HIFF42 & Bishop Museum Outdoor Screenings Under the Stars

HIFF42 and Bishop Museum are partnering to present two new Hawaiian feature films “under the stars” at the historic museum’s signature event venue, the Great Lawn, on November 3rd and 4th. These HIFF42 screenings at Bishop Museum are made possible with support from Engaging The Senses Foundation.

On Thursday, November 3rd, HIFF screens THE WIND AND THE RECKONING, and on Friday, November 4th, THE STORY OF EVERYTHING. Both screenings will feature pre-show Hawaiian music and entertainment from major acts like Makana, the Kamehameha Schools Boy Choir, poet laureate Kealoha and more special guests. Food trucks will also be on site. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy these films under the stars in one of the premiere Hawaiian cultural spaces in Honolulu.

1893. The Hawaiian Kingdom has been overthrown by a Western power just as an outbreak of leprosy engulfs the tropical paradise. The new government orders all Native Hawaiians suspected of having the foreign disease banished permanently to a remote colony on the island of Molokaʻi. When a local cowboy named Koʻolau and his young son Kalei contract the dreaded disease, they refuse to allow their family to be separated, sparking an armed clash with brutal white island authorities.

Cast and crew will be in attendance, including Director David L. Cunningham; stars Jason Scott Lee, Lindsay Anuhea Watson, Kahiau Perrera, and Henry Ian Cusick.  November 3, 7:00pm (film starts), Bishop Museum


THE STORY OF EVERYTHING is a multimedia film that illuminates the intersection between science, the environment, the arts, and mindfulness through the storytelling of Hawaii’s first Poet Laureate, Kealoha. The Story of Everything explores humanity’s rich and diverse explanations for the origins of life, and presents powerful solutions for the continued health of the planet at a time when we’re confronting the most severe crisis the earth has ever faced. A riveting performance that presses back against climate despair, The Story of Everything incorporates poetry, dance, music, art and special effects to condense 13.7 billion years into an hour and 45 minutes that asks and answers the question challenging humans from the very beginning: “Where do we come from?” And even more important: Where can we go next?

Starring Kealoha, Taimane, and Kau`i Kanaka`ole. Dancers Jamie Nakama, Jory Horn and Jonathan Clarke Sypert. Music by Taimane, Quadraphonix and Makana. Original artworks by Solomon Enos. Cast and crew in attendance. November 4, 7:00pm (film starts), Bishop Museum

Doors open at 4:30pm with pre-show entertainment starting at 5:30pm. The main film will start promptly at 7pm on both nights. Here is the program breakdown and event rules:


4:30 p.m.: Gates open

5:30 p.m.: Pre-show Entertainment

7 p.m.: Screening begins

Event Rules:

  • Please bring blankets, towels, and lawn chairs for lawn seating
  • Strollers for children are allowed
  • This is a rain or shine event
  • No refunds under any conditions
  • No re-entry
  • No smoking or vaping
  • No coolers, outside food, drinks (including any containers with water), or umbrellas allowed
  • Empty water bottles are allowed and can be filled at one of the Museum’s water refill stations
  • Any bags, purses, knapsacks, or backpacks are subject to search
  • Any outside alcoholic beverage will be confiscated
  • Any patron not abiding by any of the above rules will be asked to leave

Bishop Museum is extending a membership promotion to the HIFF ‘ohana through the month of November! Use code HIFF10 for 10% off any membership level at bishopmuseum.org/membership. Members enjoy free admission to Bishop Museum and their monthly After Hours events, special preview opportunities for new exhibitions, and discounts at the J. Watumull Planetarium, Shop Pacifica, Bishop Museum Press, and Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn.

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