Attending the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival was most certainly a highlight of my fall semester at HPU. A reason beyond the highlight, the location, The Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Besides being a well-renown theatre of Hawaii and having a ‘haunted’ story within its history, couldn’t have been a more perfect location to host a section of HIFF.
Being loaded with ample parking and a multitude of theater’s available for multiple screenings throughout the day, The Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Beyond the excess amount of space available for the masses to come and enjoy HIFF, the staff and volunteers helping out with HIFF were for the most part outstanding and in good attitude! This was to my absolute surprise. The year before when I attended HIFF, the staff/volunteers who aided in trading in vouchers for tickets were extremely off-putting and their customer service was poor. In opposition, this year the voucher traders appeared to be in high spirits and there were no problems on my side to complain about in the slightest!
That being said, the time of day I attended HIFF may have off-put the audience size and crowdedness in the theatre. I did hear from other attendees of HIFF from HPU that there were a few volunteers who were taking their ‘authoritative powers’ too far and being rude to attendees, primarily only during the last and closing night of HIFF for a sold out showing to “Your Name.”
I hope to be able to attend HIFF in the future years while I continue living in Hawaii and look forward to seeing more new amazing cinemas premiering at HIFF!