 2016 in Wailea. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses.

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Maui Nō Ka ʻOi, Again: #1 Island in World and US

Maui from Wailea Resort Association in the newsApril 19, 2016

by Wendy Osher, Maui Now

Maui is Nō Ka ʻOi once again.  The island of Maui was just ranked the Top Island in the World and the Top Island in the US by the travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor.

As the top island in the world, the publication notes that Maui has a nightly rate of all hotels bookable on TripAdvisor of $330. Average seasonal rates for hotels on Maui were listed at: $346 for the Spring, $339 for the Summer, $315 for the Fall and $412 during the Winter. There is also an average shoulder season savings during the Fall of 24%, according to the site.

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Grand Wailea’s Michael Lofaro Named “Chef of the Year” by Maui Chefs

In the news Wailea Resort AssociationApril 12, 2016

by Broadway World

Michael “Mike” Lofaro, chef de cuisine of the prized Humuhumunukunukuapua`a restaurant at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort was awarded Chef of the Year last night at the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s `Aipono Awards Gala at Grand Wailea. The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review – voted on exclusively by Maui chefs. Lofaro also received the Most Innovative Menu and a silver award for Best Pacific Rim cuisine by the readers of the magazine.

It has been a big year for Grand Wailea Chef Lofaro, fondly nicknamed the “waterman chef.” He refers to the ocean as his hunting ground and uses his muse to fish, gather, forage and hunt for a quarterly dinner series called Ka Malama, based on the Hawaiian moon calendar and what is in season during certain phases of the moon.

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