If you’re on property this week your stay luckily coincides with the annual Maui Film Festival. The five-day event runs June 12-16 at the Wailea Golf Resort. Along with the films, the star tributes, and filmmaker panels, the five-day festival is about having a good time, Wailea-style. Aloha wear is the dress code at culinary feasts and star-studded parties that take place throughout the resort. The Celestial Cinema at Wailea is located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, on the amphitheater-like slopes of the golf-course driving range.
Its commanding, 50-foot-wide screen is dwarfed by Maui’s majestic volcano, Haleakala, behind it. In the other direction, Wailea’s hillsides roll seductively down to the beach. Its gentle, natural amphitheater slowly fills with thousands of blankets, beach chairs, and bodies, forming an impromptu jigsaw puzzle on the grass. The Dolby Sound System is crisp and clear as night descends. And then the stars come out. mauifilmfestival.com
Two other popular events, the Taste of Wailea and the Taste of Chocolate, both on June 15, are also part of the Maui Film Festival. You will find event and location information for both on the Maui Film Festival website.